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Agent_Outside: Adventures in a 4Runner Limited

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by Agent_Outside, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. Sep 5, 2019 at 10:40 AM
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    Running wiring and planning out a slide mount.
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    I only have 3 rivnuts on hands so I had to order more but here's the plan. I made a cut a board out of 1/2" birch plywood and shaped it slightly to fit snug up against the passenger side trim. I'm going to put 2 or 3 rivnuts in that crossbar to mount th front of the board. I verified its open under neight the bod so I'll put 2 or 3 more in the back along with metal spacers. I'll cut out holes in the styrofoam layer for the spacer to pass through. I cut the insulation off the underside of the trunk carpet where the board will sit to reduce the height a little bit. Right now I'm still waiting on the fridge slide to continue, its held up being shipped out of FL because of hurricane Dorian causing problems. Once the board is mounted I'll line up the slide to have it as far forward and the side as I can without anything hitting anything. When the mounting is figured out I'm going to use pronged t nuts inder the board to mount the slide from the top. I'd trim down the board as much as possible then Bedliner the whole board to keep it protected and waterproof. With this setup when I take it out for ski season its 4 quick bolts to remove the side and no other hassle.

    It should right about here, it'll still clear the privacy cover.
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    I got the wiring almost buttoned up yesterday. Its ran, it's grounded, and I put some temporary terminals on it to just to turn it on so I could verify the wiring. Dometic has a hardware socket kit thats 25 feet of 10 gauge wire, seeing as I'm running one of the smaller fridges and my run of wire is only about 17 feet or so I opted to go with 12 awg. the temporary hook up was to verify the wire is gauged ok to not impede function. As the fridge compressor starts the max voltage drop on startup is right around .28 volts, that'll work fine. 0.0 is ideal but not worth running like 6 or 8 awg. The performance will be just fine, the one potential concern is the battery protection could kick in earlier if it thinks the battery is lower than it is because of a voltage drop. But, I have everything aftermarket running through a low voltage disconnect right at the second battery so I don't need to utilize the fridges internal battery protection.

    I realize I didn't take many pictures, I'll try to grab a few more today, especially if I finish up the wiring.
     
  2. Sep 9, 2019 at 9:31 PM
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  3. Sep 9, 2019 at 9:33 PM
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    Looks like a hidden Gem, How beautiful it is to be out in Nature
     
  4. Sep 10, 2019 at 3:02 PM
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    Not at all a hidden gem. In fact it’s seen so much foot traffic you can’t just go anymore. Your required to go to the town, pay for a permit to hike it, and get shuttles in and out from there.
     
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    I went out of town for a few days and then got sick. Today I finished up the car side wiring. Still waiting for the slide to move forward from here. It should get delivered Thursday, we’ll see how much I can get done before I go back out of town again.

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  6. Sep 10, 2019 at 4:16 PM
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    I had no idea, sounds like a spot I know called Havasupsi Falls...

    Maybe one day I could make it on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing
     
  7. Sep 11, 2019 at 9:16 AM
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    This is mostly for my own future reference since I just bought service parts again.

    Differential Service Parts (front diff, rear diff, and transfer case)
    6 - 75W90 GL-5 quart
    1 - 90430-24003
    2 - 90430-A0003
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    Trans Service (drain and fill)
    2 - 35178-30010
    5 - Toyota WS Trans Fluid
     
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  8. Sep 11, 2019 at 9:28 PM
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    I got the fridge install finished.

