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Old 12-03-2011, 11:49 PM   #1901
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The new blower motor is amazingly better. But, on deeper thought I think I'm gonna leave it off the road during the winter. The older body/frame aren't really treated that well for salt and the frame is starting to get a touch rusty in a few spots.

I'm thinking about trading the Mini in and getting one of these with a V8:

I absolutely love mine but it does have its quirks. The transmission and the key less entry are the 2 things I hate the most.

The transmission tries to save gas by shifting to the highest gear as quick as possible and also delaying the downshift into first until absolutely necessary. This causes a very annoying jolt when at the same time you're hitting the gas to go, the transmission is in the process of shifting into first.

As for the key less entry, it has trouble sensing my hand when I touch the door handle on occasion. And the buttons on the handles to lock it also don't work sometimes.

Other than that I really couldn't be happier with it. The power is plentiful, the interior is comfortable on long trips, and it will tow a metric **** ton with ease. If you do get one with a V8 be sure to get one that is 04-06 as they have a timing belt instead of the chain and it's on the front of the motor and relatively easy/cheap($1200) to change. After that they went the the FSI motors that used timing chains on the rear of the motor and if the tensioners ever need to be changed the entire motor and subframe needs to be dropped.
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:52 PM   #1902
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Looks good man. I'm seriously looking for a light bar that looks decent.
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:06 AM   #1903
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Looks good man. I'm seriously looking for a light bar that looks decent.
Your lucky you don't live here or else I wouldn't have told you about it

Don't need two tacomas in the same area driving around with the same light bar, next your gonna ask me what HID those are

I haven't personally seen another light bar on a tacoma that looks as good, not that it matters, but alot of them look wonky to me.
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:22 AM   #1904
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Your lucky you don't live here or else I wouldn't have told you about it

Don't need two tacomas in the same area driving around with the same light bar, next your gonna ask me what HID those are

I haven't personally seen another light bar on a tacoma that looks as good, not that it matters, but alot of them look wonky to me.
hella 7000 hid?

I have to agree I love the way it looks on the front of the tacoma.
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:36 AM   #1905
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go arb baja, then put in winch.

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Old 12-04-2011, 12:45 AM   #1906
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I've thought about the arb I just don't want an extra 200lbs on the front end. They do look awesome though.
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:45 AM   #1907
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it's not that heavy unless you put on the winch with a steel line. I put on two of them this summer. One on a 4runner and the other on my Lexus. I had one on my old 4runner and it was great.
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:40 AM   #1908
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I absolutely love mine but it does have its quirks. The transmission and the key less entry are the 2 things I hate the most.

The transmission tries to save gas by shifting to the highest gear as quick as possible and also delaying the downshift into first until absolutely necessary. This causes a very annoying jolt when at the same time you're hitting the gas to go, the transmission is in the process of shifting into first.

As for the key less entry, it has trouble sensing my hand when I touch the door handle on occasion. And the buttons on the handles to lock it also don't work sometimes.

Other than that I really couldn't be happier with it. The power is plentiful, the interior is comfortable on long trips, and it will tow a metric **** ton with ease. If you do get one with a V8 be sure to get one that is 04-06 as they have a timing belt instead of the chain and it's on the front of the motor and relatively easy/cheap($1200) to change. After that they went the the FSI motors that used timing chains on the rear of the motor and if the tensioners ever need to be changed the entire motor and subframe needs to be dropped.
What year/engine do you have? How long have you had it? Any maintenance issues? My Mini has me extremely gun-shy about euro vehicles- 55k miles and I have an intermittent misfire CEL. I want to dump it before it's in the shop to the tune of $2k.

I'm looking at an 05 V8 w/ air suspension.
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:33 PM   #1909
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I absolutely love mine but it does have its quirks. The transmission and the key less entry are the 2 things I hate the most.

The transmission tries to save gas by shifting to the highest gear as quick as possible and also delaying the downshift into first until absolutely necessary. This causes a very annoying jolt when at the same time you're hitting the gas to go, the transmission is in the process of shifting into first.

As for the key less entry, it has trouble sensing my hand when I touch the door handle on occasion. And the buttons on the handles to lock it also don't work sometimes.

