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Old 02-13-2007, 10:10 AM   #1
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'97 astro van did this to my driver door. first going to try to pop it out, if that doesnt work i will get a new door. but anyway im getting all the insurance money $2200. i want my rear suspension done, plus some armor and snorkle. i hate my downey 2" lift shackles, the ride is horrible.

this is my DD, but it deffinately sees lots of trails and camping. so this is what im thinking. i want really good flex, but still a bit of stability. I plan on / \ the shocks, probably the 5150's, unless im told to go with something better.






OH, my 85 runner is a straight axle, so SAS is not a option, i want one of each. i totaled this out to about $1300. im also having an exo built for my runner with the $ left over.
My question is; does anyone agree with my idea? disagree? is there some other route i should take with this money? i have tough skin and i want the truth. thank you.
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:15 AM   #2
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'97 astro van did this to my driver door. first going to try to pop it out, if that doesnt work i will get a new door. but anyway im getting all the insurance money $2200. i want my rear suspension done, plus some armor and snorkle. i hate my downey 2" lift shackles, the ride is horrible.

this is my DD, but it deffinately sees lots of trails and camping. so this is what im thinking. i want really good flex, but still a bit of stability. I plan on / \ the shocks, probably the 5150's, unless im told to go with something better.






OH, my 85 runner is a straight axle, so SAS is not a option, i want one of each. i totaled this out to about $1300. im also having an exo built for my runner with the $ left over.
My question is; does anyone agree with my idea? disagree? is there some other route i should take with this money? i have tough skin and i want the truth. thank you.
The JJ shackles mounts are going allow your rear suspension to 'walk' a bit. I'm running them on my 85' trail rig that sees street from time to time. in the wet or if you break the rear end loose you can feel the rear end walk to the side. I'd just replace the shackle with leafs and better shocks than u have now.

Other than that... I doubt you will be able to just pop the dent out. Looks like you'll have to do some serious pulling and bondo work.
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Old 02-13-2007, 02:23 PM   #3
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thanks a lot for the info. the johnny joint doesnt sound like something i want on my DD anymore. that picture of my truck makes it look really bad. but my buddy is a body guy and tacoma owner. he says that it should pop out well, not looking like new, but a lot better. underneath the door i wont fix. just sand down and repaint. its barely noticeable.
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Now get some sliders so if you have a side impact again, it won't be as serious
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Old 02-13-2007, 02:40 PM   #5
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yea, i bought the metal for the sliders the day i got hit. just waiting for her insurance to finish up and pay me until i put them on
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:12 PM   #6
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Before you buy a rear dif guard be sure it will actually fit the taco axle. All-Pro sent me 2 and both were a ridiculously poor fit; fill plug access hole way misaligned, guard did not mate up to housing with good contact for welds.... The TG one looks suspiciously like the AP. AP says they are redesigning but this is at least since 11/05
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Old 02-13-2007, 11:13 PM   #7
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i would get a can back-sliders-and leaf springs personally
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Old 02-13-2007, 11:19 PM   #8
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'97 astro van did this to my driver door. first going to try to pop it out, if that doesnt work i will get a new door.
I have a silver driver's door in Concord that has a little carnage but is a lot better off than your current one. Price = cheap.

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Old 02-13-2007, 11:24 PM   #9
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I have a silver driver's door in Concord that has a little carnage but is a lot better off than your current one. Price = cheap.

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Whats cheap = ? I wouldn't mind having that if he doesn't want to mess with it.

Or hell if he wants Nicole's door for cheap, I might take his for cheaper- I just want to cut it up anyway.
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Old 02-14-2007, 10:35 AM   #10
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by sunday i'll have a quote for paint, and i will have attempted to pop out my door. i will see how that goes. if my door doesnt pop out enough to make me happy, then i will be interested in your door Mike. and Wes will be first for my door.
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Old 02-14-2007, 10:55 AM   #11
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i wouldn't just try to "pop" it out unless you have some body experience. you will likely end up stretching the door panel and making it fugly. you can buy an outer door repair panel and put that on and not have to worry about the dent and body filler. then you just have to get it painted.
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i wouldn't just try to "pop" it out unless you have some body experience. you will likely end up stretching the door panel and making it fugly. you can buy an outer door repair panel and put that on and not have to worry about the dent and body filler. then you just have to get it painted.
im not a body guy, so i dont really know. but a buddy of mine is, and we are gonna see what we can make work. just replacing the skin of the door would fix it, but thats not the easy way. i dont mind if its not perfect, as long as i get my rear done right, and the door looks ok in my eyes.
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Old 02-14-2007, 03:29 PM   #13
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Old 02-14-2007, 03:40 PM   #14
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sorry to hear about the wreck. I got a snorkel for my truck and i really like the way it looks. if you do get one be sure you put sensor safe silicone around everything and be sure you get everything sealed up before you go through some water. cuttin the hole was pretty scary.


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$2200 is almost like winning the lottery ...I was able to buy a door for $150 for my '84, and had it painted for $100...might be easier than trying to rework the current door
Nice to see someone come out ahead on deals like this...first you, than cell4soul one his small claims court against toyota on the cracked motor mount (though he fought his for months)
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sorry to hear about the wreck. I got a snorkel for my truck and i really like the way it looks. if you do get one be sure you put sensor safe silicone around everything and be sure you get everything sealed up before you go through some water. cuttin the hole was pretty scary.


when i saw your post i got excited that you might be wanting to sell me your snorkel!! but thanks man, i really like the snorkels too, buddies got 'em and the work awesomely.
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yeah man the price is kinda crazy at $300 a piece. i would have made one but i want it to look good
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Now get some sliders so if you have a side impact again, it won't be as serious
lol, i have no need for sliders, because i do not craw, but i keep hearing about how they help when people fling their door open and smash you door, and how they help with wrecks...so im considering them. LOL
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took me long enough, but here are some pics of my rear almost done(and UCA obviously). i have the flip kit and i am on the fence on whether or not to / \ the shocks. i want the best articulation, but still want good handling.

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