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  1. #1526
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    watch out for snakes

  2. #1527
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    If your Tacoma A/C starts squealing like a banshee and stops and the A/C light flashes, it may well be the "clutch hub" at the front of the compressor.

    The inner ring is connected to the outer ring by rubber, which should absorb some shock as the clutch engages so it's not yanking so hard on the belt in that brief moment. That rubber between the inner and outer parts degrades and eventually the inner and outer parts separate with the rubber squealing in between. The A/C compressor has a sensor so the truck brain can compare compressor speed with engine speed, so when the discs start to slip the brain shuts it down and flashes the A/C light.

    Shops will quote you the entire compressor job for like $1000. Parts stores will sell you the entire compressor for a few hundred....etc.

    You can get just the clutch hub for ~$40 on ebay, and it's a 20 minute deal.
    Remove the flexy fan to make room. Grab the old clutch hub with vice grips and crack the one bolt. Slide that bitch off and put the new one on with all the shims it comes with, tighten everything back up and bingo.

  3. #1528
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    I’ve done AC clutch replacement or repair on an 07 Outback and an 02 v6 Dakota. The Subaru was easy but the dodge was a whore. I’d advise anyone doing it to pay attention to the skinny ass shims that fit on the shaft and be careful not to lose them. In some cases the clutch may be ok but additional shimming may be necessary.
    Damn, we're in a tight spot!

  4. #1529
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    Yes, I lost a shim in the grass yesterday and 10 minutes of that 20 minute job was wanding around in the grass with a powerful magnet to recover that little fucker.

  5. #1530
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  6. #1531
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    Finished up the platform with some outdoor carpet. Quick and dirty but it should get the job done.

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  7. #1532
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    Nicely done.
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  8. #1533
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    Sweet. Looks good. I'm using the third row occasionally with kids. So no platform fun for me. I had a similar thing in my first 80 series years ago.

    On the little e30 vert, I wrapped up the timing belt, and fixed a few suspect items while I was in there. Runs better. Feel comfortable revving into upper reaches of rpm wih a fresh timing belt. Beautiful evening for an extended test drive with the top down. Also confirmed that the ac system hold vacuum. So next step is find me some r12.

    sent from Utah.
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  9. #1534
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    I use the third row once in a blue moon plus my girlfriend and I will take it with her dogs and a pair of pretty big crates on weekend trips, so I wanted something that wouldn't be a huge pain in the ass to put in and take out. It's anchored with four turnbuckles to the factory tiedowns and it's light enough I can handle it by myself. It'll probably stay in there more often than not, but it's probably only a 5 minute job.

  10. #1535
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    Successfully swapped some new struts/coils into my pos 99 oOutback only to discover that in a fit of confusion I'd ordered the ones for a standard Legacy as opposed to the Outback trim package. God Damnit.

    I guess it'll go quicker the second time.

  11. #1536
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    Did they bolt up OK? If they did I’d make 100% sure they’re different before I bothered swapping them. (But then again I’m pretty fucking lazy) Anyway a shitload of legacy/outback parts are completely interchangeable. I could see legacy strut/springs being a little lower than an outback but on a 20 yr. old outback who cares?
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    Damn, we're in a tight spot!

  12. #1537
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    Probably make it handle better too, lower cog and all...

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  13. #1538
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    Body rust on my truck is worse than it appeared. Paint was minimally blistered, but just found this underneath. That cavity is close to 1/4" deep and a little over 1" dia. How screwed am I? Any way to mitigate it some and slow down the inevitable?

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    Outback shocks and springs are a little longer to raise the car, plus tires are bigger to make up for the full height difference.

    But in addition to the taller suspension, all the crossmembers and inner suspension mounting points are dropped down. Sticking legacy suspension on an outback without pulling all those spacers will mess up the suspension geometry. Most notably by putting the front end in a bad part of the camber curve and lowering roll centers (which means more body roll).

    I got some bilsteins for a guy and put them on his tacoma recently. He's got a camper and extra rear leafs. Rides and handles a lot better now.



    Should have done new front top mounts or at least tracked down something to replace the rubber shock bushings. They weren't in horrible shape but some fresh poly pucks that fit in there probably would have been reasonably easy to find. Also lower control arm hardware was all seized so I'm probably going to have to deal with that in the near future.

  16. #1541
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    @ Dan, do you have a friend with a MIG?

    'cos bondo won't do shit for the rust.

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    No, no one I know with a MIG. Stuffing bondo into rusty holes seems ill advised.

    There's 3 other spots, one as bad as that and two others that haven't gone full hole. Each one is near the corner of the bed. Getting under it there's a reinforcing piece bonded behind the body panel in each of those spots. The outer body panel is fully rusted through and the metal you can see in the hole is that reinforcing piece. The spots that don't have a hole yet are probably really bad just underneath.

    I'm guessing that there was a slim gap between the two sheets of metal that held moisture and it rusted from there out. That would explain the severity of the rust underneath with minimal paint blistering on the outside. Since this seems to be the cause, maybe it will stay contained to those areas?[/hopelesswishfulthinking]

  18. #1543
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    Jesus, just spent an hour trying to move the crossbars of a 2011 Traverse. The most shitty design I have seen, well done GM.

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    My friends and I used to call that a rust sandwich.

    If it's just the bed, and the frame is ok, I (personally) wouldn't get too excited.

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    Rust sandwich is exactly what it is. Nicely done, Ford. Sucks because while it is a '02 it's in excellent shape otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamal View Post
    Outback shocks and springs are a little longer to raise the car, plus tires are bigger to make up for the full height difference.

    But in addition to the taller suspension, all the crossmembers and inner suspension mounting points are dropped down. Sticking legacy suspension on an outback without pulling all those spacers will mess up the suspension geometry. Most notably by putting the front end in a bad part of the camber curve and lowering roll centers (which means more body roll).
    You called it correct Jamal. The car is sitting significantly lower than it should be and since I do a lot of crummy travel road driving I've gotta put the correct ones in. I also only swapped the rear struts, so my car currently looks like it has 2000 pounds sitting in the trunk.

    For what little it is worth it all ended up bolting together just fine.

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  23. #1548
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    Por15 for rust? Haven't used it myself. Supposedly it's the shit, bit finicky to apply.

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  24. #1549
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    Dan,

    What I did on the wheel wells of my 02 beater Dakota is just repair the outer layer. Anything further would have required a full on restoration and well screw that.

    So I bought some 18 gauge preformed fender panels, 3m 2 part expo you body adhesive and an applicator (like a 2 tube caulking gun) and bondo, color match rattle can and clear coat.

    I cut away about 20 inches of arch about 2 inches high. Drilled holes for sheet metal screws, ground off the paint on the surrounding surface and applied the epoxy to the bare metal on the truck and the slug. Then I screws the pieces together so they would stay aligned. Next day I found off the screws and started the bondo, sanding and painting. Looked OK for home made on a beater. But I would have been pissed if I paid for it. Better paint and bondo skills would have made a real difference. It’s held up fine for the past two years. Only problem is that I probably should have gone further.

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    Damn, we're in a tight spot!

  25. #1550
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawkgt View Post
    Jesus, just spent an hour trying to move the crossbars of a 2011 Traverse. The most shitty design I have seen, well done GM.
    That's absurd. I moved the crossbars on my 12 year old Highlander the other day. I am sure it was the first time they were ever adjusted and it took all of 2 minutes.

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