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General information about the various mods available to 4x4 vehicles covering pros and cons to assist in the decision of "Is this the right mod?"

Thread cleaning made easy

Walking the aisles at the SEMA Show you are exposed to a plethora of products for the automotive world.  Often there are new innovative speciality tools that cause you to stop for a closer look. The Thread Wizard is one such tool.  Who hasn’t struggled with cleaning bolts during a project?  I have used a variety of methods, wire brush, grinding wheel brush, solvent, ultrasonic, and standard threading die.

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Toyota 3.0 to 3.4 (3VZ-FE to 5VZ-FE) Engine Conversion

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Swapping a Toyota V6 for a Chevy V8 using Advance Adapters Bellhousing

Engine on Hoist

Using the Th350 would give me a little more shock protection on the driveline.  The automatic transmission will help cushion driveline shock.  And, I know it would hold up to V8 power.  But the gear ratios are pretty high, and the transfer case is huge.  Using the R150F would give me about twice as low of a gear ratio, and a more enjoyable driving experience with the 5 speed.  Plus my drivelines would bolt right up.  Cons would be buying a bell-housing adapter, and possible strength issues.  But the R-series transmission are used in Supras pushing 600hp and they hold up, so I'm not too worried.

First thing to do, of course, would be to pull the engine.  To make this easier for my situation, I decided to remove the front core support.  My truck is parked in my garage, which has a low ceiling and garage door.  I wouldn't be able to get the cherry picker high enough to clear the core support and not hit the garage door.   Plus, my core support was bent from a previous encounter with a tree.

After spending a lot of time drilling spot welds in order to remove the core support, I removed the engine.

With the engine out of the way, I prepped the engine bay for the V8.  I removed all the parts from the V6 that I would no longer need.  The only wires left were oil sender, coolant temp sender, tach wire, fuel lines, clutch lines, starter solenoid wire, and a few wires going back to the transmission (reverse indicator, 4wd indicator, and speed-o cable).  I also decided to paint the bay flat black since sometime down the road I will paint the entire truck flat black.

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Toyota Tech: Pickup and 4Runner VIN Information

Toyota Tech: Pickup and 4Runner VIN Information

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The following vehicle identification number (VIN) information can be useful in determining the factory equipment of your Toyota truck. Note that changes could have been made by previous owners that will not be reflected on identification plates. This is a living document that is meant to be all inclusive, but certainly there are details that have been missed. Further information can be found listed by model year or part.
VIN Location Information

VIN Numbers

Model Numbers

Axle Codes

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Winches and Shackles


The innovators at BubbaRope have introduced a “soft shackle”, the GatorJaw.  This item is made from Plasma rope which is the highest synthetic rope available featuring a breaking strength of 32,000 lbs which makes them stronger that steel shackles.  Long used in marine environments, the light weight GatorJaw shackles are becoming popular in the off-road market.  The GatorJaw is winner of Best New Product Award at SEMA 2015.

The GatorJaw shackle features a knot on one end with a slip loop on the other end.  Simple loosening of the slip loop, feed the knot through the loop eye, and cinch it up.  You can easily (and quickly) join two tow straps or attach a tow strap to a winch line end.

As noted in the photo, the 7/16” soft shackle feeds through the hole on the Factor 55 winch line end eliminating the need for a steel shackle.

As it is a synthetic rope product, you should not attach it to sharp edges.  The fibers are stronger than steep but they are susceptible to wear and cutting.  When dirty, they can be washed and air-dried.  As with ALL towing equipment and accessories, inspect frequently for excess wear, cuts, worn or frayed areas.  Simple and easy to use, no rust, not fuss, and easy to care for….

Check out the GatorJaw and other products at http://www.bubbarope.com/

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