View Full Version : Black Beast Pt II - 2001 4Runner SR5

02-20-2012, 06:00 PM
It's been a work in progress for quite some time and it's now just starting to come around.

After writing off my 06' Tacoma in March of 2010 I decided a 3rd Gen 4Runner would fit the bill as a capable replacement. Hence the Pt II. As with any build, the mods will be on going, and I will try to keep this list updated to include the most recent additions.

What started as this:

Is now this:




Front Suspension
- Poly Performance 10" Limit Straps (http://www.polyperformance.com/Poly-Performance-Quad-Wrapped-Ultra-Strength-Limit-Strap)
- Fox 2.5 CO's (http://www.ridefox.com/product.php?make=Toyota&model=Tacoma&t=shocks&year=2004-1995&position=Front&m=truck&p=10&ref=filter) w/ 650# Eibach Coil
- Camburg UCA's (http://camburg.com/all-products/95-04-tacoma2/toyota-tacoma-performance-uniball-upper-arms/)
- Replaced Remote Reservoir Lines with Longer, Blue Lines (accommodates body lift)

Rear Suspension
- Poly Performance 14" Limit Straps (http://www.polyperformance.com/Poly-Performance-Quad-Wrapped-Ultra-Strength-Limit-Strap)
- Fox 12" RR Shocks
- Fox 2.5" Bump Stops (http://www.polyperformance.com/Fox-2-0-Air-Bump-Stops)
- OME 850J LC80 Front Coils Installed In Rear
- Sonoran Heavy Duty Rear Lower Links (http://www.sonoransteel.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_11&products_id=19)
- Toytec Adjustable Rear Upper Links (http://toyteclifts.3dcartstores.com/Fully-Adjustable-Rear-DOM-UCAs-for-96-02-4Runner_p_279.html)
- Toytec Adjustable Panhard Bar (http://toyteclifts.3dcartstores.com/Adjustable-DOM-Panhard-Bar_p_106.html)
- Custom Upper Shock Mounts

- 2nd Gen TRD Supercharger
- URD 2.2" Supercharger Pulley (http://urdusa.com/store/Pulleys-Supercharger-Pulleys/c102_108/p130000053/URD-SuperGrip-Supercharger-Pulley-for-3.4L-Toyota-Trucks/product_info.html)
- URD 7th Injector Kit (http://urdusa.com/store/p1260518512/URD-7th-Injector-Kit-for-TRD-5VZ-FE-Supercharger/product_info.html)
- Doug Thorley Long Tube Headers (http://urdusa.com/store/Exhaust-&-Headers-Headers-Trucks-with-the-5VZ-FE-3.4L-V6-Engine/c93_120_226/p1260518585/THY-507-C-Thorley-Header,-Tacoma/4Runner-95-04-3.4L-V6-no-EGR/product_info.html)
- Borla Pro XS Muffler (https://www.borla.com/products/mufflers/proxs.html)
- ARB Front Air Locker (http://eastcoastgearsupply.com/c-61628-gears-install-kits-carriers-spider-gears-toyota-toyota-7-5-tacoma-ifs-hp.html)
- Rear E-locker Retrofit (http://eastcoastgearsupply.com/c-61625-gears-install-kits-carriers-spider-gears-toyota-toyota-8-v6-turbo-e-locker.html)
- 4.88 Nitro Gears
- Cadillac CS144 Alternator (http://www.toyota-4runner.org/3rd-gen-t4rs/135318-docs-cs144-alternator-upgrade.html)
- A340 Automatic Transmission Valve Body Shims (http://www.supraforums.com/forum/showthread.php?267655-How-to-make-a-a340-last(56kers-take-a-nap)&) (1-2, 2-3)
- Sonoran Tapered Front Diff Drop (http://www.sonoransteel.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_11&products_id=11&zenid=76626cdc63d3dafa3c4ce23fb92bec99)
- Total Chaos Weld On Spindle Gussets (http://www.chaosfab.com/accessories.php?id=96000#59697)
- Tundra 231mm Calipers - Stock Toyota Pads
- Brembo Rotors
- Custom Blue Extended Brake Lines (Front and Rear)
- All-Pro 1.25" Wheel Spacers (https://www.allprooffroad.com/9602drivetrain/9602wheelspacers)
- Hayden Transmission Cooler
- ARB Breather Kit (http://store.arbusa.com/ARB-Differential-Breather-Kit-170112-P22783.aspx) - Front and Rear Differential, Transfer Case
- ARB Snorkel (http://store.arbusa.com/Safari-Snorkel-For-Toyota-Tacoma-1995-04-SS170HF-P3471.aspx)
- AirRaid Intake (http://www.autoanything.com/air-intakes/61A1850A0A0.aspx)
- AFE Air Filter
- Addco Sway Bar (http://www.summitracing.com/int/parts/aco-573/overview/make/toyota/model/4runner)
- Custom Extended Sway Bar End Links
- 6" Deckplate Mod (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AIG5CAO/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
- Moroso Oil Catch Can (http://www.amazon.ca/Moroso-85474-Universal-Air-Separator/dp/B004K9BIY4)
- Odyssey PC-1700 Battery (http://www.odysseybatteries.com/batteries/pc1700_series.htm)
- TRD White Face Boost Gauge
- PLX DM-100 Gauge (http://www.plxdevices.com/product_info.php?id=WDBDSMAFR_DM100)
- PLX SM-AFR Wideband O2 Sensor (http://www.plxdevices.com/product_info.php?id=WDBDSMAFR_DM100)
- Aeroforce Interceptor OBDII Gauge (http://www.aeroforcetech.com/products_interceptor.html)

