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Old 04-29-2013, 02:33 PM   #1
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The Rock Lobster

I guess all the cool kids have moved over to TW. I'm not a cool kid but i DGAF so i'm gonna post my build thread over here too.



Dylan's 1997 4Runner SR5 5 Speed 4WD.



Specs

1997 4Runner SR5 4WD. Sunfire Red
3.4L 5VZ-FE Turbocharged. Massive amounts of boost. Some crazy amount of horsepower.
R150F 5 Speed
Differential Gear Ratio: 4.10:1
Max Crawl Ratio: 190:1
Front Lift: 3.5 inches
Rear Lift: 5 inches
Front Hub to fender measurement: 25.5 inches
Rear Hub to fender measurement: 27 inches
Wheelbase: 105.3 inches
Frame height: 21 inches
Front track width:
Rear track width:


Modifications

Engine
Custom Turbo setup by Rock Toy Industries
Holset HX35 Turbo
Front mount intercooler
Greddy BOV
315cc Supra Injectors
URD FTC1 performance calibration unit
3 inch turbo-back exhaust
Borla XR-1 muffler

Drivetrain
Exedy Clutch
URD Short Shifter
Marlin Crawler TacoBox Dual Case Setup with 4.7 low range gears
Homemade Transfer Case Crossmember with 4xInnovations mount
Elocker Axle Swap


Suspension, Wheels, Tires
ToyTec BOSS coilovers with 550lb/in springs
OME 861 rear coils
Custom valved ICON rear VS 2.0 Remote Reservoir shocks
Light Racing UCA's
ToyTec 1" diff drop
ToyTec 2" body lift
ToyTec Panhard bar drop
Rock Toy Industries Monster lower and upper links and Panhard bar
No sway bars
ToyTec extended front and rear stainless braided brake lines
315/75/16 Toyo Open Country MT's
16x8 Konig Countersteer Offroad wheels from FN Wheels

Exterior, Armor, Recovery
Outdoor Logic front bumper
Smittybilt XRC8 with synthetic line
Sliders by Rock Toy Industries
Custom homemade rear bumper with swing out tire carrier, Hi-Lift and RotoPax gas can mount.
Rear shackle mounts
BudBuilt front skid
Lil' Skip's belly pan
Lotus Development RCAMS
Marlin Crawler Rear Full Face Diff Armor
Bedlined doors
Satoshi Grille

Lighting
2002 Model Clear Headlights
Morimoto Stage III D2S 55w HID Projector Retrofit from The Retrofit Source
Clear corner lights
Blitzpro 21 inch single row LED light bar on the bumper
Blitzpro 4 inch amber LED fog lights
42 inch double row LED light bar on the roof

Interior
Interior lights and gauges swapped to LED's
Boost Gauge
Innovate MTX-L Wideband AFR Gauge
LoTek Double Pillar Pod
Ultragauge
Kenwood Head Unit
Uniden CB/PA
Beltronics Radar Detector
Cargo drawer system/Sleeping platform
ARB Fridge








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Old 04-29-2013, 10:25 PM   #2
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Dang. This truck looks so bad ass. Love the front bumper. Please put up some more pics.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:04 AM   #4
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Here is a quick timeline of the mods I've done to it.

Stock Plus a TJM T-17 bumper I scored for $50

Sitting next to my old 2000




1st of many lift setups. This was rear LC coils and Bilstein 5125's and some front Fabtech coilovers i got for free from a buddy.


Installed a BudBuilt front skid and swapped the Fabtech coilovers for some ToyTec ones.




285/75/16 BFG AT's which were long overdue


Installed a 2 inch body lift
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:07 AM   #5
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Saw this for $900 and couldn't resist



Put that in along with a URD 2.2 pulley


And a Split Second timing calibrator and a fuel enricher.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:12 AM   #6
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After that, I sold the TJM so i ran bumperless for a little while.
I got the Lotus Development LCA mount skids



And then went to Moab to try and break it.











