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    woot, i love when this thread gets updated!!

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    You really just need to find an allspark and get on with this show already.

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    So today she turned 340,000 miles and I replaced the washer diverter valve again



    I had replaced it once back in 2009 and it started giving me the exact same symptoms randomly since last week (rear washer working when I flip rear on, rear working when I hit front button, both working slowly or not at all, etc.)

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    Finally got around to flipping the solenoid pack and adding all new cables to the rear winch









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    Obligatory post to show this thread is still appreciated so more upgrades get posted down the line...


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    How capable are the Lexus equivalents to your generation Landcruiser? I have been seeing a few around Austin as well as a few Landcruisers. Also, what does the vent on the back pillar do on the ones the generation newer than yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5.7Phoenix View Post
    How capable are the Lexus equivalents to your generation Landcruiser? I have been seeing a few around Austin as well as a few Landcruisers.
    The two are practically identical with very minor differences (kinda like comparing a Sierra to a Silverado)

    The LX got better leather, body cladding, softer shocks, a 90's tech mobile phone and a slightly better sound system.

    I actually installed LX shocks all around on my TLC because I wanted a softer ride.

    The driver's side rear sliding window is fixed on the LX due to the phone antenna while all 4 slides on the TLC

    The subwoofer and CD changer is built into the center console while the TLC's had the subwoofer mounted in the right rear corner.

    The good thing about the LX450's is that the majority of them were serviced at the dealer and they usually have good service records, however, they were only made for two years which makes them a little harder to find.

    Also, what does the vent on the back pillar do on the ones the generation newer than yours?
    They simply vent the cabin

    When the HVAC is set to fresh air, it sucks in air from the front and the excess is forced out the vents

    When set to recirculate, the vents stay closed.

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    Dash cam caught a Heep in front of me blowing up while at the BK Drive-Thru


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    Took the family movie hopping last night and karma kinda bit me in the arse cause on our way home, my charging light came on

    Drove 40 minutes home with the lights, wipers and heater going without issue

    Then drove about an hour in traffic to my uncle's shop on the Island and found the output lead for the alternator had fried




    Wiggled and it snapped right at the output terminal

    Replaced both the main charging lead and the fuse panel lead with 6Ga. cables.



    Then hacked the old ring terminal and used it as a locking ring washer.





    Wasn't able to get a new fusible link, but everything seems to be working fine

    I had panned on driving to Orlando this morning, but this gave me a reason to stay another night, so off to the movies we go again

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    OK, so Friday I decided to replace the bleeder valves on all four calipers and the one on the LSPV

    They were a bit tough to loosen the last time I bled the brakes, so I just ordered up new ones and had been putting it off for about the last 5 months

    Had to heat them up a bit with a torch, but I managed to remove them all

    Toyota doesn't sell the valve fo the LSPV separately, so I just picked up a speed bleeder, which, unfortunately, was a little too short, so I just cleaned out the old one and stuck in back in there

    Bled the brakes and all was good until the next morning when I felt a hard pedal

    Bled the brakes again (both vacuum bleeding and 2-man bleeding), but it still had the same hard pedal

    Turns out she needs a booster now

    I figure it was probably on its last leg and just gave up from all the bleeding

    Got a new one on my desk and not really looking forward to replacing it

    It's only a few bolts, but it's a tight squeeze under the dash for my fat arse

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    OK, followed the FSM to make sure the booster was the culprit and although it passed the "Operation Check", it didn't pass the "Air Tightness Check"



    When I shut the motor down with the pedal depressed, after a few seconds, it just suddenly pushes back up with break leg force


    My local dealer wanted $400 for a new one, but that was way too much cheese, so I just ordered a new OEM hose and as much as I hated to do it, I had VatoZone drop off a reman




    I was able to R&R without removing any lines











    The lines were flexible enough to give me more room than I needed


    The hardest part for me was actually squeezing my fat arse under the dash to put the top left nut back on

    I refused to take off the Cruise Control box, which would've made it much easier, but I'm too lazy (and stubborn) to walk all the way back to my tool box to grab a 10mm socket

    All is well and the whole job took about 40 minutes

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    Finally got my new daily beater today!! (Edit: Train Horns FTW!!)