- Summer:
- 315/70/75 BFG All Terrain Tires
- 17" SCS Stealth 6 Matte Bronze (http://www.stealthcustomseries.com/products/wheels/stealth6/)
- Winter:
- 315/75/16 Yokohama Geolander G072
- Stock 16" 5 Spoke Rims

- Shrockworks Front Bumper (http://www.shrockworks.com/1996-2002-4Runner-Front-Bumper-3rd-Generation-pr-16217.html) with Custom Stinger
- CBI Rear Bumper (http://www.cbioffroadfab.com/products/3rd-gen-toyota-4runner/t4r3-plate-rear-bumper-and-swing-away) w/ Tire Swing Gate, High Lift Mount, Gas Can Mount, Fold Out Table
- Bud Built IFS Skidplate (http://www.budbuilt.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=168&category_id=26&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=170)
- Bud Built Belly Pan Skidplate (http://www.budbuilt.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=168&category_id=26&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=170)
- Lil' Skip Offroad Gas Tank Skid (https://lilskipsoffroad.wordpress.com/)
- All-Pro Sliders w/ Kickout (https://www.allprooffroad.com/96024runnertrailarmor/9602rockguards) - Custom Plated
- Lotus Development Rear Lower Link Skid (http://lotusdevelopmentllc.mybigcommerce.com/rcams-rear-control-arm-mount-skids-3rd-gen-4runner/)
- Inchworm Offroad E-locker Actuator Guard

Accessories / Mini Mods
- Recaro Seats (JDM Purchase - 1999 Mitsubishi Lancer GSR Turbo)
- T-Max 10,000 lb Winch
- Master Pull Winch Stop Thimble (http://www.masterpull.com/atv-winch-stop-thimble-anodized-black/)
- Amsteel Blue 100' 3/8" Synthetic Winch Line (http://www.amazon.com/Amsteel-Blue-Synthetic-Winch-Line/dp/B00GR8L59Y/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1420994834&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=amsteel+3%2F8+100%27+winch+stop)
- Black Hawse Winch Fairlead
- Cobra C75 - WX-ST CB Radio (https://www.cobra.com/products/recreational/c-75-wx-st)
- Windshield Washer Fluid Reservoir Relocation
- 60" High Lift (mounted in swing gate)
- Toytec 1" Body Lift (http://toyteclifts.3dcartstores.com/1-Inch-Body-Lift-for-96-02-4-Runner_p_98.html)
- WeatherTech Floor Mats (Front, Rear) (http://www.weathertech.ca/toyota/2001/4runner/floorliner-digitalfit/)
- WeatherTech Window Vent Visors (http://www.weathertech.ca/toyota/2001/4runner/side-window-deflectors/)
- Bushwacker Flares (http://www.bushwacker.com/search-results?field_make_model_year=58890&field_replacement_part=0)
- Long John Mud Flaps - Rear
- VIS Carbon Fiber Sport Hood (http://www.visracing.com/newcatalog/Toyota/4-Runner/1996-2000-4Runner/Hood-3080/1996-2000-Toyota-4-Runner-Oem-Style-Carbon-Fiber-Hood-W-Scoop.html)
- Redline Hood Struts - QuickLIFT Elite (http://www.redlinetuning.com/products_quicklift.html)
- Pressure Operated Hood Lights
- Custom Satoshi Grill
- Custom Made Dog Platform with Storage
- ARB Awning and Awning Room with Floor (http://store.arbusa.com/ARB-TOURING-AWNING-ROOM-WITH-FLOOR-2000MM-ARB4411A-P22805.aspx)
- WeatherTech Pet Ramp (http://www.weathertech.ca/petstep/)
- Puma PD-1006 Air Compressor (http://www.ebay.com/itm/12-volt-1-5-gal-air-compressor-Puma-mini-/311218617803)
- 5 Gallon Air Tank - mounted where spare tire was
- Air / Water Separator
- Klein 2 Stage Air Horns
- Custom Limb Risers
- Lev-O-Gauge (http://www.levogage.com/) (x2 - Front to back, side to side)
- JDM Field Monitor (http://www.yotatech.com/f2/hilux-surf-field-monitor-unit-install-116998/)
- Customized Baja Rack - Long Rack (http://www.bajarack.com/4runner-long) - with Custom Wind Deflector
- Shovel and Axe Mounted on Baja Rack
- Raingler Cargo Nets (http://www.raingler.com/#!toyota-merchandise/c1ucb) - x3 on Sleeping Platform, x1 on Baja Rack
- Specter 20 Gallon Black Military Style Gas Cannister (http://www.dstactical.com/product_info.php?products_id=3701&osCsid=5680c9603d2e8120dae5ccad720aea4f) (x2)
- Specter 10 Gallon Blue Military Style Water Cannister (http://www.dstactical.com/product_info.php?cPath=16_53&products_id=47)




