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    94 4runner build up (StunnerRunner)

    With all the trading and selling on the side of the 4x4 addiction i finally ended up with something that has stuck around for a little bit. Flashback to a couple months ago i ended up trading an ugly running tracker for a non running 94 4runner 3.slow 5spd with the back full of parts. Sadly those didn't include the little sensors and random missing parts from the owner's son swapping engines and just getting it bolted up. Fast forward two months, I have tracked down all the missing engine parts, got it running, got it running well, got the a/c hooked back up and recharged, and threw some 33s under it for my own amusement. At the same time i have been collecting parts for the build up. Thanks to the Frazer brothers for selling me the main parts needed for the build up.

    The build list:
    SAS with an 84?(full truss) toyota solid axle, ifs hubs, longfield axle shafts, Spartan Locker 5.29 gears
    Trail gear high steer
    3in trail gear front and rear springs (coil rear suspension delete)
    97 4runner rear axle, rear disks, Toyota E-locker, 5.29 gears
    Plate front/rear bumpers, rock sliders

    Before i start cutting i need to get a few mounts and brackets for the springs another E-locker or lockright and gears
    As it sat when brought home
    Lots of missing and thrown together parts

    Running and driving with some extra shoes I had laying around

    Pretty clean for a project

    Mall crawling status

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    Have all brackets, ubolt kits and everything to hang the axles except time and space to work. Just ordered a spartan locker for the rear axle to hopefully be ready for the trail ride this weekend. Will still be ifs and coil sprung but on 33in xterrains locked in back hopefully. going to weld up some sliders to protect my doorjams
    97 3rd gen 4runner rear axle, 84/85 front axle mid teardown with 3in trail gear springs and hanger in the background

    4.30 E-locker third
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    pics or it doesnt exist lol

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    Installed the Spartan in the rear before driving it to Barcamp, it got the 4runner everywhere it needed to. Drove it up to the club's fall picnic at, ran everything it had to at Bishop's and the Frazer homestead with many questioning looks, only a slightly massaged gas tank skid to show. To date it sits with 1in boost in the rear, locked rear, and 33s. Waiting on 6cyl 5.29 gears before I start cutting to keep the downtime to a minimum.
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    Just lightened the ol' wallet with a pair of 6cyl 5.29 gears on the way. Have the front axle torn down to a bare housing to install creeper gussets and remove years of neglected muck.
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    Yesterday got around to fabbing up some sliders finally, pretty happy with how they turned out. Used 1/8th wall 2in square tubing for the sliders and 1x2in 1/8th wall for the stringers with 1/4in scab plates and long gussets on top of the stringers.



    So I took a friend to tar hollow to test out his new lift and tires but didn't get to test the sliders.

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    97 F350 Powerstroke CCLB "Marge"
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    Passed you on the trail, How did the ride go? Ron

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    Went fine other than dodging enduro riders on a couple trails, nothing broke or stuck. Ran all the usual trails, didnt have what it takes for powerline but it was fun trying. Ran what was left of 33/35 but all in all a good day on the trails. Looked like you guys had fun (the grand with no bumper or grill) haha
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    Power line has washed out alot since the last time I was on it. I warned the GC about bumper damage he could expect, I work with him. He left the grill at home. It was a good day, Ron

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    Took the runner to Marietta for the October trail ride, didn't need tugged but did have to beat on it to make it through a couple obstacles mainly a mud hole and a wash out. Resulted in a busted tail light and a dent on the rear passenger corner first of many I bet.
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    Wow, looks like some serious mud. That's one of our only "regular" sites I haven't been.
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    Yea, bald terrains and red clay don't mix. Update pertaining to the thread, was going to start the IFS and coils this weekend as I claimed Marietta was the last outing for the 4runner set up this way due to tire and clearance issues. But due to problems with my powerjoke i need it for DD duty again. Plans were to try to have the 4runner finished for the December ride at McArthur guess we'll see how it works out.
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    My buddy found me another elocker to use and my 5.29s are in. Powerjoke is fixed enough to dd so this weekend the 4runner is seeing the blue flame.
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    97 F350 Powerstroke CCLB "Marge"
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    That a boy. Just now noticed you had a build thread on the runner. I considered throwing one up for my black zuki. But its slow enough progress as is lol. Glad to see my bro and i's old parts being put to a good home tho
    1988 Samurai Truggy: yotas, locked, linked 4Ds
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    I figure the lurkers like me would enjoy a build up, plus you dont see too many 2nd gen 4runners getting built up. The parts did go to a home... a good home? thats debatable, but they will be used and abused. I would like to see a buildup of the black zuk its pretty sweet looking as it sits.
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    So lately i have been working like a dog to get the runner ready for the december trail ride. I think i have 7 or 8 8hr days in the solid axle swap and rear leaf swap.
    Started with the torch cutting all the ifs parts out


    Cut frame tubes and tacked on the front spring hanger


    Hung springs to check clearance issues, started wondering how tall this beast is going to be... rear is stock height.

