View Full Version : here it is, finally, 85 4 runner

05-02-2011, 07:35 PM
well here it is, i bought it 5 months ago.
when i got it it had a blown 22re and had been sitting for a few years. last time it was aircared was 1998.

Did all the little things to make it road worthy as a toyota can be.
put a 22r in it with new cat and tried my luck and took it through aircare, and it passed with flying colours, who knew a carb'd engine with no egr or emmision shit would pass aircare.

Life kinda got in the way of building it, bought a house a couple months ago so the 4 runner got put on hold.

well now that we are moved in and theres some spare cash, its going into this bitch.

heres the plans:
cheap 4 inch lift to fit the 35inch krawlers[36] :D
dual t case with trailgear skid plate:D
high steer:D
welded diffs:D
vented rotor swap:D
install winch:D
build rear bumper and sliders.

anything with a :D means i have the parts.

enough bullshit, heres some pics,

if i only had motivation

05-02-2011, 07:47 PM
gitter dun

its been to long since we've gone wheelin'

05-02-2011, 07:49 PM
gitter dun

its been to long since we've gone wheelin'

i agree dude. soon.
just need a t case and steering box and i wont have any excuses not to build it.

05-02-2011, 08:18 PM
Tars great news trev.... Been to long

05-02-2011, 08:22 PM
Looks sweet so far Trev....Git-R-Done

05-02-2011, 09:07 PM
so the cat helped with air care eh? i got a 22r but with a weber down draft . hopfuly the new exhaust is going in this weekend with new cat and flowmaster .i am keeping fingures crossed .

sounds like a sweet build .

dirka dave
05-03-2011, 05:08 AM
"who knew a carb'd engine with no egr or emmision shit would pass aircare."

My 82' does...

Hurry up, summer is almost here !!


05-03-2011, 12:53 PM
Nice runner good pics see you on the trails soon.

05-03-2011, 02:53 PM
Looks good in the pics, low riding looks awesome!!

05-04-2011, 09:28 AM
thanks all.

i like it being low. it is getting a 3-4 inch lift. I cant stand how every 4 runner out there with a lift is huge. i want just enough lift to clear the tires....... and still fit in my garage.

05-05-2011, 09:05 AM
Ya man I agree with you all the way keep it low, that's my plan for doing my 90 4runner.

05-05-2011, 12:07 PM
droop suspension is the way to go!!!!!
just high enough to clear the tires!!!


05-05-2011, 06:28 PM
mine had 5 inches in it and fit 38.5 boggers
with some creative triming and sledge hammerin
just remember to remove computer
and electrical from behind kick pannels
before beating back of front wheelwells lol
i fucked puter and some wireing

05-05-2011, 07:35 PM
mine had 5 inches in it and fit 38.5 boggers
with some creative triming and sledge hammerin
just remember to remove computer
and electrical from behind kick pannels
before beating back of front wheelwells lol
i fucked puter and some wireing

This sounds just like when Animal put on 36's on his stock 4runner with no lift....
Ha Ha Ha who needs that stuff eh[36] ya hammer time

05-06-2011, 08:44 AM
dont need to worry about computer, im runing a carb'd engine.

already got the weapon(sledge hammer) picked out

06-03-2011, 09:16 PM
vented rotor swap done. wheels on and it moves under its own power again.

i pulled the front end apart with the intention of longs, high steer and welded front diff all done before i put it back together, well the bank account didnt agree with all that. man growing up and owning a house sucks:D

the 35's fit, until you try to turn or flex lol

06-04-2011, 12:00 AM
ur gunna have to angle it going over the speed bumps at the mall like the ricers do lol[cheers]

06-19-2011, 08:43 PM
was looking in the garage today and found half a can of motivation.

got the front springs and steering out

dirka dave
06-19-2011, 09:37 PM

07-20-2011, 09:04 PM
got front lifted and hi steer installed

07-20-2011, 09:28 PM
looking good. [cheers]

07-20-2011, 10:51 PM
Wow that's a pretty sweet little runner, I can't believe your running 35s with a 22r for now. That must be a snail on the trail haha!

07-20-2011, 11:06 PM
Looks alot better now. When is the rear going up?

