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  1. 96TrailSurfer

    Where did you mount your VHF/UHF radio?

    Folks with mounted shortwave radios (not the handheld units), where did you mount the base unit, the remote face plate (if any), and the microphone. On my Surf, I mounted the base unit under the passenger seat, and the face plate in place of the field monitor, with the microphone hanging down...
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    Is this supposed to be unplugged?

    I noticed that this sensor (blue plug), which appears to be a stock water temp sensor, is unplugged. Any idea if it’s supposed to be plugged in, and if so, where I could look for the connector? 1hd-ft
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    1hd-ft - What’s your boost without load?

    Folks with 1hd-ft with stock turbos, what boost do you get as your rev the engine without load (Park or Neutral), at what rpm, and how fast do you get there? I am trying to figure out if my turbo is having issues spinning up.
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    1HD-FT - Turbo Pressure Sensor and VSV

    Could someone kindly explain (or point to an explanation) for how the Turbo Pressure Sensor (3) works in conjunction with the VSV (5). Since there is no ECU, I thought that the TPS only controls the overboost light on the dash. But since it's paired to a VSV via a damper, is it the case that...
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    Help: 1hd-ft lost power / turbo does not spool up

    Hi Everyone, Hoping I can get some ideas for diagnosing and fixing this. 1hd-ft engine Went through a mud-puddle today and then lost all engine power. The best way to describe is that I flooring them gas pedal and get no response. If the vehicle is facing uphill, the only way to get it...
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    CO Bumper Swingout - Safety Pin?

    Folks with coastal off-road bumpers, have you added anything to prevent the swing out from closing on the tailgate when parked on an incline?
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    Removing roof mat adhesive for sound-proofing

    I am in the process of sound-proofing my truck with Kilmat. Doors and floors and rear fenders are done, leaving only the roof. I removed the headliner, but as you can see, there were two areas that had a sound-deadening mat that was glued to the metal. Any advice on how to remove the...
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    Replacement Rear Door Speakers

    My rear door speakers have disintegrated and I need to replace them with something aftermarket. The problem is that all after-market 4" speakers I found have 4 mounting holes, while the stock speakers have have 3 mounting holes 120 degrees apart. Has anyone had any lucking finding aftermarket...
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    Swingout Bumper from a 100 Series?

    Does anyone know if the 80 and 100 frames are sufficiently similar so that a swingout bumper from a 100 series will fit on an 80?
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    Loss of Power / Limp Mode on 1HD-FT

    I deleted EGR on my 1HD-FT by removing the entire EGR valve system (leaving the electrical actuators plugged in) and fitting blanking plates. Took the truck for ride and found out that I lost all power, the truck is in limp mode. When in gear and on an incline, no matter how hard I pressed on...
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    Is BEB an issue for 1HD-FT

    I am getting conflicting information as to whether BEBs are an issue on 1HD-FT, and thus whether I should be considering replacing them on my 97 1HD-FT with 300,000 km on the clock. I just got the vehicle and do not know the history of the engine. However, it doesn't seem to make any unusual...
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    1HD-FT Rough Shutdown

    My new to me 1HD-FT shuts down somewhat rough, with the whole vehicle shuddering. I know that this is not uncommon on diesels, and my '96 1KZ-TE used to do same when I reset the ECU, but would go away after about 300-500 km as the engine ECU auto-tuned itself. Is there anything I can do on...
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    Starbo Remote Starter?

    My HDJ81 came to Canada with a Starbo RS-271i remote starter and, of course, no remote. Has anyone had any experience with these units? Specifically, can I get a new remote (original or aftermarket?), is there a North American equivalent unit that uses the same wiring harness?
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    HDJ81V 1HD-FT Wiring Diagram (24V)

    I apologize if this has been asked before, but I can't find the answer. I am looking for a wiring diagram for an HDJ81V. I have a Toyota Land Cruiser 1996 wiring diagram, but it's only for North American models, doesn't cover 1HD-FT, dual batteries, 24V starter system. Plus, and thus may be...
  15. 96TrailSurfer

    Alternator Replacement - NA Part Numbers?

    The alternator on my 96 KZN-185 needs replacement (or at least the voltage regulator). P/n of the alternator is 27060-67070, which was used in 95-97 Surfs as well as in Japan market RZN185 and VZN185 (4runners), as well as some LC and Prados. This alternator was not used in North America...
  16. 96TrailSurfer

    Tailgate Light Switch - Which Wire???

    I've set up extra lights in the tailgate and wanted to have them come when the tailgate opens. Stock rear dome light is ground switched - with the switch in the tailgate latch. When the tailgate is closed, dome lights have a ground. Inside the tailgate is a 20 pin connector to the tailgate ECU...
  17. 96TrailSurfer

    HELP! Steering Knock / Rattle

    Hoping someone can help me diagnose this as it's driving me nuts. Vehicle is a 96 KZN-185, lifted 2-3.5", with Tundra Bilstein 5100 shocks, Eibach 620# coils, and SPC UCAs in front. Background: - Steering is nice and tight when driving on regular roads. - Very little play in the steering...
  18. 96TrailSurfer

    1KZ-TE Dump Pipe

    1KZ-TE Engine on a 1996 Hilux Surf (KZN-185). I am having a bitch of a time removing the dump pipe. I got 3 of 4 nuts without any issues, but the 4th one I just can't seem to access. I am not eager to take off the entire turbo.... suggestions? First photo is where I am at - note the 1"...
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    Elocker Actuator Adapter Plate

    *grumble* *grumble* the aluminum adapter plate by which the actuator mounts on the differential has disintegrated. As far as I can see, there should be nothing preventing me from having a machine shop make a new adapter plate from aluminum or other material - all I need is CAD drawing. Before I...
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    3rd Gen Surf Manual Swap Questions

    The A340F A/T in my KZN-185 is on the fritz, so I am thinking of doing a manual swap. There are a lot of write-ups for doing that on a 3rd gen 4runner, but I haven't yet found anything comprehensive for doing this on a Surf. The first, threshold question I am trying to figure out is can I mate...
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