- OTRATTW Contura II Switches (https://otrattw.net/Contura-II-III-SR/)- Zombie Lights, Rock Lights, Offroad Lights, Front Locker, Air Compressor, Rear Locker
- Rear Locker 'Stock Wiring' with Blue LED Indicator Light
- Hella Relay Block (x4 relays) (https://www.amazon.ca/HELLA-H84988001-4-Way-Mini-Relay/dp/B000VU5IZG)
- Hella 80A Relay for Air Compressor and 80A Blue Sea Fuse Holder
- Blue Sea ST Blade Fuse Block (https://www.bluesea.com/products/5031/ST_Blade_Fuse_Block_-_12_Circuits_with_Negative_Bus) with Bussman 120A breaker (https://www.amazon.com/Bussmann-Hi-Amp-Reset-Circuit-Breaker/dp/B0024JMIRI)
- 'Big 3' Upgraded Wiring with Bussman 150A breaker (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001PT7XBE/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=1944687742&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0024JMIRI&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=ZW445MQH3YHF3JK3C62X)
- BlueSea 300A Winch Power Disconnect (https://www.bluesea.com/products/category/11/37/Manual_Battery_Switches/m-Series)
- Interior Center Console Mounted Winch Controls
- 3000W Whistler Inverter (https://www.amazon.ca/Whistler-Pro-3000W-Watt-Power-Inverter/dp/B003R7EGA8)with Blue Sea Cut Off Switch
- ARB 50qt Fridge (http://store.arbusa.com/ARB-Fridge-Freezer-50-Qt-10800472-P3626.aspx) - Wired for Constant Voltage
- AutoPage C3 RS-1100 LED Remote / Starter / Alarm Combo (http://www.autopageusa.com/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?pid=32265)



- PIAA 510 Crystal Ion Fogs with HID Upgrade
- Morimoto D2S HID Projector Retrofit
- Morimoto 32" LED Light Bar on Roof Rack
- Lightforce Striker 240 HID's (https://www.amazon.com/LightForce-240-Blitz-HID-Lights/dp/B002WDXGG8) - Bumper Mount
- TUFF LED Rock Lights (https://www.amazon.com/Tuff-LED-Lights-Round-Lumens/dp/B00A9GJ0NI/ref=sr_1_4?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1467337582&sr=1-4&keywords=tuff+led+cree) (x8)
- TUFF LED 2x2 Offroad Lights (https://www.amazon.com/Tuff-Stuff-Light-Light--Harness/dp/B01EZ3VNX0/ref=sr_1_4?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1467337682&sr=1-4&keywords=tuff+led+2x2+cree) (Passenger Side Mounted)
- WeatherTech 3M Protectors for Headlights
- LED Brake Lights (including 3rd)
- LED CREE Reverse Lights
- Interior Lighting LED Kit

Audio / Visual
- Pioneer AVH-P4300DVD (http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Car/DVD-Receivers/AVH-P4300DVD)
- Back Up Camera
- BlueTooth Adapter
- iPod Cable - 80GB Classic
- JBL GTO Speaker Upgrade - Front, Rear and Tweeters
- iPad Mini with GPS

Mods to Come
- Shower Bladder and Heated Water System (Through Radiator)

Wish List
- Long Travel
- Fiberglass Front Fenders
- Hutchinson DOT Approved Beadlocks
- URD Crankshaft Pulley (http://urdusa.com/store/p1230100021/URD-SuperGrip-Crankshaft-Pulley-for-3.4L-Toyota-Trucks/product_info.html)
- URD 2.1 Supercharger Pulley (http://urdusa.com/store/Pulleys-Supercharger-Pulleys/c102_108/p130000053/URD-SuperGrip-Supercharger-Pulley-for-3.4L-Toyota-Trucks/product_info.html)

02-21-2012, 02:35 PM
Very cool! Any pics of the interior and sleeping platform?