07-21-2011, 12:37 AM
looks sweet, love the krawlers!!! Awesome Tire

07-21-2011, 12:51 AM
i used late 90s f150 springs in mine same as exploder
moved shackles right to back of frame
and made my own front mounts
flexed good
smooth ride and best part cheep think i paid 80 bucks at pick apart

07-21-2011, 09:47 AM
22r and 35's is fine with a good motor.
I love krawlers.

Still looking for rear springs. Probably just cheap generic bolt on shit.
Can't see this thing lasting to long the way I drive and how they are giving
Out VI's

07-21-2011, 11:46 AM
lookin good now [5]

07-21-2011, 12:44 PM
loooks good ! needs more dents though

07-21-2011, 05:07 PM
loooks good ! needs more dents though

Once the rears lifted we'll have to go fix that then.............. Does rust dent??????? Lol

07-21-2011, 07:12 PM
it just flakes off

09-25-2011, 09:03 PM
found some more motivation today.

couldnt find any cheap used springs, so bucked up and bought some new 4inch procomps

got most of the rear lift in, just need to fab shock mounts.

09-25-2011, 09:08 PM
should clear the garage door opening by 3inches lol

09-26-2011, 08:25 AM
Nice job man, I'm glad you found a can of motivation in the garage. Those rear springs look good in there. It finally has some decent clearance now.

09-26-2011, 11:22 AM
im seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, its almost driveable.

09-26-2011, 12:03 PM
tow hooks ? [f]

09-26-2011, 03:40 PM
tow hooks? for what? i dont get stuck.............

theres hooks on the front, need to build a rear bumper.............

10-16-2011, 08:02 PM
found more motivation saturday so i put my dual t cases together. new marlin adaptor

also installed my marlin twin stick on the rear case

then made a shift knob for the crawl box. its a broken t case input shaft i broke a few years ago

10-16-2011, 08:48 PM
looking good, love Krawlers!!!

10-16-2011, 08:48 PM
Great to meet you today......Ya those will look saweet in there....I'll keep my ears open for a motor for you..

10-17-2011, 12:23 AM
Hey lookin good man. That shifter I got off you worked fine after I shortened the shit outa it. [36]

10-17-2011, 10:51 AM
Great to meet you today......Ya those will look saweet in there....I'll keep my ears open for a motor for you..

was good to meet ya to, the t cases are on their way in, got the old one out today, new one in tomorrow.

thanks, i think i found part of the problem, the mech. advance on the dist is seized. but i still think a new motor would be better lol

10-17-2011, 10:51 AM
Hey lookin good man. That shifter I got off you worked fine after I shortened the shit outa it. [36]


glad it worked for ya.

10-26-2011, 06:18 PM
looking good buddy![cheers]

10-26-2011, 06:29 PM
NICE pics of the mechanical parts there, really sharp photos!

10-27-2011, 11:01 AM
uh thanks, just a shitty camera on my phone. lol

more updates, no pics but:
dual t cases with skid plate are installed
square front shaft made and installed.
rear shaft is ready to go in.
one diff welded, one more to weld then they get installed.

11-05-2011, 09:02 PM
after some fucking around with broken axle bolts and brake lines.............

front and rear are welded, driveshafts installed.

also ready to be shit kicked and vi'd................

11-06-2011, 09:54 AM
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11-12-2011, 03:03 PM
a few more minor details done today.
1984 celica gts seats installed..... driver seat is 7 way adjustable!!

drivers floor patched

and a properly working 22r dist installed. if the drive around the block is any indication, i might get to use 4th gear on the highway lol

02-21-2013, 05:05 PM
havent updated in a while, but have had some spare time so did some work to the old bitch.

no pics yet, but fixed my heater controls. will be nice to be able to choose between defrost, floor and have hot and cold control. had to replace a couple cables and the water valve on the firewall.

02-21-2013, 05:31 PM
already running a wheel spacer in the rear, but i am building a rear IFS rear diff to get rid of the wheel spacers. To have the front the same width as the rear, i did this......

basically what I did was take a couple IFS front wheel hubs, IFS calipers, tacoma rotors, a little grinding, cutting a voila, ifs wheel hubs on a solid axle. Meaning the front will be the same width as the rear.

