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Old 03-01-2013, 09:55 PM #16
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Great post. You might want to add BFG all terrain vs. Duratrac. This gets asked about once a week.
Do you have a link to the best thread on this?

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I'm sure the people making money off the forum love this. They get new members every time someone signs up and asks 'what they should look for' when buying a new 4Runner.

Personally, I think there are plenty of things to talk about besides seeing a couple of new 'pre purchase' questions popping up every few days. I know after about the fourth time I quite even replying.

It will probably be more helpful to people to have all of their answers in one place, than one or two half-assed answers (because people are sick of answering the same questions over and over).

Also nice that iBison posted links to a lot of common maintenance FAQs. Always good to have those easily referenced.
And, I know from other forums how some people get tired of answering the same questions all the time and eventually just stop, and that's understandable, but unfortunate.

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So.... you've done some research....
Yeauuh. I've been car shopping on and off for about three years, switching between newer car, truck, 4runner, older BMW. Up til about a month or so before I bought the 04 I was convinced I wanted a 3rd gen.

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Amazing post!
Here's the first correction though: Side curtain airbags were available in 04 (I have 'em in mine!); not sure about 03.
Yeah, I slipped on that. I know they were available on the 04s because I was checking mine for them before I bought it.

Thanks for the comments.
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Great thread! Oh and my 03 has side air bags. But that may be because of the Limited version.
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Great thread! Oh and my 03 has side air bags. But that may be because of the Limited version.
Yeah I think it was an option. My '03 SR5 did not have side air bags.
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Here are a few BFG / Duratrac post.


http://www.toyota-4runner.org/perfor...-duratrac.html

Duratracs, BFG All Terrains, or your input

DuraTracs vs. All Terrain's
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Yeauuh. I've been car shopping on and off for about three years, switching between newer car, truck, 4runner, older BMW. Up til about a month or so before I bought the 04 I was convinced I wanted a 3rd gen.

When I started looking for 4Runners a year ago, I found (2) 2002 4Runners (both limited's), both around 48-50k original miles come into my Toyota dealer. One of them was in much better condition though than the other. I put a deposit down on the nicer one, but because the truck was over 8 years old, I couldn't get a good financing deal that would've worked for me.

I have fixed plenty of both generations since starting at Toyota, but I preferred the 4th gen overall. A bit of more power, and the 3rd gen would be perfect. I'd love to see a 3rd gen with a 2GR V6. From a power perspective, I was never to keen on the 3rd gen. My wife didn't care for them either and also preferred the 4th gen.

Fast forward to last May. Found my '05. Been happy ever since. I would buy it all over again. I had to wait for a good deal to come around but it popped up a mile from my house at a dealer I used to work at. :thumb


The funny thing is that this one only made it into the financing category by 8 months and a few thousand miles.
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Great thread! Oh and my 03 has side air bags. But that may be because of the Limited version.
I changed it to 03. Thanks for the correction.

I added these to the tires wheels section. Thanks for the links.
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Great work IBISON
Its funny i was thinking of doing something like this also and finally contributing to this forum, but never did.

Check out vvortex and there gti/ jetta forums they have a sticky that we should try and duplicate.

I hope this becomes a sticky and evolves into a DIY and how to section.
maybe have different categories like for example

Interior lighting

Exterior lighting

Maintenance- engine/brakes/ etc

wheels/ tires etc.

interior mods

exterior mods

electronics

performance




This would encourage other people to make DIY's that everyone could enjoy.

The user Av/1 has some great write ups and maybe we can link all of his mods to this sticky which would send people to his helpful site and toyota120 has a bunch of write-ups also

Maybe everyone try and find some DIYS on here and we can send them to Ibison to put in his post.

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2007 4Runner SR5 V6 Front Brake Job - YouTube Credit youtube user JASON16V

http://www.toyota-4runner.org/mainte...lkthrough.html credit- DUCMAN

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Great post!! Few corrections I saw, just so no one gets confused. 4th gen started in 03. UrbanRunner package was 08 & 09. Trail was 09 only.
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I have the auto dimming mirror thread on there, used it yesterday actually. I'll get the others on there soon.

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Great post!! Few corrections I saw, just so no one gets confused. 4th gen started in 03. UrbanRunner package was 08 & 09. Trail was 09 only.
Fixed, although I'm not sure who hacked my post to say 2004-2009 instead of 2003-2009.
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I've added those links. That leather install write-up is really nice.
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Awesome list! Stoked on my '03 V8 SE I just scored last week at a killer Craigslist price! Daystar lift is on its way along with TRD Rock Warriors. I just have to decide on tires...
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