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Cheap 4runner mods, emphasis on cheap

Discussion in 'General 4Runner Talk' started by v_man, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. Mar 13, 2016 at 1:22 PM
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    v_man

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    Mods, tips, tricks, hacks , whatever you call it , let's see 'em. Keep it cheap , say $100 max? No ARB air lockers or $5,000 Icon suspensions ...

    It'd be helpful if you state the cost $$$ , time to install , and a link to parts if u can...

    Here we go : Interior LED lights hooked up to a remote control...gives you tons of light inside, and very low power draw ... wife not included .

    Cost: Maybe $20
    Time: An hour to install
    parts: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HSF64JG?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00

    http://www.amazon.com/Remote-Contro..._60_img_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1VP499HN3A7DXQRRQK95

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  2. Mar 13, 2016 at 2:25 PM
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  3. Mar 14, 2016 at 10:48 AM
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    no mod love ???

    ok here's one more , an anti-theft measure . We all know how ez the old 'Runners are to steal . Cut a piece of chain and weld it to your shifter, You should be able to lock your tranny shifter and t-case shifter together.

    cost: nearly zero , ok the lock might cost you
    time : an hour max
    parts: half a chain link , some spray paint , a welder , a cut off wheel and a lock

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  4. Jul 7, 2016 at 6:10 AM
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    Do you have the install write up? Thats something would make my kid happy to help be apart of mods. Thanks
     
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  5. Jul 7, 2016 at 3:19 PM
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    v_man

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    ...sorry no write up . LED's are really easy to install , let me know if you have any questions ...
     
  6. Jul 9, 2016 at 9:08 AM
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    Added a USB charger to my 2005 4Runner. 8 bucks on eBay. Very easy to install. Spliced it right into the cigarette lighter.

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  7. Jul 9, 2016 at 11:25 AM
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    Started another project today. Only had to buy spray paint. I did it with flat black. Painting the mud flaps, the front and back Toyota symbol and the plastic trim piece on the bumper.

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  8. Jul 19, 2016 at 10:15 AM
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    MeefZah

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    I'll toss in a few, for a 5th gen.

    Roof bungee net, basically a 28"x28" ATV bungee, a frame made of paracord, and small pieces of velcro tie to keep the net and paracord together. About $20:

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    Tool box shelf liner scrap placed into the two dash cubbies using spray adhesive to hold them down. Free. No more sunglasses and Altoids flying out when you hit the gas!

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    This one might be interest-specific. I camp out of the back of the truck a lot and the fact that the rear seats don't fold flat and that the cargo floor has a drop in it is maddening (non-3rd row model). So, I built this 2.5" tall pallet and when I go camping, I unbolt and remove the rear seat bottoms, fold the seat backs forward, remove the fascia that separates the seat backs from the cargo floor, and slide this pallet in. This way you have a totally flat sleeping surface. About $30 in wood. Add a couple of cheap Rubbermaid Totes in the footwells and you extend the sleeping area about 12".

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    Changed out the display screen to a photo I took. Free. Instructions in owners manual. Follow them EXACTLY using a blank flash drive.

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    Probably no one cares about this, but it's my favorite mod. Littlite map light. Used they are around $20 on Ebay. These are the top of the line ones they put in fire trucks. All aluminum construction.

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  9. Oct 2, 2016 at 12:01 PM
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    MeefZah

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    Free, shut them DRLs off...

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  10. Oct 3, 2016 at 8:13 AM
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    MeefZah

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    Kind of surprised no one has posted this yet... $20 Salex organizer ($18 with the t4r forum discount code):

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  11. Feb 11, 2017 at 10:59 PM
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    The mod bug bit me again , I've been wanting to wire up some temperature gauges for awhile. I found these relatively cheap, yet quite accurate temp gauges on Amazon:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01H1RDJOI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Overall this mod took me most of the day as I ran into some wiring issues , but here's how it went down ...

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    I mounted two gauges in the center console tray , the gauge on the right reads the inside air temperature, the gauge on the left reads the outside air temp (both gauges come with a 4 foot temp. sensor)

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    Then I tied the gauges into a switch

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    Next I cut up some plastic and glued the gauges and the plastic into the console

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    Then a few hours of wire and temp sensor wrangling, and then I put the radio back in

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    And then it's done, and the blue of the temp lights matches my radio . Now I know how warm my 'Runner with no A/C is getting :)
     
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  12. Feb 12, 2017 at 8:43 AM
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    :cheers: Good stuff here. Nothing I've done on my son's 4runner has been cheap.
     
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    Thanks selling my 16' Tacoma at the end of the month to pick up my new 4runner
     
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    Hatch protection from canvasback
     
  17. Jun 14, 2017 at 10:31 PM
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    Which one is this? I have the same one but it crosses.. did u just remove the walls?
     
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    Love both of these! I will be putting them on our list.
     
  19. Jun 21, 2017 at 8:03 AM
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    $8 power outlet... actually our local Radio Shack was going out of business so I bought all of these they had in stock... $3 each...wired to the open spot of the fuse panel which is always on, so the outlet is always hot. Putting the outlet right there makes it easy to charge a cell phone - just lay it on the passenger seat, the cord doesn't have to stretch that way.

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    I just got set up as a vendor here and wanted to share discounts and ordering details. 4 Runner center console organizers, center console trays, and glove box organizers. Specifics are on the Salex vendor page. See ordering details in my signature below.

     
  21. Jun 29, 2017 at 6:13 PM
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    Thanks, being a new owner soon and past Tacoma owner I will try to share common items to the 4Runner forum.
     
  22. Jul 26, 2017 at 1:06 AM
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    3" lift but mostly all stock not a scratch on it it is pristine condition amazing for being 19 years old.
    i am absolutely digin that anti theft on the shifter idea fucking brilliant. i have a aftermarket alarm in my 4runner but it is so sensitive if a cat gets on the car it goes off. so i am doing that shifter idea too mine.as far as a cheep lift kit you can go to o'reilly's and get a rubber thing that goes between the top of your strut and the body of your 4runner for around 20$ and for the rear they have another thing for that just ask them and they will set you up remember it's not the best way its the cheapest way!! thank you you are awesome LARRY B.
     
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    Nice add
     
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