    I was kinda planning out the space. I didnt have enough rivnuts on hand so I had to order more but this was the gist of it. I wanted to to do 3 rivnuts along the brace and 2 towards the back with spacers.
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    I cut off the insulation from the underside of the carpet where the board would sit to give it a more solid surface on the hard foam under the carpet and bring the overall height down a hair.
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    I countersank the 5 holes to mount the board the to the floor of the body so it sits flat and flush and for the side to attached I used pronged t nuts that were glued and hammered in. Then I coated the board with black primer/sealer scuffed it up and hit it with 4 coats of bedliner.
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    I cut holes in the thick foam for the spacers to slide in, then I cut small holes in the trunk carpet for the bolts to pass through and I cut out a section of the Canvas Back liner so it can just be permanently sandwiched in there and mounted up the board. Its super solid, it doesn't flex or move.
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    From there I bolted up the DFG Offroad slide.
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    I checked to see how long I'd need the wiring before cutting the 12v plug off and installing an Anderson SB50 connection.
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    When I was planning everything I was measured known dimensions out with a tape measure and made some assumptions about the unknowns and it was going to be to close to tell if it would fit with the privacy cover or not. I'm happy to say it all came together exactly how I had hoped.
    You can retract the cover and the fridge can be opened and closed as it sits. With the cover in place, it can be slid right out and opened.
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  10. Sep 17, 2019 at 6:28 PM
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    We already got to put the fridge to good use tailgating for the Chicago Bears visit to Denver, they pulled off a win in a thriller.

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    It's so nice having always the perfect temperature drinks ready to go.
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  12. Oct 1, 2019 at 7:52 PM
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  13. Oct 2, 2019 at 8:19 PM
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    It was time for brakes on the 4runner.

    I live in the Colorado mountains, I have some extra weight and bigger tires on the 4Runner, plus I tow from time to time. My brakes don’t have it easy so it was logical to look for an upgrade over stock, especially given the cost of stock pads and rotors. When it comes to parts I always buy OEM or I upgrade. I started researching and decided to go with the Powerstop Z36 brake upgrade. Powerstop recommends that kit for a vehicle with larger than stock tires, added weight, or for towing at least once a year. It's a pretty complete package - pads, rotors, and hardware and on forums and facebook groups, I was seeing a lot of positive reviews and recommendations for it. I also decided to replace the stainless steel brake lines with the kit from Goodridge. A reputable brand, even Tirerack sells them, and their kit was actually for 6 lines, 1 per wheel and the 2 flex lines from the body to rear axle housing. I got high-quality DOT4 fluid and I was good to go.

    Everything ready to go.
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    I thought I'd start with the stainless steel lines first. I was matching everything up to make sure it was right and notice a major, MAJOR, problem. The new bolts that came with the new lines to bolt the banjo fitting onto the rear caliper are dangerously undersized. You should have quite a few threads to screw in before you get to the point of collapsing the crush washers... this pile of hot garbage has 2 threads exposed.

    This is dangerous, its an accident waiting to happen and there's not a chance in hell I would install this on any vehicle. This is extremely likely to end in catastrophic failure of the brake system. My mind was blown at the level of oversight here.
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    So the lines are a bust... we said screw it I'll leave the lines alone for now and we'll just do the brakes.

    My helper and I started to tear everything down.
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    Turns out the Powerstop kit wasnt any better than the brake lines!

    There was all sorts of debris in the zinc coating just waiting to get embedded into the brake pads. I've never seen a worse finish on new brake in my 15 years of working professionally in automotive.
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    I installed the pads and went to put the caliper pins in, but wait a minute... they aren't long enough to actually come out the back of the caliper.
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    So I reused the stock hardware to properly secure the pads and found another interesting tidbit.

    This is how a pad should sit, the friction material stops just short of the edge of the rotor, especially when there a slight chamfer on the edge of the rotor. You want flat surface on flat surface.
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    But the inconsistencies in the build quality of the pads left the friction material hanging just a hair over the edge of the rotor. This is not acceptable.
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    At that point, I had enough. I said screw all this stupid crap and took one of the over vehicles over to Toyota and just bought all new OEM parts.

    I definitely got my money's worth out the old brakes.

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    We got the new pads and rotors installed, flushed the brake fluid, and adjusted the parking brake.
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    Because I've seen it asked about a decent amount I decided to take a quick video of how to adjust the parking brake so it grabs strong and stiffens up the parking brake pedal. Hopefully, this can help someone out.

    https://youtu.be/it4BMOrM41g
     
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  14. Oct 2, 2019 at 11:06 PM
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    What a great informational video...You're setup indeed is by far one of the best I've seen..
    I would love to learn one day how to work electrical...What a great skill to have and you are right about patience and doing it on you're own. Also it as well make you appreciate it alot more..
     
