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    So i tried posting this a few days ago, but the computer is being....

    So in the last 2 months i've been stockpiling stuff to upgrade the audio and communications in my car. This includes a new stereo system and a CB radio.

    I'll start with the stereo. All this stuff came from Crutchfield.com this is a great place because they tell you what works in your car and what wont, also great customer service. All included is a Kenwood KDC-138 Headunit, 6.5" KFC-1660S speakers (rear), 5.25" KFC-1362S speakers (front), speaker baffles for both sets, new AM/FM antenna, and all the wiring harnesses and jazz that crutchfield sends with their stuff.

    The CB is a Cobra 18WXSTII with a 4' Firestik tuneable tip antenna mounted on a door jamb mount with a heavy duty spring.



    Both the stereo and CB are going into the existing double DIN spot that the factory stereo is occupying at the moment. It will look something like this.
    http://forum.ih8mud.com/attachment.p...1&d=1122470545
    http://forum.ih8mud.com/attachment.p...1&d=1116306495

    Also while me and my dad were in' to see how to remove the dash, we decided to fix the bushing in my shifter which caused a lot of left-right freeplay in it. We opened up the housing and saw that one bushing was cracked in half and the other had completely disintegrated.



    Now that it's fixed, it works great! I'll keep ya'll posted with some pics of the install as it happens, still waiting for a little warmer temps to do it

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    What an upgrade! My Toyota's will both be jealous!

    The shifter bushing piece is known to fail in more than one vehicle. Early Subaru's were known for that in any gear. Felt like it was in N based on the side/side movement.

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    Nice!

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    So tell me where exactly is that bushing located? I have a feeling it will be stupid easy to notice if I go look, but just in case, cuz I have like 6 feet of side to side play in 1st-4th gear

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    Well mine is automatic but there is a bolt that connects the shifter to the trans, it basically encircles that on the inside the area that connects the 2 sides. Pretty easy once you get in it, except you need to disconnect th bolt from both sides, which is kinda a pain in the ass

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    Nice work, one of the best upgrades so far on my cruiser was the stereo system, I did it all in about 1 day and for under 300 bucks. I also love it when you go to replace something and find out it's completely toast, and probably original.

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    Great stuff man!

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    thats right, I forgot the 62 has the auto stock.. not the manual like I have now haha.

    The best mod I did to my 62was the manual transmission for sure. Then the Scion radio.

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    InsanityIsBorn previously posted:
    "thats right, I forgot the 62 has the auto stock."

    Looking good Matt, any progress on installing it?

    Kiel, a bit young to be forgetting stuff like that. :lol:
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    Not so far. Still a little too cold for my taste to be out in the garage working on this stuff. Maybe this weekend though

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    You should be at CORE, not your garage. I need to see your 62!
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    Haha I wish I could go. But I'm working 8-4 tomarrow

    but it looks like Sunday is when all this radio stuff is gonna go in, since it's gonna be a high of 47

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    Man I wish I could go to CORE with y'all. wow 47? lucky! and also Chris, yes you are right I am WAAaAY to young to forget what our Cruisers came with stock... I think It was a forced forget, where I wanted to forget the horrors it caused.

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    I've been thinking about putting a manual in mine (not too intently though). What kind do you have? I know H55f is a popular one. Also does whatver one you have require any chopping of the floorpan?

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    I went with the H42 (the H42 has a higher low gear, the H41 is the aussie spec 4 speed with a 4.99:1 gearing in 1st gear. The H42 has 4:1, and the H55f has a 1st of 4.84:1 and 5th gear of .84:1 whereas the H42 only has a 4th gear of 1:1) Mine is the 4speed the H55f is the 5speed. You don't have to cut the floor for either. All you need for a manual tranny is a few parts from a donor FJ60.
    -clutch slave and master cylinders
    -transmission
    -x-member
    -bellhousing
    -flywheel
    -new driveshafts
    -clutch lines
    -pedal bucket
    -tranny hump
    -Clutch lines

    I did it in a half week, but I ran into a lot of problems where I learned, and realized I had the wrong parts or my brothers spares that I took were broken haha. When I had all the right parts I finished it in a weekend.

    Also, to mount the cross member, you must either move you brake lines a bit, or do some welding. But the welding is in a fairly easy location.

    The H41 is the ideal transmission if you cannot afford the H55f, as it is geared at 4.99 in first, and a 4speed manual is much better than any auto. But if you do a lot of highway driving I highly recommend the H55f, I can hit about 70mph at 3100 rpms with my H42. All in all H55f is my recommendation for lots of highway driving. H41 is good for more 4wheeling and around town driving. H42 should be your last choice, in my opinion that is.


    Hope this long winded post helps!

    -Kiel-

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    Kiel's info is good and I agree with what he says. Just do like I did and blow the auto up far from home & close to a cruiser shop where the owner has an FJ62 with a 5 speed. Makes decision making easy and all you have to do is sell your project truck to finance it.
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    I remember when you had to do that.. it made me sad.... I would have loved to purchase the pig from you but money said no. And yes that makes decision making easy. Funny thing is you blew your tranny the same weekend I start sourcing parts to swap mine out.

    Also I remembered another part, unnecessary, but makes a nicer looking interior. Get matching interior carpet for the front from a fj60. I have the fj62 carpet in still with 3 holes in it and it makes a lot of road noise through those holes. Its amazing how much noise is can be blocked by a half inch of carpeting. Once again you don't need it though, just a nice extra to have.

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    Mporter previously posted:
    "So in the last 2 months i've been stockpiling stuff to upgrade the audio and communications in my car. This includes a new stereo system and a CB radio."

    Just noticed this and must say
    "how can you stockpile stuff for your cruiser?? When I get something new it goes in IMMEDIATELY, I get too excited." haha even if I only have half of the items I need to get something working what I have is in regardless haha

    :lol:

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    InsanityIsBorn previously posted:
    "I remember when you had to do that.. it made me sad.... I would have loved to purchase the pig from you but money said no. And yes that makes decision making easy. Funny thing is you blew your tranny the same weekend I start sourcing parts to swap mine out."

    It wasn't fun but I'd rather have the 5 speed than the Pig any day. Here's where you don't want to end up Matt. A week of abusing in the tranny in Moab, 90 mph on the highway and a blocked cooler turns out bad. :lol:
         
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    Yeh it looks like fun chris. Also Kiel I have wanted to just not had the time. Plus I'd rather have it all go in at once instead of leaving gaps in my dash/ exposed stuff etc

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