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  1. K Dub

    L.A. Cruiser meetup - March 3rd 10AM @ El Segundo Philz

    I'm game, schedule permitting. Subscribed for the details. Thanks for tagging me and putting this together.
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    Are any of you daily driving their 80-Series?

    Another daily driven FZJ80 here, about 185,000mi and counting with 45mi/day added since last August. Gas is costly, but overall cost of ownership is very low. I drove a Nissan Juke from 2015-2018 and that cost me about $650/month for payments (depreciation) and comprehensive insurance. That adds...
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    What Did You Do with Your 80 This Weekend?

    Snow line here in SoCal came down low last night. We got a fresh dusting on Mt Wilson and its neighbors visible on my commute in this morning. Makes me want to go play rather than sitting in my office. My new ECU seems like a slow learner. My old one would take about 50 miles and 4 restarts...
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    What Did You Do with Your 80 This Weekend?

    Performed a brain transplant! I swapped my factory early '93 ECU with a used '94 from a local Mudder (thanks again D). Now, I'm still waiting for the darn thing to re-learn and stop idling poorly, but that was always the case before so I'm optimistic. I wrapped up the old ECU along with a...
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    Wanted 1993.5-1994 ECU

    PM Sent.
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    Wanted 1993.5-1994 ECU

    Looking for a late '93 or '94 ECU for my FZJ80. Part # 89661-60221 (must be that part ONLY, no substitutes). I'm located in Southern California, but willing to pay shipping within reason. Thank you.
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    What Did You Do with Your 80 This Weekend?

    Another successful father daughter outing on Sunday. This time, we got to play in the snow! She loves riding in the "Daddy Truck", pronounced "Diddy tuck". We spent all day out on the trails and she didn't complain a bit until we got back into the city. Got a little sloppy in the mud...
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    Warn XD9000i first run, bad ground

    Thanks so much for taking the time with me. My motor looks a little different than either of those, but that's the one. Mine's buried sideways in my ARB on an 80, so everything's twisted and cramped. It took a bit to find that ground lug at first because it's at the front of the vehicle facing...
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    Warn XD9000i first run, bad ground

    I don't love the idea of running without a fuse or breaker of some sort, so like I said "bigger wiring project in store". The positive was actually hooked up when I got the truck but when I saw how long that cable was I pulled it for safety's sake. It sure looks like a liability to have an...
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    Warn XD9000i first run, bad ground

    There's the rub, thanks. I downloaded the factory manual, duh, and it shows a lead from the (-)battery to the same little lug that I'm using on the motor housing. I guess I was picturing something a bit beefier for a main ground lug but at least I got that much right. I'm going to leave it...
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    Warn XD9000i first run, bad ground

    My truck came with a winch, I've identified as an XD9000i, but no controller and the power cable disconnected. I had other priorities to handle, but this weekend I was tired of all my bumper-bling being non-functional, so I finally wired up the lights to a dash switch and fused power source, and...
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    What Did You Do with Your 80 This Weekend?

    Funny, coming from an actual GIANT, but I really am that tall/strong/attractive/intelligent/flexible. :hillbilly: Really, I just tossed her in the back area then climb in after her to strap her down. Only one trip so far, so we'll see if this setup lasts, but I know she prefers the view to...
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    What Did You Do with Your 80 This Weekend?

    I almost forgot the most important part! I installed a cup-holder. Granted, it's attached to a new forward-facing child seat that I put in the center of the rear bench, so I can't actually use it myself, but at least my car has a cup-holder now. It's even shaped like a regular cup! Now this...
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    What Did You Do with Your 80 This Weekend?

    Gave "Easy" a new set of parking light bulbs and wiper blades. Then took it out with Baby_Dub to go find some adventure in Ventura County. It was cold and rainy, but that didn't dampen our spirits. This was her first trip to the mountains with Daddy and she had a blast. As soon as we...
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    Forced to buy tires before I wanted to

    Lunch Update: It's still round! Holding pressure steady, so no leaks yet. It'll get me home, I'm feeling more confident now. I knew this was coming, I just hoped I could put it off until December, and order up tires of my choosing. BFGs were on the short list though, so really I've just lost my...
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    Forced to buy tires before I wanted to

    This just sucks. First off, my car came to me with Nanking MudStars on it and I haven't been impressed. They howl horribly at speed and rumble when slow. Their wear is uneven and the spare didn't match either. So I've been shopping for tires, reading reviews here and elsewhere and prepping...
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    Caster Question: Relative to chassis or ground?

    Thanks. I do this stuff for a living after all. :banana: Thus a stinkbug results in increased negative caster (your image is flopped from mine) and is not ideal. When I first got the car in August, I wanted to fix the stance quickly. I figured; pop in some spacers and I'm all set. Reading...
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    Caster Question: Relative to chassis or ground?

    I'm a visual person, and I don't words two good. Let's try this again with pictures. Assuming a level lift and 0 degrees caster for the sake of simplicity on this first image. Now when I lift the rear, the diff stays the same relative to the chassis and radius arms, etc. but the angle to the...
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    Caster Question: Relative to chassis or ground?

    I'm sure that I'm wrong, that's the only thing I'm ever right about. I get how the front lift effects caster. I see how the bushings offset to compensate and rotate the axle relative to the radius arms, that all makes sense. Lastly, I don't have a caster problem, as of now. I know that adding...
  20. K Dub

    Caster Question: Relative to chassis or ground?

    Thanks for the reply. Picture this; if I pick up the rear of the car with a forklift, the front axle will be rotating relative to the ground but not the body. Is that increased caster or not?
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