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Old 01-19-2020, 08:43 AM #16
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OEM all the way, baby.



However Id love to have a new stereo that included Bluetooth so I could listen to the tunes on my iPhone.
Yes the radios are easily return to OEM. Very common to unplug one and put one in for your needs. I mostly run non OEM radios as for hands free calling and spotify music. I been looking for some A/M that will suit my needs as my pioneer bot the dust.

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I fall in the slightly modified category. The more you do, the more you have to support. There are times you need something beefier though (suspension). Fun part is there is really no limit. I love seeing what everyone does to their rides.
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I was lurking on this forum for a good year before I got my 4Runner, so I had a looooong list of mods in mind once I had it in hand (mild lift, TBU, the typical stuff). That list has gotten shorter and shorter as I've come to the terms with the following facts:

1. most mods are expensive
2. the "cool" ones (lift, big tires, etc) make the ride less safe and less gas efficient
3. there's very little offroading in my area
4. if I'm headed to the mountains I'd rather hike than offroad anyway
5. I don't have a garage to wrench in
6. The Runner is pretty damn capable bone stock

As a result my truck has stayed pretty close to how it came off the lot, but I've made a lot of minor changes, mostly because despite 1-5, mods (sic or otherwise) are fun: Deckplate, Andy 2.0 w/ TRAC switch, always hot 12v outlet, and 99 Talls on the rear w/ 5100s.

On deck for this spring: Antenna switch, ABS disable (wired to a switch), hood strut mod, 99 Talls and 5100s for the front.

I also took care to make sure all the mods are easily reversible in case I had to sell. But that's less of a question since it's now a salvaged title.
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Thanks for starting this thread Brillo as it is good to hear what others

want from their rigs. I especially like the looks of @UnderFire 's Rig as it

has a good balance of tire to lift, roof rack and lights! As others have said

and I am in their camp at the moment with mostly stock items. I did however

do the breather tube Tim had on his video as mine rusted shut and cost me dearly to redo the axle seals. I also did Leon's ( Spiker ) hood struts which gets that hood up higher and the support out of the way. I also just ordered a blue tooth ( C57 ) for hands free phone use and a RAM mount kit for the GPS system for traveling. Other than that I always wanted a good CB radio

( President ) unit installed for the long rides along the thruways. As you know it's been a long journey getting the 02 Sport up to snuff with basic maintenance items such as brakes,timing belt water pump kit, upper and lower suspension arms, exhaust, fender, bushings all around, emergency brake replacement, shocks and springs, and many other needed upkeep. The project continues as like most used vehicles I came across in these parts, people drive em until they need to much upkeep and move on!
Appreciate it. Learned a lot over the years. I always stand back and make sure things look proportional and want to have some kind of "aura" I guess you could call it. Have stuff look just right lol. The kind of rig you park and just have to look back at it as you walk away.

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Yes the radios are easily return to OEM. Very common to unplug one and put one in for your needs. I mostly run non OEM radios as for hands free calling and spotify music. I been looking for some A/M that will suit my needs as my pioneer bot the dust.

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A couple thoughts.....
Once had a sales man tell me. I aint putting seat covers on leather seats. Why would I want to keep them nice for someone else to enjoy? Im going to enjoy them myself. $300 and the next owner can replace them.

Im also not into gingerbread. Gingerbread is anything that doesnt improve performance, usability, or comfort.

I modify my vehicles for my use and comfort. I dont worry about resale value. I run my rigs until they are give away status anyhow.
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Thank you for all that took your time and shared your stories on this thread. It's a conversation thread as we have a few others like this thread on here for conversations.

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I have been modding as I find a need for it. Started with spacer lift and good tires. The extra clearance was nice, went out in the eastern oregon rocky terrain and discovered I needed better suspension and sliders if I wanted to get to the hard to find antelope hunting spots. I had a friend fab up some sliders with a rear kick out, got an OME 883/891 lift with built right uniball UCA's and better lighting for the front and rear. Up playing in the snow I almost smashed my front bumper into a tree, making me think some full tubing costal offroad bumpers should be next on the list. Oh and tundra brakes for towing my trailer. It's just money right? haha
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I have modified every vehicle I have ever owned, but I'm OCD about how I go about it. I try to do mods that improve the vehicle in some way, power, convenience, updates, etc and do them in the same fashion I think the OEM would have done.

I can't stand to see a rats nest of wires, splices, butt connectors under a dash. It's so easy to use proper electrical pinned connectors just like the factory uses and they cost pennies from places like Digikey.

I've gotten a TON of fun from the supercharger on the 3rd gen. Smaller pulley and meth injection just added to the fun.

Tundra TRD and OME suspension gave it a nice lift to allow for some 265/75 tires and it rides better than it did on the factory suspension to boot and it looks good.

Tundra brake upgrade got rid of the oscillation and brake fade, plus they're painted and labeled for a bit of a sporty look.

Converted to a sport hood, ditched the grandma looking running boards for custom tube steps, and changed out the wheels but used FJ TRD center caps to keep with that "how would the oem do it" look.

HID headlight conversion with some halos and strip LEDs so I could see A LOT better at night and add a bit of modern styling.

Got more on the horizon like led light conversion that's in process and next I'm gonna "try" to do some trick courtesy lighting. Maybe push button start at some point and heated leather seat upgrades as well.

I keep a list so when I get bored and need a project I have something to do, or I ask you guys for ideas LOL. I've done so many mods on the 4Runner I can't even remember them all. I sometimes have to reference my website for a reminder, like wiring the fog lights to be able to come on with the parking lights and stay on with the high beams. I forgot I even did that until recently.

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I just got an '02 Runner this past weekend. I plan on fixing up the inside and upgrading the sound system. I bought it off my parents and the interior is in need of some upkeep especially the back. It's all dirty of spills and what not from my nephew. So I'm gonna clean it up and use as my daily driver. I am going to add a better audio system thanks to where I work and maybe some cosmetics as in adding fog lights, upgrade the stock 15" wheels to 16 or 17"s from a 4th gen or taco.
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I got a 98 T4R, and when I purchased it, it was bone stock, not a thing done to it, not at all. Even stock they are very capable, but I do some off-roading, so I have been slowly modifying mine (Lights, Tires, Looks, Suspension, etc.) Everything I've done so far is reversible. If you look for a first gen 4Runner on craigslist or Offer Up, they are all destroyed and beat up and modified beyond repair. I hate to see things like this done to third gens, because eventually there will be no running stock ones left, so it's up to you. I like mine customized, but if I wanted to I could easily reverse everything I've done, and I could have a stock 4Runner for the future to enjoy.
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