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Subj: about your subs
Date: 9/15/02 6:23:50 PM Central Daylight Time
From: Jigga Pooch
To: NiKkaZmErS


hey I was just at your webpage and I saw your sub box. I have a 95 landcruiser, the only thing i have done to it is a new head unit and 22" rims (looks damn fine). Anyway, I was just wondering if you made any plans before you made your sub box. If you did please contact me, because I would really like to build that for myself. Thanks - Drew

Hey thanks for checking out www.kazmers.com

If you have any pictures of your landcruiser, I would be happy to post them on my site. I designed that box about 3 years ago while I was in SAT class, and I believe that I have thrown the plans out. I would be willing to design and build a custom box that suits your subs for you for a reasonable fee. However, depending on where you live, shipping may be expensive. I bet if you took measurments of your trunk and sat down and worked for an hour or so you could design a similar box.

Nik


Subj: 1994 LC
Date: 9/10/02 5:54:54 PM Central Daylight Time
From: JosephOrth
To: NiKkaZmErS


I have a 1994 LC and I was wondering what kinds of engine upgrades you would recomend or anything else that would improve its performance. Im getting the transmission worked on in about 2 months so I wanted to know this before I got it done. I am also about to install an alpine speaker system and I wanted to know if think I should get anything else in addition to reciever, speakers, subs, amp, and capacitor. Thanks
-Bill

Thanks for checking out www.kazmers.com:

I believe that a supercharger kit is availible for 1994 landcruisers. Headers and catback exhaust are also good options to add more power. When installing the stereo, don't run the midranges and subs with the same channels of the same amp. Either get two separate amps (1 for subs, 1 for midranges), or an amp that is capable of running both (a 5 channel amp). I would just get two separate amps. Also, don't cheap out on the power wire. If you have two big amps, get 4 or 2 gauge wire, not 8 guage: it actually makes a huge difference. Even though the stock rear door speakers are 3.5 inches, you can fit 6.5 inch speakers with minor sheet metal modification. The front doors take 6.5 inch speakers, and the dash speakers are 3 inches (i replaced the dash speakers with 4 inch components). If you have any other questions, email me back.

Thanks,
Nik


Subj: Land Cruiser
Date: 9/5/02 7:47:34 PM Central Daylight Time
From: randy1128@webtv.net
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
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Hello, my name is Randy. I just saw the
some pictures of your land cruiser and all
i could say is wow!. I just bought a 92 light grey/dark grey. I love it.
there is a couple of things i want to ask you about, first mine has a
rough idle that is alittle worse when it's warmed up. How does yours
run, did you have any idleing problems and what did you do to fix it.
The other thing is the ticking sound from the engine it sounds like
liters. so i have them adjusted but it's still there, i know these
motors have solid lifters, but for Toyotas high end SUV you would think
the motor would be quieter nd very smooth running. Hope to here from you
soon.
Randy
Lynnwood, Wa
P.S tell me about the modifcations you made to your land cruiser

My 1991 Landcruiser idles fairly roughly. There are sudden dips in RPMs at idle, which makes me think there is a bad plug or contact in the distributor, or a clogged injector. I am not quite sure about the noise with the lifters. You can check out the modifications I have made to my Landcruiser at my website (fairly detailed):

www.kazmers.com

Thanks,
Nik


Subj: Question about your 91
Date: 9/3/02 6:16:37 PM Central Daylight Time
From: alan_apsay@yahoo.com
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
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I just bought a 91 TLC & very disappointed in the lack
of power. I was wondering if adding the Jacobs &
headers help at all? Also what size Bridgstone do you
have on your 91?

Thanks

Alan

I actually haven't added headers or the Jacob's ignition kit to my Landcruiser. I have Borla catback exhaust, and that helps a little. With the 3FE engines, there is nothing much to do (they cant take a supercharger's additional compression). I have heard that for the money, headers are the best performance upgrade for 1991-1993 Landcruisers. My tires are 31".

Hope that helps,
Nik


Subj: 2002 Landcruiser DVD Hacks
Date: 8/26/02 11:58:56 PM Central Daylight Time
From: agbontrager@attbi.com
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
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I was referred to you by a Toyota user group site. I'm looking for a way to get the DVD player to play while I'm driving and defeat the security mech that disables the display when you release the emergency break. Any ideas???

First of all, what type of equipment do you have?

It's the toyota DVD player (& nav) and screen that came stock w/the 2002 landcruiser. I don't know who the OEM is.

I am not exactly sure, for I have an older Landcruiser and I did it with aftermarket equipment. I would go to a good stereo shop and ask them. I doubt they would tell you at the dealership. However, you can request to see their wiring manual for your LC, and look for the wiring for the Nav unit. If there is a wire going from the Nav unit to the the parking brake, find it, cut it, and wire it to something that is on when the truck is on (like the ignition fuse). That is how lots of aftermarket systems can be cracked, but I'm not sure about factory systems. That is my only suggestion.
Hope that helps a little,
Nik


Subj: 91' TLC
Date: 8/7/02 10:13:57 PM Central Daylight Time
From: Coolcat823
To: NiKkaZmErS


I saw a www page w/your yellow TLC on it. I'm searching around for some performance stuff for my 91' TLC. I've added a K&N drop in filter and considering the Bosch +4 plugs. I couldn't find jack on exhaust products or much else. Ideas?

Dave

There aren't many performance products availible for 1991 cruisers. I have a Borla catback exhaust on mine, but Borla seems to have discontinued that model. I know of a 1992 TLC with Flowmaster exhaust, so I would contact Flowmaster directly about availibility (no stores would stock it, for it isn't a part that is in high demand). Try a Jacobs Ignition kit, or some headers. Here is a link for some landcruiser performance parts:

http://nkazmers.tripod.com/performance.html
www.sor.com

Hope that helps,
Nik

Thanks for the info!!!


Subj: FJ 80
Date: 9/3/02 1:03:15 AM Central Daylight Time
From: nsk2002@hotmail.com
To: nikkazmers@aol.com
CC: nsk2002@hotmail.com
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Hey

Nice web site. I just got an FJ80 (1993 Land Cruiser) I just wanted to ask
you if you have any connection on clear corners and front signal lamps for
the Land Cruiser. I would also like to contact "Eddie's 1996 Toyota
Landcruiser...Soon to be on 22's" from your pictures section in ur web site.

If you know of any place and a contact # where I can find clears let me
know. I am outta Los Angeles CA.

Thanks
Navdeep

Thanks for checking out www.kazmers.com, and thanks for the compliments. All email correspondence from visitors of my webpage can be viewed here (to get Eddie's email address):

http://nkazmers.tripod.com/discussion.html

Go here for info on clear corner lenses:

http://nkazmers.tripod.com/performance.html

Hope that helps,
Nik


Subj: nice cruiser
Date: 8/16/02 3:26:21 PM Central Daylight Time
From: timnakari@hotmail.com
Reply-to: tim@nakari.com
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
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Hey,

Nice cruiser, that yellow is pretty. I like your site too. I'm curious
about your exhaust, did you get much performance gain from it, of just
sound? I've got a '96 FZJ80 myself, and am looking for relatively cheap
ways to boost HP. I've got a K&N filter, which helps, but someone told me
to look into a Catback exhaust system. What did yours run you?

