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raKnizek's 2000 SR5 Maintenance and Build

Hey everyone,

This is going to be very slow going for me initially as far as any modifications to my 4Runner but I would like to document things as I go. The primary focus is restoration and maintenance and of course enjoying it.

It is my daily driver for the foreseeable future.
Has not been the daily driver since around March 2017.

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No rear locker
Leather interior
Full TRD stainless headers and cat-back exhaust
Purchased July 2016
96k miles to start


Current Pictures: ~118,000 kmi as of October 2018





I purchased this 2000 SR5 in July 2016 in North Carolina with 96k on the clock. The truck was in pretty immaculate shape, just dirty. It was clearly taken care of and did not show signs of any abuse or even off-road use. The major flaw with this vehicle is that its maintenance history is basically non existent. After looking over the vehicle and driving it as much as I could I took the risk. I am the third owner and it has spent its life in GA, NC, and now SC.



Here is how it looked the day I got it. I managed to get the seller to toss in the roof basket he had on a different 4Runner. As you can see it also came with a front bull bar.





After some cleaning and detailing:





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The following items I did almost immediately and don't have much in the way of pictures but it is nothing new.


Right away I replaced all the fluids in the vehicle including bleeding the brakes and flushing the PS fluid.

I used MT90 for the transmission and Toyota red for coolant. I used generic fluids for the diffs and transfer case.

Timing belt service with all OEM parts including new WP, belts, and bearings. I did not replace cam seals as they were in fine shape. I needed to create a service tool to undo the crank bolt.

Next I replaced the LBJs with OEM parts. The existing parts looked okay but there was no way I was risking that!

Lastly I replaced spark plugs, plug wires, PVC, and the air filter. These were all original aside from the air filter.

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After about 1000 miles of ownership I noticed the leaking rear axle seals. It is possible I bought it this way and did not notice as it was a very minimal leak. Fluid was not sprayed all over the place as I have seen with some. Just the lower half of the backside of the drums were damp. Had a friend assist with replacing the seals. I was lucky enough to be able to turn down the braking surface on the drums and just replace the shoes. I used the store brand parts from Oreilly's and they fit well and work fine.


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The first non-maintenance item I did was removing the running boards. This was within days of owning it! Changed the look but because this has the skinny black SR5 flares I ended up with the flairs abruptly ended before the rockers.



Here is what that looks like



As a temporary solution I removed the plastic piece from the running boards that connects them to the flairs. I trimmed them to give a more finished appearance. However this did nothing for protecting the body work and paint. That is visible in the first picture
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Did a little restoration of the flairs and rear mud flaps. I removed them from the vehicle and cleaned them with some all-purpose cleaner. Then I gave them 3-4 coats of some trim restoration paint. They turned out great and have been holding up very well so far. I also shot the center caps as all they paint was faded and chipped from those.

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Next I had to remove this door guard trim that was only present on the passenger side when I bought it. Unfortunately it had been there so long and with such intense tape that the clearcoat underneath did not fare so well. The previous owner removed it on the driver side and stopped so I either had to find matching parts or take it off the other side and deal with the side effect. I really don't like the look of them so I decided to remove. I have since done some not-so-great touchup that improved it some.

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The previous owner included a factory foglight kit with the sale that they never got around to installing.



This is the kit that comes with a rocker switch and you have to splice in the wires. Not the way I would prefer to do it but for the time being I have working fog lights!
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This is the first time I took it in any dirt. Probably 2 weeks into ownership I took it on Horse Pasture road overlooking Lake Jocasee in NC/SC. It really is just a dirt road. Only put it in 4WD once and that was more so I could feel accomplished.

I learned quickly that driving with the rear window down on a dusty road produces a layer of dust over the entire interior.







All stock suspension by the way.


Drive up this wall they said...
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Tires were the first upgrade I did.

I got General Grabber AT2. Size 265/75/R16 Load Range E

I was able to get an excellent deal on these tires through a personal contact who deals with General/Continental tires specifically. Wanting to take advantage of the discount my options were quite limited so that is how I ended up with this specific tire. E rating was my only option in that size. They are certainly stiffer than the highway tires I had but overall I am very happy with them. Traction seems endless and they are not too loud. That being said next time I will go with a softer sidewall to reduce the harshness. So far even on stock suspension I have not experienced any rubbing

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Did a beach cruise in OBX. My dad made sure to stay in my tire tracks with that Jeep Cherokee!







PS: Wash your 4Runner over and under after driving on an ocean beach
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I took it for a spin up Hurricane Creek trail in NC. I believe this is when I officially got addicted to my 4Runner. Couldn't believe how easily I was chugging along with an essentially stock truck. The trail is certainly nothing crazy but for me it was a big thrill. I should mention that while I am no stranger to cars in general, this is the first four wheel drive truck I have owned personally.

Water crossing as you enter off the highway


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Added an LED strip to the interior hatch trim. I wired it to the dome light so it comes on when you open the hatch. I ran the wires under the weather stripping for the rear window and into the interior where the hatch harness enters.







I am extremely pleased with the results of this. It took less than an hour to install and less than $20. I ordered the waterproof LEDs off Amazon and used clear silicon adhesive to mount the strip. So far so good. I chose a more natural white so it wasn't as jarring at night. Ideally this helps when packing/unpacking at night or rigging up a fishing pole in the back. The first time I tested it I was loading groceries in a parking lot. When I opened the hatch it was so bright I got some looks from the fellow food enthusiasts around me.
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I lost my previous car to rust. I am from upstate NY originally and that car spent the majority of its life there. Any signal of rust I see on the 4Runner gets attacked full force. The first instance was a few areas where the SR5 flares rubbed off the paint over time and some rust pitting was forming. I ordered some touch-up paint and primer and spot sanded the areas until it was clean metal.

This may not be the best way to approach this from an aesthetics standpoint but ill tell you first hand rust is far uglier and catastrophic than a few paint blemishes.

Passenger side rust pits


Driver side was not as bad


Sanding


Primed


I also treated a few spots on the pinch welds (during the process shot)

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I was following a very slight oil leak for a while and sourced it to the valve cover gaskets. As these leak it tends to travel down the backside of the engine. I was noticing it collecting on the bottom of the bell housing, on the front skid plate, and even the steering rack boots.

I used toyota parts and replaced the valve cover gaskets, spark plug seals, half moons, cam plugs, and finished with new washer gaskets.

Not knowing the maintenance history I was nervous about what I might find under the covers. Luckily it was this:



Notice the tape around the plastic wire loom cover. As others have mentioned in the past, this is a must do. Sure enough they wanted to shatter into a million pieces. This saved said pieces from falling into the heads.
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