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Twisty's 2nd Gen 4Runner Buildup.
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Twisty's 2nd Gen 4Runner Buildup.
« on: December 19, 2006, 09:30:31 PM »
Ok, it'll take a while for me to get the whole buildup on here as I'll start from the beginning.....but it'll be the buildup of my 4Runner from when I bought to how it is now including the details of the Lexus V8 swap  8)

After writing off my first 4runner, I bought a cool little zook, which was heaps of fun, but I was craving to get another 4runner again. After lots of searching I finally found the one. I bought it privately for $18,000 off a guy who had already done a phew nice little mods to it.







It had a 2" Old Man Emu Suspension Lift
TJM Bullbar and Sidesteps
Haymen Reece Heavy Duty Tow Bar
32x11.5 Coopers on 15x8 Alloys
Airtec Snorkel
Sports Exhaust
GME UHF and Uniden CB
Hella Spotlights
Sony CD Player
Massive Bashplate (I hated this thing, way too big!!)
140,000kms and was immaculate throughout..
94 Lexus V8 4Runner
6" Lift, 315/75/R17 (35x12.5) Mickey Thompson MTZ's on 17x9 Brute B201's, 4.8's, Rear Air Locker, Dual Batterys

78 FJ40 Landcruiser Hardtop
4" Lift, 3F, 15x10 MT Classic II's, 35x12.5 TrXus MT's

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Re: Twisty's 2nd Gen 4Runner Buildup.
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2006, 09:34:39 PM »
A mate had borrowed my wheels and tyres while his truck was in a Toyota getting some warranty work done (he didn't want to take it in there on 33's) Anyway the day he got the truck back he was working a couple hours away from the coast and fell asleep behind the wheel on his trip home. He worte off the truck and two of my wheels so I was left with his 33's and 15x8 white wheels. (The 33's were actually off my original 4runner and he had bought them off me). I was also trying to sell the 4runner at the time, but obvisouly that never happened.



Then a couple months later a mate bought a 4runner with some hell nice wheels on it, the only problem was that one of them has a massive crack in them....He ended up putting some white wheels on his truck and I bought the old wheels of him for $150...stoked!!! I bit of grinding and welding buy a mate, and they looked strong enough to go on my truck. I also got some new 33x12.5 R15 BF Goodrich Mud Terrains fitted to them.



I had a 3" bodylift lying around that we had ripped out of my old 4runner after rolling it.....so one weekend I ended up installing it for a bit more lift.....


Racing in the Hill Drags at LCMP


On the Dyno for the Dyno Shootout at LCMP


In the mud on the old Race Track on Wises Farm


Flexin it on some rocks at Double Island.....(thats my wife Loz in the front seat, we had only just started going out)


94 Lexus V8 4Runner
6" Lift, 315/75/R17 (35x12.5) Mickey Thompson MTZ's on 17x9 Brute B201's, 4.8's, Rear Air Locker, Dual Batterys

78 FJ40 Landcruiser Hardtop
4" Lift, 3F, 15x10 MT Classic II's, 35x12.5 TrXus MT's

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Re: Twisty's 2nd Gen 4Runner Buildup.
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2006, 09:37:24 PM »
Had heaps of fun one weekend with a mate out past Ipswich at Twin Bridges.....Lots of cool little hill climbs, mud sections, and some creek crossings if you get the swimmers out of the way.












Got bogged at Double Island once too....




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6" Lift, 315/75/R17 (35x12.5) Mickey Thompson MTZ's on 17x9 Brute B201's, 4.8's, Rear Air Locker, Dual Batterys

78 FJ40 Landcruiser Hardtop
4" Lift, 3F, 15x10 MT Classic II's, 35x12.5 TrXus MT's

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Re: Twisty's 2nd Gen 4Runner Buildup.
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2006, 12:39:14 AM »
A mate bought some 35's on 15x10's for a 80 Series Ute he was building up....I borrowed them off him for a little while to see how the runner went with 35's.....They scrubbed pretty bad, but some trimming could get them to work.....I just didn't like how much they knocked around the gearing.







I finally got enough money to get a set of new wheels, as the other ones continued to crack each time I got them repaired....I got a set of 15x10 Mickey Thomson Classic II's for it from Bob Jane at Caloundra...they were $310ea....and have the biggest offset available.