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Old 04-30-2013, 08:18 AM   #7
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Sometime after that, I put on a Outdoor Logic front bumper and switched the rear LC coils out for some OME 861's







Also bought some ToyTec LCA skids for more beefyness
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:28 AM   #8
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Did a little paint work and threw on some cheap worn to shit 35" Duratracs since my one of my 33's got sliced on a rock. Bought a Certifit sport hood which i still haven't had time to paint.



Shortly after, i was time to get some actual tires on there. Found an awesome deal for five 315/75/16 Toyo's with 80% tread on craigslist



At this point, i was incredibly overdue for some sliders so i had Rock Toy Industries help me build something kinda different








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Old 04-30-2013, 09:27 AM   #9
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Started on the rear bumper build back in September.







Pretty much completed for now.



Latch and locating bolt with adjustable tension. Jam nut to be added.


The bottom catch will be redone. Gonna make my own and will also double as a bottle opener


The incredibly overly complicated hinge. The heims make the pitch of the carrier adjustable. That was something i was fighting with on the 1st hinge i did. The pin on top locks the carrier in the open position.


UHMW poly ramp/rest thingy. AKA a body lift puck that i cut down.
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Around Thanksgiving, i took advantage of the TRS Black Friday sale and picked up the Morimoto Mini D2S Retro kit.











And all done!


Output shots
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:43 AM   #11
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Up to this point, i was still running the stock split 3 spoke wheels. The main drawback to them is that they are only 7 inches wide. Running 315(12.5 inch wide) tires on them isn't exact ideal so I've been looking around for something a little wider with less offset. Problem is i feel like most wheels that are out now are just way too flashy to me.

I've always liked the Volk TE37's but at $750/wheel, they are a little out of my price range.

Enter the Konig Countersteer Offroad



These are basically a replica of the TE37's but $775/set, they are much more affordable! I called up Dustin at FN Wheels and got a set on the way.

I need to get some better pictures but here is a phone pic of them mounted.



I need to bust out the DSLR and get some better photos of it now

Here the wheels be
https://www.fnwheels.com/new-product...steer-offroad/

Thanks again to Dustin and the guys at FN Wheels as they were awesome to work with!
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:49 AM   #12
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At this point, i;m still running the stock 4.10 gears in my truck. combining that with the 35's isn't ideal but having the supercharger more than made up for the lack of gearing. Only realy problem i had was when i was wheeling it, it was hard on the truck and definitely a pain to work the clutch while getting over obstacles. It was doable but i was burning the clutch a lot.

So my options were to spend $2000 on regearing and rebuilding the diff and probably add lockers while they were apart, or i could do a dual case setup. Considering the gearing doesn't get you as low as dual cases, i decided to go with a Marlin Crawler TacoBox.



I'm not going to do a full writeup since Wyatt at Rock Solid Toys has a really good one that we followed. Here is the link to that writeup
Marlin Crawler "Taco Box" into 3.4L Tacoma - RockSolidToys Toyota Solid Axle Swap & 4X4 Forum Facebook

The TacoBox setup is pretty sweet since it is a fully built unit that is ready to install in your rig. Since you are sandwiching another transfer case in between the transmission and your stock case, the front driveshaft has to be lengthened and the rear driveshaft needs to be shortened. The length difference is just the total length of the TacoBox which is 8.5 inches.

Since this Lobster is my winter daily driver, i couldn't have it undriveable while the driveshafts were being modified. I bought a spare junkyard driveshaft and pulled my front driveshaft and brought them to Rocky Mountain Driveline to have them modify the lengths. While they were doing that, i had them rebuild the double carden joint on the rear shaft and make sure both shafts were properly balanced.

Once that was done, we were ready to roll(or crawl? )

Going under the knife


Stock case came out pretty easy.


I wonder which one is the new one?

