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Old 11-19-2022, 07:22 PM #1
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Deleted 5th Gen thread with 1m+ views and 160+ pages

Any idea why my thread from 5 years ago with over 1 million views and 160+ pages, 1600+ posts was deleted at some point in the past 2 weeks?

The thread title is "Dobinsons 5th Gen T4R Suspension Options - lots of choices"

No notice, no messages, no nothing, just many years worth of posts, information and photos deleted. It was the definitive Dobinsons information thread related to 5th Gen 4Runners.

Yes, I've emailed site admin earlier in the week and haven't heard a thing back.

Google still pulls up some of the search results, as seen attached
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I read online that this website was sold to a company in China that primarily makes aftermarket LED light bulbs for cars and trucks. The same company also makes solid front axle conversions and rear leaf spring conversions for 4Runners. The new owners are eliminating threads that discuss competitive products.
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I read online that this website was sold to a company in China that primarily makes aftermarket LED light bulbs for cars and trucks. The same company also makes solid front axle conversions and rear leaf spring conversions for 4Runners. The new owners are eliminating threads that discuss competitive products.
LOL if serious, it will kill this site.

Mike where will you go if so? Myself and others will follow!

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I read online that this website was sold to a company in China that primarily makes aftermarket LED light bulbs for cars and trucks. The same company also makes solid front axle conversions and rear leaf spring conversions for 4Runners. The new owners are eliminating threads that discuss competitive products.
This forum? If so that's not good.

This kind of thing kills forums and forces members to find a new forum Of the people, by the people, for the people.
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LOL if serious, it will kill this site.

Mike where will you go if so? Myself and others will follow!

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yeah ill come to, no way im supporting chicom garbage while they eliminate the info on their competitors, likely the very competitors they stole their design from to begin with. Wont support that kind of rubbish.
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I read online that this website was sold to a company in China that primarily makes aftermarket LED light bulbs for cars and trucks. The same company also makes solid front axle conversions and rear leaf spring conversions for 4Runners. The new owners are eliminating threads that discuss competitive products.
Is there any confirmation on this?
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Is there any confirmation on this?
Much more likely that something was broken on the back-end, since this thread was so big it's not unheard of.

btw, it looks like it's fixed now.
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The original thread is back up!!

I still don't know what happened

I'm on a few other forums with the same "crikeymike" username but none have been so 4runner specific as this one has been
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I read online that this website was sold to a company in China that primarily makes aftermarket LED light bulbs for cars and trucks. The same company also makes solid front axle conversions and rear leaf spring conversions for 4Runners. The new owners are eliminating threads that discuss competitive products.
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I thought this website was owned by the peeps that make the sherpa roof rack. If that is the case, I didnít know Colorado was in China?
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The last I heard this site was owned by a Canadian entity. Has that changed?

Glad your thread is back, Mike.
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The last I heard this site was owned by a Canadian entity. Has that changed?

Glad your thread is back, Mike.
three countries on two continents.... do i hear penguin wranglers in Antarctica?

anyone have a confirmed owner?
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