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The First Generation 4Runner Was A Different, And In Some Ways Better 4Runner

There used to be lots of options for people who wanted an SUV with a removable top. The Ford Bronco, International Harvester Scout, Chevy Blazer, Dodge Ramcharger, and the Suzuki Samurai and Sidekick all had removable tops at one point.

The options are much more limited these days thanks to noise targets and safety requirements. And while it would be nice to remove the top of my 4Runner, I’m not sure I’m ready to trade in the modern comfort and reliability for a 35-year-old, first-generation 4R. The top on mine is removable, you just need a special tool called a Sawzall, and it can only be done once. Not so for the first-gen which had a top that could be removed and installed easily, as long as you had a couple of mustachioed friends.

This classic MotorWeek review makes a pretty good argument for the ‘85 Toyota, noting that “Luxury abounds everywhere,” with the velour seats and thick carpet. I don’t have velour seats. It also comes with an altimeter and an inclinometer.

In this video, the 4Runner is referred to as a “smaller multi-purpose vehicle,” which is a pretty good description as the 4Runners have always been well-rounded. The first generation can have a little more purpose as it can become a truck when needed. Why was all this velour and utility not in later generations?

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The new Ford Bronco is reportedly getting a removable top, which is pretty exciting for those of us who don’t understand how a new Wrangler can so easily creep past $40,000. I think the Bronco will pull more buyers away from the 4Runner than the Wrangler, especially considering that the current 4R generation is a decade old.

I hope Toyota is cooking up a 6th generation to compete. I also hope it has a removable top, an altimeter, and velour seats, but I’m not holding my breath.

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What year 1st gen is the best year?


Hey everyone, I have a 3rd gen right now and thinking of getting a 1st gen but not sure on whats the best year to get. Also what specifics to look for when I go look at one. Any advice would be very appreciated.. Thanks in advance..

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get the 85 so you dont have to worry bout swapping the solid axle, and if your lucky youll find one with the 22re!

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85 if you want Solid Axle
88 SR5 if you want IFS. most likely be a 3.0

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85 if you want Solid Axle
88 SR5 if you want IFS. most likely be a 3.0

if you want ifs then any of the 86-89s would be fine. my 87 sr5 kicks ass, but i wouldnt get the 3.0... ask anyone thats been doin this for a while, they just have a bad rep. if you want a v6 then throw in the 3.4 or just stick with the 22re
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Very good to know about the straight axle. I definately like the straight axle idea after dealing with the IFS on my truck..

Yeah I haven't heard good things about the 3.0.. I like my 3.4 but I want to see how they 22re feels I think.

Hows the gas mileage on the 22re? or can you get an 85 with the 22re?

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you can get the 85 with a 22re, but they are kinda rare. and finding one stock (if thats what your looking for) could take a while too... i get over 20mpg highway with my22re, but thats not quite traveling the speed limit.

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you def want 84-85 for solid axle, but not 22r or 22re you want an aussie spec 2L 2.4l DIESEL. much better motor and better on fuel plus heaps of low end torque for chugging up hills
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Very good to know about the straight axle. I definately like the straight axle idea after dealing with the IFS on my truck..

Yeah I haven't heard good things about the 3.0.. I like my 3.4 but I want to see how they 22re feels I think.

Hows the gas mileage on the 22re? or can you get an 85 with the 22re?

85 was the last year with the solid axle and the first year for the 22RE. Average mileages run from 15 to 20 mpg, depending on your foot, auto or manual, and what gears/tires combo you're running.

The straight axle is certainly an easier beast to work on, but there's a reason they went to IFS. I like my IFS because I daily drive my 86. If I pick up the 85 I'm looking at, it'll be primarily a trail rig and the stiffer ride won't matter as much.
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you def want 84-85 for solid axle, but not 22r or 22re you want an aussie spec 2L 2.4l DIESEL. much better motor and better on fuel plus heaps of low end torque for chugging up hills
I had no idea they made deisels for the 1st gen's.. How common are these engines? I dont know that I have ever seen or heard of one. Esp here in WA.

I've always wanted to try out a straight axle set up on a runner and compare it to the ifs I have currently for on and offroad. I'm wondering how much these things can take stock too...

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No diesels in these trucks here in the states. We never get the fun stuff.

The 3.0 isnt bad, as long as you get a 5 speed. I prefer it over the 22re.

I wouldant call the IFS a deal breaker. For most, it will suit them fine and is actually quite capable off road and smoother on the road.

I guess we need to know your plans for the truck? Is this a daily driver? or just something to beat on.

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The 3.0 isnt bad, as long as you get a 5 speed. I prefer it over the 22re.

I wouldant call the IFS a deal breaker. For most, it will suit them fine and is actually quite capable off road and smoother on the road.



I'm partial to the 1988 model year ..
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No diesels in these trucks here in the states. We never get the fun stuff.

The 3.0 isnt bad, as long as you get a 5 speed. I prefer it over the 22re.

I wouldant call the IFS a deal breaker. For most, it will suit them fine and is actually quite capable off road and smoother on the road.

I guess we need to know your plans for the truck? Is this a daily driver? or just something to beat on.

Well I do have another car (civic) to drive daily but the runner I drive on the weekends and then ofcourse on fishing, camping and 4 wheeling trips. So it will have some good on road time.

I agree that ifs is more than capable, esp for the offroading I have done thus far. I haven't done any rock crawling or anything just some mild trail riding but would like to get into a little more technical stuff. I would say I am more of an overlander than anything.

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3.0 isnt that bad but it helps to know its entire history. 225xxx miles on a 3.0 original hg. just need to be well maintained. run toyota coolant and get headers to relocate the exhaust jam up right next to #6 cylinder

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Very intersesting... thanks for all the input guys. I've learned alot from just these few replies so thanks.. I will def. be on the look out for an 85 straight axle with a 22re.

