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RicardoJM
04-03-2010, 06:01 PM
Wow, what a wonderful day to have this event. Sascha, Dave and Zach with some help from the club are all sporting well services front ends; including some shiny new rotors:D. Several people had their front end alignments checked and got a great deal on alignment work. Marco had some window tinting done. Kevin has a well protected air conditioning system and Bill - well Bill got a lot done but I don't recall exactly what it was:lmao:. Brandon didn't get his skid plate on, but it was good to see him.

I'd really like to thank all of this years participants and mentors for everything you contributed to making this years event a success. Our host, Kevin Shipman owner of B&T Bedliners, introduced us to Alignment Masters and was very gracious with his facilities. Both of these companies are run by top-notch guys - if you know of anyone looking for bed liner, tinting/bra or alignment work you can recommend they check these companies out with confidence.

This is just my third year attending this event and it is a pleasure to see how the club comes together to help each other out and how each individual gives of themselves to make our events successful. The logistics of this event can be somewhat complex, and I could not have pulled it off without all the help from everyone there. Thanks:thumb:.

I recall Daniel and Cindy had there cameras out and I was able to snap a few shots here and there. I'll be posting them up shortly.

RicardoJM
04-03-2010, 06:41 PM
Here are some of the photos that I took.


http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2010wbpp/w_daniel1.jpg
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2010wbpp/w_daniel2.jpg
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2010wbpp/w_daniel3.jpg
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2010wbpp/w_daniel4.jpg

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2010wbpp/w_bill1.jpg
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2010wbpp/w_kevin1.jpg
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2010wbpp/w_kevin2.jpg
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2010wbpp/w_neil.jpg

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2010wbpp/w_lunch.jpg

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2010wbpp/w_zach1.jpg
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2010wbpp/w_zach2.jpg
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2010wbpp/w_zach3.jpg

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2010wbpp/w_sascha1.jpg
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2010wbpp/w_sascha2.jpg

bh4rnnr
04-03-2010, 08:24 PM
Looks like a good time:cool::thumb:

:beer::beer:

Rzeppa
04-03-2010, 09:13 PM
Ricardo, you da man! Thank you so much for putting this event on again this year!

Both of these companies are run by top-notch guys - if you know of anyone looking for bed liner, tinting/bra or alignment work you can recommend they check these companies out with confidence.

Ige and I were both looking for a bed liner tinted clear bra alignment, and we weren't disappointed :-)

With that visual, we'll move on to images:

Rzeppa
04-03-2010, 09:20 PM
Next we have Bill Morgan putting his shifter back in. You all may recall from his tech Q&A question at the Feb meeting, he had oil spooging out (tech term) from his shifter. He determined that the likely cause was too much oil being flung upwards in his H151 that he has decided that installing a vent on top of the shifter plate would be a good fix. In the first image you have a close-up of Bill re-installing the boot, in the second one, you see the special facial expression needed for a proper install.

Rzeppa
04-03-2010, 09:24 PM
Danial Markofsky found out that his wheel bearings were shot on his FJZ80. Here, Ige, helps him put the bearing races where they belong.

Inukshuk
04-03-2010, 09:26 PM
pictures:
1: Grumpy old Guy :) and Sasha
2: Peanut gallery outside
3: Ricardo attacks! Get back to work!
4: Ige and the small tool bag that outperforms us all

Rzeppa
04-03-2010, 09:27 PM
Zach quickly learns that the long side is the hardest side to put back in.

Inukshuk
04-03-2010, 09:28 PM
and more
1: Zach wrenching Old School
2, 3, 4: Getting Paul (LargeOne) to "practice" on my 80 reminded me of Huck Finn whitewashing the fence....
5: My shiny new rotors from Slee Offroad! I am happy to say I did not rear end anyone on the drive home or go flying through my own windshield. Once properly bed-in, I will report more.

Rzeppa
04-03-2010, 09:29 PM
Danial examines his hub, then pounds to seat the race.

Inukshuk
04-03-2010, 09:29 PM
1: Marco helping with re-assembly (with out Marco on reassembly and Neil on tear-down and parts shopping I'd still be there. Just one of the great reasons to wrench at the WBPP!
2: Me napping under the 80 while Marco works (actually I was refilling the front diff)
3: Tim wondering if such a shiny part actually belongs on a Pig.
4: Neil and one of the super helpful and friendly guys from B&T Bedliners. http://www.btbedliner.com/

Rzeppa
04-03-2010, 09:32 PM
The bezel Police work to correct a common injustice.

Inukshuk
04-03-2010, 09:33 PM
And finally HUGE thanks to Ricardo (pictured below admiring a rust free spot on the pig) for organizing and to B&T Bedliners http://www.btbedliner.com/ for hosting (and giving me the idea to do color-matched bed liner on my hood versus a repaint.) Kevin Shipman owner of BTB Bedliners, Dodge has a bedliner sprayed grill, flares and rockers.

All the guys at B&T and Alignment Masters were great. helpful, friendly and looks like they run a first class operation.

Rzeppa
04-03-2010, 09:34 PM
Sasha listens carefully for the magic click of the torque wrench

Rzeppa
04-03-2010, 09:36 PM
Packing Danial's birfield - oh yeah!

