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Ok, I have been searching for the last few weeks for all the mods that there are out there for the 3rd gen 4runners.

After all that searching I have come to a few conclusion:

We need a thread that has a list of ALL the Mods for 3rd Gens!

So I am starting this thread as an index of mod/parts/upgrades/maintenance items? that can/should be done to 3rd gens. Who knows, if we get a complete list the mods just might sticky this for future modders...

Here is what I want to do:

Post the name/description of the mod that you know of for 3rd gens, Rules:

You MUST post a link to what the mod is / why it is good / how to do it. Something that will tell people what it is you are talking about and how to do it.

I will update this first post with the mods as they are put up so that people don?t have to read all the way through the thread to see them all.

Ok, here are the ones I have and will start it off with!

Whole lot of mods on one site done to a 2nd gen but a lot can be done on a 3rd gen as well. Well worth a look.: http://pnw4runners.com/tando/modpics.htm

Interior Mods:

Replace Dash lights - https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f127/99-ltd-auto-cc-light-replacement-70183/

Cup holder mod (96-98 models) - http://www.4runners.org/writeups/cupholder/index.html

Rear Cargo Box and Sleeping Platform https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f129/skyrats-rear-cargo-box-sleeping-platform-3rd-gen-4runner-76673/

Rear cargo, tire holder: http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=557102

Low Profile Cargo Box 3rd Gen: https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f2/l...rd-gen-126267/

Auxiliary fuse box (done on a 2nd gen but the basics work on a 3rd gen)https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f127...4runner-75190/

Add Accessory Outlets (12v) https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f127...4runner-75185/

Illuminated Cup Holders https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f2/i...olders-134903/

Power Inverter https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f123...r-pics-108864/

Gauge and dash backlighting https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f2/g...ghting-117226/

Toyota OEM Fog Light Switch: http://www.4x4wire.com/toyota/4Runner/tech/switch/

Acura/Honda seat swap: https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f2/a...t-swap-183764/

Exterior Mods:

Side marker lights ? https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f126/sidemarker-installation-3rd-gen-4runner-01-a-75843/

Backup light install - https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f127/auxiliary-back-up-lamps-75744/

Disable DRL - https://www.yotatech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=75269

Fog lights - http://www.top4runners.com/ja/electrical.html#fogmod

Adding Rubber Fender Flare Trim to Black Plastic SR5 Flares: https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f126/adding-rubber-flare-trim-3rd-gen-4runner-75761/

herculined rockers/sliders/bumper: https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f2/h...sliders-81582/

Rear defroster kit for sale from here: http://www.frostfighter.com/ff_pdt_2600.htm

Silblade Silicone Windshield wiper blades https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f2/r...runner-133149/

Running Board Removal, Mud Flap Installation https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f129...3rd-gen-75328/

HID Bi-xenon retrofit https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f2/h...w-pics-133563/

2002 4Runner: DRL Disable With On/Off Capability: https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f127...ability-87596/


Performance Mods:

Tundra Brake upgrade: https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f2/t...de-faq-239519/
http://www.toyota-4runner.org/3rd-ge...rs-rotors.html

Throttle body cleaning - https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f128/throttle-body-cleaning-3rd-gen-4runner-76368/

Thermostat - https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f128/thermostat-replacement-3-4-v6-engine-3rd-gen-4runner-76346/

Dino to Syn swap- https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f128/complete-synthetic-fluid-changeover-3rd-gen-4runner-76318/

Engine temp sensor mod - https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f130/engine-coolant-temperature-sensor-ect-mod-75163/

The deckplate mod - http://www.wattora.com/index.php?page_id=10

Intake Silencer Removal (ISR):
For '96-'98: https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f130/intake-silencer-removal-mod-installation-96-97-3-4l-engines-74837/
For '99-'02: https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f130/intake-silencer-removal-mod-3rd-gen-4runner-2000-a-75168/

Marlin Crawler Shifter Bushings (5-Speed): http://www.brian894x4.com/Shifter.html

