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Old 02-25-2017, 01:34 AM #1
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This is the build and adventures of my Supercharged 1999 SR5 4WD Highlander 4Runner
I got it with 195k miles in December of 2016, I'm the 3rd owner.
I don't know alot about its past, other than cosmetically it was cared for, and that the 2nd owner didn't do a whole lot to it...
and ran 87 on a supercharged motor
I'll be updating this whenever I cross something off the list, or when ever something noteworthy happens, enjoy!

Here's how she sat the day I got her, 12/20/16




And how she sits as of 6/7/17



Finished mods:
  • Wade rain guards
  • Weather Tech floor liners
  • Hella Yellow H3s in the foglights
  • Running boards and trailer hitch removed
  • Infidel Garage roof rack
  • Rotopax
  • Ham radio
  • Infidel Garage rock sliders
  • Gobi Ladder
  • Field monitor
  • LED tailights
  • Sony XAV-AX100 headunit
  • Sound Ordnance BP8PTD 8" sub
  • SRQ grill
  • SRQ clear corners
  • Morimoto D2S projectors
  • LEDs in dash

Planned mods/mods I'm working on:
  • Rear drawers
  • Rims and tires
  • Painting the fender flares black again
  • E-Locker retrofit
  • LED lightbar in the lower valence
  • Sonoran Steel 1.2 or Bilstein 5100s and OME 890s, still undecided
  • URD 7th injector
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That's a good looking rig brother, and I like your to-do lists as far as maintenance and upgrades go!

The rear view mirror with compass wouldn't be the worst idea on my rig neither, I honestly had no idea it was an option! Gonna look for one to get an idea of the price.

You'll see, taking off the running boards is the best upgrade ever, if you're taller than 5'.

Also, why removing the hitch harness? To gain some inches for your departure angle?
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That's a good looking rig brother, and I like your to-do lists as far as maintenance and upgrades go!

The rear view mirror with compass wouldn't be the worst idea on my rig neither, I honestly had no idea it was an option! Gonna look for one to get an idea of the price.

You'll see, taking off the running boards is the best upgrade ever, if you're taller than 5'.

Also, why removing the hitch harness? To gain some inches for your departure angle?
I've been looking at Gentex mirrors, they're really common and the install looks easy enough, found some on ebay for $50, harness and mount included.

I took the running boards off today, finally had a day off and the California storms subsided for the weekend. I don't think they'll ever go back on, it looks so much better without them, and luckily I'm 6'2" so I have no problem getting in and out.

I honestly just hate the look of the hitch, everything is round and green and flows together well, and then there's this big blocky trailer that I'll never use. Also I've seen some with out them and it helps them look higher like taking running boards off does, plus a bit of departure angle like you said.
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Took the running boards off today, it was alot easier than I thought it would be, got alot of dried mud in my eyes...





Also put on some Monroe max lift trunk assists, the hatch actually goes up on its own now, and stays up with the rear window rolled down.

Went to the dealer to get a spare key ground because I only got one key when I bought the 4Runner. I ordered a fob off the internet after figuring out exactly which one to get, but I cant get the truck into programming mode, and there's no button on the side of my VIP RS3000, dealer said $170 to program it. I almost laughed in their faces. Guess I'm gonna have to keep trying.

I also ordered a bunch of maintenance parts so if the weather stays clear I'll hopefully have those installed soon.
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Great, looks so much better without the boards! Well done!
If you go wheeling soon and are looking for people to join let me know, I'm in L.A and my wife and I are new to off roading.

I also installed new lift trunk assist, don't have to try to push the tailgate manually every time anymore, and I can now stand up under it, which makes a world of a difference! I'm 6'4" btw.

Thanks for the name of the brand for the rearview mirror, I'll look into it.

What's your next modification?
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Great, looks so much better without the boards! Well done!
If you go wheeling soon and are looking for people to join let me know, I'm in L.A and my wife and I are new to off roading.

I also installed new lift trunk assist, don't have to try to push the tailgate manually every time anymore, and I can now stand up under it, which makes a world of a difference! I'm 6'4" btw.

Thanks for the name of the brand for the rearview mirror, I'll look into it.

What's your next modification?
Thanks! I read through your build thread, (where I got the idea for the shackle points) and was impressed you found a one owner car. I'm new to off roading as well, but my dad and girlfriend both have jeeps so I'm hoping I don't stay new for too long. Yeah that sounds like fun! We could find somewhere in the middle of L.A. and the Bay Area.

Oof 6'4", how do you fit? I have my seat all the way back and sometimes still wish it could go further.

Right now I'm working on the Satoshi grill mod, and have all the parts for the deckplate mod so those will be on next. After that I'll probably get a CB radio and a new FM head unit and while doing that fix all the burnt out bulbs in my center console. I'm trying to find a full length roof rack that isn't Gobis $1600 one but still has a sunroof cutout.
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I actually fit just fine! I tried a Pathfinder before and my head was touching the ceiling, but the 4R gives me plenty of room.

