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Old 04-05-2017, 09:39 AM #61
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I went ahead and finally did the wiring for the winch this weekend.

Well most of it.

The reason it took me forever to get the wiring done was because I couldnt find a good spot to install my winch solenoid box.

I wanted the controls to be accessible and I also wanted the box in a good spot where it wouldnt take too much space or require me relocating stuffss..

I give credit to @BigFishAllDay build thread on T4R.org for this idea.

Changed a few things, but the concept is all the same.

So here is this big clunky thing:




If I open it, I get a smaller clunky thing:



The idea is to take the solenoid out of the box and mount it directly without a box.

I studied the wiring, made sure I knew where everything was going and what every wire was.





I decided to mount the controller jack inside the 4runner. These wires for the controller jack will be cut and extended with the connection inside the cab:





before I cut the wires, I went ahead and removed the main lead wires and wrapped the solenoid in thick electrical tape to make it "waterproof"



I cut off the winch controller jack and crimped on connectors at the solenoid and controller jack:





Not only did i crimp them, but i also soldered the wiring on there for a dependable connection:



Then I picked up some color matching wire and made the harness to extend the controller jack into the cabin of the 4runner:



Once all this was complete, I looked for a suitable location for the taped solenoid.

I saw a nice spot next to the battery:



Its a little dark, but you get the idea. I Like the fact I can use the factory hole to run wires thru.

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Installed solenoid:



Obviously the wiring that the winch came was not long enough for this location. I had to make my own wiring:



I ran the wiring from the solenoid thru the hole in the inner fender and towards the winch:





I then ran my controller jack wiring towards the 4runner cabin:





Made all the connections for the controller jack wiring, taped them up nice and well to prevent any moisture from reaching the connections.



I decided to get rid of these dummy switches and buy a tan switch blank to install my jack here:



after installing winch jack:

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Ended up setting up the tent before the Tacomaworld citrus meet.

Had a friend come over and help me load it up on the 4runner.

Wasn't too bad loading it up.

Threw it on the bed of the taco first, got inside of the taco bed and then swung it over to the top of the 4runner.









Fits perfectly under the carport:

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Had @3378jakesr5 build me a custom over head console for my scangage and two switches:

Properly boxed:



Nice and clean work:









All wiring was labeled for the switchbacks, wiring was in some nice stout loom:







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Played with my new hilift:



Slider adapter:

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ended up coming back and redid some wiring:







In the engine bay:



Placed the solonoid back in its box and it fit perfectly hidden beside the battery:

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In this write up I have decided to provide pictures and brief instructions on how to change the differential and trasnfercase oil for an automatic 3rd gen 4runner.

My case is a 2001 4runner limited, all 3rd gen 4runners are similar therefore, these instructions will be the same for other years within the same generation.

I am using Amsoil gear oil, the gear oil you choose will be left at your discretion.

I picked up a pump for the Amsoil gear oil bottle at my local O'reillys. Here is what I picked up, works perfectly for the Amsoil bottle:





I also picked up new drain and fill plugs. The drain and fill plugs are soft metals, meaning they could strip easily. I figured if these were the original drain plugs, I put in new ones with "fresh" metal, per se.

Also, some of the plugs appeared slightly stripped due to a previous gear oil change from the original owner.

If you do not replace the drain and fill plugs, I do recommend replacing the crush washers.

A 24MM socket is used to remove the differential and transfercase drain and fill plugs.

A 12MM socket is used to remove the bolt holding the hand brake cable bracket that is running right across the fill plug on the rear differential:



Rear differential:

Remove the bolt holding the brake cable that blocks the fill plug (not pictured), but its location is highly obvious.

Once the brake cable is out of the way, remove the fill and drain plug.
Make sure to have a pan handy to catch the oil:



Once the oil has been drained, inspect the drain and fill plug:



The drain plug has a magnet that catches shavings from the gears. Anything out of the ordinary would be noted here.

No gear teeth or large chunks of metal, just small shavings, which is normal.
Thread the new drain plug, ensuring that the crush washer is installed.

Using your handy hand pump, stick the end of the tubing into the differential and start pumping away:



Pump fluid into the differential until you see a steady stream of gear oil flow out of the fill hole:



Plug it up and you are done with the rear differential. Make sure the crush washer is on the fill plug.

Now we go to the transfercase:

Locate the drain and fill plugs, drain plug:



Fill plug:



Remove the fill plug first, then the drain plug:



Once the fluid has been drained, install the new drain plug and start filling the transfercase with new gear oil.



Again, you will know when the transfercase is full when you see a nice steady stream pour out of the fill plug.

Set the fill plug, and you are now complete with the transfercase:



Now, we will move on to the front differential. In order to access the drain and fill plugs, the skid plate will have to be removed.

Once the skid plate has been removed, you will notice the fill plug on the front of the differential:



The drain plug is below:



These plugs require a 10MM or a 12MM hex to remove. Please confirm sizing, I needed to use a 10MM hex for both drain and fill plugs. Some have used a 10MM for the fill and 12MM for the drain.

Remove the fill plug first (not pictured), then remove the drain plug.
Removing the drain plug:





Comparing the drill and fill plugs with the new set. Again, check for any abnormal shavings on the magnet of the drain plug.



Once the front differential is fully drained plug the drain and proceed with filling:





Again, the differential is full when you see a steady stream of differential oil flow out of the fill hole.

Once the differential is full, set the fill plug:

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Drove out to the Citrus meet this past weekend.

Photo dump:































Took us over 2000 miles round trip:



Averaged about 250 miles per tank. I had an RTT, a loaded vehicle with gear and was driving against the wind:



I seriously need to learn how to manage my cargo:

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Thanks to Bailey @Baja Designs for putting up with my endless questions in regard of the lights. Finally purchased a third one to install in the middle and a light bar for the roof rack



ARB awning came in:

jumped on a good deal on autoanything:

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So this happened over the weekend:
Took advantage of the discount tire direct sale: $100 for every $400 spent









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I needed a scepter gas can spout but didn't want to pay the Amazon premium of $20
Figured I could make my own.

I noticed the threads inside the can spout opening:



Went to the hardware store and picked up a 2 inch male adapter, 2 x 1/2 threaded bushing, a barb fitting and some fuel hose..




Glued the fittings together, threaded the barb fitting using yellow teflon rated for fuel:



Voila:

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So my starter went out last week, I ordered one from Camelback Toyota and it arrived damaged

Good thing their customer service is top of the line, getting another one shipped out to me second day air.





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