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Old 05-02-2019, 01:09 PM #16
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Fab

Congrats, she;s a beaut.

Any chance you can send the link to the key fab you purchased? Having serious door lock issues on my 2001.
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Congrats, she;s a beaut.

Any chance you can send the link to the key fab you purchased? Having serious door lock issues on my 2001.
Amazon Key Fob link

I think they're the same as from remotesremotes.com

Ordered one for my wife's '06 Impala as well. It came in today, so we'll see how it works.
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Smile Welcome to the Club!

You found a really NICE one! They are out there if ya look.
And you are off to a good start with the work you are doing.
Keep it up!
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Well, I got the bushing & washer kit in from Wheeler's and had some confusion.....


The 2 washers and bushings are taller than the exposed shaft. The order in which they're on there are below:


The top hats (upper strut mounts) have a built in bushing on the bottom. I figure it's not good to have 2 bushings against each other, nor is there a need for the lower bushing...


So I assembled with no lower bushing, just the washer on bottom and then the top bushing and washer....


But that left about a 3/16" gap on the bottom where the lower washer moved freely, which is not good either...


So I messed around and when I used the larger bushing on top, it looks like it will work better:


This is the new layout that I'm going to try on my next day off:


I'm using MOOG 81088 springs and Bilstein 4600 struts (24-187244) and Monroe upper strut mounts 904900.

I looked at all the other aftermarket strut mounts I could find and they all had the built in bushing on the bottom. I am assuming that the Wheeler's kit is set up for multiple different applications.
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Welcome! hope you like it!
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If the strut mount has a bushing on the bottom of it, you don't need to use the smaller of the two bushings included with the wheelers kit.

It looks like you just didn't get the setup fully seated when the lower washer was loose - the spring should be in compressors and loose while assembling the top hat/bushings.



If you look at the above picture from Wheeler's, you can see how the smaller bushing has the centering lip on it, which matches the size/shape of the bushing already included on your mount. The smaller washer matches it and should be on the bottom. The larger bushing and washer goes on top, then the nut. There should be a number of exposed threads on the top of the shock when the top nut is correctly tightened. Something like this:



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If the strut mount has a bushing on the bottom of it, you don't need to use the smaller of the two bushings included with the wheelers kit.

It looks like you just didn't get the setup fully seated when the lower washer was loose - the spring should be in compressors and loose while assembling the top hat/bushings.



If you look at the above picture from Wheeler's, you can see how the smaller bushing has the centering lip on it, which matches the size/shape of the bushing already included on your mount. The smaller washer matches it and should be on the bottom. The larger bushing and washer goes on top, then the nut. There should be a number of exposed threads on the top of the shock when the top nut is correctly tightened. Something like this:



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Thanks Charlie! I'll update later this week when I put them back together.
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Been super busy with life, work, and school. I start my LAST SEMESTER on Monday!

Anyhow, I got the front struts installed.
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...and After:


Squeezed a little grease out on the Lower Ball Joints (LBJs). I'm going to keep an eye on them.


I also replaced the fuel filter...


And put a different (lounder, deeper tone) horn on there...from harbor freight LoL




I also dug these out of a container of stuff I took off of my '90 Jeep Wrangler:


I'm looking at bumpers to mount them on (ARB more than likely)...and ditch light brackets.

I am also trying to find a place to mount an aux fuse block, breakers, and the solid state relay box for a 8 gang switch setup. The solid state box is too tall to mount over the carbon filter box where everyone usually mounts their fuse blocks. I'm thinking I'm going to have to fab up a bracket with a hinge that sits over the OEM fuse box and then put the relays and such over the carbon filter box. Still thinking on all of that.

Here's the solid state 8 gang switch setup I'm looking at:
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and the fuse block....but it's so tall, I may have to go the traditional route of a fuse block and circuit breakers. I wanted to have the fuses to save real estate, but it's looking like that cant be an option
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Also need a trailer brake controller and 7 pin plug setup, tranny cooler, and probably TBU by Nov so we can rent an RV for the Texas Ren Fair. Busy busy summer.
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Looks great If I where you and you have not changed the Radiator I would get that done soon. If it is the factory one you risk a pink milkshake Transmission.

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Looks great. Not bad mileage either.
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Looks great If I where you and you have not changed the Radiator I would get that done soon. If it is the factory one you risk a pink milkshake Transmission.

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Yes radiator looks 'brown' showing age. I'd still hook up the OEM trans lines, many vehicles use this concept, just needs refreshing every 10 years or so.

Oh and those 'slightly' leaking LBJS gotta go, and as you've read don't go cheap, replace them with Nothing but genuine toyota parts, leaving as is or with inferior replacements can lead to catastrophic wheel loss.

Luck and enjoy that Runner.
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Looks great If I where you and you have not changed the Radiator I would get that done soon. If it is the factory one you risk a pink milkshake Transmission.

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Yea, I'm gonna bypass it with a stand-alone tranny cooler.

I'm gonna be testing for driver at the next promotional process...climbing that ladder!

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Yes radiator looks 'brown' showing age. I'd still hook up the OEM trans lines, many vehicles use this concept, just needs refreshing every 10 years or so.

Oh and those 'slightly' leaking LBJS gotta go, and as you've read don't go cheap, replace them with Nothing but genuine toyota parts, leaving as is or with inferior replacements can lead to catastrophic wheel loss.

Luck and enjoy that Runner.
Yea I noticed the uppers are dripping grease as well, so I'll do all four ASAP.
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After a couple of months of not doing much on the T4R, I have been busy the past 2 weeks.

New LBJs...out with the old, in with the new!




And bypassed transmission cooler:

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added cargo lights:






and yesterday I installed airbags. A friend gave me his old bags so I just bought a new install kit. I really wanted to use a metal T fitting as opposed to the plastic one that came with the kit. I was unable to find a brass version of the barbed T that was in the kit. What I ended up using is an air line fitting like for air brakes on a truck that seems to be working perfectly. It was a little pricey ($18), but im only into the whole airbag setup for less than $50 so I feel good about it!





I also have this waiting on the floor of the garage for me...but it may have to wait another couple of weeks. I have been prepping the T4R for pulling a small camper for the Texas Ren Faire.


I have been really surprised at how easy this thing is to work on. It's turning out to be a real joy!

After the ARB bumper, I'm looking at doing the big 3 upgrade, installing the switch panel I have, lights, and a roof rack. Then the Tundra Brake Upgrade. Oh! and I need to replace the bottom leather in the driver's seat as well. And add a better stereo.
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I got busy again the other day....




She towed the 17' RV just fine, and transmission temps only peaked to 190 as I was slowing down from highway speeds.

I ordered some LED warning lights that i think will be direct bolt in replacements for the ARB turn signals....more pics when that happens. I need to change my transmission fluid and filter too...
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