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Old 02-27-2021, 03:54 PM #1
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Lightbulb Things to know if you're considering a 4Runner

Among the many things I've learned that I'll pass on to people who are considering buying 4Runners:

1) Your build (you will learn this term) will never be "finished". You're always going to want something more.

2) No matter how much research and thought you put into a mod, and no matter how happy you are with it, within 72 hours you'll see one that's slightly better that you'll wish you'd picked instead.

3) No matter how much money you sink into it or how badass it is, there's always a cooler 4Runner somewhere, and you're going to see it, and it's going to ruin your day.

4) Before you make even the smallest modification to your 4Runner, ask yourself if you are okay (emotionally and financially) with being obsessed. Once you start, you won't stop.

5) UPS, FedEx, and your mail carrier will hate you within 4 months of purchasing your 4Runner.

Prepare thyself before purchase... ;-)

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5) UPS, FedEx, and your mail carrier will hate you with 4 months of purchasing your 4Runner.
Mine already hate me, I buy bullets and brass in bulk. Each month, between 100- 200lbs worth of bullets show up. Things to know if you're considering a 4RunnerThings to know if you're considering a 4RunnerThings to know if you're considering a 4Runner
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Great insight. Just like everything else that gets emotional. When I had a Jeep it was "Just Empty Every Pocket". Same with boats and airplanes. But it is fun...........Expensive, but fun........
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this is great! I totally agree with you OP! I learned that the hard way during my teenage years fixing up my little rice rocket. I was never satisfied with the "cheaper" parts i bought, and I always ended up changing them out for something better at a later time. Not only did it cost me more money at the end of it, but i also wasted a lot of time redoing something that was already done! Had I done it right the first time and dished out the money on the parts that I had really wanted, I could have finished my project faster, and for cheaper! LOL
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Mine already hate me, I buy bullets and brass in bulk. Each month, between 100- 200lbs worth of bullets show up. Things to know if you're considering a 4RunnerThings to know if you're considering a 4RunnerThings to know if you're considering a 4Runner
I'm responsible for more than a few hernias that way too. Sorry, UPS guy.
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Among the many things I've learned that I'll pass on to people who are considering buying 4Runners:

1) Your build (you will learn this term) will never be "finished". You're always going to want something more.

2) No matter how much research and thought you put into a mod, and no matter how happy you are with it, within 72 hours you'll see one that's slightly better that you'll wish you'd picked instead.

3) No matter how much money you sink into it or how badass it is, there's always a cooler 4Runner somewhere, and you're going to see it, and it's going to ruin your day.

4) Before you make even the smallest modification to your 4Runner, ask yourself if you are okay (emotionally and financially) with being obsessed. Once you start, you won't stop.

5) UPS, FedEx, and your mail carrier will hate you with 4 months of purchasing your 4Runner.

Prepare thyself before purchase... ;-)

hahahaah this is great
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I'll also add that...

It might come from the factory with the tires at 49psi like mine did.

Just noticed it over the weekend while scrolling thru the info stack. Lol.
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I'll also add that...

It might come from the factory with the tires at 49psi like mine did.

Just noticed it over the weekend while scrolling thru the info stack. Lol.



Hahahaha... WTH Toyota?
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Among the many things I've learned that I'll pass on to people who are considering buying 4Runners:

1) Your build (you will learn this term) will never be "finished". You're always going to want something more.

2) No matter how much research and thought you put into a mod, and no matter how happy you are with it, within 72 hours you'll see one that's slightly better that you'll wish you'd picked instead.

3) No matter how much money you sink into it or how badass it is, there's always a cooler 4Runner somewhere, and you're going to see it, and it's going to ruin your day.

4) Before you make even the smallest modification to your 4Runner, ask yourself if you are okay (emotionally and financially) with being obsessed. Once you start, you won't stop.

5) UPS, FedEx, and your mail carrier will hate you within 4 months of purchasing your 4Runner.

Prepare thyself before purchase... ;-)
The above applies to any vehicle one might purchase. However, if you are over a certain age, like me, you will just love your 4Runner as it comes out of the factory. The only thing that is needed is some three ply sidewall all terrain tires and youíre good to go.
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The above applies to any vehicle one might purchase. However, if you are over a certain age, like me, you will just love your 4Runner as it comes out of the factory. The only thing that is needed is some three ply sidewall all terrain tires and youíre good to go.
What age is that? Because I'm almost 50 and I like tinkering and modifying still. Things to know if you're considering a 4RunnerThings to know if you're considering a 4Runner
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Things to know if you're considering a 4Runner

6) prepare your spouse/significant other; they are likely to take the silver medal in the Olympic Games of your heart and soul shortly after purchase

7) there is rarely, if ever, an expense too great to achieve the task at hand. This includes maintenance, repairs, and of course modifications. Your mind will find a way to justify it. (See #6)

8) you tolerate Tacomas.

9) you HATE jeeps.

10) despite your true feelings, there is no ď4Runner VaginaĒ. Iíve looked high and low. Sadly, this particular mod has yet to be invented. (Stay away from the tailpipe, the air vents, and the cup holders. You will only be exhausted (pun intended) winded (pun intended) and sticky, in that respective order).
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What age is that? Because I'm almost 50 and I like tinkering and modifying still. Things to know if you're considering a 4RunnerThings to know if you're considering a 4Runner
Iím 65. However, I was always tinkering with and doing simple modifications to my 2002 Tacoma TRD until I gave it to a family member when I got my Ď18 4Runner.
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The above applies to any vehicle one might purchase. However, if you are over a certain age, like me, you will just love your 4Runner as it comes out of the factory. The only thing that is needed is some three ply sidewall all terrain tires and you’re good to go.
I've actually never modified a vehicle other than a 1997 extended bed crew cab 7.3 liter diesel F350, and that was just for ranch work. All the other cars and SUVs I've bought (since I bought my first at 16, in 1983) just stayed the way they came.

Until this... ;-)

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At my age, arthritic white knuckles just aren’t fun anymore. My Tacoma TRD remained stock, but had some small modifications that I created for my needs. Radios, scanner, video camera mounts, camping, and such. I was always tinkering with things and had a lot of fun. The Tacoma was quite capable off road and I put it through it’s paces regularly.

But the time came when old injuries and age conspired to create the need for an automatic transmission, no need to crawl around in an increasingly and perpetually empty bed (camper shell didn’t help matters for accessiblity). And I wanted more interior space in the cab and a half. I still needed and wanted a body on frame SUV and the ability to tow my utility trailer when needed, hauling heating pellets by the ton and other duties. And I really wanted another Toyota as my Tacoma was as reliable as the sun coming up daily.

After two years of thinking it over, I bought my 4Runner and am very happy with it as is. It is quite capable, I do take it off road on my favorite hunting routes, which require steep and rocky hillclimbs, axle articulation, ground clearance, a relatively compact footprint in tight watercourses. And it’s roomy enough that when my buddy and I are upland game hunting, there’s plenty of room for our shotguns flanking the center console without the gun pressing into my hip and thigh like it did on the Tacoma. Even though it is a SR5, it has impressed me even though it doesn’t have a rear locker. And on road, it’s quiet, comfortable, roomy, and everything has a quality feel.

For me value, reliability and real world capability is my priority. I don’t need or want a Moab crawler. It is not a value to me to purchase a new rig for $$$$, then dump $$$$$ in modifications that will be of no real world use to me, create a more difficult vehicle to live with on a daily basis, and create costly compromises down the road. I don’t do bling. I have better things to spend my money on.

In my opinion and experience with two Toyota trucks, they provide all the fun, value and real world practicality I want and need. Especially nice as I age.
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