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Very intersesting... thanks for all the input guys. I've learned alot from just these few replies so thanks.. I will def. be on the look out for an 85 straight axle with a 22re.

good luck. most want a pretty penny for them
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Toyota 4Runner

Compact, later mid-size sport utility vehicle manufactured by Toyota

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The Toyota 4Runner is a compact, later mid-size sport utility vehicle produced by the Japanese manufacturer Toyota and sold throughout the world from 1984 to the present. In Japan, it is known as the Toyota Hilux Surf (Japanese: トヨタ・ハイラックスサーフ, Toyota Hairakkususāfu) which was withdrawn from the market in 2009. The original 4Runner was a compact SUV and little more than a Toyota pickup truck with a fiberglass shell over the bed, but the model has since undergone significant independent development into a cross between a compact and a mid-size SUV. All 4Runners have been built in Japan at Toyota's plant in Tahara, Aichi, or at the Hino Motors (a Toyota subsidiary) plant in Hamura.

The name '4Runner' was created by a copywriter named Robert Nathan who was working for the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi. The agency held contests to invent new vehicle names before the introduction of new Toyota models. The name 4Runner was created as a play on the term "forerunner," since the sport utility vehicle was the first of its kind for Toyota with an emphasis on its 4x4 capability and seating for four.[citation needed]

For Southeast Asia the Hilux Surf was replaced in 2005 by the similar Fortuner, which is based on the Hilux platform.

As of 2021[update], the 4Runner is sold in the Bahamas, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, the United States and Venezuela.

The 4Runner came in at number five in a 2019 study by iSeeCars.com ranking the longest-lasting vehicles in the US. The 4Runner had 3.9 percent of vehicles over 200,000 miles (320,000 km), according to the study.[1]

Predecessor: Toyota Trekker (1981–1983)[edit]

Motor vehicle

The Trekker was one of the first prototype walk through conversions done to Toyota trucks in the early 1980s. They were similar to the successive 4Runner conversions done by Toyota, which started production in 1984, but were designed and built by Winnebago Industries with the approval of Toyota.[2][3] The Trekker was no longer viable when Toyota started producing the 4Runner in 1984, having in essence acted as a marketing test vehicle for that vehicle.

The Trekker was produced from early 1981 through 1983. The Trekkers were all built on the short wheelbase Hilux chassis. All of the Trekkers were classified as SR5 by both Winnebago and Toyota, regardless of the actual VIN denotation. Originally there were to be a SR5 and Deluxe version of the Trekker, one with vented windows and one without. All 1981 Trekkers had vented canopy windows. Non-vented canopy windows were not installed on the Trekker until the 1982 model year. Unvented windows were installed due to leaking issues of a forward facing vent on the 1981 Trekkers canopy windows rather than the equipment level.

Toyota shipped all trucks from Japan as cab and chassis in order to avoid the 25% assembled truck customs tax. The trucks destined for production as Trekkers were shipped to the dealership handling the national distribution of the Trekker. From there they went to Winnebago to have the Trekker conversion installed, returned after completion to the dealership for national distribution. Most of the Trekker conversions sold went to the west coast of the United States.

The Trekker conversion consisted of a fiberglass tub, bed sides, a non-removable canopy and rear hatch. The kit included a folding rear seat that could be folded forward to lay flat and add cargo space to the back. There was no tailgate on the Trekkers. The factory Toyota vinyl cab headliner was replaced and matched to the custom rear canopy headliner.

About 1500 of the Trekkers were built and sold in the United States. An additional unknown number of Trekker kits, likely less than 200, were shipped to Canada to be installed on Canadian trucks at the dealerships. 20 to 30 of the Trekker kits were sold and shipped to Saudi Arabia for installation.

First generation (N60; 1984)[edit]

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First generation (N60)
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  • Toyota Hilux 4Runner
ProductionOctober 1983[4] – August 1989
Model years1984–1989
AssemblyJapan: Tahara, Aichi
ClassCompact SUV
Body style3-door wagon
RelatedToyota Pickup
Engine
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Wheelbase103.0 in (2,616 mm)
Length174.6 in (4,435 mm)
Width66.5 in (1,689 mm)
Height66.1 in (1,679 mm)
Curb weight3,520–3,760 lb (1,597–1,706 kg) (approx.)

For the first generation N60 series Hilux Surf and export specification 4Runner introduced in 1983, Toyota, instead of developing an entirely new model, modified the existing Hilux (N50/N60/N70) with short-bed pickup body. The Hilux had undergone a major redesign in 1983 for the 1984 model year. Changes included the removal of the panel with integrated rear window from behind the front seats, the addition of rear seats, and a removable fiberglass canopy. The implementation was borrowed from both the second generation Ford Bronco, and the Chevrolet K5 Blazer, both short-bed trucks with removable fiberglass shells over the rear sections and having bench seats installed in the back. Like the Bronco and the Blazer, the Hilux Surf/4Runner also did not have a wall attached to the front section behind front seats as the regular Hilux did. In that sense, all three vehicles were more than simply conventional pickup trucks with a fiberglass shell included.

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Thus, the first generation is nearly mechanically identical to the Toyota Hilux. All first generation 4Runners had two doors and were indistinguishable from the pickups from the dashboard forward. Nearly all changes were to the latter half of the body; in fact, because the rear springs were not upgraded to bear the additional weight from the rear seats and fiberglass top, these early models tended to suffer from a sagging rear suspension.

In North America, they were sold from the 1984½ model year from May 1984. For this first year (March to July 1984 production), all models were equipped with black or white fiberglass tops. An SR5 trim package was offered that upgraded the interior: additional gauges, better fabrics, and a rear seat were standard with the package. All 1984 models were equipped with the carbureted 2.4 L 22R engine and were all available with a four-wheel-drive system that drove the front wheels through a solid front axle.

1985 (August 1984 production) saw the arrival of the electronically fuel-injected 2.4 L 22R-E (and 22R-EC with California emissions controls) I4 engine. This upped the horsepower numbers from 100 hp for the 22R, to 116 hp for the 22R-E Engine, though the carbureted engine remained available until 1988. Additionally, rear seats were available in all 1985 4Runner trim levels, not just the more upscale SR5.

