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  1. bloc

    Folding shovel recommendations

    Hello all, I keep a small toolbag with recovery equipment in my cruiser at all times, mostly for being able to help someone out if needed. Recently I realized a shovel is an important part of those tools that I'm missing, but having a full-size shovel in the back of my truck all the time...
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    Is the clean side of your airbox dirty too?

    My rig got a new OE filter recently and I remembered watching a review of an Aussie VDJ200 where the owner mentioned the stock airboxes being bad about letting dirt bypass the filter. Wondering if this was a problem on the 3UR-FE I took a close look.. and didn’t like what I saw. What you are...
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    Auto-dimming mirror weirdness

    The other day I noticed a car behind me burning holes in my retinas via the windshield mounted rearview mirror. Odd, as the little green light was lit and I know for a fact the dimming worked when I got the truck a year and a half ago. Then, I notice the side-view mirrors are clearly dimmed as...
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    Oil change then cold start rattle 3 days in a row.

    30k miles with my 2013 cruiser and loving every minute. I've done all maintenance, and had no issues so far. Just did an oil change using TRD filter and toyota 0w-20 oil.. obvious couple seconds of no oil pressure on first start, then it built pressure, I drove around, everything behaved as...
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    Any issue with Dexron IV for power steering?

    Our manuals call for Dexron II or III for power steering fluid. Per GM, Dexron IV is backwards compatible in Dex III applications, but not anything before. I happen to have a gallon of IV sitting around from my LS swap, and need to flush the PS. As far as I can tell the main difference is...
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    How I grease my front driveshaft

    I've seen a few threads asking for advice on getting the front driveline lubed, and even a couple asking whether there are even zerks up there. Had to do my drivelines recently and figured I'd take some pictures of what I do. First off.. the equipment. No fancy grease gun or nozzle here. Just a...
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    Do Denso TPMS transmitters need to be activated/turned on?

    Hello all, I wanted to put TPMS in my new-to-me rock warriors. I ordered four of the the Denso 550-0103 transmitters off Amazon.. part number cross referenced from rockauto. Per my research this is a Pacific Industries made, denso-supplied version of what comes OEM on my 2013 cruiser.. and they...
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    Need opinions: Prior dealer service inclued "power steering conditioner". Also Dexron 6.

    Hello all, ~135k on my 2013 Cruiser. Going through the service history, at roughly 65k the previous owner had the dealer flush the power steering and they used "power steering conditioner". I contacted the dealer to figure out what product this was, and they couldn't tell me what they would...
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    Repairing a broken Recirculate door

    Well, decided to tackle this little project today. I consider this one of the weak points of our vehicles, even if the problem wouldn't exist at all with oil-change level techs that aren't idiots. But I digress.. My door not only was disconnected, the edge of it was broken. If you...
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    For Sale  [TX] ARB/IPF 351HLB LED headlamps

    I bought these for the high beams of my 200 but actually prefer the more yellow hue of the HIR bulbs I used to have. Used for approx 2k miles on one trip, in great shape, only a month old. Work perfectly, including the fans. TON of light, just not the color I like. Work in 9005/9006 or...
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    P285/70R17 Toyo ATII on Rock Warriors. Smart?

    Hello all, Finally acquired some Rock Warriors and am now considering tires for them. It's no secret here I don't like the ride quality of my LT285/65R18 -E KO2s, and am convinced a large part of that is the 42psi cold pressure required for them. I'm sure the 57lb weight doesn't help, 40lb for...
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    I don't have warped rotors but something odd is going on.

    Truck drives great, plenty of pad left, no pulsing pedal or wobbling steering wheel.. no detectable uneven pad deposits (aka "warped rotors). I do drive it pretty hard but am religious about not stopping and holding the brakes on hot rotors. Anyone know what's going on here? Same on both sides...
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    White 200 owners: what are you doing with your chrome?

    No, I don't mean the color of the OWNER.. For those of us with the Blizzard Pearl or other white LC/LX, what are you doing with your chrome trim? Plasti-dip seems the easy option but I'm not sure black on white will look very good. And white/white even worse. I did consider removing the giant...
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    For Sale  93-97 FZJ80 distributor, 93-94 AFM and ECU, Central Texas

    I have a few FZJ80 parts that have been lying around since my engine swap and I'm finally getting around to selling. Prices include shipping via flat rate USPS to the continental US. Add extra for more insurance. Edit: SOLD Brand new OEM 93-97 FZJ80 19100-66020 distributor, unfortunately I...
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    Serpentine Idler and Tensioner pulley lifespan

    Hello all, Started noticing an intermittent faint squeal on cold start and will be throwing a new belt on the engine shortly since I don't know how many miles are on it. 123k miles on the chassis.. belt looks great, but I'm guessing has stretched quite a bit. Between the fan support bearing...
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    Windshield whistle... fixed?

    Heading out to California and since there was so much interstate time I brought a roll of blue painters tape to modify airflow and see if I could alter or eliminate the common low pitch whistle from the windshield. Background.. 2013 LC with a replaced windshield. It is not OEM. Tech reused the...
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    $80/liter transfer case oil

    I'm baselining my new-to-me 200 and part of that process is all new fluids. Looking up the specs, Toyota calls for "SAE 75W Toyota Genuine Transfer Gear LF" fluid. 1.53L, for the record. My discount parts source is $53.63/Liter, MSRP at the counter is $81 What about this stuff is so special...
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    Mexico spec shocks?

    Hello, Digging around in my favorite parts number program I noticed that on North American 200s there are two OE part numbers available for each shock.. one is standard, and another is "MEXICO SPEC." A preliminary search through my local toyota parts source suggests they are available too. I...
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    Dealer  09 LC in Texas, went to see it today

    Used 2009 Toyota Land Cruiser for sale in San Antonio, TX 78249: Sport Utility Details - 481299553 - Autotrader I stopped by to check this thing out today.. mild damage on the front right, fender and bumper cover effected, sun damage on the headlights, otherwise it's quite clean. Typical of a...
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    SOLD  6.2L V8 triple locked '94 Cruiser + lift/armor/winch

    Well, it's time to move on to another project. So it's easy to find: $16,000 Edit: now $15,000, also considering trades for your rust-free stock (or close to it) 03-07 100-series. Located in Austin, Texas EDIT: someone pointed out it's not clear.. this is a clean Texas title, not salvage. The...
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