94 4Runner: She Rolls Now! (Axles and Wheels Installed!) (08/11/11)
Well, despite my stitches, i worked on the 4runner. im stubborn as frig haha!
I did it all without lifting too! not bad. I got the rear axle under the springs, installed the ubolts, then jacked it up and bolted the tires on! awesome!
I have a seized caliper on the back though... So i have a few little things i need to do. Gotta move the spring hangers forward about 5" as well to center the axle and line up the shock tabs!
Thanks for Watching!
94 4Runner: SHE DRIVES NOW! (08/26/11)
Well, i got to go for a little romp today, but it tired me out haha! im
thinking the power steering pump is shot... cause i should be able to turn
like the front tires are on ice with no problem! but i have to fight like
hell to get the steering wheel to turn...
I got the rear driveshaft in, its such a drastic angle haha! i hope i dont
start going through ujoints now hahaha!
Thanks for Watching!
94 4Runner: 3.4L Custom Crossover Pipe & Add a Leaf to Front Springs (08/16/11)
Well, I start the day off by taking a shot of that 5 hour energy extra
haha! not the best way to start the morning... ANYWAYS!
I got down to the house, and started working on the front leaf packs first
thing. I got the packs broken down, and added a 1988 Ford Ranger leaf
spring (i think the #3 spring from the pack) to my 3" rear lift springs...
When i dropped the motor in, i lost an inch of height. the 4runner was
sitting PERFECTLY level till then... So i had to add a leaf. The Ford
springs Boosted the front up another
3"! so i am sitting 2" higher than before!
Then i had to run into town and get some Exhaust pipe bent to start working on the
crossover pipe. the guy i talked to said they could do 1 7/8" pipe, but
forgot that they dont have those dies anymore, so they couldnt bend my
pipe... instead, they made me the crossover pipe out of 2" and gave it to
me for a really good deal, plus they threw in a piece of 2.5" that i put to
good use! now i just have to figure out how i want to attach the next piece
to this crossover pipe... im going with 2.5" all the way back, so the stock
toyota flanges arent going to work for me...
Thanks for Watching!
94 4Runner: Rear Axle Positioning (08/12/11)
Well, I got the spring hangers cut off Beastie today, then I welded them to
the 4runner frame. Moved the axle 4" forward, and set the shocks, brake
lines, shackles, everything up just perfectly! also centered the tire in
the wheel well!
Then I ran the rear brake lines, got them all tied in. I need to rebuild a
rear caliper though, Ill do a video on how to do that soon.
I also started on wiring. I got the fuel tank wiring all figured out! now I
just need to fix the small leak in the tank ffs...
I need to put another leaf spring up front to level the truck out once the
engine and stuff is in her. She's sitting level right now, and i have a TON
of weight to put back into her... 80% in the front though haha
Thanks for Watching!
p.s. who read everything this time?
1994 Toyota Solid Axle 4Runner (04/09/12)
Well, you guys asked for it, so here it is!
1994 Toyota 4Runner body
1992 Toyota Ext Cab Pickup Frame (shortened & SAS'd)
1998 Toyota Tacoma 5VZ-FE
1988 Toyota 4Runner v6 Transmission
1985/84 Toyota Gear Driven T-Cases
Custom Armored Axles F/R
IFS Rear Axle W/ Disc Brake Swap
IFS Mod on Front Axle W/ Big Brake Swap
Ford F150 Rear Gas Tank Converted for Toyota Fuel Pump & Sender
Ford Shock Towers
Rear Springs Up Front (RUF)
Chevy Rear Springs
Custom Bumpers F/R (redoing Rear bumper though)
Warn 8274 Winch (needs a motor)
Whole bunch more, just watch the video!
Thanks for Watching! http://analog56x.com/forum
94 4Runner: Rear Disc Setup & More Little Things... (08/25/11)
Well, I woke up early today so I could get the driver side shock tower
welded before the sun hit it haha! I got the brake line flared too, but not
before I forgot to put the fitting on first DOH!
Then I show off my rear disc brake mounts, and swapped out the axle seal.
One thing i forgot to record though, was the rear wiper assembly... I went
over to my buddy's place, and grabbed the wiper assembly off his parts
4runner. Then I started putting the interior back together a bit.
I still have to repair or replace the power steering box, run Exhaust, and get front shocks. The rear
driveshaft is finished, and will be going on tomorrow! might do a little
romping vid for you guys! haha!
Thanks for Watching!
4Runner SAS Build-Up
Some pictures of my sas and buildup with a few poser shots at the end.
