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    I've been a Jeep guy for the last 13 years and when we had my daughter I figured that a TJ on 35s wasn't the best vehicle for toting two kids around in. I sold it and picked up this 05 Toyota 4Runner Sport. I've wanted one for a while and always wanted the v8. my wife has a 4-door JK, so I didn't want two of those.

    completely stock when I bought it, 171k on the v8. runs strong, but the truck has some corrosion on the undercarriage that I'm not a fan of. no major rust issues, just a layer of junk on everything, it seems. the tires were balding, so I picked up a used set of 255/75 BFGs from a rubi on Craigslist to start the first "mod" of many planned. they lasted only about 4 months and I found a nice used set of 285/70 Nitto Terra Grappler g2s. mounted them and painted the wheels black. stuffing 33's on saggy stock suspension required some "massaging" of the pinch weld in the wheel wells, removing the front mud flaps, moving the front inner fender forward a little into the bumper, and adding 1.25" spacers to the wheels. I still rubbed the body mount area on full lock, but only a little.





    Rocked it this way for over a year due to a loss of job and no time. I had the bike racks and stickers already, so those went on as well.

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    I had some light pods sitting around that I got for my TJ when I still had it, so I decided to put those on. I found a stock-style switch that mounted to the switch panel and wired into the harness for the lights, easy-peasy. $29 on Amazon was never better spent on lighting!





    I did some light wheeling, but it was hard with all the squeezing of tires and the low ride. these 4th Gens weren't too great in the ground clearance department from the factory, and my XREAS suspension was old and tired.

    the last time I went out in the winter I got turtle'd pretty good in some snow and had to call a friend...



    I was getting pretty tired of all that, so I started looking for upgrades in my favorite spot...Craigslist!

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    I scored a full set of shocks/struts for an FJ cruiser with less than 60k miles on them for $50. the FJ stuff is the same as the 4th gen, with the exception that the front struts actually give a 1" lift for me. I bought a Daystar 2.5"/1.5" spacer lift just to get by for now and put it all together. The struts looked almost new.

    I also scored a used set of JBA HD upper control arms off Craigslist as well. the ball joints will need rebuilding within the next year, but for $150 less than new, it wasn't a bad deal. these will help me get a better alignment when I get my new tires installed.

    I also grabbed a v8 badge off ebay since mine had apparently fallen off at some point...




    I had a friend help me install the front struts, new sway bar links, and the UCAs a couple weekends ago at his dad's shop. went pretty smooth outside of needing to PB Blast the crap out of everything under there. we didn't have time to finish the rears and we noticed that one of my shocks had rusted off completely and wasn't even there...who knew!

    I got the truck up on stands in my driveway and finished the install the next weekend. it finally looked like a proper 4x4!







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    and to bring everything up to speed, I got my Trump check in time for my tires to start balding. so...this arrived today!



    yeah yeah, there's supposed to be 3 others. I guess FedEx was having a hard time getting them on the same truck? the other 3 are gonna be delivered on Monday, I guess?

    35x12.50r17 Kanati Trail Hogs. Goodyear Duratracs with a different name...and half the price! got all 4 shipped to my door for $725. they look nice, and are identical to the Goodyears, so I guess we will see how they do.

    I also ordered a set of wheels and new TPMS since these stock ones didn't have any in them. I hate that TPMS light being on all the time...



    Vors 17x8.5 in bronze...should look sharp with the silver. they're knock-offs of $3400 set of Volk wheels, but they have good reviews from folks. I guess I'll find out soon enough. the UPS guy just drove around my neighborhood tonight with them on his truck, and then left. he's down in Golden now, so I guess I'll get them tomorrow? or whenever UPS decides they want to drop them by?

    anyways...gotta get them mounted, then check to see what kinds of trimming I'll need to do to make them fit.

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    I'd say that's coming along nicely.
    I've wondered what my silver 06 would look like with a bit more aggressive tire. Now I see.
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    yeah, they really should have come with a 1-2" lift from the factory, haha. they look like such hybrids with their small tires and low stance when they're stock. with a lift and 33s they finally start to look proportional.

    sort of like how the very base-model Wranglers look with their tiny tires and steel wheels, haha. they just don't look right.

    J.
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