1994 HDJ81 Toyota Land Cruiser

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  1. IanB

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    Pro tip for removing rubber brake hoses: cut them off close to the fitting and put a socket over the fitting, easy peazy.
     
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  2. RyanV

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    Great tip, thanks Ian!

    I haven't done the brake lines yet, but I just changed the three belts and the fuel filter. The filter was being a PITA and kept dripping after the change. I had to tighten up the wingnut drain on the bottom. I was afraid I was going to break it and then it would really be a problem. I'm thinking I'll maybe put it on my list of things to buy next time I do an order from Partsouq.

    I also finally measured the lift. Before the Dobinsons kit I was 610mm in the rear and 590mm in the front (center of hub to underside of flare). After the Dobinsons kit install I measure 590mm in the rear and 555mm in the front. I was thinking I could see the difference in the angle with the front being a bit lower, but I thought it might just be my mind playing tricks on my, but I was actually right. I like the bit of "stink bug" look. This way when it gets loaded up the rear doesn't look like it's sagging. I lost a bit more lift than I was hoping (I was looking more at 10-12mm), but I don't mind. The truck rides much nicer than before. I think I need to change out the old isolators in the rear or slightly adjust the right rear spring though because it's squeaking a bit. Not all the time, but more often than not.
     
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  3. RyanV

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    If working on this truck were a battle, I'd definitely be on the losing end the last while. I tried removing the brake lines, but I couldn't get them to budge (both front and rear) even after having them soaking for days with penetrating oil. I guess I'll take it to a shop to get this done. Then last night I went to install the new insulators on the rear springs and slightly adjust the position of the springs because I was getting a bit of squeaking. That went ok, but I also noticed the bump stops for the rear had fallen apart, so I intended to replace those...nope, three of the four bolts sheared off, so no bump stops for now.

    Otherwise, since it's been off the road I got the truck claybared, polished and waxed. I also removed and washed the air filter. I think I'm just going back to the disposable type. I don't feel like it cleaned up that well. I'd also like to get the replacement gauges installed, but I'm running out of time because I'd like to have it back on the road for the end of the month. Not that I can't work on it then. It's just easier when it's off the road and parked in the garage. Looking closer at my front brakes I just need pads. I can't believe how long these front brakes have lasted me. I think I have 80,000kms on them.
     
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    Oh, yeah, I forgot about this as well...When I was changing the belts I pulled off one piece of IC pipe to get access to loosen off the alternator and found a few issues:

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    Nice complete weld to hold at the clamp that obviously wasn't leaking at all :rolleyes:. The good news is that the oil that's there must have been from the old turbo because the inside of the piping all looked clean.

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    Another sooty looking spot shows some leaks at a weld. I guess I'll get that touched up. And also that dent/wear spot where the piping was rubbing on an AC hard line. I put a silicone boot over that spot so it doesn't rub through the pipe.

    It's things like this that make me wish I just went with the Safari kit. It was bad timing on the purchase since the group buy happened just after I had this put in. The one advantage I have is that with my setup and pipe routing I could easily change to a bigger intercooler if I wanted.

    And finally a photo of the brake lines before installation:

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    And I put this in a while back. Not so much that i need to use the block heater, but I just got tired of seeing the plug hanging out the front of the bumper. This is much cleaner :D

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    Also when tieing up the cable on the back side I noticed that the bracket for the plastic piece on the front right of the bumper is broken. It's probably been like this the whole time I've owned the truck since it has that scrape you can sort of see in the photo above. I just didn't notice it before.
     
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    I'm telling you, just cut the hose close to the fitting, and put a socket over it, easy peezy, albeit a bit messy from brake fluid dripping. But those fittings ARE coming off.
     
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    I hear ya, but I have enough other things on my plate to deal with that I don't mind taking this issue to the shop for someone else to deal with. I appreciate the tip though.
     
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    You had ATEB do a full exhaust on your truck as well, did you not?

    I was always under the impression that they did a custom dump pipe as well, but when installing my turbo last week found it was still the OEM cast dump pipe on mine.

    As an added bonus, it appears my Aeroturbine muffler has developed a rattle like the baffle has come apart or something since changing the turbo, bringing it by an exhaust shop to explore further after work today.
     
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    Yes, that was the one I removed. I now have a stainless Fujitsubo system.

    I remember you making a similar statement somewhere else, and I figured it was something maybe they changed as they did more systems over the years because when I looked at mine I saw it still had the factory elbow off the turbo.

    The stainless steel brake lines are in. It could be a "placebo effect", but I think the brake pedal does have a bit better feel and is more firm than before, but a bit hard to say when I've been driving something else for the past two months. I'll probably drive this for the next month and a half or so and then I might switch over to the Aristo until the end of September since it hasn't been driven since last October.
     
