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Old 05-06-2019, 08:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Quality 4x4 Sunrader Conversion/Build!

Hi.

So me and my uncle in law are in the process of building the most awesome 4x4 Toyota Sunrader out there!
We have built one before, which turned out really nice, but we are going the extra mile with this build.

Below I will list a complete Build Thread, with pictures, background story, and updates to showcase the
build & completion of this project.

Stay tuned for an awesome forum post, with plenty of pictures

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Old 05-07-2019, 09:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Always liked the Sunraders and Dolphins!

Get that post count going... want to see pics!
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How many posts do I need to include pictures to my thread?
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Old 05-13-2019, 07:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Post 10 times in this thread. Then go back and edit them with pics.
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Old 05-14-2019, 05:21 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Sunrader OEM equipment:

We started out with a 1985 Toyota Sunrader 21ft Model (Longest model), that we found in the Southern Part of Washington State.
Came equipped with a 22RE, Automatic transmission with overdrive, Toyota 6-lug full floating Dually axle and standard features in a sunrader, with the exception of added rooftop AC-unit.

Original #1

Original #2

Original #3

Original #4



Bought a Dana 60 axle off Craigslist, that already had an ARB AIRLOCKER
installed, as well as disc brake conversion. The Axle was ALREADY retrofitted to fit in a 1996 tacoma, so the driveline bolts and leaf spring points all lined up perfectly.

Dana 60 #1


Dana 60 #2



Threw the new rear end in there, and bolted everything up.
Had to have a driveline shop fabricate a new driveline to fit the new axle, with a built in slip-joint.

Decided to run some Toyo MT (Open country) 285/75/R16.
Found a used set of 4 on craigslist with very good thread for $200, and threw them on there with a nice set of classic used 8-lug rims.

Toyo MT #1


Currently sits #1

This is how it sits as of right now.

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Old 05-14-2019, 05:28 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Sunrader Options that might come

These options might be added, depending on budget and time/energy available:

- Roof Rack
- Shield built around roof top AC-unit.
- Full length Rock sliders that build into front & rear bumper.
- 360° LED-lighting, (backup lights, side lights, roof rack lights, spot beams, flood light bar
- Backup Camera
- Turbocharger or Supercharger (Mated to 22RE)
- Fullsize Spare tire holder built into rear bumper
- Jerry Can holder built in to rear bumper
- Hi-Lift jack holder built into rear bumper
- Generator carrying platform custom fabricated to fit on rear bumper (reinforced by structurally welding & supported by the frame)
- Solar Panels on roof Rack
- Snorkel

Most of these updates can be made rather affordable, and only
take time and skill to add to the vehicle. Will update this thread as the build progresses.
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Old 05-14-2019, 05:32 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Work Area for the Build

Im a window Cleaner by profession, and recently cleaned the windows
of the summer house of a large heavy equipment dealer.

Got to talking to the owner`s son, and turns out they just bought a lot
in the town where I live, (Mount Vernon. WA), that just so happened
to have a large shop on it that they are not going to use right away.

Negotiated the possibility of renting this shop from them, and
am working on the possibility of renting this work area from them
for the purpose of completing the Sunrader 4x4 Conversion.

Will post pictures once I have permissions.
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Old 05-14-2019, 05:35 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Cost of 4x4 Conversion

Went in to the conversion with the goal of keeping cost down by finding
QUALITY used parts for the essential components needed.

Decided to only go with quality name brand components.
Will list all the outgoing cost of the build here, and show you guys the total
once completed.
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Old 05-14-2019, 05:40 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Reason For build

My Wife`s uncle (My Uncle In Law),
is a retired Machinist and Genius Mechanic.

He has been gracious enough to help me through many mechanical challenges over the years, and I have been blessed by being able to call upon his skillset whenever my car or truck needed anything.

He was living in a old modified Toyota Dolphin motor home, and I wanted to bless him with something better suited for his lifestyle. He likes going up to the peaceful mountains and lives up there for significant periods of time in between paychecks.

His last rig was a 2-wheel drive Motorhome, so the Idea was to bless him
with something more capable for the mountains during all seasons (snow, mud, etc).
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Old 05-14-2019, 05:44 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Why a Sunrader

Most 4x4 RV`s out there are extremely expensive.
Your talking Mitsubishi Fuso, Delica, Custom E350 conversions, Sprinter Vans, etc. Most running anywhere from 25k to 100k and beyond.

The sunrader is unique in the fact that its a fiberglass RV, but
with the downfall of it being the limited amount of 4x4 versions produced.

The abundance of 4x4 Parts and aftermarket accessories for the Toyota
pickup platform made this the logical choice for going with the Sunrader.
With enough time and skill, you could build it in to whatever suits your needs, and have an incredible selection of used quality parts!

This is the reason we chose the Sunrader platform!
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Old 05-14-2019, 05:47 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Lucky Find

I was fortunate enough to find a Lightly used ARB winch bumper
thats made to fit a 1986-1994 Toyota Pickup. Cost me $300 on Craigslist
With a little paint and primer this turned out beautiful! New cost is over $1100.

After Paint #1


After Paint #2


After Paint #3


After Paint #4


After Paint #5

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Lucky find #2

Found a clean Warn 12 Volt 9000lbs Winch on craigslist for $250!
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Old 05-14-2019, 07:53 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Our First Sunrader Conversion

My uncle In-Law and me have done one other Sunrader conversion Before we decided to start converting this one.
We converted this 1983 Toyota Sunrader to 4x4 with a 5-speed Manual!

See attached pictures for how that one turned out.

During the Project#1:


During the Project #2:


During the Project #3:


During the Project #4:


During the Project #5:



Before we sold it #1:


Before we sold it #2:


Before we sold it #3:


Before we sold it #4:

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Cool builds. I cannot imagine how gutless and slow these things are as a 4x4 with larger tires. My stock 83 with 33" tires was a turd.
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The Rear dana 60 axle came with 5:38 Gears, which helps quite a bit.
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This is awesome, what's your plans for the front axle? Just a d44?
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Going to go with either a Solid Axle Toyota, or IFS.
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https://flagstaff.craigslist.org/rvs...889204962.html

Saw this today, also running a 60 rear

Though, I'd want an 8 lug front for matching spares, should be easy enough with a wagoneer 44 and 3/4 brakes

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