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 Post subject: Toyota Sienna Rat Van
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:26 am 
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Hey all, this is my 2nd generation Toyota Sienna. It has about 240000 kilometers, daily driver, all "stock" parts. There aren't really any options as far as performance mods go for the Toyota Sienna / 3.3 L 3MZ-FE V6 (VVT-i) engine - believe me I've checked. However for a nearly 10-year-old minivan it can still move. Auto tranny, but on a good day I can still chirp the tires in second gear LOL :tu .

Let me know of any suggestions/ideas you have. I'm planning to beef up the rack system, replace the lower-most grill on the front bumber (you can't tell, but it's partly broken currently), maybe new wheels down the line. I'd like to drop it little lower but probably will not do so currently since winter is coming. Since it's a daily driver and I do quite a bit of driving, I aim for functionality with my rat-mods (or at least not to reduce functionality) and also don't want to do something the police will pull me over for! Also want to add some rat-look.com stickers :tu .

Here's some pix of what I have goin so far...

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Here's some mostly non-rat inspiration (bc i'm guessing most of you on here don't spend a lot of time searching minivan pix.

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Thanks for reading and let me know what you think, or if there's anything you think I should check out.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:03 am 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:17 am 
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That is one ugly mini-van!
Nothing wrong with a bit of research. Always nice to know were your going with a rolling project. Beef it up with some bash bars and go post-apocolytic on it's ass.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:58 am 
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That is one ugly mini-van!
Nothing wrong with a bit of research. Always nice to know were your going with a rolling project. Beef it up with some bash bars and go post-apocolytic on it's ass.



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This van is a road warrior if nothing else. I've got several ideas for the post apocalyptic look. Since its a front wheel drive, I also want the design to show that (ea more road warrior than 4x4 style) if that makes sense. Planning to add gas can and maybe some curb feelers. Also thinking about whitewall look on the tires (someone here had that on a civic and it makes me wonder how it would look on my van. Thinking that if I don't lower it, I should try to reduce the wheel gap with some bolt on fenders (they're all over pickup trucks here in the states). Keep the comments coming and ill try not to carry on with my posts too much :blah

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all it needs is a little lower and throw loads of shit on the roofrack. you got some bars? make one out of that crazy gate looking CD holder thing. and some rusty body :)

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Today I picked up an old set of Yakima bars and bike racks to throw on top of the factory racks. After wrestling with them for about an hour they're securely attached to my roof. Even came with locks!!! the whole system set me back about 80USD and the best part is the components are well ratted already! I'll probably get around to posting some pics tomorrow - already after dark now, and I've decided to try not to post shitty phone pics like I've done so far.

tantrum - I didn't notice last night but the fenders in that pic you posted are pretty close to what i need probably. On that note, I also considered a snorkel but that's quite a ways down the priority list.

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Here's the yakbar system. The whole system couldn't have been a better (or closer) fit. I'm planning a DIY light-duty basket mounted to the factory crossbars beneath the Yakima system (see last pic). We'll see how it goes. Hope the pic quality is a little better; but I realized after taking them that I chose a poor background to see the racks :doh
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Haha yeah that would be so cool. Are you painting the car at all? Or rusting?

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Haha yeah that would be so cool. Are you painting the car at all? Or rusting?

tbh I haven't decided yet. I shy away from rusting, as rust can be a big problem for cars in my locale, as winters are quite harsh and a lot of salt is used on the roads. It looks more shiny in the photos than it is in reality, but still a little on the clean side. going to experiment by spraying wd40 (spray lube) on a couple panels and see how much dirt/dust will stick.

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We have WD40 over here too or GT85 if your a tight add like me :D might steal that idea though. Will it react or help age the body work or is it just to stick dirt and other hitch-hikers?

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Cool, I'm always curious about what's the same and what's different between the UK and US… like in the first post I posted mileage in kilometers, but I realized after that miles are also used :blah

Anyway, I know wd40 just tends to get grimy over time if its not washed off right away. When I think about it, it's prob not too good though from a flammability standpoint so I'd probably use it in moderation. Maybe to help build up grime in the crevasses.

I've heard shaving cream will damage paint if it sits for a long time… not sure if this is true though. About to post an update on my DIY roof basket.

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DIY rack: I worked on this for about an hour. 30 minutes into it, I was sure it would be a flop. After I reworked a few of my original ideas, I think it may have a shot at working, but I'm still not sure. I lowballed the amount of materials I would need, so I need more wood and U-bolts before I can finish it. Pics below…

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Still need to add another crossmember on the opposite end to bolt onto the factory bars as well, then will probably add two more in the middle for reinforcement.

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hey nice rack :D looks like a lot of hard works gone into it, i hope youre not gonna keep that sink on there lol

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youve shrunk youre banner too :)

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Haha you noticed the banner... way too big before - even started to drive me crazy. Planning to finish up the rack tonight. My van is getting some maintenance work done today so I won't be able to mount it until tomorrow at the earliest, but possilbly later :( .

Plans over the next few days:
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more paint... slowly but surely

Thought about hood (bonnet?) risers but I need to figure out if there's a nut inside the hood or if the holes in the hood itself are threaded. There's no way I'b be able to get a wrench in there as the layers of the hood are crimped together.
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risers would go on the right (see the two bolts). Would this look silly or cool?

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hood risers would look awesome lol (bonnet)

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I coated the inside lens of a cheap 4-inch LED light with glow in the dark paint. Light is 4 inches in diameter and powered with a 6 volt lantern battery. It's not mounted on the van yet and it's still somewhat of a "prototype" but it turned out pretty well. It will glow very brightly for about 5-10 seconds after only a short (5 sec) burst from the LEDs. I haven't tried "charging" the glow paint for longer than a few seconds, so not sure how long I can actually get the paint to glow.
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Glow in the dark! Yes!

The bonnet probably has captive nuts welded in between those panels, best way to raise it would be to get some longer bolts and a block of aluminium (or any metal) and shim it out. ;)

Roof rack looks nice and sturdy, love the **SPAM** sink!

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