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Installed a UHF radio into the car (Oricom 380). I'm a bit slow with installing stuff, so it took maybe 3-4 hours or so. Hooked it up to the rear tyre carrier and then fed the cable through the boot door and then along the side wheel arch cutting across to the passenger side. Now I just need to figure out how to adjust it so that I don't get constant static in the inner suburbs and better reception all-round.



Static could be as simple as squelch adjustment. Otherwise a poor earth on the antenna, or a bad power feed (though that will usually only be with the engine running). Can run a suppressor on the power supply if that is the case.
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Installed a UHF radio into the car (Oricom 380). I'm a bit slow with installing stuff, so it took maybe 3-4 hours or so. Hooked it up to the rear tyre carrier and then fed the cable through the boot door and then along the side wheel arch cutting across to the passenger side. Now I just need to figure out how to adjust it so that I don't get constant static in the inner suburbs and better reception all-round.
Adjust the squelch to a fairly high level. Most times the people you want to talk to are only 1 - 2kms away (if that). Doing this will cut out a lot of unnecessary background rubbish.

I only use mine either in convoy or to trucks on the highway. More often than not they are within shouting distance anyway.

Buy yourself a little speaker and mount it on the B pillar next to your ear. That way you can still hear transmissions and your passengers don't have to.
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Static could be as simple as squelch adjustment. Otherwise a poor earth on the antenna, or a bad power feed (though that will usually only be with the engine running). Can run a suppressor on the power supply if that is the case.
I'll check the earthing later - a quick Google search suggests I just need to check for continuity. I did turn up the squelch to either 5 or 6 out of 7 on my drive home today from work and that seemed to solve a few issues. Could hear 2 blokes chat away nicely on channel 40 so that's good. Not sure if I can increase my distance or if it's even necassary.

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Buy yourself a little speaker and mount it on the B pillar next to your ear. That way you can still hear transmissions and your passengers don't have to.
Thank you. I mainly drive around by myself anyway, and I probably won't be using it all the time so I don't think my imaginary passengers will be annoyed by it .
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A photo of my J.W. Speaker 8700s. I Installed them about a week ago, but I installed the parking lights parts today. Blue wire onto the blue one from the old parkers. Only need to hook up the red wire to a switched power supply when I install a switched fusebox in the cabin. I think I'd prefer that instead of having 6 piggy backed fuses in the original fusebox.
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Made my spider gears go bang in my front diff, brought a swift end to the competition I was in, only 30seconds in on the first track.... Surprisingly no damage to R & P. Time for lockers

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I'm impressed! I wonder if there was a flaw in one of those pieces that set it off?
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I'm impressed! I wonder if there was a flaw in one of those pieces that set it off?
I would say so, it went off very quietly with a small pop. Both top and bottom spider gears exploded into large pieces, only damaging one side gear slightly. All the pieces just fell to the front of the diff cover sparing the rest of the diff from damage.
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I do condition monitoring on industrial gearboxes for a living for the coal industry. It only takes a small hairline fracture in manufacturing to cut down a gears life dramatically.

One reason I'll never buy another Toyota was because I had a similar thing happen to me in my Hilux. I was in peak hour Sydney traffic when my rear diff let go which was the final straw for that POS vehicle.

I bought a 2nd hand diff swapped it out and traded it in. After all the troubles I had with it, I felt sorry for any poor bloke that bought it.
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I remember the NDT area at the airline used the fluorescent dye for crack detection on a lot of parts. Certain parts, though, they would X-Ray.

Once the first spider gear went, all the load would have been on the other... Boom.
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