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    Ran into a little snag


    Pulled into my driveway on Friday and while I was unloading some gear, I spotted this minor drip



    Checked the hoses and the reservoir, but it was dripping down from the chassis directly below the radiator

    Checked the radiator and found this....




    It wasn't all that bad since I drove another 100 miles and didn't notice any significant drop in coolant, but I ordered a new radiator anyways and decided to get new hoses, mounts and T-Stat as well
















    Good to go for another 14 years

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    Plastic radiators love JB weld. Little grindage and slap some on.

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    How many miles on that now? DO you still drive back n forth from FL to NYC? I would hateeee that i think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hank Moody View Post
    Plastic radiators love JB weld. Little grindage and slap some on.
    If it was just a weekend toy, I probably would've done that, but since I travel long distance with it, I'd rather not take the chance


    Quote Originally Posted by Speedjunkie View Post
    How many miles on that now? DO you still drive back n forth from FL to NYC? I would hateeee that i think.

    252,5xx on her right now

    And yes, back and forth every few weeks, although I'll be staying in Orlando until August this time around since I have to start a new bus contract

    Apart from the crappy mpg's, she's the perfect vehicle for long distance trips

    Seats 8 comfortably and once you have the movies going, time just flies

    Much more comfy than the T/A and I'm less likely to get nabbed by the popo even though I usually push 90mph

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    So last week I decided to get some new rear springs

    My factory coils were weak and i've been relying more and more on the AirLift bags to level her out



    Rear measured 19.5" from center hub to flare (~20" to quarter lip) with 0psi in the bags...






    Rear measured 20.5" from center hub to flare (~21" to quarter lip) with 30psi in the bags...





    30psi is actually max for the AirLift bags, so I ordered up a pair of OME 2.5" medium duty coils



    They gave a little bit of a stink bug stance empty




    Then I filled it with about 300lbs. of tools and equipment and she leveled out






    I figure she'll be perfect after she settles a little and I get the rear winch installed

    On a side note, the bags only have a few psi just to keep shape

    Looking into a pair of OME 861 medium duty coils for the front

    It's basically the highest lift I can go without the need for caster correction

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    Oh yeah, I also ordered up a complete Bosal exhaust today



    The original muffler had a hole in it and it only got bigger when I tried to weld it (nuff rust)

    Stuck some muffler putty on it and it's been holding up fine, but I figure I better replace it before my next trip home

    The OEM muffler alone sells for $650 bucks

    However, Bosal actually made the OEM systems for Toyota and I was able to get their complete system for under $600

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    Thats cool. Is that exhaust going to give you any hp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 SNAKE EATER View Post
    Oh yeah, I also ordered up a complete Bosal exhaust today



    The original muffler had a hole in it and it only got bigger when I tried to weld it (nuff rust)

    Stuck some muffler putty on it and it's been holding up fine, but I figure I better replace it before my next trip home

    The OEM muffler alone sells for $650 bucks

    However, Bosal actually made the OEM systems for Toyota and I was able to get their complete system for under $600
    Where did you order it from? I need a new y-pipe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by state69champ View Post
    Thats cool. Is that exhaust going to give you any hp?

    I doubt it

    It's basically a direct replacement

    My main concern is that it is quiet



    Quote Originally Posted by 87f383 View Post
    Where did you order it from? I need a new y-pipe.

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    Oh yeah, added some new cameras

    Side view cams...















    I didn't like my old rear view camera because the position didn't give me a good reference of where my vehicle was, so I replaced it with a new trailer harness and installed an angled 170* camera closer to the hitch so that the ball is in the field of view








    Did a temp install on the dash cam using the supplied swivel mount (I have a goose neck mount on order)






    Here's a short video showing how the cam switch works....





