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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
I wanted to start a thread to share my plans, progress, and work done. TBH its a bit intimidating after seeing the trucks some of you are working with and me being so late to the game. I'm hoping I can post some helpful links and pictures along the way. I'll list my overall plans, work log thus far, catch up on the few things I've done, then any new advancements. Purchased April 2017 with 142k miles. I plan on keeping and enjoying the truck for as long as possible.


Here's the truck as it sits today. 154k miles
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Plans...


Exterior-
-Raptor take-off shocks and hardware. I've been through Pinero61 's write up among others, and I have a decent connection on parts.
-I'm not sure which direction I'll go with fenders.
-LED bulb upgrades. The main reason is the reverse lights for the backup cam at night, but added mirror signals and others will work their way in. Left signal short strokes occasionally.
-PDR on the passenger rear of cab. Polish and possible touch up of cab and rim.
-Sand, polish, and coat or paint headlights.
-Paint correction and coatings on pretty much all surfaces.
-Replace a few seals on the bakflip bed cover.
-Windshield cowling seals are deteriorating and need replacement. Same status with the cab seams in the rear upper corners.


Interior-
-Mount tuner/ gauge.
-15% tint front windows, 20% over the factory for all the rear. I like the ceramic for IR reduction as it gets hot in the summers, but the tint on my dads truck has slightly browned.
-Windshield eventually, 2 small chips.
-LED all the things, soft white color.
-Sound proofing done correctly.
-Stereo upgrades. Probably nice amplified speakers, single 8/10 or maybe a couple JL 6.5s, crossover/ equalizer, and integrate with the stock head unit.
-Weather techs.
-Door hinges.
-Coat leather surfaces and probably some plastics.
-Repair sunroof.


Performance-
-Currently discussing options with rBrown
-Upgrade turbos. Wastegates/ BOVs?
-Downpipes- catted full race or aFe?
-Cat Back- MBRP 4"?
-Intercooler- Full Race, aFe, Wagner?
-Hot and cold piping. FR or aFe?
-FR catch can.


Maintenance-
-Fix remote-start feature, it never worked after the dealer flushed the trans.
-Change front and rear differential, and transfer case fluids.
-Change power steering and brake fluids.
-Change cabin filters and fix seat heater.
-I've heard but haven't researched a Raptor trans mount.
-Grease driveshaft
 

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A week after i purchased it the sunroof stuck open and wouldn't close. Dealership advised they would replace the whole sunroof assembly for around $800. Or you can remove the track assembly and replace all the moving parts for about $120.


This is the kit I used from sunroofdoctor on eBay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2000-2014-F.../131946974301?_trkparms=aid=222007&algo=SIM.M BE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908110712%26meid%3D75e944 d34b0446e8afb3da9f40f2a441%26pid%3D100677%26rk%3D1 %26rkt%3D30%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D272607401581%26itm %3D131946974301&_trksid=p2385738.c100677.m4598

http://stores.ebay.com/The-Sunroof-Doctor?_trksid=p2047675.l2563



This is the video I followed.
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It was a bit time consuming but not too difficult. I recall the biggest concern was not creasing the headliner when removing. I made a mistake somewhere along the lines because it will tilt up but not slide open. I wanted to research if the motor had to be reset and relearn the cycle before taking it apart again. I'm assuming I got distracted and missed a step, and put it together at the wrong point in the window track cycle.
 

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Auto-Start feature??
Remote-start feature rather, my apologies. When I picked it up from the dealership it would no longer function, the horn would double beep instead of start. I went back and asked about it the next day and was told its probably some valet feature, apparently a button or switch or jumper fuse somewhere. I speculated that since somebody from their establishment made the change, shouldn't somebody there know how to change it back? Their interior expert was off that day so they recommended I go talk to 'Billy' at a private car alarm place they work with... It fell of the radar and I need to follow up.
 

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As soon as the sunroof was repaired I gave it a light detail. I like shiny cars and the zen of labor especially when you get to see results so quickly, I frequently lurk on r/autodetailing.


Wash w/ soap and APC, Ferrex, re-wash, clay bar w/ ONR, D300 on 5" mf cut pads, M205 on megs polishing pad, and ultimate paste wax...
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Here's some bonus 50/50 pics of my mother-in-laws suburban after just a few passes with 5"mf cut pads and megs D166...
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Discussion Starter · #8 · (Edited)
Next I changed and flushed the coolant, changed the oil, replaced the battery with an optima red top, and installed some cheap front coil spacers.

Here's an older video I took to record the phaser rattle (also exhaust manifold leak). Partially shows the truck levelled with the stock rims and normal tires.
 

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I then had the dealership flush the trans since they have the flushing equipment. Brought it home and changed all the plugs with some sp-534's, gaps as close as I could to .030 (Seems now that smaller might have been better). Replaced coils for cylinders 1 and 5 as they fell apart when removing. Installed SCT Livewire TS+ and used for gauges only. I wanted to see if I could notice a difference in spool times and boost pressure, before and after replacing the manifolds.

Here's a video of the exhaust leak from the cab...
 

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Discussion Starter · #10 · (Edited)
As I needed to replace the exhaust manifold anyways, why not upgrade while I'm in there...
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And since the manifolds and turbos were removed anyways, why not throw on some ported adapters...
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I noticed a huge difference after this pair was installed! Not sure how much of that was due to fixing the boost leak vs. better flow, but it felt like it responded and built pressure more quickly and so much more effortless/ smooth feeling.
 

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Discussion Starter · #13 · (Edited)
Next steps... I wanted some running boards but every option was expensive, found some used ones on craigslist I think I paid about $80. I don't think this is the best looking option but they work and the wife and kids were happy.
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Bought my bosses rims from his 2017 fx4 for a pretty good price and had them mounted with Nitto G2's 275/65r20. Prior to installing I gave them a good cleaning, light polishing, and a couple coats of Optimum Gloss Coat. They were flawless and I'll explain the damage in the next post...

