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What have you done to your 5th Gen 4Runner today?

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by Bob, Jul 24, 2016.

  1. Jan 10, 2018 at 5:37 PM
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    Tom Two

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    This is the first thing I did as soon as I could after bringing the 4 Runner home. ECO light Pfft!
     
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  2. Jan 10, 2018 at 7:58 PM
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    Yep. The first 4Runner I brought home I only kept for a few days. Swapped it due to the fairly significant steering wheel shimmy. My new one (5 months old now) still has a minor shimmy. Only noticeable under certain road conditions. Approx 60 mph and up. Nothing like the first one. But when I look for new tires, balancing will be a priority. Thanks for any updates on your Toyos in advance. Best of luck. I like the looks of the Terra g2 tires, also.
     
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  3. Jan 11, 2018 at 8:16 AM
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    Hmm. I'm glad I didn't know about these vibration issues before we bought the wife's new 4runner. We've got just under 9K miles on the all original all stock tires, wheels and suspension with no shimmies or other bad vibes.
    We have a 2017 SR5 daily driver and trip taker. We tow a teardrop camper and put a canoe on the 4runner with no problems.
     
  4. Jan 11, 2018 at 8:34 AM
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    JBTRD

    JBTRD Hunting, Fishing, Lovin' Everyday

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    It really only happens if you have certain all terrain tires or if your wheels are caked with mud, 4runners are really sensitive when it comes to tires being off balence.
     
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  5. Jan 11, 2018 at 8:36 AM
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    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    Things with stuff, but nothing much
    As you already know from first hand experience, there's not "vibration issues".

    Yeah, the 4R is more susceptible to slightly off tire / wheel balance than some other cars, in my experience. But, I think a lot of people come into 4R ownership with eyes wide shut, and have no idea of what they are buying. It's a utility vehicle. It's going to have creaks and groans and clunks from underneath, and, yes, it's going to have a rougher ride than a Mercedes, and have some vibration. That vibration and those noises and oddities are going to be exacerbated by lifts, and big 10 ply tires, and wheel spacers, and all the other shit that people bolt on to their trucks.

    Every instance of severe vibration from an out of balance wheel on the 4R that I've experienced has been due to off road gunk (mud, mostly) caking the inside lip of the wheels, settling once the truck is parked, and then causing a shimmy once it's driven again. I don't post about it or try and get my tires replaced... I spray that shit off with a hose and keep on driving it. Eventually it goes away, or I get used to it (so it goes away).

    I'm not saying that people shouldn't strive for a satisfying ownership experience, but if a vibration is so bad that it causes you to "return the 4Runner" (as one guy noted above), or buy and re-buy and balance and re-balance tire after tire after tire... maybe just give up and go buy a Corolla or something.

    I don't know. Maybe I'm the anomaly. I buy a vehicle as a tool. I don't care if my tool gets dented, scratched, shimmies when it drives, makes weird noises... I want it to start and run reliably, so when I turn it off on top of a fucking mountain to go hiking I know that it will start again when I get back in it. That's it. I maintain it to standards of reliability and driveability and don't give a shit about anything else.
     
  6. Jan 11, 2018 at 8:42 AM
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    JBTRD

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    I agree in the mud thing, i have the same issue does not bother me, i just get a hose and take care of it as soon as i get home, but for the guy who is having this issue he has the same shimmy, without taking the truck offroad, and his truck as stated above loses balence in a matter of miles, not saying i would return my 4runner when it could be a shop you have used or certain tire.
     
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  7. Jan 11, 2018 at 9:22 AM
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    My T4R is a dream compared to my Jeep with the 32 bolt steel beadlock wheels. And worse yet, is the heavy equipment we used to road from one job to another.

    Steve
     
  8. Jan 11, 2018 at 9:28 AM
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    Since it is winter also check for snow and ice buildup on the rim. A lot of cars get ice buildup on the rim between disk brakes and the rim when traveling in snow. I have had it happen on Toyotas, Fords, VWs, Hyundais. It isn't a fault of a manufacturer, just something to take care of it it pops up.

    Also, if tires are causing issues when getting balanced try getting them road-force balanced.
     
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  9. Jan 11, 2018 at 7:59 PM
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    The Toyo AT II are great tires and give great traction on pretty much everything (snow, sand, mud, rain). I have them on my Tacoma and had them on the Cherokee I had before that. They will be going on my wife's 4 runner as well when the stock tires wear out. With that said if you are looking for a smooth and quiet ride then these aren't what you should get. They get louder as they wear down and the ride will get rougher as well. This is common with any tires with an aggressive tread as they tend to not wear as evenly as a standard street tire.
     