Other than that I really couldn't be happier with it. The power is plentiful, the interior is comfortable on long trips, and it will tow a metric **** ton with ease. If you do get one with a V8 be sure to get one that is 04-06 as they have a timing belt instead of the chain and it's on the front of the motor and relatively easy/cheap($1200) to change. After that they went the the FSI motors that used timing chains on the rear of the motor and if the tensioners ever need to be changed the entire motor and subframe needs to be dropped.
if you like it so much dont sell yours for an offroad beast.
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Old 12-04-2011, 01:44 PM   #1910
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Thanks!

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I'm having the interior detailed tomorrow. There's a stale odor in the car that I can't seem to get rid of. I honestly didn't even really notice it when I test drove it but it's fairly apparent to me now. It's not tobacco or mildew but just a sort of stale mustiness.

I suspect it's the soft top but I'm going to have them shampoo the seats and carpet anyway and see what it does. If it ends up being the top, I'm going to have to dismount the rack, remove the top and power wash it into oblivion.

And speaking of carpet, I'm tempted to just rip it out entirely. Have any of you removed the carpeting from yours? Is it a simple procedure?

Thanks.
The fabric of the top should be pretty well sealed, and probably won't pick up any funky smells. My money is on carpet or seats.

The carpet was effortless to remove in my YJ. I'm sure the LJ is built a little better, but it shouldn't be a chore at all. If you wear sandals a lot you might get hot feet, but you shouldn't see any adverse effects otherwise. Line-X is always an option, but it isn't cheap.
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Old 12-04-2011, 02:47 PM   #1911
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The fabric of the top should be pretty well sealed, and probably won't pick up any funky smells. My money is on carpet or seats.

The carpet was effortless to remove in my YJ. I'm sure the LJ is built a little better, but it shouldn't be a chore at all. If you wear sandals a lot you might get hot feet, but you shouldn't see any adverse effects otherwise. Line-X is always an option, but it isn't cheap.
Would line-x help with controlling the heat? I always had the rugs out of my old tj... it has been a good five years since i sold it... but i don't remember being bothered by the heat. with my current jk, i had my rugs out for most of the summer and the heat never bothered me... i did have the factory floor mats in. my mats didn't move around, but this could have been because of the factory sound deadening stuff.

The carpets were easy enough for me to remove on my old tj... i can't imagine that it would be all that different for an lj.
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Old 12-04-2011, 03:08 PM   #1912
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Looks good man. I'm seriously looking for a light bar that looks decent.
Here's a whole new bumper with a hoop.

http://www.demello-offroad.com/catal...roducts_id=227
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Old 12-04-2011, 03:20 PM   #1913
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Monstaliner definitely helped with the heat, $150 and a weekend. I love it I threw my carpet in the trash.




http://www.monstaliner.com/
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Old 12-04-2011, 03:23 PM   #1914
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it looks BETTER than carpet. I almost want to do that with my wagon...
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Old 12-04-2011, 03:24 PM   #1915
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He has a bunch of colors now too.
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:40 PM   #1916
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:42 PM   #1917
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For mustiness in a TJ/LJ, it could be the lower windshield seal. Not the glass but the frame itself. Mine leaked a bunch and I'd have moisture under the carpet
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:46 PM   #1918
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The fabric of the top should be pretty well sealed, and probably won't pick up any funky smells. My money is on carpet or seats.

The carpet was effortless to remove in my YJ. I'm sure the LJ is built a little better, but it shouldn't be a chore at all. If you wear sandals a lot you might get hot feet, but you shouldn't see any adverse effects otherwise. Line-X is always an option, but it isn't cheap.
Thanks, Ash.

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Monstaliner definitely helped with the heat, $150 and a weekend. I love it I threw my carpet in the trash.
That looks great. I am SO doing that.

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My favorite colors are all white or the blue with the white roof. Pure sex.
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:51 PM   #1919
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I dig the dark blue with white roof. Saw a bunch down in Patagonia...the official vehicles of the :i:Prefectura:i: or state police
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:54 PM   #1920
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I dig the dark blue with white roof. Saw a bunch down in Patagonia...the official vehicles of the :i:Prefectura:i: or state police
I know this complete dickbag that drives a white 90 with safari rack. I'd love to quietly dispose of him and take the truck.
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:02 PM   #1921
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Whitford, any numbers on mpg? I am considering picking one up.
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:11 PM   #1922
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Whitford, any numbers on mpg? I am considering picking one up.
For Land Rovers? Hurley959 should be able to give you a definitive answer.
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:33 PM   #1923
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:34 PM   #1924
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Love them, Zack. Both the truck AND the photos are amazing.
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:35 PM   #1925
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