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See if you can find some Sequoia caps. Looks like they will fit and don't stick out.
Good idea, I'll check them out! I'll have to look at the stock SR5 wheels and see how much their caps stick out for comparison. Although, they're a much lighter aluminum type color, whereas these FJ wheels are a bit darker. I do believe the sequoia wheels though did come in the same color as these FJ wheels. Thanks!
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May as well do the cam gears if your doing the gaskets! The gears literally take maybe 5 more minutes if doing the gasket job. Here's the gaskets I bought for the job. Both valve covers, intake plenum, throttle body and a PCV valve. All from McGeorge online, great prices. I'll send you my tube of FIPG for the gasket packing if you PM me your address. The "oil pan sealer" is the FIPG. It's about $65 for all the gaskets shipped give or take.

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May as well do the cam gears if your doing the gaskets! The gears literally take maybe 5 more minutes if doing the gasket job. Here's the gaskets I bought for the job. Both valve covers, intake plenum, throttle body and a PCV valve. All from McGeorge online, great prices. I'll send you my tube of FIPG for the gasket packing if you PM me your address. The "oil pan sealer" is the FIPG. It's about $65 for all the gaskets shipped give or take.
The cam gears definitely seem like a good move to do while in there for the valve cover gaskets! Initially was worried about pulling the timing cover for the gears, but now I know thats not required from when we last discussed it, and it seems a lot simpler than I was initially thinking. I'll have to get over on the TW thread and read up some more.

Thanks for the PNs and FIPG offer, I might have to take you up on that! McGeorge does have good prices, I just wish they would sell them at their parts desk for their online prices lol. Might be summer or spring before I can get to some of the bigger projects, we'll see.
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Good looking truck! I was looking at the ac drain line today when I was working on the headers. Definitely extending it down past the frame. Its in a bad spot.

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Good looking truck! I was looking at the ac drain line today when I was working on the headers. Definitely extending it down past the frame. Its in a bad spot.
Thanks man, I appreciate it! Yeah the original drain location was not well thought out haha, thankfully its not too much work to remedy and extend. That A/C drain seems to have caused a lot of trouble for people. Mines kinda crusty, but not too bad compared to others I've seen.

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I just followed what you did and rerouted my ac drain too so thanks for that! My splash guard was in the way though so I only zip tied it in the one place near the bottom of the frame so hopefully that's enough to hold it.

Do you think the splyce barb is enough to keep them together or have you put a metal clamp on it since you made the post?
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I just followed what you did and rerouted my ac drain too so thanks for that! My splash guard was in the way though so I only zip tied it in the one place near the bottom of the frame so hopefully that's enough to hold it.

Do you think the splice barb is enough to keep them together or have you put a metal clamp on it since you made the post?
Sweet, thats great! I think it should be okay with just one zip tie. I actually found my splash guards with some older parts, so I'll have to see how mine ends up fitting.

For the barb, I haven't put any hose clamps on it, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to do so. I haven't looked extensively for small hose clamps, but they may be hard to find in that size off the shelf, I dunno. But lots of air compressor hose repair kits have some nice and small hose clamps that would probably fit perfectly. It just occurred to me while typing this that a 3/8" air hose repair kit would have all the parts: the barb and some little hose clamps!

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Sweet, thats great! I think it should be okay with just one zip tie. I actually found my splash guards with some older parts, so I'll have to see how mine ends up fitting.

For the barb, I haven't put any hose clamps on it, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to do so. I haven't looked extensively for small hose clamps, but they may be hard to find in that size off the shelf, I dunno. But lots of air compressor hose repair kits have some nice and small hose clamps that would probably fit perfectly. It just occurred to me while typing this that a 3/8" air hose repair kit would have all the parts: the barb and some little hose clamps!

Yea I saw the clamps that would fit at Lowes I just didn't grab one for whatever reason. I might grab one next time I'm there just in case cause it wouldn't hurt

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I used this kit from amazon: AUTOGINE Super Bright 6000K White LED Interior Light Bulbs Kit Package for 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Toyota 4Runner + Install Tool.

