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Gatorgrl's Grand Gen2 4Runner makeover

Discussion in '2nd Gen 4Runners (1990-1995)' started by Fourtoad, May 3, 2019.

  1. Jul 10, 2019 at 9:35 AM
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    Fourtoad

    Fourtoad [OP] Gatorgrl's Yotas

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    And thanks to the Almighty Amazon :spending:, my new rear ends parts are finally here. :bananadance:

    Now I just sit and patiently wait :typing: :washing: :tumbleweed: for my mechanic to return from NY for assembly.
    I am pretty handy but even I know not to try and set up the new ring and pinion gears myself.
     
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  2. Jul 10, 2019 at 2:05 PM
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    Rebuilt Engine MLS and ARP on the heads, DT Header, 2-1/2" CARB compliant Flow-Master CAT with 2.0" Bosal CAT back Dayco 1-1/4" Spacers, SkyJacker M-Series Monotube Shocks, Ball Joint Spacers Next.
    Have you put a resistor into the connector that is for the temperature sensor that threads into the EGR casting? LC-Engineering has the kit/values in their web page needed to fool the ECM.

    Nice go on the headers and the wrapping (luv the vet). Gonna have to find 50' of that stuff! It's killing me that I had to spend a small fortune for DougThorley's to be legal in CA.

    Ditto on the sunroof wedged mine up with some wood blocks to flush it out with roof line.

    I just replaced my test pipe (CAT delete) with a 2-1/2" x 16" long glass pack for a diesel and that has removed the tinny ringing in the exhaust note. Also the Summit version ($220 tax/free-shipping) of the K&N cold air intake (57-9006) is now installed and my does it howl at 5K RPM. I can't get enough of that induction roar in the upper rev range. Sounds completely different from the $45 eBay aluminum copy cat. Also I can't wait to find a good place to see what the top speed it will pull at WOT! I'm expecting it will pull 4th to 5,500 and might do it in 5th, we will have to seeeeee!

    As for tires 31 X 10.50-R15 Cooper Discoveries are what I went with and seem a good alternative to the BFG All-terrain. Lets see I have been through 4 or 5 sets of BFG's in my life time . I got the Coopers through TireBuyer.com and had them balanced and installed for $50 which was amazing to me in OC!...

    Denso or Toyota OEM ($$) plug wires and Denso O2 sensor there are no alternatives for the 3VZ-E and make damn sure the ground wires are new wire with dielectric grease on the ring terminals (plenum to firewall, head to fender near coil/igniter and block to battery(-) to fender inner panel).

    Awesome thread.
     
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  3. Jul 10, 2019 at 2:22 PM
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    Should of swapped the motor for a 22RE. I would love to have mine back. I used to tow my boat with it!!! With 33’s!!
     
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  4. Jul 19, 2019 at 1:34 PM
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    Fourtoad [OP] Gatorgrl's Yotas

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    OK, I'm back. Today I was working on changing all the exterior lights to LEDs. Already successfully did the interior lights. Ran into issues with the turn and braking lights. My guess is I will need to put resistors on the lines that have flashers. I installed a resistor to the front turn light and it mocked me. :rolleyes: I followed the directions which said to hook it up in parallel. Well clearly that didn't work.
    Anyone else tackled this and succeeded?
    Please share.:notsure:
     
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  5. Jul 21, 2019 at 5:57 AM
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    This thing fixed yet?!?!?! I feel like I’ve been really patient:laugh:
     
  6. Jul 21, 2019 at 6:34 AM
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    Benny123 Long term owner

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    I'd love to see some updated photos of the truck.
     
