When I asked BBS this is what they said - hope it helps others looking to powder coat these TRD Pro BBS Forged wheels.
“We (BBS) only approve of powder coating if the bake/cure temperature is 250°F or less. Most powders cure at ±400°F but that can weaken the wheel.
The shops the powder coat...
do you have spacers and did you have issues fitting with stock lugs and the grease cap?
When researching the powder coating process I’m seeing it has risk because heating may damage the metal leading to early failures.
How did you guys manage that risk?
Good from a mechanical perspective.
In hindsight I would have forked over the cash for OE.
@scwill and I find that these drone at idle whenever the truck has some load on the motor - fans to combat heat / air conditioning specifically. I have to put it in N otherwise it drives me nuts.
Similar situation. It was the third brake light filler seal that was bad.
I found it by removing the tailgate interior trim & having a friend run water across the tailgate while I was watching from the cargo area.
Silicon fixed it (a thin consistent bead should be all you need - I used too...
Austin Glass Solutions is owned by a former 100-series owner ... they sealed my windshield on the last 100 I had before I ended up just having them replace it due to wind noise (they didn't do great with re-install hence why later went to LCS)... if you're not swapping out the glass they're a...
Land Cruiser Specialists (Edwin's joint) has a guy who's their in-house 100-series expert.
He helped me install new rubber trim / rivets & mentioned he'd be happy to help with glass in the future.
See if he'll do it. That's where I'd go.
Biggest thing is finding a shop that agrees to 1) not...
I grew up with a father who sold Toyota. I drove Tacos and 4Runners. It was always going to be about a branded Land Cruiser. You can relatively cheaply add sound deadening and upgrade a stereo.
Plus the wife always snickered at the LX listings ... something about women drive Lexus lol (not my...
Humans are not exclusively driven by logic.
I chose to buy a 14 year old truck that gets 10.5 mpg for use in Austin, TX’s urban core. It needed work and I paid a dealer their asking price ... five o other buyers were behind me willing to do the same.
If people like me are who you’re competing...
Agree with you. My point of posting this is to backup the idea that truck is still very economical. DIY would move my baseline down significantly ... either way this is a 1x every 5-6 year type of maintenance!
It's all about how you buy it! I will recover most of my baseline costs if I choose...
Agree that these are cheap to run once you address any PM gaps.
My current baseline... I had a dealer do much of the maintenance work since I didn’t have time and wanted the records reflecting it for resale.
Ceramic tint / 5 x K02s + road force balance / $1200 detail (remove pinstripe &...
Economics drive costs and for US owners that have pluses and minuses. For a quality example an owner can easily sell their LC and do alright. Try selling a Range Rover (or a GM) of comparable condition.
IMO cost is too subjective to be anything more than opinion...ask a millionaire and they’ll...
The market has a niche of folks who want 100 series and don’t have a 200 series as part of their consideration. This is similar to how any vehicle’s enthusiast market works. A sub 12 MPG SUV just doesn’t attract a “normal” buyer ya know?
Detroit Axle offers OEM remans with lifetime warranty. Installed + parts I was under $800. The shop owner (very reputable, high quality) swore he'd never do it for the quoted 2.5 hours ever, never, ever again. This job seems to suck more than most on this truck