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Old 04-02-2019, 01:09 PM #1
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Need advice on high mileage 3rd gen/build thread

Quick background here:
2000 limited 4runner with e-locker
223k purchased excellent condition $6500
Maintenance performed as preventative maintenance and some repair:
Full timing belt kit and water pump
New radiator
Toyota lower ball joints
Inner and outer tie rod ends
Ngk plugs and wires
New crossover exhaust gaskets
Valve cover gaskets and intake gaskets
Denso o2 sensors
Toyota tps
Cleaned mas
Seafoamed engine
Fuel filter
New 4 hole Denso fuel injectors
Power steering fluid flush, rack bushings, guide updated
Changed all gear box fluids to synthetic
New braided with sleeves brake lines
Rebuilt rear brakes, adjusted e brake
Replaced cv axle
New black carpet kit
Black digital fit weather techs
New battery
Rebuilt starter with new brushes/contacts

Upgrades:
Bilstein 6112 4runner front struts/springs
Tundra big brake upgrade from power stop with drilled/slotted rotors
Bilstein 5100 with ome springs in rear
Extended rear bump stops
Eimhart panhard drop/lower kit
E-brake bracket made for lift
Extended rear brake line
Front diff drop kit
1” wheel spacers
Mstudt extended heavy duty sway bar end links
Sway bar bushings energy suspension
2017 4runner wheels
255/75/17 duratracs sl 4 ply tires
Morimoto d2s projectors with 5k Morimoto hid’s
Satoshi grille mod
Pioneer car-play touch screen
Alpine rear flip down tv for kid movies
Pioneer 6.5” 2 ways front and rear
Rx8 leather front seats
Full color conversion to satin black interior with light gray upper half
Led bulbs in hvac and gauge cluster
In process of doing leather dye from Leatherique on all seats to black
Gray seatbelts swapped in.
Diff lock light up mod
Clock mod so green matches green led in digital hvac

Super clean, almost dent free, only a door ding here and there gets 16mpg city and 18 hwy, currently sits at 253k miles and I daily drive it 25 miles 4 days a week to work. Burns zero oil.

Here is what I need advice about: I hate how underpowered it is when I have my family of 5 in it and it’s loaded with camping gear trying to get over the mountain pass! My foot is basically floored to keep up with traffic doing 55moh/60mph, Toyota geared these horribly. It’s fine when your at say 3500rpm but then it upshifts and you lose all your power.

3 options to vote on please
Sell it and buy a v8 4th gen and start build over (I have no money left over to upgrade it cause of how much I invested in this one)

I found a 75k 2000 4runner with magnason supercharger installed for sale that was wrecked that I could buy just not sure how cheap I could get it for or how much that is worth and swap everything low mileage over with supercharger.

V8 swap mine with tundra/sequioa after mine blows up but then everything would be high mileage.

I want to put 285/70/17 ridge grapplers in it, savage off-road hybrid bumper/sliders, rear tire swing out, prinsu roof rack in the future which is going to add weight and all that will cost like 5-6k so keep that in mind when voting on option. Plan to overland some day with 2-3 people.

My boy is 12 and in 4 years I’d like to have the rig be his depending on a lot of benchmarks he would have to maintain...

I’m already upside down in value but am at a cross roads, do I dump another 8k into it over next 4 years to make it last many years to come, or cut my loses and buy something with lower mileage and newer with a v8 in it.

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Old 04-02-2019, 01:43 PM #3
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I would vote for the supercharger and exhaust, this will be the easiest option.
I would also look at regearing to 4.88s, a lot of the power suck is the auto trans.
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My vote is keep and supercharge as well. Great looking rig, would love to learn more about your interior makeover.
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Can anyone guess what my advice is?



You've put so much into the one you have, it would be a crying shame to let it all go. V8 swaps are few and far between, you'd have to do a lot of wiring and welding and may not play nice with your suspension setup due to clearances and the like. Supercharge it.
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Putting larger\heavier tires on will make it slower. Regear and supercharge.

Also, your 4runner isn't high mileage.
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I'm in a similar situation and my supercharger is on the bench about to go in on my truck with 226,000 miles.
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I vote you keep it and make a freaking build thread so we can see all of your mods! I would love to see that interior makeover, including the RX8 seats.
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Is the photobucket link not working? I need to order the photos as they are all over the place. Rx8 seats are very comfy, and the swap was easy. Just go to a junk yard and steal the factory seat floor brackets off some tore up ones and weld and grade 10 bolt them onto a piece of 1x2 steel tube attached to the Mazda seat brackets. The Mazda seat feet unbolt and then I just cut off the studs on the Mazda seat rails to make it mate with the 1x2 tube. Dimensionally they fit great in a 3rd gen. I am 6í and have a couple inches of head room. If you are taller I would use flat bar and not a 1x2.
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I just supercharged mine. I felt no power loss once I added the 33s

It feels great.

My next 4Runner will have a v8, only because of I have always had v6 and I am ready for more power when towing. But I am happy with this one right now

I say keep it supercharge or turbo
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Exclamation I need help

I donít know that much about 4Runners. So I just made an account here. I was wondering if you could swap the engine from a 1997 forerunner that is rear wheel to 4Wheel drive 2001 4runner. I donít know if it is worth my time to fix the 4 wheel drive 4Runner. But I need to fix it really bad because I need a way to get to College. Any help would be greatly appreciated !!
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As long as itís the 6 cyl. Itís the same engine and will swap over.
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Would there be a difference in oil pan or transmission?
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The 4wd transmission is different than the 2wd transmission. Not sure about oil pan but being a v6 I donít know why it would be. Itís always smarter to do a like to like swap if you arenít sure. Go to car-part.com and search for engine for your vehicle and see what comes up.
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Thank you. I will let you know how it goes.
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