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The truck shouldn't struggle to start in those temps at all. My experience is more with the KZ engine that I have, but that fires up no problem in -10c weather. Maybe one crank longer at most. Are your glow plugs in good condition?

Also, does your center diff light on the dash flash or go solid? Flash means trying to lock, solid means it's locked. Do you have a rear diff lock as well? Normally that can only be locked after your CD is locked.
You are right, it shouldnt be a problem. That was last year. Granted, I had 15w40, one failing battery and old glow plugs when that happened. I haven't experienced those temps so far, but here is my prep : This year I have brand new glow plugs, 2 brand new oversized batteries from Costco(795ccax2 for a total of 1590cca) I'll be putting Rotella T6 0W40 diesel specific oil and Hot Shot Anti-gel on every gas tank, also new fuel filter. I'll give that a try and report back once the temps get down. Its a bit extreme but I cannot afford to not go out regardless of weatther ( last year there was a full week of -35C and under)

No center diff light at all when switching from 4H to 4H locked. Im gonna go thru the wiring

Rear diff is LSD
 
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Here is what I did to check the center diff. AT in N. Transfer lever in 4H (default). Parking brake to lock both rear wheels. Jacked up one front tire. The tire rotates easilily in 4H. Switch transfer lever to 4H locked. Tire does not rotate in 4H locked. So my lever works and center diff locks accordingly. Just need to figure out why my dashboard light isnt on.
 
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Also, everyone should do themselves a favor and never buy anything else than genuine parts. Both inner tie rods and LBJ from RockAuto are kaput after 10k kms. Doesnt matter which brand they were (Mevotech). I did everything right. Pre-greased them. Used proper torquing specs. No way its my fault. Genuine only.

That being said, genuine are too expensive. So imma try MOOG LBJs and Inner tire rods next. I'll report back with another tantrum once they fail. No worries, I can slam my head against the wall all day.
 
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Regarding hitch fitment. I got a 3rd gen 4runner hitch. NOT a straight bolt in as the hitch did not sit flush on the frame. A thin long metal piece neded to be fabricated so it sits flush. The top brackets for the hitch (they are small wth threaded holes to hold the bolts you see pointing up) were trimmed off to fit on top of the frame. Here are some pics.
Left
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Right
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Left Side.
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Nice Car.
do you have a photo of the engine compartment where you can see the catch can
I'd sell it in a hartbeat if I could make back the money I spent on it.
This guy Mark Roberts posted in the facebook group Mighty 90s a very good tutorial on how he mounted his. Here's his
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And here is mine lol. Nobody has time for rivnuts and drilling. I'll get to it someday
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Hi, have you used the shell 0w40 yet? Just wondering if you’ve tried 5w30 as that’s what the owners manual recommends for coldest weather. If you need any manuals let me know, I have them all.

Awesome thread by the way, tons of good info and giving me lots of motivation to get on some of my preventative maintenance plans! Not sure if you have but try partsouq for OEM parts. Always good prices ans at my door in less than a week every time.
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Hey bud. Thanks. Havent's tried the 0w40 as my work contracts up north got cancelled. I've been rocking the 5w30 for 2 oil changes no problem even in hotter weather. I wouldnt put 0w40 unless you gonna be daily driving under -30C. If I had to pick one to rock all year in BC, it would be rotella t6 10w40. Best way to approach preventitive maintenace is with dread rather than excitement.
 

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