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[QUOTE=jamesepoop;9075874]Last video about gauges, I promise This applies to many different gauges, ie. I finished my FJ gauges, but used my co-workers Lexus gauges to make a short video using a two soldering iron method.
I don't often plug my stuff. If any of it is useful, please like and subscribe to my channel so I know the content is worth it. It's much appreciated. Thanks!

Video is cool.. Although the music may trigger fight or flight reflexes..
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Today was a very busy day for the FJ!

1. I did an oil change by myself for the first time ever. I usually just take it to a shop but I felt ambitious today. I put STP in there as well as the Lucas High Mileage oil conditioner/additive to see if it makes a noticeable difference. Hoping it does!

2. I replaced the cabin air filter (there was a special deal where you get it at a discounted price if you buy oil and an oil filter which I was already getting).

3. I installed my new RESZ Fab rear upper and lower links with the new Duroflex joints.They are powder coated red of course! And I actually now understand the struggle of the driver's side rear upper link. Haha. What a pain!









4. I installed the quick disconnect rear swaybar links I got from @bazross as well! The old ones I took off were actually from a Rough Country 6" lift one of the previous owners had installed. They later went down to a 3" lift but left a couple 6" lift parts on it including the rear panhard bar and the rear swaybar links. The top bolt for the Rough Country links actually broke off due to their rusted condition and one of them was shockingly so bad that the ball in the ball-joint popped right out and was extremely rusted! I'm sure this explains the weird metal sound I was hearing from the rear end while going over bumps and stuff.





5. And the biggest pain in the butt I tackled today was replacing my rear panhard barwith my new RESZ Fab one. With this suspension component being a left over part from the former Rough Country 6" lift installed by the first owner, it seems as though no anti-seize was ever used when installing and the passenger-side bolt for the panhard bar had rusted solid to the bushing's metal sleeve therefore rendering it impossible to remove the panhard traditionally. So after hours of cutting, bending, twisting, and struggling, I finally got the the Rough Country panhard out. And then it took a while to get the panhard mounts open enough to accept the larger bushings used on the RESZ Fab panhard bar as well as line up the holes for the bolts to go through, but now that it is in, it's IN.





Looking forward to seeing how it all works as I run it in the future, the preliminary test drive felt great, and I especially want to get my new long travel rear shocks, coils, and extended rear brake lines installed so I can truly rock LONG TRAVEL!
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Gday Hayden,
Looks great mate!!!
I am a bit concerned the red upper bushes are well distorted....I was a bit concerned they might be too soft....
How does it look with wheels on the ground?
Keep an eye on them...you may need to swap them out for a harder more durable upper bushes..
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LOL, are you watching TV while installing links?
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Worked with OrangeBoxx fab to create a custom half PSD rack to work with my Springtail Soultions basket... they nailed it. Now I have my perfect spot for my first aid kit, which is out of the way and still very accessible.
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Gday Hayden,
Looks great mate!!!
I am a bit concerned the red upper bushes are well distorted....I was a bit concerned they might be too soft....
How does it look with wheels on the ground?
Keep an eye on them...you may need to swap them out for a harder more durable upper bushes..
Cheers
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I did tighten them a bit and purposefully made them distort a little to ensure a secure fit. I need to flip the red bushings on one side though so they fit better in the mounting spot. But on the ground they are looking good! And the quick disconnecting feature is working good too! The only problem I've had is I can't grease the zerk very easily. Don't know if it is because of the rubber cover or the zerk head itself.
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Worked with OrangeBoxx fab to create a custom half PSD rack to work with my Springtail Soultions basket... they nailed it. Now I have my perfect spot for my first aid kit, which is out of the way and still very accessible.
"Custom," but, uh, wow! I want one. Can I ask them to make another for me?
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The only problem I've had is I can't grease the zerk very easily. Don't know if it is because of the rubber cover or the zerk head itself.
G'Day Hayden,
you will need to get a mini grease gun, to hit the zerks, with a needle nose, like this....makes getting into the zerk alot easier....

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Replaced the bumper lights with some 5" round LEDs that have amber halos. Previous owner never hooked up the old lights even though the factory wiring for the OE off-road bumper lights was a 1.5' away. I decided to hook the amber halos on the new lights to the turn signals. I used the OE wiring for the main lights which means they only come on with the high beams (and the switch is turned on...)
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