It came with 2 map lights, 4 door lights, 3 cargo/dome lights, 2 license plate, 2 vanity mirror lights, 2 puddle lights, and a little install tool. I only used the 2 map lights, the 4 door lights, 2/3 cargo/dome lights, and a little sheet labeling all the bulbs that was the "instructions". I stripped the head on one crusty license plate light bolt, so that will be a project for another day. The rest, I didn't have sockets for. I don't ever use the vanity mirrors, so I never noticed they didn't have lights. Is this just an lower trim SR5 thing? Or do none of the 4th gens have mirror lights?
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Popping of the map light cover. Push up and insert the plastic spoon tool, then can pry the little cover off. Its is attached with 4 little plastic clips. when it gets warmer tomorrow, I'll remove it again and update with pictures of the clips


Removing the bulb, I was able to just grab one of them out, the other I used the plastic tool to pry out of its socket. From there, just push in the new one. These LEDs were also reversible, even though LED is light emitting DIODE, so maybe theres some electric magic in there.


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To remove the cargo/dome light covers, there are 4 tabs in the corners. I inserted the install tool near one of the clips and popped the cover off. Excuse the dirty headliner, I still haven't cleaned it from the tires in the back.


Here are the clip locations and a closeup


Sorry one of these is kinda blurry, but theres a fixed and a bendable tab that retains the light. The ends of the light are conical, and fit in some small holes in the tabs


These are a tad tricky to install, its easy to get them sideways. On the left is an example of one not fully set into the tabs, and the right is a fully installed bulb. Note: the right is one of the old filament bulbs, I'll try and grab a picture of the new bulb fully installed.


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Option 1: Diffuser Removal Only
I popped the diffuser off with a small screwdriver successfully on 3/4 doors. The last on I did at a separate time, and it was much colder, and I got a small crap on the side of the plastic. If this happens, go to the Option 2: Housing Removal


Close up of the booboo. Removing the housing is easy, so if this happens, its no sweat. You can't even see it when installed.


Here is the light in its housing, these were tight to remove, I used a flat part of a hooked pic on the back of the bulb to help pull it out.


The new bulb can be inserted and the cover pushed back on with your fingers.

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Option 2: Housing Removal
Another option for replacing the door lights is to pull out the little housing. To start, I removed the arm rest, it just pulls up from the handle side. For location reference, this is the rear left door. These are old pics I have from the lock actuator replacement, but its all the same for every door.


The door light housing I'm removing is actually the rear passenger side, but the above pics are the rear driver side. I hope that's not too disorienting. I started removing the rearward plastic tab through the larger tab, I just pushed it out with a screwdriver.


The frontward tab is metal and I pushed this through second, again just used a long screwdriver to get it through.


Once it comes through, there's a little power cable for the light, that just comes out after pushing a retention tab. Then pop the diffuser and replace the bulb as normal


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I'm taking an electrical theory class in school, and now have a better multimeter for doing all sorts of fun activities. I decided for fun, I was going to measure the current draw of the old filament bulbs vs the new led bulbs.

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Since the map lights and door lights use the same bulbs, I only measured the current on the door lights and dome lights.

The setup was alligator clips into the contacts in the housing, to the bulb. For current measurements, the multimeter goes in series, so I had it between the end of the alligator clip and the other lead on the bulb


Excuse my apparently backwards leads. The old filament bulbs drew about 0.235 A = 235 mA, whereas the LED bulbs drew 0.047 A = 47 mA


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Same deal with the dome lights, alligator clips to the socket with the multimeter in series. The dome light was a tad too big for my alligator clips to get around the ends, so it was a bit difficult to just pinch them on there.


The old filament bulbs drew around 0.580 A = 580 mA, whereas the LED bulbs drew 0.128 A = 128 mA.


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I took some before pictures, but they ended up having the aperture/white balance/brightness off, because they make the old filament bulbs look super bright, when in fact, they were kinda dim. Here are the after pictures, they're much brighter than before! Now I probably need to get around to the map light mod, since I like how bright it is when entering at night with the map lights on.


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Was hoping to get some good pictures on top of this parking garage for some natural lighting, but they had the top floor blocked off.