Inukshuk
04-03-2010, 09:48 PM
Danial examines his hub, then pounds to seat the race.

They need to make dust caps with o-ring seals!

Thanks again everyone for all the help today.

TIMZTOY
04-03-2010, 10:38 PM
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TIMZTOY
04-03-2010, 10:44 PM
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Uncle Ben
04-04-2010, 09:13 AM
Awesome! Looks like a greasing good time! I completely spaced it out. :o I was planning on showing up and helping and by this thread I see that it has come and gone while I'm still waiting for it to happen. :rolleyes: :brick: :homer:

LARGEONE
04-04-2010, 09:22 AM
Thanks to all...I had a great time. Sorry I couldn't be of more help with my medical issues, but I definitely learned a lot and feel a bit more confident about tearing into the front end and checking things out!

Thank you, Ricardo, and to B&T and Alignment Masters. Great shop space and great people.

Paul

Romer
04-04-2010, 10:12 AM
Excellent work Ricardo. Sorry I could not make it

Looks like a good time was had by all

nattybumppo
04-04-2010, 10:31 AM
It was great fun to tear into that front end! Thanks for everybody's help, especially Randy, Ricardo, Kevin, and whoever did all that parts washing on my bearings. The little guy even got his fingers greasy, I think on Zach's pig! Apologies to everyone who got cut in half by his lightsaber.

Red_Chili
04-04-2010, 06:22 PM
Ricardo, thanks so much for putting this together. It is really appreciated - and the guys at BT Bedliner gave me some additional ideas and edumacation on airbags (they have a finger in a lot of pies, and know them too).

I really appreciated the alignment next door, too, for (get this) $20!! Rising Sun price. I found out both axles are well within spec (I've not ever had the alignment done professionally on the Chili, I never knew for sure). The new front Alcans absolutely nailed the caster. Camber is perfect. My home spun toe-in job... not so much. They saved my lunch (front tires can buy a lot of lunches). They do free alignment checks, too, folks. They know their stuff.

When I left the place I had a new tranny noise and was sorely disappointed in myself; it sounded like my new breather fitting was ticking against the thin steel splash plate. I drove about five miles, stopped for a marg with the crew afterwards, and driving home...

SHAZAAM!

No more noise. :lmao: Musta just been some innocuous thing or the other. The R151 shifts better now with fresh MT-90 in it too. Yeah, its expensive, but if your tranny shifts badly even though it is a long way from needing a rebuild... give it a try. Once you displace all the old gear lube (500 miles or so) you might be surprised at the difference.

We will see if my fix eliminates the splooge. It should, in theory, as the tranny now can breathe freely and the breather exits just under the hood. You know what they say:

In theory, theory and reality are the same. In reality, they are not.

Inukshuk
04-04-2010, 07:02 PM
So to everyone who saw my pass side birfield lubed by what looked like chocolate frosting.... well when putting away the receipts for this weekend I found the parts receipt for that - September 2004 was the last time I opened up that birfield! Now I don't feel so bad for the shape it was in. And the drivers side was perfect! Guess I should do this more often....

nuclearlemon
04-04-2010, 08:33 PM
ricardo, as usual, truly did an awesome job!!!:cheers:

Rock Dog
04-05-2010, 05:15 PM
It would be hard to tell what it looks like inside now with all the blinding bling coming off those shiny new rotors.. you now need sunglasses..:cool:
Do you notice improved stopping with the new Brakes?


So to everyone who saw my pass side birfield lubed by what looked like chocolate frosting.... well when putting away the receipts for this weekend I found the parts receipt for that - September 2004 was the last time I opened up that birfield! Now I don't feel so bad for the shape it was in. And the drivers side was perfect! Guess I should do this more often....

Inukshuk
04-05-2010, 08:03 PM
It would be hard to tell what it looks like inside now with all the blinding bling coming off those shiny new rotors.. you now need sunglasses..:cool:
Do you notice improved stopping with the new Brakes?

I have not driven since I came home Saturday. :) I went easy on the brakes the whole way home.

I have read up on bed-in procedures and plan to do that. Supposedly it takes a while before the added stopping power can be felt and before the rotors have thermally cycled enough to take the heat from a big stop. I have learned a lot about brakes this weekend (if you believe what you read on the web). I also need to consider sooner than later going to 100 Series front pads now that I have the new rotors. I had the stock pads that I put in on Saturday and had not even though to do the 100 series pads now.

I may pull the rear discs this weekend (much easier) and get them turned.

Rzeppa
04-05-2010, 08:33 PM
Cindi, I saw you take a lot of photos...are you holding out on us or saving them for a Toyota Trails article?

Old40Dog
04-08-2010, 08:34 AM
Thanks to everyone that helped out Saturday! The front axle on Zach's Pig was in much worse shape than ever expected. We'd still be working on it today if doing it in the drive at home!

Special thanks to Ricardo for organizing the event and to Kevin Shipman owner of BTB Bedliners and his crew for hosting!:thumb:

ZIronPig
04-10-2010, 10:28 PM
I would like to thank Ricardo for putting on this event. It was a great learning experience for me and it is nice to know that my front axle is back in good shape. I would also like to thank Tim, Matt, Ige, and everyone else that helped and provided me with advice. If it wasn't for them I would still be trying to figure out how to remove the cone washers.