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Old 07-06-2013, 09:33 PM   #1
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VanCity4x Prerunner Convert Build

Rolling a 2005 Taco Access cab TRD OR Prerunner in Desert Sand Mica converted to 4wd. After becoming a full addict to offroading and Tacoma world I realized I made a mistake buying a 2wd truck. Thanks to Wyatt and RST developing a option to convert these trucks. It took a lot of work, sweat, bloddy knuckles and $$$ but she's finally ready for the trails and exploring my backyard in BC.

Here's how she currently sits,




















Mods

Drivetrain:
Prerunner to 4x4 swap
4.56 Nitro Clamshell with ARB121
4.56 Nitro 3rd member elocker
ADD engage harness (Thanks to Wyatt)
FJ Crusier Transfer case Twin Sticks
4x4 driveshaft (Spicer Built)
Full breather Relocate
Triple drilled Tcase/R Diff Flange
Intake Relocate

Kicks:
Axis Regulators 16x9 Black w/ Gold Beadlock
315 75r16 BFG Mud T/A KM2
Cab Mount Chop
1.25 Spidertracs Spacers
Cut and Choped Fenders and Flares
ARB Tire Deflator

Suspension:
Icon (LR) 2.5 Ext Travel Coilovers
Total Chaos UCA’s
TC Spindle Gussets
Sway bar delete

OMD Style leafs
U bolt Flip
Timbren bump stops
3* Axle Shims
ATO Shackle Flip

1’’ 4crawler Body Lift

Armor:
Crusin Offroad Custom 2x3'' Dom inner Rock Sliders

Recovery:
HiLift
ARB CKMA12 compressor/ Inflator kit
Spare cv, hub, misc parts and recovery gear

Exterior:
HomerTaco Satoshi Grill
Custom rubber bed mat
Kobalt tool box –Line-x coated
Black badging
Flowmaster super 40 muffler
BC Pinstriping

Lighting/Electrical:
DieHard 31m in Pelfery cage
Blue sea fuse box w/ custom mount
1/0ga ground cable (Full Big 3 to come)
Sunglass holder to switch panel convert
BHLM/DTRL
Tinted tail lights
Bed Light
Slider and underhood LED lights

Interior:
Weather Techs
Suede arm rests/rear seats
Line X window plate, centre consel cover
Black painted centre console, 2012 style
White LED cluster swap and switch lights
White LED map and dome lights
Mag light seat mount
Sound Deadnd
Scanguage

Audio/Coms:
Kenwood ddx370 Head
Alpine sps-600 series front/rear speakers
Alpine V60 5channel amp
JL 10'' sub w/custom box
Cobra 18 cb radio w/ 4' Firestick
BC Backroad maps on Ipad

To come/progress:
Wet okoies
Ipad mount
Brute Force hybrid bumper (on order)
Chevy 63 swap with 14" bilsteins
Lightbars
Full skids and rear bumper
Bed Rack
LT
9" rear
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Details of swap as outlined by the mastermind - http://www.rocksolidtoys.com/forum/showthread.php?t=396

So to make a conversion of a 2nd gen prerunner possible will need to find all the parts,

A750F 4x4 Transmission
VF2A FJ Crusier (Automatic) Transfer Case
Tacoma Front Diff w/ mounting hardware
CV axels
4x4 hubs/bearings
CV nut/seals
Front drive shaft
ADD Harness - replaces ecu
Custom tranny crossmember
Modified rear drive shaft
modified y-pipe exhaust
+large assortment of mounting bolts, seals and misc parts


The swap for me was around $3500 in parts not including the ARB or gears. If pieced together properly it can be done for cheaper. Most of my ability and knowledge came from a lot of research and the factory service manual which details all the parts on the truck.


Heres how I did the swap

New Tranny and TCase




First off I took out the tranny. The connectors, fluid lines, shifter leaver came off then took out the starter to access the TC to Flexplate bolts. Then unbolted the bellhousing from the engine to pull the tranny out.




Installed the new Transmission then cut the hole and sent my FJ Tcase home




Have Twinsticks used for selecting the drive, left of for high, neutral and low and right for 2wd and 4wd. This also lets me utilize 2low for certain situations.








