The $4k Toyota 4Runner — Part 3 — 4-Wheel & Off-Road Magazine

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Toyota 4Runner III

The $4k Toyota 4Runner — 3

Gearing Traction for a Tough Toyota

In the first installment of our $4K we added suspension products 4Crawler, Daystar, and Rancho to 33-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrains the fenders (May ’13). The fit now, but even with the 4.56 gears the “3.slow” has trouble turning them. gear might as well be the fairy; we had heard of it but never seen it.

“Fifth gear as well be the tooth fairy; we had of it but never actually seen it”

To this issue, we made a to JT Parts Accessories for 5.29 and new bearings for our Toyota. The horsepower of the 3.0L is at 4,800, and the torque is at 3,400, so we wanted to keep the in that range on the freeway. 4.56 gears and the stock tires, the 4Runner was turning over 3,000 rpm at 75 mph. bump the rpm up to 3,280 at 75 mph, below the torque peak.

$6K 4Runner?

Our stated goal this project was to perform worth of upgrades to increase the prowess while maintaining and good road manners. We met goals but blew our budget in the Looking back, where we have saved money to on budget without making too compromises?

Run Rancho RS5000 instead of RS9000XL shocks savings but no ability to fine-tune

Forfeit fullsize BFGoodrich tire ($149 savings but spare tire was too small to use on one of locked axle).

Wait to purchase Trail Rock Defense rear ($299 savings, but stock had no recovery points and poorer clearance).


Use Smittybilt XRC 8 winch of X20 8 winch ($100 savings but not

Hold off on Budbuilt rear pan ($279 savings, but transfer would be vulnerable off-road).

By Step

Our 4Runner uses a differential in the front. We needed to the gear ratio with the but we refrained from adding a differential for two reasons. One, we have the money in our budget, and we were concerned about the of the front-end components.

The 8-inch in the back of our 4Runner is incredibly it is still in production after than three decades. makes parts easy to and reasonably priced. We pulled the ourselves to save on labor for the installation.

Aaron Lechner of Bayshore normally works on over-the-road so our little Toyota was a piece of Although we are on a budget, setting up was one task we felt was best to hired professionals with equipment.

Having equipment industrial parts washers is one of the the pros have over the installation at home. Bayshore cleaned all components and painted the before we reinstalled them.

Toyota 4Runner III

In to the Nitro Gear Axle JT Parts Accessories also us with new Koyo bearings and for both the front and rear With 190,000 miles on the it was cheap insurance while was in the diffs.

Nitro Gear is the only to offer aftermarket gears for with 29-spline pinions, the as found from the factory on Toyotas. Other companies you to retrofit the older and weaker pinion, but not Nitro Gear. We our ’94 4Runner for added strength.

The new pinion flange is required the 29-spline pinion. It has multiple patterns so Bayshore did not have to any driveline modifications.

The bearing were punched prior to to ensure that they installed in the same location and

If we were not changing the gear the Powertrax Lockright could be added at home with handtools. The Lockright fits the open carrier, replacing the gears, and provides full to both rear tires.

JT Parts recommended that we out the factory crush sleeve for a spacer and shims. This us to remove the pinion flange concern about the preload Lechner measured the crush that came out of the diff as a point for the overall length of the new spacer and shims.

Since we had the rear axleshafts out, we the opportunity to replace the rear bearings and seals. They leaking, but they were the Toyota pieces with 200,000 miles on them. built a special fixture to this; they can be a challenge at even with a press.

capped off the rear differential with a LubeLocker gasket and gear oil. The LubeLocker is a gasket with a steel that is rubber coated and has perimeter elastomer beading on sides of the gasket to prevent

The lower axle gears been a welcome addition on the and the trail, while the Lockright has additional trail prowess at a cost. That is what the $4K is all about.

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