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Old 01-18-2010, 08:51 AM   #1
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habanero's 1996 4Runner Build-Up Thread

As it was when I bought it in 05



Things were totally worn out. Knew it was time to do something when I put camp showers in the rack, went to jump off the tire I'd stood on to reach and realized my feet were lightly trapped between the body and tire! Granted, there was a lot of weight in/on it, but Doh!



So this is as it currently sits, dirty unwashed little heathen that it is.....



Sonoran Steel System 1.2 lift
Michelin A/T LT285/75r16

And so it begins.

2012:





bye bye bumper gap....



2014



2015

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Old 01-18-2010, 08:52 AM   #2
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A vague table of contents of stuff I've done and posted about so I can find it when I need to....updated to pg 153 currently.....latest mod lighter surround bulb replacement pictorial 3044

A/C bad expansion valve 262, 263, 265, 266
Air Bags for the rear suspension 2548
Air Bag musings with moderate load 2563
Antenna, anatomy of a power antenna 2723
Antenna mast replacement 2719
Antenna internals, radio 332
Antenna internals in more detail 2719-2729
Antenna switch, radio 332
Antifreeze 186
Awning by the Bus Depot 2840
Axle, rear e-locker equipped retrofit 1655, 1756, 1794
Axle shaft, rear, bearing play 2621, 2627, 2631
Axle shaft showing gap between parts 2594
Back-up lights-auxiliary 271, 274, 276. 278
Back-up light switch 2948-2849
Ball joint 208, 230- 4 Lower ball joint bolts 59 ft lb and loctite, ball joint bolt 105 ft lb
Ball joint, lower left, replaced at 218,000 miles and 286,415 miles
Ball joint, lower right, replaced at 230,000 miles and 278,346 miles
Blower Motor removal and cleaning 687-690, 1864
Body lift 209
Brakes, front- see Tundra
Brakes, rear 355, 405
Bumper gap fix 684
Bumper with tire carrier, rear, 4xInnovations 2438
CB radio 55, 57
CB antenna bracket 76
CB Mic holder on dash 1457
Cell phone dash bracket 2919, 2928-2829
Center caps painted 289, 473
Charcoal Canister- Moo box fix 1097
Climate control light 876
Climate control fan switch repair 1395
Clock fix 361
Clutch 236, 238, 247, 249, 267
Clutch Pedal pics w/some measuring for auto to manual pedal placement comparison 2550
Control arm, front, bushings, lower 310, 316, 855
Control arm, rear, lower, replacement using later 3rd gen arm 2057
Control arm, rear, upper replacement 2019, 2055
Coolant Hoses, Small I.D. 1628, 1663, 1666
Coolant recovery tank relocation 2879
Coolant Temp sender for gauge, in upper rad hose 1312
Cup Holder, front, arm spring repair 1783
Cup holder, rear, repaired 386
CV shafts, boot saga of Doom 151, 300, 301, 310, 354, 359, 360, 375, 377-379, 381, 383, 388, 532
CV reboot for manual hubbed taco cvs 2427
CV shaft- getting one out of a manual-hubbed truck 2489
CV shaft, lower ball joint, lower ball joint bolts torque numbers: CV shaft torque 174 ft lb, 4 Lower ball joint bolts 59 ft lb and loctite, ball joint bolt 105 ft lb
Dash trim piece, center, removal 361, 1551, 1555
Dash trim piece, center, comparison of removal of the 96's vs the 99's- 2380
Diff breather, rear 355
Diff, front replacement 1815, 1822
Diff, front seal 360
Diff, Rear 3rd member replacement 2572, 2576, 2578, 2583-2584, 2588, 2590
Dimmer switch info, innards 3021
Door Dinger (and beware, also key-in unlock) disable 1511
Door Handle, outside 1469-1473
Door Jamb Switch 1503-1505
Door Lock Module Repair 1467-1476
Door Panel removal, front 901-906
Door Panel removal, rear 1463-1465
D-Ring Isolators and spacers 2566
Dual Batteries 636, 640-642
Dual Batteries, repair and reinforcement for cracked inner fender due to weight and wiggle and darned washboards 1953
Dual Batteries, single voltmeter to read both batteries, with switch 1175
E-locker actuator showing locked, unlocked 2589
E-Locker breather routing 2594
E-Locker repair 2592-2593, 2596-2599
E-Locker retrofit 1855, 1861, 1872-1873, 1879, 1881, 1884
E-Locker switch- lighting it with dash lights 1938
E-locker wiring notes without a locker ecu 1884
Exhaust, cat back including new cat 1117
Extended rear diff breather part numbers 2567
Fan Switch for blower repair 1395-1398
Fluids 186,253
Fuel Door how to open from backside, requires panel removal 2246
Fuse block, auxiliary, for the House Battery 1953
Fuse block, auxiliary, for the Start Battery 2676
Fuse block bracket 641
Gauge add-on and cd changer into ashtray/cubby area 880, 881
Gauges, aftermarket, rework gauge holder 2963, 2965,