    Gunna add a hidden mic in case in get hassled by another cop

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    Driver's seat munched a gear over the weekend while I was vacuuming

    Luckily I had a spare gear and cap











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    Info on your DVR / cameras / and switching gear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemesis519 View Post
    Info on your DVR / cameras / and switching gear?
    Should be on page 3 and 4

    DVR is a single channel unit from Clover Electronics (MVR1020)

    30fps a/v
    CF based
    motion detection
    auto start
    auto looping
    yadda
    yadda
    yadda


    Cameras are run of the mill EBay color cctv

    Switch is basically 2 pole 6-way rotary from Radio Snack

    About to add another 4-channel DVR with similar features

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    So i hit a freezer on I-4 last night

    All I could do was cringe and hold on tight

    (FF to 0:50 for the hit and 2:40 for slo-mo)




    I have yet to put her on a lift, but so far, she's gunna need a new bumper, fair lead and winch mount


















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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 SNAKE EATER View Post
    So i hit a freezer on I-4 last night

    All I could do was cringe and hold on tight

    (FF to 0:50 for the hit and 2:40 for slo-mo)

    Cruiser meets Freezer - YouTube
    This video contains content from EMI, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay-C View Post
    This video contains content from EMI, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds..

    F#ck EMI

    Doing a quick audio swap to one of YouTube's ghey tracks right now

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 SNAKE EATER View Post
    F#ck EMI

    Doing a quick audio swap to one of YouTube's ghey tracks right now
    I hate when they do stupid shit like that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay-C View Post
    I hate when they do stupid shit like that
    What I don't get is that I downloaded the soundtrack from a video directly off of youtube and used it as a track for my vid

    The original vid is viewable by everyone, so I'm not sure why mine would be blocked

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    holy fuck I just read through this whole thing, it took like 3 hrs. Besides you needing to get some stock in bedliner, your shit looks awesome. good job

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    Well, I'm at 269,xxx miles now and the driver side axle seal just let go

    Noticed a little soup a couple days after I hit the refrigerator, but I doubt it's related

    I had installed non-OEM HD seals, at 212,xxx miles, but it turns out they were meant for low speed off-road and not well suited for highway use

    The passenger side was fine, so I just tore down the driver side, cleaned everything up, installed a new OEM seal and repacked without pulling the knuckle









    Birf was still in excellent shape and still flexed smoothly








    Unfortunately, I neglected to check my parts and was short a spindle gasket, so I had to use some copper RTV




    It should hold fine (I hope)

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    used that rtv on my 9 inch install. Moser sent me the wrong gasket, no leaks after 4000 miles of HARD abuse.

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    OK, I've decided on a new bumper, but it's gunna take some time to build



    In the meantime, my baby gets a new multi-channel DVR for Christmas


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    Another little update

    The guy making the front bumper won't be ble to start until March, so in the meantime, I decided to bedline the rest of the painted section with Al's Tan liner to basically turn this....



    into this



    So I started the usual tear down and got her prepped for the booth....
























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    I was already pushing 20 hours without rest when I sprayed the sealer, but didn't want to stop and wait another day

    So I broke out the new hopper gun and started mixing Al's tan kit...

    Did a few test shots and got the texture perfect, but when I started spraying the left fender, I backed into a tight corner where we have a table in the booth and while trying to balance a heavy hopper and still keep a proper spraying distance, I hit the regulator knob with my gut and blasted a THICK texture on the front of the fender

    F@CK!!!!!!

    I wasn't about to let an entire kit dry up, so I said screw it and sprayed the rest using the same super thick texture setting

    Way too textured, but it's growing on me














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    Here's a little close call video from earlier today....





    Cab driver (woman) in front of me was texting and swerving in and out of her lane and ended up in the turning lane

    As I tried to pass, she missed the turn and tried to force her way back into my lane

    Didn't have the train horns with me (recently pulled the roof rack for new additions), but I laid into the stock horn and gave her some choice words as I held my ground and made her drive into the bike lane

    First part of the video shows split screen, second part replays from individual camera views

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    OK, a little update on the roof rack....

    The front light bar has been rusting away nicely because I used cheap square tubing from Ace hardware and didn't bother to seal it after drilling holes in it for wiring and gutter mounts

    So I hacked it off





    I actually have another rack design I'm working on, but will probably use this one for another year or so

    I don't want anymore rusting problems, so I welded up a new bar using aluminum tubing





    Rather than drilling through the tubing again for the gutter mounts, I had a few flat mounts laser cut out of mild 14Gauge steel and welded it to the EMT frame, then bolted down the new bar to tie things together






    And here's a quick mock up before rewiring and bedliner




    On a side note, she also rolled 280,000 miles today

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    It keeps getting better and better. Doesn't matter the millage, you have no choice but to swap motors should it die. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 SNAKE EATER View Post


    On a side note, she also rolled 280,000 miles today
    I came in here to ask how many miles you had on it now.

