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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #210 on: January 13, 2012, 08:01:30 AM »
Nic --> I also picked up an M105 trailer to tow behind.  :D

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #211 on: January 13, 2012, 08:38:31 AM »
Nic --> I also picked up an M105 trailer to tow behind.  :D

Please tell me you did not pay what they were asking for that 105.

If you look on Craigslist for your area you will find several that are sub 800.00

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #212 on: January 13, 2012, 09:26:11 AM »
CMX -  No worries, different supplier with a much more friendly price  ;)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #213 on: January 13, 2012, 09:35:17 AM »
CMX -  No worries, different supplier with a much more friendly price  ;)

Good.  :)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #214 on: January 13, 2012, 11:46:23 AM »
CMX - Are they generally sold in different states, or one central location?  WHile I can't do anything now, it would be a fun project to do,.. I've heard there is a depot close to central KY (AVON) and since the BGAD (Bluegrass Army Depot) is close, I would think that there would be some nearby.

I see some on eBay..  Hmm There is a kraz 255 TMM 3 Bridge..That would be fun.. To have the M109a3 and the Kraz - nearly nowhere you couldn't get to..

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #215 on: January 13, 2012, 11:53:01 AM »
They are sold all over the place. If you want to get them directly from the US Government here is the site you go to bid on them when they come up for auction.

http://www.govliquidation.com

Check your state to see what is around you.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #216 on: January 13, 2012, 02:10:05 PM »
CMX - Are they generally sold in different states, or one central location?  WHile I can't do anything now, it would be a fun project to do,.. I've heard there is a depot close to central KY (AVON) and since the BGAD (Bluegrass Army Depot) is close, I would think that there would be some nearby.

I see some on eBay..  Hmm There is a kraz 255 TMM 3 Bridge..That would be fun.. To have the M109a3 and the Kraz - nearly nowhere you couldn't get to..

Fort Knox generally has a lot of deuces.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #217 on: January 13, 2012, 02:12:14 PM »
Fort Knox generally has a lot of deuces.

Can I get one loaded with gold? K Thx Bi

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #218 on: January 13, 2012, 10:16:21 PM »
WOOT!

LED Headlight. Yes they are DOT approved.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #219 on: January 14, 2012, 01:03:02 AM »
Nice. Even has the waterproof connectors attatched.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #220 on: January 14, 2012, 08:46:55 AM »
Nice. Even has the waterproof connectors attatched.

Those are the standard military connections

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #221 on: January 16, 2012, 12:36:00 PM »
WOOT!

LED Headlight. Yes they are DOT approved.

Why these and not HID or H4?  They are pretty expensive.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #222 on: January 16, 2012, 12:52:57 PM »
Why these and not HID or H4?  They are pretty expensive.

Last longer than either of those
Not a single point of failure (with just one bulb)
Draw less current
Better beam pattern
Look cool as shit (very cool looking shit, not your normal shit)
I got them for well under retail


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #223 on: January 16, 2012, 04:25:23 PM »
Found it: 

Here is a thread I found of another project with the M109.

http://www.militarytrucks.ca/rv_project.htm

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #224 on: January 16, 2012, 05:03:34 PM »
Why these and not HID or H4?  They are pretty expensive.

one of the big problems of HID replacements is 99.9% are illegal to install into a vehicle that has regular H series replaceable halogen bulbs, no matter what the package says HID's are meant to be placed into a lens assy made for HID to project the light correctly. you've seen many on the road that don't focus right and throw light all over everywhere except down the road but when you see a caddy-benz-bmw with them they look right. all the DOT rules in the world doesn't keep them from being sold every day sadly.

The LEDs Cmxterra has are Dot approved and have the correct codes on the lamp, you pay more but they fit correctly, friggin bright and really light the road ahead.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #225 on: January 17, 2012, 02:22:58 PM »
I wondered about a slightly different project.

 Not sure which truck it is, maybe the 815 with a 20' bed, and then build your own box using SIP panels.  I don't know if I would want a 9' tall box all the time, so build it similar to a Hi-lo trailer...

Still looking for a m109a3 - more as to just waiting til I can pick up one.  Mobile Ham shack or smoke shack....