Let me know your thoughts, thanks! -tim

I'm glad you like my website and Landcruiser (www.kazmers.com).

I have Borla's catback exhaust system on my 1991 Landcruiser, and there was a slight increase of horsepower (I never dynoed it, but it was noticible during acceleration). Additionally, it adds a nice and noticible tone: not as loud lor deep as a 455, but not whiney like a Honda Civic. A few companies also make headers for the Landcruiser, which may do more for horsepower than the catback system. For the money, headers and a catback system would be a great performance gain. Keep in mind that for 1994-1997 Landcruisers, superchargers are availible. I hope that helps a little bit. Email me back if you cant find anything.

Nik


Subj: fj80
Date: 8/25/02 5:40:28 PM Central Daylight Time
From: john.handy@attbi.com
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
File: landcruiserbeach2.jpg (20500 bytes) DL Time (TCP/IP): < 1 minute
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hey there,
sure do like your web page, I am trying to find out more info on a vortec v-8 convertion. Here are some pics of my fj80 I bought it stock about 6 mths ago, and since then I have put on a 70mm old man emu lift, smitty built nurf bars, tinted the windows, yakima roof rack, 33x12.5 bfg at's on custom wheels, and keyless entry with some stero mods also.

Thanks for the compliments. I like your cruiser, and I'll post the picture as soon as I can. Here is a place that does V-8 Vortec conversions all the time:
www.btbprod.com
They cost a lot, but they are good at answering questions if you want to find out how to do it yourself.

Nik


Subj: K&N air filter
Date: 8/3/02 10:33:53 AM Central Daylight Time
From: jburgess@hot.rr.com
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
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Does your K&N air filter seat right on the bottom of the air filter housing?

Also, I went to remove mine for cleaning this morning (1996 LandCruiser) and I can’t remove it from the housing. It turns counter-clockwise and clockwise, but I can’t move it vertically. I don’t recall having this difficulty last time I removed it. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Joe Burgess

I actually don't have the K&N filter yet. If the 1991 cruisers are similar to 1996 ones, I bet that you didn't unfasten the three clips around the air filter box (you only unscrewed the wing nut on the intake pipe right before the mass airflow sensor). Then only things keeping my airbox shut are the 3 clips, and the wingnut. Hope that helps.

Nik


Subj: Header...
Date: 7/12/02 7:59:57 AM Central Daylight Time
From: patb@marcor.ca
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
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I have a header availbale for the 80 series, it is $199.00 I can ship it directly to you...Check out my web site, www.marcor.ca

Nik, I have a header that fits the 3.9L and 4.5L engines, yours should be the 3.9L in line six...let me know, the appropriate gasket is an original toyota one, no new or different gasket needed.
If your cruiser looks like the lexus LX 470 but earlier model then this is the right header!!!

Let me know, Pat Brown.


Subj: Picture's For your web site.
Date: 7/20/02 12:23:52 PM Central Daylight Time
From: nsk2002@hotmail.com
To: nikkazmers@aol.com
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Here is a pic of my car (1990 Corolla GTS). I am looking for a cruiser at
the moment. Do you know where I can get a good deal on one in southern
cali??

Send me a link of your web site if you decide to put my ride on it.

Thanks
Deep


http://groups.msn.com/CoroLLaGTSAe92/1990corollagts.msnw

Feel free to join that community and add ur pics to it.


Subj: I NEED HELP!!!!!!!
Date: 7/25/02 4:10:24 AM Central Daylight Time
From: Saint33manda
To: NiKkaZmErS
CC: Saint33manda


hi , i need your help, i want to see a movie in my civic but i can't because of some safety thing, well i have an Alpine CVA-1005 tv, same as you i think, anyway, can you write detailed instructions on installing or how i use the brake override, please i need your help, and please e mail me as fast as you can, thank you soooo much,


ill be waiting...
SAINT

Ask mstich@umich.edu. It his stuff, and he installed it, so he knows more about it than I do.


Subj:
Date: 7/15/02 3:12:11 PM Central Daylight Time
From: TLewis@BrasfieldGorrie.com
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
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I have a 92 Land cruiser and I need to ask someone who has one a question.

My Cruiser seems to have a dead spot between 60 & 70 mph. In other words the vehicle will not accelerate or shift down to pass in between these speeds. I realize that these vehicles are not necessarily design for high speed but the " dead spot" seems excessive. Also should the front end roar at high speed? It's not terrible but worth mentioning. I would like some input from another owner before I spend a lot of $ with a mechanic.

Thanks in Advance for your help.

Thanks for checking out kazmers.com

Sorry I took so long to respond. My cruiser also slows down significantly between 60-70 mph, but i can get it to slowly accelerate past 85 given enough time (this is with 211000 miles on the vehicle). The fastest I have driven my cruiser is 103 mph, so if you can only get 70 mph out of it, I would have to believe that something is wrong. I am not sure about the front end roar at high speeds, for we all have different interpretations of what 'loud' is. It could have to do with your choice of tires: If you have really knobby off-road tires, the road noise may be very loud at high speeds. I have Bridgestone Winter Duelers, and I am not bothered by road noise even at high speeds. It could be that you have bad alignment, but I don' really know.
If you have more than 100K miles on your cruiser, you should get the injectors cleaned at the dealership. This may help your performance problem.

Hope that helps,
Nik

Subj: RE:
Date: 7/30/02 2:27:49 PM Central Daylight Time
From: TLewis@BrasfieldGorrie.com
To: NiKkaZmErS@aol.com
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Thanks for the reply! Since I e-mailed you I have learned that the problem I have is common and the way the vehicle is designed. Because the Landcruisers are geared so low, and weigh so much, the computers in them are programmed not to down shift between 60-70 mph. I can only assume the reason for this is fuel efficiency. In speaking with my Toyota mechanic / local dealership I have further learned that it will not hurt the vehicle to down shift to 3 at these speeds. Like you I have had mine up to high speed but I only had the problem with power between 60-70 mph. Not sure yet on the roaring on the front end but once we've got it diagnosed I will let you know what it was so you can put it in your memory in case yours starts doing it. I know it's not the tires. That was my first thought but the usual front end alignment and rotate and balance did not make it go away. My cruiser has 92K original miles. When I bought it, I immediately had it tuned and the dealership cleaned the injectors. It helped. Anyway I will keep you posted about things I find out about mine.

See Ya,


Subj:
Date: 7/12/02 6:36:55 PM Central Daylight Time
From: agg@picknowl.com.au
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
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hi my name is adrian and i live in australia

i just want to know if you painted your landcruiser or if toyota offered this colour from factory.
we do not have this colour in australia but i love it!

Thanks for your compliments on my cruiser. They do not come in yellow. I got it painted two years ago at a body shop.

Thanks,
Nik


Subj: Header...
Date: 7/12/02 7:59:57 AM Central Daylight Time
From: patb@marcor.ca
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
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I have a header availbale for the 80 series, it is $199.00 I can ship it directly to you...Check out my web site, www.marcor.ca

Where can I get more information about that header? Does it fit 1991 Landcruisers? What gaskets does it come with? I am interested in buying this, so it would be great if you could get back to me quickly.

