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My new 2014 Trail... Build Thread?

Iím not new to the 4Runner world, but I did unfortunately get away from it for a while. I had an 87 and then a 96 SR5 V6 manual transmission that I loved... but I sold it a couple years ago. The itch finally got too strong and I drove down to Charleston, SC a few days ago and picked up this 2014 Trail!!! Iíve wanted a 5th gen for a long time, and specifically a magnetic gray trail edition, so I couldnít believe I found everything I was looking for. This one seems to be in great shape, it has 127,000 miles on it but itís a Toyota so Iím not concerned with that. I guess this will be my official build thread... I already have a list of things I want to do to it. I can already tell this is going to be an expensive toy!

List of mods that Iíve already decided I wanted:
-Leveling or lift kit. I canít stand the front rake
-C4 or comparable low pro winch bumper with winch
-Different wheels... TRD Pro maybe?
-Sliders
-Pro grille with raptor lights (ordered)

Iím open to any suggestions or pointers!
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That's a clean-looking Trail right there, and I LOVE the mag grey color it was my first choice but the super white I found was too good a deal to pass up. Welcome back to the family.

For the mods you want, there are a ton of discussion threads on the boards you can search through. Everyone has a different need an opinion on what's "best." Really it depends on what you plan on doing with the rig: mall crawl, overland, off-road, Moab, etc. I can't say enough good things about Dobinson's for suspension, I put in their shocks/struts/coil and then a few months later added the UCAs. Really improves the driving performance on road, and obviously has the added off-road benefits. Crikeymike on the forums here is quick to answer questions and help you get a setup that fits your needs. Customer service is important to me, and they rock it.

The new TRD wheels look great, so that's an option for sure. I like my RRW wheels but if I needed a new set i'd probably swap to a different company like SCS.

The CBI front bumper is on my upgrade list as well, solid price for what you get. Rago Fabrication also makes a solid bumper along with great armor.

As for sliders, i'm very happy with my RSG sliders, great customer service there. Lots of options here, many great fab companies to look at.
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That's a clean-looking Trail right there, and I LOVE the mag grey color it was my first choice but the super white I found was too good a deal to pass up. Welcome back to the family.

For the mods you want, there are a ton of discussion threads on the boards you can search through. Everyone has a different need an opinion on what's "best." Really it depends on what you plan on doing with the rig: mall crawl, overland, off-road, Moab, etc. I can't say enough good things about Dobinson's for suspension, I put in their shocks/struts/coil and then a few months later added the UCAs. Really improves the driving performance on road, and obviously has the added off-road benefits. Crikeymike on the forums here is quick to answer questions and help you get a setup that fits your needs. Customer service is important to me, and they rock it.

The new TRD wheels look great, so that's an option for sure. I like my RRW wheels but if I needed a new set i'd probably swap to a different company like SCS.

The CBI front bumper is on my upgrade list as well, solid price for what you get. Rago Fabrication also makes a solid bumper along with great armor.

As for sliders, i'm very happy with my RSG sliders, great customer service there. Lots of options here, many great fab companies to look at.
Thanks for all the pointers!! I love the white too, white with the black wheels and all just looks so clean! Iíll be putting a lot of road miles on this one, but I want to set it up for light trails and camping. We have a trail system nearby here in NC called Uwharrie OHV, it has everything from mild to wild, and Iím going for the mild haha. But if nothing else it needs to be leveled to look better haha
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Let's see the Powerstroke! Looking into one shortly for another tow rig.
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x2 need pics of the powerstroke........is it a 17-19? i'm selling my retrofitted headlights. projectors up top, baja designs down low, black, etc. ;)
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x2 need pics of the powerstroke........is it a 17-19? i'm selling my retrofitted headlights. projectors up top, baja designs down low, black, etc. ;)
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Let's see the Powerstroke! Looking into one shortly for another tow rig.
Itís a 2000 7.3! I added the 2006 front end and 2008 back end. My plans are to lower it a couple inches and get rid of the stack, itís not as cool as it used to be haha. Itís been a great truck though, Iíll never get rid of it!
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Iím not new to the 4Runner world, but I did unfortunately get away from it for a while. I had an 87 and then a 96 SR5 V6 manual transmission that I loved... but I sold it a couple years ago. The itch finally got too strong and I drove down to Charleston, SC a few days ago and picked up this 2014 Trail!!! Iíve wanted a 5th gen for a long time, and specifically a magnetic gray trail edition, so I couldnít believe I found everything I was looking for. This one seems to be in great shape, it has 127,000 miles on it but itís a Toyota so Iím not concerned with that. I guess this will be my official build thread... I already have a list of things I want to do to it. I can already tell this is going to be an expensive toy!

