RZFZJ80’s 97 Land Cruiser Build and Adventure Thread

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Thank you^

Since the catch can seemed to work well I decided to install a nicer, more permanent setup. I used an existing stud on the ABS mount and it worked perfectly.

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I also love the older FJ grills, so I frankensteined an a 70 series badge on an early 80 series grill. Everything worked well with relatively minor modification.

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I've always loved this FJ80 cruisers, and with the factory lockers you can't go wrong. The biggest bonus to these model cruisers are the full floater rear axles. Full floaters in the rear place the weight of the vehicle on the bearings, instead of the axle shafts. Most 1/2 ton rigs (which is all Tacomas, Tundras, F150, Silverado 1500) have 1/2 ton rated axles that carry the weight on the axle shaft, instead of bearings, like 3/4 ton and 1 ton rigs. I've thought about going this route, but I already have a truck that has a rated payload of 1700 lbs, even though the axles are C-Clip design.
Either way, you made a nice score with the Land Cruiser. Great engines, and as we have all seen, if taken care of, they last a very long time.
 
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What is the function of the ih8mud devise ? Is that it in the picture ? How would air/oil get into the fuel system ?

Oil Catch cans are a must have for DI (Direct Injection) engines. My '17 Silverado is a DI engine, which means the fuel is directly injected into the cylinders, bypassing the intake valves. As opposed to injecting the fuel into the intake manifold, which then allows the fuel to wash over the intake valves, cleaning any oil residue off the valve heads. DI engines, to promote better fuel economy, power, etc, use the DI, the PVC valve routes crankcase fumes and oil up into the intake manifold, which then sends that stuff down past the intake valves, and ultimately coats the valves, and thus causing coking, or clogging up of the valves. It's a nasty mess.
Every 5k miles I change my oil, and drain my Elite Engineering catch can. This is the stuff that it catches.



imagine this stuff coating the top of the valves and the valve seats, which eventually cooks onto the valves, and prevents the valves from properly sealing up. Manufactures should install catch-cans in all DI engines, but that would cost more money, and would make their engines last longer. The other side of the coin is that, when you engine starts to stumble and have issues, most folks would take it back to the Stealership for repairs, and that's more money for the manufacturer. Gotta watch em, and do what you can to curb the manufacturers appetite for your money.
 
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I also took this opportunity to install a Wits-End modified blue fan clutch. Its an OEM Aisin unit with a higher CST oil installed and valve plate advanced so that at any given temperature more oil is being sheared. A larger charge of oil is introduced to the clutch to support the fact that more oil is being sheared. Since cooling is critical with these engines I want to make sure everything is as good as it can be.

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Oil Catch cans are a must have for DI (Direct Injection) engines. My '17 Silverado is a DI engine, which means the fuel is directly injected into the cylinders, bypassing the intake valves. As opposed to injecting the fuel into the intake manifold, which then allows the fuel to wash over the intake valves, cleaning any oil residue off the valve heads. DI engines, to promote better fuel economy, power, etc, use the DI, the PVC valve routes crankcase fumes and oil up into the intake manifold, which then sends that stuff down past the intake valves, and ultimately coats the valves, and thus causing coking, or clogging up of the valves. It's a nasty mess.
Every 5k miles I change my oil, and drain my Elite Engineering catch can. This is the stuff that it catches.



imagine this stuff coating the top of the valves and the valve seats, which eventually cooks onto the valves, and prevents the valves from properly sealing up. Manufactures should install catch-cans in all DI engines, but that would cost more money, and would make their engines last longer. The other side of the coin is that, when you engine starts to stumble and have issues, most folks would take it back to the Stealership for repairs, and that's more money for the manufacturer. Gotta watch em, and do what you can to curb the manufacturers appetite for your money.
Thanks, you just educated an idiot. I need to add that to two of my vehicles. Is their a kit that can bd bought ?
 

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Over the weekend I wired up an Aux radiator fan. LCP makes a kit that is virtually plug and play. Seems like a worthwhile mod for keeping things cool while traveling slowly.

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While everything was apart, I took the opportunity to do the 'Pin 7' mod. This, in conjunction with my center lock switch, gives me full control over the center locking diff. I can now have the truck in high or low range and manually enable the diff lock via the switch.

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Over the weekend I wired up an Aux radiator fan. LCP makes a kit that is virtually plug and play. Seems like a worthwhile mod for keeping things cool while traveling slowly.

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While everything was apart, I took the opportunity to do the 'Pin 7' mod. This, in conjunction with my center lock switch, gives me full control over the center locking diff. I can now have the truck in high or low range and manually enable the diff lock via the switch.

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A pun "COOL MAN"... good mod every one should do (especially Land Rovers)
 

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I decided to build a rack mount for my gear cases because I was tired of messing with ratchet straps. I used some aluminum flat bar bent to shape and drilled to accept t-studs for the rack. Then I installed a rivnut in each case with silicone and secured each with threaded star knobs.

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I also fixed the rusted and missing rear swing out strut mounts using aluminum rivnuts.

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And finally, I replaced the rest of the exhaust system. The truck is rust free, but the exhaust had seen better days.

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Well, I found time over the weekend to install some parts that trickled in over the past week. First up, the ARB snorkel. I debated for a while whether or not to drop the $$ or buy a knock off, but in the end I wanted to do it right. Install was fairly straight forward and everything went well. It was tough to start drilling though...
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Then I installed an awning I found on Amazon. It seems well built and sturdy. I figure if it gets used enough to wear out I’ll replace it with one of the name brands.
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I also picked up a mirror adapter from Wits End and an auto dimming/home link/compass Gentex rear view mirror. Fairly trivial to bolt the new bracket in and wire it up.
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And finally, I installed a panel that replaced the useless cup holder cubby. I plan to mount my scan gauge there eventually.
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