1990 Toyota 4Runner-22RE-5 speed-TG 3" front/4" rear-35" BFG
M/T-4.88's-rear LSD-front TruTrac-MC Rear Bumper-TG DOM Sliders-TG
Parts were from either Marlin Crawler or Trail Gear
94 4Runner: Wiring Wiring Wiring & Back Window Fix! (08/13/11)
Well, as the title says... this is all i got up to... i tried bending some
Exhaust pipe, but my bender just kinks
it... gunna have to get a shop to bend me up some pieces... i am almost
ready to put the engine/trans/x-fer cases in! then i gotta shorten the rear
I also couldnt for the life of me figure out how to get the back window
working... my brother is a genius at 4runners! he told me that i had to
have the rear wiper in its rest position to be able to roll the window
down. I didnt even have the rear wiper plugged in haha! no wonder she wasnt
Thanks for Watching!
How to Remove a Birfield Joint (The fast way) aka The Camo Method Toyota 4x4 Solid Axle
This is the fastest way to access a Birfield joint. This method removes
the knuckle as an entire assembly from the Toyota soild or live axle
(1979-1985 U.S. trucks). Because the knuckle can be removed an an entire
unit you don't lose any of your wheel bearing pre-load. This method works
great on the trail if you break a birfield and need to replace it.
If you're looking for bomb-proof replacement birfields, this is the only
place to go:
Bobby Long's "Longfield Super Axles"
The "Camo Method" is named after a moderator on Pirate 4x4. I don't know
if he actually came up with it, but we've always called it the "Camo
3rd Gen Toyota 4runner rear axle seal leak repair (ABS axles)
Re: ABS rear axle setup.
Reverse the axle seal retainer when installing new bearings. Leave 3mm of
polished axle inboard of the inner-most retainer.
Visit the forum discussion:
* Do this at your own risk. I am a shadetree mechanic and this is my
experience and solution. You assume all responsibility for all work you
perform on your vehicle and anyone elses vehicle.
How To Replace a Front Wheel Drive Axle - EricTheCarGuy
If you start to notice your FWD vehicle clicking when you make a tight
turn, you might have an issue with the outer CV joint. If you make a right
turn, it's usually the left side that's bad and vice versa. Most axles are
easy to replace and the one depicted in this video is fairly typical of
what you run into. The main differences come in with how the lower ball
joint is attached. I think this part will give you the most trouble. I
often get asked about what to torque the axle nut to. To be hones, I don't
know. I've only ever run them down with my impact. I've never had an issue
doing it that way and I don't think you would either. Just be sure to stake
the nut or install the cotter pin and retaining clip if it has one. If
you'd like more information on how to deal with suspension noises, check
out this article I wrote on the topic.
Video on CV boot replacement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S-ofMoWsr0
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Installing Wheel Spacers for Toyota 4x4 Solid Front Axle. The pros and cons of using wheel spacers.
How to install wheel spacers on a Toyota 4x4. My thoughts on using wheel
spacers, some of the pros and cons of using wheel spacers, and some of the
tricks I've learned in dealing with wheel spacers over the years.
Generally, I'm a fan of wheel spacers. The biggest thing is just to
realize that you've deviated from the factory tolerances and that parts
(like wheel bearings) are going to wear faster from strain that falls outside the
design parameters. but, if you're running tires big enough to need wheel
spacers, you probably know that already.
I say it in the video, but I can't say it enough: Check those nuts that
hold the spacer on often. Wheeling rigs have a freakish ability to loosen
everything attached to them.
1975 Dodge Sportsman Brake Booster & Custom Leaf Packs! (08/09/11)
Well, I drove into town to pick up a few things. Got a brake Booster for my Mom's 1975 Dodge Sportman
camper-van thing. Got that swapped, and its working better.
I got u-bolts, longer shackle bolts, and center bolts for the rear leaf
springs on the 4runner. I also got a clutch kit for the 4runner :)
Well, I took the leaf springs apart, built custom packs, installed them,
and was working on getting the rear axle under the 4runner, when I had a
I was pretty tired by the time i was working on getting the axle under the
4runner. Thinking i was out from underneath it, i stood up... i caught the
rusty, jagged, sharp edge of the rear quarter panel with my back... I went
to the hospital, and got it cleaned, and stitched up. I did a pretty good
job haha, the doctor removed 6 or 7 pieces of metal and debris. He even had
to cut a chunk of flesh off because he couldnt get the metal out of it!
anyHways! haha, Thanks for Watching!