    Awesome rick. Did that fix the problem? You didn't say or maybe I missed it lol

    Edit - you said all is well. Good deal, Never mind lol

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    Yeah, everything is running tip top again.

    Should be hitting 355k sometime today or tomorrow (depending on how much I drive the Road Runner)

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    Wow. Crazy man

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    That is awesome!! I want to see this thing go to 500k....get to driving Rick!

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    Should have used that as an opportunity to do a hydro-boost swap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigKID View Post
    Should have used that as an opportunity to do a hydro-boost swap.
    Being a stock motor, I've got no problem with vacuum at idle, so there really isn't a need for hydro

    A few guys that did 4BT or 6BT conversion went with hydro-boost and it worked fine, but I actually have more faith in the stock system

    My buddy had a hydro-boost setup on his Rustang and nearly took out my T/A in a back road drag race when he threw a belt and lost all braking

    Not that I'd have that problem since my P/S pump is gear driven

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    New hose just arrived






    Old hose held pressure fine, but showed some cracking, so I ordered one anyways

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    Nice keychain Rick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dingle View Post
    Nice keychain Rick.







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    Still take $3k for that RR? I have the 'want a weekend toy' bug now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 426HEMI View Post
    Still take $3k for that RR?


    Sure

    The one I'm holding in my hand, right?



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    Nice, where do you get those from? I would like one of a C5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mako View Post
    Nice, where do you get those from? I would like one of a C5

    I got them from a collector on EBay many years ago dirt cheap ($400)

    He still stocks many different authentic train horns and whistles if you're interested

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    i hope one of us misread his question and you didnt pay $400 for a hot wheel

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    Sorry, for some reason I thought he was asking about the horns

    As for the key chains, just find a matching car, drill a hole and rivet a chain to it




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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 SNAKE EATER View Post
    I got them from a collector on EBay many years ago dirt cheap ($400)

    He still stocks many different authentic train horns and whistles if you're interested
    Sorry, I was talking about the keychain. I want one to match my C5

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    The surveillance system picked up a little footage during an interesting ride home last week....




    Details here:

    http://www.ls2.com/forums/showthread...ive-home-today

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    A few teaser shots of the new roof rack I'm building







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    what happened to the old roof rack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Beatles View Post
    what happened to the old roof rack?
    i don't think it's made out of aluminum, he might be experiencing some wear damage? Just my guess, i dunno LOL

    Looking good!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Beatles View Post
    what happened to the old roof rack?
    Quote Originally Posted by HybridZ28 View Post
    i don't think it's made out of aluminum, he might be experiencing some wear damage? Just my guess, i dunno LOL

    Looking good!!


    Hit the nail right on the head

    Remember when I made the original rack, it was done on a budget and I used leftover EMT and cheap mild steel that was sitting in the back of the shop

    The EMT held up great over the years, but the square tubing has rusted badly from the inside out

    It's still on the roof, but I wouldn't go walking around on it like I used to

    I've been planning out a new hybrid design (aluminum and EMT, no raw steel) that's more user friendly and will remain rock solid for years to come

    I must say, welding galvy is NOT fun

    Even though I'm using a vacuum respirator, that smoke still manages to get to you

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 SNAKE EATER View Post
    Hit the nail right on the head

    Remember when I made the original rack, it was done on a budget and I used leftover EMT and cheap mild steel that was sitting in the back of the shop

    The EMT held up great over the years, but the square tubing has rusted badly from the inside out

    It's still on the roof, but I wouldn't go walking around on it like I used to

    I've been planning out a new hybrid design (aluminum and EMT, no raw steel) that's more user friendly and will remain rock solid for years to come

    I must say, welding galvy is NOT fun

    Even though I'm using a vacuum respirator, that smoke still manages to get to you
    I really hate you.

