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  1. #226
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Reverend Floater View Post
    I have what I like to call "the special touch." Every project I undertake tends to require twice the time it's supposed to, big or small. While I'm not an accomplished mechanic, I've pretty much done everything short of a motor rebuild at this point and it just doesn't get any slower than me.

    A few weeks ago, I added a piggy-back chip to my 1997 7.3L pickup. A seemingly easy project, all one has to do is pull the PCM, sand the terminals, slide the chip on to the board, reinstall PCM, then install the control knob. Internet promised a 30 minute job. Took me an hour and half--the PCM wouldn't come out to save my life and I was loathe to force it. Threading the wire to the knob proved to be Hellen Keller in dildo factory, and then I couldn't decide where to actually drill/place the controls.

    Moving on, I bought a very simple headlight relay-kit for the same truck since the headlights didn't do fuck-all. Doesn't get much easier than this: Remove headlight connections, replace with pre-wired loom/harness/relay kit, connect grounds, connect to battery, connect to headlight wiring using the prewired connector. Even the dumb-dicks on Amazon said it took them less than 10 minutes. Took me 45--bit broke while drilling a ground, couldn't find a suitable ground screw, had to remove a battery to get to route the wires, battery terminal bolt was corroded. Amazing.

    Going to be doing some "bigger" projects on the Ford shortly--front leaf springs and all four shocks. While I've done these several times before, I'm planning on the better part of a day. FML.
    Dude you and me both. I think rebuilding the front end of my LC took 2 solid days and then it still sat for 3 weeks half taken apart due to broken/missing/fubar'd/out of stock parts needing repair/replacement.

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    Put sumo shocks on the new sprinter rig. Easy, fast. No more sag in the back and way less sway. May need to put on the fox shox next.

    Still can't bring myself to install the snorkel.
    I rip the groomed on tele gear

  3. #228
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    Quote Originally Posted by detrusor View Post
    Put sumo shocks on the new sprinter rig. Easy, fast. No more sag in the back and way less sway. May need to put on the fox shox next.

    Still can't bring myself to install the snorkel.
    Jong question: don't spring affect sag and not shocks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodywhomper View Post
    Jong question: don't spring affect sag and not shocks?
    so, like, the shocks provide damping. And then the springs, well that's mostly used to manage ride height.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dromontana View Post
    so, like, the shocks provide damping. And then the springs, well that's mostly used to manage ride height
    As in, shocks don't affect sag....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodywhomper View Post
    As in, shocks don't affect sag....
    Yeah that's my understanding too. Not trying to be a dick just killing time. Maybe a suspensionologist could enlighten us.

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    Gas and ride-leveling shocks are also a thing. No idea if that's what is on the van.


    I hear you guys on taking longer than it probably should to get work done. That transmission filter and flush I did the other weekend took four hours and that was with a lift. But everything that comes off gets cleaned, every surface is scraped and prepped, and every bolt nut and bolt is torqued.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodywhomper View Post
    Yep

    I rattle canned mine instead of the powder coat.
    I have a bad track record of painting, plus I was only able to get them right before heading off to HIH7. Everyone knows red makes you faster too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unitofstuff View Post
    I have a bad track record of painting, plus I was only able to get them right before heading off to HIH7. Everyone knows red makes you faster too.
    I admit, my first thought was, "get the red ones."

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  10. #235
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    this space reserved for what could be an epic labor Day weekend. For my 2003 Taco 4x4 I have ordered the following and should all be here in the next few days.
    Inner Tie Rods
    Outer Tie Rods
    Lower Ball Joints
    Old Man Emu 881 Coils and Struts with 5mm trim packer. Should net out 2.5"- 2.75" of lift although it will probably be higher then current due to original struts having 166k miles on them
    JBA Upper Control arms
    Rear Dakar 2.5" lift leaf springs
    Old Man Emu Shocks
    Brake proportioning valve bracket
    Extended brake lines
    New greasable springs shackles
    Longer exhaust hangers.
    Plus I have 4 new level 8 matte gray 16x8 0" offset wheel already mounted withe some geolander MT+ tires in 265x75x16 sitting in my garage with new lug nuts
    I figured if i am busting up ball joints on the front end, why bother putting the old stuff back on plus it has to be aligned anyways so new parts seem like a good idea. My plan is too work slow and do the front end first then move on to the rear depending on how ambitious I am plus whether or not it turns into a cluster. I may enlist my 17 year old nephew as a gopher regardless.