02-21-2012, 03:08 PM
I need to work on my sleeping platform design - this build has been relatively slow to progress but it's coming around nicely now. The sticking point for me is the length inside as I'm not a short guy (6'4") but rickashay has inspired me to go this route (as he is taller? and rocks the sleeping platform).

I've got some pictures of the switches and my deck - along with where the rock light panel is located (in the glove box) - I'll toss them up soon.

02-21-2012, 05:56 PM
Cool! I am 6' 6" and my sleeping platform works well for my wife and I. We slide the front seats up for extra room.

02-22-2012, 12:34 AM
Glad to see you over here David! I never get tired of seeing the Black Beast..... sooooo NICE!

Seems like a bunch of tall 3rd gen owners. I'm 6'6" also, and pushing the front seats forward at night is definitely the key to maximize sleeping space. I'm stoked to see what you come up with!

I really need to copy your rear shock setup...... 10" shocks, mmmmmm.

02-22-2012, 02:26 AM
I love that Shrockworks front bumper. The design is exceptional. Great work! Your truck will be unstoppable with ARBs.

02-22-2012, 04:06 PM
Thanks - I'm a big fan of the Shrockworks front bumpers - I hit a rock wall doing 80kph in my Tacoma, connecting the driver side wing first, the Shrockworks took the hit and kept on truckin! Seriously, a friend in town picked it up, tweaked it back the 1-2" it was out and tossed it on his Tacoma!

EDIT - here's what hitting the rock wall did to my Tacoma!


There was no other choice for my 3rd Gen! Only change I would make is to adjust the forward lean on the headlight protection - minor but I'd have it stick out more like the OutDoor Logic.

Pics added of interior mods!

02-23-2012, 12:36 AM
Awesome looking Runner! I am about to take the leap and do a projector retrofit. Any feedback on how they perform off-road and how you secured the projector to the housing? Wondering specifically if you can notice the lights vibrating. You are the first retrofit I have seen on Expo.

02-23-2012, 01:26 AM
Awesome looking Runner! I am about to take the leap and do a projector retrofit. Any feedback on how they perform off-road and how you secured the projector to the housing? Wondering specifically if you can notice the lights vibrating. You are the first retrofit I have seen on Expo.

The lights are fantastic - I didn't do them myself but had rickashay complete them after I provided the parts. He did a great job and they are more secure than the HID PNP kit I had prevously installed. I can cruise on washboard and the headlights only move with the body. Next up is a set for my Tundra, I love them that much.

When it's dark for 16 hours of the day up in Alberta (or less as you go further North) having good lights is a necessity.

10-12-2012, 06:06 PM
I've updated some pictures - still need to get home and enjoy the newly added supercharger and URD 7th injector kit (along with valve body shims to prolong the life of the A430).

The sleeping platform is complete, the slide out drawers work fantastic - I picked up the handles from Lee Valley (the largest chest handles they have) and added rare earth magnets to the back of the drawers so they stay closed. Quite pleased with the results - they don't open on inclines (when I open the rear hatch) and provide a firm feel when pulling them open. The dog doesn't mind her own personal ramp either...

I'll make sure to grab more detailed pictures of my lighting set up (HID Projector Retrofit - 32" Morimoto LED Bar) along with the supercharger and engine bay when I get home from this most recent stint at work.

Here's a couple shots of my rig in action:





10-13-2012, 12:24 AM
I have a question for your regarding your rear shocks mounts:

When you run your winter setup on stock rims, do your tires get close to the upper shock mounts when flexing? I am looking to do something different with my rear shock mounts to accept a wider range of rear shocks, but worry that outboarding them to the side of the frame would result in my tires hitting them under flex. I run stock 16 hole steel rims and 265/75/16's.



10-13-2012, 12:35 AM
I have a question for your regarding your rear shocks mounts:

When you run your winter setup on stock rims, do your tires get close to the upper shock mounts when flexing? I am looking to do something different with my rear shock mounts to accept a wider range of rear shocks, but worry that outboarding them to the side of the frame would result in my tires hitting them under flex. I run stock 16 hole steel rims and 265/75/16's.



I'll let you know in a couple weeks! I run wheel spacers so hopefully they will clear... Only one way to find out!

10-13-2012, 02:04 AM
The rock wall you hit wouldn't happen to be outside of Golden, would it?

10-13-2012, 02:20 AM
The rock wall you hit wouldn't happen to be outside of Golden, would it?

The one which totaled the Tacoma? Right by the town of Frank - I almost added 2 to the list of individuals that Frank Slide claimed! Scary **** that one... Black ice is no fun.

11-13-2012, 01:50 AM
Updates to include a couple mods:


Front Bumper Clevis' and Master Pull on Amsteel synthetic line.

