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Old 02-04-2017, 08:21 AM   #21
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Thanks again. No worries, I asked on toyota4runner.org and guys are saying I should just put some ball joint spacers in.
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Old 03-08-2017, 08:37 PM   #22
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For shocks when I had an ifs rig if yr just wanting stock ride quality go get some basic ones from ur local auto store with a life time warranty and then u can just keep beating them up. If put ball joints in there with all yr new suspension it'll do just fine but chances are you'll break something. If your tires aren't rubbing then don't put spacers in. I hear the pro comp e3000s are pretty soft. For shocks. I have bilstiens they are decent and a all around good shock. A co worker has the rancho 9000 adjustables and has them all the way stiff
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Love the 4Runner and build thread
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Old 03-14-2017, 07:54 AM   #24
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Thanks for the shock info. I am just going to buy some Bilstein HD's and run those, then sell my nitro charger shocks. I read that the bilstein 5100's are actually too long for the stock suspension so those aren't possible. The cheap ones are an option too but I'd rather have the nicer shocks on there.

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Thank you!! Definitely love my 4runner too hah
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Old 03-19-2017, 09:15 PM   #26
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Hello Everyone

I finally made some time to post up the progress of my new to me 1987 Toyota sr5! Hereís the backstory. Iím turning 18 in a couple of weeks and for my first car, I knew I wanted a truck. So I ended up buying a 1984 Toyota Pickup 4x4 Xtra cab over a year and a half ago. Drove it as a daily driver, and loved the truck. It really introduced me to my love of classic Toyota 4x4s. However, after reading around on the forums, I found out about the first generation 4runners and absolutely knew I had to get one. My truck was great and all, but there was no A/C, since it was an 84 it had a solid axle plus an old lift so it was very uncomfortable on the road, and had only two seats. I rarely carry people around, but like having the option. So after some extensive research, I knew I still wanted a 4cyl and 5speed and an sr5 model. So I narrowed my search to 87 4runner sr5s. After over at least 5 months of checking craigslist almost every day, I found the cleanest 4runner yet. Iím located in the north Bay Area and the 4runner was in Chico, so not too far away. It was an 87 sr5 completely loaded, 2nd owner, super clean, and only 168k original miles. I contacted the seller asap and set a date to meet with him. Only thing was that it would be a week later because I left for a trip the day after I talked to him. Then when I returned he told me the 4runner sold to a guy in Los Angeles. I was totally devastated because being in California I know how hard it is to find clean California first generation 4runners. So my summer continued on and in the end of July I went on statewidelist again and saw an 87 sr5 4runner for sale in LA. I looked closely at the pictures and it was the same 4runner I found earlier in June! I was so excited and contacted the guy asap. Once he got back to me, he said some guys were already ahead of me. And because of that my spirits somewhat dropped. Then less than a week later, out of the blue, he texted me and said if you have the money and can be here before the weekend the 4runner is yours. So I drove down to LA with my dad and his uncle bought the truck for $5500 then turned around and drove home in one day! Ever since I have been living the dream. Haha
Also did I mention that driving home I was set on cruise control at 70mph with the A/C on blowing ice cold! Not too shabby for a 27 year old truck, but then again itís a Toyota.
Anyways on to pics cause everyone loves those..


















What part of north bay you from. I lived in larkspur for 5 years and was at redwood highschool. I moved back to my home town in north idaho. 1 week after I moved back I ended up buying my 88 4runner. Had good times down in the bay.
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Right on! I'm from San Rafael
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:26 PM   #28
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Right on! I'm from San Rafael
do you mountain bike at all? If you do you may know teddy hayden who lives in san rafeal and matt koen in larkspur. Im coming down there in 1 month from today. Maybe I will see you rolling around.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:53 PM   #29
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I do, but I never raced or anything. Their names sound familiar, but I don't know them. Maybe I'll see you out there!
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