In 1986, the Surf/4Runner underwent a major front suspension design change as it was changed from a solid front axle to the Hi-Trac independent front suspension. Track width was also increased by three inches. These changes made the trucks more comfortable on-road, and improved stability and handling. The new suspension also increased the space in the engine compartment (necessary to fit larger engines, such as the V6 introduced in 1987) but arguably decreased the truck's off-road capabilities. The North American specification Toyota Pickup also adopted this new suspension, but the regular Hilux for other markets at this point retained the more rugged and capable, if less refined, solid axle configuration. With the 1986 update, the Surf/4Runner grille changed from the three segment type to the two segment grille. Tops were color-matched on blue, red and some gold models, while other body colors were still sold with black or white tops.

A turbocharged version of the 22R-E engine (the 22R-TE) was also introduced in 1986, although this engine is significantly rarer than the base 22R-E. It appears that all turbocharged 4Runner models sold in the US were equipped with an automatic transmission, though a five-speed manual could still be ordered in the turbocharged pickups. Most turbocharged 4Runners were equipped with the SR5 package, and all turbo trucks had as standard a heavier rear differential later used in the V6 model. Low-option models had a small light in the gauge cluster to indicate turbo boost, while more plush vehicles were equipped with an all-digital gauge cluster that included a boost gauge. Turbocharged and naturally aspirated diesel engines were also available in the pickups at this time as well, but it appears that no diesel-powered 4Runners were imported to the United States.

During 1984 to 1986 many 4Runners were imported to the US without rear seats. With only two seats the vehicle could be classified as a truck (rather than a sport vehicle) and could skirt the higher customs duties placed upon sport and pleasure vehicles. Most had aftermarket seats and seat belts added by North American dealers after they were imported.

In 1988, the 22R-E engine was joined by an optional 3.0 L V6 engine, the 3VZ-E. This engine was significantly larger and more powerful although not as reliable as the original 4-cylinder offering. Trucks sold with the V6 engine were equipped with the same heavy duty rear differential that was used in the turbocharged trucks, as well as a completely new transmission and transfer case; the transfer case was chain driven, although considered less rugged, created less cab noise than the old gear-driven unit used behind the four-cylinder engine.

An engine which was not used in the US market and rarely in the Japanese domestic market pickups was the 3Y engine, which was used in place of the 22R engine in New Zealand models, followed more rarely by the 4Y 2.2 L gasoline in later versions. This was a decision by Toyota New Zealand to reduce parts required to be stocked by dealers as no other Toyotas sold in New Zealand at the time utilised the R series engines.

Small cosmetic and option changes were made in 1988 for the 1989 model year, but the model was left largely untouched in anticipation of the replacement model then undergoing final development.

Second generation (N120/N130; 1989)[edit]

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Second generation (N120/N130)
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  • Toyota Hilux Surf
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  • Jinhui 4Runner (China, JV)
ProductionAugust 1989 – August 1995
Model years1990–1995
Assembly
ClassCompact SUV
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Wheelbase103.3 in (2,624 mm)
Length176.0–176.8 in (4,470–4,491 mm)
Width66.5 in (1,689 mm)
Height66.1 in (1,679 mm)
Curb weight3,760 lb (1,706 kg) (approx.)
SuccessorToyota Hilux Sport Rider (Southeast Asia)

1990–1991 Toyota 4Runner V6 with two-door bodywork (VZN130; US)

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1991–1996 Toyota 4Runner (LN130R; Australia)

Toyota Hilux Surf (KZN130G; Japan)

Toyota issued a second generation of Hilux Surf and 4Runner in 1989 for the 1990 model year. Known as the N120/N130 series, these models continued their reliance on the Hilux pickup as a basis. It represented a fundamental departure from the first generation model. Instead of an enhanced pickup truck with fiberglass cap, the new 4Runners featured a freshly designed, full steel integrated body mounted on the existing frame. However, the 4Runner did remain virtually identical to the Hilux from the B-pillars forward. It also gained an all new coil spring rear suspension system, which unfortunately proved to be just as prone to sagging as the leaf springs on the rear of the previous models.

Nearly all second generation 4Runners were four-door models; however, from launch in 1989 to May 1993, a two-door model was also produced. These models are similar to the four-door models of the time in that the bodies were formed as a single unit, instead of the fiberglass tops used in the first generation 4Runners. Two-door cars of the second generation are extremely rare. US sales ended in August 1992, but it continued to be available in the Canadian market through 1993, and Japan until May 1993.

Because the drive train was still developed from the same source, the available engines and drivetrains were identical to the corresponding Hilux. The new 4Runner used the independent front suspension that had been developed on the previous generation. The older style gear driven transfer case was phased out on the V6 models and they now had a chain driven case. The older gear driven case was retained on the 4-cylinder models.

The Hilux Surf version for the Japanese market was also available with a range of diesel engines, including a 2.4 L turbodiesel2L-TE I4 up to 1993, followed by a 3.0 L turbodiesel 1KZ-TE I4. Small numbers were also made with a normally aspirated 2.8 L diesel 3L I4, a 2.0 L 3Y I4 naturally aspirated gasoline engine, and 2.4 L 22R-E I4 gasoline engine.[5] The majority of gasoline versions of the Hilux Surf received the 3.0 L V6. Various trim levels were offered in Japan ranging from the base model 'SSR' through 'SSR Ltd', 'SSR-V' 'SSR-X' and 'SSR-X Ltd' to the range topping 'SSR-G'.

Most other full-body SUVs produced at the time (e.g. Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer) featured tailgates that opened upward with the glass closed. In contrast, the second generation 4Runner carried over the retractable-glass tailgate from the first generation. Opening these tailgates requires first retracting the rear window into the tailgate and then lowering the tailgate much like as on a pickup truck.

In 1991 for the 1992 model year, the 4Runner received minor cosmetic updates, including one-piece front bumpers and modular headlamps instead of the increasingly outdated rectangular sealed beams. This facelift distanced the 4Runner somewhat from the Hilux pickups which did not receive the same cosmetic changes. At this time a wide-body version was introduced featuring extended wheel arch flares along with wider wheels and tires.

Additional cosmetic changes occurred between 1993 and 1995, the last year of the second generation.