Gauges, oil, coolant temp, voltage (2 battery), oba pressure 2396
Grill modulation 158
Grill re-modulation musings 2009
Grill mod re-modded 2032, 2566
Hatch cargo door light fix 427-434
Hatch Latch 430-433
Hatch lifts 3011
Hatch wiring, body to hatch 261
Headlight bulb comparison 2917
Headlight, replace with headlights and corners out of a 99+ 2841
Headlight, removal, pics on changing bulb (usually done with headlight in truck, from behind, unless dual batteries are in the way) 1061-1065
Heated mirror retrofit 2636, 2639-2645, 2660
Heater hoses 1666
Hitch flipped. One of my first mods so it's not in here. You need a hitch with a bolt-on end to do it.
Hitch, front by Warn 1103
Hood Cushions, hood support grommet 2297
Hood light 2199, 2216, 2258
Horns 102, 106, 115, 575
Horn wiring diagram 2792
Horn, cracked support reinforcement w/heavier GM horn 2566
IAC opened and TB butterfly pic 785
Inclinometer installed 2745
Ignition Cylinder lighted surround 1871
Instrument Cluster cleaning 1850
Instrument Cluster Trip Odometer replacement 1854
Interior lighting color change:
1) instrument cluster 2903, 2905, 2908, 2913-2915
2) lighter surround 3039
Knock sensors 2832-2833
Land Cruiser Wheels 158
Lighter surround bulb repair 3030, 3040-3042
Lights, light bar, wiring through the roof 220, 263, 274, 276
MAF cleaned 300
MAF test procedure and wiring schematic for the 96 778
Manual hub re-grease 2305
Manual hubs retrofit 1837, 1841
Manual Hubs- getting the ABS back and replacing bearings w/drama 2458, 2461,2465, 2468, 2472, 2474, 2479-2480, 2482, 2486, 2488-2490
Mud flaps 180, 183, 189, 583
Oil Analysis from Blackstone 2791
Oil Dipstick Tube O-Ring replacement 1746-1748
Oil Dipstick- measurement: how far it extends below the tube 1749
On Board Air- 2247, 2259-2260, 2345, 2356, 2360, 2365, 2386, 2388-89, 2396
On-board air connector mounting plate 2777
Outlet on back of console 2662
Panel removal points, panel over the front seat belt 2676
Parking Brake Cable replacement1369-1379
Plug wires 300
Power outlet on rear of center console 2662
Power outlet in rear cargo area 2809-2814
Power Steering pump guts 2303
Power steering rack boot replace 1836
Power steering rack bushings 488, 517, 2272, 2279
Power steering rack and pinion 260
Power steering rack and pinion AGAIN 2056, 2069, 2076-2077, 2100-2102
Roof rack changing out load bars and close up where wires pass through roof 989
Seats, front, replaced with Mazda seats and raised 1" 220, 223, 225, 227
Seats, rear, replaced with better oe seats out of newer 3rd gen 2674
Seat Belts, rear 1787
Shifter seat bushings, transmission and transfer shifters 2953, 2965
Skid plate, aftermarket, removal 455 621
Sliders, Shrockworks 657
Slider length w/pics 1843
Spare Tire Fit 31" stock size vs 33" w/pics 2382-83
Spark plug pictorial 2167
Speedometer working with speed sensor in transfer case 1934-1936
Starter Contacts, Plunger, really nice work and writeup by Hrt4me 1609
Steering rack bushings 517
Steering rack guide, link to Yukon's thread, musings 1289
Sway bar link, front replace with 2nd gen rear links, comparison 1860
Sway bar link, rear, replace with 3rd gen front links, 1" longer
Sway bar bushing, 26mm, damage to poly bushing during wheeling trip 2007
Switch bulb replacement, hazard and defrost, 1784
Tie rod ends, inner and outer 260
Tires, BFG All Terrain T/A KO pic 1893
Tires, BFG All Terrain T/A KO2 pic bottom pic in post 1
Tires, Michelin AT2 musings 325
Trip Odometer replacement 1854
Tundra front brakes 21, 27, 256, 339-brake pads
Turn signals, front at marker light location 499, 502, 511, 514
Turn Signals, Side 467, 471, 656, 659, 661, 662, 665, 666
Turn signals, front, reflective paint redone 445
Ujoint, rear 933
Valve cover gaskets, clearances 2816-2831
Valve cover parts list 2835
Visor, sun, modded Ford Taurus replacement 1894, 1909-1912
Voltmeter for dual batteries, single gauge 1175
Washer nozzles, 2 stream to 3 stream 2650
Windshield washer tank removal and washer pump pics 1711-1715
Winch power cables front and rear with anderson connectors 2744, 2787,
Winch power cable anderson connectors, getting Ruff Stuff connectors to work with Warn connectors 2839
Windshield, just for note, didn't put it in 2848

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Old 01-18-2010, 08:56 AM   #3
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your truck keeps getting bigger.
next pic will probably take up my whole screen.
about time we see your truck.
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Nice! Looking great! I love that color too!

