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ALL MAKES - ALL MODELS - Build Threads / Re: Sedole's Gen 3
« on: March 24, 2019, 12:06:52 AM »
Being at 168k miles and not having any concrete evidence of service, I decided to get my maintenance up to snuff. 

My experience at Miyaki with Ryan was superb.  No complaints.  Called on Wednesday afternoon, dropped off Friday morning, and had the truck back in my hands by lunch time Monday.  He even kept all the old parts to show me when I came to pick it up.  Pricier than doing the work myself of course, but saved me a ton of time and honestly, I thought his price was pretty affordable.  Out the door for just under a grand.

Back at home I changed the oil, air filter, and tried to cure my weak heater by running some thermocure.  Thermocure got out a ton of crap and helped a wee bit, but not enough, so a new heater core is on the way.

I also learned that the seats do this!!  My ski bum game is about to be elevated so much!  ;D

Next up, a modern headunit with apple carplay and android auto to replace the very dated existing system.  Subwoofer and backup camera to come.

Yanked out the old and was greeted by this mess...

Behind this I also found the brains of the aftermarket alarm system.  The previous owner knew it had one but had no idea what it could do or what brand it was.  Did some digging online and learned I've got some snazzy features including remote start (that actually works)!!

Anyways, after a few beers, more googling, and lots of multimetering, I got rid of all the old unnecessary wiring and made a new clean harness for my unit, a Pioneer MVH-1400NEX.  Deleted the signal for the power antenna motor too since it's broken and annoying.

This unit is great.  I have no complaints at all.

Bought some Thule bars, threw on the ski racks and some skis and headed skiing!  Drove a bit over 2,000 miles in 6 days, first to and from Lake Tahoe, then in search of some pow to and from Southern Utah.  Truck never skipped a beat and made easy work of the snowy roads we encountered.  With an average speed of around 75 each trip, I did 15mpg average to and from Tahoe with the 5 skis on the rack.  To and from Utah with an empty rack I did 16mpg average.  Highest mpg from both trips was 21.5mpg on a 150 mile tank.  This thing just eats up miles like it's nothing.  The truck seems happiest cruising at 67~68 mph and would likely net better fuel econ here too, but alas, my foot is made of lead.  My only wishes after this trip are for better shocks/springs, a better brake feel, and a working heater.

ALL MAKES - ALL MODELS - Build Threads / Re: Sedole's Gen 3
« on: February 20, 2019, 07:57:48 PM »
Wheels are painted and mounted!!  If anyones curious, these model of Toyota wheels are 17x7" and 15mm offset.  (not pictured: hubcentric adapters to fit the mitsu 67.1mm to toyota 106mm.  Removed the side steps and trimmed the front bumper at the same time.

Picked up a factory front skid from the LKQ yard for $15.  Was hoping to score the grill too, but it had already been taken.

Also started to deep clean the interior.  Vacuumed all the carpets, thoroughly cleaned all the plastics, and cleaned and conditioned the leather.  Still need to shampoo the carpet and headliner.  Also deleted the 3rd row.

If anyone's curious, the 3rd row weighs 51 lbs and the side steps including all the hardware weigh 42 lbs.

Next stop: Miyaki Motorsports for timing belt, water pump, pulleys, spark plugs, valve covers, cam seals, etc.!

ALL MAKES - ALL MODELS - Build Threads / Re: Rescue Gen 1 SWB
« on: February 14, 2019, 11:58:04 PM »
That trip looked like a blast!  What trail is that?

ALL MAKES - ALL MODELS - Build Threads / Sedole's Gen 3
« on: February 12, 2019, 11:38:20 PM »
As you may have noticed, I decided to sell my Gen 1.  It was a great truck, but I wanted something a little more comfortable for long road trips and more power for driving up the mountains to go skiing.  Originally I had my sights set on a Gen 2.5, but the little voice in the back of my head just kept on bringing up the Gen 3.  The more and more I thought about it, the more the Gen 3 started to appeal to me..So now I have my sights set on a 2003+ limited, preferably in black.