Thanks,
Nik


Subj: In dash screen
Date: 6/24/02 6:41:37 AM Central Daylight Time
From: i13rayb@hotmail.com
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
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Hello,
i was interested in your screen that you are selling, just wanted to know
some info on the condition, how old it is and if you have some pics other
than the on on your webpage,
thanks
Ray

Hey thanks for checking out my website.

nkazmers.tripod.com/sale.html

That Sony CD player unit is still for sale. It has never been installed in a vehicle, but it does work perfectly ( I bench tested it). It is about one year old. I do not have any other pictures of it, but if you would like i could take some more and send them to you.

Thanks,
Nik


Subj: [.] pic for your site
Date: 6/24/02 8:38:52 AM Central Daylight Time
From: eddie@acmenet.net
To: nikkazmers@aol.com
File: Mvc-104l.zip (235725 bytes) DL Time (TCP/IP): < 1 minute
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here is a pic of me 97 camry for your site,, thanks..keep up the good work!
Eddie Habeck III
eddie@acmenet.net
www.acmenet.net/~eddie

Thanks for sending a picture of your camry to me. I'll post that on my site as soon as i can.

Thanks,
Nik
nkazmers.tripod.com/visitor.html


Subj: rear speakers on my cruiser
Date: 6/27/02 7:16:55 PM Central Daylight Time
From: PofIdaMboxP
To: NiKkaZmErS


hey nik

I also have a 91 landcruiser and I wanted to know how you fit the 6.5" speakers into the rear doors. How did you grind the sheet metal and what materials and tools did you use? And by doing that can you fit every 6.5" speaker, whether the basket is shallow or deep? Cuz I was at Best Buy this morning and the only 6.5"s they could fit were the Kenwood DualMags, which were way out of my price range. I wanted to put the Pioneers (TSA-1661 or the Kenwood KFC-1677) in but it seems like the window would hit the magnet had they installed it. Anyways, I appreciate your time to read this e-mail and e-mail me back at pofidamboxp@aol.com.

Arnold

Sorry about my delayed response. At best buy, I hope that they did not tell you that you could fit 6.5" speakers in the rear doors. They are built for 4" speakers, and no 6.5" speaker could possibly fit without sheet metal modification. The front speakers are 6.5" stock though, not the back. All I used to put the larger speakers in the rear doors was a drill (you need a decent one... i have a 12V dewalt and that worked perfectly), a rasp bit (a coarse rotary bit....mine was about 3" long and 1/2" diameter), and a rotary sanding drum bit with coarse sandpaper (mine was around 2" diameter, 2 inches long...Larger is better for evening out the uneven hole you made with the rasp bit).
1) Remove the rear speakers.
2) Put the coarse rasp bit on your drill, and start shaving off sheetmetal from the speaker hole. Do this until the speaker will almost fit, but not quite, and try to make the larger hole circular in shape. I forgot how much I had to take off, but it didnt take too long with my equipment.
3) Once the speaker almost fits, change to the sanding drum drill bit, and put the sandpaper on it. I put a couple pieces of masking tape on the drum before i put on the sandpaper, which kept it from slipping while drilling. With this bit, even out the hole you made, and smooth the sharp edges so you dont cut yourself. If you need, put the rasp back on to take off more metal.
4) Re-connect the speaker wires and screw the new speakers in using self tapping sheet metal screws. Screw all the way through the panneling, and through the sheetmetal. Don't tighten the screws all the way until you have all of them in. If you dont, you can bend the metal basket of the speakers, and they might not go in as easily.

NOTE: I am not absolutely sure that any depth speaker can be accomidated. I have Kenwood KFC-1676 speakers, and they fit perfectly, so I bet if you went with the Kenwood ones they would work fine. I honestly don't remember those details, for I installed the speakers over 2 years ago. Just take out the rear speaker and roll down the window, and see if it looks like a tight fit or not. My windows roll down all the way with the kenwood speakers.

Good luck, and email me with any other questions you might have.

Nik


Subj: [.] pic for your site
Date: 6/24/02 8:38:52 AM Central Daylight Time
From: eddie@acmenet.net
To: nikkazmers@aol.com
File: Mvc-104l.zip (235725 bytes) DL Time (TCP/IP): < 1 minute
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here is a pic of me 97 camry for your site,, thanks..keep up the good work!
Eddie Habeck III
eddie@acmenet.net
www.acmenet.net/~eddie

Thanks for checking out my site. Your Camry is really nice, and I'll put up those pictures you sent as soon as I can. If you have a list of your car's stats, email those to me and i can post those on my site too (ie engine mods, stereo stuff, etc).

Thanks,
Nik


Subj: Options for more bass
Date: 6/15/02 8:55:07 PM Central Daylight Time
From: rdmonahan@irow.com
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
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Nik-

You have a great website. The yellow looks awesome. One suggestion for the guy looking for more bass in his Landcruiser is the Infinity Basslink. It has a 10" subwoofer and a built in 200 watt amp. It is about 14" tall, 12" wide and 6-8" deep. I picked one up from Ebay for $200 and have been completely satisfied.

Regarding the change in idle speed when you are stopped, if it only happens when your air conditioning is on, it is idling up to compensate for the power that the ac compressor is using. That's one possibility.

Later Ryan

Thanks a lot. I will forward your message to the person asking about how to add bass to his landcruiser. The idle fluctuates with the air conditioning on or off, so I believe that it is a timing problem. It seems like it is missing in a cyclic manner. I'm glad you enjoyed my site.

Nik


Subj: Landcruiser brakes
Date: 6/7/02 8:59:51 AM Central Daylight Time
From: sales@4awholesale.fsnet.co.uk
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
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Hi
i have a cruiser 1995 i have only owned her for about 18 months
and its been a fantastic motor but my front brake pads have only lasted me 1
year about 15000 miles is normal on the cursers as these brake pads don't
come cheap!

Any help or suggestions.

thanks

Andy

Hey. I would check to see if the rotors (or drums in the rear) are evenly worn. If they ware uneven, the brake pads will wear unevenly and won't last as long as they should. That is what happened to me: I went to Tuffy and they replaced the pads and trued the rotors/drums for around $200. Their work was actually pretty good, and it is under a lifetime warranty. I haven't replaced the pads for around 40,000 miles or so. I would see if you can buy brake pads that aren't factory Toyota products, for they are more expensive than other aftermarket parts.

If you have any other questions, email me back.
Nik

Thanks for your reply i will check to see if the rotors are evenly worn
Living in the uk i don't know what tuffy is but i guess they are a drive in
repair shop.
You say you haven't replaced your brakes for 40,000 miles that sounds very
good.
What cruiser do you have?
Mine is 4.7ltr Petrol (running now on lpg ) auto and used for towing 2
tonnes regularly, this motor works hard for a living. Toyota dealers claim
that is why my brakes don't last long they also said on some off the new
cruisers the brakes are replaced every 9,000 miles ( it seems crazy to me
what do you think )

My cruiser is a 1991 FJ80 with a 4.0 liter straight six (gasoline). Changing the brakes every 9,000 miles seems absolutely crazy to me. Hopefully your rotors are even, for fixing that is expensive, and replacing them is even more. I believe I replaced my rotors after 150,000 miles (around there anyway).