    Started torching the rear(just as much if not more work than the front)

    Sitting on springs with no shackles

    with 6in shackles to level out front to rear

    Started elocker mods on the front axle


    So in the past week i moved the front axle back an inch and a half, this corrected steering geometry issues and brought the wheel back into the wheel well an acceptable amount. Did the final install of both axles and did the modifications to use IFS hubs on the solid axle. Wired up the lockers and both work and drove it around for a few days to break in the gears before this weekend. Just got in from the garage mounting shocks front and rear and re-installed the rear bumper to keep the law happy. Tomorrow i will cut down a drive shaft and re-drill the front output on the tcase for the driveshaft. Also my new tires should be in tomorrow! 35x12.50x15 Goodyear MTR's wrapped around some 15x10 eaton beadlocks
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    Took the runner on the McAurthur xmas ride. All went well and was able to walk almost all the lines I took, never needed the strap and it was comfy. Selectable lockers are awesome for a long wheelbase vehicle and mtrs rock even in mud. Did have some things come up that need attention, first off the tires need more room to move, The front tires were biting into the rear of the fenderwell and firewall. The front driveshaft vibrated badly when load was applied, I think a late night brain fart was to blame with out of phase yokes. The tire room has also been remedied as I moved the axle an inch and a half forward today. The steering still looks like it clears with only minor contact at full stuff between the tierod and draglink. With that move I do need to re-tube the driveshaft or get another one to cut down.








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    Figure an 8ish year update is required on things. It maybe stayed untouched for about a year after the initial build, I fought front driveshaft vibrations since I was running a standard single joint shaft made from a 3rd gen 4runner front shaft. Also the slip was too short for a reverse shackle setup so it would drop a shaft when really twisted up. Coincidentally the 4runner turned out to be super capable so I made the jump to dual cases after the first Stillwell trip adapting from the 3.0 5 speed to a pair of gear drive cases using Inchworm clockable adapters and 23 spline inputs throughout while they were still in business.

    Beadlocks were pulled since they were not round and aluminum 15x8 Alcoas thrown on and the runner could drive hours away, wheel, and drive home on basically every trip for a long time. Oddly they survived 3-4psi beat downs under a 4500lb+ rig without popping a bead.. ever!

    Broke a few axles so the OG longfields from the Samurai were swapped over. Blew up a worn longfield at Heiney farms doing 6500rpm up "left turn" trail I think. Blew up a rear R&P at Still well going up the waterfall under similar circumstances but drove it 3hrs home

    After smashing up the front I hastily threw a winch on it before the Slade trip in 2015 I think

    It ran all over Ohio, Slade, Harlan, many trips to Stillwell, Daily drove for 30k miles and all in all has been the best vehicle I have ever owned.

    Unfortunately we are at the sad part of the fairy tale. General mistreatment, deferred maintenance and sitting(in Ohio) for 3ish years have been very unkind. I pulled the MTRs and sold them before they were useless with dry rot planning its jump to 37s or 40s. Body/frame rust are getting bad as well as a general raisin appearance from trail clearance-ing. I have had to chase mice out several times and need to again after nesting around the AC Evaporator. Que sad rock ballad music. But all is not lost, after getting to NC on the farm I finally put a new battery in it(for some reason it eats batteries when sitting for 2 years...) and fixed the busted brake line so she's moving again!

    now to plan the next build phase: Truggy the back half to keep up with the Jones' and remove the worst of rust and damage? re-build on a fresh frame/body and start at square 1 (probably best with kiddos) or throw all the parts on a Goatbuilt or JHF chassis for a toyota buggy?

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    Fortunately the ol' girl will never be for sale so its future with me will always exist.
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    97 F350 Powerstroke CCLB "Marge"
    79 CJ7 Rustomod

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    I did a thing... rust free rolling chassis from SC.
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    Jump to 37s is in progress. Local place had a set of used 37x12.50x17 Milestar Patagonia MT's for a reasonable price. 60ish% tread. Decidedly not my favorite tread pattern and who knows on compound for slick rocks but cheap 37s are hard to pass up. Plus since I am not emotionally attached to them they can be grooved to my heart's content.

    This winter I'll leave the tail end of the runner alone in case I need it for anything but need to get 17in wheels, fix lights, replace bushings and remove traces of rodent nests through the interior and dash.

    Spring time will be Chop time. Plan to cut after the rear seat to make a "crew cab", push the rear window forward so the roof line remains the same and I don't like when people put the truck rear window on runners. Probably 4link the rear and make a little "Utilerai" style bed for firewood, chainsaws etc.
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