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The Getaway...Crom's build and adventures

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by Crom, Feb 11, 2015.

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  1. Jun 25, 2019 at 3:58 PM
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    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    The post @Drainbung linked to is helpful. Lots has changed since then though. I was greatly helped when I repaired my tailgate and got the alum replacement skin. I covered it low profile carpet which is amazing at trapping dust. The alum skin has square edges and and made sealing things a lot easier. My dust issues have calmed down a lot since then. I can wheel in the worst dust and while some comes in, it's a f-ton more manageable.
     
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  2. Jun 27, 2019 at 11:19 AM
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    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    In the last 2 years I've had issues with my radio randomly switching inputs when driving. Happens on smooth pavement and off-road.

    I am using AUX input 100% of the time because I use a good Bluetooth transceiver. All music is controlled through mobile devices. It works extremely well as any person in the car can connect BT and play their playlists, etc.

    I have not been able to troubleshoot this proper, but the symptom is that the JBL head unit seemingly randomly switches from AUX to CD, or AUX to FM.

    I have since ejected all CD's and discarded them. So now it just switches from AUX to FM exclusively.

    I found one obscure reference in the forum that said it could be a sign of a clock-spring wire harness going out in the steering wheel. This makes a lot of sense. as that is what connects the steering controls to the head unit.

    Whatever the cause is, I hope to isolate and resolve it without too much trouble. Super annoying.

    As a side note, the volume control on the head unit went wonky about 5 years ago and is unpredictable when adjusting vol. It is a defect as it's been reported by many folks over time.


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  3. Jun 27, 2019 at 11:38 AM
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    Soul Surfer Jimi Was Last Seen: Road Trippin’

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    My 2009 Tacoma non-JBL Head-unit needed to replaced under warranty. At the time it had low miles. The volume quit working while on a road Trip. So yeah they were having issues with the HU.
    They pulled mine and installed a Temporary one while it was sent out to be fixed, then re-installed it afterward.

    Your Truck is looking Stellar as Always :thumbsup:
     
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  4. Jun 27, 2019 at 6:21 PM
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    I believe it is the aux port. Mine failed and there is a fix on YouTube.

    I switched to a bluetooth FM transmitter.
     
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  5. Jun 27, 2019 at 6:42 PM
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    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    Awesome! Found it. I'm give it a shot. Thanks!

    https://youtu.be/JpQhX7fvjko
     
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  6. Jun 27, 2019 at 7:19 PM
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    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    Cool! Good deal that it can fast charge your phone too! Thanks. :) I got FM transmitter in my beater car. No fast charge but has an SD card slot that I pushed in flash card with MP3's on it. :)

    For the truck I got one of these

    TaoTronics Bluetooth Receiver/Car Kit, Portable Wireless Audio Adapter 3.5mm Aux Stereo Output (Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, Built-in Microphone) for Home Audio Music Streaming Sound System https://www.amazon.com/dp/B013QJ0W8Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_7NyfDbWZRSQBG

    I'm happy to try the aux repair soon. The days are long and full of light so I should be able to do a light truck task.
     
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  8. Jun 27, 2019 at 11:34 PM
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    LOL I have that item in my cart for my beater. The aux port works on the Honda.
     
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  9. Jul 4, 2019 at 1:06 PM
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    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    :oldglory::oldglory::oldglory::oldglory::oldglory::oldglory::oldglory::oldglory::oldglory::oldglory::oldglory:

    Happy Independence Day America!!!

    :playball:

    I got some light maintenance done on the truck and repaired camping gear.

    • Installed a metal Cam for T and L-Handle Lock - 2-3/4" for the rear shell door. The A.R.E. factory composite one exploded into infinity. Slight modification of metal one in bench vice made for a nice snug fit. Blue lock-tighted everything
    • Performed unscheduled maintenance on my ABS pipe hold down hardware. Pipe was slipping as one of the nuts became loose on the bindings. Repositioned pipe and blue lock-tighted and torqued everything down. I may end up replacing the pipe as its showing stress cracks due to wear and tear. Have replacement pipe already, just need to cut to fit and install new end cap.
    • Installed replacement mechanical test plug on ABS pipe
    • Repaired Exped Megamat by reinstalling recovered silicone one-way-gasket in deflate port.

