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    Default Calling all panelvan members! why is everything harder for us?


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    hey fella's couldnt find a thread on this so i thought i'd chuck one up for all of us lucky panelvan drivers!

    I've had mine for almost a year now and the bug has bit so i cant help but have a fiddle.
    I have an 82 model with the flat front and the 4k motor in it and there is a couple of things i have found that differ from sedans.

    - putting in a tacho dash ins't just a straight swap, you have to swap the wires around in the plugs and i have got everything working apart from the temp and the revs. I've found a few downloadable files but they all seem to miss one key part. Has anyone managed to get it running? if so can you help the rest of us out please? lol

    - also as they are leaf springs in the back i was wondering what others have done to improve the handling in them? im new to the whole leaf thing n im a bit lost?

    - just another point is that parts for these things like door rubbers (i've heard sedan doors differ? but havent had a chance to to have a good look) n so on which cant be pinched from sedans are really hard to find n i wouldnt know where to start...

    so i was thinking we could use this thread for alternative methods of replacements we panelvan drivers can use and other hints and tips which would also be helpful. (what you guys think?)


    I know there isn't to many of us (one reason i love my panelvan )

    cheers for any info posted!

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    go to a proper suspension shop and they should be able to reset your leafs to be low and stiff!

    im about to undertake the tacho dash swap.
    anyone have a step by step guide?

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    take leafs to a suspension shop, and tell them how much lower you wont them and they will do it

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    and dont use those lowering blocks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by destroyer View Post
    go to a proper suspension shop and they should be able to reset your leafs to be low and stiff!

    im about to undertake the tacho dash swap.
    anyone have a step by step guide?
    1.pull whole loom from an normal ke70
    2.plug and play
    3.???
    4.profit

    I've got reset leaves in mine with new bushes but for some reason I still like the feel of flipped leaves.
    just make sure you have decent short stroke shocks to match. just for reference I run trd blues and sometimes kyb excel g's

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    really, shweet as im gonna have to take the old boy for a check up tomorrow.
    I was told it had one of the leaf's flipped when i bought it?
    I've heard of these excel g's how much do they usually go for?

    as for the loom im pretty sure i have a 4age coming very soon so thats prob the best idea for me. as for you destroyer pm me your email and i'll send you what i've got which gets you 90% of the way there!

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    ive got a tacko dash in mine, took about 6 or so hours to redo once i worked out what did what on both cluster, at the time i didnt write what was what down but im sure everything on mine works, i might be able to take it out in the next couple of days and write down what goes where, i also used the loom off the tacko cluster and keep all the plugs from my original clusters, so its like a patch loom,

    i also have rest lowwer and stiffer leaves, its the way to go. kyb excel g shocks and a swaybar make it good to,
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    yeah that sounds like it would have been the way to go, but unfortunetaly i have got a second set of plugs.
    im gonna try running a wire from the negative side of the coil which i've been told should do the trick.

    how much did the stiffer leaves set you back? also still trying to chase up these excel short throw shocks... anyone know where stocks them and what price they go for?

    also i've located a t18 diff, is it straight forward putting one of these into a panelvan and is it worth the job?

    p.s. just scored a quad headlight kit

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    Dash should pug straight in.. Has the same loom?
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    nah not the panelvans mate, we got a more... basic package lol

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