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Old 06-04-2010, 12:26 AM #1
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Brian's '97 4Runner SR5 4x4

Specs & List of Mods:

Engine:
3.4L 5VZ-FE V6 - Used Engine w/ 123K swapped in at 217K
4.5" Airbox Hole
AirRaid Intake Tube
TRD Cat-Back Exhaust (cut off right after rear axle)

Diffs/Transmission:
Front & Rear ARB Lockers
4:88 Motive Gears
1" Diff Drop
B&M 70268 Tranny Cooler
Extended Rear Diff Breather Mod

Lift/Suspension:
Front: 3" OME 883 Med-Heavy Duty Coils
OME N91SC Comfort Struts
WabFab Swaybar Links

Rear: 4" OME 861 Heavy Duty LandCruiser FJZ80 Coils
Tokico Trekmaster GE4095 LandCruiser FJZ80 Shocks
Custom-made Upper Links w/ Heim Joints/Poly Bushings
Toytec LCA Skids
1.5" Extended Bump Stops
No Swaybar

1" 4Crawler Body Lift

Tires/Wheels:
315/75/16 Goodyear MT/Rs
Stock 5 Star Wheels
1" Motorsport Technology Wheel Spacers

Brakes:
231mm Tundra Upgrade
Disabled ABS

Armor:
ARB Bullbar Front Bumper (chopped and modified for ground clearance and adapted for 1" body lift)
CBI Rear Bumper w/ (removable) Tire Swing-Away, Gas Can/Ice Chest Holder, and Hi-Lift Mount
4xInnovations 66" DOM Sliders w/ Kickouts
BudBuilt IFS Skid
BudBuilt Belly Pan
Lil' Skip's Gas Tank Skid
Rear LCA Frame Mount Skids - 3/16" Welded Plate
Icon/Toytec Rear Lower Shock Skids
Trail Gear Rear Diff Skid

Body/Interior:
Chopped Fenders and Flattened Firewall for 35s
Removed Black SR5 Flares
Removed Gold Emblems and Pinstripes
Rear Storage Panel Mod
Husky Floor Liners
Wade In-Channel Window Visors

Lighting:
(2) IPF 968 100W Lights

CB
Cobra 19 Ultra III w/ 3' Firestick Antenna

Other Misc. Stuff I Have in There:
Scangauge II
MasterFlow MV-90 Air Compressor
Staun Deflators
48" Hi-Lift Jack
Tools
Spare CV Axle and Misc. Parts


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The Story...
I bought my '97 4Runner in 2001 with 91K for $15,000 which was a good deal back then. I bought it as a little present to myself for graduating college that same week. She's was my DD for 10 years, now my DD is a '98 regular cab 4x4 5spd 4banger Tacoma. And my 4Runner is a dedicated trail/camping/snow rig.

Unfortunately I don't have any pics of the first few years because that was the age of film and PS1 and I've moved houses a lot and don't know where all my old photographs are, but the earliest pic I can find is from 2007 on a camping trip at Grant Lake, CA. It was still stock when this pic was taken except I replaced the gold emblems with chrome except for the front (but that'll come later). It also had 265/75s and no running boards at this point.



Then very shortly afterwards, I threw on my 1st of 2 and a half lifts.. a Daystar 2.5" spacer lift and some 305/70R16s. Around April '09 I scored an ARB bumper off my neighbor's friend for $200!..


Those Hella 500s were broken and I took them back. I have since replaced them with IPFs.

In July '09 I got an ARB rear locker and some 4.88 gears. I usually work on my truck myself, but I didn't want it to be the guinea pig for my first gear install so I don't have any pics of that stuff.

A few weeks later I painted my stock 3-spoke wheels flat black..


For Christmas '09 I ditched my spacer lift and got OME 883s and 891s, OME comfort shocks, and swapped out the 305s at the same time for some 285s. Just in time for some big snow..



Here's a wheelin shot at this stage..


I did a 1" 4crawler body lift back in February '10. I had to drill some new holes in the ARB to eliminate some of the gap, but I've since repositioned and welded the ARB mounts when I trimmed the bumper for clearance later on. I also trimmed my rear SR5 flares so they don't hang past the body (but I've since removed them too)..


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Old 06-04-2010, 12:26 AM #2
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I got rear-ended in April '10 and I ended up taking the cash instead of repairing it..


I went on a little spree with the insurance $$ and got some sliders and some 255/85R16 Maxxis Bighorn M/Ts mounted on new Cragar Soft 8 wheels. I'm also having CBI make a rear tire carrier bumper for me, but it won't be done for a few months. Here's how it sits as of June '10..


And here's some wheeling shots from last weekend with driffter33 and Pure_98 just so you guys don't start thinkin I'm a mall crawler.




And one of all of us.
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it's come a long way. Looks good can't wait to see the bumper.

Ps Thats No Mall Crawler!
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Looking good. You 4runner gives me inspiration on what my 4runner could become.
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lookin good!
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Looks GREAT B! That trip you took is SICK. Nothing like that here in Charlotte. How much was that Locker? Paint your rear bumper black...then tell me how ya did it. lol
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Thanks for the compliments everone!

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Looks GREAT B! That trip you took is SICK. Nothing like that here in Charlotte. How much was that Locker? Paint your rear bumper black...then tell me how ya did it. lol
This site is so awesome for networking because it makes it even more fun to go wheel with other 4runners - and 3rd gens at that! Driffter33 and Pure 98 had to drive a ways, but I know they had a blast too.

The locker/compressor was about $1000. I'm not sure what the labor would be for the locker alone because I had gears installed and had them throw the locker in at the same time to save $$. I would guess about $500 to install.
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looks good dude... ive been wondering when u were gonna make a build thread.
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Looks great. Like the new additions.

You need to get a rear bumper now!
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Lovin the new wheel and tire combo.It ain't no mall crawler Ive seen it in action
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I like the new tailight. Lookin good.
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Nice!!!

about time you put one of these together
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Looks great. Like the new additions.

You need to get a rear bumper now!
My CBI should be done in about 6-8 weeks. It's killing me waiting for it! I got the swing-away, gas can holder, hi-lift mount, cut-out for the exhaust pipe (it'll be piped out the side of the bumper instead of hanging below like stock), lighted license plate holder, and tab for the CB antenna. They're also adapting it to work with my 1" body lift so here won't be a big gap between the bumper and the body.

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Lovin the new wheel and tire combo.It ain't no mall crawler Ive seen it in action
Thanks, I like the new combo way better too!

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Nice!!!

about time you put one of these together
I know. I'm still trying to figure out how to pull photos off my old phone (disconnected), I can view them on the phone, but not sure how I would download them to my computer without it being hooked up to any service. I have some of different stages and also my ARB install.
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Here's a couple shots from yesterday (for you guys who think 891s are to stiff to flex)...



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