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I am 1/5th of Perfect Fit
SqWADoosh [04:19 PM]: *sigh* I guess Chris is right and I just need to wait until I'm in a place where I have a tow rig and trailer before I get this caliber of truck
Mudder [08:28 PM]:   not try to be a jerk, but are you serious bestgen?
Prismo [06:11 PM]:   Done, time to relax or as Bestgen says....FREEDOM!
HogCanyonHopper [06:54 PM]:   I like my little rod. it gets the job done
H8PVMNT [03:30 PM]: I can go both ways.

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Congrats, but just one of many reasons I hate kommiefornia
Time to go wheelin!

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He beat me to it. That is the biggest load of horse maneur ever. All to get a tag and register at DMV. Crazy. But I'm glad all your homework and hard work paid off in the end.
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Can't argue with either of you.  The B.S. is thick here.

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1966 FJ40 [sold] - Click for Build-up thread
1988 3RZ 4Runner

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Nice! Fight the good fight!

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yeah, congrats. I had to buy a 4x4 manual ecu from ebay for mine because I got my 3rz from an automatic prerunner which I included the ebay receipt with other paperwork. he never asked about it or if I had any proof it wasn't modified. it's all about who you get I guess.
« Last Edit: Jun 09, 2018, 07:25:53 AM by liveoak »
my 3rz swap. http://board.marlincrawler.com/index.php?topic=97722.0

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congrats on the passing of the ref I had an issue when reffing mine back in 09 mine was timing because I lived at 8000ft then and my ref station was in sac so I ended up calling the refs boss and he told them to pass me since it smoged fine all 3 times
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Been fighting some kinda cold/flu thing all weekend, but I still got some done.

Removed the huge stock air box and intake and put in a shortened K&N intake.  That gave me room to weld the battery tray back in on the passenger fender.  I was also able to move the fuse box back and move the 3RZ cruise control box over too.  I mounted the solenoid for the dual battery setup just below the fuse box.  The ARB compressor went on the strut tower.  All the shuffling around gave me room for 3 relays in the corner and some left over room, probably for a hot water shower pump.

I made a bracket that the battery sits on to mount my Warn solenoid box and lengthened/shortened the cables as needed for a tidy engine compartment.  The front bumper got some small LEDs for turn signals and a resistor so that it doesn't flash at crazy fast speed.  Must have bought the wrong resistor though, because it's still faster than stock and they don't flash at an even tempo... it's entertaining to watch.  Got the winch in, changed the rope to synthetic, and mounted the light bar.  It's triggered by the high beams, so no need for an extra switch in the cabin.

My interior was in great shape to start with, so I hate to mess that up.  The controller for the dual batteries I hid in the glove box, riveted in place.  I did cut the ARB switches in where the clutch-start-cancel switch would have been (if I hadn't started with a auto tranny)... but it still looks clean.  Ran out of steam before I wired in the bank of the 6 switches where the stereo used to be.  That can be tomorrow night's project.

The RAM cell phone holder I added a couple weeks ago.  All of my vehicles have these.
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1966 FJ40 [sold] - Click for Build-up thread
1988 3RZ 4Runner

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More pics
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Picture of turn signals and a link please.
I am 1/5th of Perfect Fit
SqWADoosh [04:19 PM]: *sigh* I guess Chris is right and I just need to wait until I'm in a place where I have a tow rig and trailer before I get this caliber of truck
Mudder [08:28 PM]:   not try to be a jerk, but are you serious bestgen?
Prismo [06:11 PM]:   Done, time to relax or as Bestgen says....FREEDOM!
HogCanyonHopper [06:54 PM]:   I like my little rod. it gets the job done
H8PVMNT [03:30 PM]: I can go both ways.

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Pic is above.  3 small LEDs on each side of the bumper.  Probably 3/4" round.  I thought I found them on Amazon, but I can't find them in my order history.  They actually have a high-low, if you want to use them for running lights too, but I just used the high for my turn signals.
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Congrats on the ref.  Sounds like those guys just have a hard on with the tiny bit of authority they are awarded.
When all you need to do is plug in and make sure the monitors are cleared....
hold this. . .

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Tonight ran the last of the wires through the interior.  Finished the harness for the 6 switches in the dash and added some 12V outlets for the kids in the pockets beside the rear seats... you know, stuff kids didn't need in 1988 when this thing was built.   :shake:
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Picture of turn signals and a link please.


Found the LEDs.

http://a.co/4kbfFFP
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1988 3RZ 4Runner

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Loving this Build,  Nice Job :beerchug:
« Last Edit: Jun 15, 2018, 10:39:37 AM by Pat »
Oroville CA, 80 miles north of Sacramento

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Still checking items off the list... not nearly at the pace I wanted to. 

I made up a bar to connect the tops of the strut towers.  Used tubing couplers, so I can unbolt it if the valve cover needs to come off, or engine needs to come out.

I installed a bikini top for a FJ40 today (from TPI Land Cruiser).  I made a flat 1/8" plate that uses the factory hard top bolts, and sandwiches the top against the body.  Then installed some footman loops on the back end of the body.

Tonight I went ahead and packed.  Its a tight fit for sure with no roof rack or swing away (yet) and keeping space for 4 passengers. 

Last item is the fenders... need to make room to stuff the tires.  We'll see what I have energy for tomorrow.  It will probably be quick and dirty to be ready for this trip.
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Wow... these fenders are taking a ridiculous amount of hours to finish.  I got them far enough along that I won't have any clearance issues at Rubithon.  The rear however is missing the inner wheel well, so I'm hoping it's not too wet up there.  And if it is... oh well. 