Yes i probably should have taken the time to wash my stock case but i am a lazy man. Its just going to get dirty again :lol:

You need to remove the stock coupler on the input for the tcase that you see in the above picture. RST's writeup recommend welding a nut to it and threading a bolt in to pull the coupler off the input shaft.

My cell phone camera had a moment of stupidity


The seal adapter and new seal gets installed on the transmission output shaft by tapping it in with a rubber mallet.



We did a couple dry fits of everything and noticed that one of he machined hole needed to be drilled all the way through so the stock case would bolt to the crawl box. Rear plate comes off with 6 bolts and you finishing drilling out the machined hole.

I'm assuming that should have been done at Marlin when it was built but it really was quite easy to do so NBD.

Bolting the crawl box up.


The adapters have a lot of different clocking options. I chose to leave it stock since i won't gain any clearance until i make a new crossmember and skid plate


Both cases bolted up. There is still about 4 inches of room between the rear case and the rear crossmember.


Panorama showing the TacoBox installed along with the modified driveshafts and the rest of the lobsters beat up belly.



Lets count the transfer cases in this picture. One. Two. Two! Two transfer cases!

Ah ah ah ah!



Here are how the shifters come into the cab. This will be finished tomorrow. The rear stick will come up into one of the cupholders.



That pretty much covers the install. But no crawlbox install would be complete with out a video of the truck driving with no one behind the wheel right?

http://youtu.be/OGzN-Q5RyAY

Just testing out the crawler. I used to have to slip the clutch and work the gas like a mofo to get up to the top. This time, i didn't touch the gas or the clutch.
http://youtu.be/CW6sUsoktRI
So there you have it. I give you the worlds only (probably) IFS, Dual case, Open diffs 3rd gen 4Runner.
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It's like I just traveled back in time!! One of my favorite trucks! Good shit Dylan! Lookin forward to Moab pics for this year
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Elocker Swap

This is still ongoing but the hard part is finished(I hope!)

I've been wanting to put in a elocker pretty much since i bought the Rock Lobster. Recently, my rear diff started to make a horrible howling noise and the gears had way to much backlash. Also one of my wheel bearings had some play in it even though they have less then 30k on them :ybrick:

So i decided to not bother with fixing my current open diff or do the wheel bearing again and just swap the entire axle out for an elocked one. After searching for a little while, I bought a hub to hub elocker axle from a local guy parting a 96 after a wreck. This way i would not have to mess with cutting, drilling, and tapping to retro the elocker diff in to my housing. I had purchased a 4.30 front diff awhile back in anticipation of doing the elocker swap since most 4Runner elockers are the 4.30 ratio. However, the truck i pulled the axle from was a 96 V6 5spd and the gear ratio was 4.10 so i ended up not having to swap the front diff out! I confirmed that both the new and old axles were 4.10 by doing the spin test.

We ended up working out a deal where we would basically swap axles so he could use my axle and still move the truck around while he was parting it out.

I went and pulled the axle yesterday and did the swap at work. The elocker axle had a leaking axle seal so i replaced that and added some diff armor while it was out and easy to work on

My work stand



Cleaning the oil out of the brakes. The shoes looked to be pretty new so i used 3 cans of brake clean on them and got them looking pretty good.



Dafaq is that on my diff????



Welding on the Marlin armor



Old axle out and new one in



All done and painted!



Next i need to build a control for the locker. I got the pigtails for the locker and the dash switch but no ECU. From what I've read, it should be pretty easy to make my own.


The Moab to do list is getting smaller!
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Holy crap i haven't updated this in a while.

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subbed. Love this rig.

hows 35s and 4.10s? haha im about to find out..
Thanks man!

Its ok. Regearing is on the list but its manageable. Having the supercharger more than makes up for it and even without the SC, i think it wouldn't be too bad. Your truck is probably lighter than mine too so you should be fine. I would plan on a regear or SC though haha. Or both?
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