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  1. Re: How concerned should I be about the radiator cracking (pic included)

    Thanks
  2. Re: How concerned should I be about the radiator cracking (pic included)

    Loosen/remove the radiator drain cock, the engine block drain fitting, and remove the thermostat. Catch all that nasty crap so you can take it to the recycler. After everything stops dripping button...
  3. Re: How concerned should I be about the radiator cracking (pic included)

    The nipple is part of the molded plastic upper tank, not a separate part. As noted in the previous post, I inserted a tee fitting into the small hose from the upper radiator tank to the pressure tank...
  4. Re: How concerned should I be about the radiator cracking (pic included)

    I recently replaced my radiator with a Chinese one from RockAuto. Fit perfectly, but was missing the small outlet nipple on the upper tank, driver's side, to feed coolant to the throttle body...
  5. Re: How concerned should I be about the radiator cracking (pic included)

    The bottom radiator tank contains a small transmission fluid cooler if equipped with an automatic transmission. The trans pumps fluid through it via a loop of small pipes and hoses. They must be...
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    No question it raises the center of gravity (makes it more "top heavy"). That said, the difference is imperceptible; I make no allowance for it while driving. To say it another way: Find something...
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    Read the entire thread from beginning to end. It's all in there.
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    The practical benefit for lifting a Previa (or any vehicle) is increased underbody clearance. Completely unnecessary if you drive only on pavement or well graded dirt roads, and not in deep snow. The...
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    The intercooler is located behind the bumper cover in front of the LF tire, only on supercharged models. You must be referring to the heater core or AC evaporator, under the dash. In either case, I...
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    My Previa guru says he removes the passenger side strut without removing the airbag, but I can't see how. Although I don't recall the specific 1-2-3; a-b-c sequence for removing the air bag, i'm...
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    No need to check ride height. These are the same struts I use for the lift, but are "loaded" with springs, mounts, etc.
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    Regarding Previa front spring availability, RockAuto lists complete Sienna strut assemblies (strut, spring, cushions, mount, etc.). The upper end of the spring is different from the Previa, but,...
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    Same color and stance as my Previa, but it's not. I avoid Seattle.
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    So, your machine shop was able to machine the steering knuckles without disassembling them? That saved you a couple or three hundred bucks in parts and labor for bearings and seals. I'd love to see...
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    We completed the '91 lift about a year and a half ago. Manual trans with breadbox transfer case. Yes. it's a bolt in for manual transmission Previas only. The owner installed 235/75 R15 tires and...
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    1- The rear really is that easy, except for the shocks. Just swap in the Mustang springs and adjust the p-valve. Forget the adjustable link rods. Extended bump stops are optional. I haven't found a...
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    Also, I'm still fussing with the rear shock setup. Yesterday I moved the bottom mount up to the lower hole I drilled in the axle plate. Results TBD.
    On the '91 we're currently working on (I...
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    Thanks for the compliment.
    The rear springs are '65 Mustang front springs. RockAuto part # Moog 8088
    The struts are 2nd generation ('06-'11)? Sienna. RockAuto part # KYB 334430 & 334431
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    Re: Front wheel bearing question

    Yes, get the seals. You won't need to replace the snap ring. It comes out easily with the proper tool or a stout pair of needle-nose pliers. The hardest part is removing the outer bearing from the...
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    Photo of the latest attempt to get the shock right. You can see the original stud mount hole centered in the axle plate and the new hole I drilled below it.
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    Sorry for the delay. Who would have thought that the rear shocks and mounts are the most challenging part of the entire project? But they are.
    The shock mount studs were something I already had in...
  22. Re: Front strut coilover project to allow taller tires

    Roger all that. Nice set-up for adjusting rear ride height though. Again, probably for lowering rather than raising.
  23. Re: Front strut coilover project to allow taller tires

    Also, not apparent that they provide any lift, although certainly would accommodate taller tires.
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    About a month later I snuggled up to this anonymous Previa for the before/after shot. Still sunny. Should have parked a lot closer though; the mirrors tell the story!
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    First day out.
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    I love this one. Lifted Previa on brand new rubber. 2 days before Christmas in the sunny Pacific Northwest.
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    2 1/2 inches clearance above the P215/70-R15 Blizzak.
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    Another view of the same strut. Note the sway bar link bolts up perfectly. Also note the eccentric camber adjuster. Don't bother.
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    I guess I never took any before/after photos of the machine work on the knuckles, but this one pretty clearly shows how much metal is removed. About 5mm on each side of the knuckle. That spot-welded...
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    The rear shock bottom mount stud. The hole is already there! Sorry, but the photo of the studs on the bench showing the other end won't upload. Neither will the photo with shock installed. But a...
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    Adjustable upper control rod in place. 5/8" billet ends and chromoly tubing from Jeg's or Summit. I don't think this step is necessary. Yes, I put a nut on the bolt after taking the photo.
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    In order to thread nuts onto those bolts sticking down through the spacer, I needed to drill out a couple of the holes in the upper spring cup so that I could get a 3/8 drive 14mm socket up through....
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    I'm trying to load these pictures in a logical sequence, but the site refuses to upload some of them. So the sequence is all screwed up. Sorry to jump around so much. The half-inch threaded steel...
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    Strutectomy in progress. Or is it a strut transplant? The new rear springs are already in. Now you can see the entire t-square and why you have to do some mental arithmetic to read the numbers.
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    Right here I've been trying to post a photo of the van with P205/75-R15 Blizzaks just before the surgery, but the site refuses to upload the file. So instead here's a photo of the new Sienna strut...
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    Re: Have Previa - Will Lift

    Here's how it started - November 2010. 205/60-R16 tires on Nissan wheels, I think.
    Love those running boards.
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    Have Previa - Will Lift

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    How to Lift a Previa and Fit Taller Tires
    Using All Off-The Shelf Parts

    “Great car; needs more clearance” is the muttered refrain from legions of Previa owners.

    I’m on my second Previa...
  38. Re: Front strut coilover project to allow taller tires

    I'm working on the narrative. I'll start a new thread.
  39. Re: Front strut coilover project to allow taller tires

    Doesn't look very dramatic does it? Here's what it looked like before:
  40. Re: Front strut coilover project to allow taller tires

    I just completed a 2" lift using all off-the shelf parts and a little machine work.
    Details to follow.
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