Here's as far as I've gotten.  In the future I'll be adding an inner fender for the rear. Then  I'll use a round bar to put a clean edge on the fender and put some strength back in it.  Then metal work the fenders some more before it gets a paint job.

For now... I'm packing the last of my crap and I'll be on the trail first thing Wednesday morning!!  See ya!!
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For now... I'm packing the last of my crap and I'll be on the trail first thing Wednesday morning!!  See ya!!

shake down run on the rubicon, can't wait for the trail pics.   :crossed: hope everything goes well. have fun
my 3rz swap. http://board.marlincrawler.com/index.php?topic=97722.0

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shake down run on the rubicon, can't wait for the trail pics.   :crossed: hope everything goes well. have fun

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I am 1/5th of Perfect Fit
SqWADoosh [04:19 PM]: *sigh* I guess Chris is right and I just need to wait until I'm in a place where I have a tow rig and trailer before I get this caliber of truck
Mudder [08:28 PM]:   not try to be a jerk, but are you serious bestgen?
Prismo [06:11 PM]:   Done, time to relax or as Bestgen says....FREEDOM!
HogCanyonHopper [06:54 PM]:   I like my little rod. it gets the job done
H8PVMNT [03:30 PM]: I can go both ways.

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x4!!!  Ha ha ha
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http://www.ttora.com/forum/18-pickup-early-4runner-tech/164292-4runner-fender-mods-101-a.html

Wow, that's some slick sheet metal work.  I'm envious of his tools... And skill using them

I did something similar on my FJ40, where I welded a very factory looking lip on the edge of the rear wheel openings after cutting them out for larger tires.  Luckily for me, FJ40s are a lot less 3 dimensional than a 4Runner, because I don't have a shrinker/stretcher!

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/toyota-land-cruiser/476229-1966-fj40-build-up.html#post5513071

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1988 3RZ 4Runner

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Wow, that's some slick sheet metal work.  I'm envious of his tools... And skill using them

I did something similar on my FJ40, where I welded a very factory looking lip on the edge of the rear wheel openings after cutting them out for larger tires.  Luckily for me, FJ40s are a lot less 3 dimensional than a 4Runner, because I don't have a shrinker/stretcher!

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/toyota-land-cruiser/476229-1966-fj40-build-up.html#post5513071



A highly experienced sheet metal guy can almost perform miracles with sheet metal.  It's a science, but mostly ART!!

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We have a crew of union sheet metal workers at the mill. One of them made a sphere out of 063 aluminum plate, tigged the two halves together and polished it. Amazing work.
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The shakedown run was EXCELLENT!  This 4Runner wheels better than both my previous rigs.  It has an absurd amount of wheel travel.  I only lifted a tire a couple times the whole trip.

I wheeled from Loon to the Springs with my daughter, then a couple days later we wheeled back to Loon to p/u the rest of the family, then back to the Springs the same day.  Then back to Loon the last day.  So it got over 30 miles of Rubicon testing.  We took Old Sluice on our way in with no issues.  Then when I we headed out to pickup the rest of the family we took Old Sluice in the uphill direction.  I had to pull winch line a few times to get through.  That was the toughest wheeling I've done to date.  Had a great time doing it!  Almost came out clean, except towards the end I got too close to a rock and folded up that right front fender.  I figured now was the time to see what it could really do, since I hadn't painted it yet   :D 

No breakage.  Little scrape on the left rear fender and folded up the right front fender.  Used the sliders and bumpers plenty.

I'm extremely happy with the Maxis RAZR tires.  Even at 10 psi front/14 psi rear they hooked up better than the grooved swampers on the FJ40 did at 8 psi.  The truck climbed like a goat.

Stuff I need to work on... I had a minor interference issue between a bolt on my hydro assist ram and my panhard.  I'll end up mounting the hydro assist ram a little lower to fix that.  I should have resealed my PS box when I had it out.  It has a significant leak, so I'll pull it soon for a rebuild.  The Alcan springs worked fantastic, but I was on the bump stops far too often.  I'll be shipping them back to get reworked for a couple more inches of lift.  It was my own fault, when I spec'd them out I didn't count on frenching the front spring hanger, so I lost some height there. 

On the way in I was also on the ORI bumps far too often.  Mark Elliott (Purple Top Garage) has been running ORI's for years.  He helped tune them in the springs before the last day.  I'm now running 230 psi in the lower chamber and 340 psi in the upper.  It sits higher and wheels much better now.  Wish I had done that before running up the Old Sluice.

When I got back, I left the next day for a 2400 mi motorcycle trip with my daughter, so it's just been sitting leaking PS fluid since we got back.  I need to get back to it soon because in a couple months I should finally be moving home.  They finished sheetrocking the house while I was on vacation.  :thumbs:

« Last Edit: Jul 04, 2018, 10:21:52 AM by swilson »
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I also need to cut the All Pro front bumper back.  I can stuff the front tires into it pretty hard. 

Happy 4th of July!   :usa:
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30 miles on the Rub'.  Very legit shakedown.  Looking tight.
hold this. . .

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Here's a video of the 4Runner going up Soup Bowl

 
                                                                       

YouTube - 4Runner on the Rubicon Trail

                                                                                         
 
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Sorry, i couldn't find in the thread.  What headlights are you using?
hold this. . .

 
 
 
 
 

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