LT99 Bandaid Thread

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Im odie from big island.
Heres my 3rd gen build so far:

My buddy had this sweet 3rd gen with a tc lt kit and a tundra front clip on it. Every time I saw him I would ask him "wanna sell your truck". Years later he started his day getting a ticket in it and running into me at the store. "Wanna sell your truck" for the 100th time. Sure. Done.

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From what I can tell specs are / were:
99 4runner possibly manual swapped
320k ish on the ticker with maybe 100k on a swapped 3.4?
Total Chaos +3.5" kit
Swayaway 2.5 coilovers
Manual locking hubs
Probably LC 9 wraps in back
Procomp rear shockzzz
33 x 12.50s
DVD headunit with sounds

I think the story goes someone got parts from a wrecked tacoma, swapped everything over to the 4runner. Maybe wrecked the 4runner as well? I dunno.

On to the fun part:
Initial "tear down"

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Steering rack had some "play"

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Links had extended articulation mod.

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Shocks had a good seal or two... somewhere.

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3 stage adjustable flex fenders

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No used build is complete without some wiring from EGRU (electrical gremlins are us).

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Rear tray was moist for some reason.
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Needless to say the thing is mint.
Goes straight sideways down the highway.
Handles anything you could throw at it.
Mpgs are incredible.
Pretty much ready to thru pass the Rubicon and hard line backdoors chocolate thunder.
 

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Every offroad rig has something going on in the background that needs attention it seems. This one just has a little more character than others lol. I can’t believe the condition of the otre’s!
 
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Every offroad rig has something going on in the background that needs attention it seems. This one just has a little more character than others lol. I can’t believe the condition of the otre’s!
Thats a screen shot from a quick clip my noob ass couldn't upload. Dont worry, inners were about even. The rack bushings had the same articulation mod as the rear links.
 
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Step 2:

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Cut the basketball hoop off the front bumper.

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Order wheels and tires worth more than the car.

Do this: https://www.toyota-4runner.org/3rd-gen-t4rs/298794-diy-tubbing-firewall-clear-35-tires-3g4r.htmlp
except consider body mount flex and reality and just cut way more from the start.

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Pull shit apart. And while your at it pull, pry, or chip that rubber plastic crap off from floor under pedals.

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this is how you waste time. Dont cut here. Just fkn Cut more from the start. Like nip the tips off the lower door hinge and take an inch more than the black line.

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Move your battery and bfh this spot if your tires haven't already done it for you.

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You want to cut to around the yellow line.

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No need to cut 3 squard feet out the firewall, just bend the majority of the material inward and lap joint sheet where needed.

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Shoulda cut to the yellow line dummy!

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Locked and stuffed, not enough! Nip the hinge!

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Turd times a charm.

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Ended up BFHn the corner out to fit my rubbah slippas on the clutch.

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skin a cat

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This was to fit 315/70r17 x 9" -12mm with the +3.5 LT kit. Your results will vary but 100% for sure JUST CUT MORE THE FIRST TIME!
 

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Another day, another bandaid!

Trimmed the roof for clearance.
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Turns out the headliner insulation burns like Steel wool on a 9v battery...

Threw Away the cheap ass procomps
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Replaced with nothing but the most extreme!
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Eye Spy with my eye:
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With the new 9000s out back I was able to really flex the endlinks off the sway bar.
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Factory bumbstops were looking good nowhere near the axle. Some fender parts got clearanced and a new line that should be cut past the first time was established.
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Since the rear was slef destructing with its un strapped or bumped fury it was time to "fix" things up front.

These shiny things that were covered in dirt soaked oil got a good fixin.
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Good as new.
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As with all 3.4s it had a 17 tries to fix kinda high idle situation going on.
First try here was to place missing coil bolts.
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From there was the spaghetti wires, cracked everything hoses, char can blala... iac pcr egr vcr clean.

Ended up here.
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This couldn't have been helping
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Ended Up picking up a new throttle body from a buddy and all this while I was at it.
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Music helps when chasing gremlins.
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Since The throttole was already off:
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At this point I became frustrated to the point of not documenting anything. Put everything back together, still high idle. Had second guesses on reusing the old intake manifold and throttle gaskets. Tore everything back apart and replaced all those with fellpros from autozone... still second guessing that move as well. Was it cause I expected an instant fix and didnt let the car "relearn" idle? Is it the super old used throttle body and iac valve I "fixed" it with? Is it cause I played with every known and unknow adjustment on the tb? Or is it a case of brand new broken from not using oem toyota parts? Shit I even replaced a o2 sensor for giggles and shit.

Anyway, long story long it idles @800 cold and seems to idle at 1100 warm. Good enough for meow.
 

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So cbechtold isnt the only one posting truck shit on here...

I moved out of my long time shop and now have a $30k pile of gravel to work on in my yard. I never dreamed how fun costco tents, rocks, and torrential rain could be when trying to build shit.

Anyway, heres some stuff:

I Left this pile of apparant gold called aggregate in my yard as a clearance tester. Note the getto af bumb extensions so I could go camping without feeding my car to the rear tires. Does anyone else need like a half in longer bump on passenger rear?
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Im not sure if I should chop the body for clearance. Does anyone know exactly how much more up travel you get by choppy chopping?
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Have To gotta do a new rear bumper. Going to go with eimkeiths but... I have plans to go wider with Bodywork/ fenders. Would it be easy to widen keiths bumper to match the wider fenders later? I would almost even want to use the outter lip of bumper as a side step for loading shit on the roof. Any experience/ thoughts would be appreciated.
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So the real reason for all this shit is to measure clearance under here. Note the year old blown rancho9000s. EXTREME!
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Figured some notchy notchy right round here would be good for
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These
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Depending on your timeline to throw those coilovers in the rear and notch the frame, I wouldn't even bother with the sheet metal and up travel with those Ranchos and factory bump stops. Assuming you weren’t ever throwing coilovers at the rear, I think it’s easier to add a small bump extension and longer rear coil/ shocks if you wanted to clear a larger tire with a wheel spacer or a wider axle. Of course, cutting would allow to keep a shorter coil and maximize travel numbers all while keeping center of gravity lower.

My long term plans are identical to yours. Either a 2.0” or 2.5” Fox coilover with a frame notch and a Sequoia axle and rear glass would be rad. What are your ideas for rear glass after a wider axle?

I’ve seen McNeil tease a set a few years ago but it never materialized as an option on their website. Wasn’t my favorite design since I’d rather the glass be more of a patch panel stopping midway on the rear door and before the rear tail light kinda like a typical 90’s Bronco rear glass with Dzus fasteners. Since nobody makes any rear glass I’d either cut up a pair of 1st gen Taco DC or possibly regular 6ft bed rear fenders and do some fiberglass work since my old man is handy with fiberglass from years of home shaping surfboards.

Link of rear McNeil glass for reference
 
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