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Old 11-06-2020, 07:29 PM   #1
Lt. Dan
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Default What did you do to your Baja today?

Just because this place is dead- an update on MY Baja:

1" lift kit installed
new wheels and tires
and finished up a bed rack to carry three bikes:
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Old 11-17-2020, 06:36 PM   #2
BajaGreg
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Lt. Dan. WOW! I like those tires. And your 1" lift looks just right. Nice going.
I had my kids wash and wax my Baja Turbo yesterday.
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Old 11-27-2020, 07:47 PM   #3
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Replacing rear springs and struts. Passenger side came out but drivers side needs to soak in PB Blaster for a while.


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Old 11-30-2020, 12:04 AM   #4
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Got the drivers side spring/strut assembly out today. Thought I was going to need a nut splitter or angle grinder to get the nut off but eventually I had the bright idea to move the jack stand forward (left) a little to make more room for the 18" breaker bar. Then I could stand/jump on it while holding onto the roof rail. The PB blaster probably helped a little.



Also, I needed a normal length 19mm box wrench on the bolt side to keep the bolt and nut from turning together, since the bolt rotation is now stopped by a rearward control arm as the wrench rotates counter clockwise, as seen from the outside.



Annoying what a little rust can do. One of these came off with the electric impact wrench, the other needed me jumping on a breaker bar.



Ready for install. After this pic, I re-adjusted the pillow mounts so the top bolts align more perpendicular to the lower strut mount bolt angle, per the normal resting position.


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Old 12-02-2020, 06:37 PM   #5
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Bmann,
Nice shell! Do they salt the roads where you live?
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Old 12-04-2020, 02:31 PM   #6
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Bmann,
Nice shell! Do they salt the roads where you live?
G.
Yes, magnesium chloride. Though, compared to the northeast and midwest we get way less snow so the salt treatments are few and far between.
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Old 02-09-2021, 05:31 PM   #7
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Old 02-13-2021, 08:37 PM   #8
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Well... I tore out my cluster (for the 5th time), put an incandescent bulb behind the Battery indicator, and a second one behind the Brake indicator, and made sure the good LED bulbs I got went everywhere else.

Then, I reinstalled the cluster, trim, etc., jacked it up, pulled the front wheels, and tore the Snorkus out. I wish I had a firearm, I would take it out behind the shed and put it out of it's misery. As it is, I'll just be tossing it in the garbage.

After showing the snorkus the bottom of my foot a few times, I pulled both turn signal bulbs out... Blah! I then ran down to the local parts place, and bought to 1156A bulbs, ran home, pulled both the 1156 and 1157 bulbs from the left side housing and replaced them. Then, after reinstalling the fender liner, I repeated the process on the right side.

I did an oil change, complete with WIX filter.

And finally, the finale, I rotated my tires.

Last thursday, I replaced the two running lights in the lift gate (I might be doing a short write up on how to get to them), and then I replaced the bulbs in the license plate housing. I also installed a new driver side frog light housing (omg thank you ebay, $30 shipped for a used, but totally serviceable housing, complete with a brand new bulb and the bracket), and then I installed brand new 3500k (yellow) bulbs in both fog lights. The driver side was brand new (I've kept it), but the passenger side bulb was just about done (the filament was melty).

The only bulbs I have yet to replace are the headlights and high beams. Brake lights are LED with ballasts, though I went with standard incandescent bulbs for the front turn signals. I didn't want to mess with installing FOUR ballasts. >_> I'm thinking 3500k high beams and 4300k low beams.

So yes, I did a LOT to the old gal today.
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Old 02-14-2021, 12:32 PM   #9
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that's a super clean baja, i live in western new york and they salt the roads here...
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Old 02-26-2021, 01:54 PM   #10
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Installed a 1" lift kit (it's too tall really... bottomed out on suspension travel lol)
Replaced inner front CV boot


As I was sweeping up the garage after the job was finished, I found a broken snap ring on the ground which is supposed to hold the CV joint on the spline shaft.... I thought I had it on well, but apparently not.


I bought another through Subaru for $12... it measures as follows:


CV Snap Ring Part No. 28035TA040
External Retaining Ring

25/32" x 3/64"


I subsequently found one for a buck fifty at NAPA.
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Old 02-28-2021, 02:21 AM   #11
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I parked mine. I just did an entire oil change interval's worth of driving in 9 days.

Tomorrow, a bath, to get the salt off it.
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Old 02-28-2021, 07:21 PM   #12
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After running around for a bit on the 1" lift, I finally came to the truth that a 2" lift is the place to be... So- the Gorilla kit is coming off, and an ADF 2" with subframe spacers are going on. Front is done, and the rear is currently soaking in PB plaster... No more messing around...
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Old 02-28-2021, 07:25 PM   #13
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I washed the South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada dirt and salt off it.

I picked up fresh oil, oil filters, and ordered a skid plate and filter sock. Next weekend, I will do the oil change. As soon as the skid plate arrives, I'll toss it on. Same with the sock.
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Old 04-15-2021, 03:38 PM   #14
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I have an '06 NA 5spd Baja, bought it used from a dealership about 2 years ago with the intention of learning how to modify it but fell on some hard times shortly after and didn't have the time or money to invest into it. Finally I'm getting to a place where I can dig in. Today I cleaned out the interior and I'm getting the oil changed in a few days in preparation for a cross country move (midwest to the SF Bay Area). Looking forward to enjoying the long drive out west!
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