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RainGoat - How's the full length roof rack coming?

Well, the rain has started-that won’t stop until July. In some sunbreaks I still want to do a thorough clean & waxing of the roof before mounting the rack. I’m also working on about 1cm “towers” between the rails & the conduit clamp (to be fair, TownDawgR50 is really working on it for me). Pathy_02 put his on with conduit clamps to the rails about a year ago & it looks great. For my purposes I need just a little more clearance. I move slow so it may take a few weeks-months.

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Went wheeling and stumbled on a nice hard track, steep and big rocks off camber. Running on my 31s I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to make it but the old girl crawled right up it with minor wheel spin and not much complaint. Heard a very odd noise come out from the truck which I want able to track down getting out if the truck. No leaks aside from a bit of water that seemingly came out of the overflow tube. Whine stopped suddenly and never came back through the rest of the trail and driving through town. My best thought is power steering since my custom line is quite finicky (modified a few parts to fit against the frame with a vg33 swap). Planning to look under the truck tomorrow and double check everything but no leaks, oils fine and water is fine with no over heats. 

Two projects coming up this week, number 1 is to make a skid plate for the oil pan so I can stop stressing while crawling over larger rocks.

Number 2 is to make a fold down table on the tire carrier so I can grill while on a trip this next coming Thursday. One week to do both.

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Went shopping for 3/8 steel and struck out. Gotta call around tomorrow. Was raining cats and dogs all day so no work done but was able to go mudding. Give it a few days when I'm under the truck making the damn skid plate and I'll regret ever doing that lol

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I installed some LED bulbs in my map light and front/rear dome light fixtures. I also put wedge style LEDs in my gauge cluster.

 

This is from last night. The camera on my phone was picking up a lot more light than what was visible to my eyes.

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This is closer to what it really looks like. I couldn’t get an accurate picture of what the fixture itself looks like to the eyes. The camera must pick up a good amount more than the eye.

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Today my other LEDs came in so I put one 5000k bulb in the passenger map light fixture and left the red on the driver. That way, I have light when I need it but I also have the option to keep my night eyes.

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For the dome lights I went with 3500k bulbs. I like the warm incandescent filament color temperature but the added brightness is hopefully going to be an upgrade. I don’t know yet because the sun is still up.

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I am most excited about the gauge cluster. The incandescent bulbs just aren’t bright enough for this new gauge cluster I got from the junkyard. The background color is a metallic grey with micro flakes and the lettering is white so the contrast is pretty poor when driving in the evening or morning and the super dim bulbs literally do nothing until it’s almost completely dark out.

 

Here is the difference as of now.

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I’ll never lose another burger again!

 

We’ll see what it looks like tonight.

 

 

 

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Yep, the two color combo is what I’ve done in my map lights as well. We’re lucky because in all the other cars I manage the map lights come on with the door so you can’t individually select them like we can.

While I like the idea of changing the hue(Kelvin temperature) of the instrument cluster, I like dimming down quite a bit when doing long drives at night. Does your dimmer still work with the LEDs (I’ve burnt out my first dimmer about 2006)

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1 hour ago, RainGoat said:

Does your dimmer still work with the LEDs (I’ve burnt out my first dimmer about 2006)

 

I'd be interested to know as well.  I've heard it doesn't work, but I'm not sure.  I like a bright dash in the day, and I'd love to change the color, but at night I DO NOT appreciate bright lights in the cabin.

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Well I went with warm white for the gauge cluster but I think there is a blue hue in the actual cluster itself because it’s slightly more blue now.. but not much. Here’s a pic, you can see the 4WD diagram there has the warmer looking light and that’s what it all looked like before and now it’s a tiny bit more bluish:
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Superbrighrleds.com spec section said that the ones I bought are dimmable and they do dim when I roll the dimmer switch.

Here’s the ones I got:
https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/instrument-cluster-gauge/74-led-bulb-3-smd-led-miniature-wedge-retrofit-car/228/1068/

Here what the spec section says:
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So are you saying the LED burns out or the dimmer switch itself?


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I put a new passenger control arm on today. The bushing with a bolt running thru it was almost completely disintegrated. The driver side fell to pieces earlier this year.. I still need to change the ball joints. The steering is way better than it was.

I really just wanted to tell you guys about my experience changing my universal joints today. So Autozone’s ujoint tool was bent badly so I couldn’t use it so I drove back home worrying about the beating I was about deliver to my drive shaft..

I did have to beat the original NSKs out but to my delight the SKFs I replaced them with slid in with weight of my body on one side and with light blows from the hammer on the other side.

It was the same each time. One cap would slide in with my weight allowing me to seat the trunnion slightly in both caps while I hammered the second one down. Best experience installing ujoints ever.
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The new ujoints solved the low pitch rumble I had going on at 40mph and up. I was so afraid it was this transmission! The rumble started while my other transmission was dying it’s death and I knew it couldn’t be that big a coincidence but there was that sinking feeling in the back of my mind that this new transmission was suffering a problem that produced the same vibration.

I’ve got new Moog OEM springs for the front and back I’ll be putting on next weekend and also trailing arm bushings for the uppers and lowers!

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22 hours ago, onespiritbrain said:

Well I went with warm white for the gauge cluster but I think there is a blue hue in the actual cluster itself because it’s slightly more blue now.. but not much. Here’s a pic, you can see the 4WD diagram there has the warmer looking light and that’s what it all looked like before and now it’s a tiny bit more bluish:
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Superbrighrleds.com spec section said that the ones I bought are dimmable and they do dim when I roll the dimmer switch.