Safety[edit]

The first and second generation 4Runners were both targeted as unsafe SUVs. 1980s and early-1990s crash regulations in the United States were not very strict for light trucks, and all early model 4Runners were fitted with doors that offered little protection in the event of a side collision. In most areas, there was little more than two pieces of sheet-metal and the window to keep incoming vehicles from impacting passengers. The crash test rating for the second generation 4Runner was one star for the driver's side in a frontal collision while the passenger side received a 4-star rating. Later, more strict crash regulations mandated doors that offered as much protection as passenger doors. In the United States, the 1994 and 1995 model years added side-impact beams in the doors.

Airbags for both the driver and passenger were added in 1995 (1996 model year).

Third generation (N180; 1995)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Third generation (N180)
1996-1998 Toyota 4Runner .jpg
Also called
  • Toyota Hilux Surf
  • Toyota Hilux SW4 (Argentina, Brazil)
  • Zhongxing Admiral
ProductionAugust 1995 – August 2002
Model years1996–2002
AssemblyJapan: Tahara, Aichi; Hamura, Tokyo
ClassMid-sizeSUV
Body style5-door SUV
Related
Engine
Transmission
Wheelbase105.3 in (2,675 mm)
Length
  • 1995–98: 178.7 in (4,539 mm)
  • 1998–00: 183.2 in (4,653 mm)
  • 2000–02: 183.3 in (4,656 mm)
Width
  • 2WD: 66.5 in (1,689 mm)
  • Limited: 70.9 in (1,801 mm)
Height
  • 1998–02: 67.5 in (1,714 mm)
  • 1998–02 Limited: 68.5 in (1,740 mm)
  • 1995–98: 66.5 in (1,689 mm)
  • 1995–98 Limited: 68.7 in (1,745 mm)
Curb weight3,930 lb (1,783 kg) (approx.)

Developed under chief Masaaki Ishiko from 1990 to 1995 under the project code 185T, in late 1995 (for the 1996 model year) a significant redesign of the 4Runner was introduced, with an all-new body shell on an all-new chassis. Though it shared many parts, including engine and transmission, with the new Tacoma, the body and chassis were unique for the first time. Despite moving upmarket with the rest of the mid-size SUV market, the new 4Runner differentiated itself by retaining the rugged off-road character its competitors were sacrificing for highway comfort.[6]

The third generation 4Runner featured new engines shared with the first generation Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks:

  • 2.7L 3RZ-FE I4 replacing the previous 2.4L 22R-E I4; 150 hp (110 kW) max horsepower at 4800 rpm (an increase of 38 hp (28 kW)), and 177 lb⋅ft (240 N⋅m) max torque at 4000 rpm (an increase of 35 lb⋅ft (47 N⋅m));
  • 3.4L 5VZ-FE V6 replacing the previous 3.0L 3VZ-E V6; 183 hp (136 kW) horsepower at 4800 rpm (an increase of 33 hp (25 kW)), and 217 lb⋅ft (294 N⋅m) max torque at 3600 rpm (an increase of 37 lb⋅ft (50 N⋅m)).

Original placard describing the operation of the Toyota rear electronic locker in a 1997 Toyota 4Runner

1998–2000 Toyota Hilux Surf Sports Runner (Japan)

2000–2002 Toyota Hilux Surf (Japan)

In 1996, the 4Runner was dropped from sale in the UK, to be replaced by the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, which was badged as the Toyota Land Cruiser Colorado.

Significant changes from the second generation models include a larger body on a longer wheelbase, increased interior space, increased cargo space, dual airbags, ABS, lift-up tailgate, coil-spring suspension all around, rack and pinion steering, and aerodynamic contour designed glass headlights. Additionally, Hilux Surf versions immediately moved to 16-inch wheels and gained a center differential, enabling the use of four-wheel drive on hard surfaces without complication for the first time. The prior system was retained to give on-the-fly shifting between rear- and four-wheel drive as before. The new 4Runner was also available with a factory installed selectable electric locker in the rear differential, a first for the 4Runner but available since 1993 in the Toyota Land Cruiser.

The 1997 model year received a few minor updates, including the addition of a color keyed cargo cover.

The 1998 model year remained largely unchanged, save for a few changes in the electronics. More ergonomic switch control panels and a newly designed 4 spoke steering wheel, which also necessitated a redesign of the airbag system.

For the 1999 model year, there were both major cosmetic and interior enhancements. A new "fat lip" bumper was designed to allow for an extended crush zone on the front of the frame, as well as new multi-parabola style headlights, projector style fog lamps, and updated side marker lights and front turn signals. Vehicles with "Limited" and "Highlander" (later called "Sport Edition") trim received color-keyed running boards, front and rear bumpers, mud flaps and flares. The ergonomics of the interior was completely changed, moving all the controls to the center of the dash for the rear window, and defrost, it also received a new instrument panel with a digital odometer. The Limited trucks also received a brand-new electronic temp control, and upgraded stereo. The multimatic transmission became available as an option for 4WD 4Runners for 1999, giving the option of AWD operation.

The 2001 model year received new transparent tail lights and new front grille design. The wheels were also changed to a five-spoke design rim. Limited models received newly designed five spoke wheels as well, however different from SR5 and base model. Also included was a new, sleeker side view mirror design. SR5 and base model 4Runners also have redesigned climate control units utilizing 3 knobs and 2 buttons, contrary to the 1999 model's 2 sliders and 2 knobs. 2001 models were equipped with Vehicle Stability Control standard, and 4WD models came standard with the multimatic transmission. The optional e-locker for the rear differential was dropped in 2001.

The 2002 model year can be distinguished from the rear by their chromed lift gate exterior trim that encompasses the license plate.