  7. Jul 21, 2019 at 2:10 PM
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    Fourtoad [OP] Gatorgrl's Yotas

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    Your wish is my command. :bowdown:
    Today we finally tackled that pesky rear end failure. :laser:

    fixingbroeknrear.jpg
    Time to take that failed rear apart.

    brokenringgear.jpg

    Yep, that ring gear is toast. :sadviolin:

    4pinioncentersection.jpg

    But luckily the 4 pinion center section was fine and undamaged. :yay:

    So then i go and unbox my Yukon ring and pinion as well as my Yukon master rebuild kit, only to discover the All Mighty Amazon has fornicated with me. :censored: They send me the wrong parts in both shipments! :facepalm:

    So now its all apart and ready for re-assembly, just as soon as I can find the CORRECT parts to do the rebuild.
    :typing:

    Thanks for watching.
     
  8. Jul 21, 2019 at 2:13 PM
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    SON OF A CHICKEN!!! Glad ya got it apart but DAMMIT Amazon :frustrated:
     
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  9. Jul 21, 2019 at 2:27 PM
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    :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl: @ the shirt!
     
  10. Jul 21, 2019 at 3:08 PM
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    Hahaha picked up on that also
     
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  11. Jul 21, 2019 at 3:31 PM
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    Fourtoad [OP] Gatorgrl's Yotas

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    Thank you. I love buying him inappropriate shirts to work in. :devil:
     
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  12. Jul 22, 2019 at 6:19 AM
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    lol... Only to work in he looks man enough to wear it out to dinner.
     
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  13. Jul 22, 2019 at 8:04 AM
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    Fourtoad [OP] Gatorgrl's Yotas

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    Well, once we get the rear end fixed and take it out for a good test run we will hopefully stop working on it. If the test run is not satisfactory, we may just pull the 3VZE and replace it with a V6 chevy engine we have that we took out of our 1980 Camaro and call it a fuckin day. The V6 would be far easier to work on with less crap that could go wrong. Go ahead and throw hate on me, I already know. :crapstorm:

    All I can say is you can't say we didn't try and do it the Toyota way. I feel we went far and above anything anyone else would have done by this point. Just cross your fingers the test ride is a success.
     
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  14. Jul 22, 2019 at 8:09 AM
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    I don't blame you! I have a 4.3 vortec rebuilt on an engine stand that's going in my pickup once the 3.0 gives up the ghost. I'm hoping everything goes well with your 4runner. It's been a long ride for you guys!
     
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  15. Jul 22, 2019 at 11:16 AM
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    Well put and good luck!:thumbsup:
     
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  16. Jul 22, 2019 at 12:26 PM
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    Fourtoad [OP] Gatorgrl's Yotas

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    Ok, update time. Just got back from NAPA and ordered yet another ring and pinion as well as a rebuild kit with bearings and such. Cost easily double ($525.00) what I got them on Amazon for but whatever. Also found out we have to have a spline adapter to make the new pinion work cause they don't make one to directly fit in our application anymore, apparently. Good to know! Ran by Toyota for shits and giggles (and brake pads for my Rav) and they could get us a ring and pinion for $1200 and we would have to buy each item in the rebuild kit separately which would double that total easily. Call me crazy but I am not putting a $2500 rear end in a $5000 Runner, that is still going to go down the road like a herd of turtles, on a good day. :turtleride:

    All hope is not lost, I did pick up a LED flasher module so now I can replace those lights with LED and they should work, damnit. (also coincidently working on the same project with my bus). The parts should be here by Wednesday and the Runner should be back on the road by the weekend!
     
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  17. Jul 22, 2019 at 4:19 PM
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    Fourtoad [OP] Gatorgrl's Yotas

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    Ok, got my LED flasher relay and after an exhausting search found the original relay and replaced it. Gee...that was easy. Not! :rolleyes: In any event now I can run LEDs in the sides and rear lights and all function as they should. Only lights that are not LED are the front turn lights and that is only because my LED 1156 bulbs simply do not fit in the light socket. Oh well. We are more concerned about lighting up the rear anyway, to hopefully scare the cell phones right out of the driver behind me, before they do something foolish, like go to the hospital. :duel:
     
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