I know that parking garage! Spent many evenings/nights on P5 bullsh*tting with friends and working on cars. You should give the Car Club at VT (CCVT) and Sinking Creek 4WD Association (SC4WDA) a look. Lot of great guys that are always down to work on stuff. CCVT in particular. Tell em Kevin DeHart sent you
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Haha yep thats it! Thanks, I've been trying to get involved in more car stuff here, this school year is just so wack lol. I tried the SC4WDA forum and facebook page, but there wasn't much activity so I didn't know if it died off or something. Good idea with CCVT, I should reach out to them too. I somehow dumbed my way into a smaller Toyota discord group at VT through a reddit post, just haven't gotten a chance to get out there. I've got a buddy that's gotten me into bikes, so we've been spending time working on those. I'll be sure to follow up with CCVT and SC4WDA too.

Probably recognize here too! I got to go to a few games in the marching band, unfortunately VT football is not so hot. EDIT: uva bad

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Haha yep thats it! Thanks, I've been trying to get involved in more car stuff here, this school year is just so wack lol. I tried the SC4WDA forum and facebook page, but there wasn't much activity so I didn't know if it died off or something. Good idea with CCVT, I should reach out to them too. I somehow dumbed my way into a smaller Toyota discord group at VT through a reddit post, just haven't gotten a chance to get out there. I've got a buddy that's gotten me into bikes, so we've been spending time working on those. I'll be sure to follow up with CCVT and SC4WDA too.

Probably recognize here too! I got to go to a few games in the marching band, unfortunately VT football is not so hot. EDIT: uva bad
Yeah, SC4WDA is a bit harder to get into. They're pretty quiet on social media so you have to 'know a guy' and end up getting invited over to drink and weld lol.

I met 90% of the people I still hang out with after college through CCVT. Definitely a great group. I know there's one guy with a salsa 4th gen currently in it, and I come down a few times a year to hang out.

And hey, if ya like bikes, M(motorcycle)C(club)VT exists as well. Just went for a ride today with some MCVT alums! Suuuuuper friendly group
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I met 90% of the people I still hang out with after college through CCVT. Definitely a great group. I know there's one guy with a salsa 4th gen currently in it, and I come down a few times a year to hang out.

And hey, if ya like bikes, M(motorcycle)C(club)VT exists as well. Just went for a ride today with some MCVT alums! Suuuuuper friendly group
Gotcha, an exclusive club lol. Nice, I'll have to be on the lookout!

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Nothing super exciting about an oil change, but thought I should share the analysis results. Now that I'm doing my own oil changes, I can use the same oil for more consistent results. The next change will be the second one of the Shell Rotella Gas Truck Synthetic 5w-30 for more consistent data. I was surprised at how stable the Sodium and Potassium levels were in the past 2 changes, especially since the driving conditions were very different. I've been meaning to contact Blackstone and ask about how many ounces of coolant this actually amounts too, or if that is even predictable from the data. On the 11/28/2019 to 2/29/2020 oil, I was commuting to work 30 miles a day and oil was in there for 3ish months. From 2/29/2020 to 11/14/2020 the 4runner did a lot of sitting and short drives, since I wasn't commuting to work with COVID or marching band practice during school. The oil was in there about 8.5ish months.


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I haven't forgotten about this yet! Its almost done, I've been slowly plugging away at it here and there when I have weekend free time. I'm going to try and crank it out over the winter break.

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Over Thanksgiving break I wet sanded the lenses, painted the 06+ trim, clear coated it all with Spraymax 2k Clear, and they are waiting at home to install. They look kinda foggy and orange peel-y in these pics, but as they dried that cleared up and smoothed out. I still might sand some orange peel and buff, but I'll have to re-evaluate once I see them again. The trim pieces I don't have pics of, but these I painted with some Nissan Color Duplicolor Perfect-match. No one carries Toyota Dorado Gold Pearl, but whatever this Nissan color is pretty darn close. Not a lot of band-aid color fans out there haha.


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I also somehow broke the grease zerk in half on my floor jack. While greasing my driveshaft (hehe) I figured I'd hit the jack zerk really quick, turned into an interesting endevour.


Also saw a neat FJ40 just chilling at the ethanol free station in town. 4runner doesn't get ethanol free, but the bikes do!

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