Fourth generation (N210; 2002)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Fourth generation (N210)
03-05 Toyota 4Runner SR5.jpg
Also called
ProductionAugust 2002 – 28 August 2009
Model years2003–2009
AssemblyJapan: Tahara, Aichi; Hamura, Tokyo
ClassMid-sizeSUV
Body style5-door SUV
Related
Engine
Transmission
Wheelbase109.8 in (2,789 mm)
Length
  • MY2003–05: 189 in (4,801 mm)
  • MY2006–09: 189.2 in (4,806 mm)
Width
  • MY2003–05: 73.8 in (1,875 mm)
  • MY2006–09: 75.2 in (1,910 mm)
Height
  • MY2003–05 SR5: 68.9 in (1,750 mm)
  • MY2003–05: 71.6 in (1,819 mm)
  • MY2006–09 SR5: 69.3 in (1,760 mm)
  • MY2006–09 Sport: 71.3 in (1,811 mm)
  • MY2006–09 Limited: 71.1 in (1,806 mm)
Curb weight4,280 lb (1,941 kg) (approx.)

The fourth-generation 4Runner incorporated serious changes to the chassis and body of the vehicle, but was targeted at approximately the same demographics as the third generation. Based on the Land Cruiser Prado 120 series, the new 4Runner retained the same basic exterior styling themes, and was still marketed as a mid-size semi-luxury SUV with off-road capabilities. Available trims were the SR5, Sport Edition, and Limited models. An all-new LEV certified 4.0 L 1GR-FE V6 which produces 245 hp (183 kW) and 282 lb⋅ft (382 N⋅m) of torque is standard, but for the first time, a V8 became available, the ULEV certified 4.7 L 2UZ-FE engine which in the US produced 235 hp (175 kW) and 320 lb⋅ft (434 N⋅m). In 2004, for the 2005 model year, the addition of VVT-i increased output to 268 hp (200 kW) and 315 lb⋅ft (427 N⋅m). Fuel economy is estimated at 17 mpg city, 20 mpg highway for the V6 and 15/19 mpg for the V8. Towing capacity is 5,000 lb (2,300 kg) on V6 models and 7,300 lb (3,300 kg) on RWD V8 models (7000 pounds w/4WD). The 4Runner first entered dealer showrooms in October 2002 for the 2003 model year.[8] Three trims levels were offered, SR5, Sport Edition, and Limited. When it was first introduced the SR5 and Sport Edition models used gray plastic cladding and bumpers. Sport models also featured a non-functional hood scoop.

The front suspension used a double wishbone while the rear is a solid rear axle type. The 4runner continued to use a body on frame construction design and a solid rear axle for strength and durability compromising interior room and on-road handling. Toyota's other mid-size SUV, the Highlander is a crossover which is not designed for off-roading. The optional 4WD systems were full-time on V8 models while "Multi-Mode" or part-time on V6 models, both systems used a lockable Torsen center differential. A new suspension system, X-Relative Absorber System (X-REAS), became standard on the Sport Edition and optional for SR5 and Limited models, a rear auto-leveling height adjustable air suspension is sometimes included with this option on Limited models. The X-REAS system links the dampers diagonally by means of hydraulic hoses and fluid using a mechanical center valve which reduces body roll during hard cornering. All 4runners were equipped with skid plates for the engine, transfer case, and fuel tank to prevent damage during off-roading. The Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) system prevents the 4runner from rolling backwards on inclines and a Downhill Assist Control (DAC, 4WD only) modulates the brakes and throttle automatically without driver inputs for smooth hill descents at very low speeds, both electronic aids are standard on 4WD models.

Major standard features included a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, remote keyless entry, single zone automatic climate control, power driver's lumbar support, power rear tailgate window, and on V8 models a tow hitch receiver bolted directly to the rear frame crossmember. Options included HomeLink, an electrochromic auto-dimming rearview mirror, power moonroof, third row seating, a DVD-based navigation system (loses in-dash CD changer), a 10-speaker JBL Synthesis stereo, and rear seat audio. An optional backup camera system on Limited models used two cameras mounted on the interiors D-pillars to give a wider view when backing up. Some trim levels get two mirrors mounted on the interior D-pillars just inside the rear hatch.

In 2009 with the end of this generation, Toyota Japan ceased production of the Hilux Surf, leaving only the 4Runner available in the subsequent model series.

Safety[edit]

All 4Runners came with Toyota's Star Safety System which includes anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, traction control and Vehicle Stability Control. Side torso airbags for the front rows as well as side curtain airbags for the front and rear rows were optional on 2003–2007 models and became standard on 2008 models.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 4Runner as "Good" overall in the frontal offset crash test, "Good" overall in the side impact test on vehicles with side airbags, and the 4Runner received a "Poor" rating for rear impact protection.[9] An IIHS report published in April 2007 shows the 4Runner has one of the lowest death rates for all vehicles on the road at only 13 deaths per million registered vehicle years for the 2003 and 2004 model years. Only the Chevrolet Astro, Infiniti G35, and BMW 7 series had lower death rates.[10]

Yearly changes[edit]

  • In early 2003, Toyota added an optional Appearance Package for the SR5 model that included color-keyed cladding, bumpers, and liftgate trim. In April 2003, Toyota made the Appearance Package, along with the previously optional fog lamps, running boards, and 16-inch aluminum wheels, standard on the SR5. The Sport Edition also added black running boards and color-keyed trim, replacing the grey cladding and silver-painted grille, door handles and liftgate trim.[12][13][14][15]
  • In late 2003 (for the 2004 model year), a Tire Pressure Monitoring System was added as standard equipment. A 3rd row seat became optional on the SR5 and Limited models.
  • In 2004 (for the 2005 model year) enhancements were brought to the optional V8 engine and a 5-speed automatic was made standard on the V6 model. Slight changes were made to the exterior including color-keyed bumper trim (replacing the silver painted trim on all colors except Dorado Gold) on the SR5 and Limited; a chrome grille on the SR5; a black roof-rack and running boards (replacing silver) on the Limited; and a redesigned rear spoiler. A Salsa Red Pearl scheme was also introduced for all trim levels, although a similar color scheme was available for third generation models.
Facelifted 4Runner SR5 4WD (US)
Facelifted 4Runner Sport Edition 4WD (US)
  • 2005 (for the 2006 model year) marked the fourth generation's mid-cycle refresh. The changes included revised front and rear bumpers; a reworked grille; new projector-beam headlamps and LED tail lamps; additional chrome trim on the SR5 model; and a smoked-chrome grille with tubular roof-rack and step bars on the Sport Edition. The revised front bumper features circular fog lights and a relocation of the turn-signals to the headlamp assembly. The redesigned bumper eliminates the rear bumper reflectors. MP3 playback capability and an auxiliary input jack were added to all audio systems. In addition, the Limited model was further differentiated from the other trim levels with the addition of unique 18" wheels and a seat memory system. Shadow Mica was added as a color option. Late in this period, the 1GR-FE V6 engine received a modification to allow for an improved head gasket design which resolved a common head gasket failure.
  • In 2006 (for the 2007 model year), the 4Runner remained unchanged.
  • In 2007 (for the 2008 model year), the 4Runner received standard rollover sensing side curtain airbags and front row side torso airbags, a switch to disable Vehicle Stability Control, slightly modified front grille design, refinements in the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and some changes in the seatbelt warning system and brake system control. An Urban Runner Package was also available on the Sport Edition V6 4x4, which added an in dash Tom Tom navigation system, Alcantara inserts in both the front and back seats with dark leather bolstering, the 18" Limited style wheels, a color-keyed front grill and a double-decker cargo system.
  • In 2008 (for the 2009 model year) the 4Runner remained unchanged. A Trail Edition package offered an electronic locking rear differential, a switch to enable/disable Advanced Traction Control (A-TRAC) and Bilstein dampers.

