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mynameistory's not-a-build thread

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by mynameistory, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. Mar 11, 2018 at 11:24 PM
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    mynameistory

    mynameistory [OP] New Member

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    Slapping on yuppie accessories do not a build make, so this not a build thread. But, I like to keep track of stuff so here we go.

    Originally, I bought a CPO 2012 Tacoma TRD-OR with 6MT close to 6 years ago. The previous owner had it for about a month and put on about 1700 miles. Picked it up for $31K and put close to 70,000 trouble-free miles on Phoebe, as I named her. The only thing that I really changed was adding the +1 KO2s, which were worth every penny.

    My lady and I knew we wanted to start having kids last year, so I began thinking of how I could comfortably take kid(s) plus our two pit bulls on trips. We briefly considered putting a hard shell on the Tacoma and putting the dogs back there, but we were concerned about their accident safety and lack of cooling on hot southern California days. We also thought about replacing her Prius with a larger car, even a minivan, and keeping the truck. But that would mean family trips would have to stay on paved roads. Since I was using the bed more and more for camp gear and less for "trucky" stuff and motos, I began considering a 4Runner as a minivan on a truck frame.

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    The truck sold in January to a private owner for $24K, he came down from Fresno to get her. Stick 2nd gens are kind of a rare duck, so I was able to get great resale. 77% of original value in fact! Hope she is still loved and taken on adventures.

    As far as 4Runners go, I had been on the lookout for the past two months- I wanted a used Trail Premium with KDSS and a plain cargo area (no sliding rear tray). I was looking everywhere on private listings, craigslist, classifieds, etc. Most dealers and private parties wanted above $40K for their used(!) trucks, which is just a hair under what new ones cost.

    I didn't really care to get a new Off-Road version. Other than the name change, the ONLY updates to the truck for 2017-2018 include C-pillar emblems, TRD stitching on the headrests, and faux carbon fiber overlay on the center console. No thanks, not worth the price premium.

    Finally, after riding my motorcycle for a few weeks, I found exactly what I was looking for in February. 2016 Trail Premium. 15K miles on the clock. Toyota CPO warranty. KDSS and plain rear cargo. Previous owner had installed weathertech floor liners and the EXACT tires I wanted (275/70R17 BFG KO2s). And the price was $36K, which is just above trade-in value. The problem was that the truck was in Portland OR!

    It ended up not being a problem at all. The dealer took off $200 for my Southwest flight and that was the lowest they could go on the price. Flew up early on a Saturday, dealer picked me up from PDX in the truck so I could test drive it back to the dealership. Paperwork was signed in less than an hour. Spent some time exploring the Japanese Garden and eating BBQ. Crashed at my sister-in-law's (conveniently located in nearby Beaverton). Woke up at 4AM on Sunday to drive home on the scenic route (Willamette, Crater Lake, Modoc, Susanville, Reno, Bridgeport, Mammoth, Lone Pine, Mojave, home). Fantastic trip.

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    Not my first choice in color but it is growing on me. All in all, I'm happy. The 4Runner certainly is a lot more plush and crammed with electronic goodies, though I really enjoyed my Tacoma because of its analog simplicity. The lady appreciates the auto transmission, she always got flustered driving stick in the Tacoma. I'll miss the 3 pedals though!

    Decided on Rhea for her name. Like her sister Phoebe, she is a Greek Titaness and "mother of the gods". She gave birth to Zeus and, like her sister, also has a moon of Saturn named after her.
     
  2. Mar 11, 2018 at 11:25 PM
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    mynameistory

    mynameistory [OP] New Member

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    First thing was swapping the wheels. Everything that could be said for Dustin at FN Wheels is true and more. Fantastic customer service and a great deal for these beautiful, light and strong wheels. He recommended the Six Shooters for their conservative offset, since I don't plan on lifting anytime soon with these 275/70s. He even accurately predicted that the small offset push would result in a slight rub on the flaps. I did a bit of clearancing with a heat gun, but I still need to pull them back a little more with some safety wire.

    Decided on matte gunmetal over bronze. Wasn't sure if I would get tired of bronze, and the truck already has a lot of color. Happy with my choice, and happy with saving 9 pounds per corner!

    I sold the take-offs + spare on Tacoma World for $450, so the final cost was $110 per wheel out of my pocket! I have 5 wheels to match the 5 KO2s, and have started a proper 5 tire rotation.

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  3. Mar 11, 2018 at 11:26 PM
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    mynameistory [OP] New Member

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    A few things to start getting the truck ready for dog hauling. I bought a rear cargo "half-net" from Raingler Nets and am very happy with the fit and finish. Haven't taken a long trip with the dogs yet, but I'm pretty sure their giant noggins won't fit around this thing. Ed from Raingler Nets said that this latest revision has been updated for a tighter fitment, and it looks great to me. I also threw in a few headrest grab handles in the cart, they look and fit fantastic! Short people (the wife) really appreciate them.

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  4. Mar 17, 2018 at 4:03 PM
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    mynameistory [OP] New Member

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    Swapped the hood this morning. I think the scoop looks dumb, it gets in the way, and throws glare. The bug shield went with it, since it doesn't really seem to do anything except add drag and worry me inside the car wash.

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  5. Jun 16, 2018 at 5:05 PM
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    Decided to pull the trigger on some Pro takeoffs. From what I understand, the truck was driven home to California from where it was purchased in Texas, and then the suspension was immediately replaced with Icons. So nearly brand new shocks and coils. The only pieces missing where the frame mounts for the rear reservoirs, so I got these Bilstein clamps. Expensive, but available when I needed them, and less fussy to attach.

    @Mwray8909 in Ventura is awesome! We swapped the suspension in his driveway. Matt's extremely familiar under these trucks and with KDSS details in particular. I really can't recommend his work enough.

    These are entirely stock, no spacers installed. I wasn't interested in "leveling" the truck, I think this is sort of a cosmetic look that people get hung up on and don't consider what the truck will look like when loaded or towing. I just wanted a mild, OEM lift with better than stock performance, and that is just what the Pro kit is. Personally, I think that this is what the Trail/OR should have been delivered with- and the Pro should have had some REAL suspension upgrades that merit those crazy dealer markups.

    My first impressions on the road is that this suspension has taken a lot of the harshness from E-load tires away. Very subtle, but I would describe bumps as being rounded off, whereas before it felt like they had corners that jolted (part of this I attribute to the heavy KO2s). Haven't had a chance to stretch them out off the road yet.

    In any case, pretty good bang for the buck if you can find some takeoffs!

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  6. Jun 16, 2018 at 6:55 PM
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    Nice ride.
     
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  7. Jun 16, 2018 at 7:02 PM
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    mynameistory [OP] New Member

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    Thanks sir.

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