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Nice Dan..De-Dorked and squeeky clean..Now sit back and enjoy all tha xtra hp and the flashing from young girls (.)(.)
 

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Nice Dan..De-Dorked and squeeky clean..Now sit back and enjoy all tha xtra hp and the flashing from young girls (.)(.)
haha there's not too much glare from the sun which is what I was worried about, not a super gloss finish. About the only flashing I'll be seeing lol!
 

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changed 4L of auto fluid, must have been well overdue as it's shifting much nicer now. guess i better do another 4L when I drop the engine oil next.
So had the head tested by a 2nd shop that knows their ZD30's well, again passed. They suggested replacing the header tank and rad cap so thats next on the list. Also time for a new belt so it doesn't wake the neighbours when I'm having to start the engine in the middle of the night to drive to work.
Does anyone know for the CRD if disconnecting the spark plugs will cause a code error?
Also may have made an enquiry about a FMIC....
 

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Does anyone know for the CRD if disconnecting the spark plugs will cause a code error?
Spark plugs?
Do you mean glow plugs? If so, they only work on CRD if water temp is less than 30 degrees (or maybe it was 33, it was a while ago now I tested this). So anything above that they dont get any power.
 

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Picked up 2 tubes of Toyota silicon for the fan hub. new belt is awaiting install too. Currently putting the clear coat on some bull bar rod holders that i've colour matched, looks much better than raw aluminium.
 

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replaced the header tank, still no luck. Trimmed the rubber pipe that goes from the tank to the overflow and added a cable tie to ensure it seals, bingo!

Then ordered a FMIC kit from Dats Cool Fabrication. Nice kit, comes with the relevant bars, clamps, etc.
 

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Well that took 11hrs and isn't quite finished yet. Rather enjoyed being fussy as I did it. still need to reconnect the UHF and refit the grill. Amazing how a diesel responds to cool air, so much better pull and smoother, no flat spot at 2200rpm. Had to trim the ARB bar slightly at the top where it meets the grill. Treated a little bit of surface rust when i found it on the way.
Tips I learnt so far.
Take the batteries out.
Take the washer bottle out.
Have some spare silicon pipe on hand.
Make sure to inform you fabricator if its manual or auto (changes the brackets).
Allow for double the time planned (thought it would take 6hrs, I worked slowly to double check everything along the way.
Removing the bull bar, old I/C and cutting the holes is the easy part.

Haven't been able to get EGT's over 350 since fitting. Water temp is sitting cooler despite the I/c being in front of it.

I painted my pipework with high temp spray paint. I also wrapped the hot side pipe work. Hope this helps anyone else who's planning on doing it.
 

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got the joiners to reconnect the UHF today from Jaycar, when the UHF had been fitted by the previous owner the cable was installed in such a way it had to be cut. Anyway, $11 for the stuff and i'll solder it tomorrow.

Bunnings had pinch weld that in placed around the newly cut holes in the wheel arches to protect the pipework.

Managed to get the EGT to 450 today under conditions that would normally see 600, recovery was very fast.
 

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New brakes, so much better! no fade, almost all the fluids changed on the car. Drove 4500km in 2 weeks.
Since converting to FMIC my fuel consumption has improved almost 1.5L
Drove Sydney to Sunshine Coast and got 12.2L/100 with the car loaded and a suitcase on the roof rack. Not going slow either, average highway speed would have been around 117 through NSW.
Best of all I didn’t have to back off the loud peddle once due to EGT’s, and they only went over 420deg 5x.
Gone heavier oil, 15/40 for the engine.
The mouse plague inland was impressive to see at night, definitely provided something to keep you awake as they came flying out the back of the road trains.
So much more low down torque with the FMIC, highly recommend it as a mod!
 

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Fixed the air in the header tank issue, new rad pressure cap... who would have thought it would be that simple.

Planning on cutting the top off my ARB rack, more useful with a flat rack I think. or at least side only. So will need to relocate the reversing lights.

Sold the large mouth bonnet scoop, have the standard back on now. The FMIC is working wonders!
 

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Well its time to fit a brake controller to the patrol, she's going to be a tow vehicle again. Glad I've got the FMIC to deal with the extra weight behind. Driving home last night in 14deg outside temp, EGT's sat under 200 most of the way home and didn't get over 300 (hills included). Water temps nice and stable at 79 deg which is where it always seems to sit these days.
Found the slightest of coolant leaks at the thermostat housing, nothings loose so looks like I'll have to skin some more knuckles and fix the gasket there...
In other news, didn't lock my modified auto hubs before removing for the last service, misaligned one which broke it. interestingly was able to repair the parts but def going to replace it when I can get another set of auto hubs. Bought some manual hubs but turns out they're off a MQ and are 31 spline not 33!!! So need to get around to selling them now.
 

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Well its time to fit a brake controller to the patrol, she's going to be a tow vehicle again. Glad I've got the FMIC to deal with the extra weight behind. Driving home last night in 14deg outside temp, EGT's sat under 200 most of the way home and didn't get over 300 (hills included). Water temps nice and stable at 79 deg which is where it always seems to sit these days.
Found the slightest of coolant leaks at the thermostat housing, nothings loose so looks like I'll have to skin some more knuckles and fix the gasket there...
In other news, didn't lock my modified auto hubs before removing for the last service, misaligned one which broke it. interestingly was able to repair the parts but def going to replace it when I can get another set of auto hubs. Bought some manual hubs but turns out they're off a MQ and are 31 spline not 33!!! So need to get around to selling them now.
Be aware EGT can be to cold and effect efficiency of fuel usage, mine used to sit at around 210c at 100k, took quite a bit of playing to get it closer to 300c.
 

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Well its time to fit a brake controller to the patrol, she's going to be a tow vehicle again. Glad I've got the FMIC to deal with the extra weight behind. Driving home last night in 14deg outside temp, EGT's sat under 200 most of the way home and didn't get over 300 (hills included). Water temps nice and stable at 79 deg which is where it always seems to sit these days.
Found the slightest of coolant leaks at the thermostat housing, nothings loose so looks like I'll have to skin some more knuckles and fix the gasket there...
In other news, didn't lock my modified auto hubs before removing for the last service, misaligned one which broke it. interestingly was able to repair the parts but def going to replace it when I can get another set of auto hubs. Bought some manual hubs but turns out they're off a MQ and are 31 spline not 33!!! So need to get around to selling them now.
Be aware EGT can be to cold and effect efficiency of fuel usage, mine used to sit at around 210c at 100k, took quite a bit of playing to get it closer to 300c.
Same goes for coolant temp. 79C is low IMO. It's a well known fact that most engine wear occurs during warm-up. Permanently running an engine with a low coolant temp causes excessive engine wear.

I keep my CRD's engine rpm below 2000 until it hits at least 80C.
 

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I am aware of the above. I am getting 100km more per tank now with FMIC. If I ever get the time I'm going to connect the Nissan boost controller like Ross has to see if that raises EGT's a bit.

I have a 76.5 deg thermostat which I've been running for a few years now, a number of others with heavily modified units have done the same. Not so bad up here in QLD where it's 30+ most days of the year.
 
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