Anyone here own a 4runner? Are they good to get into offroading? Do they make decent daily drivers? (excluding weak mpg ratings) Are there better alternatives for the price?
The pre 95 V6 sucks ass.
Pre 95 22RE's are hard to find and super under powered.
Post 95 4cyl has the same issue
Post 95 V6 is ok but still not great
Pre 89 22RE is really the best option because its the lightest and still fuel injected with a removable top. Although its hard to find an EFI version and hard to find with under 300k miles
I've also been researching the Xterra. It (so far) seems like a much better choice.
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i own a 2002, its pretty stock except the radio, id like to do something with it someday.
>not my pic but its cool
is there an ideal year for 6cyl 4runners? I read somewhere that 99 was optimal but I don't remember why. Are 3rd gen 6cyls decent engines?
Yes/go pretty much everywhere/Its doable/22re is slow but reliable, 3vze is muh blown headgasket
>extra points if you paint it panda
if you get a late model 22R do the double row timing chain/steel guides retrofit. only weak link they have. You can mod to v6 power levels on the stock ecu and injectors. header, intake camshaft, ign coil, timing advance and afm mod should get you there
Thx, will try that, right now my friend blew his 22r so we went into the headache of fitting a 2jz ge in it, cool project but take time and cash
>Blew a 22R and swapped in a 2J
Should have told him that there are kits for slapping a 2/3RZ-FE (95-04 taco engine) into the toyota PU platform.
Besides the 2/3RZ-FE makes respectable low end power, and there are decent TC/SC kits out for it.
We kinda like the idea of a high rev 4x4 engine plus I must be a little mazo because I like complicated setup
>cost more than my entire truck.
this has near 300k on it and and gets the shit beat out of it. you cant go wrong with a properly set up 2xR
a guy here has a 22r-e with r-te pistons and a 10psi supercharger that put down 240hp and 290tq on a trailer dyno. was going to do similar until I found out he paid $3500 for the kit.
I also have a bone stock 2002. It's my DD and only vehicle though so i will refrain from modding it until I have something else to drive. It's road manners are definitely impressive for a truck.
>MFW 2002 is the lowest of all the third gens
I should swap in 99 highlander coils
I already saw pic of your engine bay, its beatiful, i guess i never thought about tuning the 22r because everything on that engine cost si much because muh Toyota
thanks, I dont see it as beautiful, I haven't even pressure washed it since I bought the truck, there's grime from the Reagan administration in there :)
If you go all lce it is. my carb kit was $350, cam was $215, header was $200. coil and wires were $110, magnaflow muffler, hangers and tubing was $70. the rest is all port work and removing stuff, a carbide bit and some scrap steel for block plates. pulls strong to 6500rpm and talks a bunch of shit.
I'd love 6-8k but Honestly i'll be happy if it run, we decided to plug the jz on a r150 tranny with a custom bellhousing and jeep ax-15 input shaft, now trying to find a clutch and fork that will fit, tuning will be phase 2
Exhaust line must be clean as fuck, where did you fit the vaccum line that are usually on the top engine head? Im curious.
>>14266322 you sir are right we where talking about first-second gen engine, third gen v6 are not single cam?(corect me if wrong) and they fixed the
blowngasket problem, i dont know much about third gen except that you can fit a first gen rollbar like >>14261473 in the back
the egr and air injection were canned. the pcv (red hose) goes to the egr inlet location on the intake through the egr adapter that came with the carb kit. everything else is gone. it only has 1 manifold vacuum line for the brake booster and 1 ported vacuum from the carb for the distributor advance. yes the header goes into a reducer, the muffler and turns out the side right behind the cab. not much to it.
2 vacuum lines, starter, alternator, oil and coolant senders, spark leads and the signal wire from the igniter to distributor is the complete setup. 1950's tech with electronic ignition.
>more hp, especially 2nd gen (261 hp, 281 lb·ft)
>higher ground clearance stock (9inchs vs 10.x inches)
>disgust..I mean nice plastic interior
Is an Xterra not better in just about every single way?
>is there an ideal year for 6cyl 4runners? I read somewhere that 99 was optimal but I don't remember why.
'99 has the tallest springs, followed closely by '98. '98 doesn't have the fat lip pedestrian-safe bumper, but has shitty cupholders.
Too expensive. Better options:
>isuzu trooper 4x4 (I had one, it was fucking FANTASTIC. just harder to find parts for)
>Xterra 4x4 (engine is a bit shit though)
>Jeep (too many things to mention)
>land rover (early/mid 90's)
>Tons of trucks
My 1992 4Runner has almost 350,000 miles on it and it off roads as well as some brand new Jeeps. I love daily driving it and its got a ton of room in the rear for car parts or camping.
Best car I've owned honestly.
What do you guys think of 4th gen 4runners, specifically v8 ones before the hp increase? (2005?)
>shit plastic interior
>better on road
>significantly better engines, both v6 and v8
>still has pretty good aftermarket support
>can tow much more
>no strawberry milkshake
looking for a 4runner for a DD
please find me one u fagg/o/ts
2UZ is possibly the smoothest engine I've ever driven/owned. I believe you can't put headers on the post-VVTI update 4.7's, but I might be wrong about that. I think it also coincides with the move to a 5spd instead of a 4spd. I don't think the interior is bad, and I can't remember the specifics of lockers/no lockers and ATRAC and shit like that. It's also worth remembering that the 4.7's are full time 4wd.
Fuel economy, mostly. 4th gens all had ATRAC. There was a rare Trail Edition in 2009 that also had a rear electric locker, but I wouldn't bother wasting my time finding one. 2UZ is fine.
Nissan originally pitched it as an offroader like a jeep, but then they realized that they could sell a trillion of them if they added more plastic cladding and running boards and sold them as mall crawlers... so you, my friend, get all the benefits of economics of scale, and nobody "knows what they got."
Toyotas, on the other hand, are invariably owned by "enthusiasts."