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #226 on: January 17, 2012, 02:59:12 PM »
How about an M820?  It is the big brother to the M109.  It doesn't collapse but it does expand.  17' deep box.  3' expansion on each side.  Comes with everything but the plumbing.



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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #227 on: January 17, 2012, 04:20:05 PM »
Only problem with those is it is based on the 5 ton and you need a CDL to drive it, unlike the 109.

That said they are awesome.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #228 on: January 17, 2012, 04:41:46 PM »
How about an M820?  It is the big brother to the M109.  It doesn't collapse but it does expand.  17' deep box.  3' expansion on each side.  Comes with everything but the plumbing.



I thought about the slide outs too..  but wonder if it would make the rig unstable.

Only problem with those is it is based on the 5 ton and you need a CDL to drive it, unlike the 109.

That said they are awesome.
I've seen some commercial rigs licensed without a CDL.. IDK,.. but maybe you can do it... 

However, I'd rather not deal with the paper work and what not as having to had a CDL several years ago.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #229 on: January 17, 2012, 04:42:58 PM »
I think the trick to not needing a CDL is if you register it as an RV

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #230 on: January 18, 2012, 04:34:58 AM »
I thought about the slide outs too..  but wonder if it would make the rig unstable.

maybe it's intended to only slide out once stopped?

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #231 on: January 18, 2012, 07:34:17 AM »
Yep, RV is the ticket although there are some hoops to jump through depending on what state you are in.  The box expands only when not moving.  It takes it from 8' to 14' wide x 17' deep.  The M109 is the hot ticket though.  Anyone interested should check out the M109A3 vs the M109A4.  Both are awesome, but for different reasons.  The A3 is a multifueler and manual trans - simple tech and easy to work on.  The A4 has a newer CAT diesel, auto trans (wife-friendly?), split brake system, CITS - more comforts and more to work on.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #232 on: January 18, 2012, 08:40:22 AM »
Yep, RV is the ticket although there are some hoops to jump through depending on what state you are in.  The box expands only when not moving.  It takes it from 8' to 14' wide x 17' deep.  The M109 is the hot ticket though.  Anyone interested should check out the M109A3 vs the M109A4.  Both are awesome, but for different reasons.  The A3 is a multifueler and manual trans - simple tech and easy to work on.  The A4 has a newer CAT diesel, auto trans (wife-friendly?), split brake system, CITS - more comforts and more to work on.

The A4 is nice.. but all the bonuses that you listed were negatives for me since I was looking just for a BOV with the least number of break points.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #233 on: January 18, 2012, 12:35:35 PM »
The A4 is nice.. but all the bonuses that you listed were negatives for me since I was looking just for a BOV with the least number of break points.

That's why I have a 800 vs a 900 too.  Just have to do some driver training for the family in case I can't drive.  What size are the NDTs on your 109?  Just curious.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #234 on: January 18, 2012, 12:55:34 PM »
The A4 is nice.. but all the bonuses that you listed were negatives for me since I was looking just for a BOV with the least number of break points.

yeah i'm with you. the least amount of break points is the way to go. less problems on the road while the zombies are after you is a plus for me!

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #235 on: January 18, 2012, 02:46:35 PM »
That's why I have a 800 vs a 900 too.  Just have to do some driver training for the family in case I can't drive.  What size are the NDTs on your 109?  Just curious.

they are 9.00x20

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #236 on: January 25, 2012, 10:36:00 AM »
Update:

Got the LED lights installed. OMG that was easy.

Original light


Taking it out


New one in


Shown with the aux light


One LED the other not


Both LED (low beam)


LED High Beam


Side view


Now I need to start working on finding the marker and tail lights in LED

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #237 on: January 25, 2012, 11:55:30 AM »
those lights look slick! that's a big improvement and i bet you'll see a whole lot better at night

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #238 on: January 25, 2012, 12:11:56 PM »
those lights look slick! that's a big improvement and i bet you'll see a whole lot better at night

I will find out tonight

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #239 on: January 25, 2012, 12:14:28 PM »
I will find out tonight

pics would be awesome if you could :)