Anyways, I ended up selling my Gen 1 for $4,000.  Immediately afterwards I got on my phone and got on craigslist.  Lo and behold, there's a 2003 Gen 3, black, 20th ae for sale just an hours drive away!  Asking $3,500.  Messaged the guy, got to talking, and things weren't looking too good.  The guy wouldn't be available to meet until the following day (when I would be busy), and he also had 2 more people coming the morning of said day.  Well, I couldn't just let this Montero slip through my fingers, so I messaged back and said "yo, I've got $3,500 cash in hand and I'll come buy it right now if you can meet tonight as long as what you've told me matches what I see in person."  Fast forward a couple hours and I'm now the owner of a Gen 3!  8)

So here's the deets:  Basically a 2 owner truck (guy I bought it from bought it from his neighbor January of this year and didn't do much).  167k miles, timing belt/water pump done at 100k.  New radiator, hoses, thermostat done late Jan.  Runs/drives great.
 Registered until Feb 2020 and already passed CA smog.  Problems: valve covers leak a little oil.  No actual records of service (other than oil change). Sunroof works but falls off its track.  Driver seat torn.  A couple switches don't work.  Vibrates on the freeway above 80mph.  Brakes work, but feel a little off.  Other than that, this is a solid truck!

Impressions:  The Gen 3 is huuuuugely different than my Gen 1, but it still retains the tank-like feel.  It's much more modern for sure, yet it still feels familiar.  In comparison to my Gen 1, the Gen 3 feels like a sports car.  Power is fantastic, I can fly around corners, suspension is more supple, and the interior is much much nicer. 

Plans:  This won't be some crazy build, just some subtle mods to enhance the looks and performance of the truck.  Lift, wheels and tires, steel bumper, skids, ditch the aftermarket A/V and replace with modern headunit, catch up all the maintenance, clean up/fix the minor interior bits, and enjoy!  Can't wait to get this off road!

The extra $500 in my pocket was just itching to be spent, so I went out and got some new (to me) wheels and tires!  Toyota 4runner SR5 wheels and Falken Wildpeak AT3W in 265/70/r17.  Going to paint the wheels black and get them mounted.  I don't trust the wheels currently on the truck.

I also decided to ditch the factory spare tire cover as it was cracked and the paint was peeling and just looked rough.

ALL MAKES - ALL MODELS - Build Threads / Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
« on: January 29, 2019, 08:15:20 PM »
Gen 2 trailing arms finally went in last night and this morning!  Mine were still in great shape, but nice to have peace of mind.

And nabbed this shiny little tip from that one aisle at autozone while picking up a new starter for my girlfriend's car.  Spot welded on.

ALL MAKES - ALL MODELS - Build Threads / Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
« on: January 24, 2019, 11:22:31 PM »
Gotten a few solid interests in the Montero so far, but none have finalized yet.

Anyways, this is the first time I've ever really properly washed and then polished/waxed the truck, so here's a pic dump!

She ain't so crusty after all!  Well...except the hood and the roof haha

Honestly my heart is so torn...A gen 2.5 will fit my lifestyle and wants so much better, but I will really really miss this truck.  I keep seeing pictures of all these sick old school 4x4s that the gen 1 just fits the vibe of.  And my S.O. is finally on board with the 4x4 life.  After our most recent trip to the mountains for skiing (of which we had to drive through a big snow storm, with snow accumulation on the road), she kept noticing all the other cars stopping to put chains on or cars that had gone off the road and plowed into the snow banks, meanwhile our Montero just kept on going as surefooted as a billy goat.  And she actually expressed concern that we might be without a Montero for some time once this one sold.

Decisions decisions..

ALL MAKES - ALL MODELS - Build Threads / Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
« on: January 10, 2019, 10:47:46 PM »
Minor mods and updates:

Finally got around to putting Noico in the passenger area of the truck.

Installed a rear view mirror back up camera system.  Very straightforward to install, only being made difficult by the very brittle interior plastics.

The mirror/monitor came with a windshield adapter, which of course does not work with the stock montero configuration because the mirror is mounted to the roof, not windshield.  Fortunately for me, the ball of the factory mirror ball joint looked to be about the same size as the ball of the new mirror.  Took a chance (only way to take it apart was by destroying my factory mirror) that it would fit and ripped it apart.  Dice!  Perfect match!  Couple zips with the dremel and zaps with the sparky gun and we now have an adapted mounting system!

Looks subtle in black.  I like.  And this new mirror has much better clarity than the beat up factory one and is a little wider field of view as well.  Bonus!

