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Land Cruiser E-locker Regearing the Land Cruiser Electric Locker
Once I made the decision to swap a solid front axle onto my 2001 Tacoma, I knew I wanted a selectable locker. For this project I wanted something with a little more 'yota in it. I chose the high pinion electric locker from the front of a full size FZJ80 Land Cruiser. Here are some great pictures and text provided by Zuk showing helpful tips on how to setup gears in the high pinion electric locker.

p10.gif Portable Onboard Air Installation
This article describes an onboard air setup that is inexpensive, versatile, and portable. If you your 4WD is a daily driver and you don't want to permanently give up the space required for an OBA system, and you want to keep your A/C compressor, this will give you great ideas on how to build your own portable OBA system.

picture2.jpg Versatile Hardmount Onboard Air System
With proper preparation, designing and installing a versatile onboard system that looks as good as it performs can be quite rewarding. Using common parts, this article walks through a well-designed OBA system which integrates well with the vehicle, while maintaining options for future expansion and uses beyond airing up tires.

front.jpg Marlin Crawler Leaf Spring Product Review
Breaking the main leaf in his previous spring pack was a great excuse for Erik Bibelheimer to try Marlin Crawler's front leaf springs. Marlin’s 4" front leaf springs are made from 6 shot peened leaves with nylon pads between the leaves and raised spring clamps for a smoother ride and better articulation. Read more to find out how they ride on the road and perform on the trail.



pgfood1.jpg Trail Bites: A 2005 Summer Summary with Chef Mark
Chef Mark recounts his Summer '05 trips and shares more of his easy to prepare gourmet recipes. Mark is always hanging out with the right people at the right time, and they do it all in style! Read and learn from the master Chef!
Grey Wire Mod Toyota Minute Mod: The Tacoma Grey Wire Mod
Would you like to be able to use your Tacoma's e-locker in other than 4WD Low for those times when you might need a little extra traction at the push of a button without shifting into 4WD. This shows how to bypass the 4WD computer so the e-locker can be used in 2WD or 4WD High.
flex.jpg Pit Bull Rockers Tire Review
New tires aimed at the the expanding off-road market are coming out at a rapid pace. Some are designed for competition, while others cater to the big rims and the show crowd. 4x4Wire recently took the opportunity to mount up a set of 35" Pit Bull Rockers to determine exactly where they fit in the crowded four wheel drive tire market.
Other Recent Articles

axles_out.jpg CV Axle Replacement on 3rd Generation 4Runners and Tacomas
It's almost inevitable that if an IFS rig is wheeled hard, either a CV boot will split open or the CV joint itself will grenade. Jeff Bathke offers a step-by-step guide with some helpful tips to replacing a CV axle in a 3rd Generation ('96 - '02) 4Runner and a '95.5 - '04 Tacoma.

new_oxygen_sensor.jpg Time to Replace the O2 Sensor on your 3rd Gen Toyota?
Is it time to replace the O2 Sensor on your 3rd generation Toyota with the 3.4L V-6 or 2.7L 4 cylinder engine? The trusty "Check Engine" light may not be the best guide to tell you when this is necessary. So how does one know when it's time to replace this rather expensive sensor?
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blackb2.jpg Project Black Bean OME Suspension
Bill Morgan recently purchased a Toyota Tacoma to relieve his rockcrawling 4Runner of daily driver duties. Of course, Bill being a gearhead it wasn't long before he started making plans to modify the new truck, dubbed the Blackbean. Bill starts the modifications this month by adding an Old Man Emu suspension for increased ride height and an improved ride.

tbr_06.jpg Toyota 3.4L V6 Timing Belt Replacement
The timing belt found in 1st generation Tacomas, 3rd generation 4Runners, and T-100 Pickups require periodic replacement. Belts on earlier models need to be replaced at 60,000 miles, and newer models at 90,000 miles. The purpose of this article is to point out the many steps that may be omitted in a routine belt change, and to show the use of an aftermarket service tool made by SnapOn and other companies. It loosely follows the format of the Factory Service Manual (FSM) in a step by step manner.





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