    Pretty sure you're the first person to put 200k miles on a vehicle with only one thread documenting it.

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    Thumbs up

    Finally got enough guys to help put the rack back on yesterday













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    Added a timer relay to the dual battery circuit as well as a couple of momentary switches....







    One gives me a preset charge time without the fear of forgetting the batteries connected and the other activates the purge solenoids for the air tanks


    Also relocated the sub controller to make room for the OEM hand throttle...


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    Since I do a lot of long distance driving and have a TON of electrical goodies, I figured I'd replace the alternator as a PM

    I couldn't tell if the unit was OEM or not while on the truck, so instead of ordering a brush kit, I just picked up a reman from my local dealer




    Turned out to be the original







    Still had a little life left on the brushes









    Not bad for 15 years and 283,xxx miles

    Now I'm debating whether to send it back for core or buy a brush kit and keep it as a spare

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    Picked up this bad boy earlier today and will be installing it soon


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    Thumbs up

    Decided to do a little mock up to see where the best placement would be






    At first, I wanted it on the driver's side, but due to the motor location pushing the drum towards the center, the cable just won't line up with the secondary fair lead I plan on mounting on the x-member between the left wing and the hitch









    So I tried the passenger side and it looks to be a much better fit




    Seems to line up perfectly and looks like there's plenty of room to play with





    Also looks like it will be tucked away nicely...




    Mounting may be tricky due to the wing braces



    I'm thinking about just getting a 40"x10"x3/8" plate and welding up 4 large angle brackets, then bolt the brackets to the rails using 8 bolts

    (longer versions of these)




    I figure the brackets should give the wing braces enough clearance for removal if necessary

    I'll most likely mount a small ATV sized steel Hawse between the camera and the trailer plug


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    Love this thing. Please keep updating (as you already do)

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    Mounting plate and brackets are cut and ready for mock up





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    Installed an OEM Hand Throttle today









    The hand throttle is another cool JDM product that never made it to the states

    Just pull to set your desired engine RPM, then twist to lock it in place

    Great for jump starting or winching

    Toyota probably figured us silly Americans would use it as some kinda redneck cruise control and flatten a bunch of kids at a bus stop or sumthin

    All the brackets and mounts are there, so the install took about 5 minutes (3 of which for me to position my fatass under the steering wheel without catching a cramp)

    Now if I could only get the OEM center console ice maker, that would be the $h!t

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    There was an OEM ice maker available? I'll never keep up with your FJZ80. So many cool little toys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 87f383 View Post
    There was an OEM ice maker available?
    Yes an actual ice maker, along with a ton of other OEM goodies that we never got


    Snorkels, winches, pop-out cup holders, rear A/C, swing out tire carriers, auxiliary fuel tanks, turbo diesels, heated seats, manual transmissions, center locker switches, etc., etc., etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 SNAKE EATER View Post
    Yes an actual ice maker, along with a ton of other OEM goodies that we never got


    Snorkels, winches, pop-out cup holders, rear A/C, swing out tire carriers, auxiliary fuel tanks, turbo diesels, heated seats, manual transmissions, center locker switches, etc., etc., etc.
    We so got cheated. I have some of those things added. The overpriced cupholder and CDL switch. Rear AC and the tire carrier would be awesome.

    There should be a site that just has all that crap for sale. I've been meaning to get one of those hand throttles. Afraid of killing battery with winch and such.

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    LOL any pictures of the OEM ice maker?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OvrKill View Post
    LOL any pictures of the OEM ice maker?








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    That is awesome

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    Hit and Run caught on my Cruiser Cams

    (From YouTube Description)

