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JZiggy's "Grown Up" 4Runner Build

Welcome to JZiggy's build / maintenance / sicmods thread! This is where I document all my projects and attempts to overthink simple repairs and upgrades. If that sounds like your thing then read on.

How the 4Runner sits today:



Engine:

First look under the valve cover
Second look, with valve adjustment info
Idler pulley bearing R&R
Fuel filter cut open
OEM mini-headers
A/C clutch bearing R&R
Water heater valve
Oil cooler and filter base overhaul
Oil pan reseal
UNI foam pre-filter install and servicing
PCV catch can install

Drivetrain:

Rear axle bearings and seals
Marlin shifter bushings
Short shifter for W59 transmission
TrueTrac in the rear end
TrueTrac in the front
Manual hubs
Painted hub faces
Regear to Nitro 4.56 gears -- thanks Zuk!
Rear diff stud upgrade
OEM rear u-joint install
Replaced motor and trans mounts

Suspension:

99 talls for the rear
Airlift 1000 helper springs
Taco TRD front swaybar mod
Durobumps: front, rear, and differential brackets
Poly bushings in rear UCA, rear LCA, and panhard bar
Upper control arm OEM bushing replacement and lower OEM bushings

Chassis:

Energy Suspension steering racking bushings
199mm TBU and rear wheel cylinders

Exterior:

SR5 skinny black flares - repaint and add gasket trim
SR5 front mudflaps
Windshield washer sprayer -- 2-hole to 3-hole upgrade / Honda Odyssey sprayer
96-98 Front bumper install with 99+ crash bar retrofit
Front Warn hitch install
Rocky Mtn Antero roof rack
Thule fairing install
Wade in-channel wind visors
Window tinting

Interior:

BHicks 3D printed cupholder -- one of my very favorite sicmods
Rear seat child seat latch upgrade
Front seat upgrades -- rail extensions and memory foam
Rear console plug in the ashtray location
Phone holder modified Panavise bracket
Rear cargo mod -- awesome mod
Rear pressure vent and routing CB wire
Ceiling cargo hammock
Rear window switch install in cargo area
Cargo/sleeping/platform build

Armor:

Stubbs sliders
Savage front skids
... And banging dents out of the skids
Lil Skip gas tank skid

Odds & Ends:

Bonus Spal e-fan install
Heated mirror retrofit
Truck-Bedz air mattress
Engine bay basket
CB mount and hatch bumper mod
Stabilizer foot upgrade to CB antenna mount
Subaru Forester gauge pack install (altimeter, compass, and thermometer)
Midland CB Radio bracket for transmission tunnel
Spiker Engineering hood struts
Turn signal mod - markers do double duty
ARB awning brackets
Power windows "camping mode" (operate without key-on)
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I picked up this 4Runner a couple of weeks ago and the projects are starting to happen.

Specs:
1999 4Runner Base model
3RZ-FE, 5 speed, 4WD
~230,000 miles

This truck was pretty much a dealer-serviced one-owner. No signs of being messed with at all. In the few tanks of gas I've driven it so far it's gotten 24-25 mpg and does not burn any oil that I can tell yet.

My old 4Runner, the college truck:



The new, "grown up" 4Runner:



(Pic edited badly to protect the innocent)

My goal is to keep this 4Runner a practical commuter that is reliable and gets good fuel economy, and do some sensible upgrades to improve its off-roadability as an occasional adventure rig. At least, that's my goal right now
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It's worth noting that I had a 10 year career doing 1st gen 4Runner stuff over on YotaTech. Doesn't seem to be very much 3rd gen action over there so my center of gravity has shifted to T4R.org.

I like the 3RZ. Doesn't seem much more intimidating than a 22RE. I guess I just feel comfortable with 4 bangers in general.

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My first "mod" is kind of a silly one. This base model truck had lots of upgrades like power windows, power mirrors, etc. Pretty much everything but ABS and a sunroof. Not that I care about those anyway (sour grapes!) But the missus enjoys a lighted vanity mirror, so I found a set of SR5 visors and made a little harness so it will light up.

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Currently doing the lower ball joints. They appear to be factory given the perfectly-bent cotter pin. This GearWrench 3916D ball joint press did a great job popping the LBJs and the tie rods. I wish I had bought one of these a long time ago.

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Nice truck, love my 3.4, but wish it were a 5 speed. The 4 banger would be nicer on the gas bill too heh. I added that ball joint separator to my Amazon wishlist, looks like a handy piece!
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LBJ install went swimmingly! Now we're looking all factory fresh under there.

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I also attacked the clutch actuation system today. I had already removed the goofy torsion spring but today I added part # 90905-07028 return spring to help hold the pedal up more firmly. I like to have the engagement point adjusted pretty close to the floor so this was important.

The spring hit the torsion bar flange on the pedal somewhat, so I popped off the pedal and sawed that sucker off.



Installed and working nicely.



I was also plagued with clutch creak from the center pivot of the clutch fork. I think the last time the clutch was changed out they forgot to lube it. I removed the slave cylinder bolts to get it out of the way and pulled the boot off. Pushing the fork toward the front of the truck showed some crustiness in there.



My go-to lube for heavy sliding applications like this: Honda Moly 60, a thick paste full of extreme pressure MOS2.



All lubed up and quiet as a mouse!



Edit update: A year or so later I found I had to reapply grease to the pivot. I'm not sure a moly paste is really the right lubricant for this. I sprung for a high-tack bearing grease that oughta stay put for a while.
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And finally for today... it looks a lot better with fresh 265/70R16's and the running boards gone.

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Never seen a base model that color, looks really good. Luckily 99.99% of 3rd gens had power standard, so even us cheap base model guys get that good stuff.
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Nice looking rig. Sounds like you found a nice dealer serviced, one owner like mine. Just different color.
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Not sure what the dealer usually puts in the trans & xfer, but it seemed pretty thin. Still nice and clear which is always a good thing to see. I swapped it out with Amsoil MTG in the trans and Amsoil 75W-110 in the transfer. Man, it just shifts like butter now.

I like to fill it through the shifter holes. That way you can fit an extra quart in (kidding)



The process also revealed that I need to shop for a transfer case shift rod bootie. For now a zip tie and some electrical tape will have to suffice.
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Another note, for the folks trying to fix their power antennas...

My 4Runner had a broken antenna mast. I pulled the motor and fished out the broken pieces left in there.

I bought a $16 replacement on eBay, but it didn't work right. It would pull the mast in fine but when it extended to its maximum length the motor would continue to grind and slip until it timed out. I popped an OEM mast ($50) in there and it worked perfectly.

I think that the cheap replacements either use a softer plastic for the mast or the gears are not molded correctly the mesh well with the motor. The motor needs to "feel" the mast extend fully so it has to have good traction between the motor gear and the teeth of the mast wound around it.

In summary -- get an OEM mast and be done with it!
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Nice Truck! i love the colour...
Did you do the shifter seat and bushing when you changed the fluid?

Nice to see more 3rz's on here

did your truck come with an elocker?
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This Amsoil lube is not the easiest thing to get up here, do you recommend I put in the effort or is there a more common brand that is just as good?
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No e-locker for me. I did not do the shifter seat, doesn't feel like it needs it yet. Do you use the product that Marlin Crawler makes?

Mark, can you get your hands on Redline? MT-90 is a comparable product to Amsoil MTG.
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