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Old 08-02-2020, 01:24 PM #34501
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Just getting a chance to post on my brake replacement a couple of weeks ago, which was a breeze using this excellent video. The calipers were fine 44K miles ago when the Z36 kit was installed and I got two years & 44K miles out of my first set of PowerStop pads. They might have gone longer except for the notorious stuck caliper, which I discovered during the job (and replaced using another excellent TRQ video). I replaced the pads with the same Z36 type.

I was conflicted about the rotors b/c they looked fine, really exactly as they did in my 1-year/15K mile Z36 review. This really surprised me since it appeared a pad had been dragging. Anyway, people often replace them and say they at least have to be turned, but I called PowerStop and they said if they looked good and the original pads were properly bedded (something I took special care to do), they should be fine. I've driven 1500 miles since the brake job two weeks ago with zero issues.

This was my first brake work and I was anxious about the bleed, but I installed the SpeedBleeders I bought a couple of years ago and followed the instructions in this post with no problem. Next up is a full brake fluid flush, which I should have just done with the brakes but I was focused on getting the truck back on the road since I had work the next morning.

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Put some vintage style TRD stickers on it, removed the lettering from the doors and went for a casual drive down some dirt roads.



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Put some vintage style TRD stickers on it, removed the lettering from the doors and went for a casual drive down some dirt roads.



I think I like that look with no letters on the doors!

I installed 1.5 spacer on driver rear spring.. Not sure it went well! lol
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Yes, every project is more of a battle due to rust, it's really terrible! Both strap bolts were rusted in place, rear one I twisted off so 2 hours of drilling out, the front bolt I used my new electric impact on and it broke it free and took it out.
I then spend 10-15 minutes thoroughly hand greasing the bolts and washers I put back in. When I see pictures of rigs from SW and see undercarriage makes me drool!
I had similar issues, the rear one broke off the frame so I had to weld a new tab onto the frame. The front one the bolt broke so I drove the internally tacked on nut out of the frame then dropped a bolt in the hole from the inside. It was a process for sure. As for the tank's skid cover, that thing was like removing a saltine cracker. There was only chunks left so it did not go back on.
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Don't know if anyone watches Mustie1 on YT but he's from my area so deals with rust often. He suggests bar and chain oil to keep frames from deteriorating because it's so sticky. So today I brushed some on the old girl in the middle section to see how it would go. Messy but looks better than rust. I think I'll be buying a sprayer and wand soon so I can do the inside. Fluidfilm sure didn't last long.
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Don't know if anyone watches Mustie1 on YT but he's from my area so deals with rust often. He suggests bar and chain oil to keep frames from deteriorating because it's so sticky. So today I brushed some on the old girl in the middle section to see how it would go. Messy but looks better than rust. I think I'll be buying a sprayer and wand soon so I can do the inside. Fluidfilm sure didn't last long.
Project farm did a pretty good video on this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyWHF4NoNVk
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Project farm did a pretty good video on this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyWHF4NoNVk
I like PF's videos, I see fluidfilm did ok but washed off rather easily. It didn't last the winter on my truck so not worth the money it cost in my opinion. We'll see about the bar and chain oil, may be interesting to try the CRC stuff but not sure about spraying inside a frame. Is there a bigger size than the can?
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Today I did an oil change & a full brake fluid flush. Highly recommend SpeedBleeders.

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Replaced starter on V6. Still sucked due to bolt location and getting a ratchet in there and how much it took to break the bolts loose from 15 years of being bolted.


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I saw this twin to my truck (06 SE v8) driving a few weeks ago.

Wheels and spacers look good!

Who did you slider install if you don't mind me asking?
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Put some vintage style TRD stickers on it, removed the lettering from the doors and went for a casual drive down some dirt roads.



Where'd ya find the TRD stickers? I'm looking for something similar. And/or other products in that style
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Got them from this place. - Jupiter on Earth – Custom & Exotic Decal Designs
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Took off the running boards. Iím a shorter guy 5í7Ē and to be honest it didnít bug me too much with them off...( pregnant wife might think differently when she finds out though 🙃)

Looks 10x better and was worth the 1hr of trying to take the rusty bolts off..could have been a easy 10 minute job..

Big tip: Clean the bolts off when you take them off then reattach them to the frame when youíre done. Now you donít need to go hunting for bolts when you want to reattach the boards
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