1994 HDJ81 Toyota Land Cruiser

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  1. RyanV

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    Well, another bit of good luck, but a bit more $$$. I got a line on some used Depo headlights. It will be January sometime before I get them, but I'm thinking this will be one of the last mods I do (going to do HID retrofit). After that, it'll just be maintaining the rig which there is always something to do since it's over 25 years old and pretty much at 300k kms.
     
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    I LOVE my HID retrofit in DEPO's, one of my favorite mods.

    Were you going to do the retrofit yourself, or have someone do it for you? Any idea what parts you'll use? HID on low beam only, or both high and low?
     
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    I will be doing the retrofit myself. I had bookmarked a good DIY from mud, but I recently formatted my desktop computer, and I didn't remember to export my bookmarks first. Doing a quick search I think this was the one I was thinking of going with:

    https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/bi-xenon-retro-fit-simplified.415588/

    Looks easy to install with only minimal permanent modifications to the housing, and it's bi-xenon, so I'll retain the fog lights as well.
     
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    The DEPO's are a low/high configuration, no integrated foglight like the OEM HDJ81 units. Are you still running the stock HDJ81 headlights in your truck?!? I had to change mine out to pass safety.

    My retrofit has a bi-xenon projector in the low beam side, and 100w high beam and unshrouded projector for the high beams, they are great!
     
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    No, I have E-Code headlights, so it runs the same wiring/headlight setup as the JDM setup.

    I'll have to go back and research on it more. I looked into it previously, but I don't remember what I found. I thought I remembered the setup being basically plug and play with the JDM wiring, but I couldn't even tell you off hand which bulbs I currently run.

    In all honesty, I think my priority over the next while will be to get the M5 ready to sell. Once I've dealt with that I can move on to the stuff I've been collecting for the Land Cruiser. I wouldn't be surprised if I don't get to it until 2021. Baby arriving late May 2020, so I'll be back to zero free time for quite a while.
     
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    Dah_Hunter Looking over your shoulder, so you dont have to.

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    another baby on the way. Congrats buddy.
     
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    Another baby?!? Congrats!! RIP free time, lol.
     
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    Thanks guys!

    I got time on Sunday to wash, clay bar and wax. Buffing the wax became a rush and a total PITA though because it was close to 4:00 so the sun was going down and so was the temperature which was causing just a small amount of moisture to form on the body. I had to keep changing the buffing rag and working quickly. I was going over it after with the light on my phone to see if I missed any spots. I didn't find many, so hopefully I got it all.

    I'll have to post the photos later...I only have access to Microsoft Edge at work for a browser and I am not a fan...
     
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    It's either going to be the weekend before Christmas before I get the new wheels on or sometime in January. I've been looking at different valve stems, but I think I'm going to stick with black rubber ones and just get them to order short ones.
     
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    tperkins Devout AYC Disciple

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    How much do you want for those rims? Haha
     
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    Also got some maintenance done: oil change, new fuel filter, tire rotation and drain and fill on the transmission. The fluid looked ok on the transmission, so I probably didn't need to do the drain and fill, but now I know I have it base lined and I can just maintain it myself from here.
     
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    I've made a deal to sell the 4x4 Engineering wheels and tires, so now I just have to get my new tires purchased and installed. Unfortunately, the Cooper AT3 XLT tires I wanted to try are sold out everywhere. Disappointing, especially since they are currently shown on sale at Canadian Tire. I'll wait until later this week and see if Duratrac's go on sale for next week at Canadian Tire. If so, I'll have to decide whether to go back to the Duratrac's or stick with the BFG TA KO2's. If Duratracs are on sale, they'd probably $300-400 cheaper than the BFG's. Decisions, decisions...
     
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    Amazing!
     
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    I've narrowed down my tire selection to:
    1. Cooper AT3 XLT - 1010 Tires
    2. Yokohama Geolandar G015 - Kal Tire (if they price match Canadian Tire's sale price which I'll find out tomorrow)
    3. Bridgestone Dueler Revo 3 - Costco
    I've narrowed it down to these based on the fact that I likely still won't be doing much off-roading for the next 2-3 years so I don't need an aggressive tire, less road noise will be good since this is our main vehicle for family travel, all of the above seem to have decent reviews for winter driving even though only one has the severe winter rating, and price. All of the above are quite a bit cheaper than the BFG TA KO2's I have now. Yes the Duratrac tires go on sale for a decent price, but I've tried them, and they were ok, but they gave more road noise and they are more aggressive than I need for the next while.
     
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    Well I went with the Yokohamas. Winter rated, treadwear warranty, and by far the best price. I should get them mounted on the SCS wheels early next week sometime once they have arrived.
     
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    New wheels and tires mounted up.

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    I'm still not sure about the colour choice. I had been thinking more of a bronze colour that was lighter and more like the colour of the center of the front hub.

    I weighed the wheels and tires like @tperkins did. First pic is the BFG and the 4x4 Engineering wheels second is the Yokohamas and SCS wheels.

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    Lol, dang. They will look more bronze out in the sun vs garage.

    Maybe I shouldn't have picked the heaviest wheels, and heaviest tires to come in at 92.2lbs. Those Geolanders aren't a light tire either, seeing 60 lbs vs my 65 lbs BFG's.

    I think they look good, would be interested in some pics outside with natural light.
     
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    I'll see if I can get a pic later today; however, our natural light hasn't been too bright over this way. Nothing but dark dreary days with rain. I did think about it a bit more though, and the "blemished" wheels that I purchased could have been painted an incorrect shade rather than having some scratches. I didn't find any marks on the wheels when I looked them over, so maybe these got painted more of a gold than a bronze or darker and that's why they were considered blemished.

    With the tire weight, yeah, I don't think there is much difference between the Geolandar's and the TA KO2's
     
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    I'm warming up to the wheels. I think part of it is that I've had the lighter coloured wheels for the last 10 years, so that's what I'm used to.

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    Fitment is perfect, and I'll appreciate not having to remove the spacers the next time I have to do the rear brakes.

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