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Here we go, because the world needs another build threadÖ Just about everything I've done has started here looking at someone's build thread or write up. Thanks!

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It all started when a buddy of mine was having problems with a 3rd gen he bought, while doing internet research the google brought me to T4R, I was addicted to the build threads, off the beaten path adventures, such cool stuff on here!

Two years later in August 2017 I finally pulled the trigger and got a 4th gen. I originally wanted a 3rd but couldnít find any in great shape. Started looking at and driving a bunch of 4ths before finding one that had a really good frame, interior was nice and drove like it only had 60k on it. Really wanted a silver or gray 4th, but stumbled on a 2007 SR5 Nautical Blue with about 152k on the clock that checked the boxes. Initially wasnít crazy about the blue, but man, has that grown on me, I love this color.

For some reason I didnít take any pictures of it before putting the lift and tires on, this is about the earliest pic I have.

Runner 1

Iím not a photographer, and usually forget to stop and take pics... so weíll see how this whole build thread thing goes, ha!

Gonna do an abbreviated backfill of the last 2.5 years Öhold my beer.
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In the beginningÖ

Think I had this thing maybe a month before I started tearing into it.

The vision:
Take this already capable platform and enhance it to get to where I want to go.
Iíve added some frills here and there, but for the most part I still try to stick to this principle.

First up was lift and tires: Toytec ďultimateĒ kit with 255/75/R17 Goodyear Duratracs and Spidertrax. Because wheel spacers are what the cool kids do!

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No pics needed really, itís been documented tons here, but I do remember it entailed trimming the front bumper cover, sawzalling a seized LCA bolt off. Couldnít press the bushings out and didnít think the neighbors would be liking me too much if I torched the bushings out, so I put new LCAs on.

Shortly after, I swapped out the dash lights to LEDs, cause 1/2 of them were out anyway. Went with blue backlighting and white indicators, matches the truck nicely.

Wouldnít have attempted it without these threads:

yosh2000's ultimate LED swap info thread - Toyota 4Runner Forum - Largest 4Runner Forum

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DIY: Interior LED swap (cluster, HVAC, switches, window, *steering wheel)
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Storage / Sleeping Platform Prototype

Signed up for a winter trip and decided I needed some sort of sleeping platform, saw several on here that were awesome and decided to roll one of my own. I never took pictures of it, but basically, it was a box that sat slightly taller than the wheel wells, when the 60 portion of the front seat was folded down there was an extension that would screw on and create a sleeping platform. It was never fully completed and only served as a prototype to start using. You can kinda see some of it here:

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I used that for quite a while and over that time started making mental notes about what I would want in a real setup.

Hereís the thread for the winter trip I went on, it was my first time wheeling and it totally hooked me, thereís pics at the end of the thread if youíre interestedÖ this trip got me back into getting outside.

Canaan loop + optional camp and 2nd day at Flagpole - VA/WV/MD/DC/Southern PA members
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Roof Rack

So I made a roof rack from that superstrut stuff you get at the local big box store, it was gonna be awesome! it worked okÖ

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Then a buddy who shall remain unnamed got a Prinsu rack and the side rails were damaged, CBI sent him new side rails and said to bend the old ones in half.



You know where this is going

A little work with the harbor freight press, an order to Tnutz for rails, a fairing from CBI and 300 bucks later I had me a Prinsu!

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Liftgate Lights

One thing I noticed over time is that Iím usually at the back of the truck doing stuff, like dinner, making coffee etcÖ and thereís no light! Iím always forgetting to put that headband light thing on and Iím all about convenience, so I added some lights to the lift gate.

Used 4 of these from Oznium (the 3W stainless steel version)
LED Bolt Flush Mount Lights | Bright + 12 Volt | Oznium LEDs

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Bussmann RTMR

A little out of orderÖ but before adding any electrical accessories I wanted to come up with how the wiring was to be done or it was gonna turn into a rats nest real quick. Looked at the Bluesea stuff but really liked how clean the Bussmann setup is, incorporating the fuses and relays in one enclosure, so clean. I liked the idea even more after finding this 6 part tutorial at bodenzord.com.
DIY Bussmann RTMR Fuse Block, Part 1 – Introduction | Bodenzord He even sourced and linked the parts needed!
I did make a few minor changes, but basically straight up copied that setup.

