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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. Feb 5, 2019 at 5:34 PM
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    My SSO rack get delivered today! I’m out of town on business until next Friday. I have the rack and a couple other goodies waiting for me to install.
     
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  2. Feb 7, 2019 at 6:53 PM
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    This one is kinda semi off topic-ish maybe. But whatever, it’s it’s relevent to our adventures.



    My chair lift project. Chair number 116 is my small piece of Boulder Colorado local history.

    This 1971 triple chair was manufactured by Hall Ski Lift Company out of Turin, New York. It was originally installed on Bald Mountain at Sun Valley in Idaho where it ran as the “River Run” lift through the 1970-1992 ski seasons before being relocated to Eldora in Nederland, Colorado where it ran as the “Challenge” lift from 1992 until 2017.

    April 9th, 2017 was its final day of service before retiring after 47 ski seasons! On May 5th, 2017 I picked up my chair from Eldora and brought it home to repurpose it. After a brief stay in my backyard while pondering exactly what I wanted to do with it work started on it. The chair was welded into a single solid piece, the brackets for the non existent lap bar got cut off, and bench height legs were added, it was media blasted and powder coated bright red to tie it in with the front door of the house.

    After getting it right off my local mountain it was important to me to not change the character of the chair so the welds were not clean up and ground down, dents and dings were not fixed, imperfections and inconsistencies were not corrected, the mounting arm was not cut down and shortened to accommodate a regular height ceiling, the original brass bushing and grease fitting were cleaned up, reused, and reinstalled

    Once the metalwork and powder coat was complete I brought this almost 11 foot tall giant home and started on the finishing touches. I replaced the warped and swollen plywood seat base with a new piece I cut from 3/4” birch and painted it black. I shaped the seat bottom to get a more secure and precise fit and made some brackets for a neat clean installation even though you’ll never see it. The final step was a new cushion heavily inspired by the original but hand made by my mom (a former seamstress) with a much higher degree of craftsmanship and detail in the fit and finish from very high quality Crypton upholstery.

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    Left to right was my process of making/modifying brackets to the mount the base.
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  3. Feb 7, 2019 at 6:55 PM
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    From here things got a little out of hand....


    At that point the chair was done but what started with the bench, an entryway bench, spiraled into a major home remodel because, well, you can’t have an entryway bench on carpet right?!


    My wife was going to be heading out of town for a business trip, she'd be gone Wednesday to Wednesday and since I a few months notice I started planning to do things while she was gone. Originally I was thinking I'd just install laminate in that front room and surprise her with that. Well 3 different floor surfaces on one level would look weird, so I might as well do the whole floor and if I’m going to do the whole floor. If I’m doing the whole 1st floor I might as well do actual hardwood and add some value to the home. But the main floor bathroom had a big ugly vanity that sits empty and eventually I'd like to replace it with a pedestal sink. I figured I should pull that vanity out before the floor goes in rather than flooring around the vanity and then changing it later. Since the bathroom sink is coming out I might as well just gut the bathroom and do everything in there. If the bathroom light fixture is going to be replaced with a nice brushed nickel one I might as well to all of the light fixtures and the ceiling fan on the main level. The baseboard has to come off to do the floor so I might as well replace it with more modern 5 1/4" hard pine. With the baseboard off that's the perfect time to paint. Adding some color with paint means it’s time to change up the window treatments. Since there is new paint and window treatments we need to add in decor pieces like some throw pillows and an area rug to tie it all in.


    It just snowballed and a bench turned into an entire main floor remodel.


    I left to take my wife to the airport and the flooring crew was at the end of street, as soon as I drove off they got to work. I decided to go with red oak hardwood. They had a crew of guys that were going to demo, install, fill, sand, fill, sand, stain, seal, buff, and reseal the floor plus cut and install all the baseboard. They had 4 guys and a week to try to get it done, in the mean time I was going to paint at night and work on the bathroom. It was getting close to Christmas so some decorations went up before we had I had a chance to get everything buttoned up but here's the completed pictures.


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  4. Feb 7, 2019 at 7:12 PM
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    Christmas Eve we had a half day at Winter Park. I got to park ski in ski out slope side on Mary Jane. My wife and I got the 6th chair up the mountain and fresh snow all morning. We also had perfect timing with getting the 2nd chair up when Panoramic opened, it was right as the clouds briefly split and the sun poked out for some absolutely incredible views! We covered 17,000 feet of vertical and 20 miles on skis and still got out of there before noon.