The prerunner frame is different then the 4x4 so a custom crossmember is needed. The measurements were not the easiest to get. I used 1x3 steel tube, cut the ends off a 4x4 crossmember and welded them to the new. Then cut out the center section and added them mount.










The IFS stuff is pretty simple, front diff bolts to factory holes, no crawl box meant factory front drive shaft would fit. Gusseted the spindles, through in the cv's and hubs with seals. Wired up the ADD Harness, works great. Allows the front diff to function without the use of the ecu. Before switching into 4wd the switch gets turned on activating the front diff, then the tcase can be shifted into 4.












At the same time as the swap I had my front and rear diff regeared to 4.56 and front locker installed.




For the rear drive shaft instead of buying a 4x4 shaft I was able to get my prerunner shaft cut down and a yoke and slip joint added. Cut the cost down rather than buying a new shaft and having to change the carrier bearing position, they are different on 4x4 frames.



The last thing I got done was getting the exhaust relocated as It doesn't fit around the new tcase. You can see it in the bottom of the picture here, it is in the stock location now. I got it done by a shop. I will def be redoing it soon as it already has rock scars on it.

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Intake Relocate





Tires - make big rocks look small







Fender chop












IFS








OMD style Leaf pack f150 springs





Shackle flip





Crusin -Beefy as Fuck- Sliders





ARB





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Interior















Audio









Coms






Electrical






















Early days


Before Conversion






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Stockers





First lift, good memories





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I am very sorry to ask, how much work and money to convert to 4X4? I also have a pre runner. Thanks!
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Awesome job with the truck so far and that's awesome you converted it
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I am very sorry to ask, how much work and money to convert to 4X4? I also have a pre runner. Thanks!
id love to know as well...
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:14 PM   #7
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As I added above it would cost at least 3k in parts. Most the parts I was able to get for ridiculous prices from a friend with a wrecking yard. Regear and lockers was at least 2200, then suspension, wheels, tools ect. Not Cheap.

Better pics and more details to come.
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nice, i might do this years down the road
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I need to 4x4 convert. I'm too attached to my truck to trade it in. Plus it's already paid off...
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As I added above it would cost at least 3k in parts. Most the parts I was able to get for ridiculous prices from a friend with a wrecking yard. Regear and lockers was at least 2200, then suspension, wheels, tools ect. Not Cheap.

Better pics and more details to come.
Hello. Thank you very much for your response. I wish I have your skills. Man, your truck is awesome!!
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how sketchy was it welding up that new cross member? i might be getting an FJ T case for $150...and now that i've found the ADD system to trick the actuator i'd actually be tempted to try to convert. the only thing that scares me is rewelding a new cross member like that
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Hello. Thank you very much for your response. I wish I have your skills. Man, your truck is awesome!!
Thanks man, put a lot of work into it.

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how sketchy was it welding up that new cross member? i might be getting an FJ T case for $150...and now that i've found the ADD system to trick the actuator i'd actually be tempted to try to convert. the only thing that scares me is rewelding a new cross member like that
It was difficult to measure out the spacing for crossmember and I was still a little bit off. I spend at least 10 hours cutting and welding it. My advice, buy the 4x4 tail housing and inchworm adapter, would make it a lot easier.

The FJ tcase is also very difficult to install on a automatic, the shifter comes up right underneath the transmission shifter. I'm working on fitting my twin sticks, another very difficult process, have gone through 3 different figments for sticks and still doesn't fit right, will prob take a few days more.


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nice work! The FJ case is where it's at!
Thanks bro, it totally is.
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Changed coolant, front/rear diff fluid, changed tcase to synth, engine oil, bled brakes and added tranny fluid, was a bit low.
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Molybdenite Peak - South of Lillooet BC. 9000 ft elevation, has snow 10 months a year.





















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Holy guacamole, I needed this build for my inspiration, I too have a prerunner. I want to convert it to 4x4; it's already paid for and it was a gift from my parents so trading it in for another truck isnt an option.

I have no clue how much it'll cost but it's gonna be a ways down the road till i attempt it. Thanks for the build, DSM setting the standard.

p.s. My truck is DSM as well
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Thanks guys, still have to put togeather a more detailed description of the swap along with finishing the still long list of things that need to be done. For me it was cheaper then selling and buying another so its def possible for you Cham.

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