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Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by MrDunev, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. Jun 1, 2013 at 6:21 PM
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    MrDunev

    MrDunev [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So just had my new truck inspected for the first time.

    Went to Lextech in Silverlake, Ca. For a full inspection they charged only $45. A competitor I called cost $150, so I was pretty happy about that.

    I was slightly worried at what they might find. Even though I hadn't noticed any problems with the car, I still knew that it was old. I spent pretty much all of my savings so I wouldn't be able to afford extreme repairs. But fortunately I lucked out.

    They told me that it was EXTREMELY clean, and they couldn't find anything wrong with it.

    They also said that the Catalytic Converter had been replaced (with OEM), as well as the timing belt, front shocks, and that the Tires:confused:

    That sort of had me worried that maybe the car had taken a beating during it's short lifetime, but they assured me that it had been well taken care of, and that I scored a sweet deal with it's immaculate condition. They were all quite shocked :eek:

    I took a risk buying this truck, and spent almost all of my savings.I had more than a few friends tell me I was an idiot for buying a truck without getting it inspected first. I do agree with them, and would probably say the same thing had the roles been reversed. I had a gut feeling and went with it, and I am just happy it paid off :) Now all they can say is "you got lucky" hahaha.

    Just thought I would share the news with the guys who can appreciate how I feel right now :D

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  2. Jun 1, 2013 at 6:36 PM
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    somethinboutayota

    somethinboutayota Dorthy left Kansas for a reason

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    Go to get alignment- replace whole front end
    Debadged and painted, plasti-dip bumper , Sock monkey decals, tool box, K&N cold air intake, flag holder/fishing pole holder, Satoshi, magnaflow 40 series, spidertrax wheel spacers, map lights, led reverse lights, led dash assembly lights, roof top LED bar
    Congratulations! :thumbsup: Glad everything on it was good since you spent your savings on it.
     
  3. Jun 1, 2013 at 6:37 PM
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    somethinboutayota

    somethinboutayota Dorthy left Kansas for a reason

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    Go to get alignment- replace whole front end
    Debadged and painted, plasti-dip bumper , Sock monkey decals, tool box, K&N cold air intake, flag holder/fishing pole holder, Satoshi, magnaflow 40 series, spidertrax wheel spacers, map lights, led reverse lights, led dash assembly lights, roof top LED bar
    Post some pics of your truck?
     
  4. Jun 1, 2013 at 6:52 PM
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    MrDunev

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    I posted some a little while ago, but here are some newer ones.
     
  5. Jun 1, 2013 at 7:03 PM
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    somethinboutayota

    somethinboutayota Dorthy left Kansas for a reason

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    :sorry: The pics didn't show up before, I see them now :) great looking truck! I wish my bumper was still that black haha, im thinking about painting it soon though
     
  6. Jun 1, 2013 at 7:05 PM
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    Bagman

    Bagman Dental Floss Tycoon

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    Glad that worked out for you. That's a nice looking truck.
     
  7. Jun 1, 2013 at 9:26 PM
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    DirtyDTaco

    DirtyDTaco Talk slow, shoot fast.

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    x2.. Great looking truck :D just know that you have tons of TW members jealous of how clean your truck is haha
     
  8. Jun 2, 2013 at 9:47 AM
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    MrDunev

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    The only thing they could tell me was to probably have my front lower ball joints replaced next, which I'll probably do in a couple thousand miles, when I switch the oil over to synthetic and rotate my tires.

    Any clue what it costs to have them replaced?
     
  9. Jun 2, 2013 at 9:55 AM
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    Johnnie

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    If you have a dealer replace your LBJ's you're going to pay a few hundred. If you do it yourself you'll spend less than $100, unless you buy OEM LBJ's which I suggest.

    Personally, I would not switch to synthetic oil. If that truck has been running fine all these years with conventional oil, no need to switch. I've read hundreds of reviews on switching and some guys have good luck while others don't. Personally, I don't feel like dealing with motor problems so I still use conventional oil.

    How many miles do you have?
     
  10. Jun 2, 2013 at 10:03 AM
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    I would have to check and see how much difficult it would be to switch them myself. My truck has 49,xxx miles
     
  11. Jun 2, 2013 at 10:07 AM
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    It's not hard at all. Just rent the pitman arm puller from Autozone. If you know how to turn nuts and bolts you can do it yourself.

    If you want to check to see if they need replacement, lift up each tire, place your hands at 12&9. If there is any play in the tire then you need to replace them. If there is no play, you do not need to replace them.

    While your tires are off the ground put your hands at 3 & 6 to check for play. If there is any play you need to replace your tie rods-inner or outer depending on which one it is.

    If your truck only has 49k miles I highly doubt the LBJ's or tie rods need to be replaced.
     
  12. Jun 2, 2013 at 10:26 AM
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    Wow that is an example of a great looking late model Tacoma. Very nice
     
  13. Jun 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM
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    Wheels don't have any play. So I guess I'll hold off :)

    Thanks
     
  14. Jun 2, 2013 at 8:53 PM
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    Sounds good. Your tires will start vibrating if you ever need to replace them.
     
  15. Jun 3, 2013 at 2:18 PM
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    There is a slight wobble around 65, and I think it's tire ballence though. Will they vibrate at all speeds?
     
  16. Jun 3, 2013 at 2:39 PM
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    ARB1977

    ARB1977 Don't be a dick

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    That's great but why spend just about all your savings on a vehicle?
     
  17. Jun 3, 2013 at 2:47 PM
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    Could be a number of things from unbalanced tires, loose spindle bolts-which you should check immediately, carrier bearing, etc. Double check to make sure there is no play in your tires up/down & side to side. You can also rotate your tires to see if the problem still occurs. If so, you have a problem on the front end.
     
  18. Jun 3, 2013 at 2:48 PM
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    Johnnie

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    Cause he wanted to. Better than financing.
     
  19. Jun 3, 2013 at 5:21 PM
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    MrDunev

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    ARB 1977, I used my savings because I was saving for a car :)

    I haven't had a car in over 4 years, and have been using my CBR929RR as my daily commute, or the bus.

    I did finance at a pretty low APR though for part of the truck.

    Johnnie,

    I told the mechanics about it and after looking the mechanic said he thinks it is most likely something to do with the tire balance, since it only does it at a certain MPH. I'll try and take it in again soon and see if they can fix it. I'm moving this month so things are a little crazy
     
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