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  1. thetoyotaman

    Builds My first 80 Series

    Kids project today. Painting the wire tap insulation cuts with liquid electrical tape. I’m thinking it would be a good idea to paint 3 layers with a days drying period in between for good protection. There are no instructions with this product. I love it when the kids want to help on the Cruiser!
  2. thetoyotaman

    Best offset/wheel size for 35’s

    This looks a lot like the truck I’m building in the garage. Do you feel like you are going to tear up any flares? Just building the truck and like the idea of wider stance when lifting for safety.
  3. thetoyotaman

    Best offset/wheel size for 35’s

    Sounds like the short of it is stock rims work and wider stance wheels can work with flare trimming.
  4. thetoyotaman

    Best offset/wheel size for 35’s

    Reading up threads on this it seems some advocate the stock wheel as perfect and some a 3.5” backspace. I’m running a 2 inch lift. Looking for clarification. I like the wider stance idea for stability. Im guessing this has some to do with which springs one is running and maybe running flares or not.
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    Louisiana Boy headed North in a 97 FZJ80 40th Anniversary Edition

    Get a winter car and enjoy the Cruiser in the summer.
  6. thetoyotaman

    SoFlo Rear Bumper Review

    Pics? I talked to Rocky about this new version and he just got them. None have been installed yet. He said every version gets improved.
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    SoFlo Rear Bumper Review

    This is evidently 2 versions down the road from the OP post.
  8. thetoyotaman

    My first LX470

    The wife spotted this cool steering wheel cover so latest accessory.
  9. thetoyotaman

    SoFlo Rear Bumper Review

    Saw this company and there is a different version of the 80 rear bumper now. Curious if anyone has experience with it?
  10. thetoyotaman

    My first LX470

    Interesting how a properly working radiator cap causes the system to bleed air and reservoir to go up and down when hot or cold. Saw a thread somewhere about doing a tranny fluid test to look for contaminated fluid on a white napkin by checking for a ring around the edge of the drop. Fluid looks...
  11. thetoyotaman

    Builds My first 80 Series

    Those are correct overseas part numbers I researched that fit perfectly. 53451-60010 Rod 90480-15002 Grommet 53452-90351 Clamp
  12. thetoyotaman

    Builds My first 80 Series

    I have stock gas struts already. They are a little weak. I like the hood support rod backup.
  13. thetoyotaman

    Builds My first 80 Series

    Hood support installed. The rubber grommet is grooved so it just works in the hole on the radiator support top trim. Then just snap the retainer on the left side and put your rod through the grommet and you are done! Kids enjoyed helping with it.
  14. thetoyotaman

    Builds My first 80 Series

    It would be nice to fix one thing at a time with a build. But, in the real world of builds multiple things need to be tackled while researching fixes, locating parts, waiting on parts, tools, budgets, and time. I’ve had a goal to tackle at least one thing every month whether working on the truck...
  15. thetoyotaman

    My first LX470

    eBay. They are called wheat bulbs. Just pay attention to the size. Picked up some more parts. Seat belt clips, radiator cap as the other one was seeping, gear shifter trim (going for black as the chrome ones seem to separate) and solved the part number for the 33 tooth speedometer gear.
  16. thetoyotaman

    My first LX470

    Ordered some parts. Saw these 555 ball joints for sale under the Ultra-Power brand and I needed an Air Filter so I decided to order both. Very impressed with the quality.New air filter on left. Denso on the right.
  17. thetoyotaman

    Membership Card Replacement?

    They are PDFs now. Mike can email you one.
  18. thetoyotaman

    Transfer Case Rebuild with new gears

    I measured it and ordered some 15mm black flex loom and 15mm wide blue electrical tape. Fun to keep OE style as much as reasonably possible.
  19. thetoyotaman

    Transfer Case Rebuild with new gears

    Follow up on the bottle jack, the tip in that thread got it going again. Time will tell. The wiring harness flex loom on the tranny/transfer case is brittle and missing some pieces. Need to rebuild as well. Wires look good though. Probably caught just in time. Not sure if this is heat or age...
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