Roof Rack Cargo Net (front air dam removed for future installation of Morimoto LED Light Bar)

Interior Cargo Net (to stop items from going in to front seats)


11-13-2012, 02:26 AM
I have a question for your regarding your rear shocks mounts:

When you run your winter setup on stock rims, do your tires get close to the upper shock mounts when flexing? I am looking to do something different with my rear shock mounts to accept a wider range of rear shocks, but worry that outboarding them to the side of the frame would result in my tires hitting them under flex. I run stock 16 hole steel rims and 265/75/16's.



Looks like they clear with the spacers on - I haven't flex it out to the max but I'll see if I can find somewhere to test it out when I am home again.

11-13-2012, 05:14 PM
Very cool, let me know when you get it flexed out. If you could snap a few pictures of the clearance it would be most appreciated! What cargo nets are those?


11-13-2012, 06:18 PM
You bet, I'll find a ditch to play in.

Cargo nets are Raingler brand (http://www.raingler.com/merch88Toyota.htm)- they aren't cheap but certainly work well for what I am using them for. Seem to be solid construction too. Best part? 3rd gen specific nets! I didn't have to do much measuring when I ordered them - fortunately my sleeping platform is pretty tall and the coverage of their TD90R 4Runner Barrier works out to be pretty darn good. Same for the roof rack cargo net - I just purchased their universal net which measured 42x82 if I recall correctly.

01-17-2013, 08:02 AM
Any word on your winter setup hitting your shocks under flex?


01-17-2013, 08:29 PM
Any word on your winter setup hitting your shocks under flex?


I'll be home in a few days and I'll find something to flex out on - I don't believe they hit as my shock shafts were clean up to near the top during 'normal' driving... (I have perhaps a bit too much body roll...)

01-17-2013, 08:50 PM
Ha ha! Thank you very much, I look forward to hearing what you have found!


12-02-2013, 09:32 PM
stock transmission?

12-05-2013, 03:41 AM
Awesome looking rig!!

12-07-2013, 06:38 PM

This pictures cost me 20k.

01-10-2015, 02:20 PM
This pictures cost me 20k.

It's only money right???

The 4Runner has been updated since and a bunch more coin thrown at it to get it where it needs to be. Running the best it ever has though - love it.

Here are a few updated pictures - I'll be updating the front page as well with a list of current mods.




01-10-2015, 03:50 PM
Air Horn Testing


01-11-2015, 02:41 AM
Thanks for reviving this thread, this truck is sick!

01-11-2015, 04:15 PM
Thanks for reviving this thread, this truck is sick!

Thanks! It's been a long, long time coming. That being said, I could not be happier with the end results - it's truly amazing on road, I now need to test it (and myself!) offroad.

I am slowly but surely updating the front page with hyperlinks to all of the items which I've used in modifying the 4Runner. In the past I have used various forum communities as my resources and I should attempt to give back something. Making a master thread also helps with keeping modifications organized and up to date for insurance purposes - ask me how I know...

03-20-2015, 05:28 PM
Here is the results of my tuning adventure with a local shop using a Mustang Dyno. A clean bill of health (so to speak) after so many modifications is always nice to have, especially when this has been the largest test of my skills to date.

Anyways, here are the results - keep in mind that the RPM readings from 4800 up to redline / 5200 are often... messy. Apparently. So the maximum readings may come from spikes and such, the data between 4800 and 5200 needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

Driveability is improved, seems very smooth and happy to comply with my requests. Doesn't have to do a rapid downshift on one notorious little ravine near me anymore so that's a sign of smoother power while cruising and after the OD kicks off. Happy with the results, hopefully this info helps others who are tuning. I rushed the exhaust and so I need to go back and cut off the 2nd catalytic converter and probably gain a couple more HP. As always, it's a work in progress.

My altitude is 900m for reference, also running the URD 2.2" supergrip pulley, 4.88 Nitro Gears from and back, 35" Yokohama snow tires.

Base URD Map Dyno Run
http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/03-17-15%20-%204Runner%20Tuning/Unlimited%20Performance%20-%20URD%207th%20Injector%20Base%20File%20-%20Cropped_zpskvlyn41a.png (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/Alv2Rde/media/03-17-15%20-%204Runner%20Tuning/Unlimited%20Performance%20-%20URD%207th%20Injector%20Base%20File%20-%20Cropped_zpskvlyn41a.png.html)

Tuning Complete - ECT On
http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/03-17-15%20-%204Runner%20Tuning/Unlimited%20Performance%20-%20Run%2014%20-%20With%20ECT%20-%20Cropped_zps4psybazw.png (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/Alv2Rde/media/03-17-15%20-%204Runner%20Tuning/Unlimited%20Performance%20-%20Run%2014%20-%20With%20ECT%20-%20Cropped_zps4psybazw.png.html)