Camera placement and monitor on (activated by reverse lights):

One day of use verdict:  Excellent concept, not the best in reality.  If there is any sunlight coming from the rear, the glare makes the monitor unseeable due to it being behind a mirrored screen.  The camera included in the cheap kit I bought has a very inadequate 120 degree field of view.  I will be upgrading to a more sleek lower profile camera with 170 degree view.  Other than that, this thing is great!  The monitor auto-dimming function works great, and the mirror as a mirror is very clear to look through.  The mirror itself is also very well made, like mid-late 2000s oem mirror feel.  A little plasticy but sturdy and fine to look at.  There is no glare dimming lever, but I have not found it to be necessary as this mirror is almost an in between of the day and night levels of a so equipped mirror...if that makes any sense.  Goldilocks.

And of course, some winter wheeling!  Just some easy fire/maintenance roads in Angelus Oaks, CA.

While the trails were easy, we did have to manage some deep ruts and slick mud and ice.  As usual, the truck did not let me down!  And boy did I have fun hooning those muddy and snowy turns!  The factory LSD is very satisfying!  8)

Lastly, I took the old girl for her required smog for registration, and she passed without a hitch! 

Which brings me to my next bit of news.  The gen 1 chapter of my Montero journey seems to be slowly coming to a close.  While I really really love this truck, there are certain areas that I just feel are lacking for my needs.  So, I've decided to list her for sale and pursue the gen 2.5 life!  I don't anticipate a quick sale, and I'm in no rush to sell either.  I'll likely list at what some would call a crazy price ($5,000) which leaves me negotiation room, but also partly because I don't really want to see her gone.  I'd love to keep her, but I'm not at the point in life where I can justify owning so many vehicles.  I currently own 3, and adding the 2.5 would make 4.

Regardless, I will continue to tinker and go wheeling while she is in my possession.  I can't help it!  I've got a few parts in bins to install, white paint to slap on the roof, and might even build a simple wood platform for the rear.  And who knows, I just might change my mind once I get done with it all!

ALL MAKES - ALL MODELS - Build Threads / Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
« on: December 20, 2018, 05:41:05 PM »
Continuing on with the blackness:

ALL MAKES - ALL MODELS - Build Threads / Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
« on: December 18, 2018, 09:49:54 PM »
Little bit of decrustifying today!  Been meaning to do this for the past year and finally got around to it.

ALL MAKES - ALL MODELS - Build Threads / Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
« on: December 11, 2018, 10:21:15 PM »
Finally fixed the speedo!  Cleaned off the decades of filth on the plastic covers while I was at it too.

Applied some festivity:

And started off the season right by getting rear ended!  Slow speed hit directly to the hitch, so this was all the damage I sustained, but even at that slow speed, the little fiat that hit me got munched!  Bumper, intercooler, and hood smushed in!  I should have taken a picture, but forgot...

Installed a very important mod, worth at least 50 free horses to the wheel!  Peep my doggo and unenthusiastic S.O.

Finally got around to installing the gen 2 boneyard seats I picked up a month or so ago.  Passenger was an easy swap, but driver I had to swap the skins onto a manual control seat...not fun!  Driver bottom turned out a little wrinkly, but not too bad.  I can deal.  I'm just glad to have adjusting seats again!!  (could never get the LR auto controls working..)  As a bonus, these lowered my seating position about 4 inches (back to normal) from the LR seats...and I shaved about 80lbs total by ditching the LR ones!

Aaaand I've started to paint my wheels black.  Started with the spare cause that's the easiest to remove haha.  No plastidip here!

ALL MAKES - ALL MODELS - Build Threads / Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
« on: October 20, 2018, 08:41:22 PM »
Trip log!  Took a day trip to run some trails near Lake Arrowhead.

127.6 miles, 13.2 mpg.  About 15 miles off road.

Was hoping I'd get a little better mpg, but I did keep my right foot pretty into it all the way up the mountain so not much surprise there lol  ::)  On the plus side, temps stayed perfect!

Here she is looking puny next to my buddy's raptor:

Found some rocks to play on:

And some mud left from last weekends rain!

Made it home unscathed except for a couple scratches where I hit my frame on the rocks...

...and this:

I looked down and thought, how did a damn twig get stuck in my cluster?!?!  Then I looked closer...  :o

Time to break out the superglue!

Also modification ideas/wants after this trip... big brake upgrade. 

ALL MAKES - ALL MODELS - Build Threads / Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
« on: October 17, 2018, 09:14:45 PM »
Thanks for the love dudes!  Appreciate it!

