I’m a bit of Toyota guy. I have to admit it. When I had a chance to pick up a new (to me) vehicle a while back I had no doubt in my mind I would bring home a 4runner. Why do I like them so much? Mostly because of the fact that I know them so well, but also because I like the way they look, there is a huge aftermarket support network and parts are cheap and easy to come by.
When shopping around I found this 1990 4runner for a pretty good deal. At the time, there were absolutely no 3rd generation (1996 to 2004) 4runners worth purchasing, so I decided to go with the 2nd generation (1990 to 1995) instead. Many people think that these are not the best version, but I would argue that vehemently. The major complaints I hear about them are the back window and hatch and the fact that they are underpowered. I personally don’t care too much about the power and am never in any hurry, and the window is easy enough to fix.
All in all, the rig has been a great ride.
Specs so far:
22re Performance Long Block motor
New heavy duty clutch
Aisin Manual locking hubs
Replaced the old beat up front and rear bumpers with Trail-Gear tube units
Warn xd9000 winch
Dual battery set up
Old Man Emu 2900 coil springs in the rear
Bilstien 4600 shocks
Quickfist mount for the Maxaxe
4.88 axle gears and a rear Detroit Locker
I went through the rig fixing every little thing that I could find wrong.
Future modifications planned:
Scepter Gas Can mounts
Spare Tire carrier for the rear bumper
33″ tires of undecided width or rim size
Auxiliary fuel tank from a ford F150
Headlight wiring upgrade
LED head lights
LED driving lights
Rubber floor mats
Rear cargo area storage
W56 5 speed tranny, rebuilt
4.7 geared twin stick shifter transfer case
Bud Built t-case crossmember
2 meter ham radio with antenna
’82 Supra AFM mod part #22250-43110
Relocate rear window switch to the dash
Swap in wiper controls from tilt steering wheel model
V6 calipers and rotors