Later models offered a DVD Rear Seat Entertainment System (RSES) which used a nine-inch LCD screen and two wireless headphones.

Fifth generation (N280; 2009)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Fifth generation (N280)
Toyota 4Runner -- 04-01-2011.jpg
ProductionAugust 2009 – present
Model years2010–present
AssemblyJapan: Tahara, Aichi (Tahara plant)[16]
DesignerKoichi Suga (2007)[17]
ClassMid-sizeSUV
Body style5-door SUV
Related
Engine
Transmission
  • 4-speed automatic (I4, 2010 only)
  • 5-speed automatic (V6)
Wheelbase109.8 in (2,789 mm)
Length189.9–191.3 in (4,823–4,859 mm)
Width75.8 in (1,925 mm)
Height70.7 in (1,796 mm)
Curb weight4,400–4,805 lb (1,996–2,180 kg)

The fifth generation 4Runner was unveiled at the State Fair of Texas on September 24, 2009. It is available in 3 trim levels, 2 of which were available previously. The base SR5 trim as well as the top-of-the-line Limited trim are available as a 2WD or a 4WD. The new Trail Edition is only available as a 4WD. The SR5 and Trail Edition 4WDs will receive a part-time 4WD drive system, while the Limited will have full-time 4WD. All models will come with A-TRAC.[18] The new Trail Edition offers Toyota's Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) and Crawl Control which had previously only been available to premium Toyota vehicles, as well as a rear locking differential like the previous Trail Package. Production started on 31 August 2009.[citation needed]

The 4.0-liter V6 adds Dual VVT-i which improves horsepower, torque and fuel economy, and comes standard in all models. A 2.7-liter I4 was available on 2WD models, but was discontinued after the 2010 model year. The 4.7-liter V8 from the previous generation was not carried over to the fifth generation 4Runner.[19] The 4Runner is built on the same platform as the FJ Cruiser.[20]

In 2013 (for the 2014 model year), the 4Runner received a facelift, consisting of revised front and rear fascia with projector headlamps and clear-lensed, LED tail-lamps, as well as other minor exterior cosmetic changes. The interior was also updated, with soft-touch door trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, revised dashboard and center stack, and the inclusion of Toyota's Optitron instrument cluster as standard across all trim levels. Brake lines were upgraded for improved pedal feel, and electronic Trailer Sway Control programming included. No driveline changes were made. All 2014 model year 4Runner models are powered by a 4.0-liter V-6 engine with intelligent Variable Valve Timing (VVT-i) that can develop 201 kW (270 bhp) and 377 N⋅m (278 ft⋅lb) of torque. It is mated to a five-speed automatic ECT transmission.[21]

In 2014 (for the 2015 model year) the TRD Pro trim level was introduced in the United States, with Toyota badging on the front as well as an off-road package as part of the TRD Pro Series. The TRD Pro 4Runner included TRD Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs, TRD-tuned front springs and TRD front skid plate.[22] For each model year of the TRD Pro, beyond the two colors available on all trims, the TRD Pro is available in an exclusive color. This was 'Inferno Orange' for the 2015 model year,[23] 'Quicksand' for 2016, 'Cement' for 2017, 'Cavalry Blue' for 2018, 'Voodoo Blue' for 2019, 'Army Green' for 2020, and 'Lunar Rock' for 2021. All United States models received the Entune touchscreen infotainment system with a 6.1-inch display and a rear backup camera as standard equipment, with optional GPS navigation, SiriusXMSatellite Radio, HD Radio, and Safety Connect. Only the Limited model featured a standard JBL premium amplified audio system.[citation needed]

In 2016 (for the 2017 model year), the 4Runner Trail and Trail Premium were renamed to TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium in the United States. These trim levels share the same mechanical functionality of the former Trail edition, but add aesthetic differences and TRD badging to differentiate themselves from the base model. They do not share the same suspension as the TRD Pro model.[24]

In 2018 (for the 2019 model year), Toyota began offering a 'Nightshade' package based on the Limited trim which blacks out badging, lower front and rear fascia, wheels, and portions of the interior.[25]

In 2019 (for the 2020 model year), Toyota announced that all 4Runner trims will receive Toyota Safety Sense-P (TSS-P) standard as well as two additional rear seat USB ports. The TRD Pro will have an updated grille design to accommodate the front radar sensor for TSS-P.[26] All United States models received an updated Entune 3.0 infotainment system with a larger, higher-resolution touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Autosmartphone integration and Amazon Alexa integration, 4GLTE internet access powered by Verizon Wireless, Safety Connect, and standard SiriusXMSatellite Radio and optional HD Radio. The TRD Pro model receives a JBL premium amplified audio system as standard equipment. The system was previously only available on Limited models, where it remains standard equipment. Most models also feature standard GPS navigation.[citation needed]

