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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. May 14, 2020 at 7:54 PM
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    The butt pucker is real!
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    Those bench cut trails were our route. The far mountain left to right, made our way back and looped around the peak on the right, then came up the trail in the foreground on the left before winding back around to here.
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  2. May 14, 2020 at 8:03 PM
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    I'm pretty disappointed that the brand new Trasharoo has 2 holes worn in it after the first time being mounted. It was on my 4Runner being used for literally 5 hours.

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  3. May 14, 2020 at 8:06 PM
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    Sounds like a great time
     
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  5. May 15, 2020 at 8:25 AM
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    I got a tool roll from Adventure Tool Company and I've been working on gathering stuff for it. I don't want to take stuff from my actual toolbox so everything for the trail tools is new. This is my baseline to start with.

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  6. May 15, 2020 at 9:10 AM
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    I wanted to test out the new Durobumps on the trail the other day so I drove it petty hard at times. It was the first real trail since before snow season so I used this as a shakedown run. We've had a couple of squeaks start recently so I wanted to exercise the suspension and move everything through its full range of motion before digging into diag and doing an in-depth inspection of everything.

    So this was the agenda for the day yesterday:
    -The shocks did not bottom out on themselves on the trail so I wanted to verify the bump stops did.
    -Make sure every nut and bolt is tight.
    -Inspect all the bushings and joints - end link, CVs, ball joints, tie rods, etc
    -Insect aftermarket UCAs for an cracks in the welds of signs of wear and damage.
    -Document all the tool sizes needed for front and rear suspension to ensure everything I may need is in my tool kit.
    -Diagnose and fix the squeaking noise.
    -Grease all the fittings on the truck.
    -Tire rotation.
    -Tire pressures, DON'T FORGET THE SPARE!!!!
    -Fluid level and leak checks.
    -Clean and inspect the shafts on the dampeners.

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    In general, everything is dirty but in fantastic shape.

    In case anyone is interested in the tool list...
    FRONT SUSPENSION
    UCA bushing to the vehicle -19mm (x2)
    JBA ball joint to spindle - 7/8" & 7/16"
    JBA ball joint to control arm - 1/2 (x2)

    Upper shock mount - 14mm
    Lower shock mount - 19mm (x2)
    King adjustable collar - 3/16" hex

    Sway bar links - 6mm hex & 17mm

    LCA bushing - 22mm (x2)
    Ball joint nut - 24mm + cotter pin
    Bal joint cap to spindle - 19mm

    Outer tie rod nut - 19mm + cotter pin
    Outer tie rod holding surface - 21mm
    Jam nut - 22mm
    Toe adjustment - 15mm

    Brake caliper - 17 mm
    ABS wires - 10mm
    ABS and brake line brackets - 12mm
    Brake lines and bleeders - 10mm

    Durobumps - 14mm

    Skid plates - 13mm

    REAR SUSPENSION
    Lower links - 19mm (x2)
    Track bar - 19mm (x2)

    King upper shock mount - 19mm
    Lower shock mount - 17mm
    BPF rock shield - 14mm

    Brake calipers - 17mm
    Brake caliper bracket - 17mm
    Brake line to caliper - 14mm
    Brake lines and bleeders - 10mm

    Sway bar link - 6mm hex
    Sway bar link shaft - 14mm
    Sway bar link nut - 12mm
     
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  7. May 16, 2020 at 10:08 PM
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    Somebody is pretty happy have the tent back on the truck. He took a nap out there today.

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  8. May 17, 2020 at 4:41 PM
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    What brand and setup do you have for the fridge/freezer?

     
  9. May 20, 2020 at 6:32 AM
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    The fridge is a Dometic CFX35W. I’m not sure what exactly you’re trying to asking to ask about the “setup” but everything is in this thread. Otherwise if you have some specific questions I’d be happy to try to answer.
     
