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Making my 4Runner mine

Discussion in '3rd Gen 4Runners (1996-2002)' started by SurfLocc, Apr 1, 2018.

  1. Apr 1, 2018 at 6:32 AM
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    SurfLocc

    SurfLocc [OP] New Member

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    Well guys. Its been about a month owning my 4Runner now.
    And all I can say is I love her.
    Best purchase I’ve ever made in my life. The space, the way you sit, the ride everything about my 4Runner is perfect.
    1 owner I am the second. The first guy took really damn good care of it.

    Check out the way I bought it. And how it looks now :)
    Not very big changes but just made her look a lil more clean

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    No crazy upgrades.
    Hood deflector
    New black housing headlights
    And LED bulbs
    New LED tail lights
    TRD decals
    New tint also :)
    Removed the running boards.
    That’s about it I think
    Coming along great! loving the lil changes I’m making

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  2. Apr 5, 2018 at 9:07 PM
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    AZHoosier

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    None... yet :)
    Very clean! Nice find. And I love the look of the 3rd gens without running boards. I just did the same to my '97 SR5 a couple weeks ago, as well as removing the hitch.
     
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  3. Apr 6, 2018 at 9:49 AM
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    jester243

    jester243 rabble rabble rabble

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    Nice, I like the LED tails I don't think I've seen them on that gen before :thumbsup:
     
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  4. Apr 6, 2018 at 1:09 PM
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    SurfLocc

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    Hell yeah! I removed the running boards, hitch and spare tire! Got rid of the BS weight I didn’t needa. Post a picture of your SR5 brotha I love to see it!
     
  5. Apr 6, 2018 at 1:16 PM
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    AZHoosier

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    None... yet :)
    Looks like I posted pics in your last thread! Didn't realize you had started both of these threads:

    99 4Runner stock running boards
     
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  6. May 30, 2018 at 4:21 PM
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    Was the "4Runner" on the back always black? Or did you make it black? If so, how?
     
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  7. May 30, 2018 at 8:45 PM
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    P226Navy

    P226Navy 2016 T4R

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    Welcome and enjoy! That’s a very neat 4R. Looks very good.
     
  8. May 31, 2018 at 9:21 AM
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    SurfLocc

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    The emblems came black! I get a lot of compliments on them! But that’s how they came in sure they have them on ebay. They’re like a gloss black. They look real good
     
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  9. May 31, 2018 at 11:17 AM
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    RUNTHAT

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    I like where you're going with this. Looks like you're enjoying it and making incremental changes along the way. Many will blindly throw a bunch of parts at their 4R, but how do you know what you need unless you use it?
     
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  10. May 31, 2018 at 1:40 PM
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    Why are people removing their hitches? Just to lighten up the weight of the vehicle?
     
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  11. Jun 1, 2018 at 8:20 AM
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    SurfLocc

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    I took off my hitch because I won’t be using it to tow. I still have it just in case but I have the 4 banger so I probably won’t tow anything haha
     
  12. Aug 6, 2018 at 5:50 AM
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    slipslifer

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    Sharp and clean! love the rear tail lights....where did you get them? also interested in what you did with the headlights. Just picked up my 4R. looking to make some simple changes like you did to clean her up. Im not huge fan of the factory Limited trim. thinking of removing it but not familiar with the process/how it will look and what my aftermarket trim option are.
     
  13. Aug 11, 2018 at 9:28 PM
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    SurfLocc

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    I purchased my LED tail lights on EBay and my Black housing headlights on eBay also! Makes the 4R look a lot better
     
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