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Old 12-24-2019, 08:24 PM #1
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2001 SR5 Build Thread!

Finally can start my build thread here!

Purchased in April 2019:
2001 SR5 4WD with 170,000 mi and just about zero rust. Engine is clean!

Immediate fixes:
- Rear axle shafts and bearings
- E brake replace
- ABS ring
- Valve cover gaskets
- Spark plugs
- Battery and terminals
- Coolant flush, radiator cap, thermostat
- Front/rear brakes and rotors
- Shifter bushings replace.

Up and running smooth.

Recent mods:
- LED dash and interior lights (amber dash, white interior).
- Plasti-dipped front grille and wheel trim (bumpers to follow).
- Bluetooth stereo upgrade.
- Sleep platform build.

Suspension:
- Toytec Boss 3" lift
- Adjustable upper control arms
- New sway bar bushings and end links

I want 500,000 miles!!
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Old 12-24-2019, 08:38 PM #2
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Upcoming projects list:

Fixes:
- Headlight replacement
- Steering gear replacement
- Front CV replacements
- Exhaust replacement (eventually)

General:
- New tires / wheels (thinking 285/70/17)
- Deep engine cleaning and detail
- Replace wheel well liners
- Plasti-dip front/rear bumpers
- Under-carriage detail and coating

Interior:
- Mount interior portable battery cell
- Front seats replacement
- Floor insulation

Exterior Mods:
- Roof rack + light bar (eventually)
- Front bumper + winch (eventually)
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Pre-lift MOAB trekking. It works.
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Sleep/storage platform is in. One of the first priorities.

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Post-lift. Needs bigger tires now.
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Also post-lift: Front CV boot explosion. Fix on deck.
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More to come....
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Dash & Climate Control LED's changed

This is where I started: LED Dash lights FAQs

LED Lights, Bulbs & LED Lighting Accessories | superbrightleds.com work perfectly.
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Finally can start my build thread here!

Purchased in April 2019:
2001 SR5 4WD with 170,000 mi and just about zero rust!
You got me with ZERO RUST!
Nice build so far, will be watching.
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Wheels + Tires

Wheels and tires are on!

285/70R17 Falkan Wildpeak ATW3 tires on AO Lonestar 17" wheels.

Doesn't appear to be any rubbing--but will probably push my wheel well liners forward an inch or so tomorrow.
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Coming along nicely! I just picked up an '00 SR5, also in CO and about 90% of my center console lights are out, will take a close look at your LED dash updates, thanks for posting.
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Very nice! I'm in Boulder also. Once you get the dash pulled apart the LEDs were one of the easier replacements so far. The hardest part was not putting them in upside down which I did several times and then had to go back in. I recommend not repeating my stupidity and turning the car on to check the lights before screwing things back into place.
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New inner CV boots installed. Blew both of them after the lift as shown above. Silicon in red, looks nice!
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Next to-do list:

- Front & Rear bumper removal (just broke the heads off of a bolt on the front and back so great start. Will have to machine those out probably). Plan is to undercoat the insides of the bumpers then apply plastidip and clear coat.

- Been scouring the internet for a low profile, sort of cheap roof rack. I just need to mount a rifle box and Hi-Lift. Want to extend the current roof rack about 6 inches longer also.

- Very minimal rust underneath the car. Just a few spots. Going to wirebrush them anyway and apply rustoleum undercoat.
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