  10. May 20, 2020 at 11:12 AM
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    With Utah canceled we decided to make the best of it disappeared up into the mountains for a few days. This was the first real multi-day trip using quite a few pieces of new gear: Jetboil Genesis Basecamp, the fridge for days on end without starting the vehicle to recharge the secondary battery, the Nemo sleeping pads, Eno hammock and tree straps, Adventure Tool Company camp kitchen, and using the Garmin InReach for sat comms. Overall it went really really way and we've been satisfied with our gear choices. I have a running list on my phone that I continuously modify with ideas or things we need to add or change up. This trip we added hot pads, a second collapsable bucket, dish drying towel, kids book for identifying animal scat and tracks, and reevaluating out silverware after snapping a spoon. Plus we learned a valuable lesson in double checking critical equipment. I have iOS apps for offline maps, navigation, trails, etc, but my phone is also set to offload unused apps. After not using most of them through ski season they needed to be downloaded again while I had reception/internet connection. I didn't think to do that so by the time I wanted to use them I couldn't access them. Lesson learned, and that feature is now turned off.

    Anyways, we had a blast - we hiked, explored, made s’mores, played some soccer, collected firewood, practiced some bushcraft skills, and we got to sit watch a bald eagle fish for a while, we brought the camp toilet but I'm happy to say nobody actually used it, in fact I think the highlight of the trip for my son was digging a hole and pooping in it lol.

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    This big deep sloppy uphill pit was awesome, it basically worked as a gatekeeper, you were in the middle of nowhere so you didn't want to get stuck but once we passed that point we don't see another soul. Pictures always make things look less intense they really are, this was deep enough that I smacked the rear bumper off the ground and caused some relatively minor but permanent damage.
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    This is as installed as the rear bumper gets now lol
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  11. May 20, 2020 at 11:23 AM
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    Looks like a good time, how did you like the new JetBoil? I have a Camp Chef, and don't plan to retire it anytime soon. Also, do you have any solar recharging capabilities? I've been looking at a small Goal Zero kit to start playing around with.
     
  12. May 20, 2020 at 11:35 AM
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    Batman eating s'mores
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    I can not stress enough how big of a game changer it is having a fridge
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  13. May 20, 2020 at 11:40 AM
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    Spot the 4runner
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  14. May 20, 2020 at 11:45 AM
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    Bald eagle
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    This one is definitely permanent
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  15. May 20, 2020 at 11:55 AM
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    We are really happy with it so far, it puts out crazy amounts of heat but it has micro adjust knobs, it's like 5-6 turns open to close so you can really dial in the heat to be exactly where you want it, and for a 2 burner, you really can't beat the packability of it.

    The red arc is solar ready, it's just a matter of getting an unregulated solar panel to in. I've done my research and pics what I'm going to get, but 6 months later I just haven't pulled the trigger on it. Generally, we're not sitting in one place for days and days and days and I know I can go at least 48 hours without needing to recharge anything. I haven't tried longer than that without moving the truck yet. My dual battery build I panned for a battery monitor to keep an accurate gauge of power used and how much is left but I haven't been able to find a nice one that is waterproof and suitable for life in the engine bay. After this trip though, just for peace of mind, my wife is on board with pulling the trigger on the solar panel and picking up either the annex room or the awning for the tent.
     
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  16. May 30, 2020 at 9:19 PM
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    I let my 4 year old decide where we were going to explore. I narrowed it down to areas without active fire bans but I let him drop a pin on google maps over the state of Colorado and then we went and spent the better part of this past week exploring the area he chose. It was fantastic! We had an amazing trip, the views, the roads, we didn't see a single person for days, we found some epic campsites that I made sure to mark in my GPS for future use.

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    Batman, looks like he had a great time. Finally found my boy a mountain bike, used Trek 200. Taking him out tomorrow. Found a beginner place for him to start figuring it out. Hopefully he enjoys it and we can head for weekend trips
     
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    Update, eat ate it. But got up, drank some water and started back at it 5 minutes later
     
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    It's funny my son very rarely wipesout on a mountain bike but he has never at any point completed a hike without tripping and going down lol
     
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    Pics from the hike we found during that last trip, I figured I should go through them before we go back out tomorrow.


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    Gotta love kids. Going back out again this weekend
     
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    Another trip is in the books

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    3am bathroom break, the brightest moon I've ever seen by far, pics don't do it justice!
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    Who’d you go with for the solar? Looks like a great trip
     

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