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

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

  1. IanB

    IanB New Member

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    Finally came to terms with Gturbo, long, ugly story, but there's a new iteration, green wheel vortex grunter extreme on its way to me! Dealing with Australians that never respond to emails is a huge PITA, by the time their day starts mine is winding down and the last thing you feel like doing is making shitty phonecalls at the end of the day, and they seem to take a lot of vacation days over there.

    In the meantime, I've got the stock turbo on with the MBC and running 15psi with no issues. I'll probably turn it back up to 18psi until I get the Gturbo back on. I hadn't really driven the truck at all since January, and the passenger side battery died on me during that time, so I got a pair of new Group 27's in there. ATEB had put Group 24's in when they went over it at the time I imported it, and they seemed to give off a lot of acid which ate up my battery tie down and made a mess of the terminals. I had previously had them re-powdercoated but it was flaking off again, so I got some new ones from Mr. T.

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    I also ordered a used late model FZJ80 airbox lid as the piping is much larger leaving the airbox, supposed to flow quite a bit better than the HDJ81 version which is squished down at the exit of the airbox (you can see in the 1st pic). That will require some new silicon hoses and extending the threaded rod for the center wingnut, but that's a job for later this summer.
     
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    IanB New Member

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    Replacement Gturbo is installed, truck runs great! Turned the fuel back up a bit and it's fun to drive again! I've got a long list of projects I can dig back into with that out of the way. I have some LED aux lights that have been on my shelf for about a year, and I've really got to get my winch back on the truck, along with playing with the fueling over the summer, should keep me busy.

    My Lexus GX470 is in the bodyshop getting the deer hit from last fall repaired, so I should be in full summer swing with all my shit fixed and looking fresh shortly!
     
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    Got the Lexus back from the bodyshop, and it looks great! The whole front clip other than the passenger side fender and flare is fresh, as are the mirror caps, and the rear bumper. That accounts for 90% of the exterior flaws being repaired! With the fresh Dobinsons suspension, it's better than when we bought it 6+ years ago, and ready to lay down another 250K kms!

    A few loose ends to address, but it's getting very close to where I envisioned it.

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  4. RyanV

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    What kind of setup did you get from Dobinsons? I'm really liking mine. I don't remember exactly, but I believe I have a medium load. It's noticeably firmer around town than when I had the Fox shocks on, but on the highway, or if I load up the 80 it's really nice :)
     
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    I went with a 1.5F/1R lift (medium rate on fronts), with their twin tube shocks (in black, rear comfort valved). The shocks were a special order (standard is yellow, ew), so I had to wait on the container from Australia, but I'm very happy with the results and glad I went about it this way. It rides great now, firmer than stock but never harsh, way less dive/squat/bodyroll, I'm very happy with it.
     
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    Got some things cleaned up on the long weekend! 80 series is lurking in the garage for JDM content, lol.

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  7. Dah_Hunter

    Dah_Hunter Looking over your shoulder, so you dont have to.

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    Thats a nice looking fleet.
     
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  8. IanB

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    It's been a long while since I focused any attention on the Land Cruiser, the turbo debacle really took the wind out of my sails, the 4Runner is new to us and exciting, and the Lexus had the deer damages to address which snowballed into a whole other huge project that is finally wrapping up...it's been busy and I've been distracted.

    Last weekend I spent some time and vacuumed the whole thing out, and wiped down all the surfaces to get rid of the dust and dog hair. It had been a while, lol.

    I also installed a 3D printed shaky mirror fix bracket from IH8MUD user "Outsane", which was nice and quick to install and has completely resolved the shaky mirror symptoms on the passenger side for me, money well spent!

    I'm not planning on driving the Land Cruiser this winter (not after the salt comes out anyways), but I have a long list of work to do with it. I'm hoping I can stay motivated and bang a bunch of those things out so it's tip top and ready to rock come spring! Some highlights include:

    -service and reinstall the OEM winch (it's been about 2 years since I took it off due to the bent mounting plate)
    -modify and install late model 1FZ-FE airbox lid with larger tubing to feed turbo
    -integrate aux lights into OEM foglight switch
    -replace wheel flare trim with new (materials already purchased)
    -go through and make sure suspension is all tight

    I'd love to say I'm planning a cool road trip for this summer and the Land Cruiser would get the nod, but the other trucks are newer, quieter, and more comfortable so we'll see if I can talk the wife into it. The road trip 1st, then the Land Cruiser thing.
     
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  9. RyanV

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    Do you have different flares or you just need to replace the gaskets between the flare and the body? I did the gaskets for my rear flares, but the fronts were a bit of a pain to remove, so I didn't bother at the time. Now my front gaskets look TERRIBLE since I didn't replace them before when they already looked bad. Really on the "must do" list for the spring when I do a few other things.
     
  10. IanB

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    Stock flares, just replacing all the gaskets with 3M trimloc. My fronts are the worst, lots of cracks and even a chunk missing out of one of them.