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Old 07-24-2019, 10:57 AM #16
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Thanks, man! I swear I must have read through years and years of builds and banter between you and Antman and countless others on this forum MONTHS before I even bought my truck. They were insightful, inspirational and most assuredly hilarious.

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The real question is, when are you going to paint over that Maserati logo on the wall and put up the Toyota sombrero?
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The real question is, when are you going to paint over that Maserati logo on the wall and put up the Toyota sombrero?
Hahahaha I know, I know. I'm holding out hope that Ill have another Maserati soon enough so for now it stays. The other side is adorned as well so I am running out of wall to decorate...or better yet, need a bigger garage and more cars!!
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Yesterday was a VERY exciting day!! My bronze Icon Rebounds came in and were mounted on the 285/70 Falken Wildpeaks! I was considering KO2s like many here but I got an amazing deal on the Falkens that I couldn't ignore. Big thanks to Dixie Fab in Roanoke for pulling the order together and getting everything rolling nicely. With the lift, bumper cut and the 1.25 Spidertraxx already done she clears the 285s will little issue. The front mudflaps were removed but nothing else was required. Slight rub somewhere at full lock reverse but I think a few hits with a grider will sort that out.

I am incredibly pleased and REALLY love color of the rims with the Super White body. The bronze catches the eye and gives a bit of pop color in a world of blacked out wheels. The aggressive tread makes the vehicle LOOK as capable as it really is. I am enjoying the hell out of this rig and cant wait to take her offroad and LEARN how to use her to her full potential!!

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Dude! You're jumping right in! I'm digging the pictures too.
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How much custom work went into mounting the Kickers? Is an amp required for the door speakers or just for your 10" sub?

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I have replaced the interior speakers with Kicker 6.5s all around. I also put 3.5s in the dash though that required more work and creative cutting of the factory frame than I think will be justified. The Kickers were affordable and sound great once amplified. My days of building big money stereo systems are behind me so these will suit me fine. I am in the process of building a fiberglass subwoofer enclosure for a 10" CompR into that right hand rear pocket. I will post pics in a bit.
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How much custom work went into mounting the Kickers? Is an amp required for the door speakers or just for your 10" sub?
Replacing the speakers was simple once you have the proper bits in hand. You WILL need THE RIGHT adapters plates since Toyota uses different bolt patterns for every frickin model and year it seems. Dont waste your time on amazon with off brand adapters that say "fits your Toyota 4Runner". Unless its a Metra kit its almost certain to be wrong. Went through ordering 2 of them before giving up and spending a few extra bucks on the Metras. You will also need the plugs to attach to the factory harness (they are cheap). The 3.5" dash speaker required a lot of modification and I would NOT recommend going that route. Just stick to factory size and it too will be a simple install. Once you have the right parts it takes a few minutes per door to install and reassemble.

YOU WILL NEED AN AMP(S)! Cheap paper cone OEM speakers will make sound with very little power but will damage and distort at louder volumes...Stronger aftermarket speakers require more power to move them but are much more capable at higher sound levels. Once you install the kickers (or any aftermarket) you will have to crank the factory headunit almost to max to get an equal level of sound. Once amplified properly however, the Kickers will output much more than the factory and with far better sound quality.

I am planning on getting the TacoTunes.com setup (really impressive kit) since its plug-n-play designed for our vehicles and very compact. Both the 400w 4-channel and the 1000w mono fit on one plate under the passenger seat. I'm too old to have giant flashy amps that are all show. Now I just want them to do the job and take up as little space as possible.

Hope that helps!
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Dude! You're jumping right in! I'm digging the pictures too.
I'm trying, brother! So far I'm loving it. I have learned that I cant drive this with the same "enthusiasm" I did the Maserati but I am definitely a happy man. I am hoping I can find some local outdoorsy types near me to show me where to go to learn how to use this thing now that she is better equipped.

I am STILL waiting on my SSO rock sliders and I will be getting a bit of armor underneath as soon as I get the all clear from the accountant/wife. lol
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I'm trying, brother! So far I'm loving it. I have learned that I cant drive this with the same "enthusiasm" I did the Maserati but I am definitely a happy man. I am hoping I can find some local outdoorsy types near me to show me where to go to learn how to use this thing now that she is better equipped.

I am STILL waiting on my SSO rock sliders and I will be getting a bit of armor underneath as soon as I get the all clear from the accountant/wife. lol
I could understand that, the 4runner is a little less spirited in that regard haha. I'm trying to convince the accountant/girlfriend of the same thing.
Bummer you're not closer to the west coast!
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Replacing the speakers was simple once you have the proper bits in hand. You WILL need THE RIGHT adapters plates since Toyota uses different bolt patterns for every frickin model and year it seems. Dont waste your time on amazon with off brand adapters that say "fits your Toyota 4Runner". Unless its a Metra kit its almost certain to be wrong. Went through ordering 2 of them before giving up and spending a few extra bucks on the Metras. You will also need the plugs to attach to the factory harness (they are cheap). The 3.5" dash speaker required a lot of modification and I would NOT recommend going that route. Just stick to factory size and it too will be a simple install. Once you have the right parts it takes a few minutes per door to install and reassemble.

