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MattAK's '08 V8 Sport Build & Adventures

Discussion in '4th Gen Builds (2003-2009)' started by MattAK, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. Feb 9, 2019 at 4:45 PM
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    MattAK

    MattAK [OP] t4r.org refugee

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    '08 Sport V8 Galactic Gray
    Fixed broken shiz. Dobinson's 2.5"
    This is my 4th 4Runner since I got my first one in 2005, a 1994 SR5 4x4.

    In August 2018 I decided that I couldn't keep my 2016 that I'd had for ~2 1/2 years (would like to buy a house in the next year or two). I had a hard time deciding between sticking with a 4Runner or going to a truck but in the end I found this bone stock one-owner 2008 V8 Sport with a pile of miles for a decent price. Had a bunch of cosmetic issues but the engine sounded good and ran well and since it lived in Utah it's entire life there's very little rust anywhere on it. Purchased it 8/25/2018 with 195,670 miles.

    Currently the biggest major items left to repair are the front bumper and front passenger inner fender liner. The OG owner was in a fender-bender a couple of years after they bought it and it broke the fender liner and the tabs that hold the bumper cover onto that side of the vehicle. You can see on the pics below how the bumper cover doesn't quite fit right on that corner.

    I've been jokingly calling it Solo, since I called my 5th gen Kylo.

    Current photo 4/20/19

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    MPGs:
    [​IMG]

    Interior:
    Scangauge II
    Husky Liners
    Scosche Magic Mount
    TRD shift knob
    Cargo Shelf delete
    New OEM cargo carpet mat
    Bluetooth steering wheel controls
    '09 Trail steering wheel
    Exterior:
    Exhaust routed out right side w/muffler from local shop

    Cooper Discoverer AT3 LR-C 265-70-17
    Level 8 MK6 17x9 -17 Gunmetal​

    Dobinson's 2.5" lift
    Front: C59-300R, GS59-220B
    Rear: C59-675VR, GS59-705B

    Pre lift measurements (driver's side only):
    Front: GTF 33.5" HTF 19"
    Rear: GTF 35.75" HTF 21"​
    Post lift measurements:
    Front: GTF 36.5" HTF 21.5"
    Rear: GTF 38" HTF 23"​
    Gains: Front HTF +2.5", Rear HTF +2"​

    5th gen brake upgrade Front
    4th gen brakes replaced Rear
    Centric rotors, Bosche Premium ceramic pads, O'Reilly's calipers all around
    Running board delete

    Electrical & Lighting:
    Interior Cool White LED's from superbrightleds.com
    Smoker's Kit
    LUYED LED reverse lights
    Auxbeam F-S2 LED low and high beam lights

    Engine/Performance:
    aFe Pro Dry filter
    HCF delete​

    Stereo:
    Pioneer MVH-2400NEX w/XM module & 6' USB-C cable
    Kicker CSC693 6x9 front speakers
    Polk DXi 650 rear speakers (from my old '01 4Runner)​

    Comms:

    Kenwood TM-V71A HAM radio
    Body under driver's seat, faceplate mounted in place of sunglasses holder in overhead console​
    CBI antenna mount, driver's side
    Comet LD-5M antenna base & cable
    Diamond NR770HB 2M/70cm antenna
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    Misc. Gear:
    20' 18k lb snatch strap
    Hitch receiver with shackle
    Antigravity Batteries XP-3 jump start battery​

    Repairs done since purchase in Aug 2018:
    Zip tie bumper back on
    fasteners for radiator shield replaced
    burned out bulbs in HVAC replaced
    front driver marker light replaced
    rear window scraper replaced
    Air filters changed
    Center console disassembled and cleaned
    Multiple interior carpet cleanings
    Ozone treatment for 2 days
    Lift gate switch replaced
    Drilled out rusted-in and broken-off right-side rear license plate screw and replaced with stainless
    Transmission fluid exchange, pan drop, shudder stop added
    Dash cluster plastic replaced
    PAX side downstream O2 sensor replaced for code P0430
    PCV valve replaced
    license plate lights replaced
    spark plugs changed
    new serpentine belt
    sunroof rattle electrical tape fix​

    Parts on hand to install:
    Slyfox75 SAP bypass kit
    OEM lower front grill
    Overland Equipped fuse block bracket (needs some modification)
    Pioneer back-up camera
    Plastidip for emblems
    Intake resonator delete
    To Do:
    Badge delete
    Plastidip all the chrome​

    Things needing fixing:
    Fix bumper clips beneath pax headlight
    Replace front pax inner fender liner
    Plastic weld tab back on front bumper for pax fender liner
    Replace driver's side kick plate and A-pillar cover beneath dash
    Weatherstrip between roof rack mounts missing
    Replace liftgate body opening gasket
    Fill hole in liftgate from previous owner screwing in license plate
    Replace pax side view mirror​

    Wants:
    Roof rack
    Gunmetal or black wheels
    Spacers?
    Full catback exhaust
    Sub
    C4 Lo Pro front bumper
    Tablet mount
    New windshield
    Replace carpet
    Seat covers or new seats
    Satoshi
    HID's/LED's
    RTT
    Previous Runners:
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    Last edited: Apr 20, 2019 at 1:28 PM
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  2. Feb 9, 2019 at 4:53 PM
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    HoBoDanny

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    RCI Skid Plate CBI Ditch Light Brackets Hankook DynaPro ATM RF10 265 70R17 113T Tires 1.25” Wheel Spacers TPMS Bypass Mod Hydrocarbon Filter Removed Merca decal 2” leveling kit front only Black headlights
    Good looking 4Runner. What’s this 5th gen brake upgrade?
     
