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    #31
    April 2020


    Put my half door on since its warming up here in CA, forgot how exposed it left the driver seat. Made a door bar to keep rocks out of my face when pivoting on them. It also opens, leaving it bolted in for now, will run pins to make it easier to open when light wheeling, will use the bolts when doing more hardcore trails like down at the hammers. Those trails like to bash my doors in...


    Was going to do a fancy one like this, but I felt that if a rock came in and hit the lower bar it would tweak the whole thing and fuck it up, so I went with the one bar









    Bar can swing all the way out, past 90 deg.



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    Added a plate to the back side of the coupler dealio to help guard from the bolts shearing and sending the tube into the cab in case it takes a large impact.





    Fender fits on nicely, need to touch it up a little bit but I am happy with it.







    Got the fender cleaned up and looking better around the bar, also finished the passenger side but forgot to take a picture, looks pretty much the same so just imagine this side but on the passenger side





    Also took the truck down in the river bed behind our house for a river day since it was finally hot here in CA












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      #32
      May 11 2020


      Finished up the Hydro Assist this weekend. Drilling and tapping the box was not as difficult as I thought it would be, that teflon seal is a bit of a pain though.

      Box out




      Tapping




      Installed and hoses ran




      Ram Installed




      Got it out for a test on Saturday, did great, turning was super smooth and easy. Took it out on Sunday to mess around and I bent my tierod The issue was that I didn't fully weld the tierod to the tierod ends like I was planning on doing. I just tacked the tierod to the bolt, and not the TRE itself. Tires were jammed in a tight spot, ram pushed through and twisted the tierod forward and bent it a bit. Oops



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        #33
        That's it for catch up from old Pirate, should be posting updates soon, just waiting on hearing back from Trail-gear to warranty a part, trucks been parked for a week.

        EMAIL ME BACK ALREADY TRAIL-GEAR, ITS BEEN A WEEK DARNIT

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          #34
          Redid the hydro assist ram mounts and also replaced the bent tierod. Did it right this time around, ran the truck a good amount of times over the line that bent it last time and it handled it no problem, no bending or twisting so I am happy with that. Only got pics when I was parked, so deal with it



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            #35
            Changed out the center cap with a more appropriate one

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              #36
              Ran into an issue with my PS pump, ran the truck hard and hot in the river bed a few weekend in a row, PS pump started whining a lot. Figured I burnt it up cause the truck got pretty hot each trip. Changed out the old water pump with a new one, and also put in a new PS pump.



              Thought I fixed the whining problem, however I figured I'd save some time and re-use my old pumps drilled out restrictor. The whine was still there after I bled the system, which stumped me for a beer or two. Took out the old restrictor I was re-using, drilled out the new one and put it in, and bingo, no whine! Not sure why, but the restrictor on my original pump had a weird spring backing which caused it to be a pain in the ass to drill out, which is why I reused it to avoid the headache of drilling the new one (which turned out to be easy since it didn't have the spring)... the whining was the brass insert deal vibrating around in the small space it had.



              Now both new pumps are working great, and the steering feels much better then before

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                #37
                What are you running for fluid in the steering?

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                  #38
                  Originally posted by Aisin View Post
                  What are you running for fluid in the steering?
                  Powersteering fluid

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                    #39
                    Originally posted by Grronk View Post

                    Powersteering fluid
                    Toyotas don’t use power steering fluid. They use ATF. I’ve always used tractor fluid. My shit would boil over until I changed it. Tractor fluid will take heat better and will not foam up.

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                      #40
                      Originally posted by Aisin View Post

                      Toyotas don’t use power steering fluid. They use ATF. I’ve always used tractor fluid. My shit would boil over until I changed it. Tractor fluid will take heat better and will not foam up.
                      The hydro assist im using says to use Powersteering fluid. I have heard of the tractor fluid though, i havent had any problems with the ps fluid boiling over yet, i have a bigger res and bigger inline cooler w/fan. If I have anymore issues down the line I will look into the tractor fluid some more though

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                        #41
                        Originally posted by Grronk View Post

                        The hydro assist im using says to use Powersteering fluid. I have heard of the tractor fluid though, i havent had any problems with the ps fluid boiling over yet, i have a bigger res and bigger inline cooler w/fan. If I have anymore issues down the line I will look into the tractor fluid some more though
                        Didn’t realize you bought a hydro assist kit. I’ve always pieced mine together. You will be fine with ps fluid. I didn’t have a cooler on mine. Just a bigger reservoir.

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