  11. #236
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    Wrenchin again. This time on the wife's car. Bimmer wagon needed new control arms and brakes. So.....
    Off we go!
    4 new control arms and two new brake discs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ncskier View Post
    I posted in the Landcruiser thread about picking up a new to me mint 2003 Tacoma Long bed, regular cab, 4x4, 4cylinder. After spending the past 25 years avoiding working on vehicles I have to admit its been fun tinkering with general maintenance stuff. It sat for about 6 years so first was a new battery. Then this past weekend I drained the old oil and replaced with some nice fresh dino oil and Napa gold filter.
    Any thoughts on switching to a high mileage blend or full synthetic?
    It has 166k on the motor and nothing leaks and nothing burns apparently. It runs like a top. The oil filter was a pain in the ass to remove.
    Last night I decided to change spark plugs with some factory Denso from the dealer. They are expensive at $10 a pop, however the prior owner had some POS Autolite ones that were way past their due date.
    I had to follow a tutorial about removing a resonance box for the air box, but once that was out of the way it was smooth sailing. I did put antiseize on the threads and dielectric on the coil packs for good measure, buttoned it back up and couldn't believe how quiet and smooth it was at idle. I suspect based on the condition of the plugs that they change 1&4 but left 2&3 due to them being under the air intake tube. Regardless, its done now and running so quietly its hard to believe its a 15 year old motor. Good job Toyota.
    My buddy owns an independent shop so next is some fresh fluids in the T-Case, Differentials and Gear box. I don't want to tackle those without a lift and experience.
    I scored some Yokohama Geolander M&T+ for $120 each from Tire Rack on clearance and I have new matte grey wheels coming 16x8 with -10mm backspace to give the wheel wells and UCA's some more space for the Old Man Emu lift i ordered. New coilovers and new rear shocks and springs, should add some more clearance and life to the Taco.
    Once external stuff starts going on I'll snaps some pics.
    I have to admit compared to my 2017 Diesel Super Duty, this truck is very fun and more like our Polaris Ranger in a lot of ways. Looking around the almost spartan engine bay is refreshing.
    I have some decisions to make like ripping out the badly beat up rhino lining and possible paint job to OD Green or Desert Tan. Also adding a snorkle and some armor. But that will be phase 2.
    I keep tinkering with "forever cars" and I thought my 2015 JK 4 door would be the one, but that didn't work out due to the stellar quality of Fiat and shitty dealer network which destroyed it.
    I am thinking of keeping this mighty Taco for the long haul. I have less then 5k in it so far and Alias shared the carfax with me and its always been a southern truck. Not a stitch of rust anywhere.
    I should add- I did spend lots of time cleaning the interior since it sat for 6 years under a carport with cigarette ashes in the ash tray. Seemed like every hot day it would reek again. I didn't check the ashtray until this past weekend and realized thats why I couldn't get the smell out. Now after soaking it in white vinegar and leaving vinegar inside the cab for a few days along with an ionizing bomb for the vents, It smells 100% better.
    Ok bumping my own post.
    Starting this past tuesday and with a pile of parts from amazon, Wheelers off road, low range off road and a local dealership, I proceeded to get my ass kicked for a few hours each night.
    For those who don't want all the details, I was successful. Full Old Man Emu from ARB is now installed.
    I wound up doing full Dakar leaf packs, new nitro shocks, brake proportioning valve relocation bracket and exhaust hanger. That was the rest.
    To be honest it was not too bad. Following the wealth of online tutorials I did one corner at a time slow and steady. A ratchet strap helped get the axle back in place and the old hardware came off pretty easy. Thank you NC DOT for not owning salt trucks.
    The front strut required a little more work and while I had the steering knuckle loose I did the lower ball joints, outer and inner tie rods and coil overs from Old Man Emu.
    Funny how the drivers side took so long, but renewed Sunday morning with cooler weather and knowledge I knocked out the passenger side in about 3 hours.
    Dropped it off a buddies shop last night for an alignment and some upper control arms.
    I rented pullers and all in all it went smooth.
    Pics to follow when I get it back but its a beast. 15 year old suspension was sagging and now its firm and tall. Really tall.