    I was heading North on Orange Blossom Trail between Deerfield Blvd. and Stable Dr. in the middle lane when newer Nissan Altima driving in the left lane locked up his brakes and rear ended an older model Nissan Altima.
    I heard the tires screeching and quickly pulled into the right lane to avoid getting hit.
    The driver that caused the accident immediately crossed over the median and fled the scene heading South on Orange Blossom Trail.
    The car that was hit gave chase and I went after both of them with my emergency strobe lights lit to see if I could at least get a license plate.
    Both vehicles made a right turn heading West on Deerfield Blvd. and then an immediate U-Turn heading East on Deerfield Blvd.
    I spotted the car that caused the accident heading in the opposite direction and crossed over the median in an attempt to box him in, but he got in front of me.
    Once I got his license plate number (644 6GW), I pulled over, called the Police and made a report.
    Since my vehicle is equipped with multiple surveillance cameras that record 24/7, I pulled the footage and uploaded to YouTube as soon as I could.
    The first 2:25 shows footage being switched from camera to camera as the vehicles involved were in frame.
    The footage from 2:26 to 5:27 shows all that was recorded from camera #1 (front facing camera).
    The footage from 5:28 to the end shows all that was recorded from camera #3 (driver's side view camera).
    Since the side view camera is a "reverse" image camera, it shows the footage as it would be seen in a side view mirror, so it may look a bit confusing in the video.
    Hopefully the Police are able to track this fool down and give him what he has coming to him.




    I know it was stupid of me to go hopping medians and giving chase, but I just can't stand to see assholes like this get away

    Once I had the license plate, more traffic started to pile up, so I just pulled over and called the popo

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 SNAKE EATER View Post







    Fucking awesome! Wonder if I could get one of those mounted in the GX?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 SNAKE EATER View Post







    Completely awesome. How much are they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 87f383 View Post
    Completely awesome. How much are they?
    Not cheap and hard to come by


    Last one I saw on Ebay was pulled out of a wreck and went for like $1300 bucks

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    OK, little update on the winch install.....


    Welded up the mounting tabs..



    Had one of my guys coat it with etching primer..




    Then he sealed it with epoxy sealer....



    I bed lined it using some leftover Al's Liner...





    Shot my hitch slider while I was at it...



    Let it cure for a few days and gave the winch an oil change...




    Pulled the remote socket on the solenoid cover, added a piece of plastic cut out from a bumper and wired in a 4 wire conduit cable to extend the socket to the rear bumper....








    Cut a piece out of a mudflap to add some splash protection to the cable drum...



    Picked up some HUGE bolts to mount this heavy b!tch.....



    After bolting it up, I had one of my guys do the dirty work of cutting the rear fairlead slot...






    3/8" 100ft. steel cable from FleaBay....



    Reeled it in using our jump box...





    Shot from the side...





    I still need to install a main cut-off solenoid under the hood, run the main power cable and install a safety kill switch on the bumper, but my car lift has been leaking down lately, so I'm gunna finish up the rest after the lift company comes out to service it on Monday....

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    Dorkel installed....





















































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    Pics of it up to the windshield in water.

    I know you added a battery a while back but I was wondering if you had to add a new fuse/relay box for all the added electronics???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate View Post


    Pics of it up to the windshield in water.

    I've actually had water above the hood line while fording through flood waters long before the dorkel install

    Luckily, it comes with a cyclonic air cleaner from the factory

    I know you added a battery a while back but I was wondering if you had to add a new fuse/relay box for all the added electronics???
    Of course

    All electrical goodies with the exception of the winches are fused with individual relays (winches use a 700amp burst cutoff solenoid)

    Everything on the rack has their own fuses/relays as well




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    Jeezus man, I was nervous as hell cutting the hole in the bed of my GMC for my turnover ball hitch. Even though it fit perfectly I don't there is any way I could trust myself making all of those holes.

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    I want your bumper and roof rack. Im not cool enough/tools to fab crap like that.

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    So if I buy a LC and send it to you can you fix it up like yours? Maybe no train horns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsanderson View Post
    So if I buy a LC and send it to you can you fix it up like yours? Maybe no train horns.
    Sure, just give me a few years


    New bumper arrived today














    I still need to size up my winch for a cover plate and weld up some light and limb riser mounts before hitting the spray booth, but I'll try to get to it later this week

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    OK, got a little more done today....

    Drilled the holes for the remote plug and safety cut-off switch....









    Prepped it for the booth....





    Coated it with Etch primer....











    Baked for a bit, then coated it with Epoxy Sealer....









    Getting behind the gusset plates was a major PITA




    Currently baking for a bit before I hit it with bed liner....

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    All set















    The top plate is still at the laser shop and won't be done until next week as they're backed up with work, so I'll probably just install the bumper on Saturday and add the plate later

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