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First off, thanks for viewing my thread!

Second, some background before we start. I bought a Silver 2004 4runner SR5 a few years ago with the plan on making it into a decent overland/off-road build. Right after I bought the thing I crashed my other car, so the 4Runner has been my daily driver since then (I know you are dying to know, no injuries from the crash, just some body damage to my Carolla). However, this didn't deter us from adventuring. I started saving my pennies for the next couple of years to build the 4Runner.

Ok, now for the build! The first two pictures are in stock form.

The first thing I did was install a new head unit with Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. After some research, I settled on the JVC KW-M855BW, a 6.8" touch screen head unit with wireless CarPlay and Android Auto. I initially was looking for something like this to use with a connected device, such as a phone, for using off-grid GPS ability. With Gaia GPS now working with CarPlay this has been great. It did take some investigating to find the speed sensor wire (Pink one in case anyone is also trying to do this) to tap into (Required for the wireless functionality to work with CarPlay). After some time I tapped into the pink wire here (this picture was a temporary solution to see if it worked after I verified functionality I soldered and used heat shrink over the wiring harness).

Around the same time as the radio install, I needed some new brakes so I got some PowerStop Z36 brakes (Rotors and all). One reason I decided to do the brakes is that I was getting the steering wheel wobble when braking. Rotors seemed straight, and couldn't quite figure out the issue, so I just replaced everything.

That did me in for a while, then I saved enough for the lift, tires, and wheels. After a couple weeks of research I settled on Vision Nemesis wheels, wrapped with some 285/70R17 Milestar Patagonia MTs. For the lift, I wanted something that could withstand many hours of constant use on a trail, so I wanted a remote reservoir shock. That narrowed down my search substantially. I also wanted an "All-in-one" package, designed to fit my particular model 4Runner. I settled on an Icon lift kit with CDCV shocks, and after the Black Friday discount, it came in substantially cheaper than MSRP. Overall, I have about 3" of lift with 33" tires. This lift was installed last weekend with the Wheels and Tires (The Lift has been in my Garage for a few months now, but due to my work schedule I didn't really have time to install it). I had to do some minor trimming of the fender liner. I removed the mud flaps a few weeks ago in preparation as well. I did some highway driving, neighborhood driving, then some light offroading to see how it performs. The difference is huge, smaller rocks (10" or smaller) are barely even felt now. Here are a few pics:

After the light off-road trip, I also decided that before hitting any Jeep trails I should do a body mount chop since there is rubbing in there when at full compression with the wheel turned to one side of the other. Other than that, it is a huge upgrade to the vehicle, we will see how the gas tank likes this though.

Also, just to test the Stock 4Runner off-road ability I went out with a local Jeep group for a trail ride. All stock, I only had to bypass two obstacles due to approach angles (straight verticle walls). Here is a pic after the trail, the Jeep next to the 4Runner is running 44" tires, owned by a co-worker of mine.
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