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Brett's average build thread

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds (1995-2004)' started by Deathbysnusnu, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. Jul 27, 2015 at 11:42 AM
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    Deathbysnusnu

    Deathbysnusnu [OP] Work is just a daily detour to happy hour.

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    882, Dakar, Detroit, 4.88, Warn 9K, Wet Okole, Dog Hair. Addicted Off Road front bumper and sliders. Rucas Built rear bumper 120' synthetic rope, Ultragauge, sway-bar delete,
    My ride is currently on stands. I thought my ring and pinion coincidentally went out over the weekend, lots of popping and strange metal on metal sounds. So I inspected it closer on Sunday and discovered the driver side wheel bearing was toast and the passenger side was being toasted.:eek:
    A special tool is required to remove the bearing. Thought about making one, then found a local machine shop who has one. So having the old bearings pressed off today and the new one pressed on, and hopefully back together later this week. Then take it apart again next week to do the gears...:rolleyes:
     
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  2. Jul 28, 2015 at 8:20 PM
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    882, Dakar, Detroit, 4.88, Warn 9K, Wet Okole, Dog Hair. Addicted Off Road front bumper and sliders. Rucas Built rear bumper 120' synthetic rope, Ultragauge, sway-bar delete,
    New wheel bearings and seals installed. All noises are gone now. In fact, it's quieter than it's been for almost a year now. I just assumed drivetrain/tire noise all this time.
    New gears next week.
     
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  3. Jul 29, 2015 at 6:25 AM
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    Deathbysnusnu [OP] Work is just a daily detour to happy hour.

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    882, Dakar, Detroit, 4.88, Warn 9K, Wet Okole, Dog Hair. Addicted Off Road front bumper and sliders. Rucas Built rear bumper 120' synthetic rope, Ultragauge, sway-bar delete,
    I've seen a few threads on brake bleeding that leave me scratching my head. Here is it, do it yourself, don't need any help, works every time. Don't bother with the crappy vacuum pumps, they suck but not in a good way.


    No need to remove the wheel mine just happened to be off at this stage. A short length of appropriately sized vacuum line and an old bottle of brake fluid with a bit of fluid in the bottom. End of vacuum line must be immersed in the fluid, crack open the bleeder valve. I've always found a 1/4 turn on the bleeder is sufficient. More than that and you will get air back through the threads.
    Pump brakes in a slow controlled manner, after 6-8 pumps, check and top off master cylinder. repeat process and close bleeder valve. Top off master cyl again and you're done. No spongy brakes.

    And one more thing. They are brakes. When they don't work and you crash than your shit breaks. got it? :)
     
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  4. Jul 29, 2015 at 11:24 AM
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    Deathbysnusnu

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    882, Dakar, Detroit, 4.88, Warn 9K, Wet Okole, Dog Hair. Addicted Off Road front bumper and sliders. Rucas Built rear bumper 120' synthetic rope, Ultragauge, sway-bar delete,
    Another project. Stock length.
     
  5. Jul 29, 2015 at 11:31 AM
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    teamhypoxia

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    Nice work on your brakes!

    Have you thought about what would happen if your brakes broke when you braked?

    Or even worse, what if every time you were braking things were breaking?
     
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  6. Jul 29, 2015 at 1:47 PM
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    Deathbysnusnu

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    882, Dakar, Detroit, 4.88, Warn 9K, Wet Okole, Dog Hair. Addicted Off Road front bumper and sliders. Rucas Built rear bumper 120' synthetic rope, Ultragauge, sway-bar delete,
    Breaking brakes while braking could cause one to go broke in a hurry, that's for sure.
     
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  7. Jul 29, 2015 at 3:28 PM
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    Deathbysnusnu

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    882, Dakar, Detroit, 4.88, Warn 9K, Wet Okole, Dog Hair. Addicted Off Road front bumper and sliders. Rucas Built rear bumper 120' synthetic rope, Ultragauge, sway-bar delete,
    Installed the OME greaseable shackles this afternoon. Took about 45 minutes since everything was pretty fresh still from a couple years ago.
    So the kit is actually a Wheelers kit but it uses the OME shackle set. However it comes with it's own bushings that don't seem to fit anything even though it's marketed for Dakar leaves... That's an OME bushing on the top.


    Fortunately when I originally ordered the Dakars I also ordered greasable bushings and they are still in great shape.

    These packs have maintained an excellent arch so far.


    Went so quick there wasn't time for pics. Just grease everything by hand as you put it together. Be careful tightening the zerks into place, they have been known to break if you don't put the brakes on your wrench hand.


    And done. I wanted the zerks to the inside but the spare interferes with getting a grease gun on them so this works for now. Gave 'em another couple pumps with the gun after they were on the ground. OME recommends dilithium chrystal grease or something like that. I used molybdenum which is similar, lol.
     
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  8. Aug 1, 2015 at 8:29 AM
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    Madjik_Man

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    Yup. :(
     
  9. Aug 6, 2015 at 7:47 PM
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    882, Dakar, Detroit, 4.88, Warn 9K, Wet Okole, Dog Hair. Addicted Off Road front bumper and sliders. Rucas Built rear bumper 120' synthetic rope, Ultragauge, sway-bar delete,
    Old 4.10's. Still in excellent shape.


    The box the locker was in.