Any plans for bumpers or other armor?

Keep up the good work!
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Ya love the color...Nice rack too!!!

I gotta find one for mine...it's on my list of things to get. Does the cage clamp to the roof rack?
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If I got a 4 runner I would want it to look like yours!
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Old 01-18-2010, 03:14 PM   #8
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Awww. Thanks guys!
Thule playpen clamps to the rack and locks on. It's a little tall, but the price was sweet ($125 barely used) so I can't complain and I know the camp showers won't flop out.

I wish I could do a front receiver bumper, rear w/receiver and spare carrier maybe. That's not going to happen anytime in the near future.

I've got all the necessaries for the tundra brakes sitting here on the floor (doing that tomorrow, I think) and am thinking a cb might be a handy little gadget, or at least fun.

More recovery gear next. Better skid(s) and then sliders would have to be after that but I've pretty much spent all my dough so I'll have to wait until I make more. Considering that moderate trails is the worst I've done and I don't get to do them all that much I have time.

It's been a very slow process!

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Old 01-18-2010, 03:21 PM   #9
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Hab so glad to see this thread. If you make it out to Colorado next year LET US KNOW. You pay for the steel and we can fab up whatever you need, prolly in a weekend with all the help we could get!

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Old 01-18-2010, 04:48 PM   #10
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Thanks so much, Molly!. I'll try to remember to holler when we head out there again. I'm not sure it'd be safe to drive past your door again without saying hello at least.
We don't stay in one place more than a day or two and I'm too slow on the tandem to be fun to mtn bike with but wouldn't mind doing a little driving or hiking.
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:04 PM   #11
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A little lift wheel well before and after, with empty cargo area....
Front before: 35"


Front after: 39.5"


Rear before: 34.5


Rear after: 39.5"



Those pics are with the 265/70r16 so add another inch to the height.

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92 Toy's right, it is getting bigger!
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are these old shots or is this something you are doing now?

did the rear sag? was that still a problem with that year or was it just loaded down in that one pic?

the 265's make a big difference. my brother in law has a 4runner i believe a 98? minus the running boards and has 265's on it and it looks perfectly proportioned.

BTW...what does "system 1.2 covered in flu germs mean"? was that a dealer option?
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are these old shots or is this something you are doing now?
Did this in early November 09

did the rear sag? was that still a problem with that year or was it just loaded down in that one pic?
Yes on the rear sag. It wasn't too noticeable until stuff went in the back....and I carry a lot of stuff. In the middle pic it was seriously loaded down and had about 120# of bike and rack hanging off the back as well. Toyota did a recall on the rear springs some time ago, the previous owner had them done according to Toyota but that was over 100,000 miles ago. The truck currently has 206,331 miles on it.

the 265's make a big difference. my brother in law has a 4runner i believe a 98? minus the running boards and has 265's on it and it looks perfectly proportioned.
Mine came with 265's and now has 285's (last pic in first post). I agree, the 265's without the lift looked good to me. At first the 285's looked a little large, but I got used to them.


BTW...what does "system 1.2 covered in flu germs mean"? was that a dealer option?
It means I watch little kids for a living and they share so I had the flu when I was installing the Sonoran Steel 1.2 lift. Can't stand laying around in bed, not at all.
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Looks good Hab.

Btw Happy Birthday a few days ago... I was going to post a special thread about it with a cake and all but I got busy and missed the day.
Best wishes and many more in any case.
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My birthday was a few days ago? Mmmmm, cake. You've not missed it so now I'm expecting cake in just under 3 weeks!



I must've done somethin' wrong, but I think I fixed it.

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Good work keep it going...like what i'm seeing here.
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My birthday was a few days ago? Mmmmm, cake. You've not missed it so now I'm expecting cake in just under 3 weeks!



I must've done somethin' wrong, but I think I fixed it.
My bad I thought you said bday was in 3 days last week...
If I've not missed it then a cake you shall have...
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Those rear coils on those runners are so well known for giving the 2nd gen a saggy ass.

And yes you do have to say hello. I am UBER slow on my mountain bike so I wouldn't mind taking it slow. Troy and I have talked a lot about a tandem. Would love to hear more about how you guys like yours.

And when IS your birthday I just made troy a chocolate pound cake, to get us through his week of freezing cold wrenching and measuring we gotta do to finish Ron!

You'll get a kick out of this web site for sure! http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/
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