Thanks,
Nik


Subj: hey i need your help
Date: 6/7/02 1:21:20 AM Central Daylight Time
From: pbenyami@uci.edu
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
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hey,

one of your buddies, Eddie with the black land cruiser has front clear corners.. but not only the parking light clears but the blinker clear..

i really want the clears for the turn signals like him. . can you give me his email or contact him and find out where he got them from

thank you

PJ

Hey. I emailed him asking where he bought the clear lenses. I'll get back to you once he replies.

Thanks,
Nik

thank you so much!!
PJ


Subj: Borla Exhaust & teeny weeny subwoofer
Date: 6/1/02 5:15:30 PM Central Daylight Time
From: irishwriter@earthlink.net
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
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Nik -
WOW! You've turned your brute into a beauty'! Mine is virtually stock,
relatively speaking. I've added OME springs and shocks, an ARB bull bar
and 4.5 ton Superwinch. My stereo upgrade was adding Polk Audio
speakers and dash mounted tweeters, but I have almost no bass. I haul
stuff (including my dog and boating gear) so I can't give up the back
section to the bass like you have. Any suggestions on where to get a
replacement for the original bass speaker that used to hide in the right
rear quarter panel OR a very shallow subwoofer? I'm old, so I don't
need much bass, just enough to add richness when I listen to jazz or
acoustic stuff.

Also, I've added a K&N filter system, and would like to add a Borla
exhaust, but Borla says they don't make anything for the 1991 4.0 litre
engine. Any suggestions?

Happy Land Cruising!

I've attached some photos, but don't know what they show. (Can't
remember.) Since these were taken, I've upgraded the wheels and tires.

Ernie Kelly
Orlando, FL

Hey I like your cruiser. How do you like the OME suspension? It's about time for me to get new shocks. As for the subwoofer, I know that MTX and JL audio make lots of subwoofer/amplifier upgrades that fit in your car and look stock (they go into cutouts in the trunk's paneling, or are built into a panel). I don't know if they make one specifically for the landcruiser. What you could also do is get a 10 or 12 inch subwoofer and put it in a small box with a speaker grill and stick in in your trunk, and mount the amp on the back of the box. The speaker grill will keep the speaker from being damaged, and the whole setup shouldnt take up more than 2 cubic feet (a typical box for the average single sub is around 1.5 cubic feet i'd guess). This would be a drastic improvement with the sound, but not overwhelming. I did something similar in my dad's Expedition, and the speakers did not get damaged even though we always take trips with dogs, skiis, boating stuff, etc.

As for the exhaust, I know that Borla discontinued their system for the 1991-1993 landcruisers. I got it before they discontinued it, and I'm not extremely impressed (bad gaskets and hangers). Toyota TRD may make exhaust for it, and I am almost positive that Flowmaster does. You may have to order it directly from Flowmaster, for I don't belive many stores would carry that.

Thanks for the pictures...I'll post them as soon as I can. If you have any other questions, email me back.
Nik

Subj: Re: Borla Exhaust & teeny weeny subwoofer
Date: 6/2/02 11:49:45 AM Central Daylight Time
From: irishwriter@earthlink.net
To: NiKkaZmErS@aol.com
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Thanks, Nik.

Don't worry about posting my pix. Those were mostly just for fun. If I
have any really good ones taken, I'll send them along.

When I replaced my shocks and springs, I was (no pun intended) shocked.
The original shocks had absolutely no pressure in them at all. You
could hold the cylinder up or down and the piston would slide in and out
like a bicycle pump handle. It was scary, but great testimony to the
original springs. I put OME low lift heavy duty springs on the front
and medium duty on the rear because I figured I was adding a new bumper
and winch so I'd need more support up front. I chose low lift because my
wife is short and I didn't want to add running boards. (I've seen a lot
of them torn off of other trucks when I was off-road.) It made a huge
difference in body lean, pitch during stops and seems to generally
smooth things out. I highly recommend upgrading both springs and
shocks. In hindsight, I probably should have gone heavy-duty on all
four corners, since now I tow a very large (3,400 lbs empty, 20 ft. off
the trailer) boat every other month or so -- something I'd not
anticipated at the time I ordered the suspension stuff.

If you need a lead on parts at a pretty good price, try Acme
Outfitters. (www.acme-outfitters.com) It's where I got my suspension
stuff and bull bar. If he's still doing it, it's a good source. John
does it as a hobby, so things don't always happen fast, but he's a
quality guy and offers good advice and easy installation instructions.
There are lots of other sources, too.

I went web searching after I wrote to you and found a small sub from JL
that looks like it will fit in the original location. Now I just have
to get the amp. I've also e-mailed off to a couple of Land Cruiser
"recyclers" to see if they have the old "bass speaker" from one of the
wrecks. The only advantage to the bass speaker is that it's passive --
no amp needed. Down side is that it will be hard to hear any
difference. Just upgrading from stock to Polk Audio speakers in the
original locations has added some bass response, but it still isn't the
"full, rich bass" that fills out the music.

I'll look to the FlowMaster web site to see if they have something for
me.

Thanks again.

Ernie Kelly

Thanks for your help. I'm going to check out that OME suspension kit. As for the sub, I would get a cheap 10 or 12 inch sub that is meant for a small box, get a small bridgeable amp, and mount it on the back of the box. That would probably take up around 1-2 cubic feet of trunkspace, but it is easy to take out if you need the space (3 wires, and a set of RCA cables). I would do this because I'm willing to bet that the JL kit is expensive. However, the JL kit would be nice because it wouldnt take up any space, and there would probably be room to mount the amplifier in the trunk between the body's sheetmetal and the paneling, making it out of site. You just have to weigh the benifits of the two options. I would not get a replacement for the bass speaker in the back, for it is too small to make an audible difference.

Nik


Subj: Paint Job
Date: 5/30/02 2:07:18 PM Central Daylight Time
From: jacksonm@ncr.disa.mil
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
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Is the yellow paint job factory or did you have it done aftermarket?

Thanks,
Mark

It was done aftermarket at Maaco. I got it done 2 years ago, but it still looks pretty good besides a few rock chips.

Nik


Subj: my 96 landcruiser
Date: 5/29/02 11:42:07 PM Central Daylight Time
From: ceddie1@uswest.net
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
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nik,

attached are a couple photos of my 96 landcruiser. i just ordered some 22
inch wheels which should be in this friday. im very optomistic if the wheels
are going to fit. im sure you probably already know that finding wheels that
fit on a landcruiser is a difficult and frustrating task. the wheels
pictured are 18" wheels. i had to do alot of customizing on the front hubs
just to get them to fit. anyways, i wish i had a picture of the rear so i
could show you my customized flush mounted piaa reverse light and dual
exhaust. if you look closely on the 0077 picture, you could see the tip of
the piaa just above the second set of exhaust tips. let me know what you
think...

eddie

Hey. Your Landcruiser is very nice. You HAVE TO send me pics with the 22's. It looks good even with the 18's. You're lucky to find wheels that fit: I got mine just because they were the only thing that fit for a really good deal (200$ for the set of 4). What model/make are the 22's? What exhaust do you have? If you send me a few more pics and the specs of your car (like what mods you have and model numbers etc) I'll make a webpage of just your Landcruiser. I like it a lot, and thanks for your interest in my site.