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Discussion Starter · #14 · (Edited)
Got side swiped on the back half of the passenger side, guy decided he wanted to share my lane with me on the freeway. It was Christmas Eve so I guess he felt like giving me some free scratches, paint transfers, and dents. His shorter Tacoma lifted my rear wheel off the ground and kicked us sideways about 45 degrees, and scared the snot out of my kids and wife. Based on the impact feeling I figured the damage was going to be wayyyy worse then it ended up.

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Discussion Starter · #16 · (Edited)
Me too, thanks!

Here's where things get fun...

(Repost) About 2 months ago I had hesitation/ shuddering when getting on the freeway with no flashing or steady CEL. Removed 5* 91 perf tune and continued to monitor. Next day same issue but this time P0303 Misfire Cyl 3. Plugs were fresh and properly gapped so i switched plugs between cylinders 2 and 3 and cleared the code. Still ran poorly, threw code again, still cyl 3. I then swapped coils between cylinders 2 and 3 and cleared codes again, then drove home for lunch and returned to work. No codes thrown but was pretty much constantly stuttering anytime there was any amount of boost. Parked it after lunch and then after work there was a ticking/ tapping sound on startup, still no codes thrown. Sound seems to come from pass. side top end/ under intake manifold. Minor tapping felt through pass. valve cover near VCT plugs, intake manifold as a whole, and most pronounced in the high-press fuel lines and pump(cavitating/ pulsing feeling). Best guess is a bent valve or 6...



 

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Discussion Starter · #17 · (Edited)
Dealer said drop it off and they would diagnose exactly whats wrong with it. They cut open the oil filter and found metal in the paper element, determined I need a new engine and digging further into the issue wasn't worth the time or effort. Dealer 2 said, "That's a BS diagnosis, get it here and we'll diagnose exactly whats wrong with it." 5 days later, same conclusion.. not worth digging into and need a new motor. Brought it home, pulled valve covers and found no visible damage, sound got slightly louder when started without passenger valve cover.

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I see scuffs/ sloppy machine marks on the drivers exhaust cam. I'm thinking its from the factory for the purposes of balancing?? I don't see the same on the passenger side.

I also noticed what looks like a chip out of the coating on the camshaft. Before I pulled this side and saw the chip, I figured the roughness was casting marks. What am I looking at?

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Pulled the valve covers over the weekend, per request. This week/ weekend I'm planning to drain fluids and start ripping everything out to prep for motor removal. Need to order a trick little folding engine stand that was recommended to me, and pick up the cherry picker I'm borrowing.


 

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Does it tell you anything interesting? Is it normal for the VCTs to only gush oil at shut down? I was expecting it to be a more steady flow...

I'm so stoked to get the new motor in and drive it again!! Can't wait! I wonder if people knew the new engine was coming from you, if there would be more interest. Planning on taking out the front clip, heat exchangers, and misc. today.
 

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Well yea, of course.

But now everybody is gonna be wondering just how far you're gonna take it too? ;)

I mean, it's not really a SIN to go back to 100% oem with a RBM motor.
But I don't know if anyone has been disciplined enough to do it.

So, I'll be watching personally. Lol

Further than I had initially planned, of course!

My plans are limited by funds (not a foreign concept for most), which makes staying disciplined both harder and easier. Mr. Brown has been super educational, helpful, and understanding of my plans, limitations, and timeline. I appreciate the respect, professionalism, and transparency I've observed throughout our communications. I owe a bit more than a shout out for the way I've been treated, but that's all I've got at the moment.

Long term I'm aiming to pretty much tap out some GT's (and hopefully stop there), so bolt-ons and obviously turbos are inevitable, but in time. Since I need a new engine I figured I'd start there, and hope to get something that can comfortably handle any future fun and mods. So far I'm very confident I'll be receiving exactly that.
 

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I'll share a little more detail but I don't want to share anything Ryan hasn't already made public. If interested in more specifics, I pieced almost all his formula together just by reading through his never ending build thread (get some popcorn); or just call him and ask...

The build includes a new long block with upgraded bearings, rods, coated custom pistons, special sauce ring package, cylinder support deck, head studs, better gasket, and better hardware.

Mild pocket port, custom fancy awesome amazing valves, better springs and misc, stock cams.

Valve cover color- I believe the valve covers will turn out awesome! I think I'll hold off disclosing the color until its installed, eye candy as a small reward.

Based on the info I've been able to absorb and discussions about flow numbers, I'm curious and super psyched to see and feel the results.
 

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Over the weekend I got through phase 1 of my tear down. Radiator, fans, AC condenser, intercooler, turbo ducting, coolant lines, fender moldings, fender liners, bumper valence, headlights, lots of electrical plugs.

I've read and been advised that the hood needs to be removed, but it really looks like there's room to leave it on. I would much rather not deal with re-aligning it.

Check out the scale-funk on the coolant inlet and the rust-funk on the tstat housing...

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Well Mother's day took priority over the truck so I haven't pulled the motor yet. Over the weekend I disconnected the torque converter nuts, bellhousing bolts, motor mounts, etc. Built a DIY(read highly custom, one-off) spreader bar and adapter yesterday and should be picking it out today. Looking at the set up some more... I really think I could squeak it out with the hood and windshield cowling still in tact. Buuut the last dealership I took it to ripped all the rubber seals from my cowling, so I'd like to replace it anyways, unfortunately they're not cheap. I'll update with some pics of the intake runners and inside of the intake manifold. Cylinders 2 and 3 were giving me misfire codes and they appear the dirtiest.

Here's my Bubba'd spreader bar and adapter plate...
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