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    JDM Truck and Van Resources (Hiace, Liteace, Townace, Toyoace, etc)

    I can second the suitability for daily commuting. I have driven my 1KZ Hiace over LA and it keeps up fine. I’m not doing 80 up mountain passes, but I never feel like I can’t keep up with reasonable traffic. I have mine set up so we can sleep two adults, a 8 year old, a 2 year old and an 85 Lbs...
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    A340F left hand drop low-range transfer case search.

    That’s great to hear. Thank you for weighing in. My priorities are (in order): - Center locking diff - Electronic engagement - Low-range I’m happy with full-time 4WD, but not opposed to part-time as long as I would not have to change out my full-time from hubs. Knowing what models to look at...
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    A340F left hand drop low-range transfer case search.

    The Hiace needs a left hand (US driver’s side) drop.
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    A340F left hand drop low-range transfer case search.

    I’m the first to admit I’m not overly familiar with all the intricacies of Toyota transmissions and transfer cases. Sorry if my statement was confusing/poorly informed as a result. The big reason I am such a die-hard Toyota fan is because I spent so many years fiddling with European cars, that I...
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    A340F left hand drop low-range transfer case search.

    I recently bought a 1KZ (3 liter turbo diesel) powered 1994 Hiace. To get the better engine, I sacrificed low-range with the “Full-Time 4WD” (AWD) set up that comes with the 1KZ engine. I have an A340F transmission with a left side drop - which seems to be the core problem with just throwing in...
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    8 days, 7 Nights and over 600 miles of Off-road across Utah *Very Pic Heavy*

    Are the slots the ones just outside Zion? We are planning on taking my daughter for her first slot canyon experience in Utah in a couple months and are looking for good candidates.
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    Rhino Rack Sunseeker awning woes

    Bought it through Backcoutry.com. They couldn't do anything other than have me return it. I finally got Rhino Rack to get back to me (my email apparently vanished) and they are sending me a new pole.
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    Rhino Rack Sunseeker awning woes

    Bought a new Sunseeker a couple months ago. The very first deployment (lunch stop to test it out) the support pole would not retract. I worked literally until I had blisters for 45 minutes trying to get it to retract. Eventually, I just had to take it apart and throw the pole in m roof op box...
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    Accidental new Montero Sport owner.

    I think with a locker, a 2" OME kit, and a set of 32" BFG's it will get me where I like to go in a Sport. I'm not interested in the hardcore stuff. I generally prefer to "get away from it all" and go enjoy to outdoors rather than the bump and grind of rocks. I have had a heavily modded vehicle...
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    Accidental new Montero Sport owner.

    Thanks guys. I have been lurking over on the monterosport forum. There seems to be a fair amount of good information here. I also found a great build thread here on ExPo. I'm not sure how much I'm going to putting into the Sport. If I love it and feel it's a really good off road base, I'll...
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    Accidental new Montero Sport owner.

    Through a combination of halfhearted looking on my part and a bored, retired father, I unknowingly purchased a 2000 Sport XLS/XRS/whatever. I was curious about the full size Monteros - he was excited and didn't know the difference; here we are. So, instead of the mountains of research I...
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    2001 LX 470. 128K $15,500 Nice So Cal truck.

    With the birth of my daughter and my wife no longer working, it is time to cut back on a car payment. As such, I am putting up my 2001 LX 470 with about 128,000 miles on it for sale (I haven't even owned it a year - oh well). It is in nice shape and is the best riding vehicle I have ever been...
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    Help me buy a LC

    IH8Mud.com is a great resource for pretty much any question you could have about LC/LX's. They have a great break-down of what the differences are between the years in the FAQ section.
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    Help me buy a LC

    I completely agree that Land Cruisers are amazingly reliable and capable vehicles. After owning a Discovery, a Jeep, and a Cruiser (now two), they are pretty much all I'd consider for an Overland vehicle - with the possible exception of a diesel Wrangler Unlimited. I'm just lamenting not going...
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    Help me buy a LC

    I just went from a 98 Cherokee to a LX470 (2001 - 125k miles) and, to be totally honest, am not as happy as I had hoped. I'd go the Land Cruiser route if I had it to do over. Not only is there more to go wrong on the LX, but it is more expensive to fix when it does puke. The driver's side window...
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