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Old 06-21-2017, 08:40 PM #1
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Welcome to TerraCrawler's (formerly username "Signal") Build thread!!!


Here is my 4Runner "TerraCrawler" as it stands now:


2014 Magnetic Grey Metallic 4Runner Trail Edition Premium purchased June 2017, 52,000 miles on the clock. Had a perfect service record and in outstanding condition.

Purchased as a daily driver and most importantly for extended overland travel. I will be embarking on travel for months at a time and documenting my journey. I did extensive research of everything from VW Touareg, Jeep Wrangler, Subaru Forester, and many others before discovering this wonderful machine.



Options included were:
  • Security glass etching
  • Remote start
  • Glass break sensor
  • Factory Stepsides
  • Full clear bra

Installed

Misc Onboard Items
  • Weathertech Digital Floor Mats
  • Salex Vehicle OCD Center Console Tray
  • Salex Vehicle OCD Center Console Organizer
  • Toyota Cargo Cover (will be for sale once my Goose Gear setup is finished)
  • GoalZero Yeti 400 Power Pack (used in roof top tent or other remote areas)
  • Yeti Hopper 20 (used as a cooler while driving, roof top tent, remote)

Air
  • ARB Dual Compressor
  • ARB Aluminium 4L Air Tank
  • ARB Compressor Manifold
  • ARB Air Compressor Pump Up Kit
  • ARB Compressor Blow Gun
  • ARB Inflator with Gauge
  • Bandi ARB Compressor Mount
  • SPOD ARB Compressor harness

Armor
Camp
Communications
  • Uniden CMX760 CB
  • Firestik K4R Heavy Duty Stud Mount
  • Firestik MU-8R9 Coax
  • Firestik 5ft Antenna with Tunable Tip
  • SS-3H Heavy Duty Spring
  • Firestik INS-59 O-ring inserts
  • AC Delco EGS20 Grounding Strap
  • Rago Fabrication Antenna Mount

Cooler Box
  • ARB Fridge Freezer 50QT
  • ARB 50QT Transit Bag
  • ARB Fridge Straps

Electrical
Engine
  • Safari Snorkel

Kitchen
  • Blue Ridge Overland/Tembo Tusk Skottle Kit

Lights
Rack
Recovery
Shower
  • Waterport (Black)

Storage
  • Blue Ridge Overland 4Runner Attic
  • End of the Road Quick Fists
  • Overland Equipped Ladder Steps
  • Blue Ridge Overland Visor Organizer
  • Rago Fabrication MSP
  • Goose Gear Plate System
  • Goose Gear Module Double Drawer Stack 22-3/16"W X 16"H X 27"D
  • Goose Gear Module Icebox Standard 30-50 QT
  • Trek Packs organization system
  • Goose Gear Module Anchor Pack (2)
  • Front Runner Stratchits (2 pair)
  • Trek Packs 4” x 46” Strip (4)
  • Trek Packs 6” x 46” Strip (4)
  • Trek Packs Cutting Tool
  • Trek Packs Foam Drawer Liners (5)
  • Trek Packs Pins and Tabs (40)
  • BlueRidge Overland Utensil Storage for fridge
  • Front Runner Monsoon Bag

Suspension
Tires
  • 285/70R17 BFGK02 2-ply

Misc
Ordered/waiting to be installed



Lights
  • Winjet Yellow Fog Lights

Rack
  • Front Runner T-slot rubber beading


Future plans

Armor
  • Aluminum Front Bumper (Not sure who, liked Pelfrey, but yeah F$(@ those guys)
  • Offroad Rear Bumper with dual swing outs
  • RCI Full Skids

Electrical
  • SPOD Bluetooth module

Lights
  • Baja Designs Front Bumper Light: S8 30" light bar (driving/combo)
  • Baja Designs Fog Lights: Squadron Sport (Amber/Wide Cornering)

Recovery
  • Warn Winch (could use help on model recommendation)
  • Misc Recovery gear items (could use help with this)

Wheels
  • FN Wheels F(X) Pro - Bronze Matte (or some other cool bronze wheels!)

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Good start to your build
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Got the first lot of gear in, will start with the install of the rack in about a week.
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Skipped walking and went running! Very nice, Looking forward to the build
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SPOD Install

Link to SPOD Universal Modular with 6 Switch Panel

I got my SPOD installed this weekend, which I bought from the recent group buy.

I pulled the console and used an 11/16" drill bit on it:



Just sufficient enough for the plug to go through:



Then hit it with a dremel to clean it up a bit:



Once trimmed as explained in 1Engineer's thread, it fits nice. I used 3M automotive double sided tape to hold the switch panel to the console:



I ran the cable to the switches through the drivers side rubber grommet:



The finished result:



I ran the cable out the side of the back of the console:



The Source unit I mounted on top of the fuse box:

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Excellent write up! I'm surprised that not that many people here are utilizing the sPOD. How well do the switches fit in place?
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Excellent write up! I'm surprised that not that many people here are utilizing the sPOD. How well do the switches fit in place?
The switches are solid within the switch panel, only way to remove them is a special tool. The switch panel fits solid in the console using 3M automotive tape, some have used velcro I have heard as well.
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thank you for the prompt reply!
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FrontRunner Rack

Link to Rack:
https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.co...-rack-kit.html

FrontRunner Rack installed! It is very well engineered and rock solid. It does however, take some patience and time to install!