    Still have to fix the Aux port, and I think I may grease suspension bushings. I also want to build a custom wood kitchen tote and ditch my last rubbermade one. :turtleride:
     
  10. Jul 8, 2019 at 12:26 PM
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    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    I'm going to tackle Bushing maintenance in the next two weeks. My UCA's have been on the truck for 3-years, and about 10K miles. I think they are just now starting to squeak. Going to do the LCA's too, which are much more of a pain in the ass as there are no zerk grease fittings.

    Total Chaos made this nice video on how to do UCA bush maintenance. They also show why owners need to do it right.

    https://youtu.be/xvMdAX2uybs
     
  11. Jul 8, 2019 at 1:12 PM
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    ..i was thinking about this the other day. I used TC install video several years ago which was perfect for my need. thanks for the reminder to do this.
     
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    Thanks for creating such an awesome thread Crom. I went with the early 4runner rims based on your recommendation and they've worked out perfectly for me, with zero rubbing issues with my 285/75/16 tires. You commented at one point in your thread that you were considering spraying them black. I'm a big fan of the stock finish but with my black winch bumper and black rock sliders, I decided to Cerakote mine black to match. I thought I'd share the finished product so you can get an idea of how yours would look if you decided to go black. Thanks again for the awesome thread and write-ups! I've benefited from your contributions on the site on more than one occasion.IMG_4695.jpg IMG_4783.jpg
     
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    They look great in black. How did you do the centercaps?
     
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    Thanks man. On the center-caps, I put plastic bumper filler in the stock logo cutout and sanded it smooth. I used some Rustoleum paint that was recommended for plastic to spray them black. Then I ordered some TRD decals off E-bay in a high-quality vinyl that were 4" in diameter and ordered the option of red lettering on a black background to go with the trucks paint color. The final clear coat of Cerakote is a matte finish which I sprayed on the wheels and center caps so they'd both have an extra coat of protection and the same amount of gloss. I opted for the air-dry Cerakote on the clear coat so I didn't have to worry about the center-caps deforming from the heat. Air-dry Cerakote takes about 5 days to fully cure but for heat-sensitive things, it's the perfect option. The wheels were done in the Cerakote graphite black that I baked at the usual, 250 degrees for 2 hours.
    I started out Cerakoting guns and motorcycle parts but thought it would be fun to try something a little bigger. I'm pleased with how they turned out.
     
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  15. Jul 15, 2019 at 6:32 AM
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    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    That looks amazing! Very well done. The colors do compliment your build. Thanks for sharing! I think @scocar would be impressed as well. :)

    Much appreciated!
     
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    Truck is down for the moment.

    I went in to grease urethane bushings, which was a good decision as the LCA's really needed it.

    However I found that the driver side shock bushing sleeve has torn itself from the rubber and bush will need to be replaced.

    For my loss Bilstein told me the wrong part no for the replacement bushing which was a waste of my time and money.

    I'd accept a poly replacement if I could find one.

    Also, the zinc washers that Whiteline bushings ship with are almost all bent / warped and I want to replace those as well.

    What a pain.

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    ...sorry for your pain there. i'm going back to figure where you placed those washers that are bent previously
     
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    LCA installed in December 2016. Pics here

    Refurbed LCA pics here

    The washers are zinc plated steel, but not hardened. Maybe they are designed to be soft. I don't know. But I think it's very poor form to have suspension components deform on install. The reason for the deformation is that they are bent when LCA cams are torqued to spec.

    I put just a little over 10K on them. Bushings appear fine, just a smidgen of melting on one. haven't pulled pass side apart yet. Waiting on more parts.

    Contemplating just tossing in my old factory take off once I get the shock worked out.
     
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    ..agree, i don't like that washer deform, that is an expensive bushing kit, i'd expect more, but then as you say, maybe 'supposed to deform'??
     
  20. Jul 22, 2019 at 12:14 PM
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    ..did this yesterday...what a difference. front end was singing squeaks while steering wheels thru multi-point turns and small bumps..much better today.
     
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