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1st Gen. "DIY" and "How To" Thread: Compiled list of helpful links

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by StAndrew, May 29, 2010.

  1. May 29, 2019 at 12:26 PM
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    @Timmah!

    There isn't an exact video but the concept is the same:
    Get yourself the correct manual as you will need torque specs.
    Get yourself the correct fluids for your vehicle.
    Get yourself the correct containers to catch the fluid to be replaced.
    Get yourself the correct tools (10MM Hex head for the front diff fill hole)
    Get the hand pump that connects to the fluids container.

    Have a 1st gen friend for a second set of eyes.
    Always loose the FILL bolt first (why drain it if you cant refill it after???)
    Remove all skids FIRST.

    DM me if you need further information.
     
  2. May 29, 2019 at 4:26 PM
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    This video covers what you need. In the video description there's a list of times so you can jump to the area of the video you want. The video was done on a 3rd Gen 4runner but it's the same as a 1st Gen Tacoma. Be careful with the front differential drain plug. They are known to get really locked on there. If you find that the 10mm allen head plug is fighting you, don't strip it. Apply some heat with a butane torch and try again. If you have to resort to a 2 foot long breaker bar, there's a good chance you're going to strip the head of the plug. Keep applying more heat until you can break it free with no more than an 18 inch breaker bar or ratchet.

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/a81i1Cayf_I


    If you didn't heed my warning and end up stripping the front diff drain plug, the video below will give you some ideas of how to get it off.

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/hFnOejt3VIU
     
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  3. May 29, 2019 at 4:39 PM
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    part of a complete 30k mile package!!!

    97 stripped front diff plug   notch out.jpg
    97 stripped front diff plug.jpg
     
  4. Jun 18, 2019 at 2:19 PM
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    Hi guys and galls, I need help with changing out the upper ball joints on my 2000 Tacoma 3.4 Auto PreRunner, 2WD, TRD, Sr5 anyone have any DIY content or can point me in the right direction? Thanks in advance!
     
  5. Jun 18, 2019 at 8:27 PM
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    Here's a post with photos about changing out the upper control arms. Part of that procedure is changing out the upper ball joints. The post lists the tools you need to do the job as well.

    Step-by-Step Install of SPC Upper Control Arms on a Toyota Tacoma

    Look for the section "Removing the OEM upper ball joint" Installation is the reverse of removal, of course.

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  6. Jun 25, 2019 at 12:57 PM
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    This is great! thanks do much for sharing.
     
  7. Jul 4, 2019 at 11:41 AM
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    THANK YOU for this thread, very useful. I recently bought my first gen with 175k on it and the to do list is just piling up. This made it easy to find all of my answers in one place. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
  9. Aug 8, 2019 at 6:15 PM
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    the link to customtacos.com for the seat swap info link is broken.
     
  10. Aug 8, 2019 at 6:38 PM
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    Look up 2 posts from yours for my writeup.
     
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    nzbrock made some seat adapters and safety dang did a nice write up for scion xb. helpful
     

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