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    Valve cover gasket / Throttle body cleaning in progress...

    Hi guys, I've decided to replace my valve cover gasket / plug seals and clean the throttle body while I'm there. Now that I have all the necessary bits off, cleaned, and safely laid on the garage floor, few questions though: 1. The distributor gear and its surrounds look very brownish...
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    Replaced starter plunger and contacts...Qs?

    Hi all, My starter started clicking in the morning and got progressively worse in the last few weeks. With 112K miles on the truck and original starter, I figured my contacts & plunger are done, especially after reading Alvaro's thread. When I removed the contacts, there was not an...
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    120K maintenance items...

    Hi all, After approximately 112K of trouble-free miles, the truck finally hesitated to start this morning (clicked on the first try, barely cranked on the second, but got it running on the third try) - so I guess it's time to get some work done along with the 120K tasks: . Replace starter...
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    Free OEM LX450 front springs...

    This is for local mudders only as I won't be able to ship them. I live in S. San Jose, CA - pickup could be arranged any time during the day.
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    OME 861/862 lowlift springs + shocks (stock height replacements).

    Upgraded so I'm passing my stuffs down to other fellow mudders (should fit all '91-'97 LCs, '96-'97 LXs): . Two OME861 front low lift springs (raises approx. 10mm per ARB) . Two OME862 rear low lift springs (raises approx. 20mm per ARB) . Two OME N74E rear shock absorbers Also included for...
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    Check engine light came on...HELP!!!

    Hi guys, I'll loan a ODBII code reader soon to read the fault code...Meanwhile, here're what I have done to the truck in the last few days - dont know if it's a coincidence or not: . OME851/860 springs installed (upgraded from OME861/862) with new Bilstein shock absorbers - I did not...
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    1974 FJ40 project car (no engine/tranny) forsale...(

    Found on local Craigslist: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/car/195349997.html He's going to crush it if there's no buyer's by Sat. :eek: No affiliations...
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    (VERY) Simple mod for blinking side markers

    Hi guys, This is for those that wish to have blinking side markers, without drilling big holes on the light housings, and at a minimal cost (less than a buck). Credit: Thanks to Daniel Stern for this cool idea. I have this project pondering in my head for years but haven't felt the need to...
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    Factory Toyota Inclinometer...

    Found this on craigslist.org for $50...Thought I'd pass this along to the 80s crowd... http://www.craigslist.org/eby/pts/101469957.html
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    Ideas needed: Most economical way to fill up a swimming pool?

    Ideas needed: Most economical way to fill IN a swimming pool? Hello all, I have a small pool (about 30,000 - 40,000 gallons) that takes up all my precious space in the back yard. Since it does not get much use, I'm thinking of filling it up (with sand, then soil...) and cover it with grass...
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    ROTW - sjcruiser

    The vehicle: 1997 Lexus LX450 Production date: Dec. - 1997 (ported to the US on Jan. 1998) Mileage: just rolled over 88,888 miles yesterday! I bought mine under CPO program in May, 2001. The truck had approximately 35Kmiles on it. Since then, it's been serving mainly as a family van on...
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    3M lense protectors on...

    Took me more than an hour...successful in the end...virtually invisible... Thanks IdahoDoug!!! (pics to be uploaded soon.) cheers, Frank.
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    OME shocks removed...

    Well, finally felt comfortable wrenching again (dislocated my right shoulder snowboarding last month), so decided it's time to change out the OME poly-urethane shock bushings with OEM ones (thanks for the new ones, Beowulf!!!) Front driver's one was a piece of cake, so I proceeded to the...
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    Wiper's inserts findings...

    Thought I would share with others... Approximately a year ago I replaced all my wiper's inserts with OEM ones. Upon dis-assembling the inserts, I noticed the locking end of the inserts (larger ribbed end) is mounted on the bottom of the wiper arm; so I put the new replacements in the same...
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    JDM fog light switch...

    Hi all, Just got this fog light switch from a JDM MR2... Could any take a guess as what the upper switch position does (note Japanese writings)? What about wiring scheme? As you could see, the switch has 4 wires: Red (switched power), Yellow (constant power from battery), Green/Yellow...
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    Doors unlock unexpectedly...

    Hi all, Approximately 2 & 1/2 years ago my truck would randomly unlock (front dome light flashed, door opened indicator light in the dash glowed) WHEN making a hard left. Brought the truck in under CPO program, the dealer replaced the right front door lock actuator (and noted 'due to...
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    PS fluid flushed...

    Flushed my PS yesterday with Valvolin SyncPower PS fluid. The old fluid had honey color when checked so I always assumed that they relatively OK, NOT! The old fluid came out looks like root beer comparing to almost clear color of the new fluid - attached a pix for reference Frank.
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    Whats Our Measurements?

    For a '97... H: 73.2" W 76.4" L 192.5"
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    OEM shocks PNs

    Could anybody (and Dan) please advise if the following PNs are correct for the stock shocks: Front: 48511-60480 GJ1 Rear: 48531-60480 GI3 Thanks in advance! Frank.
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    Power from the map light module...

    Hello all, Has anyone tried to tap into this module for a small draw ? I'd like to get some power for an e-compass; ignition switched is preferred over constant powered. Any tips are greatly appreciated! Frank.
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