Also, did a DIY power tray out of aluminum.

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Bottom with everything wired up
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Installed
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Had to come up with a place to mount the switches and the sunglasses holder wasnít seeing any use
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I had leftover aluminum from the tray, so I bent it up, painted it black and mounted it with some screws through the sides.

pic from the windshield side, you can't see the gap when it's installed in the headliner.
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One thing I noticed over time is that Iím usually at the back of the truck doing stuff, like dinner, making coffee etcÖ and thereís no light! Iím always forgetting to put that headband light thing on and Iím all about convenience, so I added some lights to the lift gate.

Used 4 of these from Oznium (the 3W stainless steel version)
LED Bolt Flush Mount Lights | Bright + 12 Volt | Oznium LEDs

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Nice, how painful was the install on this? Guessing you pulled the lift gate interior panel and routed wiring through the loom at the top of the hatch and tied into the rear dome? Looks great, might be the single mod I need to do the most - the lighting back there is abysmal.
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Nice, how painful was the install on this? Guessing you pulled the lift gate interior panel and routed wiring through the loom at the top of the hatch and tied into the rear dome? Looks great, might be the single mod I need to do the most - the lighting back there is abysmal.

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I wired them to a switch in the back that goes to the Bussmann, but wiring them to the dome is a great idea too. I would imagine you wouldnít overload the circuit, I donít think they draw that much power, especially if you changed out the interior lights to leds too.
I think getting the wires fished up through the gate and secured so the window doesnít catch them was the worst part. But it was worth it, they make a huge difference back there.


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Are you running baja designs lights in your fog pockets?? Been thinking about doing that to mine?
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Are you running baja designs lights in your fog pockets?? Been thinking about doing that to mine?
Argh! Looks like my earlier response got wiped out with the forum glitch today...

Yeah, I was running the squadron sports in that location. I made some cheesy aluminum brackets instead of the taco ones from BD. The lights were great there, my brackets, meh, but they got the job done. I say "was" because I hit a deer in November and am currently working on another solution since right now the cover is basically zip tied onto the truck...
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Storage System / Sleeping Platform

Reposting since this got wiped out too, thank goodness I had prewritten and saved it locally. Here we go...

After using the prototype storage system for a while, and looking at a bunch of them on here, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted in a system.
  • Use the 60 split of the rear seat for the sleeping platform
  • Incorporate a fridge slide
  • make it easy to remove
  • Maximize drawer space
  • Be able to fire up food and coffee with minimal setup
Started by making a deck plate to build everything off of, it mounts by using the factory cargo tie down points (I may add a few more attachment points at a later date). The idea came from how Goose Gear does their system.
After scribing the cargo area profile, transferred it to some 3/4 baltic birch ply, test fit to make sure it was good to go.

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Removed the deck plate and started laying out the frame. For the frame I went with a mix of 3/4 tubing and some 3/16 x 1 1/4 flat stock. The 3/16 flat stock is for the vertical supports, itís plenty strong and keeps the width to a minimum, giving some extra space for drawer width. Once everything was all set up I attached the frame to the deck plate with tee nuts so it could be removed if the need ever arrises.

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Welding 3/16 thick tabs flush to the bottom of the 3/4 tube worked out perfectly to support the 1/2 ply insets.

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The fridge slide isnít anything too special, the tray tilts down and has some stops to keep it from hitting the bumper cover. It mounts to the 3/4 tube with 1/4Ē-20 rivet nuts so I can remove it when not on a trip.

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The dead space behind the wheel well on the right side has a ARB single compressor and power inverter. This might be my favorite part of the project, itís nice not having to dig around for the portable compressor and popping the hood to air up. The left side has a power distribution bar.

