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    Please add your Rav4 pictures and mods here and we can share info

    I have two a 1995 Rav4 3door AWD and a 1998 Rav4 5door Awd Click image for larger version. 

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    Great to see others out there.
    I have a 3 door soft top all wheel drive. Fantastic little car. Lots of fun off road getting me to all the interesting hikes and rock climbs. does have a minor drinking problem though
    Mods, nudge bar and rear bar with towbar.
    Next mods scheduled, spot lights.
    Any recommendations to increase storage? roof rack not an option due to soft top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyro hiker View Post
    Great to see others out there.
    I have a 3 door soft top all wheel drive. Fantastic little car. Lots of fun off road getting me to all the interesting hikes and rock climbs. does have a minor drinking problem though
    Mods, nudge bar and rear bar with towbar.
    Next mods scheduled, spot lights.
    Any recommendations to increase storage? roof rack not an option due to soft top.
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    Stunning little Rav my wife wants a soft top 3 door
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    New to the RAV world. She's a 1996, I think. Or 1995. Lovely car. Very impressed with her. Oom Eric (F_D) helped me to check her out before buying.

    Here's a pic of my first ever DIY brake job a few weeks ago. (Thanks Chris Fix on YouTube)
    They squeak a bit but work fine. ATE pads and discs from Midas.

    Was smoking a bit. Did oem flush, changed to high mileage oil, and new oem pcv valve. Much less smoke now.
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    My RavClick image for larger version. 

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    Welcome guys

    I ordered some parts for our Ravs (my son's and mine)

    So when I get back in SA we will start the mods

    Lift is first up
    Already fitted higher profile tires
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haggy4x4Bedinges View Post
    Lift is first up
    Spacer lift or like the Old Man Emu longer coils and shocks that Paul Shpakov did on YouTube?

    https://youtu.be/c1gi9hoCpEI

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    Quote Originally Posted by superduper View Post
    Spacer lift or like the Old Man Emu longer coils and shocks that Paul Shpakov did on YouTube?

    https://youtu.be/c1gi9hoCpEI
    I am going with new coils from toyota
    And then I am getting spacers made for a lift kit

    Want to go 50mm lift because I want to fit my RTT on the roof also
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haggy4x4Bedinges View Post
    I am going with new coils from toyota
    And then I am getting spacers made for a lift kit

    Want to go 50mm lift because I want to fit my RTT on the roof also

    How does roof mounting work with RAV? There are these little slidy opening bits on the roof but i can't imagine what sort of fitting goes in there. Is it a RAV-specific bracket or do generic ones exist?

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    New gearbox oil went in on Friday. Old oil was seriously sif. Glad i changed it.

    I made a contraption with a glass jar and a bicycle pump to get the oil into the fill hole.

    I read the wrong article and thought it was 3.6 litres to fill it, but that's for the 2WD.

    The AWD has gearbox and transfer case as one unit and it takes 5 litres! Luckily i bought a 5l, hoping to use the rest for the diff. Had to get another litre for the diff. Will do that next weekend.
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    Got some sparewheel covers made for the Rav's by Rock 4x4 Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by superduper View Post
    How does roof mounting work with RAV? There are these little slidy opening bits on the roof but i can't imagine what sort of fitting goes in there. Is it a RAV-specific bracket or do generic ones exist?
    Still looking into it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haggy4x4Bedinges View Post
    Got some sparewheel covers made for the Rav's by Rock 4x4 Click image for larger version. 

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    How does it stay on? Is there elastic in there? Or a long drawstring that you have to tie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haggy4x4Bedinges View Post
    I am going with new coils from toyota
    Please post pics when you put in the new coils and spacer lift. Very interested to see how the front struts work with the lift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superduper View Post
    New gearbox oil went in on Friday. Old oil was seriously sif. Glad i changed it.

    I made a contraption with a glass jar and a bicycle pump to get the oil into the fill hole.

    I read the wrong article and thought it was 3.6 litres to fill it, but that's for the 2WD.

    The AWD has gearbox and transfer case as one unit and it takes 5 litres! Luckily i bought a 5l, hoping to use the rest for the diff. Had to get another litre for the diff. Will do that next weekend.
    How does that oil pump contraption work, does the pump pressurise the bottle with the oil and doing so force the oil out of the pipe up into the geaebox?

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    Quote Originally Posted by superduper View Post
    How does it stay on? Is there elastic in there? Or a long drawstring that you have to tie?
    Its got an elastic string in so you can adjust to your liking
    Quote Originally Posted by superduper View Post
    Please post pics when you put in the new coils and spacer lift. Very interested to see how the front struts work with the lift.
    Will do as soon as they are in
    The coils arrived home so now we waiting for the spacers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haggy4x4Bedinges View Post
    Please add your Rav4 pictures and mods here and we can share info

    I have two a 1995 Rav4 3door AWD and a 1998 Rav4 5door Awd Click image for larger version. 

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    What mileage is your Rav4's on?
    What fuel economy do you get?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    How does that oil pump contraption work, does the pump pressurise the bottle with the oil and doing so force the oil out of the pipe up into the geaebox?
    You have it exactly:
    Two pipes go into the lid of the jar. The one from the bicycle pump only goes in about a centimetre. The other pipe goes from the bottom of the jar up to the gearbox fill hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superduper View Post
    You have it exactly:
    Two pipes go into the lid of the jar. The one from the bicycle pump only goes in about a centimetre. The other pipe goes from the bottom of the jar up to the gearbox fill hole.
    Awesome, I struggled with a squeeze bottle when I did my gearbox oil , I would imagine you can also use a compressor airline set to low pressure to do the same thing?

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    Those with Gen 1 Rav4's , how is your suspension faring in terms of wear and tear on ball joints/bushings/control arms etc?

    And how much work have you done on the suspension and what is the availability and cost of spares like?

    I have found with vehicles of that age the suspension gets pretty woolly and soft, especially noticeable when you drive on gravel roads or off road.

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