  • Toyota 4Runner SR5, rear view

  • 2014 4Runner Limited (GRN280L)

  • 2019 4Runner SR5 (GRN280L)

  • 2019 4Runner SR5 (GRN280L)

Safety[edit]

CategoryRating
Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset (2014–present)Marginal1
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good2
1vehicle structure rated "Poor"
2strength-to-weight ratio: 4.11

Sales[edit]

Toyota 4Runner US sales by year
Calendar year US
1984 6,498
1985 5,495
1986 5,564
1987 3,635
1988 20,880
1989 36,927
1990 48,295
1991 44,879
1992 39,917
1993 46,652
1994 74,109
1995 75,962
1996 99,597
1997 128,496
1998 118,484
1999 124,221
2000 111,797[28]
2001 90,250[28]
2002 77,026[29]
2003 109,308
2004 114,212
2005 103,830
2006 103,086[30]
2007 87,718[31]
2008 47,878
2009 19,675[32]
2010 46,531[32]
2011 44,316[33]
2012 48,755[33]
2013 51,625[34]
2014 76,906[35]
2015 97,034[36]
2016 111,970[37]
2017 128,296[38]
2018 139,694[39]
2019 131,864[40]
2020 129,052[41]

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External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_4Runner

Gen 4runner 1st

Advice on buying 1st gen 4Runner

I'm hoping to get some advice on selecting a 1st gen 4Runner. I've been combing Craigslist for a while and casting a wide net (I'm willing to travel for the right one). I live in Massachusetts but I'm about to head to California for a month, and I'm hoping to find a nice rust-free 4Runner there and drive it back to Mass (I'll be oil coating it yearly). I have very little first-hand mechanical experience, so I want to be sure I have as much possible knowledge on what to look for if I do find one to test drive. I want to learn more about mechanics, but I don't have any friends or family who know what they're doing so I have to try and learn as much as I can online....

Im looking for a mostly-stock 1st gen MANUAL 4Runner with little rust. It will be a daily diver (my commute is about 7-10 miles round trip) but be able be used to haul around wood and other building materials when I need. Since I will be driving it from CA to MA, it needs to be able to cross the country somewhat reliably. My max price is around $5000, if it doesn't need a ton of work right away. I plan on building out the back with a sleeping platform for road trips. I don't plan on off-roading but there are some seriously potholed roads around where I live...

Here's an ad that just went up, and I thought you all might be able to look it over and tell me what you think.

https://humboldt.craigslist.org/cto/5234225438.html
In case that is taken down soon, here's the text and photos:
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325,000 miles
4x4
Manual
4 cylinder
Clean title

This has been my daily driver for over 3 years.
The truck originated in Placerville, and has only seen one winter on the coast. I spot-treated a few small dings for rust, but otherwise the vehicle is rust-free.

Pro's:
-Professionally resurfaced head gasket repair this spring (I have all documentation)
-New Master Cylinder
-Shocks 1.5 years old
-WARN front locking hubs
-3" lift in the rear to level the body
-Toyo off road tires at about 60%
-New exhaust manifold
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-No modifications, all stock
-Never been "mudding" only a work truck

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-Cosmetically bad inside, showing it's true age
-Needs front-end work soon, tires are feathering
-Truck has been smoked in and near the forest fires this summer (smells like a campfire)
-Small dent in tailgate, rear window still works

I have to pick up the title in Sacramento, along with all documents, and I will be ready to sell this weekend.
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I'm not too concerned about the inside cosmetics- I can always get seat covers and new mats to spruce it up, and I'm pretty handy with a needle and thread and re-upholstering if I really need to. The feathering tires could just mean it needs a new alignment, or it could be the whole front suspension. Anyone have experience on the price range of suspension work on 1st gens? I'm willing to put more money into it once I buy it, but I don't want to suddenly be digging myself a deep hole. It's got pretty high mileage but a recently resurfaced head gasket makes me feel better about that...

Does this look like a pretty solid deal? Any advice on this truck and what to look for in any other 4runners would be very helpful.

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Future value of the 1st Gen 4runner???


Have you noticed the value going up or down in your area for 1st Gens? In 5 - 10 years down the road, do you think our runners will increase in value much? While they are getting older and rustier, they still aren't making anymore of them!

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Yeah, they're going up. Their ceiling is limited by the FJ40, which has already established itself as THE collectible Toyota 4x4, but as the FJ values keep climbing the early 4Runners will rise in price too.

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Most definitely, just in the past 5 years since I got my 1st gen I've seen local prices skyrocket, and the trucks aren't even that clean, yet people are buying em up.

My wife has tried to talk me into selling the 1st gen....nope never ever ever

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Not much love for them in my area, they usually are suffering from a lot of rust. I'd like to think mine is worth more than what I paid for it in non running condition a couple years ago. I don't see these ever commanding FJ40 money, but who knows. The last few years there's been a few near perfect 1st gens go through the auction scene and get in the mid teens.

And then there's this guy that's been listed at least 3 times in the last year and not sell (though the auction closed at "SOLD" last time but here it is again).
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Location will be the key in its asking price. Here in FL, the price has climbed up steadily in the past 10 years, especially the 84-85 ones.

The last minty 85 with 22RE 5 speed that I saw went for $7K easily, after being listed for less than 2 weeks. And that was over a year ago.

Now, an IFS 4 cyl. one in fair condition would be around $3.5-5K and a clean, unmolested one would fetch $5.5-6K all day. Remember that we don't have rust problem down here though. And of course a V6 will get about $1-2K less, depending on condition.

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On the plus side: The removable top is exclusive to the 1st gen, along with being simple and a reputation for being tough trucks. They look classy and are fun to drive.

On the down side: They rust easy, slow as molasses, aren't real family friendly with the 2-doors,

The price for the abused and neglected still hover around 2 grand, but the nicer stock or tastefully modded one seem to be climbing to the 5 - 10 grand range. The nicer ones are getting hard to find!

PS: I suppose everyone's heard the rumor about the 2018's having a removable top right?
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ive heard there werent going to be any made in 2018 :-o no press releases and no spy shots
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Subscribe to BringATrailer.com They've gone to running an auction service and there are always old Toyotas on there. I just did a search

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And the two 1st Gens they show as completed auctions went for over $14k. Prices for nice 4Runners can only climb.