    I made the right choice. 4.88 ftw.
    Speedo is way the fuck off now, like 10mph difference. But the tach and power band is spot on.
    At 65 I'm running 2830ish. At 70 it's 2980ish and at 75 I'm at 3120ish.
    Pulls hills no problem, still in the break in stage so not really putting my foot in it yet.
    Acceleration is smooth and I get to use a gear I haven't used in a couple years now. :)

    Both the shop owner and the mechanic who did the work said the truck drives just like a stock Tacoma. I have to agree, it felt completely natural again, no lag on the take off and easily rowing through the gears without having to hit 4000rpm between shifts.

    The oil pan gasket was changed too, I'm sorry I have no pics of this but it was clean, no sludge of any kind. Bottom end was tight and no rattles on startup after a dry sump. I'm not expecting to throw a rod any time soon.;)
     
  10. Aug 6, 2015 at 8:12 PM
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    Squeaky Penguin Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

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    Need to take a spin in your rig sometime, but those Rpm numbers sound like exactly where I want to be.
     
  11. Aug 7, 2015 at 7:08 AM
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    went with a detroit locker huh?

    think that's going to suck in the winter?
     
  12. Aug 7, 2015 at 9:34 AM
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    882, Dakar, Detroit, 4.88, Warn 9K, Wet Okole, Dog Hair. Addicted Off Road front bumper and sliders. Rucas Built rear bumper 120' synthetic rope, Ultragauge, sway-bar delete,
    Maybe. Maybe not. I'm used to the characteristics of a Detroit locker. I drove that Scout for several winters as a daily driver with a full drop in it, front as well as rear, and loved it. The added bias is fun to work with on icy roads. Plus the longer wheelbase will make a difference.
     
  13. Aug 7, 2015 at 12:13 PM
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    Yeah Brett big :thumbsup: those numbers are very close to where I run now. Nice!
     
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  14. Aug 7, 2015 at 12:15 PM
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    Where's the fun in shifting below 4k?
     
  15. Aug 7, 2015 at 3:39 PM
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    882, Dakar, Detroit, 4.88, Warn 9K, Wet Okole, Dog Hair. Addicted Off Road front bumper and sliders. Rucas Built rear bumper 120' synthetic rope, Ultragauge, sway-bar delete,
    It's still there, it just gets there faster now :D
     
  16. Aug 7, 2015 at 3:49 PM
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    882, Dakar, Detroit, 4.88, Warn 9K, Wet Okole, Dog Hair. Addicted Off Road front bumper and sliders. Rucas Built rear bumper 120' synthetic rope, Ultragauge, sway-bar delete,
    I am totally digging it. :burnrubber:
    Took a cruise up to Red Feather today and was in 5th most of the way, had to hit 4th as expected for the two long steep hills but it pulled it no problem without screaming rpm's.
    Came back down the Poudre to break in the coast side of the gears and every gear felt right. Again was able to use 5th for the cruising and hit 4th for the engine control on the curves.

    Rear end temps were around 160°F for the 1st 50 or so miles last night.
    I'm at around 150 mile now and the temp when I got home was at 130°F so the bearings are settling in nicely. Feels about as hot now as it did before the gear change but I never took temps on it before.
     
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  17. Aug 8, 2015 at 5:57 AM
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    882, Dakar, Detroit, 4.88, Warn 9K, Wet Okole, Dog Hair. Addicted Off Road front bumper and sliders. Rucas Built rear bumper 120' synthetic rope, Ultragauge, sway-bar delete,
    Cut away off the Detroit. Looks like a bench grinder and has a similar effect on your tires when in use...:p
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    Here you can see how it disengages for turning a curve.

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  18. Aug 9, 2015 at 6:20 AM
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    882, Dakar, Detroit, 4.88, Warn 9K, Wet Okole, Dog Hair. Addicted Off Road front bumper and sliders. Rucas Built rear bumper 120' synthetic rope, Ultragauge, sway-bar delete,
    Kind of just blogging here but thought it was worth mentioning, curious to see if others who have changed gears noticed the same effect.
    My engine temp has dropped. It's been in the low 90's here the past few weeks. Before the gear swap engine temp was 186 to 192. After the swap I've noticed it drops as low as 183 and rarely goes above 188 now. That's in town with the AC on. Makes sense of course that the engine is not having to work as hard now but I really didn't expect to see the temps drop like that.

    I'm still in the process of re-calibrating the ultra gauge for gas mileage. I'll speak up when I get some numbers.
     
  19. Aug 9, 2015 at 7:43 AM
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    Quit making me want to regear, I can't afford it for awhile.


    Did you setup your own gears? I was thinking when I do it I would just order assembled diffs from ECGS and have them toss an ARB in the front.
     
  20. Aug 9, 2015 at 4:52 PM
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    Deathbysnusnu

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    882, Dakar, Detroit, 4.88, Warn 9K, Wet Okole, Dog Hair. Addicted Off Road front bumper and sliders. Rucas Built rear bumper 120' synthetic rope, Ultragauge, sway-bar delete,
    I had mine done locally in order to get some kind of warranty.
    Assembled diffs were my first thought and I definitely think it's a good way to go. If I decide to go ARB in the front I'll prolly just do the diff swap and keep my open diff for a spare. But honestly that was a pretty big chunk of change to go with all of that (ARB and compressor) and gears, rear locker and having just bought tires...good thing I'm single and cheap to feed :D. So I elected to remain open in the front for now
    It only hurts for a bit. Just bite down.;)
     

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