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I've been pretty bored with this lockdown so started looking at what I could do on the truck/SUV. Started looking at different online parts sites. They're about as bad as boat porn. Started with getting new headlights even though they weren't all that bad. Pretty easy install and do look much better.

Yesterday detailed the interior. Hadn't cleaned it like that in a while. Usually do it when taking a road trip but that ain't happening anytime soon. Although planning to go up to Monterey via PCH next week for a day trip. Gonna be a long day but what the heck. Two daughters have never been and they're going crazy staying at home.

Bought some silicone hoses off Amazon. Heater hoses were only 23 bucks due to damaged box. Steal but a P.I.T.A. to take off. Radiator hoses were more expensive. Got a new thermostat and TRD cap as it has higher pressure. Drained and put in new hoses today. Snapped the VVT solenoid clip while trying to get a heater hose off. Was actually sitting in the engine well. So I get to put a new one in on Friday when it gets here (Rock Auto). Toyota wanted 170.00 but paid 64.00 with 3 year warranty.

Next is putting in a new Optima battery. Comes next week even though I ordered it last month. Previous battery corroded the paint below the battery tray so going to paint it. Hopefully it won't look to bad. Also bought an alum. tray to replace the plastic one. For kicks I think I'll paint the skid plate as well.

Once that's done thinking about replacing the bushings on the front and rear sway bars. Although they really aren't that bad. Boredom can get expensive. Been also working on the boat!
 

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What headlights did you go for? I'm debating replacing mine on my 06 -- they are UV crazed. I got a kit to do redo them but I know that lasts about a year and then have to do it again. So replacing might be better...

I haven't worked on mine much yet but I do need to figure out why the rear hatch sensor doesn't work (doesn't detect if hatch is open or closed).
 

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I've had the itch for a long time to do a little lift and bigger tires and some of the recent threads have me thinking about it again. But then I read the big ball joint thread on another forum and that's tempered my enthusiasm to lift this old rust bucket. Now I have to replace my liftgate handle after it snapped last weekend. Last time i did this i could open the door. But this time it snapped while closed so that should be fun.
 

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I got the headlights from Amazon. 134.00 for the pair. Chrome housing and came with the bulbs. Some don't so look closely. Seller called Headlightsdepot.

I did the toothpaste and turtlewax restore kit and nail polish remover lol. Acetone caused streaks but did take off a lot
of the haze. Those streaks kinda bugged me so decided to get the new lights.

You know I didn't know these things take over 3 gallons of coolant. Couldn't find anything in my owners manual under capacity. Had to look it up online. Watched a guy on YouTube and he had only 2 gallons!

So I guess I'm not the only one bored and looking lol!

Would love to put TRD matte black rims on but wife ain't going for that. Especially when she casually dropped out of nowhere that I didn't get anything for our 32nd anniversary back in March. Telling her 32nd isn't any big deal didn't seem to help either lol.
 

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I've had the itch for a long time to do a little lift and bigger tires and some of the recent threads have me thinking about it again. But then I read the big ball joint thread on another forum and that's tempered my enthusiasm to lift this old rust bucket. Now I have to replace my liftgate handle after it snapped last weekend. Last time i did this i could open the door. But this time it snapped while closed so that should be fun.
Climb inside and remove the plastic trim, undo the bolts on the metal cover and you'll be able to get the cable and open it. It's pretty easy to do.
I had to replace mine and couldn't get it open.
 

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I started building a full metal bumper on the front of mine. I don't have any pictures on my computer but I'll do a full write up when it's done. I'm still working normally so that hinders me getting it done.
I need to finish it but it's getting close.

I added a rocker switch panel (I'll put pictures in my post for the bumper) It's on the left side of the steering wheel under the controls for the dash lights and fog lights.
I put in my cheapo cold air intake, had to epoxy some of the fittings on because 2 of them were metal that are welded and the other 2 were plastic that didn't fit with just a hole in the intake. I dunno. Makes no sense to me but it was cheap so no real complaints.

Ordered brakes today, it feels like your head banging at a rock concert when braking the rotors are warped so bad. Doing slotted rotors from stoptech, Hawk LTS pads and I'm doing the 13WL caliper upgrade. Also got stainless brake hoses.

On the list still to do is
Replace the CV boot on my front axle
Fix my parking brake. The mounting hardware broke inside the mechanism somehow and now they don't work at all.
Plastidip/Spraypaint various faded items, mostly door trims.
I want to the the center diff lock mod, seems pretty easy and definetely worth it.
Need to order and install a front and rear camera, my headunit supports both.
Run a extra ground wire from my battery to the frame, big audio guy and have the high output alt with the big 3, but I used cheap cable to run to the frame.
Wire in a brake controller. I don't pull anything giant but most of our trailers have brakes and it would be nice to be able to use them. I already replaced the stock 4 pin with a 7 pin connector, the extra wires for the brake controller and other things are just blank right now.
Level my projector in my headlight, I switched out HIDs and it turned the projector slightly and its not even. I should be able to do it without baking the headlight and removing the cover.

