2 for 1 thread: '93 Land Cruiser & '99 E55t AMG

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by IanB, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. RyanV

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    That sucks...for a few reasons!

    So you shimmed out the wastegate on the front side of the turbo then? I need to try something similar with my MMP turbo to see if I can get it to build boost sooner.
     
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    It really does...

    If you're going to try this, here's a few tricks I came up with. So you're not fighting the spring, use a bike pump to get the actuator arm to extend, this will give you some slack at the bracket end so you aren't fighting the spring the whole time. I used a small bolt pick-up magnet on an extendable rod to hold the washers on their end so you can get them into position between the turbo and the actuator bracket, the turbo inlet is sticking 1.5" past where you need to get the washers so space is very tight, this lets you use your right hand to position the bracket and get the bolt into place. You'll want to remove the airbox lid, airbox, and intake tube so you have room to work.
     
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    Good tips Ian, thanks, but I might be SOL on that. I remembered that my wastegate on the MMP is a Turbosmart model and looking it up, it mounts similar to this:

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    So the bolts are through the body or something rather than having bolts that are removable on a bracket. I'll have to think about it a bit more before attempting I think...
     
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    Apparently I can't ad a quote when editing, so new post...Thinking about this more:

    Any chance it's some kind of debris on the turbo blades? I remember seeing a thread where a guy had dropped a nut that sat on the front of his turbo on the compressor blades and wore them down. I guess he had dropped it, couldn't find it and put the intake boot on without really thinking about where it could have gone. I hate to say it, but maybe a few damaged blades could be the issue?
     
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    I've examined the blades on the hot and cold sides, they appear just fine. Shaft spins freely and smoothly, no shaft play, etc. Shimming the wastegate wouldn't have made a difference if that was the case.

    I'm pretty confident I've finally got the issue pinned down as a faulty wastegate actuator, resolving it is no cake walk though.
     
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    New wastegate arrived yesterday, I'm not going to get a chance to install and test till after our trip though. Lame.

    I did spend the last week or so addressing some stuff I'd been putting off on the wife's GX470 which got the nod for trip duties. Last night I polished the headlights, they turned out great! Cleaned out the whole thing, pulled the passenger side 2nd row seat out for more room, went over the leather and plastics with Mr. Clean magic eraser (which worked amazingly!), oil change, lubed the driveline, removed the rearward skidplate as it was causing a rattle, and generally made sure it was ready to go. I went through the brakes and converted the rear air suspension to coils earlier in the spring, so those 2 bigger jobs were already out of the way. It's coming up on 240,000kms and is mechanically in great shape.

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    From this angle it looks like a Celsior :)

    Headlight looks good, the only problem I read that it eventually will became yellowish relatively soon because UV protection layer is removed.
    I just picked JetSeal UV protectant from Amazon during their Prime sale (it was $19, now is $60), will try it on my headlights, but reviews are good.
     
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    It does look a bit "carish" from certain angles, lol. But underneath where it counts, it's a V8 4Runner AWD with a Prado 120 body, and Lexus interior, nice vehicle. Very thirsty though!

    I had some Meguier's UV sealant that I applied after polishing, it does need to be reapplied periodically to keep it from oxidizing again, we'll see how I do with keeping up with that, lol.
     
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    Small update, I replaced the Benz in the lineup, with the wife's GX470 which will serve as daily driver and winter beater duty going forward...because I like burning as much fuel as I can, lol. We picked up a '15 4Runner Ltd. for the wife in Magnetic Gray. I promptly removed the bug deflector from the GX470 and put it in the garbage bin. This should serve as a much better winter vehicle than the Benz could ever hope to be.

    Hoping this will allow me to figure out the turbo issues I'm having on the Land Cruiser without the stress of needing it to get me to work every day.

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    Nice! :) I'd love to have one of those 4runners. If I were to replace the HDJ81, that's one of the vehicles I was considering.
     