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    I thought about this a bit more on my drive in today, and maybe that elbow is the reason why I didn't see any change to my EGT's when I switched from the ATEB exhaust to the Fujitsubo...? The Fujitsubo is only slightly smaller diameter, but it actually makes quite a bit of difference in the cross sectional area. That combined with the extra bends I was expecting EGT's to rise, but perhaps that elbow is currently the biggest restriction?

    Also, I forgot to mention, this truck is starting to show its age on some components. I have two water leaks to address. One is at the rear hatch which should be as simple as replacing the rear weather stripping, but the other is somewhere at the front (likely drivers side), but I haven't tracked down the source yet. I also noticed the bushings on the rear trailing arms don't look great which probably explains the bit of a "clunk" I get sometimes when I come to a complete stop and on takeoff from a stop. That probably also means I need to replace bushings on the panhard and I should probably look for other rubber bits that look tired...Just add it to the list of things to do!
     
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    I'm actually pretty dissapointed to find the stock dump pipe still there, I was under the impression they had done a turbo-back 3" system, that factory dump tube is certainly the bottleneck in the system. I can see myself addressing this before looking at intercoolers.
     
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    Just because everyone likes photos....right?

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    ohh where is that
     
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    Family cabin(s) at Christina Lake. In the past, I've preferred to take the Alpina, but travelling to this location for a week with all the stuff we need to take, plus all the stuff for an 18 month old taking the Cruiser makes it a lot easier for space.

    Pic from a few years ago when I had the Alpina there:

    http://import-era.com/threads/1996-alpina-b8.5/page-3#post-19090
     
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    Started working on the front brakes. Looks like a bearing repack is well overdue...:rolleyes: oops

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    It's a bit slow going since I haven't done the job before on this truck and I only have an hour or so in the evenings and that isn't much time by the time you get set up and clean up.

    While doing this I've also noticed I really need better lighting in my garage. I'm thinking of buying one of those linkable sets with 6-4ft long LED lights.
     
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    It was luckily not a super HARD job, but it was time consuming. If I were you I'd take a Friday off and bust it out over a couple of days, so you remember how everything came apart, don't misplace any parts, etc. I used a lot of sandwich baggies labeled with a marker to keep sets of hardware together which really helped keep me organized. A 5gal pail with diesel in it is what I used to clean everything, with some rubber gloves and a brush. The most difficult part for me, as I had no prior experience with it, was knocking the old bearing races out and the new ones in. Use the old races to hammer the new ones in.
     
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    I'm not getting THAT crazy with it. Just a repack on the bearings. The races and the bearings looked ok on the first side. @IanB I'll definitely have to try what you suggested on the second side for cleaning. I cleaned the best I could with brake cleaner on the first side, but I found when I was repacking the bearings I was still pushing out some old grease. So I kept doing that until the grease getting pushed through was clean. I have replaced races before, but that was on the AMG E50 when I had it. Like anything else, it's not that bad if you have the right tools. At the time, I didn't, but my landlord did :D
     
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    I finished the front brakes over the weekend. The second side didn't look nearly as "goopy" as the first side. It seems like the two sides were done by different people last time or something because the grease was different on the two sides and the outer retaining nut was quite a bit tighter on the left than it was on the right. The right side didn't seem like it was torqued to spec.

    Second side:

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    It doesn't seem right to see shiny new rotors on the truck, LOL!

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    Given what the fronts were like, I'm debating pulling the rears and repacking the bearings there as well. I might just leave it for the next time the brakes need to be done though. Still on the list of things to do before I put it back on the road are:
    • secure the new longer vent-to-air hose off the crank case vent
    • have the IC pipe repaired with the pin hole leaks
    • adjust LPSV placement to match Dobinsons lift
    • install new Dobinsons steering stabilizer
    Other "to do's" that probably won't get done:
    • Replace front fender seals
    • Make a gauge holder for the center console
    • Install new gauges
    • Replace bushings on rear trailing arms
    • Adjust right rear window so the regulator doesn't come off the track
    And I'm sure there's more to that list that I can't remember at the moment. 25 years old in March or so which is evident in what seems to be a never ending list of small things needing attention. Nothing to stop it from functioning, but just little things I'd like to have addressed.
     
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    I need to do all my fender flare gaskets as well, they have seen better days.

    What have you got planned for the center console gauge cluster?
     
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    The Dodge Ram overhead triple gauge pod, flipped around and mounted on the console in front of the shifter. I haven't decided if I'm going to get PVC and make my own so I can get the angle I want, or just go with the Ram one. I like the idea of making my own, but I'm not sure I have enough time and it will be a project that ends up taking forever to complete.
     
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    I'm not sure if you saw the pics of mine, but it's a MUDPOD for a Land Rover flipped and mounted to the underside of the dash in front of the shifter, comes in 2 lengths, the shorter would be perfect for 3 gauges, and it's angled up a bit so you'd have a better angle for viewing.

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