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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-31-2013, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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"custom" windshield washer reservoir on Tacoma

My truck didn't have a stock reservoir anymore, it had been removed during the SAS. The ARB compressor takes up a lot of the usable room behind where the cruise control was. Dan (wakkjob) used a reservoir he had from an 85 4Runner to fit in to the small amount of space I had left in the engine bay. The fenderwell was massaged for a little clearance for the reservoir but it was still a bit too tall to fit in there. So....



Dan cut about 2" out of the tank and welded the tank back together.




Had to move the ARB over a few inches, there was just enough room for the compressor and the reservoir.


It holds about 1/2 gallon of windshield washer fluid and works great. It doesn't leak a drop either. Thanks a lot Dan.


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I hear that Rainbows and Unicorns Fab works goes the extra mile to make every project work. I would have given up before I even started that. Nice work.

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I made mine out of 5052 holds about 1.25 gallons
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ooh, plastic welder? I'm always tempted to pick up a HF special to play with that. Looks like fun.


Tim, that's got to be the most bling washer resi I've ever seen

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Yeah I'd liked to have put a gallon res in mine but there wasn't room unless we relocated the compressor. I'm happy with how it turned out though.

Yeah Doug that plastic welder was cool, first time I'd seen one used.

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I put that resi in front of the air box. No mods to the resi needed.




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I put that resi in front of the air box. No mods to the resi needed.
That does not work with a deck plate, and limits access to the headlight, although it wouldn't be hard to pull it out to swap a bulb. Glad it worked for you though. That was the first thing we tried. So yeah if you don't have a deck plate mod then that is the better way to go, larger tank and no mods needed.

I really just made this post because there aren't many threads on alternate reservoirs that work on Tacomas. Sas'd trucks pretty much always lose the stock res and it's inconvenient at the least to not have one on the truck. If this helps someone from getting in an accident because they were getting dirty slush thrown on the windshield and couldn't see the road (like what happened to me one day) then that's good.

And yeah with my setup in particular it was kind of hard to make something work between having a deck plate mod and the ARB compressor so this is just another approach that worked to solve my situation.

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If I had some tri-mix gas for stainless steel, I would have attempted to whip up something fancy like Tim's... from an old Domino's table of all things. (thanks crusher Dan!)

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And a note about the plastic welders; they get damn hot and stinky. Run a fan or open a window; stuff's nasty.

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ooh, plastic welder? I'm always tempted to pick up a HF special to play with that. Looks like fun.


Tim, that's got to be the most bling washer resi I've ever seen
Thanks! It cost me nothing besides some time. I used some 3/16 5052 scrap from my old job and a buddy with a TIG in his home garage. I think it took maybe 1.5 hours from start to finish plus powder coat time.
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