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Finally getting around to posting my build thread for anyone out there interested. If there is any one, or multiple modifications that someone sees and is interested in, comment and I'll try to elaborate as much as possible and post more pictures. So, here we go..

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Purchased this car in July of 2017 with 116k miles in FL. The car was bone stock, and the XREAS that Urban Runner's come equipped with was already disconnected. In the 2 years that I've owned this car, I've been constantly upgrading and making changes that are practical for me, though somebody out west may not see the importance or need for some of the modifications.

Suspension
The first "lift" I installed was the 3" Toytec spacer kit and 285/70-r18 Toyo AT II's. I put 35k miles on that spacer kit, and had no issues with ride quality. Having said that, I do not recommend for someone who is actively going on trails and wheeling. The spacer kit is however, reasonably priced and easy for anyone looking to add height to their ride in order to clear larger tires. Once I start going on trails a bit more, I realized the need for a more capable suspension. I currently run 285/70-r17 Falken MT's on 17" TRD Pro wheels, with Toytec Boss Shocks and Dobinson springs in the rear, plus Toytec/Bilstein Coilovers upfront. I also put in a 1" Toytec Diff Drop with Toytec Aluminum Bump Stops. Let me say this, the aluminum bump stop blocks by Toytec are so helpful in keeping the tire from caking up inside the wheel well and preventing trail travel. Also, 1.25" Spidertraxx Wheel Spacers (to keep my wheel from rubbing on my UCA). Although it's not suspension on its own, i did buy the rub rad design mud flaps to keep dirt and mud out from underneath. They're cheap, and practical. In the rear, I also have Dobinson sway bar links and I removed my stock spare. There's a forum guy on here who makes front/rear sway bar links and after stumbling across his product, I bought a set of the front.

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TaterFab weld-on sliders, which happen to be one of my favorite modifications to this vehicle. Tom and I made a Satoshi grill, which was a royal pain in my opinion. Had a ROLA rack for 1.5yrs and just recently upgrade to @LFD_OR cross members. I have a Gobi ladder that honestly, isn't very practical for me. I wear a size 12 shoe and don't have a full-size rack strapped down with tons of gear. Whenever I need to get my hi-lift jack or anything off my rack, I use my sliders. The rear has a Wilco Tire Carrier, which I could not pass up on the deal. IMO, for how much these things cost new I would rather save and buy a high-clearance bumper instead. However, I got this thing for 50% off and it was in excellent condition, so I couldn't say no.

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For starters, I upgraded the sh%tty radio/head unit that came with the car. I replaced my audio system with a Sony Head Unit w/Apple Carplay. Night and day difference. I just recently installed my CB radio. I went with a cheap Uniden radio and the 4ft firestik antenna, all on Amazon. The only extra lights that I have are a set of Rigid Industries pods mounted on CBI brackets, which I love, and a 21" Mictuning LED bar I bought off Amazon, it's bright but it kinda sucks as far as quality. There's also a set of 4Runner WeatherTec floor mats, which I highly recommend. Inside I've got an Orangeboxx Fab rear window panel, which I have a bunch of random crap mounted on to keep organized. I also have a molle visor panel and a molle backseat organizer which were cheap off Amazon but get the job done. One thing I use literally more than anything on the car, is the trash bag/dump bag that Blue Ridge Overland makes. The best $35 I've ever spent.

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Got around to installing my CB radio (with the help of @papabeach ). Went with a cheap, Uniden PRO510XL and the 4ft Black Firefly, with the FireStik MK-204R Antenna Mount Kit. Mounted the radio unit on the side of the console, passenger side.



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3/20/19 Upgrades

On my birthday morning I added a few things to the car:

ARB Awning
Wasn't exactly sure how this would turn out. I was hesitant on mounting the awning, but through some digging on this forum I found some cheap brackets off amazon- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
These mounted straight to my factory roof rails, but seem to be flimsy and cheap. I'll update throughout the next month on durability. For now, they don't rattle and keep the awning relatively secure.

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Bought this Offset Wilco Spare Tire Carrier from a Chevy Colorado owner locally. The guy moved here from California, and was super cool. Man, I couldn't have been more satisfied. This thing is <1 year old, looks brand new, has zero rust or scratches, and I picked it up for next to nothing. I haven't been fully committed to getting steel or aluminum bumper, so this was a great alternative solution. Having said that, $1180 for a hitch mount seems pricey. Additionally, added a full-size spare (285-70r17 Falken MT w/TRD Pro Wheel).