had a couple of ifs wheel hubs from a parts truck
the like new vented rotor swap. ifs calipers and fj rotors, all bolt on, but no added width. These will be going onto my DD 85 pick up
pic didnt like being re-sized, but its supposed to show the difference between ifs and solid axle wheel hubs
took the ifs hubs to work, sandblasted, grinded to so the tacoma rotors fit over and painted. new bearing races installed longer wheel studs also installed due to the rotor going over the studs
heres the tacoma rotor, fits over the hub .
again , pic didnt like the re-sizing, if you look closely you will see some paint marker, showing what needs to be cut from the backing plate so the caliper bolts on. some people cut the backing plate completely off, but did not want to do anything that couldnt be, undone if i didnt like how this worked out
ifs hub and rotor installed
front view
hardware, on the right is the stock caliper bolt, middle is the one i used, the left is one i may decide to use. There are lots of ways to bolt the caliper to the knuckle. some have drilled and tap'd the caliper to 9/16. some did it the way i have. If i pull it apart again i will drill out the knuckle and use the longer bolt with a nut.
this was awkard to put together. which is why i may drill out the threads in the knuckle and use a nut and bolt. I did not want to modify anything until i knew this would work. the "spacer" is just 2 flat washers. I will be getting my bro inlaw to make a proper spacer now that i know the size i need

caliper bolted on.
side view
here's stock width
heres the wider stance

02-21-2013, 09:22 PM
nice finally some good tech, [36] looks good man

02-21-2013, 10:48 PM
Thanks. Im going to do the other side tomorrow. I will try for some better pics and post the part numbers of all the parts used.

02-21-2013, 11:17 PM
Nice, ive been meaning to do this to eliminate the spacers from my SAS. I still have my ifs hubs so I shouldnt need much else.:confused0006:

02-22-2013, 08:38 PM
I wasnt happy with how the driver side turned out. So on the passenger side
I drilled out the knuckle and caliper to 1/2inch and used a bolt and stover nut. The stock bolt is 12mm, so not much material is removed
also clearenced the caliper a little and now only need 1 flat washer as a spacer instead of 2. after the passenger side was done, I went back and re-did the driver side.

Dont need to remove much, 5 mins a side with a file and you have more then enough clearence
this pic shows a broken vise in the backgroundgo fuck yourself
Still have to install the caliper and rotor at the same time, but its alot easier with a nut and bolt.
could have used a slightly shorter bolt and gone in the other way. i thought with putting the bolt in this way, if it ever did come loose, the bolt will hit the rotor before falling all the way out

I may be breaking more birfs now. I can actually turn the steering lock to lock without the tires hitting the springs. One less reason for it to be pulled off the road if stopped by a cop.

02-22-2013, 08:43 PM
parts used:

IFS wheel hubs
IFS calipers, 4cyl or v6 will work
1997 tacoma 4x4 front rotors
raybestos 5198B wheel studs
8x 1/2 flat washers
4x 1/2inch by 2 1/2 bolts
4x 1/2 stover bolts

02-22-2013, 08:47 PM
Now that the front is done, I took my IFS rear diff housing to work. Cleaned it up and welded on some armour. then gave her a coat of wurth gloss black162070

I then re-installed some heater vent ducting
replaced the turn signal/ wiper switch. I now have working intermittent wipers.
Cleaned the horn contact. The horn now works.... barely, may need a new horn

Its getting closer to being road worthy

09-25-2013, 08:55 PM
bought this winch like 6 years ago. bought the bumper for a case of beer.

so I decided since the warranty was long gone on the winch I might as well put it on.

its all mounted. I haven't hooked it up yet as im going to add a second battery in the next couple days

09-25-2013, 09:41 PM
Looking gooder...

09-29-2013, 09:11 PM
winch is all hooked up and works gooder

fixed a couple mickey mouse coolant hoses and replaced the seized heater control valve.

then ripped off the stock rear bumper and installed this one I got for a case of beer. Its big and heavy. I don't love it, but it will work for now. just don't have the time to build my own.....
had some help.....

10-04-2013, 08:14 PM
Glad the bumper worked out for ya. :) You going to keep the camo duck tape racing strip I put on it?[cheers]

10-04-2013, 09:18 PM
lol yup it stays

02-09-2014, 04:35 PM
After a few problems running it with a carb intake on it, i sold the motor that was in it (22re with carb intake) and installed a good running 22re complete with all the efi stuff from a parts truck i had. Now she runs good. Just a few loose ends to tie up and shes good to go

Found the cause of my problems with the carb'd engine...... fuel line was rusted.....

No pics cause i cant post them from my phone...