March 30, 2018 at 4:02 pm #206405
Yup! We bought another Toyota. Its an 03-4Runner SR5. 4.7 V8 with 240K km. 4X4 of course!
It has a Rough Country 3.5″ lift, 265/70/R17 Antares Deep Digger M/T’s.
We bought it because my trusty Taco is about to receive a frame swap, as per the recall. The Taco will be down for a while thus requiring a replacement vehicle, while I work on the Tacoma. I mentioned in another thread the Taco will receive 63″ Chevy rear leaf springs (which I’m currently running and love). The front end will receive a solid axle swap (SAS) using a Jeep Wagoneer Dana 44 front axle. Its going to take a while to build but I can still camp and wheel with the 4Runner.
The plan for the 4Runner is to build it up a bit, nothing hardcore. I’ll build sliders, bumpers (eventually) add some lighting, air compressor, CB, possibly a snorkle and a few other do-dads. First things first. I need to monitor the functions of the truck and address anything that need attention.
Here it is, the newest addition to TNTT…March 30, 2018 at 10:02 pm #206408
Nice addition Ryan, congrats!March 31, 2018 at 7:45 pm #206410JasonParticipant
Congratulations!April 2, 2018 at 7:25 pm #206414
nice ryan, seems to be not too tough to get it legit. right on brother!April 17, 2018 at 4:53 am #206446
Its been a couple weeks, I’ve been driving it around with a temporary sticker on the plate. It needs a few things for the safety, no big deal. Ive been picking at some of these “things”.
Overall impression: I like it! Rides good, the V8 has balls, fun to drive, makes a good family wheeler and a mid week mall crawler.
Anyway, like I said, I’ve been picking away…
Spiral Cable: The OEM spiral cable was kaput. The horn didn’t work, cruise control didn’t work, volume control worked, the airbag didn’t. “The Spiral Cable / Clock Spring”…. Interesting device, expensive if you buy OEM ($412 for the part) or cheaper if you buy aftermarket ($75). I chose the cheaper one, for obvious reasons. Looking at the OEM, failed spiral Cable, I noticed the clocked position, it was in, was wrong. There is a curtain position it must be in or it will fail.
What is a clock spring or spiral cable?
“In vehicle steering systems a clock spring or clockspring is a spiral-wound special rotary electrical connector which allows a vehicle’s steering wheel to turn while still making an electrical connection between the steering wheel airbag and/or the vehicle’s horn and other devices and the vehicle’s electrical systems”.
So, I replaced mine. It didn’t take long, fairly easy.
Pull steering wheel off …
Remove plastic Tupperware that covers the steering column exposing the Spiral Cable: round thing with the yellow sticker and wires.
Remove the Spiral Cable assembly…
New and old Spiral Cables: Top=old OEM, Bottom=new aftermarket…
New one installed…
After the install, everything worked. Cruise control, horn, airbag, stereo controls.
The airbag light remained “ON”. I tried clearing the error code with my OBDII (with ABS and Airbag read and erase) gadget. I was able to erase the code but it kept popping up again. I took it to Toyota to recalibrate the airbag module. In the end, I can scratch this off my “Safety” list.
On to the next thing…April 18, 2018 at 11:24 am #206450
Hope you got your steering wheel back on the right spline 🙂April 18, 2018 at 2:28 pm #206451
Yup , I marked the position before I took the steering wheel off. Its all back together now problem solved.
Next on the agenda, replacing the bulbs on the climate control console.April 19, 2018 at 6:17 pm #206454
seems like you’re gettin’ $h!t done ryan. my stuff has come to standstill due to some major family crap. no, no one’s gone for their dirt nap.April 20, 2018 at 10:22 pm #206458
Not as much as id like Mark, running behind on getting the safety done. I burned up the first 10 days on my Temporary sticker, without accomplishing anything. I have another 10 days, but id like to eliminate 90% of the the issues before I do. Its not a big list, I just don’t have the time, and I don’t want to pay someone to do the easy stuff. I’m stubborn that way.
So apparently, according to the dealership, the climate control back lights must be working for a safety.
I looked at the MTO website for Certification criteria, and found the main instrument cluster must be lite. No mention of secondary clusters like radio or heating/cooling. The shifter lights must work (which will be the next project), thats it.
Whatever! So I’m playing it safe, its an easy, cheap fix. I was going to do it anyway, because it’s annoying they didn’t work.
Heres a how-to video, not mine…
Pics from my project. I did this during the ice storm. Sat in the Runner wrenching on the dash.April 20, 2018 at 10:59 pm #206459
A new (to me) rig is a very slippery slope. The internet is the devil on the shoulder.
I was oogling the webnet for 4th gen 4Runner info and came across a snorkel thread…. go figure.
According to a discussion thread, this cheaper Land Cruiser snorkel will fit a 4th gen 4runner just fine.
I slipped the slope and clicked a button, next thing I know there was one at my door!
I wasn’t even in the market for one. We’ll see if it fits, whenever that happens.
Another impulse buy..
Princess Auto had this CB on sale, limited quantity, a couple weeks ago. Did a quick oogle search for reviews, they looked good, so – you know. Now I need an antenna and a craft solution to mount this stuff.May 31, 2018 at 6:05 pm #206654
how’s the runner comin’ ryan? plated n on the road all legit, or still buyin’ 10 days at a time?May 31, 2018 at 7:56 pm #206656
Passed safety today, yippee!
Anyway, I was running out of time. My work schedule really cuts into getting anything done. One day off a week makes it hard to accomplish anything, let alone spend time with the family.
I was able to pick away at the little things for the safety. I had the front brakes done and the rocker body work done by OK Tire, Sarah gets a discount there.
Now the truck is legal eagle, I’ll continue to pick away at getting it up to par. Fluid changes are next.June 4, 2018 at 12:41 am #206682
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