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3RZ head gasket R&R Qs- urgent help wanted

Discussion in 'Performance and Tuning' started by sgtlethargic, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. Jun 14, 2008 at 9:48 PM
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    sgtlethargic

    sgtlethargic [OP] Active Member

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    '97 Forerunner, 3RZ, 5-speed
    I'm in the process of replacing the head gasket. I'm using an on-line factory manual, and it looks like the instructions are geared toward a head rebuild where it'd have you take more stuff off than necessary. I want to try to keep as much on the head as practical. If you've done this before, I'd really appreciate some tips ASAP, as I'll be back on it tomorrow morning.

    • Can the upper intake manifold be left on, if I can get all of the hoses, wires, et cetera disconnected?
    • How about the lower intake manifold?
    • And the exhaust manifold?
    Yeah, I'd like to keep the manifolds on and take the EGR tube and exhaust off after the head's off. The exh man is coming off because it's cracked. I'm looking into using a 2002 Tacoma tube type exh man as a replacement. It looks like it'll swap, but:
    • Can anyone confirm if it will or will not swap onto a '97 3RZ?
    Next are the cams:
    • Do they need to come out, or can the gear/sprocket with the timing chain be taken off with the cams in, and then remove the head?
    Thanks,
    Kurt
     
  2. Jun 15, 2008 at 12:42 PM
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    sgtlethargic

    sgtlethargic [OP] Active Member

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    Nevermind.

    Thanks,
    Kurt
     
  3. Mar 26, 2011 at 1:11 PM
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    Murrfk

    Murrfk Well-Known Member

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    While this is a dated post, I came here seeking the exact same answer for my 1996. How much of the exhaust and intake do I HAVE to take off to replace the head gasket? Any tips?
     
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