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Old 06-08-2012, 10:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Real Man's Minivan

It's time to post a build...

It started as a 2000 Toyota 4Runner all setup to haul the kids around for my wife, but she wanted a minivan.

Sooooooo I took it, and.........




My main goal was to keep as low as I could on leafs and 40's.
So I decided to french the front hanger 1" into the frame.







After this I realized an error in calculations and had to move it forward 1".
But continued with the build and moved it later.

I bought the Trail Gear shackle kit and started plating the frame.






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Old 06-08-2012, 10:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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In the meantime, I started on a few other things....


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I needed a mount, so I made due with the old Marlin X-member out of my 83 truggy.





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Old 06-08-2012, 10:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Boxed in the rear frame and hung the 63" Chevy's.



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finished shot of the X-member..



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Dude. Really? Incredible!

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After moving the front hanger forward and plating it, I notched the frame for the TRE.













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My goal with most of the mods was to keep it looking as "stock" as possible.
I reused all of the factory mounting brackets for the brake lines and bent the tubing to fit.
I used some socket head allen bolts to mount the brake lines across the top plates and drilled slotted holes to mount the speed sensors as well.









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Exhaust...

2 3/4" Pie cut all the way with a 2 3/4" Magnaflow muffler and graphite heat wrap.








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Old 06-08-2012, 11:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Picked up these.....



Then I put them on here....



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Old 06-09-2012, 09:20 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Nice "Mini Van".
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If she is happy with that after saying she wants a minivan, DO NOT let her go!
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Nice "Mini Van".
TY.

Now I just need to throw a set of 60's under it and be done.

A K30 front with 3" trimmed off of the long side to set the WMS at 66.5" and inboard the front spring perches to match the Toyota @ 29" is appealing.
Then run a FF D60 out of a 78 Ford @ 65.75".

So if anybody wants to donate some Ton's to the cause?

Ohhh and shocks. I need to take those Rancho's out for target practice.

Bilstein 5100's !!!!

Damn I need a paycheck

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If she is happy with that after saying she wants a minivan, DO NOT let her go!
Hell no, I bought her a Mazda5 and called it good. The runner is mine now.
She can drive it from the passenger seat.
While she hands me a beer!!

But I'm going to keep her anyway. I dropped cash on a 4runner for her, then kept it and dropped like another 5k into it and she still loves me.
That's reason enough to keep her. That and she's cute.

This thing has DVD, TV screens, custom JAOS interior, and a banging system.

I hooked her up with a pimp little mommy ride and she wanted her Mazda5, so I tweaked it to my taste.
The only problem is that my taste is expensive.

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That's a badass soccer-wagon. Will really be sick w/tons under it. I have some family in your area, so if I get a chance to drive my rig up there sometime I'll look you up.
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TY.

Now I just need to throw a set of 60's under it and be done.

A K30 front with 3" trimmed off of the long side to set the WMS at 66.5" and inboard the front spring perches to match the Toyota @ 29" is appealing.
Then run a FF D60 out of a 78 Ford @ 65.75".

So if anybody wants to donate some Ton's to the cause?

Ohhh and shocks. I need to take those Rancho's out for target practice.

Bilstein 5100's !!!!

Damn I need a paycheck
first, your runner looks good and the work you did is pretty clean. second, if your already talking about 1 tons, why didnt you just go that route to begin with. i guess going toyota all the way around saves you a lot of money in brake/wheel upgrades but your still doing it all over again just like me and most others did. . you could contact wilson on this board. he has a chevy 60 housing thats narrowed 4" if that could work out for you?
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Hell no, I bought her a Mazda5 and called it good. The runner is mine now.
She can drive it from the passenger seat.
While she hands me a beer!!

But I'm going to keep her anyway. I dropped cash on a 4runner for her, then kept it and dropped like another 5k into it and she still loves me.
That's reason enough to keep her. That and she's cute.

This thing has DVD, TV screens, custom JAOS interior, and a banging system.

I hooked her up with a pimp little mommy ride and she wanted her Mazda5, so I tweaked it to my taste.
The only problem is that my taste is expensive.
Better yet.
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nice work. i like the mod to the t case skid/mount. way better than how they usually are.
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first, your runner looks good and the work you did is pretty clean. second, if your already talking about 1 tons, why didnt you just go that route to begin with. i guess going toyota all the way around saves you a lot of money in brake/wheel upgrades but your still doing it all over again just like me and most others did. . you could contact wilson on this board. he has a chevy 60 housing thats narrowed 4" if that could work out for you?
Narrowed 4"= 27" perch width
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That's a badass soccer-wagon. Will really be sick w/tons under it. I have some family in your area, so if I get a chance to drive my rig up there sometime I'll look you up.
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first, your runner looks good and the work you did is pretty clean. second, if your already talking about 1 tons, why didnt you just go that route to begin with. i guess going toyota all the way around saves you a lot of money in brake/wheel upgrades but your still doing it all over again just like me and most others did. . you could contact wilson on this board. he has a chevy 60 housing thats narrowed 4" if that could work out for you?
It's simple really.

I had the front axle, 30 spline longs, Sky hy-steer and a Detroit.
There was already an elocker in the rear and I had the cases waiting to be assembled.
If I ran tons to begin with, I still would have set the spring width at 29" inboard on the front anyway.

This way I get to wheel it while I build my tons.
Then when I'm ready, unbolt and bolt in the tons. It's actually smarter than you think.
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Narrowed 4"= 27" perch width
You get on one side Wilson and I'll get one the other. Maybe if we pull hard enough we can stretch it!!!
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nice work. i like the mod to the t case skid/mount. way better than how they usually are.
TY sir. I am planing a full belly pan in the future.
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You get on one side Wilson and I'll get one the other. Maybe if we pull hard enough we can stretch it!!!
Funny thing is that no matter how many times I tell him my old housing sold with my buggy and the one I have now is full width.... he keeps telling people it is narrowed.
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what springs you runnin up front? i just started the sameish build with rufs.
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