Tuning Complete - ECT Off
http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/03-17-15%20-%204Runner%20Tuning/Unlimited%20Performance%20-%20Run%2015-%20Without%20ECT%20-%20Cropped_zpsrecofclp.png (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/Alv2Rde/media/03-17-15%20-%204Runner%20Tuning/Unlimited%20Performance%20-%20Run%2015-%20Without%20ECT%20-%20Cropped_zpsrecofclp.png.html)

Combined Maps - ECT On (Green) and ECT Off (Red)
http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/03-17-15%20-%204Runner%20Tuning/Unlimited%20Performance%20-%20Runs%2014%20amp%2015%20-%20Cropped_zpstqzzy6ra.png (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/Alv2Rde/media/03-17-15%20-%204Runner%20Tuning/Unlimited%20Performance%20-%20Runs%2014%20amp%2015%20-%20Cropped_zpstqzzy6ra.png.html)

Simulated 0-60MPH
http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/03-17-15%20-%204Runner%20Tuning/Unlimited%20Performance%20-%200-60%20Simulation%20-%20Cropped_zpsog0wfjgc.png (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/Alv2Rde/media/03-17-15%20-%204Runner%20Tuning/Unlimited%20Performance%20-%200-60%20Simulation%20-%20Cropped_zpsog0wfjgc.png.html)

R4 Controller Screen Capture - Map A - Timing
http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/03-17-15%20-%204Runner%20Tuning/Map%20A_zps69ex1fot.jpg (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/Alv2Rde/media/03-17-15%20-%204Runner%20Tuning/Map%20A_zps69ex1fot.jpg.html)

R4 Controller Screen Capture - Map B - 7th Injector
http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/03-17-15%20-%204Runner%20Tuning/Map%20B_zpsiwrzfpac.jpg (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/Alv2Rde/media/03-17-15%20-%204Runner%20Tuning/Map%20B_zpsiwrzfpac.jpg.html)

Dyno Videos
Run '1' - 3rd roll on into 2nd gear pull I believe
http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/03-17-15%20-%204Runner%20Tuning/th_M4H02489_zpstcuytkjc.mp4 (http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/03-17-15%20-%204Runner%20Tuning/M4H02489_zpstcuytkjc.mp4)

Run '2' - 1st, 2nd and 3rd
http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/03-17-15%20-%204Runner%20Tuning/th_M4H02494_zps5rbyx1fr.mp4 (http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/03-17-15%20-%204Runner%20Tuning/M4H02494_zps5rbyx1fr.mp4)

03-20-2015, 05:29 PM
stock transmission?

Wow, not sure how I missed this one.

I have shimmed the valve body solenoids, shift points between 1-2 and 2-3. 5/8" I believe.

03-29-2015, 01:03 AM
very nice 4runner!!

03-29-2015, 04:27 AM
Very nice looking rig! Looks like a nice set up. Probably the coolest runner i've seen yet.

03-29-2015, 01:59 PM
very nice 4runner!!

Very nice looking rig! Looks like a nice set up. Probably the coolest runner i've seen yet.
Too kind. Knowing that I keep vehicles for long periods and don't flip them I knew I had to get the platform correct as it would see copious amounts of money thrown at it. I can say I'm still super happy with the 3rd Gen 4Runner and how it has taken to the modifications I've done to it. Every build is a sum of the individual parts and I am very happy with how it has all come together!

04-04-2015, 04:41 PM
LED's installed - stinger still looking ugly.

http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/4Runner/IMG_4802_zpsk1sxmryy.jpg (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/Alv2Rde/media/4Runner/IMG_4802_zpsk1sxmryy.jpg.html)

http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/4Runner/IMG_4801_zpsszgqxp7l.jpg (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/Alv2Rde/media/4Runner/IMG_4801_zpsszgqxp7l.jpg.html)

And hood pin latches:
http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/4Runner/IMG_4803_zps68n3oauy.jpg (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/Alv2Rde/media/4Runner/IMG_4803_zps68n3oauy.jpg.html)

http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/4Runner/IMG_4804_zpstnyibe82.jpg (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/Alv2Rde/media/4Runner/IMG_4804_zpstnyibe82.jpg.html)

http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/4Runner/IMG_4805_zpsmmdcosp5.jpg (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/Alv2Rde/media/4Runner/IMG_4805_zpsmmdcosp5.jpg.html)

04-13-2015, 02:02 PM
LED's at night
http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/4Runner/IMG_4807_zpsbnvjub2a.jpg (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/Alv2Rde/media/4Runner/IMG_4807_zpsbnvjub2a.jpg.html)

http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/4Runner/IMG_4808_zpssmozeww3.jpg (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/Alv2Rde/media/4Runner/IMG_4808_zpssmozeww3.jpg.html)

Hood pin latch mounting on the radiator support
http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/4Runner/IMG_4813_zpsgcltvhev.jpg (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/Alv2Rde/media/4Runner/IMG_4813_zpsgcltvhev.jpg.html)

ARB Fridge
This is a 'in progress' picture - I'll take some more now that it's fully secured in this place.
http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff473/Alv2Rde/4Runner/IMG_4821_zpsmdm07ekt.jpg (http://s1237.photobucket.com/user/Alv2Rde/media/4Runner/IMG_4821_zpsmdm07ekt.jpg.html)

04-30-2015, 01:13 AM
The girlfriend and I decided to head out on a bit of a road trip / vacation as I had not really left the house in a couple years (besides going to physio!) and so the time came with her having time off and the 4Runner being completely set up for whatever we could throw at it. And throw we did!

