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  • #206405
    43074307
    Keymaster

    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…

    #206408
    Slick_YotaSlick_Yota
    Keymaster

    Nice addition Ryan, congrats!

    #206410
    Jason
    Participant

    Congratulations!

    #206414

    nice ryan, seems to be not too tough to get it legit. right on brother!

    #206446
    43074307
    Keymaster

    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.

     

    Remove Airbag…

    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…

     

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    #206450
    Slick_YotaSlick_Yota
    Keymaster

    Hope you got your steering wheel back on the right spline 🙂

    #206451
    43074307
    Keymaster

    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.

    #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.

    #206458
    43074307
    Keymaster

    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.

     

    #206459
    43074307
    Keymaster

    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.

    https://www.amazon.ca/TMS-Snorkel-Intake-Toyota-Cruiser/dp/B00B90PPGY

    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.

     

     

    #206654

    how’s the runner comin’ ryan? plated n on the road all legit, or still buyin’ 10 days at a time?

    #206656
    43074307
    Keymaster

    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.

    #206682
    Slick_YotaSlick_Yota
    Keymaster

    Nice progress!

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