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Unread 01-31-2012, 07:14 PM   #1
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So after consulting with Fire931 (on TW, T4R, etc.) he convinced to start a build thread. He's been the labor and tech consulting on my truck as I was, and still am, clueless about trucks and mechanic work. Thanks a million!
Had my 07 SR5 since December of 2010, and have done some work to it. It is my daily driver, but I wanted a capable wheeling rig too.

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I guess this was my first mod, ditch the driver's grab handle for something a little more useful:


Went on a mini TW outing to Shoe Creek near where I live, all stock. Pleasently surprised with the ability being stock



Shortly after I got the truck I added Bilstein 5100's, OME front springs, Toytec Superflex rear springs, 265 Terra Grapplers, and 4xInnovations sliders with a kick out.

First real wheeling pic in Harlan, KY


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Wasn't happy with the rake the 0" setting on the front Bilsteins gave so I pushed it up one notch, almost no rake, sort of a bad pic, but really there's only about 1/2 inch difference between the front and the back.

Added a Rola rack to make trips a little easier and some Hella Black Magic lights

Wasn't happy with how high it stood off the top of the truck so ATO built some rack mounts

ATO Rola Rack Mod



Installed my Yaesu FTM-350r linked to a Garmin Nuvi 350 by an Argent Data GTRANS cable, plots APRS callsigns right on the map. Got rid of the mag mount cig plug CB setup for a Cobra 75

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Unread 01-31-2012, 07:20 PM   #2
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So it's been just over a year now and I've been accumulating parts to put on the truck. Will add as they get installed.

Today was a big day for the truck. Starting to do a FJ e-locker retrofit, should be pretty awesome likely to finish tomorrow


Factory axle housing


Reading other retrofit threads it seems that some have to grind and weld some more to the 3rd member opening. I lucked out and only had to grind (and tap some holes


In progress write up on the install
FJ Elocker retrofit into 4th gen 4Runner

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Decided to go up to 285's and mud terrains. Didn't want to copy some of the other guys that I wheel with so I got Raceline Renegade 6 wheels with Mickey Thompson MTZ's

Difference between what I currently have and what I'm putting on


Looks more aggressive, and almost no rubbing! Stock UCA's clear, no body mount chop needed, only minimal wheel lining trimming

Ditched the 17's for 16x8 with 4.5"BS, clears the calipers nicely

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I can't wait to see how the elocker turns out!
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Unread 01-31-2012, 07:46 PM   #5
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So far...It's been pretty easy, aside from the PITA parking brakes. The 3rd drops right in, clears nicely. It'll obviously be a stand alone unit (no ECU attached). The 3rd came out of an 08 FJ Cruiser. Reinstall tomorrow, and wiring later this week.
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Bout dang time!


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Unread 01-31-2012, 08:26 PM   #7
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Got all the wiring for the e-locker done, works like a charm! Now have to go out and try it out.
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Unread 02-03-2012, 10:44 PM   #9
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Nice progress! Did you paint your headlights or are those aftermarket? They look great with your paint.
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He painted them. Cooked them up for lunch in the oven at my house one afternoon. lol Good thing the wife wasn't home!
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He painted them. Cooked them up for lunch in the oven at my house one afternoon. lol Good thing the wife wasn't home!
Im confused. Is there a special paint? You paint the outside and then cook em? Sorry... not up to date on these kinda mods. I like the smoked look tho. Id like to do that if its not too hard. Any more info on it?
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No you have to cook them to separate the outside clear lens from the housing, then paint the chrome inside housing and cook them again to put the clear lens back on front. Search around for the BHLM (black healight mod). It's an extremely common thing over on Tacoma World with the 2nd gen Tacomas.

Would probably look awesome on your black rig!
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I've done the BHLM to my black rig it looks sweet!
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He painted them. Cooked them up for lunch in the oven at my house one afternoon. lol Good thing the wife wasn't home!
Haha i heard of a poor guy who's wife did come home, decided to cook something, and proceeded to melt the headlight!

They look good. Looks like its not a straight black.
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Satin black. Thought about making them gunmetal or something.
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Got the wheels and tires done today

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That looks really good! The whole setup works together nicely. Awesome stance. What tire size and backs pacing?

Edit:found it.

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Rig looks good with the new shoe combo. Let us know how you like them for a DD
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I ran them on my 2nd gen.... LOVED them. They work really well in all terrain types, super tough sidewalls, however they do get a little loud with mileage (no more than any other mud terrain IMO). I'm the worlds worst with rotation and alignment however another buddy whos running them got 55k out of a set and they still had a little life left in them for street use.

I'll be putting a set of 35's on mine soon.
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