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Vehicle Modification and Creation / Re: Lexus GX470 (Prado Grande)
« on: December 20, 2017, 05:53:02 PM »
I know this is old, but I think the air ride system in my wife's GX470 has bit the dust and I'm thinking about converting it to coils. Did you ever get the light off?

I did end up getting the light off. There was a fuse that was connected to the system and when pulled, turned off the lights as well. Sorry, but I don't remember which one or where.

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Market / FS - 2003 Lexus GX470
« on: September 21, 2016, 04:23:21 PM »
*******SOLD******


selling my truck. its been a great vehicle, but the need for four doors and a bed is showing itself more and more. Located in Louisiana. Price is 12k but negotiable.
details on the portal below:

http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/163412-FS-2003-GX470

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Upcoming Adventures / Re: High Water Mark: April 29th-May 1st
« on: May 04, 2016, 04:13:35 PM »
Here are a few. Throughout the weekend.



Stepped out the truck to use the bathroom and immediately saw this track. Couldn't have been very old because the rain had only stopped a short time before.






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Upcoming Adventures / Re: High Water Mark: April 29th-May 1st
« on: May 02, 2016, 04:59:06 PM »
I ended up driving to fayetteville Friday and back down to camp at Devils Den. Spent the morning on some trails around there and didnt run into any traffic.
I then headed east and routed my way along as many dirt roads as I could find to Oark. Ill have to go back and look at my gps, but I found some great roads/trails that had some water but nothing impassable. NF 78 was one that ended up being reasonably technical but not due to water crossing.
I ended up traveling south to Mt Magazine where several of the crossings were chest deep and impassable due to current, let alone depth.
The rain last weekend made the temps perfect and the scenery beautiful. My only regret was not staying longer.
I also wish the trip would have made because some of the water crossings would have been memorable.

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Upcoming Adventures / Re: High Water Mark: April 29th-May 1st
« on: April 29, 2016, 01:37:55 PM »
For anyone that is around the area, I will be around Fayetteville tonight, and then traveling south toward my magazine tomorrow morning. No real agenda other than to be outside!


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Just an FYI on a trac for the v8 4Runner:
It is always on, there just isn't a button for it like the fj cruiser or the v6 4wd models.
The awd system uses atrac whenever the truck is in 4low and the center doff locked.
It's the same way on the Lexus gx470 as well.

Good to know!  Does that still apply to my rig, with it being an '03?

Yes. My Gx is an 03 as well.
When using the center diff lock, the computer turns off the vsc(vehicle stability control) and allows more throttle input while sending equal amounts of power to the front and rear diffs.
The atrac system then regulates wheel spin by using the braking system to slow down the tires that are spinning faster and transferring power to the other wheel.
It can make a lot of noise when using lower rpms over technical ascents/descents, but really is an effective system.

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Upcoming Adventures / Re: High Water Mark: April 29th-May 1st
« on: April 21, 2016, 01:31:58 PM »
I'm in. Looking forward to getting back up to nwa


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Just an FYI on a trac for the v8 4Runner:
It is always on, there just isn't a button for it like the fj cruiser or the v6 4wd models.
The awd system uses atrac whenever the truck is in 4low and the center doff locked.
It's the same way on the Lexus gx470 as well.


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Vehicle Modification and Creation / Re: Lexus GX470 (Prado Grande)
« on: May 06, 2015, 05:47:13 PM »
Well, the air suspension finally bit the dust. Couldn't find the leak but I'm fairly certain that it was a bad connection and not the air springs themselves.
Either way, it was an opportunity to upgrade a system that has a finite life span and could potentially leave me stranded somewhere.

I picked up a set of long travel metal tech springs from the fj cruiser forums that had minimal miles.
Then ordered a set of the corresponding long travel icon shocks and extended brake lines.
I still have the stock lower control arms and the sway bar connected, but the travel and ride quality is 100x what it was before.
Articulation even with stock arms and sway bar connected is pretty substantial over stock.
Here is a picture of the air springs and shocks removed:


I ended up removing the compressor, diaphragm, and all other lines associated with the system.
The only thing left is to figure out how to get the light on my dash to stop blinking.
It's recommended to unplug the air suspension computer harness, but when I do, my check engine light/vsc lights come on. Still trying to find the answer.

Fun fact ab installing the long travel kit on the GX:
Metal Tech recommends installing a 3" bump stop extension to compensate for the longer shock body to limit up travel and damage of the shock.
The GX bump stops are already atleast 2 1/2 to 3" longer than the fj or 4Runner.
When test fitting the shocks and cycling them to look for clearance issues, the stock GX bump actually begins to make contact with the axel with 1 1/2 -2 inches of the shock shaft showing.
In my not so expert opinion, this negates the reasoning behind installing bump stop extensions.

I also did not install the upper spring isolator a that come on the stock suspension. They are the cone like piece of rubber that acts like a damper if the spring is compressed to the point of impact.
I had some industrial rubber sheeting laying around that I used on some roof rack mounts and cut them into a shape roughly larger than the top spring diameter. Then slipped them above the spring so there was no metal/metal contact between the spring and frame.

I don't have any pictures of it installed, but will post pictures this evening.
My he only thing left to complete the rear would be a set of upper and lower control arms.



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Vehicle Modification and Creation / Re: Lexus GX470 (Prado Grande)
« on: April 14, 2015, 06:08:03 PM »
Some pics of the new tires.


Definite improvement over the treadwrights. Mileage has increased due to less rolling resistance. Steering is much lighter. Noise is less, but to be expected of a new tire.

I'll be traveling to Austin the beginning of May, so that will be a nice trip to provide some feedback for highway feel.

The shop that put them on had them at 40psi.
For highway driving that may be the best option, but I find that 35-36 range rides much better. Especially not being loaded in the back.



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Vehicle Modification and Creation / Re: Lexus GX470 (Prado Grande)
« on: April 14, 2015, 04:39:44 PM »

I went that direction as well!


Looks like they clean out really well!!


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Vehicle Modification and Creation / Re: Lexus GX470 (Prado Grande)
« on: April 10, 2015, 10:22:41 AM »
Added some new tires today.

255/80R17 Cooper ST MAXX

pictures to come!

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Market / Re: TW Warden 285/70R17 E
« on: April 10, 2015, 10:18:42 AM »
Tires have sold.
Thanks guys

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Market / Re: TW Warden 285/70R17 E
« on: April 02, 2015, 08:56:37 PM »
Tread depth at 12/32. Original spec is 16/32.
So 75% of original depth.



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Market / TW Warden 285/70R17 E
« on: April 01, 2015, 01:27:09 PM »
Looking to sell my treadwright wardens. 285/70R17 E
These measure in right at 33"
Tires have ab 15K on them and have been rotated every 5K since installed in March 2013.
Tread life is somewhere areound 70-75% remaining.
I will post pictures later of tires.

Price is $300 obo.

Im located in Alexandria, LA.

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