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  15. Oct 2, 2019 at 11:59 PM
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    Wow, that sucks. I was also looking at the Powerstop kit. Guess I won't even bother. Thanks for the video on the E brake adjustment.
     
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  16. Oct 3, 2019 at 5:11 AM
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    Thanks, I appreciate it.
     
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    I definitely wouldn’t recommend it. Originally I was leaning towards the DBA 4x4 survival rotors with Hawk LTS pads but then shopping for them it was $1000+ setup. I didn’t feel like it was going to be a drastic enough difference over stock to warrant like $400 extra so I kept researching other options.

    On the bright side with Amazon Prime it shipped free directly from Stoptech and you get hassle free returns. I contact them Saturday, said it was junk. They sent a return label, I boxed it back up and dropped it off at UPS. Within like an hour a credit was issued and it cleared and was back in my account by Wednesday.
     
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  18. Oct 3, 2019 at 8:38 AM
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    You're very welcome
     
  19. Oct 3, 2019 at 8:40 AM
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    Hey Agent, like someone above I just registered with the forum so I could tell you what an amazing, awesome thread this is. I'm sitting here reading about your adventures in the mountains while sitting at my desk on Wall St. in Manhattan...I feel like someone in a John Denver song lol

    I'm hoping to get a 4runner in the next 6 months, I will definitely drive out there to get you to work on it :)
     
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    Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate it. I'm glad I could inspire. And trust me I get it, I grew up in Chicago and then moved to the mountains with my wife when I was in my mid 20's. I'm over big cities yet I spend a lot more time in Manhattan than I'd like to.

    I don't think I've ever posted pictures on here from out there because it didn't in any way include the 4Runner, but there are always adventures to be had, you just have to get out, explore, and find them. There are some pretty hiking trails and stuff a short way outside of NYC, well in terms of distance anyway, the drive still sucks. I also brought gear and did a couple of segments of the Appalachian Trail while I was out there.

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    I grew up in NW NJ in what we call mountains a stone's throw from the Ap Trail, love it up there
     
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    Wow the kit REALLY sucked!! I hope they gave you complete refund with no questions asked.
    My 5th Gen 4runner has disc in rear not drums a. Does the SR5 have drum brake in rear?:notsure:
     
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    All 5th gens are 4 wheel disc with a drum parking brake. The inside of the rear rotors are the drum. And yes I got a full refund.
     
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    How often do you adjust parking brake?
     
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    Whenever the parking brake pedal starts to fell like it has a lot of travel. It should be nice and firm and not go the floor when applied. The parking brake should also be able to hold the vehicle in place on hill. If you stop on a hill apply the parking brake and then shift to park (that’s technically the “correct” way to park - If you’ve ever parked on hill and then came back, started it up and it was kinda hard to get the trans out of park, or it shifted out of park with a loud clunk or bang noise, that’s the parking pawl in the trans not wanting release because the weight of the vehicle is pushing against it and kinda wedging it into place. You use the parking brake to avoid that.) and the vehicle slowly rolls an inch or two till the trans is testing against the parking pawl then it’s to loose and needs an adjustment.
     
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    Yeah definately set Pbrake before shifting to park always outta habit.
     
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    It’s been a crazy handful of weeks. I was out of town for work, instead of flying home I flew out to Tennessee, my wife and son flew out there from Colorado as well. We were having a family reunion/party for my wife’s side of the family because her grandpa turned 90. After a weekend there we headed down to Orlando. My wife had a conference for a week so we went with. She works and my son and I did cool stuff. After the conference we spent a long weekend in a different hotel - massive high end place, 1500 rooms, water park, 5 acre indoor glass roofed atrium with all sorts of stuff. From there we went to Disney World for a week. We got back last Sunday and my best friend that came out for the hiking/camping/off-road trip a few months back came back for round 2 but winter came hard and fast so we winged it.

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