Here’s the ones I got:
https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/instrument-cluster-gauge/74-led-bulb-3-smd-led-miniature-wedge-retrofit-car/228/1068/

Here what the spec section says:


So are you saying the LED burns out or the dimmer switch itself?


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Maybe it's just me, but they don't look blue at all? Looks great.

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Hi, I have been doing some maintenance and repairs the last couple of months to the pathy (260.000 km):

 

- Changed front struts, replacing the 10 yrs old rancho 5000 with the standard kyb's.
- Changed rear struts with Bilstein 33185569 to replace 7 yrs old procomp's.
- Rear door and window (tailgate) lift supports replaced with monroe 901683 and stabillus SG371001
- Replaced front driver window motor with ACDELCO 11M235.
- Replaced reverse switch with nissan one (32005-21U1B)... now I have a backup lights!. While I was doing that I replaced the manual transmission bushing.
- Changed front original stabilizer links (Sankei 555 brand).
- Repleced broken antenna mast with nissan one (28215-9B000)
- Replaced tailgate Nissan emblem (90891-5W500)..vandalized some time ago.
- Front brake pads replaced with Akebono ASP691. Previous set of Akebono's lasted 75.000 km (!).
- Rear brake shoes replaced & drum resurfaced ( at least 110.000Km without service)

 

 

 

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Nothing very dramatic, but a little. In installed some roof rack bars from a 2001 QX4 and a whole bunch of rail nuts so I can always have tie down points. Until I get a basket this should help.

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I also had a bad headlight fixture. As you can see below it looks like water got inside and rusted the bottom or something. Made it not only look bad but very dim.

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So off to the JY I went and was lucky enough to find one that looked better.

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And installed it today.

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Last think was that I was able to snag an OE transmission cooler from a QX4. I even got all the lines and brackets. It was originally used in line with the radiator, but I’m going to bypass the radiator altogether I think.

I also have a trans cooler from a 90s Ford Explorer. If it fits the brackets I may use it with these OE brackets and hardlines. We will see. That’s a project for another day.

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On 10/13/2018 at 5:20 PM, onespiritbrain said:

I installed some LED bulbs in my map light and front/rear dome light fixtures. I also put wedge style LEDs in my gauge cluster.

 

This is from last night. The camera on my phone was picking up a lot more light than what was visible to my eyes.

07c4209cea9f433c406b665353fa4508.jpg

9476950d64102d4b5eb95d64f604c212.jpg

 

This is closer to what it really looks like. I couldn’t get an accurate picture of what the fixture itself looks like to the eyes. The camera must pick up a good amount more than the eye.

afb9d846e5c7dd9534efae8398dca9db.jpg

 

Today my other LEDs came in so I put one 5000k bulb in the passenger map light fixture and left the red on the driver. That way, I have light when I need it but I also have the option to keep my night eyes.

d2a2b752d3f71308f52a58c9155ff836.jpg

 

For the dome lights I went with 3500k bulbs. I like the warm incandescent filament color temperature but the added brightness is hopefully going to be an upgrade. I don’t know yet because the sun is still up.

707dbb0db1373309b0fbb81ee3709671.jpg

 

I am most excited about the gauge cluster. The incandescent bulbs just aren’t bright enough for this new gauge cluster I got from the junkyard. The background color is a metallic grey with micro flakes and the lettering is white so the contrast is pretty poor when driving in the evening or morning and the super dim bulbs literally do nothing until it’s almost completely dark out.

 

Here is the difference as of now.

413e584ed7040f1ce6687e5a90c5e639.png

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I’ll never lose another burger again!

 

We’ll see what it looks like tonight.

 

 

 

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What bulbs did you use and where did you guy them?  Once I get mine working again I want to do exactly what you've done.

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Those load bars work great. I loved that I could keep them behind the sunroof for quiet & then slide them to the front to carry lumber, kayaks, etc. I mounted a Yakima basketcase directly to the rails, just in front of the rear load bar (its profile sits below the load bars). It worked great for me & pretty inexpensive.

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Neutral White BA9S Map Light: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01DNMX832?psc=1&ref=yo_pop_mb_pd_title

Red BA9S Map Light: https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/bayonet-bulbs/ba9s-led-boat-and-rv-light-bulb-5-smd-led-tower-ba9s-retrofit-96-lumens/2543/4725/#/attributes/13

Warm White 31mm Dome Light: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B075MC9QTZ?psc=1&ref=yo_pop_mb_pd_title

74 Wedge Style Dash Light: https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/instrument-cluster-gauge/74-led-bulb-3-smd-led-miniature-wedge-retrofit-car/228/1068/#/attributes/10820

Here are some more pics:

Domes from 10 yards
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Maps from 10 yards
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Domes (they are quite bright.. any brighter and it would be too much)
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The domes light up the front a lot
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Red Map (what it looks like to me without adjusted eyes)
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Neutral White Map (adjusted color to what I actually see)
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Dash Lights (I had to put this pic thru Lightroom to get the color adjusted to look like what I actually see)
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I snagged to fender liners and a splash guard at the JY. MY OE splash guard disappeared sometime and I was excited to get another. If it was 1/4 steel it would be perfect, but it’s better than being naked. My fender liners were ripped out in a violent blowout. Nice to have all this back. It should help keep the engine bay clean.

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