Nik

I custom made them myself. i shoud have pictures of the 22's in about 2 weeks. i had to order adapters for the wheels, should be in next friday...


Subj: landcruiser
Date: 5/29/02 10:57:40 AM Central Daylight Time
From: ogd@co.henrico.va.us
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
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Nik, do you know of any lifts that are available for a 1992
landcruiser??? what do you think of 2.5" shackles?? and what is the
largest size tire you can put on a stock landcruiser??? thanks todd

I know of a few lift kits for the cruiser. I know OME (old man emu) makes good stuff, but i actually do not own their lift kit. I've just heard great things. Here are some sites of companies that have Landcruiser lift kits:

http://www.sor.com/sor/cat287c.tam?cart=02E29pnt.rgs&lpg=%2Fsor%2Fcat287b%2Etam&lpt=1022735419&xax=28951

http://www.off-road.com/products/showcase/arb-ome.htm

http://www.jaosusa.com/products/ (The link doesnt work, but they do sell lift kits...hopefully for 1992's) It's tough getting FJ80 parts.

As for the shackles, I am not sure, and I'm not gonna pretend like i know what I'm talking about. I do know, hovever, that they may be difficult to find for the FJ80, although very common with earlier models. Seems like an easy way to gain a couple of inches.

I know that a body lift may also do the trick for using slightly bigger tires. Friends of mine have said that those polyurethane body bushings are great.

I don't know the biggest tire size you can fit on the stock cruiser, but I have 33' Bridgestones with around 9 inches of clearance between the top of the tire and the wheel well, and my tires are 1' larger than stock. They never have rubbed against the wheel well, even with off-roading (however I am far from a hardcore off-roader).

Hope that helps a little - Email me w/ any more questions,
Nik

Subj: Re: landcruiser
Date: 5/30/02 2:47:08 PM Central Daylight Time
From: ogd@co.henrico.va.us
To: NiKkaZmErS@aol.com
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hey Nik thanks for the website's. you said that you have 33's on your landcruiser?? how many inches lift do you have?? is it suspension or body???
here is a cool site for safri racks: http://www.tlc4x4.com/2000/Parts/tlc_roof_racks.htm
thanks again todd

Ya the tires are 33 inches. I have neither a suspension nor a body lift. I don't do any crazy off-roading, so I dont really need a lift with what I do.


Thanks,
Nik


Subj: Landcruiser questions.
Date: 5/25/02 6:49:28 PM Central Daylight Time
From: Bog4art
To: NiKkaZmErS

Hey, thanks for puting your info online. I have a 97 LC and am looking into upgrading the sound system. Where did you find most of your info at and any suggestions before I start.

Rob

I just looked on the internet and bought lots of car audio magazines before I started my install. I found the magazines to be especially helpful.

I would suggest that you replace the 4 door speakers first with 6.5" speakers. The stock ones are 3.5'" in the back, and 6.5" in the front (i think). You can make 6.5" speakers fit in the back with minor sheet metal modification. All you need to do is get a rasp bit or circular sand paper bit for a drill, and shave off about 1 inch of sheet metal around the speaker holes. This only takes 15 minutes. Even though this might sound like a difficult thing to do, it really is easy, and is MUCH better than replacing them with 3.5" speakers (weak & small).

Next I would get a new cd player/head unit, run the door speakers off of its amplifier, and disconnect the 3" speakers in the dash (I ended up replacing mine with a 4" component set by cutting out the plastic). From there, you can add subs and amps for the doorspeakers, equalizers etc in the order of their importance to you.

In most cars, adding an amplifier to the midrange speakers (even the stock ones) makes the largest positive impact. However with Landcruisers which have patheticly sized stock speakers (not to mention the are rated at 3 watts, and made of paper), I would replace those first instead.

Feel free to email me w/ more questions.

Thanks for checking out my website,
Nik


Subj: My Ridezzzzzzzz!
Date: 5/19/02 1:00:56 AM Central Daylight Time
From: semoon83@hotmail.com
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
File: opnfrnt.zip (115470 bytes) DL Time (TCP/IP): < 1 minute
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The green prelude is my friends, her name is NILDA and she calls the car the
"green alien."

The 97 olds achieva is mine, my name is ANWAR and i call my car "Blue GT"
thanks for taking the time.

Thanks for checkin out my site....I'll put those up as soon as I can.

Nik


Subj: clarion deck
Date: 5/5/02 11:21:45 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: JGilch2320
To: NiKkaZmErS


Hello again i recently emailed you about the tv deck i bought which is the same as yours, i hooked everything all up but i cant get the deck to switch to tv mode to play my dvd i was looking and it says something about hooking one of the ornage wires up to my parking brake or some what, im installing on a 99 lincoln navigator would you be able to help me? Also you know anyone selling a cd changer for this unit i can get used or new at a decent price thanks again.

Hey:
The instructions say to hook that orange wire (the really, really long one) to the parking brake light so you cant watch tv while the vehicle is moving. Obviously, we dont want to pay $1000 for a TV and not be able to watch while driving, so you have to find something to hook it to that is on while the vehilce is on. I simply hooked it to the case of the clarion unit (stripped the orange wire, and screwed it into the case in one of its screw holes). Try touching the wire to the case when the car is on, and see if the picture comes up. This should work. If it doesn't try touching the orange wire to different wires in the car and see if video appears: for example the dash illumination lights, various fuses, the clock, cigarette lighter, etc. Just test different wires until something works, but simply screwing it into the case should work: that is what I did, so I'd try that first. As for the CD changer, I dont know anyobody who is selling one, bt you probably can pick up a cheap one on ebay. I found a new one (6 disc) on ebay for $100 about a year and a half ago. Make sure it is CeNet compatable. The model I have is CDC655z.

Hope that helps,
Nik

- If you want, email me pics/info of your Navigator, and I'll post them on my site. Don't hesistate to ask any more questions.

RE:
Your the man thanks ill let you know how i make out.


My First Hate Mail!!!!!!!!!

Subj:
Date: 5/5/02 5:54:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: ssanchez1@bak.rr.com
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
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I have recently visited your car site. While you may be correct about the Aztec, the same cannot be said about your other subjects. You attack the PT cruiser on grounds that you can't easily pigeon-hole it and that it can't even get groceries. Fact: it is shorter than a neon yet has more interior volume than an LHS sedan. I applaud their efforts to clothe such an efficient package in something a little more daring. It's not a muscle car and has no pretensions to be one. I think it looks like a Moris Minor.
As for your antiquated views on plastic. The truth is plastic, especially the automotive grade polyetheline teraphthalate, has an incredable ability to absorb energy in an impact (that's why standard issue bullet proof vests are made of plastic...yes, kevlar is plastic). Other positive atributes are its inability to corrode, ease of manufacture, and it's readily recyclable.
This brings me to my final point: cars of the 1980's. Maybe you feel the same way about a Testarossa, Delorean, Countach, M3, M5, 928,... as you do about Corvettes circa '81-'90. I don't, am aged 21 years, and mullet free. And if you need a car to get girls then a car's not going to help.
This site lacks any real insite or poigniance and I feel I am dumber for ever visiting it.

 

Hey thanks for wasting time writing a response to my site. Remember, that page 'Cars I Hate' is just my editorial: you can take it or leave it.