Good luck for the rack, I don't know if such thing exists. Do you really need a full size one, if you will leave the sunroof uncovered?

I had a Pioneer installed on Friday, really more convenient than the OEM stereo. Also, I replaced my AC unit.
Pretty neat for the grille, I'm thinking about going this way eventually, but preventive maintenance will be my top priority for now.
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I actually fit just fine! I tried a Pathfinder before and my head was touching the ceiling, but the 4R gives me plenty of room.

Good luck for the rack, I don't know if such thing exists. Do you really need a full size one, if you will leave the sunroof uncovered?

I had a Pioneer installed on Friday, really more convenient than the OEM stereo. Also, I replaced my AC unit.
Pretty neat for the grille, I'm thinking about going this way eventually, but preventive maintenance will be my top priority for now.
My mom used to have a 1998 4Runner and when she was looking at what to buy she and my dad both complained about how the Pathfinder was a lot smaller.

I did a lot of searching and started to give up, thinking that I might just have to go with Gobi, or build my own and hope it could hold up a roof rack. But I found someone that's making me one exactly how I want it, gave them the down payment yesterday so we'll see how it goes. From their previous work I have high hopes.

I have a Sony in my other car that I like so much I'm planning on putting another in the runner. I'm going to wait until I have everything for the dash so I only have to take it apart once. I've got almost all of my preventative maintenance at home, just waiting for a weekend off to be able to do it.
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Today was a big day for the 4Runner. New O2 and A/F sensors, new PCV valve and grommet, new radiator, and finally took off the tow hitch. It runs a lot better and is much happier to start. I was gonna do plugs and wires, but when i took the plugs out they looked brand new.

The overflow outlet on the radiator was snapped off, so i had to figure that out. I had a wire with a connector on it that didn't go anywhere. Also the top of one of the coil packs said STI on it instead of Toyota...

I still have a fuel filter to put in, and the front skid plate was being a PITA so I gave up on it and called it a night.

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Well a bit of stuff has happened. I got D Ring mounts from Trackdecal.com, and put them in the rear (thank god, but more on that coming up). I also got a field monitor I'm going to paint black.

Today I went off roading with a friend on a fire road we've been on before in his Bronco. We went past a gate that is usually closed, and came to a big mud pit. I said "Oh lets turn around", he said "Nah I'll spot you" and unfortunately I listened to him... and got stuck.



We tried for an hour to dig it out and to shove logs under the tires to get grip, but go no where. I was pretty much just sitting on my engine skid plate in the front and my bumper in the rear. So, I had to lose all pride... and call my girlfriend to come tow us out with her Jeep TJ. Which she did fairly well at first. Until I got stuck in another rut and started 3 wheeling.



What I don't have a picture of is the front bumper going underwater, which made the fan spray water and mud all over the engine. I'm gonna have to take some time this weekend to clean it all up.


After getting it all the way out, it drove fine, brakes were a little faded, but it still drove straight and accelerated the same. But my radiator is cracking, so I'm trying to get a refund, but they're saying that it isn't the one they sent me and just being shady, so I might just get custom aluminum tanks made. I'm just afraid I broke something else, I'll be taking a look at it all this weekend.
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Sweet rig! doing some of these things to my recently bought 3rd gen. i bet washing that mud off the engine was satisfying!
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Well it's been a while, but the 4Runner has gotten quite a bit of stuff:

Roof rack, rock sliders, field monitor, ladder, rotopax, and most importantly.... TRD vinyls on the body

I'm waiting on LEDs from superbrightleds.com to finish up the field monitor install

Now all I need is rims and tires... and HIDs... and a new grill... and a lift... and maybe a 7th injector?


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Well it's been a while, but the 4Runner has gotten quite a bit of stuff:

Roof rack, rock sliders, field monitor, ladder, rotopax, and most importantly.... TRD vinyls on the body

I'm waiting on LEDs from superbrightleds.com to finish up the field monitor install

Now all I need is rims and tires... and HIDs... and a new grill... and a lift... and maybe a 7th injector?


What roof rack did you go with?
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Infidel Garage, he built it exactly how I wanted it, and welded up sliders for a totally unbeatable price. He was super nice and I highly recommend him
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Finally getting stuff done, sorry in advance for the bad phone pics

Got my HIDs assembled and put in, still need to decide how I want to wire up the halos. Either yellow all the time, or white and flashing yellow when turn signals are on. Also got my SRQ grill and clear corners on, totally changes the front end.



Got the new head unit and mini sub in, as well as new LEDs for the climate control. Wasn't hard at all.



Bought 2015 Trail Edition rims off craigslist, I need to get powder coated, and then wrap them in some BFG KO2s like every one else so I can finally be cool


And finally, my drawers are almost done in the back, trying to convince my self I dont need Rago rear panels to complete the back....
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