97 FZJ80, most fun vehicle I have ever owned.
How to build an 80 on a budget!
-Fix the peckerheaded P0401 that I can't get to go away. So far I've done the following:
1.) All vacuum ports/lines appear to be clear. I did have to clear a couple blockages.
2.) Mostly all new vacuum lines for the EGR system.
3.) All vacuum lines appear to be installed correctly.
4.) New VSV for EGR.
5.) New vacuum modulator.
6.) Cleaned EGR temp sensor. It wasn't very dirty at all.
7.) Tested EGR valve with suction method at idle/running temp and it would stall the motor, so that should mean that the valve is working properly and the passage from the EGR valve through the upper intake plenum is clear, right?
-New birfs, front rotors, pads, and probably either new or rebuilt calipers...
-Jegs oil catch can in PCV line (maybe a mod?)
-Paint or line the ugly beige cladding on my white LX. Right now I'm leaning towards the Rustoleum textured metallic charcoal colored paint.
-Land Cruiser grille, Depo headlight housings...stock housings have poor output and the PS is in rough shape.
-Rear backup LEDs
Not spending a ton on mods for the next few months...getting married in July!
Last edited by surfponto; 03-12-2012 at 08:24 PM.
The balance of PM and Mods is always a tricky situation when money is not flowing like Coors on tap. Shall I pursue the axle rebuilds or slider steps? Engine rebuild or dual swing away rear bumper? When every dollar is of value and gas is at a premium for your vehicle... What route is best to follow? My plan is to continue to perform PM more so... by staying in-tune with my vehicles PM schedule and daily health, all while continuing to address the all too familiar MOD addiction. So how will I address both? Since my birfs aren't leaking and my diffs aren't soupy... I'll continue to just change the fluid regularly until I reach around 200k +or- 5k. The engine is running smooth as ever, so I'm thinking another 50k until I'll start considering engine / head gasket plans. Mods are always way more fun than pm anyways, but both are equally important.
So really, whats next for the LC? PM... axles and engine, but I'm shooting for a tune up before the two. As for Mods... I'm having a bit of a dilemma deciding between sliders and a rear bumper next. I'm leaning more so towards a rear bumper to move the fuel cans off the roof or just carry two more, but most importantly to free up some space in the rear cargo area... get that spare on the rear bumper. That will lead to storage drawers then fridge. Does this make sense? What do you have planned next?
1997 White CE FZJ 80
My LC Build and Family Adventure Thread Mauka2Makai - Our Quest Begins...An 80 Series Adventure
PM - Upcoming is fuel filter and fuel pump sock, swaybay re-fresh (new bushings and mounting hardware), parking brake re-build/refresh, power steering box is seeping fluid and needs to be re-built soon. Several other items, but most are not high priority.
Mods - OME 861 & 862 springs and Nitro Charger Sports shocks (they are sitting in the garage just waiting to be installed), TJM T17 bumper (funds are there, but not a high priority at this point), New tires are due maybe this fall or winter, but are not an immediate need.
Most of the things on this list are likely to be put on the back burner as my wife is due with our first child very soon. I would like to get the suspension install before the baby, but time is always a factor.
Expedition Vehicle in the works...97' FZJ80 40th Anniv.y Ed. #4647 - 268K - UnLocked -CDL Switch/7-pin mod - Gen II LT MAF - ScanGauge II - OME 861/862 OME NCS F/R & OME SS - 255/75R17 Michelin X Terrain on 17" FJ Cruiser Steel
- Finish the rear swingout bumper I am building. Turned out to be much more work than anticipated
- Install the rear fox shox
- Fix the Drivers side window. Won't roll down anymore. Was just slow before.
- Oil change is due soon.
- New toyota air filter.
- Figure out how to add in a cabin air filter. The lack of one is driving me crazy.
Thats about it for the forseeable future. My projects tend to go at a glacial pace.
'97 lx450, 180k, lockers, ome 850/863, fox, arb, ep9, 285 [Yoko I/T's|Nitto TG's], 4 working doors(1 more than the old fj55 )