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More 4runner updates

I did a little more fabrication on the rear bumper recently. The hi-lift jack needs a home, so here is what I came up with.

Hi-lift Jack mounted with the rack closed.
Side view of the Hi-lift Jack mount
Hi-lift Jack mount from the back side.

The old tires where getting a little dull, so after a bit of craigslist surfing I found a set of Goodyear MT/r tires mounted on stock wheels for a song. The tires have pretty good tread left and should be good to go for a while. Especially since I’m putting around 3,000 miles a year on this rig now.

New 33 x 12.5r 15 Goodyear Wrangler MT/r tires mounted on stock wheels

Transmission and transfer case swap

I finally got around to swapping the original transmission out of the 4runner. While I was celebrating the odometer rolling over on 300,000 miles I realized that it was time to get this done.

What I did here was swap out the original G58 5 speed transmission and chain driven transfer case with a rebuilt W56 transmission and transfer case from a 1986 4runner. This is one of the stronger 4 cylinder combinations available from Toyota, which makes it a good swap. At the same time I also switched out the stock 2.28 low range gear set with a 4.7 gear set almost lowering my ratio by double. At the same time I also swapped in a twin stick shifter that allows for seperate operation of high and low range as well as two and four wheel drive. To top it off I finished off the swap with a new budbuilt crossmember and skid plate.

I’m looking forward to getting out for some wheeling soon to try it out. The little bit of testing I did was impressive. The low range gears are extremely helpful for getting over and throught tight spots.