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Thank you sir!

Got a question for you? I see you're light bar is on top of the front bumper, in front of the grille. First one I've see who attached it there, any particular reason. I just can't decide where I should install one, either hood scoop or in the bumper. But seeing what you did makes me pause and think about a 3rd option.

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Got a question for you? I see you're light bar is on top of the front bumper, in front of the grille. First one I've see who attached it there, any particular reason. I just can't decide where I should install one, either hood scoop or in the bumper. But seeing what you did makes me pause and think about a 3rd option.

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Thank you for the interest!

I'll say this, I mounted that LED bar on the front bumper for convenience. It was easy to mount it straight to the bumper, as opposed to cutting into anything. Having said that, it makes getting into your grill (when you pop the hood) a little more difficult as you have to reach all the way under and around. That also has to do with the satoshi grill i made though, not just the LED bar.

If you have a hood scoop, I personally would mount it behind there. My neighbor (@papabeach) has one behind his 3rd gen, and it's very clean and professional. On another note, I enjoy my Rigid pods wayyyy more than my LED bar. If I get another LED bar, I would mount on the roof with amber settings, IMO.

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Hopefully I didn't read over this, but 1 picture you have a spare tire carrier. If so, what brand is it? I'm in the market and the only one I've been able to find that connects to the hitch is from RIGd Supply. Any clearance issues with it when on the trail? Good looking build.
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Yes, there's a Facebook page- Florida 4Runners. We have about 3-4 of us here in Tampa that ride together. We are going this Saturday to Citrus if you want to join. Shoot me a text: (843) 693-7359.
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I just picked up this spare tire carrier- (NEW) Hitchgate™ Offset | WilcoOffroad.com
It's great. Haven't road any trails with it YET but I am going this Saturday. I'm sure the clearance issues in the rear will be more to consider now. Will keep you guys posted!
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Finally getting around to posting my build thread for anyone out there interested. If there is any one, or multiple modifications that someone sees and is interested in, comment and I'll try to elaborate as much as possible and post more pictures. So, here we go..

Background:
Purchased this car in July of 2017 with 116k miles in FL. The car was bone stock, and the XREAS that Urban Runner's come equipped with was already disconnected. In the <2 years that I've owned this car, I've been constantly upgrading and making changes that are practical for me, though somebody out west may not see the importance or need for some of the modifications.

Suspension
The first "lift" I installed was the 3" Toytec spacer kit and 285/70-r18 Toyo AT II's. I put 35k miles on that spacer kit, and had no issues with ride quality. Having said that, I do not recommend for someone who is actively going on trails and wheeling. The spacer kit is however, reasonably priced and easy for anyone looking to add height to their ride. Once I start going on trails a bit more, I realized the need for a more capable suspension. I currently run 285/70-r17 Falken MT's on 17" TRD Pro wheels, with Toytec Boss Shocks and Dobinson springs in the rear, plus Toytec/Bilstein Coilovers upfront. I also put in a 1" Toytec Diff Drop with Toytec Aluminum Bump Stops. Let me say this, the aluminum bump stop blocks by Toytec are so helpful in keeping the tire from caking up inside the wheel well and preventing trail travel. Also, 1.25" Spidertraxx Wheel Spacers (to keep my wheel from rubbing on my UCA). Although it's not suspension on its own, i did buy the rub rad design mud flaps to keep dirt and mud out from underneath. They're cheap, and practical.

Exterior
@tater Fab weld-on sliders, which happen to be my favorite modifications to this vehicle. Tom and I made a Satoshi grill, which was a royal pain in my opinion. ROLA rack, merely a cheap rack system until I upgrade and get a full-size rack. I have a Gobi ladder that honestly, isn't very practical for me. I wear a size 12 shoe and don't have a full-size rack strapped down with tons of gear. Whenever I need to get my hi-lift jack or anything off my rack, I use my sliders.

Other
For starters, I upgraded the sh%tty radio/head unit that came with the car. I replaced my audio system with a Sony Head Unit w/Apple Carplay. Night and day difference. I just recently installed my CB radio. I went with a cheap Uniden radio and the 4ft firestik antenna, all on Amazon. The only extra lights that I have are a set of Rigid Industries pods mounted on CBI brackets, which I love, and a 21" Mictuning LED bar I bought off Amazon which kinda sucks. There's also a set of 4Runner WeatherTec floor mats, which I highly recommend.

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I may be wrong here but is this picture taken from the roof level of an fsu parking garage?
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