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Old 11-16-2015, 11:25 AM   #1
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Since I dont have enough projects, I picked up an 85 4runner about a month ago to build a mild trail rig. It was in ok shape, some rust but nothing too bad. Factory solid axle and EFI, had to get the wiring fixed up to get it running. Allpro/marlin suspension, High steer, arb's front and rear, rear tube bumper. Not a bad start, it just needed to be finished.






First it needed a bit of a bumper and a winch



Then it got an axle rebuild, high pinion front diff, 5.29's, longfield gun drilled shafts, chromo hub gears, a matching IFS rear axle, and 37's










Finishing the front bumper

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Old 11-16-2015, 11:50 AM   #2
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Winch line and turn signals




Made some sliders while I was at it





Trimmed fenders



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Old 11-16-2015, 11:55 AM   #3
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Had a plow, so why not? I still need to put a power unit on it for angle.







Up next is a 23 spline duals with 4.7:1 in the rear case and hydro assist. I took it out this weekend and it did pretty well, but it really needs those lower gears and its about impossible to turn with the front locked.



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Old 03-30-2016, 07:25 PM   #4
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That's a nice find, and build. Saw your 01 4runner, kudos to mad fab skills buddy!!
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Old 05-18-2017, 10:43 PM   #5
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I figured with it being dead around here I should update at least one of my build threads. This is a very brief summary of the last year




Dual cases with Marlin 23 spline 4.7 rear gears



New transmission crossmember, I used Toyota body mount bushings to isolate everything. The stock crossmember went away



Twin sticks



Modified the console to fit the shifters and the factory switches for the rear window and wiper



Much needed rear bump stops, these are factory 3rd gen runner rear



37" trepadors and 17" walker evans beadlocks



Ran it this way for a few months



Hydrolocked the motor and bent a rod. I have a 3.4 for it but I didn't want to miss out on summer wheeling so I rebuilt the 22re



Swapped the battery and air box and built a snorkel



If I get water over this I have way bigger problems
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:07 PM   #6
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King 2.5 air bumps up front. I destroked them after a few months. This was about 3am before m&g and I didn't have time to machine spacers.



King 2.5s out back, moved the fox 2.0s to the front since the bumps do some of the work now



Got a little rough on it and flattened out the crappy allpro front springs. Modified some old man emu rears to work up front.



I kept killing the drag link tre at the box, upgraded to a heim






It stayed about like this until a few weeks ago, aside from some random upgrades I cant remember. I also got a comeup madx race team winch for it, which is scary fast.



Fast forward to early may. The roof and windshield frame were starting to rust out from over 30 years of windshield changes scratching the paint off (major Toyota problem). So I got a new lid, with a sunroof, and put it on. I figure this is a great time for a cage as well, since I can weld everything from the top before welding the body back together. The following pictures are what Ive done in the last week or so. I need to finish up a few things and do the back half, then weld the cage up and tie it into the body everywhere I can to keep the windshield and door frames intact when I inevitably roll the thing.



Fitting that bar behind the dash and clearing the cluster, center and defrost vents was a major pain.
The little hoop on the rear hoop is there so I can operate the sunroof latch.







Chassis unlimited sliders

The cage bolts through the floor over the body mounts and will be plated to the body everywhere I can. I also machined out the body mounts and sleeves and put 1/2" bolts through them and the cage plates to hold everything together. Itll be more than strong enough and should cut down on vibration vs going straight to the frame or sliders like I have in the past.
If I want something more serious down the road I can chop the body mounts off the frame and bolt right to the bottom of the cage.



PRP suspension seats. I had these sitting around, Ill probably put a nicer pair out of my wrecked race truck in there when its done.

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Old 06-07-2017, 07:47 PM   #7
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Great progress on your build, pal. Keep it up!
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Old 06-07-2017, 10:26 PM   #8
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looks great! Someday I'll get motivated to refresh my Toyota. It's been many years since any real maintenance or improvements have been made.
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Old 06-12-2017, 05:52 PM   #9
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I forgot to follow up, here's the mostly finished result. I'll add more triangulation once I figure a rear seats.













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Old 06-12-2017, 06:53 PM   #10
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that thing looks awesome
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Old 06-12-2017, 09:42 PM   #11
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I concur, looks great man. Will you have it at MG?
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