First I assembled the rack itself. I was not too delicate with it and so I did get some scratches on the powder coat, but as a general rule I am not trying to baby this thing, as I plan to do some serious overloading.



You can see for the foot rails there are many fasteners!



You will need a rivnut tool! FrontRunner sells one, but don't buy that, as it does not fit into the channel of the 4Runner roof! If you wanted it to work, you would need to file it down. I was not able to find one of these at Home Depot or Lowes, so plan ahead. I got this one from Amazon. It was decent and did the job and I liked that it came with a bunch of Rivnuts. Here is a picture of the tool:



You will want to practice with this tool. I am not sure what the fix is if you should botch the install of a rivnut, but it likely involves drilling it out and then possibly having to fish the rivnut out of the headliner. FrontRunner does not give any extra fasteners so having extra would be advised. In fact, it's a good idea to do an inventory quickly of all the parts. I was very impressed by their packing and quality control, but in my case I did not get a fastener pack with my foot rails, but a quick call to FrontRunner and I had one in the mailbox in a few days.

Here is a pic of a rivnut and one I practiced on, you can see how they are compressed:



The directions talk about measuring the holes for the front of the foot rail. Instead I just used the foot rail itself as a stencil, I installed it and then traced out the holes so I knew exactly where to drill:



I also marked the edges of the spacer. Don't be stupid like me and try to cut the rubber while its not he vehicle, I put a small scratch trying to do that

You drill a 5mm (or so) pilot and then the 11.5mm hole. You will want to use a nice sharp drill bit, preferably one that is designed to prevent walking. Here is a comparison of the two holes pilot and final:



You will also find out that it can be difficult to find a 11.5mm drill bit. In fact, it's difficult to find metric drill bits at Home Depot or Lowes. What I did is bought a nice large set, which included 29 bits of almost every size! When you do this you will have a size 29/64" which is basically 11.5mm. Here is a chart that came with my bit set which nicely shows metric to inches mappings:



This is the set I picked up, it is by Milwaukee:



Here is the rivnut installed:



Here is the foot rails installed:



It is a good idea to do a good washing, maybe even a polish, but definitely apply some sealant. Sealant is much better than wax for a car that is going to be outside a lot. It can be purchased as a polymer based, which forms a chemical bond. A good sealant can do its job for months or even longer. Those expensive applications that dealers sometimes charge way too much for are sealants (Xymol, Zylon, etc). I use Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant. It's about $40 a bottle, but its amazing.

Here are some shots of the finished rack:





I installed the wind deflector initially. I was VERY impressed at how little wind noise there was with this rack. I ended up removing the wind deflector to install my light bar. After I did this I do have more noise and even a whistle now and then, but I am working on addressing that.
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Link to bottle opener:
https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.co...le-opener.html

Installed the FrontRunner Bottle Opener off the back of the rack. Not sure if I will keep it there, it may be easier to access from the side:

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Got an email today from @bandi that my compressor mount shipped! Can't wait to install all this goodness:

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Very kool idea for the roof rack mounting !

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Here is a pic of a rivnut and one I practiced on, you can see how they are compressed
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Shovel Mount

Link to shovel mount:
https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.co...t-bracket.html

Installed the Front Runner shovel mount. I put it in the back since I have the awning on the drivers side and jack on the passenger side. I will be shuffling things a bit however. Final setup will likely have the Krazy Beaver shovel in this spot, and the scoop moved to a stand off mount off the HiLift Jack.

For those that are curious, metal detecting is a huge hobby of mine, and so that is what the scoop is for. That scoop has an extra large diameter on the handle, which is made of carbon fiber. Because of the large diameter handle, the shovel mount strap barely hits the lift gate. I will be installing some 3M clear tape to remedy any pain abrasion. However, once I move the KB shovel to this spot, I am fairly certain its going to clear just fine.

Overall, it's a good mount, nice ratcheting action, and I am glad I can make use of that part of the rack. Eventually a Road Shower will be sitting up there, but more on top of the rack, so the shovel mount should still be working fine.
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Love how in depth you are with your write ups. I will definitely reference this when I purchase a FR rack.
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Suspension Ordered!

Worked with David @ Toytec and got a suspension configured for my 4Runner. I am going with the King / Total Chaos complete setup:



KS4R10 - King Complete Kit for 2010+ 4Runner

I ordered it with the HD springs, as my calculated weights on my build are already at +1100+ lbs. I also got the adjustable compression option. I will be having the folks at Rock Your 4x4 set it up for me, hopefully within a weeks time! Definitely one of the more expensive parts of my build, but an important one!
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