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Old September 15th, 2013, 10:12 PM   #1
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Purchased the shell with a blown motor for $400, junkyard 22re for $450, brand new 33" dura tracs for $700, traded ok 235s that came on it for a bj and block spacer lift, started installing lots of FREE goodies my friend gave me since he decided to go 1tons. Free parts: 5:29 front housing with spartan locker ready to go. 5:29 rear gears, welded diff while swapping, 15x10 classic 2 rims, and eBay reclinable sport seats. Even with the little misc stuff during build up I'm still under $2000 for a daily driven very capable toy. I have solid doors and a solid tailgate at home waiting for some free time to get them on. Building some tubular pre runner style bumpers this coming weekend. Can't wait to go to silver lake on Sept 28th!






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I like your 4runner. Looks solid.
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Looks like a good find.
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Nice score!
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Thanks guys, does anyone have any experience with long travel kits for the front? Are the big name (total chaos) kits worth the extra cost vs the more budget friendly (blazeland) kit. I've already had to replace one bent idler arm and have since fab'd my own brace out of some 1/4" angle iron. Hoping to get some more travel with the IFS in the front and put some chevy 63" springs in the rear. btw. bumper and skidplate turned out awesome.



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A trip to pirate 4x4 or Tacoma territory might get you better answers. That's where I go for my more serious Tacoma questions.
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Matching rear bumper built, motor squeeked to a stop so just rebuilt it top to bottom, should be ready for all kinds of fun now. This was after my first 40min of run time, 4wd low lock, 2nd gear to wood......... Motor should be good and broke in now LOL


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I think I saw that Subaru on my home in williamsburg the other day, kinda hard to miss with the giant lights and snorkel, yota looks good!
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Yeah that is my buddy Dylan.

Changed out the fog lights for some 100w Hella off road lights. Added a $20 tach so maybe I will keep my right foot in check.... Maybe.
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Thanks guys, does anyone have any experience with long travel kits for the front? Are the big name (total chaos) kits worth the extra cost vs the more budget friendly (blazeland) kit. I've already had to replace one bent idler arm and have since fab'd my own brace out of some 1/4" angle iron. Hoping to get some more travel with the IFS in the front and put some chevy 63" springs in the rear. btw. bumper and skidplate turned out awesome. [/IMG]
Good looking rig! Figured I'd put in some input. TC kits arnt worth it unless you live in California and don't mind ditching your 4wd. Blazeland really is the way to go if you want a little more flex outta your IFS. Decent pricing and the performance is about equal to TC's 4wd kit. I bought a blazeland kit a couple years ago and have loved every second of it. That being said, I would wait to pick one up. Nate (blazeland owner) Is working on a kit that center mounts your front dif, extends your CV's and gives tons more travel. (look for his 86 4Runner build on yotatech). I'm probably going to upgrade mine once that comes out.

Keep it up and I hope to see you at silverlake this year!
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Thanks for the info! I've done some reading on those also. Nice alternative, way better price.

My buddy gave me a bunch of Delron 1.75" body lift blocks so I went to the next step. After getting buried in the snow out playing this winter I really wanted to step up to 35's. I installed the body lift Monday night and tues I put on a new set of federal mt 35's.

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Runner looks sweet, get a hold of me if ya wanna go wheel around, I'm on the east side of TC. Might have to wait till the snow melts a bit.
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With the added height my seats were molesting your backside climbing in and out of this thing. I took advantage of the newly exposed frame and welded some side bars in place for both step and side protection purposes. Need to add some braces but somebody broke the notcher.

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Picked up some free xj front springs after a co-worker lifted his. After reading several forums about the "Zuk mod" I decided to give it a go. I was blown away! The ride quality is so much better than my worn out to flat stock rear springs. My rig had some longer shackles so it would drop out further, so I had to cut some pieces of pipe and tack weld them on top of the u bolt plates so the coil springs will stay located on the leafs as they come down. Extremely happy with the results!

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Did you remove any leaves when you did this?
I've always wondered how that would work
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Thanks guys, does anyone have any experience with long travel kits for the front? Are the big name (total chaos) kits worth the extra cost vs the more budget friendly (blazeland) kit. I've already had to replace one bent idler arm and have since fab'd my own brace out of some 1/4" angle iron. Hoping to get some more travel with the IFS in the front and put some chevy 63" springs in the rear. btw. bumper and skidplate turned out awesome.



Like the bumpers.

Personally I wouldn't get a long travel kit unless you are going to run coilovers. I really dont know anything about the Blazeland kit but from looking at pics on their site I would not get it if you plan on getting air at Silver lake.
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Wramblerguy. I did not remove any of the leafs. Before doing this my leaf springs were literally flat, with any load on them they were inverted. They did have tons of down travel, LOL. I cut the top two coils of the stock XJ springs as recommended per multiple forums, but with my longer shackles the coil was then a little short when the rear suspension was fully extended. To accomodate for this I took 3" long pieces of 2.25" exhuast pipe and tach welded it onto the U bolt plates to keep the bottom of the coil springs in place. I achieved a full 3" of lift from where I was setting before, in fact I removed my 3" blocks just to keep the 4runner looking level. Now that I have some up-travel to go with my down travel, the ride is amazing! It feels perfectly matched to the front suspension. I am extreamly happy with my results. If I were going to add more weight to the rear of the truck I would try again and only cut one coil off the top.
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Wramblerguy. I did not remove any of the leafs. Before doing this my leaf springs were literally flat, with any load on them they were inverted. They did have tons of down travel, LOL. I cut the top two coils of the stock XJ springs as recommended per multiple forums, but with my longer shackles the coil was then a little short when the rear suspension was fully extended. To accomodate for this I took 3" long pieces of 2.25" exhuast pipe and tach welded it onto the U bolt plates to keep the bottom of the coil springs in place. I achieved a full 3" of lift from where I was setting before, in fact I removed my 3" blocks just to keep the 4runner looking level. Now that I have some up-travel to go with my down travel, the ride is amazing! It feels perfectly matched to the front suspension. I am extreamly happy with my results. If I were going to add more weight to the rear of the truck I would try again and only cut one coil off the top.

That's prety cool
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