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    1988 Dolphin
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    Kitsap County / Washington State / Nation of Cascadia

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  1. The air bags on my 1988 Dolphin have finally rotted out. I need to replace them. I plan on doing the work myself and need a recommendation on air bags that some of you no doubt have used. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. I drive a 88 Dolphin with a 22RE and A43D auto. I found a 4:88 third member at a local yank a park. $125 out the door. Did the install myself. I have put 15K miles on the vehicle since the swap. The photo shows my my typical highway cruising conditions. Added gauges which help overall driving. Pleased with the result. But I am holding on to the original third member.
  3. I have these three numbers for the coolant hoses that sit under the manifold of a 1988 Toyota 22RE engine. For those of you who have replaced these hoses do this number appear correct. Gates 18222 Gates 18223 Gates 18400
  4. I no misunderstand about what you are saying. Most of my climbing is with the shifter locked in 2nd gear and I apply RPM's to match the grade.
  5. WME have kind of developed this lower RPM driving style. But next time out in the hills I will remember your thoughts and put on a few more RPM’s and see how it feels. I admit the hill climbing with 4:88 gears is more comfortable than 4:10. AtlantaCamper look for source vehicles to supply you with a third member in your area auto yards. This will help a bit. https://www.roundforge.com/articles/cheap-488-gears-488s-straight-toyota/
  6. I followed your suggestion looked for official Toyota factory horsepower and torque curves and again struck out. If that information exists i can not find it. What I did find was numerous websites that posted two differing sets of numbers concerning where the top of the torque curve. The 2800 RPM for earlier engines and 3800 RPM for 1985 and later engines. I have an 88 so that would include me. I will continue to search on this and may eventually find an official Toyota number. But i freely agree that I could bump up the RPM level on this hill climbs and in the end the number that you posted m
  7. I am very pleased with the 4:10 to 4:88 swap. Due to my concerns about pushing the 22RE engine and A43D transmission to hard due to using OD significantly more I installed a tachometer, a radiator coolant temp gauge, and a ATF temp gauge to I can closely monitor what the engine and transmission is doing. I have an app on my phone where I monitor elevation changes, ambient temperature and prevailing wind speed and direction. This just helps me to verify what when I feel and hear when working engine and RPM's start to drop. So when RPM's do start to drop towards 2600 RPM I will back off on the
  8. I just put a new head on the engine and in the process I no longer have a stalling issue. So I guess I will now know what the issue was but I will get over it.
  9. Replacing all hoses on my 1988/22re/Dolphin. I can not find Gates part numbers for the throttle body hoses. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks
  10. So, to close out this post. I sourced and pulled a third member with 4:88 gears, paid $175. Installed it, got the speedometer adapter from Sacramento speedometer, paid $85. Very happy with the result.
  11. So a bit of weather chased me into Weed early in the afternoon of Jan 5. Got 6-8 inches before it got cold and had to hunker down. Spent the night at the Pilot Travel Center in Weed. There was a break in the weather so I followed the trucks as they started south just before sun-up. Roads were a snowy mess. RV felt stable and well behaved. Used engine breaking and maintained my distance. I followed the truck ahead of me and just stayed in his wheel tracks. Took 4 hours to make the 128 miles to Redding. I do not think I would do that again. But that being said, with care you could drive to a saf
  12. Head at the shop and reading up on reassembly. The factory service manual states that I should assemble the head, exhaust manifold and intake manifold as a single unit them throw out my back lifting it in place and dropping in the two alignment pins on the block. Is it ok to bolt it back in one part at a time?
  13. That is exactly what I did. After I unbolted and looked it over I realized dropping it was good enough. I will make another attempt to get that tooth out. It may have shattered, but a good wash with a solvent sounds wise. The magnet too. Thanks.
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