  13. #238
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    Quote Originally Posted by ncskier View Post
    Ok bumping my own post.
    Starting this past tuesday and with a pile of parts from amazon, Wheelers off road, low range off road and a local dealership, I proceeded to get my ass kicked for a few hours each night.
    For those who don't want all the details, I was successful. Full Old Man Emu from ARB is now installed.
    I wound up doing full Dakar leaf packs, new nitro shocks, brake proportioning valve relocation bracket and exhaust hanger. That was the rest.
    To be honest it was not too bad. Following the wealth of online tutorials I did one corner at a time slow and steady. A ratchet strap helped get the axle back in place and the old hardware came off pretty easy. Thank you NC DOT for not owning salt trucks.
    The front strut required a little more work and while I had the steering knuckle loose I did the lower ball joints, outer and inner tie rods and coil overs from Old Man Emu.
    Funny how the drivers side took so long, but renewed Sunday morning with cooler weather and knowledge I knocked out the passenger side in about 3 hours.
    Dropped it off a buddies shop last night for an alignment and some upper control arms.
    I rented pullers and all in all it went smooth.
    Pics to follow when I get it back but its a beast. 15 year old suspension was sagging and now its firm and tall. Really tall.
    Digging this build.

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    Started work on newly acquired 05 Prius w/ 1/4 million miles. Worlds nosiest brakes were result of pads being worn to metal, glazing where they weren't and some insanely bent dust shields. Guess life on the farm is not kind to the undercarriage of yer basic hybrid. Not sure if these bitches had ever been changed. (Hybrids don't use friction brakes much). Used two old files, some vise grips and a c-clamp to straighten out the dust shields. The rotor and pad swap was routine.
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    Drove it from southern Maine to MA afterwards and the Brakes were nice and quiet. Did the drum brakes in the rear next. Been a long time since I've screwed with drum brakes, I hate drum brakes. Ended up doing wheel cylinders too. Now I've got to get them bled because the Prius braking system relies primarily on engine braking and uses a funky actuator that requires special tools, software and sauce that only the dealer has.

    Then I bought a new smart key online (car only came with one) and had to do an hours worth of voodoo to program the thing.

    Only needs an oil change, new tires and plates before I turn it over to my kid who'll park It in Boston and use it as acommuter mobile. May God have mercy on its soul.
    Damn, we're in a tight spot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncskier View Post
    Ok bumping my own post.
    Starting this past tuesday and with a pile of parts from amazon, Wheelers off road, low range off road and a local dealership, I proceeded to get my ass kicked for a few hours each night.
    For those who don't want all the details, I was successful. Full Old Man Emu from ARB is now installed.
    I wound up doing full Dakar leaf packs, new nitro shocks, brake proportioning valve relocation bracket and exhaust hanger. That was the rest.
    To be honest it was not too bad. Following the wealth of online tutorials I did one corner at a time slow and steady. A ratchet strap helped get the axle back in place and the old hardware came off pretty easy. Thank you NC DOT for not owning salt trucks.
    The front strut required a little more work and while I had the steering knuckle loose I did the lower ball joints, outer and inner tie rods and coil overs from Old Man Emu.
    Funny how the drivers side took so long, but renewed Sunday morning with cooler weather and knowledge I knocked out the passenger side in about 3 hours.
    Dropped it off a buddies shop last night for an alignment and some upper control arms.
    I rented pullers and all in all it went smooth.
    Pics to follow when I get it back but its a beast. 15 year old suspension was sagging and now its firm and tall. Really tall.
    Sweet sweet success. I always feel like my car looks tougher/faster/etc after I finish work on it, even if you can't see any difference.

