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Old 05-23-2013, 12:06 AM #1
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1st gen 4runner body 3rd gen frame and drivetrain swap

Hey guys, I have a fully stock 1989 Toyota 4runner with the 22RE and a manual transmission. I was wondering if anyone had attempted to put the 1st gen body onto a 3rd gen frame with the drivetrain. I remember reading about it somewhere, but I was wanting to go the next step and integrate some of the interior technology as well, maybe even a retrofitted dash swap. Any help will be greatly appreciated!
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Well, I'm not quite ready to do the swap just yet, I'm mainly looking for pointers on how it should be done, but I will post pics of the candidate ASAP
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How close are the wheelbases? Are they the same? Body mounts? Frame width? Sounds like a cool idea, but sounds like it could be more trouble than its worth.
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It has been done at least once before. I think a thread was started or linked on here somewhere.
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You have a lot of work ahead of you.
The first thing to do would be get frame diagrams of both and compare measurements of width, length, engine/axle/trans mounts, etc.
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It's been done. I saw one for sale in a Denver, CO craigslist ad. It had a link to their website to show how they done it, but I lost it after my old computer crashed.
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Call these guys. They did it a while back. Maybe they have a build thread you could use. If you have a good stock 1st gen I wouldn't use it though. I would find a stripped out POS.

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Is there any benefit? Seems like a cool project tho
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Is there any benefit? Seems like a cool project tho
Yes, significant benefits.

1. Choice of 3.4L 5VZ-FE or 2.7L 3RG-FE engines. When I was 18 I remember complaining about how slow my 22RE was in my 85. I thought my brother's 99 Tacoma with 3.4 / 5 Speed was a rocket. And it was, compared to the 22RE.

2. Coil sprung front and rear suspension. Way better ride vs torsion bars and leaf springs.

3. OBD2 engine management. Say hello to engine codes.

There's probably many others I haven't thought of, but those stick out to me.

If you want a manual trans, the 4Runners that came that way seem to be pretty rare.
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You know this thread is 7 years old?
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Yup, this forum doesn't get the traffic it used to (or so it seems). The topic is still interesting to me.
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