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Old 12-19-2021, 01:26 PM #16
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Rear link skids

Made these lower link skids with inspiration from mikestang.com. I cut them from 3-1/2” .25 wall square tube. I left short tails on them to extend under the mount a bit.
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Rear sway bar end links

I played around with the rear sway bar end links. First I used 1/2Ē round tube to extend them. Ran it this way for a number of years. Second I pieced together a pair out of heims, threaded rod, misc hardware and energy suspension end link bushings.
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Push bar

Got a set of Smittybilt bumpers for a Wrangler for free. Sold the rear for fifty bucks, installed the front one on the 4Runner. I removed the lower grille opening and cut the lower center section of the bumper out. Mounted it directly to the crash bar using 1/2” grade 8 bolts.
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Made an aluminum filler plate to help protect the radiator out of 3/16” aluminum sheet I got for free.
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Whiteline lower control arm bushings

I replaced my lower control arm bushings in 2020 with Whiteline W53312 bushings following this tutorial by @y=mx+b .

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Upper control arms

I went with JBA upper control arms. I like the HD Chevy/GM style ball joint. These corrected the alignment issue Iíd had since it was lifted. It drove straight but the steering wheel was crooked. Now perfect.
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Splash guards

Made new splash guards out of rubber carpet runner from the Home Depot.
Mine had dry rotted and fallen off long ago.
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Tire carrier

I set out to build a tire carrier that I could still tow with. Iím not worried about access into the rear hatch. The motor doesnít work and isnít a high priority.

I had most of this laying around. I used 2Ē square tube, a 2-1/2Ē hitch extension, 3/16 flat stock and a repurposed spare tire mount off my old trailer. I bought M12 1.5 lug nuts and bolts from Oíreillys along with an LED lit license plate bracket.
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Spare tire carrier

Later on I added brackets to mount my Hi-lift. I had another Hi-lift stolen off my 4Runner when I lived in Las Vegas. Iím rural now but donít trust humans that much. Made two mounting points with locks. Cross drilling 1/2Ē bolts to fit small padlocks works well. I also used small pieces of leftover UHMW body lift materials to isolate the jack and keep it from rattling.
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Head unit

Replaced the factory head unit with a Pioneer FH-S700BS. Itís a pretty basic unit that has bluetooth and a usb on the front. At the same time I installed Crux SWRTY-61S to retain steering wheel controls. This thing sucks and rarely works. Kind of a waste.
Now time to add a sub and replace door speakers.
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Rear diff breather

So there aren’t really any water crossings near me in the desert so I’m not sure why I did this mod but I did anyways. I guess the chance of water crossing after a monsoon or flash flood is there.

I purchased the Toyota union part #90404-51319 off of Amazon, a Dorman diff vent part #924-284, about 5’ of 5/16” fuel line, hose clamps and a few zip ties for this mod. I found out later there’s a kit for this. I zip tied the diff vent to the fuel filler neck in a few places. I didn’t extend it thru the rubber flap inside the gas filler door.
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Dobinsons adjustable trailing arms

Replaced my lower trailing arms with adjustable from Dobinsons.
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Youíll start to notice that my stuff is only clean when itís new. I almost never wash my truck. It also has a lot of desert pin striping.
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Lighting

The lighting has gone through a few changes.

Currently I have Auxbeam FT-1 H11 low beams, Auxbeam FT-1 9005 high beams and Sealight 3000k 9006 fog lights.
I’m researching new H11 low beams as I found out that these H11 LEDs are not legal according to NHTSA. Fog lights are going away once my bumper kit arrives.

I mounted a 32” curved light bar to the top of the crash bar in the lower grille opening.

I bought the 40” light bar new in box from my buddy for forty bucks. I made brackets to mount it to the roof rack.

I bought these cheap GS Power ditch light brackets for a Tacoma off of Amazon along with some cheap Nilight light pods. The fit is decent.

Amazon.com: GS Power Engine Hood Hinge Ditch LED Mount Brackets for Auxiliary Offroad Pod Work Light. Fit Cowl Panel at Windshield Base Compatible with 2005-2015 Toyota Tacoma : Everything Else
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Shifter

Made this 8 ball shift knob several years ago. Drilled the center and found out it has a metal core. Tapped it match the thread pitch. Had a chrome faucet part that covered the narrowed section of the shift lever.
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