I don't name my vehicles but since this is a forum post about my 4Runner and it's future I figure I should call it something. Since it's a manual, Shifty it is. And that is the last time I will ever refer it by name.
On with it then.......
1996 4Runner SR5 4x4
3.4 Liter V6
After market Sunroof =(
And here it is still at the dealer lot, right after I paid for it and right before I drove it home.
I don't like black cars and this one was in a little bit rougher shape then I would have liked but the next manual trans 4Runner for sale I found was in Virginia, some 800+ miles away. So I conceded and picked this one up. If it wasn't for the dealer fees it would have been a great deal.
Now, 2.5 weeks later I've replaced the inner and out TREs, front LCA bushings, Tundra 199mm brake upgrade, pulled the running boards and I got a set of 265/75r16 Nitto Terra Grapplers on it. I'm much happier with it now and it's going to get it's first work out this Sunday in Ocala National Forest, hopefully. I still need to replace the steering rack bushings but the rack leaks so I need to address that as well. And there is an issue when it rains with water getting under the dash and the car have a mind of it's own but I'll make a post about that later.
The 199mm Tundra brakes are awesome. The stock brakes looked like they were in good shape but the front end shuttered horribly even after fixing all the parts listed above. And honestly, it only cost $290 for all the parts from Advanced Auto so it was completely worth it.
And here is how it sits right now.
My future plans are undecided right now. Obviously I have some grandiose ideas but currently I think I'm going to keep it mellow. Being in Florida there isn't much need for a big lift and tons of armor, sand really isn't as hard on a the rockers. Skid plate would be nice but I'll have to see how the stock ones hold up. I really need to get a headliner back in it. The stock one was cut up and removed to make room for the AM Sunroof so I'm looking for a factory headliner 'with sunroof' backing to work with. Also, one of the previous owners must have been gigantic as the driver seat padding is completely washed out. The cover is fine there's just no padding left under it. Rust is at a minimum but it did spend some time in PA so I'll be addressing it in the near future.
I'll listen to any suggestions any one has. I plan to keep this for a while and build a nice expo rig out of it. I'm finally happy after going through 5 different cars in the last year trying to find what I was looking for.