    I wish I had half the skills you display.

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    Some of the laser work came in, so here are a few test fit shots




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    Do I sense some led lights going in behind the laser etched panels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HybridZ28 View Post
    Do I sense some led lights going in behind the laser etched panels?


    I was actually thinking about some El Tape


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    Woah

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    Just took the old rack off








    Truck feels so naked now

    I dunno how I'll get through the next week without train horns

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    OK, I pulled the trigger on a pair of flood beams for my bumper



    I figured if I was satisfied with the quality, I'd order a set of 5 for my new roof rack (still under construction)

    Did a test fit on the rack and it looks like I'll be splitting a couple of millimeters within the loop I made






    So now I'm on the hunt for 5 matching spot beams, but it's gunna bit harder than I thought cause the style is being phased out due to legal reasons with the HID logos on the front

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 SNAKE EATER View Post



    Even though I'm using a vacuum respirator, that smoke still manages to get to you
    Drink milk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chud View Post
    Drink milk.

    So I can have both a headache and the skwirtz


    No thanks

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    Pics of it in water deep enough to need the snorkle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by speed_demon24 View Post
    Pics of it in water deep enough to need the snorkle?
    I've had it half way up the windshield, but no pix, just useless dashcam video that looks as though I was rinsing a fishbowl

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    Notched some braces for the light loop







    Gotta wait until the other lights come in before I weld them up

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    New spots arrived earlier today






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    OK, the tube welding is done and the lights are all mounted up









    Gunna do one last test fit either today or tomorrow to mark the mounting points for the limb risers and once those are welded in, it's off to the spray booth

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    What brand lights are those? I wonder if they would work for replacements for my center foglight mod on the Z?

    01-02-12 Aviation Museum 225 by FirehawkNS, on Flickr

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    Fleabay 55 watt lights

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/350869935538...84.m1497.l2649




    They're actually pretty damn good quality for the money

    H3 bulbs
    Real Glass lens (not plastic)
    Metal housing

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    Test fit today







    Still gotta drill for the front mounts, weld up limb rise mounts, then size up the relay box and weld that too

    Should be in the booth this weekend if there's room

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    How many Amps do all of those lights pull?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFML View Post
    How many Amps do all of those lights pull?
    7Amps for each of the 9" lights, which is actually less than the 100watt halogen spot lights they're replacing, even though they're MUCH brighter

    Not sure on the little ones, but I doubt they're even worth checking since they're less power than what I had previously

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 SNAKE EATER View Post
    Fleabay 55 watt lights

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/350869935538...84.m1497.l2649



    They're actually pretty damn good quality for the money

    H3 bulbs
    Real Glass lens (not plastic)
    Metal housing
    Not those, the big round ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FirehawkNS View Post
    Not those, the big round ones.

    Yikes, you plan on Rally racing your Camaro?

    Even though they're 9", they actually measure about ~10.5" and the housing for the HID controller makes the whole thing about the size of a 10 subwoofer, so you'd be cutting up the nose quite a bit if you want a flush fit

    Got those on EBay as well, but they're getting hard to find

    The ones with the red ring that say HID all around are no longer being made due to some legal reason

    The two mounted on the front bumper are flood beams and I got them from this EBay seller (who just happened to change the listing to the newer/uglier style they currently sell)

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/261336785412


    The ones on the rack are spot beams and I got them from Amazon, but the seller also switched his listing over to the newer/uglier style lights

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DG1ZMY4/?tag=ihco-20

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    Threw her in the booth and got her coated on Saturday














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    Big thumbs up!!! Awesome project and work!!

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    Looks awesome. Can't wait to see it all together

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    love it, great job man

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    Rewired my winch cover lighting with waterproof LED strips and also wired up a pair of 9" HID flood lights















    Damn things are bright as hell already and I've got 5 more going on the roof

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