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And the two 1st Gens they show as completed auctions went for over $14k. Prices for nice 4Runners can only climb.

That grey one was being sold a couple years ago by the same seller I linked in my previous post. I followed his sales while looking for my 1st gen. He comes across some really nice ones. Much nicer ones than I can afford.
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...The price for the abused and neglected still hover around 2 grand, but the nicer stock or tastefully modded one seem to be climbing to the 5 - 10 grand range...

When buying, it is difficult to justify paying over 3K for a truck that you are not absolutely sure of history.

However, if i were to sell I would not let mine go for under 6K, knowing exactly what I put into its reliability.

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Most modern SUVs look sleek and sporty with little to none to do with offroading, but back in the day, when the first generation of the 4Runner had hit the U.S. market, sport utility vehicles were rough around the edges, rugged, and gritty. Today, while still in production, the 4Runner is one of the longest-running Toyota’s nameplates. Many believe the 4Runner has set the standard for style and functionality in SUV class. It managed to remain true to its nature and mostly retain its original, pickup-truck-like character that we first saw in 1984.

The model was introduced to please pickup truck fans who would like to have more utility with the bed covered with a fiberglass canopy and more space for people with the back bench seat. It had a 4-wheel-drive and a solid front axle. But most of all people were intrigued by a super reliable 22RE inline-4 engine. Two years later, the truck was updated with independent front suspension. The first-generation Toyota 4Runner can handle anything you throw at it – sand, snow, mud, or rocks. It is comfortable when driving on the road and very capable when it comes to offroading.

Restored and lifted 1988 Toyota 4runner 1st generation

The story of this impressive lifted 1988 Toyota 4Runner build began in August 2018 when Garrett H. From Oklahoma received a call from a neighbor who was set to move offering his non-running 1-gen 4Runner for just $500. It was a no-brainer for Garrett, and he jumped into this opportunity knowing he would have to work his @ss off to make the truck look and feel as good as new and even better. Now we see the result of the months spent inside the garage fabricating, fitting, adjusting, and upgrading. Check out the interview with Garret who told us what he had to do to make this awesome vehicle shine again.

“1-gen 4Runner for just $500 – It was a no-brainer for Garrett, and he jumped into this opportunity knowing he would have to work his @ss off to make the truck look and feel as good as new and even better”

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How did you become interested in off-roading?

– My parents would take my brother and I exploring around Colorado and in the San Juan’s 20+ years ago in the ‘92 Land Cruiser that I continue to drive to this day.

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Why did you choose this particular model for your project?

– A couple of years ago I was approached by a neighbor, who was moving into a gated neighborhood, asking if I had any interest in buying it or helping him get it running so he could sell it. I paid $500 for it with 203.5k miles on it.

What inspired you to choose this modification style?

– Coming from a large heavy 80 series Toyota Land Cruiser, I wanted something a little quicker and more fun to drive.

What challenges did you face while putting it together?

– A ton but the most stressful part was building this while finishing my final semester of classes and dealing with shipping delays from Covid-19. I really went to work on it around the end of March 2020. I had an immovable start date at a new job in a different state the first week of July. I don’t think I’ve ever worked harder in my life on something but knowing it had to be done meant I was putting in 80+ hour weeks nonstop.

What do you love about your vehicle?

– It’s something that inspires and builds stoke for others to go out and build stuff. There’s nothing inherently difficult with it other than just getting started and committing to the project, learning from mistakes, pushing yourself to do the best work possible.

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Is it your daily or a weekend ride?

– Yes, I daily drive it. It gets twice the fuel economy of my 80 series Land Cruiser with 430k miles on it. I’ve put about 7k miles on it in the past 5 months.

Do you take it off-road? If so, where and how often?

– I haven’t had a lot of time to take it out yet with starting a new full-time job and a move, but I’ve taken it down to the Ozarks a couple of times and SW MO. I’ve got a trip planned for Little Sahara at the end of January and then out to Utah this spring.

SPECS – 1988 TOYOTA 4RUNNER

Engine specs, modifications

– Nothing fancy. Just an all original 22RE and 5 speed manual. It took a little bit of work to get it running, but other than that and a little bit of preventative maintenance it’s been very dependable.

Lift height and suspension modifications

– Nothing fancy. Just a 2” ish lift with a +3.5” LT kit up front and a fully custom LT rear set up with Chevy 63s, 4th gen 4runner rear axle with Nitro 4.88 gears and LSD, and custom tuned 14” travel King 2.0 remote reservoir shocks with compression adjusters mounted outboard the frame with custom mounts.

1st gen Toyota 4runner Chevy 63s, 4th gen 4runner rear axle with Nitro 4.88 gears and LSD

Wheel specs

– 16 X 8” 0 offset Method 704s

Exterior

– There are a lot of exterior modifications that I did ranging from subtle to wild. More of the wild stuff includes custom front and rear bumpers that I built, Advanced Fiberglass Concepts front fenders, Hannemann rear flares, ~3” rear quarter panel chop and wheel well raise, full glass out respray in Ferrari Grigio Scuro.

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Interior

– The interior has been reworked significantly to freshen it up without varying too far from its original design. I swapped in 2016 Ford Police interceptor sedan front seats and had the rear seats reupholstered to match the fabric and pattern of the fronts. The driver’s is 6 way power adjustable, and I modified the passenger seat to tilt and slide forwards like the original seat. I also swapped out the cheap single din aftermarket HU a PO had swapped in for a Pioneer with apple carplay. I covered every body panel in 80mil Noico sound deadener and threw in a full brand new carpet set from ACC. I also CNC cut ABS interior panels to replace the non existent and torn up original ones.

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What are your future plans about this vehicle?

– I’m working on my own coilover conversion and boxed control arms. I would also like to 1UZ swap it once the 22RE requires more work or I get tired of it. I have also started work on a poptop tamper too for it, but I keep changing my mind on how I want that to end up so that’ll be in awhile.

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