The old wheels......which did still look great!!


The new Mickey T's




The offset is huge on them...they easily hand out 2" past the TJM Flares


94 Lexus V8 4Runner
6" Lift, 315/75/R17 (35x12.5) Mickey Thompson MTZ's on 17x9 Brute B201's, 4.8's, Rear Air Locker, Dual Batterys

78 FJ40 Landcruiser Hardtop
4" Lift, 3F, 15x10 MT Classic II's, 35x12.5 TrXus MT's

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Re: Twisty's 2nd Gen 4Runner Buildup.
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2006, 12:41:37 AM »
Shortly after fitting the new wheels I installed a set of extractors, twin 2" exhuast with no cat into single 2.5" with a straight through muffler and a K&N Air Filter....this made a huge difference to the performance....and was all money well spent....

Next mod was to fit some clear side indicators off a VS Commodore. The parts cost about $50 all up and look heaps better than the factory ones.

The Part No.s Are:-
92141382 Lens housing
92140307 Socket
92140262 connector lead and assembly
92077791 bulb - side repeater (orange 5w)

The installation was pretty simple, You just unbolt the plastic inner guard at the rear of the front fender. Then just slide your arm up inside the guard towards the indicator. There will be a clip at the back of the indicator that you can simply squeeze then the whole assembly will pop out. You then assemble all the parts above, cut the wires that lead to the standard indicator and solder the new ones on. The new ones will only clip in one way, so if they fit a bit loose, spin the indicator around 180 degrees and it will be a perfect fit.


Drivers Side


Passenger Side....they only just fitted under the snorkel...


BEFORE


AFTER (about to race in the Hill Climb at LCMP)


94 Lexus V8 4Runner
6" Lift, 315/75/R17 (35x12.5) Mickey Thompson MTZ's on 17x9 Brute B201's, 4.8's, Rear Air Locker, Dual Batterys

78 FJ40 Landcruiser Hardtop
4" Lift, 3F, 15x10 MT Classic II's, 35x12.5 TrXus MT's

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Re: Twisty's 2nd Gen 4Runner Buildup.
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2006, 12:43:51 AM »
Went for a mud run down the side of the bruce highway....I ended up blowing a alternator and fill the inside of the truck with red mud.....was heaps of fun, but the cleanup was not worth it...









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6" Lift, 315/75/R17 (35x12.5) Mickey Thompson MTZ's on 17x9 Brute B201's, 4.8's, Rear Air Locker, Dual Batterys

78 FJ40 Landcruiser Hardtop
4" Lift, 3F, 15x10 MT Classic II's, 35x12.5 TrXus MT's

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Re: Twisty's 2nd Gen 4Runner Buildup.
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2006, 12:45:32 AM »
Did a day trip up the beach with some of the Surf Forum Guys....







94 Lexus V8 4Runner
6" Lift, 315/75/R17 (35x12.5) Mickey Thompson MTZ's on 17x9 Brute B201's, 4.8's, Rear Air Locker, Dual Batterys

78 FJ40 Landcruiser Hardtop
4" Lift, 3F, 15x10 MT Classic II's, 35x12.5 TrXus MT's

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Re: Twisty's 2nd Gen 4Runner Buildup.
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2007, 09:15:25 PM »
So bada$$. That's a truck to be proud of right there. I'm never sellin mine and now that yours is all trick I have a feeling it's a keeper. How could you have that For Sale sticker in the back? I'm glad you kept it and did the swap.
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Re: Twisty's 2nd Gen 4Runner Buildup.
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2007, 10:42:43 PM »
I agree with Smitherz. Your rig is/was my main inspiration.
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Re: Twisty's 2nd Gen 4Runner Buildup.
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2007, 08:02:01 AM »
I agree with Smitherz. Your rig is/was my main inspiration.

