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What have you done to your 200 Series this week?

Discussion in '200-Series Cruisers' started by MScruiser, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. Markuson

    Markuson SILVER Star

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    Oh if only I were worthy of that title! :hillbilly:
    I took forever to do what I'm sure is a snap for many on here...but it's fun to try stuff.

    What I LOVE about this forum is--not only are people willing to share knowledge and ideas, but people are genuinely HAPPY for the success of others. It makes it extra fun when stuff works. And--If you get stuck? Someone here will know what to do.

    PS. Gotta say... After taking panels apart, I was able to see some wiring that was previously done by @sleeoffroad . Man, you would not believe how CLEAN and TIGHT is the wiring work they do. It looks factory. Seriously, some great stuff. For example...when they installed my dual battery management? -You can't even see the extra wires under the hood. I mean like not AT ALL. Under the rear panels, I found everything tucked, zip-tied (with cleaned up zips), heat shrink, quality wires and efficient routing...with not even the possibility of rattling, etc. Super clean work.
     
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    ^That speaks volumes. I prefer to work on my own cars, especially for mods, because what's done "under the hood" is important to me for future serviceability and reliability. I ask for a copacetic job whether visible or not. Plus I'm anal like that. Nothing irks me more than finding work done by some by some hack, or even worse a professional hack.

    Reminds me of the time I serviced my front bearings after it being done by Lexus 50k miles prior. It was obvious they didn't have the right tools when there were chisel marks on the large spindle nut - both ways. And of course, preload was way too loose.
     
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    Finally got around to mounting our radio Saturday. I'm not going to lie, I really struggled with the look of the radio against the factory dash landscape, but I guess it's a necessary evil...

    For the mic clip I used a magnetic mic clip and even though it looks like it's screwed to the dash it isn't, shhhh, VHB double stick tape:D:cool:

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  4. Markuson

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    Man, no worries on the look! I think that looks great. I'd like a radio there too, but need to get my HAM license...
     
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    DOH!!

    My starter just DIED...3 weeks after my radiator died... :bang:

    I hate spending my mod-fund on boring stuff. :mad::wrench:
     
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    It's labor intensive to change starter. Ouch.
     
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    There are a couple of tutorials for the sequoia and Tundra. You could swap it for under $300 and a days work. Or pay a shop $1200+
     
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    Darn. My left wrist is still broken and in need of an operation. Officially non-weight-bearing. So most of the "wheelchair mods" I've posted have been done mostly with one hand...! Might make it tough. But wow. Hate to spend my 35's money on a dang starter...
     
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    Ugh, so sorry to hear that man. If I lived closer, I would certainly help in any way I could. Do you have a mechanic that can replace the starter for significantly less?
     
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    Man that does suck:mad: I don't suppose you can get a rebuild kit, like for an 80 series, and do the rebuild yourself and save some$?
     
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    That's very kind of you, and I know you mean it. Thanks. Waiting for injuries to heal is getting really ooooold.

    I'm already at Toyota.
    Good news is they are doing it for $890 out the door.

    It's money I hate to spend...but the normal cost really is 1200+. Called an independent shop that's usually cheaper and with OEM, even they wanted $900+. So... could be worse.

    In other GOOD news...
    I've now covered the 3 typical failures at this stage: radiator, water pump & starter.
    So no worries come Breckenridge or in the boonies alone. :hillbilly:
     
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    Does your radio just happen to fit perfectly in the ash tray opening or did you have to modify the opening to make it fit?
     
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    Thanks and let me be the first, err hundredth, to tell you how easy it is to get your license:D

    Actually I needed to trim a little notch in the upper corner of the trim around the ashtray opening about 1/4" wide by 1/2" tall
     
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    Previous owner - Ahmed, spilled some soft drink on A/C panel. I've dissasembled it, cleaned and soldered some switches. Now I've got my rear A/C back and recirculation working properly. I'm happy as a kid that got his favourite toy!!!!!
     
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    Made up some new front tow points.

    J

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    That's how ya gotta look at it man. Better it happen now than in then boonies...

    Guy
     
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    Nice! Gotta say... The ARB recovery points are literally like tank-armor (OK, Taco...maybe not LITERALLY, but they are incredibly strong). It's just that I couldn't help feeling a little taken advantage of on the ARBs when they cost the better of $90 for a single piece of metal.

    I'm genuinely curious (since you are going to the trouble of actually MAKING these yourself)... -What do you think is a fair price?
     
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    I personally have no idea on actual pricing but for reference, his other recovery points are $55/pair. So probably very reasonably priced for grade 70 mounts that are probably strong enough to hang your 200 from.
     
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    I'll know more in about a week, hopefully sooner. I'm hoping that a pair of mine will be the same price as a single ARB. My material is a bit stronger than the ARB, but the cost isn't that much more from a strength standpoint.

    ARB = 50ksi-- 350Mpa
    Trail Tailor = 70ksi-- 480Mpa

    J
     
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    Ya, but $90 wasn't for a pair. It was $90 per EACH. :)
     
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