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Mar 18, 2019 - 9:34 PM Forum: Buying/Selling · Post Preview: #1101488 · Replies: 4 · Views: 150
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Picked up a harness from Matt over the weekend. I can vouch for him as a seller if anyone needs any BEAMS parts! Thanks again for the harness, Matt.

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:29 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1101485 · Replies: 6428 · Views: 1,092,025
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QUOTE (navseal345 @ Mar 15, 2019 - 7:25 PM) *
Well they work well because they are new & soft & stuff... next year maybe not.

So far these have been 100% better in 2wd (aka one wheel drive, rear diff is only lockable in 4wd) than the garbage Uniroyals were in 4wd. These were actually better in the snow than the Uniroyals were on some dry warm sunny days. laugh.gif

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:26 PM Forum: Meet/Event Discussion · Post Preview: #1101484 · Replies: 65 · Views: 872
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QUOTE (NgoFcukinWay @ Mar 18, 2019 - 11:46 AM) *
Sngow

I hope there’s a blizzard that lasts from May 5th-8th.

Mar 17, 2019 - 9:53 PM Forum: Meet/Event Discussion · Post Preview: #1101472 · Replies: 65 · Views: 872
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QUOTE (punkxrckprincess @ Mar 16, 2019 - 12:45 PM) *
"Surgery" not a valid excuse

No just kidding. Whatever it is I hope you arw Ok!

It’s nothing that bad or serious, just a follow up from an accident several years ago. It’ll be nice to get it done and over with but the timing sucks for spending the money and everything we have going on at work.

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:26 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1101464 · Replies: 6428 · Views: 1,092,025
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Found out on Wednesday that the KO2’s on the 4Runner are blizzard approved. Had a coworker get stranded down south and everyone else got scared and left work early so I had to weave around all the wrecks on the interstate until they closed it down then navigate the backroads in zero visibility just to pick him up but I never lost grip once. Impressed so far.

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:20 PM Forum: Meet/Event Discussion · Post Preview: #1101463 · Replies: 65 · Views: 872
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QUOTE (Bitter @ Mar 15, 2019 - 5:34 PM) *
AND THEN IT SNOWED.

After the BS that just came through Denver, I never want to hear that 4 letter S word ever again. laugh.gif

Brigette and I were going to try to make it to the meet after all but there’s no way I can get off work until at least June and I’m scheduled for surgery on the 11th so there’s just no way we can make this one. Sorry guys. frown.gif

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:14 AM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1101433 · Replies: 5 · Views: 55
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Another one in the States. thumbsup.gif Looks clean!

Mar 6, 2019 - 9:52 PM Forum: Buying/Selling · Post Preview: #1101402 · Replies: 35 · Views: 16,402
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Got my new decals in for the GT4 from AJ and Aubrey. Thanks guys!


Mar 1, 2019 - 2:12 PM Forum: Meet/Event Discussion · Post Preview: #1101371 · Replies: 65 · Views: 872
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QUOTE (punkxrckprincess @ Mar 1, 2019 - 12:51 PM) *
Chris I found your next Celi..
https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/cto/d/de...6829152941.html

(whose is this?!)

I like picture #9. Definitely not a different car. laugh.gif

Mar 1, 2019 - 6:56 AM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1101368 · Replies: 6428 · Views: 1,092,025
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QUOTE (Bitter @ Mar 1, 2019 - 12:26 AM) *
Oh no. That poor rental.

It’s a rental CoRolls-Royce... in Florida. Needless to say I have been using the throttle liberally just to avoid dying.

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:51 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1101362 · Replies: 6428 · Views: 1,092,025
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QUOTE (narly_charley @ Feb 28, 2019 - 8:35 AM) *
I just realized that I didn't replace the fuel injectors or spark plugs while I had the top rear of my 3MZ torn apart to change the valve cover gasket... I wanted to do some maintenance this year, but I refuse to tear it back apart unless I have to

Is the rear bank pretty difficult to access in the ES? I wouldn’t have thought it’s too bad.

Today I’ve been driving the fastest car.... *Jeremy Clarkson voice* In the world.