YOU WILL NEED AN AMP(S)! Cheap paper cone OEM speakers will make sound with very little power but will damage and distort at louder volumes...Stronger aftermarket speakers require more power to move them but are much more capable at higher sound levels. Once you install the kickers (or any aftermarket) you will have to crank the factory headunit almost to max to get an equal level of sound. Once amplified properly however, the Kickers will output much more than the factory and with far better sound quality.

I am planning on getting the TacoTunes.com setup (really impressive kit) since its plug-n-play designed for our vehicles and very compact. Both the 400w 4-channel and the 1000w mono fit on one plate under the passenger seat. I'm too old to have giant flashy amps that are all show. Now I just want them to do the job and take up as little space as possible.

Hope that helps!
Thank you! I saw TacoTunes offers speaker adapters too.

Question on the amp: these both say they're 4-ch, but our 4runners have 6 speakers, two in the rear hatch. Pardon my ignorance, but is 4-channels enough?
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Thank you! I saw TacoTunes offers speaker adapters too.

Question on the amp: these both say they're 4-ch, but our 4runners have 6 speakers, two in the rear hatch. Pardon my ignorance, but is 4-channels enough?
According to my research the 4Runner runs 4 channels though the 8 speakers(dash has speakers too). Dash and Fronts are combined as 2 channels(L/R respectively), Rear doors and Liftgate are combined as 2 channels(L\R)

This is why its a 4 Channel Amp. The Rears/Gate share the wattage of that channel so some will disable the liftgate speakers so full wattage goes to the doors. Im not a fan of this as the rear speakers are mostly just fill sound anyway and I like music to play through the liftgate when its open while camping or whatever.
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T8 Headunit!! Yeah yeah I know

Ok, so I did a thing this weekend. I bought a T8 Android headunit from a forum member (PatrickBateman) for a price that I couldn't pass up even if the thing was pure junk. I am happy to report that I am absolutely thrilled with the headunit!!!

There are a plenty of people that had negative experiences with these or scoffed at the hardware limitations. I, however, use my headunit as, well, a headunit. It handles anything I would do (listen to the radio, play Pandora, Bluetooth audio from phone, GPS, and even watch movies). I cant imagine 32Gigs of internal storage plus the ability to feed from the usb another 500Gigs being deemed inadequate for really anyone but whatever. I don't multitask on my headunit beyond audio and GPS and 2Gigs of RAM is more than adequate. I have stored 8Gigs of music and a couple movies just for kicks.

I like that I can change the background wallpaper to that of my choosing and download other apps that might be occasional fun, like TorquePro. This particular frame is matte black which I am also very happy about since I'm not a fan of that painted silver nonsense everywhere.

I do have a few qualms, albeit minor but annoying. I cannot FOR THE LIFE OF ME figure out how to get my music files to play in the default radio player(pink music note)!! Not sure where to save them so they will be viewable by the player. I had to download an app to play them. Secondly, the units do not have an accelerometer so neat functions in Torque like pitch/roll, which would be fun offroad, don't work. Expandable storage via SD card would be nice in lieu of using the USB port. Apparently the mic(internal and external) are junk for voice calls but I never use that function anyway.

I didn't bother taking pics of the install since its very plug and play and well documented already on Trail4Runner.com. Safe to say it was just as easy you've heard. All in all I am completely satisfied with this project, its capabilities and certainly the aesthetic aspects of the new unit.
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Well I finally finished the enclosure. I had wrapped in in felt but it looked cheap and out of place given that it was against grained plastic panels (unlike a car truck that is all carpet stuff). I tried to wrap in auto carpet but it still looked weird. I finally settled on vinyl. Vinyl is much less forgiving to inconsistencies in the surface its on but all in all I am much happier. I also relocated the outlets to the face surface of the panel. The outlets are positioned such that I can build a shelf system at some point without concern.

Like I said, I am well out of practice and would do things a little differently if I were to do it again but overall I'm very pleased. I saved several hundred dollars on a custom box and had a neat project to keep me busy for a bit.

Once I get the go ahead from the wife it will house a monster Alpine R.
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Ordered my MOLLE panel from Victory4x4 about 10 days ago and it arrived by UPS yesterday. I love this thing!!! Well build, fast turn around time, and perfect fitment! I swear at BEST this took 20 mins to assemble and mount. The longest part of the process was realizing I didn't like the look of the WHITE spacers so I disassembled and wrapped them in electrical tape for a more discreet look. I cant wait to get all kinds of offroad goodies secured to it since the 4Runners have virtually ZERO storage cubbies.

Highly recommend Victory and they will be getting my business soon again once I get the ok from the wife for the front bumper and skids!! Well done gang.
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