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Howdy folks, thanks for being welcoming in my first few posts. Warhammer's build post inspired me to do one as well (not nearly as cool, let's be clear). This is just a space to keep track of what I've been doing.

I know a lot of you are obsessive about doing things perfectly. I care, but I've found I just don't manage time as well as some parents, so a lot of what you're going to see is "this is pretty good for the time I have available," followed up by "well, that was a mistake, I shouldn't have half-a$$sed it."

My plans for the build are to make it safe, not too obnoxiously ugly, and use it for light offroading/camping/skiing access. It's a 2006 LE, I'm the second owner, and it was previously a fleet vehicle in Utah. 125,000 miles, I bought it in May 2022.

It had tiger-stripe clear coat failure everywhere, bald tires, dents EVERYWHERE, oil leaking, axle seal failure, broken side mirror, HVAC switch nonsense, cloudy headlights, tired suspension, etc. But, the miles were relatively low, and the engine sounded good!

Here's how it looked when I bought it:

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The very first thing I did was fix the oil leak by replacing the oil cooler gasket with the nissan gasket, and then put some amazon cheapo hood struts in, so I could check the oil without the hood banging me in the head.

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Following the stickied thread for refreshing a first-gen titan, I moved on to leaf spring shackles.

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GUYS, I WAS REALLY DUMB. Don't be like me. I lifted the truck by the differential housing, instead of the frame. So of course, when I removed the final bolt, the leaf spring SPRUNG upward, making a nice dent in my bed. A little hammer work and floor jack repositioning later, I got everything right.

There really is a big difference between the OEM shackles and aftermarket replacements- better welds, and more of them.

I also put in a new wiper fluid pump (mine wouldn't ... pump).

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I also removed and cleaned the axle vent. Not sure why, since the right axle seal has failed, but I guess I wanted to see how bad it was. [Narrator: It was bad.] After cleaning:

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I bought the truck with some beat Toyo Open Country MT tires in LT 295/70R/17. They looked cool, but were pretty "flat," likely from a lot of highway driving.

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I replaced them with BFG AT tires in 295/70R17. I like them, but it "feels" like I lost some height. The tire shop guys managed to break one of my rear wheel studs, so I'll have to take care of that another day.

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I also threw on some Bilstein 5100s on the rear, as I still had the OEM shocks in place.

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The shocks were shot, so this has made a very nice improvement to the ride.

Lots more to do, have a great week everyone.
 

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Your hitting all the usual suspects so far. Keep an eye on the ATF cooling hoses. I've had EVERY LAST ONE BURST sooner or later. Finally replaced THEM ALL with stainless steel braided hose from the Harley. And the exhaust manifolds are likely cracked on the back side where you can't see it. When cold start, you'll hear it ticking kinda like a lifter until the manifold warms up and the crack grows shut. I couldn't justify headers and the re-tune needed for that and aftermarket replacements were prone to crack even worse so I took them off and weld the cracks up and ran them till the cats finally clogged up. I finally found these at Rock Auto, that are reinforced in the crack zone and they are holding up good so far, and that's a really good price. Good Luck
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Jim, thanks for the great advice.

When each ATF hose failed, how did you find out? I assume you wouldn't see a warning light, except of course your ATF temp gauge would spike. I'd love to know what to watch out for, since I realistically won't get around to replacing them immediately.
 
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