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Re: Twisty's 2nd Gen 4Runner Buildup.
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Re: Twisty's 2nd Gen 4Runner Buildup.
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2007, 05:15:01 PM »
Thanks for all the comments guys!!! I've been bloody slack on this site....make that most forums lateley.....but truck is still going strong! Will continure with the buildup in this thread and hopefully get it up to where it currently is today.
94 Lexus V8 4Runner
6" Lift, 315/75/R17 (35x12.5) Mickey Thompson MTZ's on 17x9 Brute B201's, 4.8's, Rear Air Locker, Dual Batterys

78 FJ40 Landcruiser Hardtop
4" Lift, 3F, 15x10 MT Classic II's, 35x12.5 TrXus MT's

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Re: Twisty's 2nd Gen 4Runner Buildup.
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2007, 05:19:50 PM »
I want those wheels!

I actually bought those wheels back off a mate this week......am planning on using them for daily drivers on my FJ40 as the dept. of transport warned the missus last week about running 35's on it. (The Laws suck here in Queensland). The mate that bought them off me is a boiler make by trade and has fixed the crack so you cant even tell. He's done some pretty serouis wheeling with them since fixing them and the crack hasn't come back. I did get your email about them but, and will reply to that today....we might be able to work out something.

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6" Lift, 315/75/R17 (35x12.5) Mickey Thompson MTZ's on 17x9 Brute B201's, 4.8's, Rear Air Locker, Dual Batterys

78 FJ40 Landcruiser Hardtop
4" Lift, 3F, 15x10 MT Classic II's, 35x12.5 TrXus MT's

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« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2007, 05:24:48 PM »
I seen this mod on YOTATECH ( http://www.yotatech.com/~corey/tech/blu_intake/blu.htm ) and after doing a dodgy fix to one of my intake hoses already, it split when the 3” bodylift was done, I thought I’d give it a go. I did mine a bit simpler to the one on Yotatech mainly because their emissions are a lot stricter in the States, and venting the sump breather (the red hose in my pics) to the outside air rather than the intake isn’t too big an issue. With the vacuum hose that used to be connected to one of the silencer boxes I just added a cheap $3.00 fuel filter to the end of the hose and left it . I also used stainless pipe instead of exhaust pipe, one because it doesn’t required a coating to prevent it from corroding, and it looks heaps better. I got it mandrel bent instead of press bent too, to keep flow up to a maximum., even though I’m a bit suss on how well the snorkel flows, but every little bit helps I guess. Refer to the Yotatech write up for more details on parts and installation procedures.

I was blown away by the improvement this made. It definitely made at least double the improvement of the K&N air filter. The engine revved a LOT more freely, was more responsive, had more torque, and there only downside is a little more engine noise, which is mainly a slight whistle which sounds kinda cool anyway.

Here are some pics of the finished installation.







The std. 60amp alternator also kept blowing the regulator......so I bought a brand new Bosch 80amp Alternator Commodore alternator which are a lot cheaper to fix, and are also more robust than the toyota unit...it pretty much bolted up, only the adjuster had to be lengthened. The wiring side of things was a piece of cake, just follow the instructions that came with it.










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6" Lift, 315/75/R17 (35x12.5) Mickey Thompson MTZ's on 17x9 Brute B201's, 4.8's, Rear Air Locker, Dual Batterys

78 FJ40 Landcruiser Hardtop
4" Lift, 3F, 15x10 MT Classic II's, 35x12.5 TrXus MT's

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« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2007, 05:35:33 PM »
It was then that I started looking for more power, and after seeing Toyota SC14 Superchargers at the Yandina Gymkana for $300 I thought this would be the way to go......So I started reading some forced induction books, the best was Corky Bells "Maximum Boost" which explains everything great, Julian Edgar's 21st Centurary Performance (His the guy who has a awesome online performance mag http://autospeed.drive.com.au/ ) is also deffinetly a worthwhile read for performance options on modern engines. Both books were from the local libary, and I photo copied them at work for future reference.

Anyway, after heaps of research, it seemed a turbo would be the best way to go. Then after seeing this, and chatting to the guy, it seemed it could be pulled off for about $1500......

Cliftons Turbo 3VZE 3.0l V6













94 Lexus V8 4Runner
6" Lift, 315/75/R17 (35x12.5) Mickey Thompson MTZ's on 17x9 Brute B201's, 4.8's, Rear Air Locker, Dual Batterys

78 FJ40 Landcruiser Hardtop
4" Lift, 3F, 15x10 MT Classic II's, 35x12.5 TrXus MT's