What have you done to your 100 Series this week? (59 Viewers)

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Today, I was able to finally install my torsion bars. Works been up and down at the shop, and today I took advantage of my empty twin post rack. I did replace the anchor arm bolt and pivot for peace of mind. My wheel hub to fender measurements are 22 1/4” on the left and 22 1/2” on the right. After a few hundred miles, I’ll remeasure and adjust. Big thanks to Slee for the prompt shipping and delivery.

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bamabrock

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picked up some well used slee skid plates from @hoser on Sunday. i got the belly plate and intermediate plate. Slee says you need both the belly pan and the front skid to mount the intermediate plate but i was able to mount it without the front skid by drilling some holes that lined up with holes in the stock diff cross member and through bolted it with some 3" long 7/16 grade 8 bolts. 3" long bolt is just barely long enough to get through with 2 washers and a nut and clear the oil pan. if you had a diff drop it wouldnt be a problem and you could use a longer bolt with a lock washer (which i did on one side).
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those holes in the cross member already go all the way through. i just drilled the skid plate.
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the bolt on the left in the picture is 3.5 inches and has a lock washer on top. a 3.5 wouldn't fit on the right due to the oil pan.
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this last pic is the gap between the stock front skid and the intermediate skid. i handled it by bolting the splash shield back on over top the skid. i could have left it off entirely and been fine. i plan to order the front slee skid imminently so I'll deal with it then. you don't need the slee diff drop to do what i did but i think I'll need it when using the front skid depending on how it bends around the front cross member and diff. besides it will probably have the proper welded nut locations so i can just use bolts. and lowering the diff probably isn't a bad thing
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unintended consequence: engine noise seems much louder. it must be reflecting off the intermediate plate. not sure i like that aspect.

edit: now i think the exhaust is contacting the belly pan since its bowed a little, leading to vibration congruent with engine RPM. :hmm:
 
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Hi all. Noobie here. I visit the forum from time to time for advise on my 2003 cruiser. Thanksfor all the tips! Anyway, I super cleaned my engine bay last weekend.
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here is the before and after. Next is changing the diff and transfer case fluids. First time for me! Ill also drain and fill the atf. Ill use mobile 1 syn atf, and mobile 1 delvac 75w-90. I am planning on just pulling the plug on the atf and refilling the 2 quarts or so through the dipstick. Any tips I should be aware of?
Best.
 

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Hi all. Noobie here. I visit the forum from time to time for advise on my 2003 cruiser. Thanksfor all the tips! Anyway, I super cleaned my engine bay last weekend.
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here is the before and after. Next is changing the diff and transfer case fluids. First time for me! Ill also drain and fill the atf. Ill use mobile 1 syn atf, and mobile 1 delvac 75w-90. I am planning on just pulling the plug on the atf and refilling the 2 quarts or so through the dipstick. Any tips I should be aware of?
Best.
Keep an eye on your radiator, it's turning brown which is an indicator that it's on its last leg. Easy DIY replacement if you can get your hands on an (I can't stress this enough) OEM replacement.
 
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Last weekend after a drive, I noticed a hot smell from the front. Crawled under to see a torn CV boot which had slung all of the grease from the outboard joint. I figured with over 200k on the original axles, rather than reboot, I should take the time to replace them both, along with new flanges, caps and gaskets. I also plan to replace my LCA bushings with poly bushings too while I'm in there... which sounds like a job from hell, but I have a sawzall, drill, map torch and air chisel, so I'm hoping it wont be too terrible. I've replaced every other rubber bit on the truck with poly over the years, but these are the only bushings that remain untouched...

I've spent this week collecting parts. Only thing I'm waiting on now is the LCA/t-bar reinforcement brackets from Cruiser Outfitters (again... while I'm in there).

Time to show this old girl some love again!

I'm afraid I may be in the same boat (link to my recent post below). Any advice you can provide on the install/part numbers would be much appreciated. Thanks and good luck!

 
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Replaced UCA ball joints, new bearings with spindle bearing/bushing last weekend. Didn't do LCA ball joints, too much work for me.
Got alignment today and driver front is tilted to my eye even. Running 1.5-2 inch lift with OEM UCAs.
Is this ok?
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Replaced UCA ball joints, new bearings with spindle bearing/bushing last weekend. Didn't do LCA ball joints, too much work for me.
Got alignment today and driver front is tilted to my eye even. Running 1.5-2 inch lift with OEM UCAs.
Is this ok?
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how much did you pay for this alignment? it appears they didn't do a dang thing! no change. and they didn't even try to change castor which is out of spec.
 
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how much did you pay for this alignment? it appears they didn't do a dang thing! no change. and they didn't even try to change castor which is out of spec.
Firestone lifetime alignment, didn't cost this time. But time is valuable anyways, should I try another location?
 
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Firestone lifetime alignment, didn't cost this time. But time is valuable anyways, should I try another location?
that's good you didn't pay. i don't think they know how to change castor or camber so they didn't touch it. or anything, not even toe. i would ask for maximum castor while maintaining 0 camber. lots of people can get the castor in spec with the stock UCAs and a 2" lift. i would try a shop that specializes in off-road and lifted vehicles. failing that i would try the Toyota dealer.
 

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Replaced UCA ball joints, new bearings with spindle bearing/bushing last weekend. Didn't do LCA ball joints, too much work for me.
Got alignment today and driver front is tilted to my eye even. Running 1.5-2 inch lift with OEM UCAs.
Is this ok?
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Were they definitely performing an alignment, and not just an alignment check? I know tire places around here will throw in a free alignment check, which doesn't actually include any adjustments unless you pay for it.
 

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90480-18001 is always fun when original. :lol: Always have a set of hemostats around.

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And found an entire nest in the V. Probably been there for years...

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Lol- Mine came with the Nest Option as well. Imagine there's quite a few of them out there. Interesting that it looked like that mine had some of the jute from interior carpet insulation- I think getting in through the void where the hood hinges reside against the firewall.
 

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Had my steering rack replaced. I'd done the bushings around the new year, but the rack gave up the ghost after a pretty gnarly trail ride. Got the part (Toyota part #, not Lexus) for $666 and paid my Lexus tech buddy $250 to install it at the dealer. Win win win. He did discover a leak in my 2 year old radiator (suspected, but never ran very hot), so I ordered a new CSF and will try that dance out next week. Fingers crossed.

Also had my buddy @JT4runner over on Saturday for a paint correction. A recent trip to the mountains yielded me a ton of new cosmetic character. It's cool to an extent, but I'm not into a rough looking daily driver if I can help it. Did some Alabama pinstripe removal, wet sanding, glass polish, and finished with 2 coats of ceramic coating. She turned out beautifully!

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