1) You spelled 'polyetheline teraphthalate' incorrectly (both words). Thanks for your lecture, but I know what plastic is: I have an engineering degree. Kevlar isn't made of PET. I realize that PET is recyclable: they make those cars out of it so that they can be recycled after they die at 50,000 miles.

2) I don't need a car to get girls, however some people (the people i was attacking on that page) think the contrary.

3) You're telling me there is nothing wrong with the Prowler? It's an automatic $40,000 'muscle car' that is slower than a Neon. Chrysler tried to capture the street rod look, but what true street rod has any plastic on the exterior?

4) The PT Cruiser definately has pretensions to be a muscle car / hot rod. You obviously don't live in the Detroit metro area. The Woodward Dream Cruise is a huge event where people drive their classic muscle cars and hot rods around for a weekend, and it featured a PT cruise. You are wrong once again.

4) The only 80's car I said something about was the Corvette. I never said anything about Testarossas, M3s, etc. Let's work on our reading skills here.

5) Your line "I am dumber for visiting it" was stolen from the movie 'Billy Madison', but nice attempt to be sardonic (go do www.dictionary.com if you don't know what that means). That is the response my 8 year old sister uses when she tries to be witty.

You are entitled to your own opinion of these cars as am I, but your arguments against my opinions are weak, irrelevent, untrue, or all three.


Subj: photo
Date: 5/1/02 6:49:27 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Nmsteg
To: NiKkaZmErS
File: 104-0472_IMG.JPG (473390 bytes) DL Time (TCP/IP): < 1 minute


This is my 1991 cruiser, I just bought, and look forward to fixing up.

Rick

Thanks for visiting kazmers.com

I'll be sure to post that as soon as i can. Hope you like your cruiser!
Nik


Subj: Hey!
Date: 4/30/02 2:52:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: zasslc1@yahoo.com
To: Nikkazmers@aol.com
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Hey what's up....I like your website!...I'm also an
owner of a 91 TLC!...I was wondering if you knew where
i could order the clear corner lenses??....i clicked
on the picture on your website..but i still couldn't
find it!....Any help would be greatly
appreciated...Thanks, Zack!

Thanks for checking out my site. Actually, the link I had to the vendor who carried clear corner lenses went dead, so I changed the link to some random Landcruiser parts store. I am still searching for somewhere that sells clear corners, and as soon as I find them, I will update my webpage. I'll let you know if I find anything.

Thanks,
Nik

Note: I looked around for somebody who carries clear corner lenses for the Landcruiser, and I found some at this site: http://store.yahoo.com/romaniatoyotaparts/clearcorlam.html

 


Hey what's up!...Thanks for the Link!...Those are
awesome :-)...I'm definately going to get some!...do
you have any idea if they make clear turn signals
also???..because that one small picture of the TLC
with clear corner lenses on your website also has
clear turn signals????...Talk to you soon....Zack

no problem...i dunno about the clear turn signals. I wanna look for those too. Ill get back to ya if i find anything.

Nik



Subj: clarion deck
From: JGilch2320
To: NiKkaZmErS

Hello, i must say thats one sweet truck nice job you did on it. I just bought the same deck you have off a buddy for my navigator and was wondering would i be able to hook up 2 more screens for the head rests to this deck or is there a way to also would you know if theres an adapter that i can use for this deck to control my factory changer i believe clarion makes it for lincoln or would it hook right up. I appreciate your time and answers.

Thanks for checking out www.kazmers.com:

I appreciate your compliments.

As for hooking up two other screens, that is definately possible, and would be very easy. The Clarion unit has a yellow female RCA output, and its function is to give video output. It outputs whatever video source is being displayed on the screen. All you would have to do is purchase an RCA Y-adapter (one male to 2 females), hook that to the yellow output, then hook each of the Y-adapter's plugs into the screens.

As for the CD changer, that is diffucult. Clarion has a system known as "CeNet", which makes it fairly difficult to integrate Clarion products with other company's products. I can't answer your question very well because I don't know how your changer operates, but I believe that the CD changing capability of the Clarion unit is limited to Clarion CeNet compatable changers. An FM modulator could also be a possibility.

Email me with any further questions,
Nik

Thanks alot you helped me out alot.

No problem....just let me know if you have any more questions.
Nik



Subj: Old Man Emu
From: LoNGiNgXANaDu
To: NiKkaZmErS

I am looking getting the OME suspension upgrade for my 93 FJ-80. How big are the tires you have? 33's? Just wondering, also, this is a good site, you know what you are doing which is unlike most people. Good job, nice to know there are people out there like you. Please write back.

-Harrison

Thanks for visiting www.kazmers.com :

Also, thanks for the compliments. You are correct: my tires are 33" Bridgestone winter duelers on 15x7 American Racing wheels. I am due for new shocks, and I am either going to get OME's, or Bilsteins. I am currently leaning torward the OMEs, but I have also heard good things about the Bilsteins. Which would you prefer?
I am trying to expand my "Visitors' Rides" section, so if you have pictures of your cruiser, feel free to send them to me so I can post them.

Thanks,
Nik

Thanks for responding. I have also heard good things about Bilstein. I personally would go with the Bilstein, but you just have to worry about how those shocks would go with the OME springs. Assuming that they would work together ok, I think the Bilstein quality will exceed that of the OME shocks, but that's just my opinion. To open a new topic of discussion, I am looking at getting Mickey Thompson Radial Baja MTX tires. They are not covered with un-needed tread and have looks that compliment Cruisers. Also, I am going to check out some Jaos wheels to go with everything.

-Harrison

Yea those Baja Radials look nice...even nicer if they were on some JAOS rims! The only thing you have to worry about is the rear brake drums, which are rusty (mine are anyway....here in detroit, MI), and some wheels will expose this. What i did to remedy this is take off the rear wheels and rotors, use a wire brush bit on a drill to scrape off any rust, clean the rotors w/ brake cleaner, and paint them with black engine block paint. I then dried the paint with a heat gun. Rust didnt show through for over a year.

Hey do you know much about V8 conversions? It would be kind of a shame to put a Chevy engine in a LC, but the power potential is very tempting. I have 210,000 miles, and I don't know how much longer this thing is gonna last. I would prefer to rebuilt/replace the stock engine, but that may be equally as expensive as the V8 conversion. (Hopefully my cruiser will last for a lot longer, but you never know). I've heard that a 454 cubic inch engine can fit in the 1991-1993 landcruiser engine bay...that would be incredible!

Thanks for your response.
Nik

PS..do you know a good method for cleaning the engine bay of grease/dust/dirt?

About the V8 conversion; first of all, check out the straight six engine replacements for the LC in performance products. Then with new heads and pistons and all, it will be able to handle a trd supercharger. I think this would be better because one of the reasons they used the six initially is to cut down on the already heavy LC. But if V8 is what you want, I think 454 is a little overkill, maybe check out the 4.7 liter in the new ones. Of course that is gonna be expensive. Also, how does that borla cat-back system sound? Low and throaty, or can you really tell it is a 6 banger?

-Harrison

I agree that the 454 is overkill, but the fact that it is possible is amazing. I would prefer to keep a Toyota engine, so I will check out the ones Performance Products carry. If I decided to go the Chevy route, I would probably use a 350. As for the exhaust, you can tell that it is'nt stock, but it's not as loud and throaty as I would like. It does have an ok drone to it though at mid - level RPMs.

