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2019 MGM SR5 Build

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by Audio_Connect4R, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. Jun 7, 2019 at 11:51 PM
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    Audio_Connect4R

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    I've had the 4Runner for about three weeks now but have been ordering parts for many weeks prior to picking her up. Finally got some time to do work on her this weekend. A little back story on this. I am from Northern California but I am down in Orange County visiting friends, one of whom I used to work on cars with many years ago. He is an ex-FJ owner, so this was fun for him (I think). Obviously this is still a work in progress.

    Some of the boxes (6/6/19)
    Method boxed.jpg

    old SR5 wheels and tires in the background with my 285/70/17 Ko2's up front

    Dunlop back ko2 up front.jpg

    The before shot of the factory front driver side suspension.

    Driver side Before.jpg

    Total Chaos spindle gussets front and back shots after they were welded and before they were coated with VHT enamel. Welding was done by Demello-Offroad in Riverside, Ca.
    welded gusset front.jpgWelded gusset back.jpg

    The after shot of the factory front driver side suspension. Parts below:
    FACTORY RACE SERIES 2.5 COIL-OVER IFP SHOCK (883-02-025)
    Total Chaos Urethane UCA's (#96504)
    Total Chaos weld on spindle gussets w/ sway bar mounts (59698-SB)

    Driver side complete w_dust cover.jpg

    Finished for now. For some reason I wasn't thinking about rear shocks. Need to order Fox Performance Series 2.0 Smooth Body IFP Shock (980-24-679). Currently have Cornfed 1" spacer in the rear. Currently on order, Demello Offroad Hybrid Sliders.

    Other than the rear shocks and sliders, my next big project waiting for me is the Stereo system upgrade. That I will have tons of pictures of.

    Here are pictures of this weekends work (6/7/19). Wheels are Method Race Wheels 315 in 17x8.5 w/ 0 offset

    Front driverside.jpg Driver rear angle.jpg


    Driver side.jpg
     
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2019
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  2. Jun 8, 2019 at 5:14 AM
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    ForRun

    ForRun 2019 Offroad Premium

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    Very cool, nice touch!
     
  3. Jun 8, 2019 at 6:46 AM
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    WallyT4R

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  4. Jun 8, 2019 at 6:50 AM
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    nimby

    nimby in the drink

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    Eibach Adjustable Front Shocks; Trail Wheels; 285/70/R17
    Nice build!

    What spring rate did you go with on the Fox coilovers? How do they ride?
     
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  5. Jun 8, 2019 at 7:14 AM
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    Audio_Connect4R

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    Not sure on the spring rate. Fox uses adjustable 3.0 Eibach® racing springs. The ride is good so far. Nose dive gone and not getting tossed around on "rougher" city roads.
     
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  6. Jun 14, 2019 at 3:24 PM
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    Did you adjust the coil-over or put it in with factory preset settings?
     
  7. Jun 14, 2019 at 7:33 PM
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    PaulB-2006 T4R

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    Falken Wildpeak AT3W. Matte Black TRD Wheels. Leveled with 2" spacer. All LED interior. Mud flaps deleted. TRD Air Filter. TRD Oil Cap. Heated Front Seats. FJC Shifter. Subaru Kicker tweeters.
    Nice start and you have a good friend.
     
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  8. Jun 14, 2019 at 9:19 PM
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    Stupid me just realized there was a "5th Gen Builds" section on the forum. Whoops!
     
  9. Aug 2, 2019 at 8:25 PM
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    Driverside engine bay (Firewall)
    IMG_6490.jpg
    Apex Overland electrical mounting plate. Currently housing the inline fuse for the audio system amplifier. Will add Spod relay box
    here in the future.
    IMG_6491.jpg
    Peerless 830667 8" woofers in the front factory door location. Doors and door panels are treated with sound deadening material
    IMG_6621.jpg
    AudioControl D-6.1200 amplifier mounted under the passanger seat. The 6 channels will drive the Peerless 8" woofers, Audison Voce AV3.0 (3" midrange) & AV1.1 (1" tweeter)
    IMG_6804.jpg IMG_6805.jpg
    The audio system wiring is by MIT Cables. Styleline 8 RCA interconnects and Styleline 9 Speaker cables. Out of the amplifier are short (6") 16gauge speaker wire to barrier strips (as shown below) and ran to the speakers.
    IMG_6880.jpg IMG_6881.jpg
    Kenwood Excelon head unit
    IMG_6879.jpg Soon to come, pictures of the custom fiberglassed A-pillars for the tweeters.
     
  10. Aug 2, 2019 at 9:16 PM
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    Originally put them in at factory setting and drove around for 2 days, then cranked up the coilovers 2 full turns and went for an alignment.
     
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  11. Sep 7, 2019 at 12:03 AM
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    The holes in the A-Pillar were a quick solution for my tweeters before I drove down to Orange County from Northern California to work on the A-Pillars with my friend.
    tweeter 1.jpg

    We used the original holes as a guideline to mount the ABS plastic mounting surface with wooden dowels.
    tweeter 2.jpg

    We ended up using an old tshirt as the fabric to shape the tweeter pod using super glue to hold in place while we used fiberglass resin to harden the mold.
    tweeter 3.jpg

    First pass with fiberglass resin. Set them out in the sun in hopes of speeding up the curing process.
    tweeter 4.jpg

    Test fit for clearance.
    Tweeter 5.jpg

    Sanding the pillars prior to using bondo to contour.
    tweeter 6.jpg

    Applying Bondo
    Tweeter 7.jpg

    Bondo Curing
    tweeter 8.jpg

    Sanded down and almost ready to primer, texture and paint.
    tweeter 9.jpg

    3 step process (L-R) Flat white Primer first, Carribean Sand Texture, then finally satin Stone Gray to match as best as possible.
    All primer, texture and paint by Rust-oleum.
    tweeter 10 paint 1.jpg

    The texture used, if you are wondering.
    tweeter 11 paint 2.jpg
    Applying primer
    tweeter 12 painting.jpg
    First fit with tweeter installed (Audison Voce AV 3.0)
    tweeter 13.jpg
    Passanger side fit.
    tweeter 14.jpg
     
  12. Sep 7, 2019 at 6:44 AM
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    Stock...for now...
    Looking good! Those spindles are beefy!!
     
  13. Sep 10, 2019 at 11:56 PM
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    Strandskov

    Strandskov Take the Road Less Traveled

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    This might be a stupid question but out of curiosity is this like a process to have better sound quality so it's not distorted?
     
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  14. Sep 11, 2019 at 9:09 AM
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    For your stock roof rack. Did you paint the end caps? If so what did you use?

    Thanks!
     
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  15. Sep 12, 2019 at 8:23 PM
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    It's for a better imaging. A good soundstage and tonality are huge components of sound quality in my book. So yes, I would definitely say it's for better sound quality! :)
     
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  16. Sep 12, 2019 at 8:25 PM
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    I did not touch the stock roof rack, that's exactly how it came from the dealer. Shortly after the lift, I ordered my Gobi Stealth rack and today was the mark of my 12th week into my order. I am going to sell the factory roof rack with crossbars once the rack arrives. If you know anyone that is interested.
     
  17. Sep 12, 2019 at 10:10 PM
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    4Runner fun Just the beginning...

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    Beautiful truck & build!
    I wish I had those skills.
    You could sell those pillar pods if you have the time...
    Top notch!
     

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