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Old 09-01-2019, 12:31 AM #16
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REALLY cool to see jason275! Having your daughter part of the building, cleaning, working and then eventually enjoying the 4Runner will make for so many positive outcomes in her life and of course yours.

Where in Cali are you?
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Awesome! That cleaned up nicely! Good thing about oil leaks: no rust and all bolts under the leak should* not be seized due to oil. But I'd recommend replacing the rack bushings as the oil kills them quickly.

*some still might be rusted tight ie alignment cam sleeves.
I ordered some Polyurethane bushings for the rack and rear sway. Front sway is going away, Going OEM LBJ and JBA UCA's.


Been driving it around, here's some observations:
  • It feels like the suspension bottoms out too frequently and struggles to keep the truck stable. Under hard braking she nose dives hard to the driver side, once off the brake, she recollects herself and recenters lol, totally sketchy. Bilsteins/Springs, LBJ, UCA ordered to hopefully remedy this.
  • It came with two keys when I got it, I dont think there are any OEM locks on this truck at all. I'm going to replace the ignition cylinder temporarily until I can get a set of OEM keys/tumblers set for the whole truck
  • Gauge cluster lights are so dim, can't see anything at night on the dash. SuperBrightLed's to the rescue!
  • Radio works, but the speakers are blown, there might be one speaker in decent shape. Headunit / Speakers on the way for these issues.
  • A/C & Heater work great, but the vent closest to the driver door has very little air flow, like its clogged. I'll have to keep this in mind when I rip into the dash to install new things.

and Thanks to @Dezert4Runner for the super fast shipping on the arm rest!
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I found these on CL:
4.30 Front Diff
4.30 E-Locker Rear Diff
Only if I didn't need to replace so many things, I would have gotten those instead

Have a great Labor Day Weekend everyone

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Weekend Update, Kiddo wasn't around this weekend, Had too much homework unfortunately

Started by replacing the IACV, I did try to clean it out first, didn't work. Went cheap aftermarket on Amazon.
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Then started to replace the worn/cracked suspension bushings
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I kinda wish I hadn't, but then again I'm glad I did...
Noticed an oil leak...
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Yup, Rear main

So I began the teardown right away, overnighted the parts so I can knock it out on the weekend (that was the hope anyway)
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Got all the bits out (Kinda like legos! Except I dont wanna play)
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A view I'd rather not see, unless fun modifications call for it:
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All for this little guy
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I failed and did not complete the task, Still have to put everything back together.
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Wow, that's impressive jason275! You go all in when you start digging through it all. Really cool work to see.

I too, will replace all my rear end bushings in the next two weekends. Mine look about like or worse than yours.
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@jason275 Are you planning to speedi-sleeve the crank where the seal rides? Or just R&R the seal and call it good?
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Wow, that's impressive jason275! You go all in when you start digging through it all. Really cool work to see.

I too, will replace all my rear end bushings in the next two weekends. Mine look about like or worse than yours.
Thanks, I like to be thorough. As much as possible, I try to do it right, and do it right the first time (but we all know shit happens lol)

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@jason275 Are you planning to speedi-sleeve the crank where the seal rides? Or just R&R the seal and call it good?
I have not even heard of this speedi-sleeve you mention, I seems interesting though. I just replaced the seal.
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How fun is that. It's great that your passing on knowledge to your daughter. She will never forget the time spent with her father. Have fun.
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How fun is that. It's great that your passing on knowledge to your daughter. She will never forget the time spent with her father. Have fun.
Its a blast! We are having fun, too much sometimes, there have been some days where very little gets done, but tons of smiles and laughs
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Thank you all for the positive support! We really do appreciate it! It's a slow and sometimes aggravating process, but we are enjoying it... so far at least lol

Quick Update.

We gave her a valve cover gasket job along with timing belt / water pump.

I read about this on the forums lol, It barely moved, but enough for me to use a cheater bar with the breaker to fully break the bolt free.


Got 'em


Gave it a little cleaning


So much gunk It's hard to tell what's actually leaking, So I went under for a good hour it felt like trying to clean everything off, so I can get a good assessment of what's actually leaking and from where... who knows what kind of issues I'll find.
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Got her buttoned up, topped up fluids (Will do a drain/fill next) Test drove, No more oil leak, but there is what seems to be an exhaust leak coming from the Crossover pipe It was late, so I'll have to put that on the list of things to do/check

Next to the trusty 2Runner :P

Thank you all again for being such a great community
How exactly did you clean this other than elbow grease? I'm baffled at how clean it came out. I know you're doing some amazing work, but this stands out to me Lol.
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How exactly did you clean this other than elbow grease? I'm baffled at how clean it came out. I know you're doing some amazing work, but this stands out to me Lol.
+1, to me it seems like a pressure washer from a distance, a good bristle brush and degreaser?

I need to do mine
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+1, to me it seems like a pressure washer from a distance, a good bristle brush and degreaser?

I need to do mine
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How exactly did you clean this other than elbow grease? I'm baffled at how clean it came out. I know you're doing some amazing work, but this stands out to me Lol.
lol, no pressure washer, I did use a hose though. Just elbow grease really.

Sprayed degreaser (I used simple green semi-diluted, 20% water lol) let it soak a bit, used a brush with a handle to break up the grease chunks, then hose off.

Did that a few times to get a large majority of it off, then a final sweep with a rag and degreaser to finish it off.

It does take time and patience. Large clumps of grease have more sticking strength, so just focus of those areas. Once the clumps are broken apart, they hose off pretty easily after letting the degreaser of your choice do its thing
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I need to do that same clean up on mine. I’m so not looking forward to the mess...
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Awesome job on getting the underside all cleaned up. I started a similar project with my son we have a 97 also.
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...Kiddo wasn't around this weekend, Had too much homework unfortunately
If I was the teacher, I would be satisfied w/note from "dad" & give kiddo an A+ for tackling real world stuff!!
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