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Old 12-09-2020, 11:18 AM #16
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Got my photographer friend to get some pictures...if I could send them in their real size (25mb per picture) they would look really good.
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Nice truck!

I just picked up a í96 4runner. I am swapping out the front and rear differentials and tackling a lot of other things at the same time.

I would put priority on the water pump, radiator (hoses included), and thermostat. If they have not been changed out lately. They can be the main cause of a blown head gasket.
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Nice truck!

I just picked up a í96 4runner. I am swapping out the front and rear differentials and tackling a lot of other things at the same time.

I would put priority on the water pump, radiator (hoses included), and thermostat. If they have not been changed out lately. They can be the main cause of a blown head gasket.
Thanks! I need to do a radiator flush, but the rest is pretty much new. My brother has a old subaru which needed the head gaskets replaced and my dad had an old mustang which blew head gasket so I've had more than my fair share dealing with that. Especially with miles racking up, that's good to know.
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Went mudding with a couple buddies and the runner was the only one not to get stuck and I was doing some extra credit lines too.







The the next day went down for a weekend trip to Saint Augustine.







Finally I have a break so I'm going to catch up on some maintenance and soon to come Christmas upgrades that are pretty exciting!

Cost update:
4runner - 5000
spray paint for rims - 10
1/4 chicken wire - 15
rack basket - 50
shovel - 8
traction boards - 60
farm jack - 40
recovery strap - 30
recovery shackles - 10
TOTAL - 5223
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Hey all, hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Years! Got some goodies for Christmas...



The largest upgrade is the snorkel. I live in Savannah, Ga and unfortunately it's either mudding or traveling to get to good trails, so that's my defense against the mall crawling...and yes, it is connected!



Next is the lightbar. Wanted it lower, like in the bumper, but the brackets wouldn't fit. I will probably put some amber lights down there.

Finally, my grandma got me a cb radio of all things so I will be installing that in the future.

A few weeks ago i bought the panhard correction kit and it's coming in tomorrow, so it will be interesting to feel the handling difference then. Also got a Trail Gear differential breather kit so I'll be installing that shortly as well. I still have some touch up POR-15 to do on some rails and then the first oil change since i bought it, so I'll be staying busy with all that.
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Looking great! Grats on finding one with minimal to no rust. Excited to follow your build. Good luck in school!
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Looking great! Grats on finding one with minimal to no rust. Excited to follow your build. Good luck in school!
Thanks, I need the luck for school lol. I was pretty pumped not worrying about rust so much after my last 4runner went to crap for that reason.
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Finally got the panhard correction kit installed! Got it done by a shop for obvious reasons. 80 for the part and 150 to double side weld, reinforce, paint, and fix a broken stud on my wheel spacer. It makes such a difference on highway driving and it centers the axle too. I do need an alignment soon, but I now have access to an alignment machine so I will experiment with that soon.



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Hey all, haven't been posting a lot lately, I've had much to do getting into colleges, working, and school. Couple things I've done though:

Tinted headlights


This looks cool and since it is legal to have the lightbar on at night (or no cop has stopped me yet), I thought I might as well

took off the rack, rails, and spoiler


I want to try this out for a bit. The wind noise was becoming increasingly annoying, especially having to drive on the highway every day to school. I will re-install everything whenever I need it for off-road trips, but for now I'm going to be relaxing for a bit.

Got my first speeding ticket
Yes, unfortunately I have. My "life in the fast lane" has finally caught up to me. I was on my way up to Athens to visit my girlfriend and got caught 3 hours from my house going 74 in a 55. Luckily, I did not get a super speeder ticket by one mph. March 26 is the court date and hopefully it will go well. Not what I needed happening in this time with my financial state being what it is because of college, but I learned my lesson which is valuable.

Took my girlfriend on her first off-road adventure
It was about time I did! she really did enjoy it and there will be more adventures with her to come.
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This looks cool and since it is legal to have the lightbar on at night (or no cop has stopped me yet), I thought I might as well

took off the rack, rails, and spoiler
Just because you haven't been stopped doesn't mean that you should be using a light bar for street use. Especially if it is not designed as a driving light. I'm sure oncoming traffic would appreciate it if you didn't do that anymore.
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Just because you haven't been stopped doesn't mean that you should be using a light bar for street use. Especially if it is not designed as a driving light. I'm sure oncoming traffic would appreciate it if you didn't do that anymore.
I completely agree. I turn it off with oncoming traffic, but I usually drive late at night on unpopulated roads so thereís not a lot of people to temporarily blind in the first place. In South Georgia there are those people with their 52Ē double light bars that donít give a care in the world so I try not follow in their footsteps.
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Looks great, how do you like to the toyos?
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Looks great, how do you like to the toyos?
I really like them, especially on the highway because there is almost no road noise. The tread is a bit narrow for my liking so I may go with the BFG mud terrains in the future. They're load E so it's a lot of tire so my brakes hate me for it lol.
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Another update


Rear bumper and hitch are no more. A friend of mine ruined his and he decided to pay me very generously for mine...a perfect excuse to fabricate my own bumper. I will get to that in the next couple weeks.



When I removed both pieces, some unseen rust reared its ugly head...looks like its por-15 time. The bolts had already gone to crap, so glad i removed it when I did.


While I was down there, I finally installed the trail gear diff breather...a much put off project. I went with this one so that it wouldn't be hindered by axle flex.


Finally, just a little something for the snorkel...

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Great looking setup!
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