The adventure started off calmly enough - we packed up our items and left the house, only to realize we had forgot a lightning cable at home and charging both iPad and iPhone was going to be tricky. Not to worry, a stop at my parents and my kind Mother let me borrow hers. No issues so far!

We loaded up the 'kids' and hit the road! (Sadly, Lucky - the little brown dog, wasn't able to come...)

We usually get along great, and even promised not to kill each other!

The 4Runner is washed and ready to hit the road!

After passing Longview and while doing ~110 km/h a sneaky bambi decided she had had enough of this sad, sad world and committed death by 4Runner. I was obviously a bit rattled at having hit a deer not 100km down the road from my house by after a road side assessment I figured that there was no 'real' damage and that the bumper and stinger had done its job and kept bambi out of my headlights. Sadly, this wasn't the case as I had to use a couple rounds of JB weld (one temporary and one permanent) to salvage the housings and keep the projectors relatively aligned.

Half decent picture of the oncoming mountains as we drove on HWY 22 South (pretty sure...)

Luckily I was prepared with the JB Weld Kwik and used a stop at the top of the pass to complete my temporary repair (without removing the headlight). It was half decent but I did keep getting flashed with the headlights on, indicating the light was far out of alignment. The dogs managed to keep themselves busy!

While Georgia (the girlfriend) had driven the 4Runner in short stints, this was her first encounter with twisty roads and having the vehicle fully loaded - being a good driver it didn't take her long to begin to 'feel' the road and drive to the vehicle's ability and not necessarily be concerned about the lines (when it's safe to do so). The 4Runner appreciates long corners! While in the passenger seat I was able to take some decent shots while rolling through the valleys.

Osoyoos really opens up in front of you as the ridge crests.

Not to mention the twisty roads that lead you down the mountain side and in to the valley. Don't mind the random bugs on the windshield!

Out of Osoyoos and back in to the mountains looking at snow capped peaks.

Downtown Vancouver - not the best parking lot but it was a busy day and the backdrop wasn't too shabby. Unfortunately I'm 'over height' and received a ticket for it... bugger. You'll also notice that the 4Runner is a Lightforce Striker 170 short. That damn bambi took him out and I was lucky that my custom satoshi grill wasn't badly damaged. Of course the front quarter panel was also massaged back in to a position close'ish' to the original - I'll still need to source a replacement. Total damage from the deer is: Lightforce Striker 170HID, clear corner light, driver side quarter panel, driver side light lower valance. As mentioned, I was able to complete a reasonably good repair of the light at one of the upcoming stops (Alice Lake) and so the bucket / projector retrofit was saved. I am now mulling over some additional protection for the quarter panel to avoid any damage if this were to occur again - perhaps the stinger will be moved over some and then tied in to the sliders.

From Vancouver it was off the Whister and the Sea to Sky highway. Certainly makes for some beautiful views and nice driving. Can't imagine it with the old roads such as pre-olympics!

Some very sharp rock walls, completely covered in netting for protection.

The snow capped peaks of BC - I'm not sure which mountain this is... close to Whister though as this is on the way there.

04-30-2015, 01:29 AM
Over to Alice Lake for a nice quiet camp site - just us and the ducks.

British Columbia sure has a wide variety of vegetation - this is my random 'artsy' shot of the trip.

And of course, more snow capped peaks. Shot across the vehicle as Georgia continues to drive. She was a champ for the drive out and gave me breaks whenever I needed. Cruise control is my friend and it wasn't possible for a large portion of the trip!

While coming back down from Whistler we had time to stop at Shannon Falls. Beautiful spot and only a stones throw off the highway.

After driving back down to Horseshoe Bay, we grabbed the ferry off to Nanaimo and began our island journey.

We / I wanted to go to the west side of the island and not knowing exactly where to go, I picked out Juan de Fuca and headed that direction. Unfortunately, China Beach was closed and we had to back track slightly to get back to French Beach. While back tracking I was able to get this show late at night, one of my favourites.

At French Beach we had a great spot and spent some time at the beach with our four legged friends. They had been so good the days before and were super happy to have multiple hours of fun at the beach. The best 'kids' we could ask for.

