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Old 10-27-2023, 09:47 PM #1
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Rahll's 98 SR5 4wd Build

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I've read a thousand threads working on my rigs and thought I would make a build thread for my most recent one. I'm not breaking any new ground with my build but I'm excited for it.

I picked my 98 SR5 4wd up early this last summer for 4600$ at 250k. It had brake wobble, stereo wasn't working, and paint issues. However it also had a good running motor, a clean frame, and just functioned as a highway driver.

I've come what feels like a long way in the few months I've owned it, but here's where it started:
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My first major project was to rebuild and mount an old Warn winch that come off of my grandpa's 1st gen 4runner. I had to use it for real for the first time last weekend after getting a little ambitious. I also torched the plastic bumper to return it to black pretty quickly after I got it. Yes I'm wearing crocs, and yes that wire in the picture where I'm holding the solenoid wasn't 2 ga, it is now. I made my own solenoid circuit for the winch using a 500a control box and a rocker switch for about 40$ instead of buying a new warn one for 4x the price.
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As far as maintenance goes, I have replaced:
- LBJS (OEM)
- Timing belt (Gates, alignment ticks ended up being necessary)
- Water pump (aisin)
- Radiator (OEM)
- Coolant
- Brake rotors pads and calipers

I have everything to do valve cover gaskets, so that is next on the agenda.
Had a little POS moment with the timing belt job leaking after it was done. Was just a poorly seated thermostat ring. Added some RTV for extra peace of mind. Hasn't leaked since.
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As far as gadgets go, I have a cobra CB with a firestik antenna, new kenwood stereo, replaced dash lights, fog lights and a light bar all wired up to a fuseblock. I've also done a heavy duty terminal conversion for my main harness leads.
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A couple pictures from adventures this summer
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Next item on the agenda is installing my lift kit. I have everything ready to go. Here's my part list:
- Bilstein 5100 front and rear
- 1st gen Tundra TRD pro front coils
- OME 891 rear
- Moog 2nd gen rear sway links
- SS extended front and rear brake lines

Still need a panhard correction kit, diff drop parts, bump stops yada yada but this should be fine for the next couple months
My goal is to run 33's comfortably, not opposed to running a small body lift too to make it happen.
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Looks good! And well done doing the work yourself as a busy college student
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Finished up valve cover gaskets, sparkplugs, and PCV valve
Replaced normal stuff along the way
Pleasantly surprised with how things looked under the covers!
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Leaky valve cover gaskets done + some mud holes = pressure wash time
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Decided to swap in a junkyard headliner over the break. Discovered that I have an aftermarket (I think) sunroof hidden under the old headliner, which also wasn't factory. Finished ripping out the old security system and taped up all the splice points. Anyone have any experience with aftermarket sunroof wiring? I'm assuming the two leads off the motor are just power and ground, so I'm not sure how to integrate that into factory sunroof controls, or if it even can. Open to wiring suggestions.
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Decided to swap in a junkyard headliner over the break. Discovered that I have an aftermarket (I think) sunroof hidden under the old headliner, which also wasn't factory. Finished ripping out the old security system and taped up all the splice points. Anyone have any experience with aftermarket sunroof wiring? I'm assuming the two leads off the motor are just power and ground, so I'm not sure how to integrate that into factory sunroof controls, or if it even can. Open to wiring suggestions.
I would think that it takes a positive and negative from the battery and runs to that relay box, but I'm not sure what the controls would be. In theory it would be pretty easy to incorporate it into factory sunroof controls, given that you find the wiring diagram for it.

I looked up the text on the box you found and came up with this:
Cherry Sunroof SCU - C-49X8-4769-EXXX - Used-Sunroofs.com

Seems like your sunroof is a "Signature Auto Products / Inalfa / ASI / Model 750/840/845/925"

That box you found seems to be the "SCU" (sunroof control unit? not sure what it means), but that's a "CHERRY C-49X8-4769-EXXX"

If you're going to use OEM controls, go for the 99+ overhead upgrade while you're at it, imo it looks MUCH better than the 96-98s do. Otherwise, I've got a set of 98 sunroof controls sitting around I could sell to you.
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I would think that it takes a positive and negative from the battery and runs to that relay box, but I'm not sure what the controls would be. In theory it would be pretty easy to incorporate it into factory sunroof controls, given that you find the wiring diagram for it.

I looked up the text on the box you found and came up with this:
Cherry Sunroof SCU - C-49X8-4769-EXXX - Used-Sunroofs.com

Seems like your sunroof is a "Signature Auto Products / Inalfa / ASI / Model 750/840/845/925"

That box you found seems to be the "SCU" (sunroof control unit? not sure what it means), but that's a "CHERRY C-49X8-4769-EXXX"

If you're going to use OEM controls, go for the 99+ overhead upgrade while you're at it, imo it looks MUCH better than the 96-98s do. Otherwise, I've got a set of 98 sunroof controls sitting around I could sell to you.
Did some more digging, came up with this manual which (I believe) would help you: https://www.signature-autoproducts.u...vicemanual.pdf

Besides that, the control switch could look something like this: (There are many different kinds of switches it seems, so this one might not be right, but they all seem to connect with the same ribbon cable.)



The controls connect with a ribbon cable, which could go into back to the SCU (I believe), which could allow you to splice and tap the OEM sunroof controls. I can't find anything about wiring the aftermarket switch though. If you can find the ribbon cable or the control switch then it'd be as easy as just poking around with a multimeter to figure out the wiring.
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Wow, good work! Thanks for the hookup. That service pdf seems like it should be great starting place
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Lift is installed, along with brake lines, and extended sway links. Celebrated by taking this truck's maiden voyage up wheeling.

Casualties include muddy toolboxes, couple hours of carpet cleaning, and a
mud filled headlight

Final stance with Tundra TRD pro front coils (third perch), OME 891 rear springs, and bilstein 5100s all around was about a 2 inch increase from before in the front, and 5 inch increase in the rear (which I'm OK with due to previous squat). To final measurement of 37' ground to fender in the front, and 39 ground to fender in the rear, on 31 inch tires. The ride quality has actually increased significantly despite usual reports that lift suspension usually creates a stiffer ride.

I've got wheels and tires coming this weekend, and I'll show off the final stance then.

Overall I couldn't be happier with how this turned out for how much I spent on lift parts (300$) in combination from parts from previous builds lying around.
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