(See: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ucQKNkvzQ3g https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NYt9DO5WXr8 )

Feb 27, 2019 - 9:45 PM Forum: Exterior Styling · Post Preview: #1101355 · Replies: 2 · Views: 72
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That’s normal. They’re made like that to act as a gutter to channel water away from the window.

Feb 25, 2019 - 10:30 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1101338 · Replies: 6428 · Views: 1,092,025
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QUOTE (Bitter @ Feb 24, 2019 - 9:17 PM) *
Oh so you must know this guy too? Cause that's exactly him. We replaced an engine in his other 4 runner he bought used (after a very long story which ends in hilarity) and he immediately complained that...It's getting poor MPG, it's burning oil and it's running rough. Pulled up the MPG on his info display, within 10% of the published EPA mileage. Checked his oil level, it was on the dot, did an oil change and sealed the fill cap and drain plug to start a 1000 mile oil consumption test, he sold it before the 1000 miles was up for his current 4Runner. At least he likes the Cooper SRX's we put on it.

Ok so the long story on his first one...He bought it used, didn't bother having us inspect it, called up about it running rough, stopped by but never let us diagnose it, ended up taking it to Toyota where they tore the engine down and determined it was running like **** cause it had been overheated. Overheating was not covered by his warranty he bought with the truck so he had to pay Toyota for removal and tear down and didn't get an engine out of it. It comes to us with the engine torn down to a block and one head bolted on and a bare engine bay. We installed a Jasper engine, figured out where all the parts went, put it all together, runs great, no problems with the engine. I think it needed converters too...his were melted inside. Anyway then came all the above complaining and bothering us all the time about stuff. Really annoying guy, never shuts up, knows it all, causes about 90% of his own problems. Oh and something was wrong with his HVAC, smelled like a rat went to the gym and then had sex with a dead fish and was living in the vents. I didn't even want to get into that, but we sprayed some stuff through his vents so we wouldn't hurl when we were working on the car.

Call it a lucky guess. laugh.gif So I assume that he's not well off and has to buy older cars with some problems? If that's the case, why buy a cheap 4Runner with some issues over a newer Rav4 or something for the same price. Is your boss in the habit of charging "stupid" fees? Extra fees for having to deal with the issues this guy caused himself because of stupidity? I feel that fees like that are not unfair.


QUOTE (Bitter @ Feb 25, 2019 - 8:09 PM) *
Damn Dodge dealer smoked a PCM in a car we sent for them to flash update for the new trans then tried to stick us with paying for their ****up and got ****ty with my boss, boss got his old friend there to straighten it out but still. This is the second time a dealer ****ed over a car like this.

I have seen some of the techs that live that Mopar or No Car life... not surprising that they don't get along with computers very well.

Feb 24, 2019 - 7:48 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1101328 · Replies: 6428 · Views: 1,092,025
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QUOTE (Bitter @ Feb 24, 2019 - 6:25 PM) *
That I don't know and I wasn't familiar with KDSS until now, it looks like a swaybar disconnect system but done with hydraulics, neat.

He seems to think his 4Runner rides/handles poorly though it does have 170K miles on it. He saw the outer sheath of the rear shocks are rusted and flaking away and is convinced he needs new ones all the way around. However his pocketbook says to shut the hell up and he really needs to listen to his pocket book and quit calling us for pricing every damn week because the price isn't changing. I too suggested the 5100's, way cheaper than the dealer parts and will ride/handle every bit as good but I know he'll still bitch about it no matter what we do. Factory parts, no no it doesn't ride right we should have done the bilstein We do the 5100's, no no it's not right we should have done the factory parts. YOU BOUGHT IT WITH 170K MILES BUDDY, HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT RODE LIKE WHEN NEW?

KDSS is supposed to be a nice upgrade for handling on the highway as well as improving suspension flex when off-roading. You'd think that it would be impossible for it to be an improvement over my massive permanently connected sway bars on the road but apparently it makes a night and day difference in body roll, so I wish ours had it. Not gonna bother retrofitting it though.