  3. Feb 9, 2019 at 4:57 PM
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    MattAK

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    Fixed broken shiz. Dobinson's 2.5"
    5th gen 4runner front and rear brakes bolt right onto the 4th gen with 0 modifications. The reason most do this is to try and avoid the notorious seizing caliper issues the 4th gen has. Plus the 5th gen calipers and rotors are a little bigger so you get a bit more stopping power. The only thing you have to be sure is that they'll fit whatever wheels you have. My stock sport wheels work just fine.
     
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  4. Feb 9, 2019 at 5:02 PM
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    HoBoDanny

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    Cool! I’ll have to look into this and see if my wheels will clear. Thanks
     
  5. Feb 9, 2019 at 5:57 PM
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    MattAK

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    Fixed broken shiz. Dobinson's 2.5"
    No problem. I should say when I was buying parts I used 2010 as the reference year. I think they might have changed the calipers in 2014 for the refresh, so to be safe I'd go with an early 5th gen year.
     
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  6. Feb 10, 2019 at 3:06 PM
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    MattAK

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    Fixed broken shiz. Dobinson's 2.5"
    Found some pics of a few of the things I've done so far.

    First thing I did was a complete brake replacement. I didn't really notice the brakes being bad during my test drive but after a week or so of owning it the brake issues were fairly obvious. After doing a bunch of reading on the seizing brake caliper issue these have I decided to try upgrading to 5th gen fronts as they seem to have fewer issues. Stuck with 4th gen rears because they were a little cheaper. Centric rotors, Bosche Premium pads (garbage, do not recommend) and O'Reilley's calipers so if they seize I can get free new ones.


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    Doing my sister's 3rd gen at the same time. Shout out to my old Satoshi grill I made for my 2001.
     
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  7. Feb 10, 2019 at 3:11 PM
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    MattAK

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    Fixed broken shiz. Dobinson's 2.5"
    Few more random mod pics.

    Bluetooth controls. Works perfectly with the CRUX steering wheel controls adapter I have and my Pioneer stereo.

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    Wheelskin size AXX installed.

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    TRD shift knob. Love this thing.

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    I had the exhaust routed out the side by a local shop. They threw in the tip for super cheap so said why not.

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    Hit 200k miles a month after I bought it.
     
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  8. Feb 15, 2019 at 9:59 PM
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    Fixed broken shiz. Dobinson's 2.5"
    Tried to install my intake resonator delete tonight, but I need a new hacksaw blade and different drill bits. Did the hydrocarbon filter delete and replaced the serpentine belt.
     
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  9. Feb 18, 2019 at 8:33 PM
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    MattAK

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    Fixed broken shiz. Dobinson's 2.5"
    Messed up the aluminum tube for the intake resonator delete and I don't like the 90 degree elbows I bought, so ordered another tube and different (more expensive) elbows.
    Took out the stupid cargo shelf and put in a new OEM carpet mat I got for cheap. Need to scare up the trim piece from a non-cargo shelf 4Runner so there's not bare metal showing.
     
  10. Mar 4, 2019 at 6:30 PM
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    MattAK

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    Out with the old


    and in with the new

     
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  11. Mar 4, 2019 at 6:32 PM
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    Dimpled leather... :drool:
     
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  12. Mar 4, 2019 at 8:52 PM
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    MattAK

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    The new steering wheel is really making me want to replace the audio controls on the left side. they look quite worn compared to the wheel and the new bluetooth controls on the right.
     
  13. Mar 5, 2019 at 3:38 AM
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    HoBoDanny

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    They look good to me. I didn’t even notice them till you said something.
     
  14. Mar 5, 2019 at 11:49 AM
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    MattAK

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    It's quite noticeable in person. But I'd rather spend my $100 on other things I think.
     
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  15. Mar 5, 2019 at 11:50 AM
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    MattAK

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    We tried to take a trip to the White Rim this weekend, but sadly this was our view as we sat in Moab trying to decide what to do.



    I did get some neat pics from a couple of overlooks but haven't pulled those off of the camera yet.
     
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  16. Apr 18, 2019 at 10:26 AM
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    MattAK

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    Me waiting for my new wheels to get here tomorrow.

    [​IMG]
     
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  17. Apr 20, 2019 at 1:30 PM
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    MattAK

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    New wheels + some judicious cutting of the bumper and fender liner + front mudflap removal = happy me.

    Level 8 MK6 17x9 -17 offset in gunmetal. Looks sooooo good in person and the width with the 265 Coopers is perfect.

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