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?
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!
94 4Runner: 85 Pickup Dismantle "Beastie's Last Day" (08/07/11)
Well, today I pulled the trigger on the teardown. Got the transfer case and
transmission out, and got 90% of the wiring out. Tomorrow, the engine comes
out, as well as the axles. Im going to need to get some more ubolts for the
rear, as im not going to be using the tacoma rear springs (i think... ill
have to see how it goes... MAYBE i could build a custom tacoma set... i
just need the 2nd spring to be full length... i cannot have the top spring
taking the entire load, because it kills it...
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: 3.4L Installed, More Wiring & Rear Disc Brakes (08/14/11)
Well, I started the day off working on the wiring. I found out that the
motors for the windows all work, so its definitely the master switch in the
door that is the problem.
Then I started working on the rear brakes. I had a weird caliper (figured
out that both are doing it) that wears the inside pad first and doesnt
really wear the outer pad...
Then I decided I wanted to get the engine in. So i got the other mount
changed over to Polyurethane and got the motor in! It fits awesome! Exhaust will be doable from underneath too!
Maybe ill get a shop to bend a piece of pipe in weird angles, then cut it
up to make my own crossover pipe. they surely wont charge much for a few
bends on a pipe that i could supply...
Then I got the rear suspension finished. i was able to finally get the
front right shock off, so i threw the 12" shocks on the rear. its just
Now i just have to seal the gas tank, install it, get a filler neck made,
and plug it in.
Then i have a few odds and ends to deal with... nothing else really
Thanks for Watching!
toyota truck differential backlash. how do i fix it.
how do i fix this. can i just adjust the adjuster bearings in side the
rear. no other problems with rear other than it seems to have some
clearances. no large chunks of metal either. CORRECTION. just a few weeks
ago i finally got around to changing it out with a 4x4 v6 rear and as it
turns out the play was not due to pinion to ring gear gap the internal
gears were all worn out prob along with the bearings but the pinion to ring
gear was actually perfect.
Toyota 4x4 brake modification makes broken Birfield access much quicker! Quick release caliper.
Toyota for some reason made the mount for the brake caliper hardline a
trapped unit. Because of the way it was designed you have to disconnect
the brake line if you want to remove the caliper from the steering knuckle,
or if you want to remove the knuckle from the axle.
Even under shop conditions I hate bleeding brakes, so imagine how much fun
it is if you would have to open the brake lines out on the trail (like when
you're fixing a blown Birfield joint.) Spilling brake fluid on the ground
out in the woods is not cool either. This mod allows you to remove the
caliper while the brake hard line and flexible line are still attached. If
you don't have to open the system, you don't have to bleed after you put it
This mod alos comes in super handy in the shop. As you can eliminate the
brake bleeding step in any job that requires that you remove the caliper
(Wheel bearing adjustment, rotor replacement, steering knuckle removal,
etc.) If you don't have to bleed the brakes you just saved yourself a
bunch of time. If you've had to disconnect the brake hard line at the
caliper, his trick also makes getting that tiny brake hard line fitting
that mounts under the bracket started into the soft line fitting threads a
This is the first mod that I do to any Solid Front Axle (SFA) Toyota that
wanders into my life. It's such an easy mod I'm just dumbfounded that
Toyota didn't make the brackets like this from the get-go. Maybe it was a
planned move to increase the service time...increased service time = more
money in the service department's pocket...
How to Make Toyota 4x4 Extended length Brake Lines for lifts and long travel suspension.
Solid axle Toyota 4x4 trucks were sold in the U.S. between 1979 and 1985
before being replaced by the IFS (Independent Front Suspension) trucks
starting in 1986. Other parts of the world were still getting solid front
axles until the 1990's.
One of the big issues when you lift a truck or put a long travel suspension
on is that the front brake lines can become stretched beyond their
capabilities. You either need to relocate the mounting bracket for the
brake hose, or get a longer hose to avoid ripping your stock hose in half.
The offroad industry would like you to go out and buy a set of extended
length stainless steel brake lines, but there is a better (and cheaper) way
to fix this problem.
The front brake hose has two female ends on it. The hardline from the
master cylinder screws into one female end of the soft line, and the
hardline from the brake caliper screws into the other end. However, there
is another brake hose in the system at the rear of the truck. The rear
brake hose that goes to the rear axle has one female end and one MALE end.
If you simply get two more rear brake hoses you can run them in series with
the existing front brake hose and you get a double length hose. You can
also run two rear brake hoses together to get a double long rear brake
line. The NAPA Auto parts part number is UP 38256. A new brake hose runs
about $13.00 (USD). For comparison, a stainless steel extended brake line
set can run over $100.
If you're really a cheapskate, you can go to a junkyard and grab a couple
of rear brake hoses for even cheaper (however, for $13 for a new hose it's
probably worth it just to go down to the parts store and get new ones.)
Rebuilding Axle Shafts On Toyota 7.5 Inch Rear End
This is what I went through in rebuilding the axle shafts on my 89 Toyota
Pickup's axle shafts. It's a 7.5 inch axle. I had to replace the
differential carrier (which I don't cover rebuilding) and decided to do the
bearings while I was there, since they had 295K not-so-friendly miles on
The key to all this was borrowing my Dad's press, wouldn't have been able
to do this without it because of the fits. Simple heat and hammering wasn't
1981 Toyota Pickup 4X4 (5 inch Marlin Crawler lift)
Taking the Toyota Pickup out for a mild 4X4 test. This is an intro video
to this vehicle, you will see more videos of this truck as we take it on
trails and other adventures.
This is Graeme's truck which he fully rebuilt in the summer of 2011 from
the ground up. Besides the 5 inch lift from Marlin Crawler it has dual
transfer cases, with stock gearing. The motor has been rebuilt but is
stock besides the Hooker Header and the Thrush muffler out back. Graeme
also painted the vehicle himself using Tremclad rust paint and a paint gun.
Music by: Kevin Macleod
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