The 5100's are supposed to be a suitable replacement for XREAS on the 4th gen, and some people claim they're an improvement over XREAS on the 5th gen. Sounds like that guy should have bought a different 4Runner or looked his over a little closer before buying it. Ours had the sheath on the rear shocks starting to rust away as well but the suspension itself was still perfectly functional. It rode pretty smooth, maybe just a touch rough over certain bumps, but it was never uncomfortable. He'd probably be perfectly happy with the Bilsteins if he wasn't the type of customer that claims his windshield wipers don't wipe right ever since he called you guys for an estimate on the 5100's.

Feb 24, 2019 - 6:37 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1101326 · Replies: 6428 · Views: 1,092,025
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QUOTE (Bitter @ Feb 24, 2019 - 6:20 PM) *
We have a customer with a 4Runner Sport that has the X-REAS system and boy is he going to be upset when we talk to him about that. Either buy the ludicrously priced X-REAS shocks/struts (which may not be bad) and new X-REAS gas cylinders or buy Bilstein parts which are also much more expensive than regular Monroe Quick Struts like he's accustomed to.

I loved the XREAS in my old 4Runner. That thing handled great, almost dangerously good. No nose dive, no body roll, and inspired more confidence than it ever should in corners. Made it easy to forget that I was in a top-heavy SUV. I never had to replace it though, otherwise we likely would have replaced it with Bilstein 5100's and did away with XREAS. Our '16 doesn't have XREAS (now only available on Limiteds) or KDSS, just the standard overly soft off-road friendly and therefore not highway friendly suspension. It's actually more desirable to a lot of people, and the fact that it doesn't have KDSS means that it's only a special color and some medium-grade shocks away from being a TRD Pro. Considering that we don't do a lot of off-roading, KDSS would be a big upgrade for us and it would even still be an upgrade for off-roading. Non-KDSS models like ours are better for lifting more than 3" and even at that lift, they sit level instead of having the "KDSS lean" so a lot of people prefer non-KDSS models like ours. Just not really worth trading ours in for a different one and if I did, I'd probably look into a 14-15 Limited to get certain features like XREAS back, or at least step down from a Trail into an SR5 Premium. All of that aside, I'm pleasantly surprised at the handling improvement that the KO2's have made. And they've been gripping the snow and ice we just got significantly better than the Uniroyals ever could.

If I recall correctly, didn't some mkIII Supras get XREAS?

Feb 24, 2019 - 6:27 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1101325 · Replies: 84 · Views: 23,276
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QUOTE (bloodMoney @ Feb 5, 2019 - 8:15 AM) *
If I heard correctly in that video, the engines will be the same. Toyota just subjected the new designed BMW engine to the rigors of the Toyota durability validation process.

So it should be at least as reliable as a toyota engineered engine.

That's what I got out of it as well. It's a BMW engine, re-engineered by Toyota to be up to their standards. My question is, is BMW using the Toyota-engineered engine in their other cars or will it strictly be the Z4 that gets the Toyota variant? Or will BMW be using that variant at all? It looks like there's still a lot of plastic bits all around the engine which kind of sucks, since we all know the plastic parts of the BMW cooling systems suck. It seems odd that Toyota would test every bolt and rivet in the B58 and revise as necessary then still leave the plastic in the cooling system.

Another concern- Toyota did their own suspension tuning and designed their own interior, yet they raided the BMW parts bin for everything. Was any of that revised to meet Toyota's standards? I have a feeling only the engine was re-engineered but I'm left questioning to what extent.

Toyota also did their own engine tuning. So does that mean that we will be getting a Toyota ECU that can't be reflashed like BMW ECU's or will it have a BMW ECU that Toyota tuned? In other words, will it be easy to get an ECU reflash for more power or will we be stuck going with standalones?

These are all things that I think about while not being able to afford one at all. I might be interested in picking one up several years from now after it's known how they handle and how reliable they are but in the meantime I'll stick to classic Toyotas that cost me a fortune.

Feb 24, 2019 - 6:16 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1101322 · Replies: 51 · Views: 8,436
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QUOTE (njccmd2002 @ Feb 21, 2019 - 4:04 AM) *
found one...

Anxiously awaiting full pictures, description, review, and your thoughts/opinions.

Feb 24, 2019 - 6:14 PM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1101320 · Replies: 2034 · Views: 315,293
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QUOTE (Tigawoods @ Feb 22, 2019 - 12:58 PM) *
Id do a billet block. Id do it.

Do it. I double dog dare you.