Throttle Body Bore and "O" Gasket mods: https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f2/a...t=o+gasket+mod

Throttle body coolant bypass http://www.customtacos.com/forum/sho...e+body+coolant

Transmission cable tightening, IPT Upgrade https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f2/t...arounds-86978/

Valve body shims https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f2/s...9/index27.html

Speedys supercharger threads:
http://www.customtacos.com/forum/showthread.php?t=97198
https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f2/s...thread-111739/

Deck plate mod & internal snorkel mod https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f31/4th-gen-2-more-3rd-gens-internal-snorkel-installed-46043/


Audio Mods:

Speakers install - https://www.yotatech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=76319

power antenna Cig ligther switch mod https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f2/i...mokers-102415/


Off-roading mods:

Andy mod ? https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f127/disabling-vsc-trac-2001-2002-4runner-vsc-trac-systems-103814/

Grey wire mod - http://www.hboss.net/4runner/locker_safety.htm

Rear Differential Breather Extension - https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f129/rear-differential-breather-mod-75747/

DIY On-board air with Caddy compressors: https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f129/do-yourself-onboard-air-75748/

E-locker Retrofit (for rigs not equipped with e-locker from the factory): http://www.4x4wire.com/toyota/tech/electric_locker/

"Type R" Diff Breather Mod http://4runners.org/writeups/typerdiff/index.html

Front sway bar disco’s, build your own as described here: http://pages.sbcglobal.net/larsdennert/4runner/swaybar/

Rear receiver shackle hanger and 2 front tow hooks from here: http://www.4wheelparts.com/4wp/index.asp

Polyurethane Steering Rack Bushing Kit for 96-02 4Runner: 16.95 Wheeler's Off-Road, Inc http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/4runnerrackbushkit.htm

Plus you can add-on the bushing kit for the sway bar too http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/4runswaykit.htm

FMU Field Monitor Unit Install in Gen 3 https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f2/f...en-3-a-120311/

Axe Mounted in the Cargo Area (pics): https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f31/...a-pics-102887/

Gas Cans in place of spare tire: http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...0&postcount=15


Another great place to look for mods, and also where a lot of these mods are located is: https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f125/



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Now some Cheap under $50 mods that don't have write ups yet, if you have a link to any of these mods please post it and i will update as needed. And I will move them above to the correct place.

- Felt pad to stop clanking keys against your steering column

- Maglight clips below the driver seat

- Door Chime Mod

- Bug guard $10

- Red tachometer lights $3

- Driving Lights $25

- Skid Plate $50

- 5% Tint $50

- Chrome Exhaust Tip $20

- Paint Emblems $10

- fire extinquisher

- supercharger gasket on the throttle body

-Replacing the relays for the rear window. It cost $10. Now window works perfect. Wwill soon be replacing the defroster relay.

- Ventshades

- Changing out dome lights and other lights to LEDs

- Glass cleaner, and a newspaper. The best safety mod I've ever done!

- Higher output Bulbs

- Manual aisin hubs

- Rocklights

- cupholder mod - one mouse pad

- Large bath towels (matching color) wrapped and tucked on my front seats

- A harbor freight Creeper so I can slide around under the rig for inspections

- XACT Sirius receiver install on Sunglass holder on 99 runner

- RIDING LIGHTS ON MY BRUSHGARD $29.00

- NEW SPEAKERS IN DASH $26.00

- STEP ON BULL BAR FOR MY HITCH $35.00

- WINTER WIPPER BLADES (All rubber coated) $10.00

- PAINTED MY SKID PLATE $3.00

- TWIN ON BOARD FIRE EXT. $20.00

- Connecting head unit to 100w PA speaker (hooked to CB radio PA). This cost me about $15 for a switch and wire and some taps. Now I just flick a switch and whatever is playing on my head unit plays through my 100w PA horn under the hood. Love this for tailgating, working outside, etc.

- Streetgraphics TRD stickers.