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  10. Jan 13, 2018 at 1:20 PM
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    oh the list....!
    Have been using my original Trail rims loaded with Nitto TG2 s for about two weeks now. Absolutely NO shimmy.. at all. The Nittos are a little noisier than the Michelins, but that is to be expected, what I still want to scratch my pointy head in wonderment about however, is the smooth ride of the TG2's.:notsure: Makes me almost want to take the TRD rims/ Michelins back to the dealer and play "swap" to see if the vibration is linked more to the Michelins, or the TRD rims. FWIW, the 4TH road force balance on them seemed to work.
     
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  11. Jan 13, 2018 at 4:55 PM
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    Great! Appreciate the review. I’m glad they balanced out well for you.
     
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  12. Jan 14, 2018 at 6:46 AM
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    Pro Wheels, Wildpeaks, Predator Pro steps, Vent and hood shields, Rigid Radiance, Husky Floor Liners, NoxLux blackouts.
    Update on the Toyo Open Country AT IIs. Unlaced the Falken Wildpeaks and put new shoes on the TRD Pro rims on Friday. Very satisfied so far. No wobble or shimmy or vibrations after the first balance. Thanks to Tony at Auto Xperience in Port St Lucie, FL for that on the first try—without a Road Force. Only had it up to 65 mph but haven’t been on Interstate yet to try 75 or 80; don’t expect any issue. Not knocking the Wildpeaks by any means as they are great tires. I loved them on my Tacoma on the same TRD Pro rims. They just did not agree with my 4Runner. As stated by Curmudgeonly the 4R is “sensitive” so a good match is needed. The Toyos are 4 ply instead of the 6 ply Wildpeaks so they ride smoother and are less noisy. They take rumble strips nicely and overall ride better. They also have less of a footprint as to section width by just a bit. I guess tires are like shoes. The same size does not not mean the same dimensions based on the manufacturers. I did love the aggressive look of the Wildpeaks. The Toyos are less aggressive but still look great.
    Many thanks and kudos to Tirebuyer.com for their great customer service and patience. As of this writing the Toyos are a hit. Like driving a different 4Runner.
    This is not a review; just preliminary observations. More to follow.
    I have to admit, with all respect to Curmudgeonly, my $40 +K 4Runner is not a tool. I expect, even with all it’s Off Road capability, that it will behave comfortably while on the road to grandma’s house. Off road it can bounce and shake all it wants. Back on the flat top it should act civilized. I think that’s what Toyota had in mind.
    Factoid: Toyo is the parent company of Nitto.
    Another note: while wheels were off I looked at the shocks and recorded the Toyota part numbers. Googled them. $35 shocks on a $40K + TRD Off Road Premium 4Runner. WTF? Couldn’t even put on Bilsteins?
    Added note for you military veterans. Tirebuyer offers a 7% discount when verifying your service through troop ID.me. Awesome company. Will discount your purchase even more when shipping to an installer on their preferred list.
    C71CA37F-4CFC-4D8B-BFFE-35C779663199.jpg
     
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  13. Jan 14, 2018 at 7:54 AM
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    Awesome! Thanks for taking the time to update. Congrats on the wobble-free ride. And great looking 4Runner!
     
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  14. Jan 16, 2018 at 12:04 AM
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    Can you post a link to where you bought?
     
  15. Jan 16, 2018 at 1:33 PM
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  16. Jan 18, 2018 at 8:23 AM
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    Did you try tire balance with Dyna Beads (http://www.innovativebalancing.com/) . I never used it on trucs but that's all I use on my motorcycle. Never had any issue.
     
  17. Jan 20, 2018 at 1:20 PM
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    Bought it 1/28/17 ToyTec Ultimate lift, 295/70/17 Ridge Grapplers, FX Pro wheels
    Installed poly rear sway bar bushings about 6 months ago which made a big difference in stability. Decided to do the same up front. Didn't make as big a difference but it did make the ride even better. Picture is of the front.

    Bushings Front 1.jpg
    Bushings Front 2.jpg
     
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  18. Jan 20, 2018 at 9:04 PM
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    So how much did they cost and where did you purchase?
     
  19. Jan 21, 2018 at 4:12 AM
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    Bought it 1/28/17 ToyTec Ultimate lift, 295/70/17 Ridge Grapplers, FX Pro wheels
    Amazon. Both sets were something like $37

    Front Prothane 19-1185

    Rear Prothane 19-1162-BL
     

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