Thanks,
nik


Subj: Landcruiser 1997 40th edition upgrades...
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 3:32:25 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: "GARRIDO" <ngarrido@earthlink.net>
To: <NiKkAzMeRs@aol.com>
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Hey Nik,

I’m very impressed with your web-site, and the dedication you have given to your LC… I personally have an 1997LC 40th Ed…, I’m trying to do some upgrade to the factory suspension and ignition… Do you still recommend (Old Man Emu’s) suspension and Jacobs Off-Road Ultra Team Ignition???… My goal is to give my vehicle some extra power, and make the suspension smoother cause the ride feels too choppy with the original suspension…

So far I have changed the exhaust muffler to a high performance dual exit muffler… It was custom made a MIDAS, but looks pretty cool, and it made a quiet positive increase of power…

I’m currently located in Southern California, 29Palms Desert, but I hate to admit that on deep sand my LC loose power, I assume it’s a problem with the ignition coil, it might be too old or damage, cause it take 3 to 4 sec to start. I bought the vehicle used last year 2001 with 50,000 miles on it, but I haven’t done any major maintenance on it. I was dessapointed when I tested a 91 LC and it felt it had more power than mine during the acceleration, there for I’m going full (Jacobs Ultra Team Ignition) instead of just changing coil and sparkplugs cables, that’s if you still recommend them???

Thanks again, and send me some feed back that you might consider to be the cause for this lost of power on deep sand…

Oh, remember that your effort on your web-site is highly appreciate by real LC Fanatics, and roockies like me that are willing to go all the way off road…

Thanks,

Nelson

Hello Nelson, Thanks for checking out www.kazmers.com.

I am glad to hear you appreciate my site. It would be great if you could send me some pictures of your LC, and a list of mods. I would love to post them on my site.

Anyway, most of the mods on the "Performance" page of my site are mods that I want, but do not have. I want the Jacobs Ignition Team kit, and EMU suspension. I have heard great things about the OME shocks. I think I will purchase them soon, for my ride is very rough. I also have heard that the Jacobs kits are all very good. I need an ignition amplifier/kit of some type becuase at idle, my LC's RPMs are jumpy, which causes lots of vibrations (the rpms jump occasionally when idling...have you witnessed something similar?). I'm hoping that the Jacobs kit will eliminate this, and allow my LC to start better in the winter.

I would suggest getting your LC maitenenced, for the injectors should be cleaned after 50k miles. Your local Toyota dealer should be able to do this, and it really helps. I'm due for a cleaning myself. If you're willing to drop around $3k, Toyota TRD makes a supercharger for 1995-1997 Landcruisers, which adds around 100HP. I wish I had a cruiser with your engine, for nobody makes a supercharger for the 3FE, for it cannot take the extra compression.

I would say that the Jacobs Ultra Team kit is a good mod, based on what other people I know have told me. Same goes for the OME suspension upgrade...especially if your old shocks are shot. The TRD supercharger is also an impressive mod. I know that K&N makes a filter for the LC, but that wont add a noticeable amount of power. Headers are known to make a noticeable amount of power (10-15HP), but they must be wrapped in that insulating tape to keep the engine compartment cool.

The addition off all these mods would make one powerful cruiser! Please feel free to email me with any other questions, and don't hesistate to send in pictures if you wish.

Good luck with your LC,
Nik

Hey Nik,

Sorry I took so long to reply to you, but man if I tell what I went thru at the Toyota Dealer this week…

I took my LC for a (Major Service) check up and maintenance, well everything seemed to be ok when I picked up the vehicle, but when I got home I notice that it was making a very harsh noise everytime I got it started, so I had to turn off the engine and get it started again until noise would disappear and get cancel. So I got under it, and I took a look at the front differential, and it was licking oil on the draining screw.

Well since all these malfunctions were not present before I took the vehicle to dealer, I decided to take it back the next day for a good check up and ask the service department what happened to my vehicle.

Man, just review what I had to fax to those idiots, not to include that I had to call Toyota’s Customer Relations Mgr., in order to get some kind of resolution for this problem. Not to mention that I had to buy a new (Starter Motor), since my vehicle is already out of warranty.

Anyways, Finally I picked my LC today, and it seems to be working smooth again today, but at least I haven’t give up yet with my future dreams on the upgrades that you recommend it me.

Oh don’t worry, I’ll keep u post it with my pictures as soon as I get them in the computer…

Thanks again, and keep up the good web site.

Nelson G.

1st Complaint

Date: May 07, 2002

Nelson Garrido

TOYOTA OF THE DESERT

Attn. Craig Dye (SERVICE DPMT)

Re: Customer Complaint on Toyota’s MAJOR SERVICE

Dear Craig:

As of today, a day after I picked up my vehicle (TOYOTA LANDCRUISER 1997) from a “MAJOR SERVICE”, I noticed;

a) It would not start on cold start, and I would have to turn the ignition key a couple of times in order to get vehicles started, also it will make a very (harsh or static noise) after engine is running, front panel warning lights will come up during malfunction, so I will have to turn off vehicle and get it started again until noise get to be shut down or cancel, and warning lights will turn off. (Notice malfunction might be related with tightening of timing belt, Starter Motor, or Alternator).

b) You should also notice that the front differential is licking or dripping oil on the draining oil screw of front differential. (Please check with your mechanics to make sure screw has not being forced during oil replacement on differentials).

Please be aware that these malfunctions were not present during or before I turned in my vehicle to your Service Department on (Sat.04 May.02). Notice this is the first time I have come to (TOYOTA OF THE DESERT) for service, and the fact that I’m experiencing these malfunctions the day after I picked up my vehicle from a (MAJOR SERVICE), leave me with a harsh disappointment and open questions in regards to this MAJOR SERVICE done on my vehicle by your (Service Department, TOYOTA OF THE DESERT Dealer).

It is to my perception that customers and Toyota owners come to your (Toyota Dealer - Service Department) in order to get the best quality and service by your mechanics, and not to experience malfunctions after vehicle has been checked, repair, or serviced by your dealer. Not to mention the fact that I paid for this service with my own funds “CASH”, and my (TOYOTA LANDCRUISER 97) is one of your top of the lines vehicles.

Please take into consideration this notice, in order to improve and avoid future confrontations i.e. dissatisfaction with your customers.

Best regards,

Nelson Garrido

2nd Complaint

Date: May 09, 2002

Nelson Garrido

TOYOTA OF THE DESERT

Attn. Daren Kaarto (SERVICE DPMT MANAGER)

68085 Kyle Rd.

Cathedral City, CA 92234

Re: 2nd Customer Complaint on Toyota’s MAJOR SERVICE

Dear Daren:

This is my formal notice to you, and your dealer that after a “MAJOR SERVICE” on date May 06, 2002 I have experienced malfunctions on my vehicle (TOYOTA LANDCRUISER 1997) which were not present during or before I turned in my vehicle for a “MAJOR SERVICE”. Please be aware that your service department has leaded me to believe that your dealer is involved in suspicious activities towards providing repair and services to your customer on their vehicles. Furthermore, your service department has left me with open questions as to, “what kind of service (TOYOTA OF THE DESERT) provides to its customers during service, repair, and check ups on vehicle?”

