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post #46 of 547 Old 08-27-2012, 05:33 PM
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Has anyone thought of converting the fuel door release to electrical? I've thinking of moving the trunk release button and installing an fuel door actuator in the two empty spaces on the left of the steering wheel and installing my sub control knob where the fuel door lever is.
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Why not put the sub knob in that void to the left of the wheel? Im about to remove my power mirror switches, to make room for MORE SWITCHES

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Why not put the sub knob in that void to the left of the wheel? Im about to remove my power mirror switches, to make room for MORE SWITCHES
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Man, really wish I didnt crack that panel WAAAAY back. Still looking for a black avalon for as parts car. (seats, that dash trim, rear driver door etc)

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Dang Jigg, there was a black 95 avi in the hammond pick-n-pull all last year(got some dash trim from it myself). Very nicely done panel though. I still have plans for my center console if I could have a long enough chunk of time in the same location.

After bein parked for the last 2 months in a shed, she fired right up, and made me regret leaving her empty(Chicago gas... ulgh). Also, long overdue pic of her on the freshly finished rims.


(It's nice that I don't need to censor the plate ever, lol)

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I bought a new steering wheel off e-bay.
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Stumbled across a 98 Avalon at a bone yard that was blasted in the front, but the interior was MINT.

So I pulled the steering wheel, dashboard, every seat, the driver rear door (mines pretty rusty, cant go wrong for $75)



A lot of today's fun stemmed from fixing up a bunch of wires that I have added in. Right now, I'd like to call myself a professional (i do similar stuff at work; motor coaches), starting with zero knowledge on the Avalon over five years ago.


The wire loom with purple tape (radio-pass) is 1" in diameter and eventually I got it crammed full with said wiring.



Changed the harness out from the 98 to put the 96 in its place. All you need is one misplaced pin!


Then my helper ran off, and I wasnt looking forward to installing the dashboard single-handedly (plus it was getting dark) So now my car is in a million peices for the night. yay.


Oh, I also installed a monitor in my trunk because WHYNOT.






Oh yeah.. and about two or three weeks ago I installed a Mechman 240 amp high output alternator with an external regulator. That was fun...

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Nice score on the interior. How much added weight is in the avy?

Got my new steering wheel in. Put in on immediately.
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My car is just shy of 130K miles and I decided to update the steering and suspension components that I haven't replaced yet. I've got ordered new ball joints, inner and outer tie rods to complete the front end. The rest I did about 1.5 years ago/12K miles ago. I also ordered a new hydraulic front engine mount and dog bone to replace the tired leaking front mount that I recently noticed and a slightly worn dog bone. It also seems now that my valve covers are starting to seep just a tad so that'll be a project for another day. Lots to do in the coming week or so....
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Yesterday I changed the sway bar links & bushings.

The improvement is much more than I expected.

In a couple of days I will change the steering wheel as it's almost torn apart and I have a question about it.

My 1998 Avalon has steering shift, can I use a steering wheel from any other Avalon as the steering shift model is not very common ?

What other Toyota models' steering wheels will fit my Avalon ?

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Did a timing belt job on the Avy today. The works; belt, water pump, idler pulley, and tensioner pulley. I've had the Aisin kit sitting on my work bench for about a month. When I opened the hood, I found the radiator's upper cap was weeping coolant in several places, mostly where the mounts are located. So I ran to town and picked up a "Spectra" brand at Autozone (fortunately they had one in stock), and swapped that out too. Flushed and filled 'er with Toyota red coolant. The old rad appeared to be the original; "Harrison" brand. So it lasted a very long time. Typical for Toyota parts!

Getting the new timing belt on had me scratching my head for a while. Couldn't get the marks on the belt to align with the pulleys all in the correct place. Then I figured out I had the belt on backwards! Turns out the mark for the crank pulley is not centered between the marks for the cam pulleys by about 4 teeth. I can be such a dolt sometimes.

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I lubed the front sway bar bushings, as they were making an awful creaking noise. Checked all fluids.
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Hi all,

Today, I bought a set of rear shock absorbers for my 98 Avalon.
The brand is not popular over here, it's called Tokico, the black series, made in Thailand by Hitachi Automotive Systems.

I found reviews on other series but not on the black one. I bought the set for almost a 107 USD, is the price reasonable ?

I also bought a pair of front lower control arms and a pair of front and pair of rear brake discs.

They're being fitted right now and I'm supposed to collect the car after 7 hours Can't wait to see the difference as my old suspension sucked.

I'm planing to get a set of front shock absorbers next month but need your feedback regarding the brand.
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A lot of people have put Tokico blue struts on their avalons/camrys and have found them to have a rough ride for the kind of car it is. I have yet to hear a single thing about the black series though.

My only recent changes to the avalon include an oil change, and 4,000 miles, lol

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I installed tokico blues on my friend's ES with tanabe springs and the ride is pretty smooth. I'd say you will be satisfied with them.
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Just had the front windshield and seal replaced. Not having water leaking inside the car is cool (plus the wipers actually make contact, ohboy!)

Soon... ill be in the same boat needing to replace the rear struts... take a guess why

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