Feb 24, 2019 - 6:12 PM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1101319 · Replies: 164 · Views: 10,733
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All of that is entirely too clean to be reassembled and put back in the car. So the plan is to put the harness back on, run it for a bit, then clean the harness up later?

Feb 24, 2019 - 6:08 PM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1101318 · Replies: 575 · Views: 99,346
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We won't be able to make the April meet but maybe a summer or fall meet will be a possibility, even though it'll most likely just be us, the doggos, and the 4Runner without any AWD Celicas in tow. We'll just have to live vicariously through the other AWD Celicas that show up.

Feb 24, 2019 - 6:06 PM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1101317 · Replies: 1141 · Views: 121,266
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QUOTE (TimeslideZ @ Feb 15, 2019 - 1:58 PM) *
Ha ha! I love it, the compromise. Guess I won't have to deal w/ that just yet being single. Did you ever think about silver or gold? My calipers are gold and I think it matches the Baltic Blue (given that the engine cover was also gold).
Silver would've been another option, less "subtle" perhaps.

We wanted a color other than the usual red, black, or silver but what color beyond those we couldn't quite agree on. I would have loved a dark blue to match Baltic but that seemed to be out of the question without getting something custom mixed up. Also, give me those 57CR's you have...


QUOTE (enderswift @ Feb 17, 2019 - 10:44 PM) *
Awesome updates dude,

really liking the side by side night shots. Also the double din looks great, I really need to get one of those...

Far from the most awesome updates in any of the project threads here lately. wink.gif Just small, inexpensive easy stuff so far. The boost gauge was needed for quick reference at a glance and the wideband is a necessity. The speakers were needed as well but the head unit didn't cost very much. Your car has a single DIN in it? I could have sworn you have a double DIN. I just like the double DIN to be able to quickly see everything and change songs or adjust volume without having to put much thought into it, otherwise I probably wouldn't spend the money on them. I frequently miss the steering wheel volume adjustment in the GT4 although I do like the Momo steering wheel. I want an EBC to replace the MBC but we'll see how long it takes me to spend the money on that. laugh.gif

Feb 24, 2019 - 5:58 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1101316 · Replies: 6428 · Views: 1,092,025
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QUOTE (Bitter @ Feb 24, 2019 - 6:06 AM) *
Chonky tire, hope it's not too loud on the road once it wears in some. We've been selling the Cooper SRX as a good street tire for daily driver truck/frame SUV's, they seem to have good road traction and ride quiet and smooth. Probably not enough off road prowess for your uses though.

Right now it's only barely louder than the tires that came off of it but I expect them to get louder as they wear. Astonishingly, 75% of my handling complaints of the 4Runner are now eliminated. I knew the Uniroyals were garbage but what I had previously assumed was garbage soft suspension was entirely sidewall flex. I'm on the fence about leveling out the front end to help eliminate the last of the nosedive, plus it looks weird with these meaty AT's and the front end sitting so low. Offroad performance was secondary for us, since we've only been offroad a handful of times. We just want something that we don't have to worry about puncturing on the trail. Or the highway for that matter since apparently I'm married to someone that can tear up tires on her commute to work like nobody's business.

Feb 23, 2019 - 4:54 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1101312 · Replies: 6428 · Views: 1,092,025
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Today we (finally) got some new tires put on the 4Runner. The Uniroyals were absolute crap, so we ended up with BFG KO2’s. We were on the fence between those and Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs with the Duratracs being better in snow but worse for handling. The 4Runner already handles like poop so we decided on the BFG’s. I wanted 285’s but Brigette said we have to stick with 265’s. frown.gif


Feb 22, 2019 - 4:32 PM Forum: Buying/Selling · Post Preview: #1101302 · Replies: 13 · Views: 701
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QUOTE (97GTinKC @ Feb 17, 2019 - 7:03 PM) *
Do you still have the headlights? if so, how much shipped to 32935 FL.?

thanks

I don’t know how I overlooked this post! Call it $100 shipped for the full set.

Feb 21, 2019 - 10:44 AM Forum: General Discussion · Post Preview: #1101291 · Replies: 10228 · Views: 709,433
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Turbo llama?

Of the RHD hardtop sort...

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