In the way future
Upgrade the fuel injectors, I've read good things about upgrading to bigger ones.
Put the 05/06 years tail lights on, the ones on the previous years are to me god awful. They are the same shape and just need rewiring for the reverse lights.
Train horn, maybe Betsy won't use the turnaround on the interstate and pull out in front of me while I'm doing 80 in the left lane next time.
Window tint for the front and the windshield, it's such a small thing I just need to do it, but haven't.
Make new side steps, I removed mine and after adding Rancho quicklifts it's a little bit high off the ground but I don't want to put them back on.
Maybe one day add a decent roof rack that is actually useable.
Build a rear bumper, this one's also a maybe. How much do I really want to put into an 18 year old car with 230k?
 

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What headlights did you go for? I'm debating replacing mine on my 06 -- they are UV crazed. I got a kit to do redo them but I know that lasts about a year and then have to do it again. So replacing might be better...
I bought replacement headlights (hazed and yellow) and turn signals (cracked) from Amazon two years ago after I got my Tree. Really refreshed the look of the truck. They even included new bulbs! All lights are still looking and working fine. It was a little more pricey than buffing kits, but it was the middle of summer without a garage, and I didn't feel like standing in the heat. Adjusting the lights was a bit of a pain, but not difficult.
 

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You guys need to replace your lower ball joints. Easy to do. And that timing belt - though time consuming - is really not that hard. Rebuild the alternator while you have it off the truck. And how about those ancient u-joints?

There's lots of "fun" to be had!

These trucks have problems in the rear axle. Removing your axles and replacing the seals is easy and A WHOLE LOT CHEAPER than waiting for the inevitable to occur. Use copious amounts of silicone sealer around the abs sensors and between the mounting surfaces of the axles and the carrier. That o-ring isn't worth much but replace it, anyway.
 

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Just a bunch of little things on both trucks like cleaning the throttle body and MAF, adding distilled H2O to the batteries, polishing the window glass, inspecting and checking under the hood. The 2002 got some new Line-X on the roof & hood, and the 2007 got new mirrors, a drivers side arm rest and LED bulbs in the courtesy lamps on the bottom of the doors. I also switched over to summer tires & wheels for the '07, and I am about to install LED head light bulbs in the '07.

Our lock down has been over since April 27th - that's when I had my 1st sit down meal in a restaurant.
 

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I also cleaned the throttle body and MAF on my mother's Tacoma PreRunner, I installed new wheels & tires and replaced the headlights & grille that were damaded when somebody backed in to her.
 

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Just changed the Denso Iridium plugs yesterday. Got 88K miles out of the current set. It was time despite the fact that the plugs were evenly colored. Impressive actually. Easy job. Very easy.
 

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I’ve been able to knock out a few things:

-timing belt
-Front/Rear/TC oil change
-new black housing headlights
-removed toyota And v8 emblems
-plasti dip remaining badges and chrome trim.
-replaced plastic gear in drivers side folding mirror
-repaint front fender flare
-replaced front half of the brake lines that run to the rear. 1 was rusted and leaking.

Currently working on replacing the front brakes with the larger GX/4Runner Sport set up. After that I’ll finish the brake system flush

Busy but fun working on it!
 

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Put in the new Optima battery today with alum. tray. Spray painted the corroded metal where the tray sits on. Used Ford
Blue because it was the only blue Home Depot had. Really not the best and should have gone with a flat black in 20/20
hindsight. But the battery tray covers most of it so it's not so bad. Wife had the nerve to ask if it ran when I came back inside!

Tomorrow was thinking about changing the Power Steering fluid with ATF. Change the oil as well. Can't decide if I want to do that or change the filler fuel hose in the boat. That seems like more of a pain (literally) to do than working on the Yoda.

Bushings look really good. Probably won't bother unless I get really bored. Did the plugs, coils, and injectors couple of years ago and less than 10k on them now.

Saturday did 600+ miles and 16 hour day trip. Took coast highway from Cambria up to Sana Cruz. Hadn't taken it in a long time. Nice. Not very crowded. Don't think would have been able to find places to park on a normal weekend. Got
17 mpg driving back. Hella strong tail wind most of the way back.
 

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New upper ball joints, lower ball joints, replaced old leaking rack and pinion, added off road bushings to new rack, sway bar bushings, upgraded sway bar links, front shocks, strut mounts, carrier bearing, u-joints, rear shocks, shaved rotors, front brakes, cleaned throttle body, cleaned MAF sensor, valve cover gaskets, pcv valve, and an oil change. I almost forgot, I installed a Viper alarm system. Next, I would like to add is a Detroit Locker 8.4. 2001 Tundra SR5 2WD 265,000 miles and still running strong.
 

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Opted to do the fuel hose 1st. Only got close to a dozen cuts and a slight blood blister under one fingernail. I knew it was going to be a pain. Later did the oil change. Was going to do the power steering but couldn't find my baster. Maybe
tomorrow.
 
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