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    Update: got the stock turbo swapped back on the HDJ81, and all issues are resolved! This is a huge relief as it confirms the issue is with the turbo, and not with the engine or injection pump/injectors! Sadly, the crusty gasket I reused for the turbo/coolant lines connection is dripping, but that's not the end of the world. It all needs to come apart again anyways to put a Gturbo back in once I get the warranty stuff figured out, so I'll do all new gaskets and hardware again being as that should be the LAST time for a long time that it comes apart.
     
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    At least now you can do all this job with closed eyes :)
     
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    I'm getting far more efficient at doing this job than I'm comfortable with, lol!
     
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    I've been following the thread on mud as well. So many suggestions and things tried with no result, except, as you mentioned, putting the stock turbo on again and everything is ok obviously points to it being something with the GTurbo. I'm sure Graeme will be ok to deal with for the warranty since he generally has a good reputation for it. Just crappy to have to deal with it.

    I haven't had any issues with my MMP, but there's always that thought in the back of my mind about "what am I going to to if the turbo goes?" Right now I just have the stock one to go back in, but I haven't had any reconditioning done on it. Thinking about maybe sending it out to Munro or something to have it high flowed, but then I might still have the same thought in the back of my mind about the turbo failing like I do right now.

    On another topic, I've been looking at maybe getting new wheels. I saw you made a few comments on mud about the SCS F5's. Are you thinking about getting those? I like them for the simple styling, easy to clean and they also look good. Sort of classic. I was looking at the Bradley 4x4 V's which are the same style, but they are way more expensive. Also, TE37x's...one can dream!
     
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    Ya, it's been a long, frustrating journey. I'm really happy to have narrowed the issue down to the turbo, but there's still no end in sight. Hopefully I can get a new turbo and get it on for spring.

    Wheels are on my wish list, but I'm not seriously looking at that until a few more pressing issues are dealt with 1st, like the turbo saga, getting my winch back on and tested, etc. If I were to pull the trigger today, I'd go with those SCS F5's in gunmetal, not sure if I'd go for 16's or 17's yet.
     
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    Turbo for the HDJ81 is being sent back to OZ to be looked over. Fingers crossed they are able to figure the issue out.

    GX470 is about to undergo a major overhaul, Dobinsons 1.5F/1R springs and twin-tube shocks (comfort valved in rear, black finish), OEM LCA's/cam bolts and driver's side UCA, and front swaybar endlinks are going underneath, hoping to get that done this month. Then it can go to the bodyshop as I hit a deer with it in the fall, fought with insurance over whether it would be a total loss, etc. Its now getting repaired, and I'm using OEM Sport trim headlights, which should look sharp (smoked chrome instead of green tinted). The bodywork is pretty extensive, it will be getting a new bumper, grille, hood, driver's fender and flare, foglight (I'm deleting them both and replacing with some LED pods of some sort). I'm having the shop respray the rear bumper while it's in there as well. Should look good when it's all done.
     
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    Unfortunate you've had the issue(s) with the GTurbo :(

    So do you get to choose how it's repaired? They give you a payout and say go find a place to fix it for $XXXX? I'm not used to how the insurance process works in other provinces.
     
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    I shipped it back to OZ, it arrived just the other day. They are going to have a look at it and we'll figure out how to proceed.
     
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    Two different thoughts there, but I wasn't clear...With respect to the repair I was referring to the GX470. If it was in BC, you pretty much only have the choice of getting it repaired to as it was before the accident. If you go with a payout, they use lower rates and then only a percentage of that.
     
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    Ha! That's pretty funny.

    I'm cashing out on a few of the items for the repair (UCA & bolt, headlight, foglight, mirror glass), and putting my own money in for the balance of the suspension stuff since I'm fixing it, and the suspension was getting pretty tired, one of the rear shocks rusted through and released it's oil just before Christmas.

    The actual bodywork and the balance of the mechanical stuff will be handled by the bodyshop under the claim. I'm having the rear bumper resprayed, as well as the other mirror cover, at the same time so it should look pretty good when it's all finished.

    GX470 overhaul got underway yesterday, should get it buttoned up tomorrow.

    Rear shocks have shipped and should be at the border this week.

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