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Old 01-26-2023, 01:14 PM #1
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Are build threads still a thing? Anyway, I recently went through several and they were a big help so figured I'd throw one up on my 3rd gen. I've had it 20 years now so I'm probably forgetting some stuff. I call it Project SportRunner. It has been one of my all time favorite vehicles and in the 20 years I've owned it I have only had to make two repairs - one oxygen sensor and one rear axle seal leak.

A lot of the work I've done is on my Youtube channel: Speedy's Garage - YouTube

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Bought a 2002 Xterra brand new. Nissan is local and through friends and family I got a huge discount. I wanted a 3rd gen 4Runner but couldn't really afford it at the time. I hated the Xterra and looked for a 3rd gen after a year of ownership. Found a low mile (10,000) used 2002 SR5 4WD 4Runner at a local dealer and traded the Xterra in on it. I couldn't believe this SR5 had leather. I loved it from the first drive. It was a Certified Toyota which came with a 100K mile bumper to bumper warranty if I remember correctly. Never had to use it though.

I've had it 20 years, so I'll try to remember all I've done.

How I got it in October 2003 with 10,248 miles



How it sits as of January 2023 with 153,412 miles



Performance
Detroit Truetrac installed in the rear
TRD Supercharger Stock Pulley, 2.2 Pulley, 2.1 Pulley
URD 7th Injector (only used way up in the boost range due to water/meth)
Kept stock fuel pump
Water/Meth Injection (highly recommended) custom mix using -20 washer fluid and HEET
Tuned by yours truly
Deck Plate Mod
AFe dry air filter
ISR Removal
Addco Sway Bar front and rear
Tundra Brake Upgrade with Power Slot rotors
Stainless brake lines
Transmission Cooler
(no valve body changes, no converter changes, stock fuel pump, etc)
Trans has been fine for 15 years and over 100K miles on this setup

This is BEFORE the 2.1" pulley or water/meth injection that allows me to run around 7 more timing



Suspension
Bilstein Tundra 5100 shocks front/rear
Tundra TRD Coils up front on the first second shock perch OME 906 Rear
Gave right about 2" 2.5" of lift on my 2002 SRT 4WD on the front and 2.5" in the rear
Hub to center front 21.5" 22"
Hub to center rear 22.25"
Tires Bridgestone Revo 2 265/75R16 (that are shot with 60K miles on them)
No diff drop, no torn CVs in over 100K miles with this setup

Exterior
Ivan Stewart TRD Wheels Level 8 MK6 16x8 0 offset Gunmetal Wheels
Factory Sport Hood painted to match
Sport skid plate
Removed factory running boards
Installed aftermarket tube steps custom powder coated gun metal
Satoshi Grill
Supercharged badging
Factory fog lights with factory stalk on the column (wiring was already there) rewired to work with parking lamps.
Motorized antennae failed (twice) replaced with Tacoma fixed antennae
HID retrofit headlamps with amber LED bezel rings and strips, bezel rings and strips wired to parking lights
All bulbs replaced with LED with adjustable relay for turn signal speed
LED Updated tail lights

Interior
Custom gauge panel and bezels for water/meth control and boost, AFR, trans temp. I had Autometer put green LEDs in the trans temp gauge to match factory dash a long with a dimmer to match illumination.
Gauges have bezels that aim them 10 at the driver
Green LED illuminated cup holders wired to come on with parking lights
Front/rear foot well lighting when doors open (bright)
Front/rear foot well lighting when parking lights are on (dim)
Updated head unit for bluetooth connectivity with mic for phone calls
Hard wired radar detector currently Uniden R3

Major Maintenance
Lots of oil changes
Spark plugs replaced 3 times currently running NGK Iridium
48,000 Miles - Lower ball joints replaced under SSC 50J Recall in April 2006
60,000 Miles - trans fluid exchange service with Mobil 1 ATF, diffs/xfer case drained and filled with Mobil 1 75W90 synthetic, fuel filter changed
95,000 Miles - 10/2013 flushed brake fluid and replaced with Valvoline synthetic
148,000 Miles - Timing belt, water pump, all associated pulleys, radiator, t-stat, upper/lower radiator hoses, coolant flush/fill, all drive belts replaced including supercharger using all Toyota OEM parts.
149,000 Miles - Rear axle seals and rear wheel bearings replaced, rear brakes replaced, and axle retainers installed inverted to avoid future axle seal leaks.

