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Old 03-04-2022, 03:54 PM #16
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Not too bad


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Old 03-09-2022, 12:34 PM #17
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looks good to me.
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Old 03-09-2022, 06:13 PM #18
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I wouldnít worry about that. Mine looks like that too. It hasnít posed any problems in 25 years.


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Our "new to us" 2012 SR5 has a wee bit of rust on it's underside having spent it's time in New Jersey, despite only 46k miles.
Now it's here in sunny Florida, so no more heavy doses of road salt.

I'm thinking two or three good pressure washings with dawn to get any residual road salts out as well as old grease, oil & whatnot, let it dry well, a light wire brushing on anything that looks flaky, poke/probe anything that looks really nasty, followed by some Prematex Rust treatment, and finally some Fluid Film.

I'll probably swap out the front break calipers. Had it to the local dealership for a VERY minor interior cosmetic issue* and while they had it in the shop they advised me I needed new brake pads and rotor turnings all around, and that the front breaks were sticking.
Not wanting to pay their rates on the brakes I picked up some OEM pads and did my first break job in probably 25 years. Of course 3 out of the 4 brake pad retaining pins were frozen and refused to yield to a PB Blaster, then Kroil soak over a few days time. Out came the dremmel, hammer, and punch. Plenty of sil break grease. Somethings still sticking (based on the very very slight shimmy in the wheel). I suppose I could try to puzzle my way through pulling the pistons, but I think the easier and wiser course is to just get a couple of OEM rebuilds, as a decade in the NE with their road salt has to have taken it's toll. I may upgrade to steel braided lines while I'm at it, as I'm also at the mark for doing a complete change of brake fluid.

I'll be messing with the rear brakes next weekend. Oh Joy.

I'm going to post a few pictures of the front half of the underside in hopes some of you more experienced with 4Runners in the NE can give me a better idea of what I'm likely to be looking at problem wise based on the amount of rust seen. The skid plate seems to have had the worst of it, as the beefed up area around the jack point (where the larger hole is) is rusted out, and I think there was supposed to be another skid plate back towards the tranny which isn't there anymore.





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Pardon the rather haphazard photography. I was taking a break from dealing with a grease gun stuck on the zerk for a spider...else I was considering explosives



*covered under warranty by the seller. And at the prices on Toyota plastic I think they just lost all their profit....

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Old 03-22-2022, 01:41 PM #20
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I just got my 2010 T4R TE that spent most of its time in NY. It has about the same amount of rust. There are plenty of videos on how to clean it and coat it with POR15. That is my plan.

I am a bit concerned about bolts and propeller shaft zerks though.
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looks like it was driven through salt water at the beach
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real rust

front skid plate from a 2014 4runner.
RI puts huge amounts of slat on the roads, it destroys the bridges, and cars. I had to sell a 2000 4runner sport because it was destroyed, hole the size of a baseball in the frame by the back wheel.....it was shipped to Haiti, where they welded steel into the weak spots. I am sure its still running, but.........
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That looks pretty damn good.

I had to sell my previous 3rd gen because my mechanic was getting testy with all the rust.

Ex: while replacing the steering rack, the bolts to the tie rods were rusted and I had to replace both inner and outer tie rods. An extra couple hundred (don't remember exactly).

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golly!
being in SoCal definitely spoils your baseline for what is a clean frame....hah!
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Had to worry about the same issues with 100 series LC.
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Looks pretty good to me, unfortunately mine has some rust around the rear axle. It spent a few years in the Midwest.
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I bought a 01 4runner and would've killed for it to look like that. I think that truck is fine for the rust

me too, 01 SR5 4x4 and my passenger side is scary to look at. that truck still has about another 100k miles on it.


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front skid plate from a 2014 4runner.
RI puts huge amounts of slat on the roads, it destroys the bridges, and cars. I had to sell a 2000 4runner sport because it was destroyed, hole the size of a baseball in the frame by the back wheel.....it was shipped to Haiti, where they welded steel into the weak spots. I am sure its still running, but.........
Ho lee fuk. A 2014 skid plate completely crumbling in 8 years? No idea if it has been mentioned yet, but... FLUID FILM!
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angle grinder, rust reformer, and fluid film. thats in great condition for the age
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So I'm in the market for a 4th gen and how much rust would you guys say is too much rust?? I'm pretty new to this and haven't bought a car at this age but pretty much all the 4wd ones in FL came from up north and have some rust. Some have been painted over too so it's hard to tell. What are some tests to perform or red flags? Thanks
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