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  1. #201
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    New tires weekend before last. Used the opportunity to clean the insides of the wheels and wheel wells. Brake, power steering, and transmission fluid (with filter) flushes this past weekend.

    Have the coolant and thermostat for a coolant flush but may go ahead and get the timing belt changed which requires draining anyway. Car only has 27k miles but is 18 years old at this point so the peace of mind a new belt provides is starting to outweigh the thought of a plastic-clip-breaking-no-fucks-given-greasy-fingerprints garage putting their hands on it.

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    Pics please.

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  3. #203
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    E34 540i/6spd gonna get some love today if the springs arrive. New koni sports and h&r springs, with new mounts, spring pads, bump stops.

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    ya pics or it didn't happen.

    Adjustable drop links will start their punishing service life very soon. The adjustable sways broke a bolt off the OEM drop links so the new hardware was really a safety issue... package in the mail from Tarett

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    Back at it.
    3 of 4 on. Got late. Gonna do the last one tomorrow.




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  6. #206
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    Done. Rides nice sporty, and controlled, and smooth. Koni and h&r is a great combo. I have konis on the Porsche as well, and they are great. Good stance too...


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  7. #207
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    nice work, the 540 is looking good

    Cleaned up the remaining work on the rear drop links & installed fronts tonight. Took it out for some canyon testing & the reduced roll is very noticeable. The front end is almost twitchy with no more lag (roll) on corner entry. I put the rears back to the middle setting on the sways to minimize oversteer on bumpy corners. Last weekend the rear felt too tight & did more wiggling than you want in a r/r layout. With new rubber in back and the firmer suspension, work is probably done for the season. Now time to enjoy.

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  8. #208
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    That's some fancy hardware.

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  9. #209
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    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.

  10. #210
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    ^^ That's a sweet truck man. The 1st Gen Tacoma's are really capable off-road, and awfully tough. I'd sure as hell keep it as long as it moves. Which will probably be a long time, even beating on it.

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  11. #211
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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.
    I would stick with conventional oil at this point. Old mechanics say never go from dino to synthetic, especially at 100k plus miles. People claim if you take acetone and wipe down the head liner it greatly removes cig smell from interior. Check to see if you have a cabin filter that can be replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncskier View Post
    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.
    The amount of cigarette smell that the upholstery & foam soaks up is insane.
    Friend tried to clean his project van up. First used some ozone service but the car reeked like an ashtray after few weeks. Took off the upholstery and washed it, soaked the foam in a bin with washing powder...dark brown water came out that smelled like dead Malboro Man. He ended up replacing them altogether with some serious scrubbing of the headliners and dashboard etc.. Mileage might vary, depending how many packs a day the former owner has smoked...

    The floggings will continue until morale improves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatnslow View Post
    I would stick with conventional oil at this point. Old mechanics say never go from dino to synthetic, especially at 100k plus miles. People claim if you take acetone and wipe down the head liner it greatly removes cig smell from interior. Check to see if you have a cabin filter that can be replaced.
    No cabin air filter in my 2003. AFAIK, the box didn't get added until 05, and an actual filter didn't come from the factory until 06. I had/have 2 choice in my old 85 and 03, and that is either 'fresh' or recirculate.

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    Wrench fest on 540i continued with a bunch of small items. Fixed the busted drivers side seat recline, electric head rest, passenger side head rest. Seats are now fully functional as designed. And installed a new Pioneer stereo. Got tired of only getting 2 radio stations cause the fm range was for Japanese market.

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    On to the cruiser. Resealed the ac system today. Was completely empty, which is good or bad? Cause I don't want to release that crap in the atmosphere, but since it was empty, guess it already released. Ok, well now the system is sealed. Will get it vacuum tested and charged tomorrow.
    Fun times. Lots of seals.

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  16. #216
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    So one of the guide pins on my rear brake calipers is stripped (hex top of bolt).. Should I simply replace the entire caliper or try to work the bolt out some way? ( I don't have a hoist so I'm working at it from the outside of the wheel well, as opposed to being underneath.)

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    ^^^ It's brakes, so ultimately, you have to feel good about them.
    Do what will make you feel best about your brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaleia View Post
    So one of the guide pins on my rear brake calipers is stripped (hex top of bolt).. Should I simply replace the entire caliper or try to work the bolt out some way? ( I don't have a hoist so I'm working at it from the outside of the wheel well, as opposed to being underneath.)
    Why would you replace a caliper because of a stopped hex head ? Just go buy a new pin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatnslow View Post
    Why would you replace a caliper because of a stopped hex head ? Just go buy a new pin.
    This. Get busy w/some vice grips or drill it and use an easy out. You may want to take the carrier (bracket) off first to get access if you're drilling.

    If the threads are stripped you may be able to buy an oversized "rescue" pin. Dorman sells them for some vehicles.

    Oh and use a shitload of PB Blaster -- obviously the brake hardware is pretty well stuck on this vehicle.
    Damn, we're in a tight spot!

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    I am going to have to start playing in here. I run the Ops department of a badass hill and we break shit in exotic and impressive ways, often in extremely tricky spots to get to.

    I'll start taking pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highangle View Post
    ^^^ It's brakes, so ultimately, you have to feel good about them.
    Do what will make you feel best about your brakes.
    Yep

    Quote Originally Posted by fatnslow View Post
    Why would you replace a caliper because of a stopped hex head ? Just go buy a new pin.
    The top of the guide pin bolt is stripped, not the thread part - in other words a wrench or socket won't move it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Obstruction View Post
    This. Get busy w/some vice grips or drill it and use an easy out. You may want to take the carrier (bracket) off first to get access if you're drilling.

    If the threads are stripped you may be able to buy an oversized "rescue" pin. Dorman sells them for some vehicles.

    Oh and use a shitload of PB Blaster -- obviously the brake hardware is pretty well stuck on this vehicle.
    PB Blaster for sure, bought two cans today and will start soaking everything a day or two in advance. Never used an easy out before - given that the guide pin is seized I imagine it's going to be a pita, will likely remove the caliper assembly to make it more manageable. Or buy a new caliper..

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    Take a look on YouTube on removing a stripped hex caliper guide pin. If you have a small pipe wrench it might do the trick.

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    Every time I work on the Heep, I wish every oil filter was this easy.


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    My least favorite part of apartment living is no garage. I need to do a pretty simple straight forward repair - ABS sensor rust jacking throwing off the sensor at slow speeds (was a GM recall) - but have no way to do it myself

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    ^^ I sometimes wrench at a friend's house who has a garage and plenty of space. But it's kinda a pita.

    Today I replaced front tie downs with real recovery hardware. Thankful for my neighbor's long breaker bar!

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