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Old 03-18-2021, 09:51 PM #16
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I have my '98 4Runner SR5 I bought and had a very economic approach to things. I mostly use it for commuting the ways to and from work but I did do a few things to it over the years... on a budget.

Originally it was a 2wd model with an auto -- I converted it to 4x4 and a 5-speed... but we will stock to the lift and tires

I bought the wheels and tires from a member here - the tires were brand new as were the wheels - he ended up planning on selling his rig before he put them on - picked them up for $800 (5 x 16x8 wheels and 265/75/16 tires)

I then wanted a slight lift to clear as I was getting minor rubbing on the front as lock so I just ordered some factory height springs from a 99 4-runner to get the back up a bit (about 1-1.5") and added a 1" spacer on the front strut/spring assembly. This gave me the little bit of clearance I needed.
Spent maybe $75

I have a factory roof rack that works for what I need (I don't ever use it) - Free.99

Honestly I have less than $5000 into my entire truck including the price of the truck itself, the manual 4x4 swap, wheels, tires, e-locker... that being said I am planning on doing a proper lift in the future as my factory front struts are a little long in the tooth at this point - may end up going with something like the OME set up.
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Just get a set of 99 talls, and all terrain tires.
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Lower ball joints, tie rods, CV boots, valve cover gaskets (if leaking), clean MAF sensor, fuel filter, spark plugs, clean throttle body, clean fuel injectors, radiator, all driveline fluids.
Thank you. I've heeded your advice and others and am delaying the lift and focusing on maintenance. Boring, but needs to be done if I am going to drive it for another 100k. I also realized I have a multi-mode issue (blinking green and orange light on dash when selecting AWD) so need to figure that out as well as changing fluids etc.
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Before you do anything replace your lower ball joints if they have not been done in the last 100k or if the age is unknown.
Age is unknown. Looks like parts are about $200. Is this a pretty simple install? Should I put it off until I do lift in maybe 5-10k miles?
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Age is unknown. Looks like parts are about $200. Is this a pretty simple install? Should I put it off until I do lift in maybe 5-10k miles?
There's always a risk, but mine were fine at ~270k miles - just don't lift the truck before replacing the ball joints. That's when they start to fail more often, especially when old. OEM only on those lower ball joints (I replaced mine when doing other suspension work, pre-lift). The upper ball joint is likely just fine (and is much less likely to fail catastrophically).

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Or you could do maintenance... I guess. Sort of important.
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Thank you. I've heeded your advice and others and am delaying the lift and focusing on maintenance. Boring, but needs to be done if I am going to drive it for another 100k. I also realized I have a multi-mode issue (blinking green and orange light on dash when selecting AWD) so need to figure that out as well as changing fluids etc.
My multi-mode was a little bit sticky when I first got mine 5 years ago. To get it to engage while driving, you often have to accelerate a bit, then let off the gas, and you hear the click when it goes in. If that does not work, I've had to pull over to a complete stop, shift to neutral, then to reverse, move five feet, back to neutral, then drive. It'll usually click in somewhere in that process. I think you will not want to turn while it's flashing as it seems to bind up the drivetrain. Do all those things in a straight line only to get it to go into AWD.

Mine is no longer sticky and goes in and out perfectly every time. I just make sure to engage it once a month and it's good.

If it won't go, that indicates there is an issue. I believe it's usually either a vacuum line or an electronic actuator. I did have a vacuum line replaced on mine and I think that point is when mine became perfect. I had a ton of maintenance done in that outing though. Maybe someone here can link to a troubleshooting thread of the 4wd system. Should turn up in a search on here I bet.
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I too have a '99 Limited. I'll follow this. Thanks for starting this thread.
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Besides all the maintence others have mentioned and some all terrain tires, I would look into upgrading the headlights or adding some sort of auxiliary driving lights. The stock headlights have very poor visibility in any sort of night driving(especially rain).
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