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What have you done to your Tacoma today? 1st Gen Edition

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by SlimDigg, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. Nov 15, 2020 at 11:12 AM
    Fernando

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    Yup. Looks like it is 1 inch. So are those better than the ones wheelers sells?
     
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    This one? It looks like they are the same brand and part number to me.
     
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  3. Nov 15, 2020 at 11:22 AM
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    Oh yea . looks like it is. Lol. Thanks man!

    Now im contemplating if i should get the whole rebuild kit. But really the only part that requires to be rebuilt is the uniball and the bushings right?
     
  4. Nov 15, 2020 at 11:27 AM
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    Did you closely inspect that piece that presses into the spindle? If it's in good shape then probably just need the uniballs.
     
  5. Nov 15, 2020 at 11:35 AM
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    I wouldnt say closely. Lol. I'll take a look to make sure
     
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    I haven't really considered polishing the lenses, for a couple reasons:
    1. From everything I've heard, that's a pretty temporary thing - like annually. After a few years, the price to just buy new housings would be similar
    2. I already need new rubber boots for the rear; so that's another $40 that I'm already into the housings.
    3. I don't mind spending the money on new OEM headlights if it's an "every 20 years" thing. hahaha
    For the wiring - I am definitely considering that. I mean, I'd make my own harness, but conceptually the same - use the OEM wiring to drive the relays (which I'd use in the Bussmann), and then use some heavier gauge wiring to the lights.
     
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  7. Nov 15, 2020 at 12:36 PM
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    I polished my foggy headlights back in March, looked brand new afterward using Meguiars Heavy Duty kit. Used the power drill brush and clear coated them. Been 7 months now and they are fogging up again.
     
  8. Nov 15, 2020 at 1:11 PM
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    Race truck parts needs race truck budget.
     
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    Trick is to spray them with uv100. Not just clear coat. Should last a good long while.
     
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    Yeah I'm about to do that to Devin's Honda. Just put new hids in the projectors.
     
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    Since y’all’s are still on headlights n shit

    something I noticed this morning with the fancy shroud LEDS , doesn’t seem to affect anything, but funny it picks up the headlights and not 8 bulbs in my ditch lights.

    Headlights Off
    449D135B-6B83-445E-83C6-48BDD8759C4D.jpg Headlights On
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    Touche!
     
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    You talking about the radio? Thats cheap filtering in the electronics of those lights. Same thing to my dust light, when on it makes my CB useless.
     
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    Yea, they don’t seem to affect much with the Ham, the headlights or ditches. But the ditches would make a mess of my stereo in my other truck
     
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    Did a satoshi mod to the grill today. Keep the original symbol instead of the typical Toyota lettering.

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    Seems to clear for me.20201115_151235.jpg
    I guess it depends on tire width and wheel back spacing. I'm currently running 16 inch steelies so this might not work if I upgrade to alloys.
     
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    I noticed the same thing on my last trip (the first with the LEDs), and though I haven't posted my review of the LEDs yet, this is the main reason I'm still in search of a headlight solution.

    Ehh, I mean I know it lasts longer, but my Dad has done that a couple times and neither of us find it impressive.
     
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    So it's a filtering, EMI, issue for you huh? I got lucky on my last set of LED sealed beams. Have you tried some torroid coils over the lines to and from the bulbs.
     
  20. Nov 15, 2020 at 4:43 PM
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    I have. No change.

    It's worse than that though - the LEDs are air-gapped from an electrical POV, from the ham radio. They are on the starting battery; radio is on the house battery. Even when the batteries are unlinked, the ham busy signal is at full.

    Shoot, here's my full review. Only reason I haven't posted it yet is I was waiting for some photos of the new lights.

    My Headlights are Too Dim (partially resolved, but not totally)
    TL;DR - the headlights are better, but I still have work to do. The LEDs have too much RFI.

    I tweaked the headlights in several ways after returning from The 3C Trip - I replaced the headlight bulbs with LEDs, upgraded the Hella 700s with HIDs, and fixed the interaction between the Hellas and DRLs when the hi-beams are switched on and off (see HIDs and LEDs - Finally, I Can See Again! and *Fixing* My First Mod - Really Disabling the Daytime Running Lights). I'm very happy with two aspects of this work: first, the HID upgrade for the Hella's. The light output from them now is simply amazing - it's like running in daylight (ok, not really, but it is SO bright). Second, the DRL/Hi/Low/Hella interaction is now perfect - the Hellas come on when the hi-beams are on, and are off at all other times.

    What I'm not so happy with are the new LEDs, and that deserves a bit more explanation - because it's not for the reason I thought it would be. My review of the BEAMTECH H4 LED Headlight (9003 Hi/Lo) is actually a mixed bag. In good weather, they actually seemed quite nice - significantly better than I'd expected after I'd see the bright white light they emit when I first turned them on in the garage. In fact, after about 8 hours of night driving on the first trip down to Death Valley, I was pretty sure I was going to keep the LEDs.
    • While the light is a little white for me, their brightness is so much better than the stock bulbs that I actually REALLY liked them when we were driving for hours and hours at night and the weather was good.
    • The cut-off seems really good. I never got flashed by oncoming traffic when the low-beams were on. Even with the cut-off shield, I was worried about whether it would work, and I'm really glad that it seemed to work well.
    • The hi-beams seemed just OK. This surprised me bit - they were not dramatically brighter than the lows (though perhaps this indicates how good the lows are).
    But, on the way back from Death Valley, we hit bad weather - snow. Heavy snow. Unfortunately, this changed my mind on the LEDs.
    • The low-beams were darn good in snow, even the heavy snow. I didn't get too much glare and yet still got enough light to see well. We ran this way for nearly 12 hours on the way home - essentially from Bishop, CA to Eugene, OR.
    • The hi-beams on the other hand were terrible. The light scatter with them on made the snow blinding - I litterally couldn't see more than about 10 feet in front of the truck. Part of this was due to beam pattern, but a big part of it was due to light color. A yellower would be a lot better in this situation.
    Still, overall I was quite happy with them from a light performance perspective - happier than I thought I'd be, even with the poor weather, hi-beam situation. After all, I knew that I wouldn't be able to use the Hellas in the snow, and hi-beams seem somewhat similar.

    But then - something I totally didn't expect. I noticed on the way home that when the headlights - low- or hi-beams - are on, my ham radio "busy" indicator is always on. Like full on. So, the ham thinks that it's receiving a transmission all the time. So, the RFI the headlights put out is terrible. I don't think they are shielded at all. And, they are on a completely separate electrical system (air gapped) than my radio, so there's nothing I can do to fix it. ...And for that reason, I'm going to at least try some other non-LED bulbs.
     
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