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Installing the seat platform is pretty quick. Remove the lower seat cushion (two 14mm bolts) and bolt the platform in place. Thereís two tee nuts on the deck plate and two rivet nut inserts on the 3/4 tube.

(update with an image of sleeping platform)

At various points there are footman loops welded to the frame and I made some straps using flat hooks. I wished that I could use some of that track stuff, but the 1/2 ply isnít thick enough, this works good though.

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The left drawer is where I stuff most of my tools and spares, the right drawer has my stove and cooking stuff.

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For finishing, the ply is painted with some gray porch floor paint and the frame is sprayed with some black satin enamel spray paint.

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There's a few more progress shots in this Flickr album, I wasn't planning on doing a build thread, so they're kinda random and not in any sort of order...
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Random Trip Pics

Photography is not really one of my hobbies, and I usually forget (or donít feel like) stopping to get nice shots when Iím out on trips, but the truck sees itís fair share of dirtÖ

Definitely taken on one of my first trips, this mud hole is completely by-passable, cleaning all that out sucks! Unless I know my weekend is going to be unavoidably full of mud, I take the bypass.
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A wet Memorial Day weekend, the Roadhouse Tarp came in real handy.
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Finding tunnels on forest service roads, it's like finding a ten dollar bill on the sidewalk.
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Pinstripes, check!
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I love getting to see stuff like this
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Hidden Winch Mount

After going back and forth between a C4 Low Pro and the Bud Built hidden winch setup, I decided I like the lines of the factory bumper cover and donít really need additional clearance. Saw this thread Factory Bumper Winch Install and decided to roll my own.

Used this this winch plate from Amazon and some 3/16 x 2Ē angle iron

Made the brackets flush with the top of the crash bar, they tie into the crash bar mounting points as well as the rad support.

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added some diagonal bracing

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After getting into the project I saw an opportunity to put recovery points higher than the towing tie downs or the other bolt on ones out there. Theyíre in line with the frame rail and IMO fit with the bumper design and look nicely.
This is the point in this project I got a little off the rails, couldnít find anything off the shelf and was getting quotes for 400 to basically get 1x2 bar stock with a 1Ē hole drilled in it. Ordered some bar stock from the local yard for 20 bucks and got a 1Ē drill bit off amazon for around 40 bucks, then proceeded with a LOT of patience on my little bench top drill press and finished off the exterior of the radius with a cut off wheel and flap disk.

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Finished it off by making a bracket to mount the license plate to that would cover the fairlead when Iím not out, removes with two bolts.

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Didn't realize you had a plywood base under there...working on something a bit similar, though my drawers are going to be all wood since I don't have those metal fab skills (I really just need to pull the trigger on a welder and address that...) I've gotta say, your setup is definitely one of the cleanest, well thought-out cargo build outs I've seen.

Going to have a pull out table underneath the platform...



Hey, now that you're going with a full metal bumper, what are you going to do with the old winch mount there?
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Didn't realize you had a plywood base under there...working on something a bit similar, though my drawers are going to be all wood since I don't have those metal fab skills (I really just need to pull the trigger on a welder and address that...) I've gotta say, your setup is definitely one of the cleanest, well thought-out cargo build outs I've seen.

Going to have a pull out table underneath the platform...

Hey, now that you're going with a full metal bumper, what are you going to do with the old winch mount there?
Hey man! I haven't been out since I met you over the holidays... I'm way overdue for a trip!

I like the idea of having a pull out table... sleeping at the wheel well height gives me just enough headroom to move around pretty comfortably and didn't want to sacrifice the drawer height.

Yeah, since you're doing your own wrenching and are handy, you should get a welder, really opens up the possibilities of what you can put together. I've been using this Vucan Welder from Harbor Freight. Works better using 220 and honestly, I've only been using the presets instead of manually dialing it in.

Sorry, already promised the winch mount to another buddy...
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