    North side of Berthoud Pass had some flurries.
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    Coming down the other side of the pass the snow was coming down pretty good.
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    Selfie while we wait for the drop the ropes and start letting people on the lifts.
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    The only 2 people who got up Panaramic before us, the sun us starting to break.
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    Making our way up the bowl.
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  5. Feb 7, 2019 at 7:13 PM
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  6. Feb 8, 2019 at 6:18 AM
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    jgcaps Lovin the Colorado Life.!

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    looks like the snow was fantastic..! great pics
     
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    Wednesday of the first week of the new year, I decided to make the drive to Steamboat to hit the slopes for the day. It was F'n COLD! At 65 mph the heat seemed to struggle a bit to keep up, or it was just cold air radiating from the windows, either way it was legit cold. My windshield crack got a quite a bit bigger during the drive lol.

    Totally worth it in the end, the groomers were a bit skied out but if you skied down Double Black EX wall with trees it dropped you into a bowl filled with untouched shin deep powder.

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  8. Feb 11, 2019 at 5:07 AM
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    Looks like a blast! Beautiful country out there.
     
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  10. Feb 25, 2019 at 6:32 PM
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    WeatherTechs, CVT RTT, more to come!
    Loving the pics, Agent. But more trails and mountains, less snow please!
     
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  11. Feb 26, 2019 at 12:20 PM
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    It’s ski season! More trails and mountains once it warms up and dries out. In the mean time, more ski trip pics are uploading from our 12 person trip :)
     
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    2019 Ski Trip

    Our rental property up in the mountains
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  14. Feb 26, 2019 at 8:30 PM
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    Copper

    Kevin ate it while my wife was cruising just fine.
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    The snow really started coming down and visibility was getting bad, so we went into the trees.
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    My wife killing it!
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    Down again, partially stuck in a tree well... this is why you never ski trees alone.
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    It comes out by the skateboard if you order enough.
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    The following day the official snow total was 6" to along with the bluebird skies.

    Scott decided to bring a pink gorilla suit lol
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    I've always wanted to drop that tight chute down the face of that rock but I've never gotten to it with good enough snow to not destroy my skis in the process. I finally got to do it.

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    Out with the old Phillips Vision interior lights
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    In with the new Arc Light LEDs. Stupid high powered and the black button changes them back and forth between red and white. Red light doesn't mess wiht your night vision and it doesn't attract bugs, perfect for camping.
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    I had a couple quick projects today.

    Yesterday I stopped by Toytec and grabbed one of the 10mm OME rear trim spacers to put on the left rear to fix the slight lean in the rear. I installed that today.
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    I also picked up an OEM TRD fuel tank skid. My Limited comes with a small little skid protecting the front edge a bit but leaves most of the gas tank exposed. I've been wanting to get a RCI aluminum fuel tank skid to go with the rest of mine but I got this locally for $30, it was worth it to me.

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    The last project was the parking brake. My parking brake has felt like a soggy bag of shit for a while so I decided to pull it all apart. I pulled the rotors/parking brake drums, dissembled, cleaned, lubed, and reassembled the brake shoes and all the hardware. Once it was all buttoned up I adjusted them for a much tighter pedal and a ton more bite. For a while now applying the parking brake on a hill it would still slowly roll gently back to the parking pawl. It holds nice and firm now.
     
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    Those arc lights look awesome. I wanted to do red up front and maybe on the hatch, but being able to switch them sounds like a winner. now i gotta save up for these too haha
     
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    They are awesome but the install is not as straight forward as it’s supposed to be on earlier 5th gens. The main dome light for example can’t be installed without modifying the housing.
     
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    good to know, thank you. are there detailed instructions included or did you just figure it out?
     
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    they come with detailed instructions, they just don't fully apply to early models.
     
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    I have to ask whats in your oh shit kit?
     
  24. Mar 11, 2019 at 2:32 PM
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    Post #7 in the thread has some info
     
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    Keep the posts coming. Jealous I don't have areas like that here in TN
     
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    Strandskov Take the Road Less Traveled

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    I have no idea why you think that. That is not old one bit. I just turned 40 and I feel and look in my late 20's..

    Happy Belated birthday
     
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    Strandskov Take the Road Less Traveled

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    Wow lucky to get all that snow
     
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    Keep up the wonderful pictures and the adventures. I love it, Thanks
     
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    More snow. Copper got dumped on, I drove up the morning after the snow. I beat an avalanche closing the highway by minutes but it meant the resort was empty. Like it was so empty it was kind of eerie. I only road 1 chair all day that I had to share with another person.

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