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1998 Taco Noob Questions

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Madjik_Man, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. Dec 2, 2009 at 3:35 PM
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    Madjik_Man

    Madjik_Man [OP] The Rembrandt of Rattle Can

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    Hello All-

    Searched the site for awhile and started to get blurry eyed and not finding what I'm looking for.

    First question:

    I have the ever cleverly designed center console/cup holder that has the 3.5" square by 1" deep cup holders that don't hold anything upright. I was told by a Toyota mechanic that I could easily swap out with a 2000-01, with the smaller and deeper round cup holders, as they have the same exact screw patterns as my '98. Can anyone confirm this or provide better advice on how to fix this weakness?

    Second question:

    I've found some good advice on painting my stock alloy 15" wheels on here. They are so beat to hell right now, that I think a cheap rattle can application would be just fine. Every write up I've seen says to take the weights off before painting. I ask, can't I just leave them on so they match the eggshell black I will eventually use? I just got brand new tires put on so it's going to be a while before they need to be balanced again (hopefully)

    Thanks in advance.... plenty more questions to come guaranteed :eek:
     
  2. Dec 2, 2009 at 3:39 PM
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    RattleTractor

    RattleTractor Lube: It's the key to penetration.

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    Answer to the first question: Yes, the holes should be in the same place. My 1996 has a newer interior (either from a 00 or 01) and the holes are the same. So IMO, should still fit.

    2nd question: I suppose that's up to you, depending on how quality of a paint job you want. I guess.
     
  3. Dec 2, 2009 at 3:55 PM
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    Madjik_Man

    Madjik_Man [OP] The Rembrandt of Rattle Can

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    Thanks. Now I have to try and find a matching center console, but I'm stoked it should work.

    As for the wheels question, I want it to look good, as best as my amateur abilities will get me, but I was mostly wondering if it's a bad idea, for some reason, to paint the weights :notsure:
     
  4. Dec 2, 2009 at 3:59 PM
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    I wouldn't see why it would be a bad idea. Maybe ask around to the members who have painted their wheels, but idk why it would be bad.
     
  5. Dec 2, 2009 at 4:03 PM
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    JimBeam

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    i painted over mine when i did it way back when

    downside is youll have to do a touch up when you get them rebalanced

    you could maybe mark the tire where the weights go with some chalk and then replace the weights when youre done
     
  6. Dec 2, 2009 at 4:11 PM
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    Thanks.

    I don't mind the touch up. Honestly the wheels are so beat up now, that anything would be an improvement.

    Any pics of your wheels?
     
  7. Dec 2, 2009 at 4:16 PM
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    What are the weights for?
     
  8. Dec 2, 2009 at 4:17 PM
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    To balance the wheels
     
  9. Dec 2, 2009 at 4:34 PM
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    We can go all the way up to an '04 and have the same screw holes?
     

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