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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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