Upcoming Projects
Rear axle seals, rear wheel bearings, rear brakes Complete 3/2022 148,359 miles
Timing belt, water pump, associated pulleys/idlers, and all accessory belts including supercharger Complete 4/2022 148,632 miles
Replace radiator, thermostat (170), upper/lower radiator hoses, coolant flush with Toyota coolant Complete 4/2022 148,632 miles
Replace lower ball joints Complete 2/2023 153,285 miles
Adjust TRD/Bilstein suspension Complete 2/2023 153,285 miles
Alignment Complete 2/2023 153,340 miles
New tires Toyo Open Country AT3 (265/75R16 or 285/75R16??)
Diff/Xfer case fluid change with Mobil 1 75W90 / upgrade front diff plugs to Lexus with nut instead of hex
Trans fluid exchange with Mobil 1 ATF
Power Steering fluid exchange with Mobil 1 ATF / clean PS reservoir
Replace fuel filter
Clean AFe air filter
Valve Cover Gaskets
Paint Valve Covers?
Change Supercharger Oil
Detail engine bay
Paint frame
Recondition bumpers
Recondition trailer hitch
New Rear Hatch Struts
Recondition arm rest/console cover
Recondition steering wheel leather
Recondition front leather seats (maybe custom Katskinz?)
More power?




































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Restoration projects started 2/2023

Lower Ball Joints on a scale of 1-10 about a 3.




Adjusted the Bilstein suspension This was a difficult job in terms of getting the struts back in. Scale of 1-10 an 8 for me.



I was curious how the alignment would look after replacing the lower ball joints. Verdict is in, I definitely recommend an alignment.



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Glad to see you're making one, that thing is a beast!
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Surprised you didn't have a build thread already! I remember following your video when I did my first retrofit and have always been in awe at how thoroughly and cleanly you install everything. Your channel is the first place I go if I need inspiration on doing a project the "right" way lol. Glad to see you're starting a thread on here!
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Surprised you didn't have a build thread already! I remember following your video when I did my first retrofit and have always been in awe at how thoroughly and cleanly you install everything. Your channel is the first place I go if I need inspiration on doing a project the "right" way lol. Glad to see you're starting a thread on here!
Thanks for the kind words, it's been a lot of years maybe I had a build thread and forgot
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Nice build thread. Mine is mostly just frame repairing and maintenence things.

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Nice build thread and great looking T4R. What tube steps are those?
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Are you running the trans cooler in series or solo? Fan or no fan on the cooler and what model?
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Nice to see your build thread! I have watched all your 4Runner videos and appreciate all of your thorough and precise expertise with the work you performed in those videos. VERY helpful.
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Are you running the trans cooler in series or solo? Fan or no fan on the cooler and what model?
Trans cooler is in series. No fan. I believe it's a Hayden. Box said Tru-Cool and it was a 4454 model. This looks like it might be the replacement: Amazon.com: Hayden Automotive 678 Universal Rapid-Cool 9.5” x 11” Add-On Transmission Cooler – Not for Direct Replacement of the OE Cooler : Automotive

Mine has a bypass so that fluid doesn't go through it until it hits a certain temp supposedly.

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Nice build thread and great looking T4R. What tube steps are those?
They were some knock offs I found years ago after Toyota quit offering the tube steps. Mussa I think was the brand. They came painted with cheap black paint and I sent them off to a powder coater for a proper finish.

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Nice to see your build thread! I have watched all your 4Runner videos and appreciate all of your thorough and precise expertise with the work you performed in those videos. VERY helpful.
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