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  16. #241
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    Quote Originally Posted by ncskier View Post
    Ok bumping my own post.
    Starting this past tuesday and with a pile of parts from amazon, Wheelers off road, low range off road and a local dealership, I proceeded to get my ass kicked for a few hours each night.
    For those who don't want all the details, I was successful. Full Old Man Emu from ARB is now installed.
    I wound up doing full Dakar leaf packs, new nitro shocks, brake proportioning valve relocation bracket and exhaust hanger. That was the rest.
    To be honest it was not too bad. Following the wealth of online tutorials I did one corner at a time slow and steady. A ratchet strap helped get the axle back in place and the old hardware came off pretty easy. Thank you NC DOT for not owning salt trucks.
    The front strut required a little more work and while I had the steering knuckle loose I did the lower ball joints, outer and inner tie rods and coil overs from Old Man Emu.
    Funny how the drivers side took so long, but renewed Sunday morning with cooler weather and knowledge I knocked out the passenger side in about 3 hours.
    Dropped it off a buddies shop last night for an alignment and some upper control arms.
    I rented pullers and all in all it went smooth.
    Pics to follow when I get it back but its a beast. 15 year old suspension was sagging and now its firm and tall. Really tall.
    Love it. I need pics.

    Plenty of Toyota dorks here but I've found that generally, there is little to be done on the power train side of the mod world. That is to say, they don't care about air intakes nor exhaust, and fancy plugs don't get you anywhere. It's almost like they're built so tight that there's little room for improvement. So in regard to your oil question, I'd stick to a good synthetic like Mobile 1, Schaefer's or whatever and Toyota oil filters from the dealer or Amazon.

    As you've discovered, suspension can be improved greatly, as can interior accessories. You're going to be blown away how much better that thing rides compared to stock after alignment.

    Ih8mud.com is both a ridiculous resource and a dangerous drug.

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    Decent rebate on five quarts of Mobil 1 motor oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazderati View Post
    Decent rebate on five quarts of Mobil 1 motor oil.
    If you need Mobile 1 Walmart is under $25 for 5 qt jug everyday.

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    And maybe half that with the rebate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Reverend Floater View Post
    Love it. I need pics.

    Plenty of Toyota dorks here but I've found that generally, there is little to be done on the power train side of the mod world. That is to say, they don't care about air intakes nor exhaust, and fancy plugs don't get you anywhere. It's almost like they're built so tight that there's little room for improvement. So in regard to your oil question, I'd stick to a good synthetic like Mobile 1, Schaefer's or whatever and Toyota oil filters from the dealer or Amazon.

    As you've discovered, suspension can be improved greatly, as can interior accessories. You're going to be blown away how much better that thing rides compared to stock after alignment.

    Ih8mud.com is both a ridiculous resource and a dangerous drug.
    Yes, i don't plan on any drivetrain mods. I did clean the throttle body last week and installed all new plugs earlier. The thing now idles so smooth.
    I don't really care about interior mods either. Although discerning eyes will notice the faux max 5 camo seatcovers I installed, $49 on ebay. The original seat fabric was in great shape, but I figured why trash them now when it goes into farm/hunting duty.
    I also had to replace the interior dash lighting and put good old replacement bulbs from Autozone. All in all I have under $2000 in mods. The tires I picked up on clearance for $120 each and the OME suspension was around $1100 or so. I do have a set of JBA offroad upper control arms ready to go in as well.
    Thats my 2017 superduty in the background of the first picture and its like a luxury spaceship inside. I like the spartan tacoma interior with roll up windows and manual everything. I want to keep it simple on this one.

    Ok pics-
    BEFORE- completely stock with no upgrades

    AFTER- all new old man emu suspension, wheels and tires



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  21. #246
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    Looks good with the lift.

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    Fuck yea

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    That little fucker will go anywhere. Nice job.

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    Long summer, few roadtrips, a lot learned. Thx Landrover..

    Latest round included adding winch bumper+removable winch, repairing wipers, second battery, adding tranny and diff protection and sway bar to the rear...

    Next round includes replacing turbo hoses, cleaning intercooler, adding lightbar+working & interior lights, getting the clutch repaired, building the shelves and bed...

    The problem is that I am absolutely useless as a "mechanic".. Oh well, time roll up the sleeves and go learning stuff.

    #howhardcanitbe





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    The floggings will continue until morale improves.

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    Was using the air sander quite a bit, and was having issues with water in my lines. So... On the cheap, wanted to cool. My air, and then collect the moisture.... Voila...
    Water cooled lines. Add water and ice to bucket, cool dry air...
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