As of today it’s very coincidential that my vehicle malfunctions were predicted to be by your mechanics, as I stated on my first complaint to your dealer, please review attachments. Not to mention the fact that I will have to pay $220 estimated price on parts in order to replace damaged part (Starter Motor).

As I stated previously, “It is to my perception that customers and Toyota owners come to your (Toyota Dealer - Service Department) in order to get the best quality and service by your mechanics, and not to experience malfunctions after vehicle has been checked, repair, or serviced by your dealer. Not to mention the fact that I paid for this service with my own funds “CASH”, and my (TOYOTA LANDCRUISER 97) is one of your top of the lines vehicles.” Also my wife, Angela Garrido has a (Toyota RAV4 2001), which I will strongly suggest her to discontinue service at your dealer.

Please take into consideration this notice, in order to improve and avoid future confrontations i.e. dissatisfaction with your customers. Not mention the fact that these activities could easily lead your customers to a filing of formal complaint on basis of; damages to personal property, fraud, misrepresentation by your dealer, and any other number of serious charges that could easily apply to your dealer’s service department.

Please feel free to contact me to address any concerns and questions in regards to this issue.

Sincerely,

Nelson Garrido




Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2002 7:21:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: "Carl Dodd" <Carl.Dodd@btopenworld.com>
To: <NiKkAzMeRs@aol.com>
File: making a splash.jpg
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HI.
this is me in my 92' L.C. my brother phil at the back of me & my mate Ed at the rear.As you can see we like to take them off road as thats what they ment to do.

Thanks for your interest in my site. I posted that picture on my Visitors' Rides page already.

Nik



Subj: landcruiser questions
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 12:47:56 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: "Hanny Isawi" <mrhdream@hotmail.com>
To: <NiKkAzMeRs@aol.com>
Sent from the Internet (Details)

Hey, I like your site!
But I'm having trouble locating those clear corners for the landcruiser!!!! Where should I go? I clicked on the picture and the website didn't seem to have them!
thanks
hanny

Thanks for checking out my site. Actually, the link I had to the vendor who carried clear corner lenses went dead, so I changed the link to some random Landcruiser parts store. I am still searching for somewhere that sells clear corners, and as soon as I find them, I will update my webpage.

Nik

Note: I looked around for somebody who carries clear corner lenses for the Landcruiser, and I found some at this site: http://store.yahoo.com/romaniatoyotaparts/clearcorlam.html



Subj: 1987 toyota pick up
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2002 12:32:29 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: ogd@co.henrico.va.us (Ogden, Tod)
To: NiKkAzMeRs@aol.com
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hey love your site and your ride. here is a picture of my old 1987 toyota, im trying to buy my friend s wife's 1991 landcruizer from her, but she wont let go of it yet...thanks todd

Thank you for your interest in my site. I will post that picture as soon as I can.

Nik



Subj: FJ80 3FE
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2002 11:06:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: <sshiflet@es.com>
To: <NiKkAzMeRs@aol.com>
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Ran across your web site. I have a 92 FJ-80 with a 3fe. I have installed the "tuned headers". They are o.k. They do run a lot hotter under the hood. In fact I wrapped everything important with ceramic cloth from D.E.I. I am now looking at adding a jacobs coil to my truck and wonder if you have done that?


Scot
p.s. If you don't plan to list your truck, I would look at bilstein shocks. They are great and you can get them at AutoZone for $65 ea. They made a significant difference in my trucks ride. Also I just found recently that Toyota has an induction cleaning service for $69. This was great for cleaning out my fuel injectors. I recommend it if you have more than 100,000 miles.

 

Thanks for checking out www.kazmers.com

I haven't tried any Jacobs Ignition products, but I hope to in the future. It seems as if my engine occasionally misfires when sitting idle in drive (like at stop lights etc.). Have you experienced the same problem? Maybe its clogged injectors....I'll go to the dealership. Was the performance difference noticable after you added the headers? I think it is time for new shocks, so I will definately check out the Bilsteins.

Thanks for your time,
Nik
PS - If you wish, I can post pictures of your Landcruiser on my site if you have them availible. If so, attach a picture of it, and send me the specs of your cruiser.


Subj: (no subject)
Date: 4/11/02 12:02:47 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: SLICKSPANKEE
To: NiKkaZmErS


i would like to know if u could make a box that will hold 8 10inch subwoofers and make it like a bandpass box . if possible u could draw me iup a pic and show me what it would look like thanks mark

Thanks for checking out www.kazmers.com

Sorry, but I don't have time to design a box for you. Besides, I don't even know what dimensions it would have to be to fit in your car, or what subs you use (that is very important in box design). Check out this website and the program on it: it should be able to calculate everything for you.

http://www.ajdesignsoftware.com/

Hope that helps,
Nik



Subj: RE: FJ80 3FE
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2002 12:23:23 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: <sshiflet@es.com>
To: <NiKkaZmErS@aol.com>
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The Headers are alright. But defiantly not great. They do not bring a lot of power or fuel economy. They are not very well made. I had to buy new hardware for the header to down pipe connection as it does not come with it. The hole for the bolt hole next to the #1 cylinder and the #6 cylinder were off and I had to drill them out to get the headers on. the exhaust gasket is not that good. Specter Off-road has a better gasket [www.sor.com]. The biggest problem is the under hood temperature. I worry about the excessive heat damaging "stuff". I am especially concerned about heating the intake track. So I wrapped everything [except the headers] in ceramic cloth from www.designengineering.com . Read this article about intake temperatures http://www.performanceunlimited.com/projectmpg/airtemp.html It is really interesting. I am looking into venting the hood above the headers to help reduce heat soak especially when the truck is idling or turned off. I may have to place the vents in the hood corners next to the windshield to avoid getting water on the engine when it is hot.

The Bilsteins are great. If you have an air compressor and an impact wrench you can put them on your self but a friend is helpful.

As for your engine if you have not changed your fuel filter, plugs, wires, or had your fuel system cleaned, I would start there. Plugs and wires first, then if you are going to have your "induction system" clean you might as well change your fuel filter if you haven't in a while [i.e. 3 years]. I also notice a nice increase in how smooth my car was when I but syn. oils in my diffs and transfer case. I used mobile one but now I would go with AMSoil. I am about to convert my truck over to AMSoil and install the By-pass filter system. I only recommend doing this if your cruiser doesn't leak oil. Check them out at www.amsoil.com. And finally I am looking into a oil pre-lube system from www.masterlube.net . The say that 60% of engine wear comes from starting your engine with no oil pressure. This system pressurizes just about everything. I'm looking at... http://www.masterlube.net/shop/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=15&cat=MasterLube+Electronic+PreLube+%26+Accumulator+Kits . The other 40% of engine wear comes from small particles [5 to 20 microns] that a regular full flow oil filter cannot catch. That's where the By-pass filter comes in.

Scot

Oh and finally...great article on oil filters. Since reading this I have been using the Purolator Pure One filter. I use to use Fram PH8A.
http://www.frankhunt.com/FRANK/corvette/articles/oilfilterstudy/oilfilterstudy.html

Thanks you for your reply, Scot.


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