Newbie Obtains 80...

Urrrk

 
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So I determined that I really needed an 80 with Lockers, and so I went and got one.

The Good:
A 97 with 80K and lockers. Thanks to the info I gleaned from this list I was able to verify that everything was there and was originally installed on the vehicle.

The Bad:
Smells kinda sweet inside. like a urinal cake. And the tires are pretty new. (I was hoping to have to replace them right away)

The Ugly:
It's black with the gold package. I suppose this means I'll have to have a ARB bumper plated in order to remain true to the character of the vehicle :grinpimp: Actually, I am concerned that black armor on a black rig is going to look a little too Darth Vader. I don't want to intimidate the other vehicles. Well, not too much.

And there's awful imitation fake burl wood trim applied to the pristine battleship gray leather interior. Looks hideous. I gather I can remove this with a heat gun and some bug and tar remover. If it doesn't clean up well, I may just put on a carbon fiber trim package. I'm getting pretty good with fiberglass. Maybe I should fab a carbon fiber bumper?

I'm guessing I'll need to redo the fluids, get an FSM, and start on some basic mods like the CDL switch and cupholder. I've searched a bit but I haven't found a definitive list of preventative maintenance items and service intervals. Per usual (for me anyway) there is no owner's manual with the rig.

If anyone else is looking I spotted a locked LX450 at a local lot through Autotrader and looked it over as well. It looked pretty but I haven't looked at enough cruisers to be able to spot many mechanical issues.

-Erik
 
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nyk438

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You got a nice cruiser. I'm driving a broke ass 91' :cry:

Gold looks tacky but hey your driving a 97 80 with lockers and black, my dream 80.

Oh and the usual welcoming :flipoff2:
 
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Urrrk said:
The Bad:
Smells kinda sweet inside. like a urinal cake. And the tires are pretty new. (I was hoping to have to replace them right away)

-Erik
Congrats on the new purchase! :flipoff2:

I would address the "urinal cake" smell right away. Could only be some smell good thing the PO put in there .....but it could also indicate a problem with your cooling system and thats something you DONT want to malfunction. A sweet smell inside is a classic indication of leaking coolant/heater core type problems. Best of luck!

:cheers:
 
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Welcome to the club.

I'm sure you know our gang sign... :flipoff2:

About the urinal cake smell. When I bought me LX450 it smelled very clean because the dealer just finished detailing the interior. Well when that smell disipated the truck had a distinctive barn yard / smoking smell. It took me a whole bottle of Fabreeze and some Pet carpet cleaner to get the smell out. Plus I cleaned the intire interior by taking apart the center console and the dash. Now it's :princess: approved.

Oh ya, where are the pictures?
 
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Congrats,
Get you some george LED's, mot clear lights, and since you have concerns about the all black darth vader look go for the stainless armour.
Its your $ not mine :grinpimp:
 
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IMO blacked out rigs are pretty sweet. Look for pics and I think you will find that the black LCs look fine with black armor.
 
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Welcome...my 97 is a gold badge addition. I swore that the first thing I would do is replace the emblems, but after hanging around here you'll find there are far more important mods to think about. oh yeah... :flipoff2:
 

Urrrk

 
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Romer said:
Congrats on your purchase and welcome :flipoff2:

Post some pics!



The real problem with a black Cruiser is that you need midday sun to take any pictures of it.

-Erik
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Urrrk

 
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wb1948 said:
IMO blacked out rigs are pretty sweet. Look for pics and I think you will find that the black LCs look fine with black armor.
Yeah, actually the black on black is pretty nice. Though black seems to be a favorite color of the 24 inch rim crowd. :rolleyes:

My main concern is that black cars get kinda hot in the sun.

-Erik
 

Urrrk

 
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LR_RESQ said:
Welcome! :flipoff2:

Make the drive down to Portland, OR. We'll take it up and give it a proper "break-in" at Brown's Camp. :D
I'll actually be down that way around the fourth of July. Maybe I'll make a little side trip to Brown's and see if I can find something mellow to try out.

-Erik
 

CreeperSleeper

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Urrrk said:
I'll actually be down that way around the fourth of July. Maybe I'll make a little side trip to Brown's and see if I can find something mellow to try out.

-Erik
Yeah, let me know. I'm planning on going up that weekend. I'll PM you my #. :cheers:
 
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