And as usual keep posting your mods and links. Only time that a mod gets put here without a link is for cheap mods like above. Otherwise, no link, no post. Well post it anyways, i might be able to find a link....

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Guess so, and here I thought that someone would know some cool mods for 3rd gens. I didn't even post everything i had found, i didn't want to hog all the fun ;-)
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The deckplate mod - http://www.wattora.com/index.php?page_id=10

Grey wire mod - http://www.hboss.net/4runner/locker_safety.htm


Cup holder mod (96-98 models) -
http://www.4runners.org/writeups/cupholder/index.html

There's more on 4runner.org but I didn't feel like posting those, someone else can.

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I've been looking for a good HID light install. I've searched and found a couple things but nothing authoritative. Any ideas?
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Originally Posted by wsudu View Post
I've been looking for a good HID light install. I've searched and found a couple things but nothing authoritative. Any ideas?
Yeah, i got a kit off ebay that i am going to install as soon as i get time. The kit was $100 including shiping and it came with the H4-2 (high and low beam) bulb.

One thing to look out for are the bulbs that say HID but don't have the trasformer box to go with it. They are NOT real HID.



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The deckplate mod - http://www.wattora.com/index.php?page_id=10

Grey wire mod - http://www.hboss.net/4runner/locker_safety.htm


Cup holder mod (96-98 models) -
http://www.4runners.org/writeups/cupholder/index.html

There's more on 4runner.org but I didn't feel like posting those, someone else can.
3 Points for you!


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Thats cheating, LOL you have to post the individual mods and link to them.
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HID's for $100 bucks. I'll do it if it's that cheap. Has anyone else put these in? I haven't searched yet but I'm assuming there's probably a bunch of different kits out there.
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yeah, is there a prize?

I've got a lot of mods on my site......
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Rear Differential Breather Extension - https://www.yotatech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=75747

Link is to a write up on a 2nd gen, but its pretty much the same process for a 3rd gen.
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HID's for $100 bucks. I'll do it if it's that cheap. Has anyone else put these in? I haven't searched yet but I'm assuming there's probably a bunch of different kits out there.
Ah, yeah there are like 5000 listing on ebay for them. It took me FOREVER to find the best one. Here is the one i bought because they had the H4-2 bulb. Look through there store they have a lot. Once i get them in and installed i will post how they are...

Ebay item I bought



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yeah, is there a prize?

I've got a lot of mods on my site......
Well i didn't think i would need to offer a prize, i figured that being know as the ultimate 3rd gen modder would be enough...Plus this is more for a refernce sheet for other people then anything else. I wish there had been one of these when i was spending weeks looking for all the mods i could do to my new toy! But i bet we can come up with something...

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Rear Differential Breather Extension - https://www.yotatech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=75747

Link is to a write up on a 2nd gen, but its pretty much the same process for a 3rd gen.
Very good! 1 point.

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Oh and BTW you can post ANY mod that has not yet been posted. Be it something that is obvious to regular users. Just INCLUDE A LINK on what it is and how to do it.
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Heres another one:

Marlin Crawler Shifter Bushings (5-Speed): http://www.brian894x4.com/Shifter.html
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And another:

Intake Silencer Removal (ISR):
For '96-'98: https://www.yotatech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=74837
For '99-'02: https://www.yotatech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=75168
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A 4th from me:

Adding Rubber Fender Flare Trim to Black Plastic SR5 Flares: https://www.yotatech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=75761
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Very Good! That would be 3 more points to you.

Tell everyone what, I will put up $5 paypal cash to the person that posts the most mods by 6-1-07. Call it my contribution to the forum… So start with the mods!
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Very Good! That would be 3 more points to you.

Tell everyone what, I will put up $5 paypal cash to the person that posts the most mods by 6-1-07. Call it my contribution to the forum? So start with the mods!
You can donate it directly to YT also, they'd be more than happy to receive it
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Well if people wil still post them i will do that. I have wanted to donate to YT for awhile but i just don't have any extra on a regular basis...
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what about the running board removal / slider install mod?

no pix, i havent done it yet
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