I've used a large exhaust clamp and a short piece of chain with the slide hammer on some stubborn ones and it worked pretty well. You can also use a longer chain clamped to the cup and a sledge hammer twisted in a loop at the chain end to jerk them loose.
Glad to hear that improved it. I tend to set them a little loose rather than tight when setting them. So long as you have slight resistance on the feeler gauge its good. They will tighten a little with use anyway.
I suppose it would be easy enough to do with some hose and a gauge but you can borrow a fuel pressure test kit at most auto parts stores for free.
Or... you can get a pretty good test kit like the one below from HF for $20. I doubt you could buy the parts and make one for less...
Lots of clothes, big ole boots, stiff legs, clumsiness... You're liable to kick, bump, drag, knock or hit just about anything anywhere around you at one point or another while mounting or dismounting boulder.
The NBU plastic was sorta rare even when new in 03. Unless you want to spend the big bucks for new pieces you'd probably have to go to a more common color for used plastics. Something like the plain green metallic or red.
It all depends on the build date of your machine. If built early 2004 the fan switch they sold is located in the bottom right-hand corner of the radiator. If built late 2004 it doesn't have that switch at all. On the later model the fan is controlled by the ECU.
If the fan was running...
The valves in those overhead cam engines actually get tighter as the valve seats wear.
You'd be surprised how much quicker and easier they'll start when the valves are set correctly.
It happens so gradually you don't really notice it getting progressively harder to start and more cold natured...