Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

Charcoal Canister Replacement

My gas tank has been pressuring up & ignored it to the point that my fuel tank ended up acquiring a stress crack. So a fuel tank replacement is coming up soon, but for now I installed the replacement charcoal canister. Toyota no longer sells the stock one... so the AC Delco 215-153 & a AutoZone VC120 are as a direct fit one can get.
My vid.
I did some research & this is what I found...

This guy had a good write up, so I will post it here.

Here's the AC Delco setup. It comes capped from the factory, but I removed the cap from the air line and left it open to replicate the bottom hose of the original set up.
As others have said, I deleted the bottom bracket and used an extended bolt for the top. The bolt I used was an M6-1X50. It's just long enough to work. I also just left the air line open, as I don't see too much purpose in routing it down to the frame, but if someone convinces me otherwise, I'll add a hose there.
Legit canisters that fit
VC4016 smaller has swivel on bottom
ORiley's BWD CP1018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

New Slinky rear intermediate coils AC7501

Last June 2017 I went ahead & purchased the Intermediate Slinky rear coils. When I originally purchased the rear slinky coils  they just had 160/320# heavy coils in stock, I didn't want to wait another 2 months for the lighter duty coils. The heavy coils were just that... I run a light rig so the normal 160/270# Intermediate coils suite my needs much better. If I had a dual swing out & spare tire out back the heavy coils would of been just fine. As far as specs... turns & free height are basically the same but the wire diameter looks to be a couple mm thinner. 

The ride is much more supple but the handling is really good. I only run approximately 250 lbs overstock in the rear so I can feel that I'm still in the 160# rate then when my family climbs in I can feel it hit the 270# rate. The on pavement ride is like a stock feel same as the heavy coils. The real difference is on the trail... they compress more & soak up some of the heavier hits. Also when I wheel solo... at the end of the day my back likes me better.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Turf n Surf 2017

Late update... time sure flies.

Back in November we made a 270 mile 17 hour day trip to the TurfnSurf 2017 event. It all went by to fast, it was an awesome time.
These 80 series rigs are the best family rigs ever, run then down the freeway for hours, wheel them all day long then go back down the freeway all the way home. Simply amazing.


Since that great day at Turf N Surf the Lx has been pulling DD duty. 
Thanksgiving happened.
Christmas happened.
Winter happened, but rain didn't happen, well very little, so no snow play days for us this year.
There has been no time for play as of late, work, family & other responsibilities etc...
Wow, time sure does fly bye.


The Cruiser has been very dependable no real mechanical issues except a drip of power steering fluid once in awhile, this is on the list.

Well I might as well write my lists:

New fuel tank, charcoal canister & while I'm in there stuff.
Power steering rebuild.
Electric fan install.
Front & rear axle rebuild.

Tubing rear quarter panel protection.
Roof rack

Bucket list:
Swamp Lake Trail
Spanish Lake Trail
Coyote Lake trail
Dusy Ershim Trail

If I even get to do two of those in 2018 it will be a good 2018.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

mm to inch calculator

I'm still trying to get this embedded into the 1st page of the Compiled coil, shock & suspension thread. Untill then we need to do it this way.

Thank you for your time.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Club Teen Ranch Run to Bald Mtn.

I was able to make another Run to Bald Mtn. Every year the club brings up troubled teens to go 4 wheeling. I was able to participate this year & had a great time.
@ToyotaDon you were truly missed by many that day.
Here is some vid.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

40 series version of the JK8 JK series truck

I'm not a Jeep fan, nothing wrong with a Jeep though. I'm just like the 40 series Toyota J4 body much better.
Just recently... I some how stumbled over a yellow JK8 picture that just nailed the look I want to make my Fj40X look like.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

How I did my 80 series floor heater bypass fzj80 fj80 lc80 lx450

I found a leak below the Lx last week & knew immediately it was one of the floor heater hoses finally giving way. It also proves the heater valve is leaking bye. I've suspected to be since the passenger side floor has been unusually warm this summer. I've seen this bypass done by many on so it was a easy fix. Steve @baldilocks just did it on his "White Rino" & was well documented... thanks Steve.

I even did a silly vid so all can see just how easy it is to complete the job. Granted leaning over the engine bay is never easy & even a pain, I mean its a one banana job. Just one more thing, since I have body lift I did not loose but a little antifreeze.
Hope this helps. Enjoy

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Orange Metal Tech 80 on 37" Iroks

I would like to pay Tribute to one of the original pioneer's of the 80 series, this awesome 80 was built by Mark of Metal Tech 4x4 (, it's a 1993 fzj80 & I believe was one of the 1st 80s on 37" tires. Mark also pioneered front cut fenders.
I contacted Mark to get the specs of this rig & here is some of his reply:

That’s cool! Thank you for this. It is a great truck for sure. It also drove amazing on the road, yet ran the Rubicon with no issues. Perfect balance right at the limits of what a full bodied 80 can do in both areas of street and trail.

Specs are as follows:
5.5" of lift.
Old Man Emu 850J/863J plus MT 2" front coil spacer which lowers bump stops down 2".
Bump stops 2" in front & 3" in rear.
Prototype Metal-tech 4x4 Castor correction plates set at 4*
2.5" Radflo remote res. shocks all 4 corners (Protos for the 80 w/ this lift)
37" Iroks on MRC 17x9 3"BS Beadlocks. (w/4 golf balls inside each tire for balance)
ARB front bumper / Warn 9.5XP winch
Prototype Metal-tech 4x4 Sliders
Prototype Metal-tech 4x4 bolt on rear corner guards
Front and rear ARB Air Lockers w/5.29 gears (Removed E-lockers and swapped front axle to non-Elockers

If anyone has more pictures, info or has any great stories or tall tales to tell about wheeling with Mark & his orange machine please feel free to reply. 
I hope you all have enjoyed this post & I look forward to your replies.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Rock Hopper Roundup 2017

We had a blast hanging out with the 4x4Him Club ( at their 11th annual Rock Hopper Roundup.
The family had such a great time they want to go next year.
I'm hoping this will be a annual trip for us.
We made a night run to the tower on Friday night then on Saturday we choose the Red Lake Run for lunch. It took 8 hours to get there & back.
At base camp they had a bounce house, dinner & a evening movie.
All together it was a great trip.
Also to mention there was a good showing of the 80 series, four in all.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

New Trail Gear winch plate

Here it is... I don't have a winch yet so I mocked up a battery pack. I need to also mount a power steering cooler somewhere??? There is a lot of room on the plate so why not? The plate is 50lbs.

I'm not done, its a work in progress...

I will cut down my bumper a bit more then bolt it on top of the winch plate.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

MoonLight Madness 2017

I had all these grand thoughts of writing up a great entry about our trip but life & time just slips bye.
So here is the quick & dirty entry... Donal & I finally where able to go wheelin together & it so happened to be the same weekend as the MoonLight Madness Event on Bald Mountain near Shaver Lake, CA

We where able to pre run the loop Friday the day before the other 400 rigs got there the next day. I counted a total of  six 80 series up there that weekend.
I had a great time, I slept in the back of the Lx for the 1st time, it work out pretty good.

Monday, June 12, 2017

A Run to the tower day trip 6.10.17

We did some good wheelin on Bald Mtn with @Shoredreamer & two of his friends Joe & Dan... I don't known their avatar name... & then came across @mjeckell also. It was a great day. It was a 263 mile 13 hour round trip.