The bumper is called "Rock Crawler Front Bumper w/Fog Light Housing for Jeep Wrangler JK 2007-2018" I got it from an ebay  seller called "hk-directsale" but many others have the same exact product. 

Often times if there's no "like" button like some other places (cough cough) we do still like it, read it, then move on.

No worries, I do the same thing.  I do of course appreciate getting comments and feedback, but I also keep this thread going along for myself to look back on, so even if nobody replies I'll keep on posting!

Kicking myself for not thinking to do this when I had the whole thing out last year...

You're right, it's not thaaaat bad to remove.  A pain if your by yourself (use your head and both arms as a tripod lol).  But be careful of those plastics.  I don't know about you Gen2 guys, but I broke just about every single one of those brittle upper plastic trim pieces in my Gen1.  I was being super careful too and used all the plastic trim remover tools.

ALL MAKES - ALL MODELS - Build Threads / Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
« on: October 14, 2018, 08:57:28 PM »
Got some gas, took more pics.  Gotta love that gas station lighting!

ALL MAKES - ALL MODELS - Build Threads / Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
« on: October 14, 2018, 08:04:18 PM »
I had a pretty productive weekend!  Started off Friday night some some more maintenance items.  Engine oil and drain/fill two L of transmission fluid.

Not a bad idea to write the date/mileage on your filter.  Bonus points if you get it tight and can still see the numbers!

Made a better comparison picture of the headlights.  The pictures don't capture the distance the light travels well, so you'll just have to trust me the H4s are much better.  If you're on the fence, just do it!  Ditch those sealed beams!

Aaaand, bumper time!

Scrolling ebay in class and I come across a full width JK bumper for $150 shipped to my doorstep!  It claimed 5/32" material and a .120 bar.  No other dimensions were listed but it claimed to be a full width so I took a chance!  I had actually seen one on a JK the other day and thought it looked pretty good so what the hell why not.

Bumper got in and I immediately mocked it up.  First off, I guess full width is 65".  5/32" was used on the front face and top, and 1/8" everywhere else.  Bumper brackets were 3/16" and the shackle mounts are 1" and welded front and back.  I debated sending it back at this point cause I really don't like the massive diving board look with the bumper sticking a foot off the front.  Buuut the little man on my shoulder said screw it, break out the angle grinder!  So that's what I did!

Chopping about 2.5" off the back, and later on in this post, 2" off each end and the winch fairlead mount, plus some of the supports on the back netted a loss of about 12-15 lbs!  Also enabled the bumper to sit a good bit closer to the body.

Next up mounts.  I used 3/16" steel to adapt the bumper so it mounts the same way as factory.  Later on I'm going to make another tab to utilize the preexisting nuts on the other side of the frame horns.  So it will be like a C.  I'm also going to weld more of the frame horn seams, but that's a project for a later day.  My little ryobi really struggled to get the job done, so I'm going to track down a friend with a drill press and make these.  Also, drill first, then cut, then weld.  Don't do it like this lol.

That width really needs to be taken down...  Chop chop with angle grinder!

Boxed in with 1/8" steel:

Cut off most the winch fairlead mounts (left enough to mount my plate on), flap disc'd the ends smooth, cleaned it all up, and threw on a little satin black rustoleum then mounted her up!

All in all, I'm pretty dang happy!  For $150 I don't think I could have come up with something better just welding from scratch.  Weight wise it's not too bad.  Stock bumper is in the ballpark of 25-30 lbs.  This is 55-60lbs.  I could probably cut out another 5-10 lbs of unnecessary material too.  Was able to get it close enough to the body so approach angle (comparing to a stock bumper with the little black bumper pad things still on) is about the same.  I could probably get it sitting 1" closer to the body, but that would involve cutting the frame horns which I don't want to do at this time.

I was worried about the whole blah blah Chinese made junk argument, but really it's not so bad.  Sure the coating is crap and sometime I'll wire wheel it all off and repaint with rustoleum satin black, but it's cheap, sturdy, and the welds are pretty decent.  I did some destructive testing of my own welds and the bumper's welds on the pieces that I cut off and was pretty satisfied.  I don't know that I'd trust the shackle mounts for a snatch ever, especially without reinforcing with the C mount that I was talking about, but simple tug outs where I'm not too stuck should be fine.  Anything more and I'll use Mitsubishi's factory front tow point.

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