List of mods that Iíve already decided I wanted:
-Leveling or lift kit. I canít stand the front rake
-C4 or comparable low pro winch bumper with winch
-Different wheels... TRD Pro maybe?
-Sliders
-Pro grille with raptor lights (ordered)

Iím open to any suggestions or pointers!
Sweet trail, but the 13 trail wouldíve been even better looking!🔥 but yea canít wait to see it come together !
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Itís a 2000 7.3! I added the 2006 front end and 2008 back end. My plans are to lower it a couple inches and get rid of the stack, itís not as cool as it used to be haha. Itís been a great truck though, Iíll never get rid of it!
Nice. I'm looking into the 7.3 gas motor. No need for a diesel for me.
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Nice. I'm looking into the 7.3 gas motor. No need for a diesel for me.
those 7.3's with the 10 speeds are so tempting. ESPECIALLY in white or black with the LED package and color matched bumpers
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Iíve been working on a few little mods while this thing is sitting in my driveway. Apparently if you buy a car from a private seller in SC and you live in NC, there is no way to get a temporary tag. You just have to wait to get the title and go to the DMV.

The first thing I did was tackle the rear hatch lights. The previous owner swapped some LEDís into them, but they were so dim they had to be worse than stock. I found the drop in 4Runner specific LED panels that are around $100, but I really didnít want to spend that just for hatch lights. So I found these bulbs on Amazon, and for $12 I figured it was worth a shot.



The swap was easy, just pop the light housings out (push in on the gold clip), take the lenses off and swap the bulbs. I couldnít believe how much light these little bulbs put out, itís like daylight under my hatch now!!




The next mod was the classic, maybe overdone, but still cool American flags in the back windows. Because ĎMerica. I run a sign shop so this was an easy one. I cut them out of 3M black reflective, which is a little twist on what most people have. I think they turned out cool!





The last thing Iím working on are some replacements for the ďTrailĒ emblems. The previous owner 3D printed the ones that are on it, but I wasnít happy with the font. I have a 3D printer so I decided to see if I could improve on the idea. I drew up the file and got some help with making it ready to print on a 3D printing forum. After a few attempts, Iím happy with how they came out. Iím working on sanding and painting them now and then Iíll update this when I put them on.





The biggest thing I want to get done ASAP is the lift/level kit. I canít stand the stance it has right now. Iím looking at the Bilstein 5100ís and the Eibach kit, Iím just trying to figure out what is best especially with KDSS. Iím also really leaning towards the TRD Pro wheels, even though everyone has them haha. I like the look a lot, but Iím worried they wonít stick out far enough. Iíd rather not run spacers, but we will see.


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those 7.3's with the 10 speeds are so tempting. ESPECIALLY in white or black with the LED package and color matched bumpers
I'll hardly drive it so I may even end up just getting the XL or XLT package.
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Iíve been working on a few little mods while this thing is sitting in my driveway. Apparently if you buy a car from a private seller in SC and you live in NC, there is no way to get a temporary tag. You just have to wait to get the title and go to the DMV.

The first thing I did was tackle the rear hatch lights. The previous owner swapped some LEDís into them, but they were so dim they had to be worse than stock. I found the drop in 4Runner specific LED panels that are around $100, but I really didnít want to spend that just for hatch lights. So I found these bulbs on Amazon, and for $12 I figured it was worth a shot.

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The swap was easy, just pop the light housings out (push in on the gold clip), take the lenses off and swap the bulbs. I couldnít believe how much light these little bulbs put out, itís like daylight under my hatch now!!
[IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210225a4a538b13df7bd3ea41fe65.jp


The next mod was the classic, maybe overdone, but still cool American flags in the back windows. Because ĎMerica. I run a sign shop so this was an easy one. I cut them out of 3M black reflective, which is a little twist on what most people have. I think they turned out cool!



The last thing Iím working on are some replacements for the ďTrailĒ emblems. The previous owner 3D printed the ones that are on it, but I wasnít happy with the font. I have a 3D printer so I decided to see if I could improve on the idea. I drew up the file and got some help with making it ready to print on a 3D printing forum. After a few attempts, Iím happy with how they came out. Iím working on sanding and painting them now and then Iíll update this when I put them on.



The biggest thing I want to get done ASAP is the lift/level kit. I canít stand the stance it has right now. Iím looking at the Bilstein 5100ís and the Eibach kit, Iím just trying to figure out what is best especially with KDSS. Iím also really leaning towards the TRD Pro wheels, even though everyone has them haha. I like the look a lot, but Iím worried they wonít stick out far enough. Iíd rather not run spacers, but we will see.


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Nice work on the emblems, looks great. If you want a better stance, you'll want to look at wheels running -10 or -12 offset which is really common. Rather have that than spacers. The new TRD wheels are nice, but there are many great wheel options out there: RRW, SCS, FN (looking to replace my RRW with FN), Method, Fuel, etc. You could likely find the look you want with a negative offset to improve the stance. My RRW wheels are -12 and I love the stance, and fit 275 Wildpeaks with minimal work.
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