After the fuzzy friends had 'had their fill' we (okay, I...) decided I wanted to go back up towards China Beach and get a good shot of the 4Runner on the beach at Jordan River. Oh, let the fun begin. Getting on the to beach there was a considerable 'ditch' in the beach (which was basically all river rock) and so the lockers came on to help get me out of the nose planted situation I was in. The unfortunate part comes where the front locker engaged - but did so while spinning and thus, 'loaded' the front locker - aka '**** now it's stuck on'. Not cool man, not cool. Lesson learned. You may be in a crappy situation that requires using the front locker but really, you should anticipate this and engage it before hand! Engaging it in 'the heat of the moment' leads to overlooking the detail of ensuring / double checking / triple checking the locker is on before assuming it is. Vice versa for off!

All in all, it was a bit of 'fun' getting the locker to come off. Lost my first CV in the process while climbing a cement barrier at full lock (okay, at this point I was trying to break the CV just so I could drive around / home) and it appears that while breaking the CV, the locker also disengaged! Huzzah! If all I lose from this little fiasco is a CV then I've come out lucky - ugh - I don't want to lose my gears to something 'dumb' like this so soon after investing in them. I have yet to drain the front differential but I do believe it's fine... rotates smoothly (as in the CV stub sticking out of the diff does rotate on its own and freely) and I drove home with it (1300 km) and had no issues. A couple days of recovery have served me well, I should be able to tackle this project tomorrow.

On to the sweet, sweet beach shots!

04-30-2015, 01:43 AM
The best part of the day was our end destination - back around to Nanaimo and through to Ucluelet. A fantastic view and room awaited us - pet friendly and thankfully set up with a dog wash!

Once again, the kids were taking over the place (as per usual, making the room their home) and we were able to take some great pictures of our friends (mainly the photogenic blonde, Arwen) while staying in our room.


Right close to the Wild Pacific Trail and multiple beaches. Our 'kids' loved having quick access to the water and trails.

The fantastic view was always eye catching.

How could you stay in Ucluelet / Tofino and not go whale watching?!?! Our day on the water yielded some cool photos and a quick trigger managed to capture a mother and calf spout! Gray Whales are migrating this time of year and we tagged along with mom and baby for a while!

There is a small lighthouse in Ucluelet - also made for a good foreground to the waves behind.

While taking a small hike along the trail this view presented itself - too irresistible to ignore.

Also to be seen while visiting Ucluelet is the Ancient Cedar grove - there are certainly some giants to be gazed upwards at.

All adventures must wind to an end at some point - our journey home began by getting back to Nanaimo and the ferry to the mainland. The weather being much nicer this time, I was able to take some nice photos of the passing scenery.

Certainly kept Georgia entertained.

The pups were tuckered out and ready to go home as well.

When we arrived back on the mainland we hit up Milestones in Burnaby (pretty sure it was Burnaby...) for the end of the Flames game and were fortunate enough to watch the Flames advance to the second round! Of course our desire to camp one more night was waning as the night wore on and so we decided that I would load up on caffeine while at dinner and begin the adventure home that night. A long 12 hours of driving later and we had landed back at our cabin, safe and sound.

The 4Runner was used and even abused on this trip, I certainly didn't plan on using it to the extent I did... but hey, what are adventures for. Can't wait till the next one.

05-03-2015, 03:21 PM
Looks like a fun trip! Finally putting some miles on that thing, good to see.:smiley_drive:

05-05-2015, 03:48 PM
Looks like a fun trip! Finally putting some miles on that thing, good to see.:smiley_drive:

It was a long time coming. Thanks. It felt amazing for around 100km - then I hit a deer. Heart sank right there. At least it all seems to be working out, a '01 4Runner showed up on Kijiji for a price I couldn't turn down - it's even colour matched!

Should be a good donor for a fender, couple doors... Parting it out and hopefully it will see new life in other rigs.

Or maybe as a V8?? I have a lead on a '03 Tundra with the 4.7L and after paying for premium gas on this last adventure I am eyeballing the V8 swap. Ugh. I would take it slow and blast and powder coat this frame I think... Wow does it ever send my imagination racing though. If I ever wanted to build 'resto-yota' this would be the time...

Are there any parts off of a '03 Tundra you could use? It's green with a topper...

05-06-2015, 02:46 PM
And now I have a long term project!
Use the wiring harness from this:

and use the wiring harness and engine and trans (and maybe transfer case) from this:

to make the V8Runner. Because... well, V8!

06-30-2016, 08:51 PM
Got out to Spray Lakes, AB for a quick trip - recently acquired a zodiac and a 1970's 3.5 hp outboard and wanted to try them both out. Good times!




12-04-2016, 10:27 PM
Hey, I know this thread hasn't been updated in a while, but was wondering if you can provide some info on how those recaro's are fitted. I've found what look to be an identical pair locally, so would be keen to see how you've mounted them and what's involved.