My 2007 V8 4Runner (1 Viewer)

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2007 V8 Sport Edition

As It Sits Today...

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On Top of Pike's Peak
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Loveland Pass
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Chicago Salt
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Mods

Interior
- Kenwood DDX 712
- JL Audio Front Components
- JL Audio Rear Coaxials
- 12" Alpine Type R
- Hard Wired Escort 9500i
- Scan Gauge II
- Front 20% Rear 5% Tint

Exterior
- ARB Front Bumper
- 275/70/17 BFG KO2's
- SCS Stealth 6's in Matt Dark Bronze
- 5th Gen Brake Upgrade
- SS Exhaust Tip
- Stickers

Suspension
- Bilstein 6112's with 700# Springs
- Bilstein 5100's w/ Daystar 1.5" DS Spacer & Icon 2" Springs
- Total Chaos UCAs
- New OEM LCA's

It's been a long time coming but I figured I should make a build thread. It's taken 10 years and 175k miles but my 4Runner will finally be used in its natural habitat when I relocate to Alaska at the end of May.

Growing up, my parents owned Land Cruisers. They are by far the most over-engineered trucks on the road today. Nothing comes even remotely close. Period. The 4Runner is a great compromise, particularly ones with the V8 which is a direct transplant from the Land Cruiser.

My first mod was a hardwired Escort 9500i. Using the standard 12V socket looks janky. I purchased the smart cord and wired it directly to the map lights. I ran the mute button to a blank next to the center differential lock. The detector is mounted next to the rear view mirror; out of my line of sight and virtually undetectable to would-be thieves.

Next, I installed a custom stereo. I have a Kenwood DDX 712 with Garmin Navigation (which is pathetically out of date) and an Alpine PDX amplifier for my JL component and coaxial door speakers. In the rear, I have an Audioque AQ2200D powering two 12" Type R subs.

Today, I'm sentimentally attached to it. It's never left me stranded, has moved me across the country more than once, has been around the United States and is still my daily driver. The odometer rolled over 173k miles a few days ago.

I ended up with about a 3/3 lift. I prefer some rake, if you actually "level" the wheel wells you will look ridiculous driving if you have any weight in the rear. Besides, there is inherently more wheel travel in the rear so there needs to be more space between the fender and tire.

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Excellent write up, photos and over all documentation. Your truck touches all the right areas in my opinion, maybe sliders down the road but your philosophy is similar to mine. "Growing up, my parents owned Land Cruisers. They are by far the most over-engineered trucks on the road today. Nothing comes even remotely close. Period. The 4Runner is a great compromise, particularly ones with the V8 which is a direct transplant from the Land Cruiser." - Couldn't agree more.
 
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Excellent write up, photos and over all documentation. Your truck touches all the right areas in my opinion, maybe sliders down the road but your philosophy is similar to mine. "Growing up, my parents owned Land Cruisers. They are by far the most over-engineered trucks on the road today. Nothing comes even remotely close. Period. The 4Runner is a great compromise, particularly ones with the V8 which is a direct transplant from the Land Cruiser." - Couldn't agree more.

Appreciate the feedback. Sliders are unlikely simply because I don't off-road. The bumper is for animal protection when out in the middle of nowhere Alaska.

The most off-road this is going to see is the dirt and gravel roads throughout Alaska. Rock crawling doesn't appeal to me at all.
 
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Over the course of the last 6 weeks I've done the following.

- Full 5th Gen Brake Upgrade (rotors/pads/calipers) with Hawk Pads
- PCV Valve
- Serpentine Belt
- Oil Change With M1 Synthetic and Oversize M1-209 Filter
- Driveline Grease
- TC UCA Install
- 700# Coil Install
- Alignment
- PS Flush
- ATF Flush (20k ago)
- Diff Fluid Change (20k ago)
- ARB Bull Bar
- OEM Alternator (1 year ago) original went out at 155k
- SCS Wheels

And today I did the absolute last thing....installed a Napa group 34F 800CCA 115min reserve battery. I didn't want to drive 4,000 miles through Canada on a 4 year old Toyota battery.

The truck is ready - not only for the drive but Alaska. I'll have a dealer up there install a block heater and I'll likely install an oil pan and batter blanket as well. That's not needed right now.

We will be packing it up next week and leave Chicago on May 20th. We cannot fxxxing wait to get out of this city!!
 
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