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Great thread.  This is one of the more thorough builds I have seen.  Clean with clear explanations of what is going on. 

Ingenious motor mount idea.  Also, I am going to cut my core support too and make it bolt on in case removal is necessary.  Good stuff!

That would be my truck.   Thanks..    No problems with the motor mounts so far.       The urethane mounts I used were actually made for a Mazda RX-7 Turbo.  The stock Lexus ones would have worked too but so far every Lexus I parted out had broken motor mounts and since I couldn't find anything aftermarket made for the Lexus I had to do something different.   

As I mentioned in the build thread this design allows you to adjust the motor height as needed. 

Awesome! I need to find you on here.  I have been working on figuring out the frame width differences between my 3rd Gen and the 97 LS400 to see about fitment.  I would rather do custom bushings like what you posted anyway as every story I have heard is exactly what you found about the motor mounts: all of them are broken. 

What I liked the best about your build and in reference to the motor mounts was the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality.  Makes much more sense than dealing with really funky angles and odd locations. 

Thanks a ton!

I realize the forum isn't particularly busy as of late, but wanted to show a cool idea that this fella had at the Marlin Crawler forums. 

He discovered that in a 2nd Gen truck (89-94), the stock motor mounts from an SC400 works just fine if you fab up something to receive it and weld it to the frame.  He mentioned that the LS400 mounts are wider than the SC400 so that might be an option for the 3rd Gen 4Runners and Tacos since I believe they have more room between the frame rails.  His thought was that you just cut off the old mounts and do a 90 degree angle bracket (gusseted) and move on with life.  That way you aren't dealing with funky angles.

Here is the link.


Seems pretty sweet to me!

'95.5-'04 Tacomas/'96-'02 4Runners (3rd Gen) / Re: 98 4Runner
« on: October 24, 2009, 11:41:46 AM »
Outstanding thread!   ;D  I have PDFed the whole thing and several others for my files.  I have a 97 4Runner with 4x4 already and plan on doing the swap when the prices on 97 SC400s drop.  Between this thread, Smitherz and Cebby's transmission knowledge, putting this together will be a snap!

Sweet info!  I did some more searching around and found a ton of auction sites and almost all the wrecked cars start out at $1000 or so.  I have to look for a 97 of some sort to get the swap done CA legal. 

I did a ton of driving around today for my wife's appraisal job and while I love the off-road ability of the 4Runner (it came in handy today), I hate the lack of guts the 3.4 has.  You have to flog it all the time to get it to go anywhere.  Having some V8 grunt will be awesome.

What is the best place to find a totaled car?  Craigslist? Ebay? Junk Yards? 

Mating an Automatic Tranmission / Re: Lexus auto to gear drive case
« on: October 07, 2009, 11:37:09 PM »
Great post!  ;D

Mating an Automatic Tranmission / Re: Lexus A340E to 4WD?
« on: October 06, 2009, 11:59:10 PM »
Mystery solved!  I emailed John over at IPT Transmissions...here's what he had to say:

"As far as the spring in the picture, it is an anti rattle spring for the overdrive clutch (B-0). Fortunately, it is pretty much an unnecessary part that you can toss if you wish. They made these transmissions for about 15 years before they decided to put that spring in."

Sweet!  Now my "Lexus 340F" is officially ready for install!!   ;D

Hey Chewy!

I have a question about the 340F output shaft and the 340E speed sensor.  How did you secure the speed sensor to the 340F shaft?  Did you do the drill and tap the shaft and install set screws with locktite?  Or is there something I am missing there?



'95.5-'04 Tacomas/'96-'02 4Runners (3rd Gen) / Re: 99 4runner
« on: September 23, 2009, 11:49:18 PM »
Manual W59 with gear driven transfer case. :)  I have the front sump. Way more common and everyone's been using them just fine.

But they require a body lift and the motor sits higher, right?  My 97 4Runner has the automatic and 4WD.  I would think that the SC manifolds would make the job easier too.  I need to do some more transmission research.  Between here and Lextreme, I have info posted all over the web!!!

Thanks for being pioneers Smitherz and Chewey and really everyone (Cebby too!).   

'95.5-'04 Tacomas/'96-'02 4Runners (3rd Gen) / Re: 99 4runner
« on: September 21, 2009, 01:44:04 PM »
From all the pics I have seen, it seems like even with 4WD, the rear sump would be just fine.  Which is what Smitherz is, right?

Congrats on actually getting the cojones to do it!  Where on the west coast are you at?  If you are close to San Diego, I would love to take a peek when you get going on it. 

What is your donor car? 

No problem.  It also looks to be a pain in the butt too because of the fact that VVTi and a bunch of security stuff has to be in place for the ECU to even work properly.  I was reading on VVTi and it really seems like a giant PITA.  It's totally sweet, but WAY too much work.  You would have to wire up ABS sensors and other stuff that all contribute to the "i" part of the VVTi.  This is about as fully active of a system as you could imagine as far as engine management is concerned. 

'95.5-'04 Tacomas/'96-'02 4Runners (3rd Gen) / Re: 1UZ-FE for my Taco
« on: April 03, 2008, 11:15:05 PM »
Hey Smitherz, great thread.  Have you figured out what fitment is going to be like?  How are you going to make this thing smog legal, or are you? Sorry if I missed that already...

So really, this should be a lot easier swap with the 96 and newer frame and engine bay from a physical stand point.  Should be able to mount the engine lower and without a BL. 

I have a 97 and while my 3.4 is perfectly good, I do plan on doing this swap some time in the next 3-4 years.  I just need a DD and a place to put all this stuff.  Plus this will give time for the prices on these cars to drop too. 

As I understand, the 96+ trucks have a seperate transmission control unit too so that may help down the road.  Which reminds, me want to ask another question about literally using a computer to reprogram the ecu....

Does the 3rd Generation 4Runner/Surf have a larger engine bay than the 2nd Generation 4Runner/Surf?  I am wondering if fitment would be a lot easier in a 3rd Gen than a 2nd Gen. 

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