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Old 12-04-2018, 03:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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'97 4Runner on 05+ Dana 60 & 14 Bolt

Hey guys, I am new to posting on the forum wanted to post and see what you guys thought of my wife's 4Runner I have been building. We go in an accident in it about 2 years ago. Thought it was time to build it. It will be mostly a daily driver but I have a tendency to over build things...




Once we cut out all the old IFS, I had to see what the axle would look like under it!


Then I plated the frame and mounted the box in the location I wanted.


These are the links I build to utilize the stock radius arm brackets on the front axle. I went with Johnny Joints to help with noise and vibration transfer from the road.


Here is where I notched the frame to allow the axle housing to have up travel. I will be running 10" coilovers. 4" up and 6" down. Everything is a very tight clearance!

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Old 12-04-2018, 08:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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nice build

are you running different bolt patterns on the 14b and d60?

looks like you have to clearance the frame for the tie rod end nut on the pitman arm, ive had to do that before
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Old 12-04-2018, 08:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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nice build

are you running different bolt patterns on the 14b and d60?

looks like you have to clearance the frame for the tie rod end nut on the pitman arm, ive had to do that before
Thanks! And no I had the front 60 hubs machined to 8 on 6.5 to match the rear 14. And yep, had to cut more from the frame to make it all work with the straight pitman arm. So far everything is working just as planned!
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Old 12-04-2018, 09:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Here is a better look at what it looks like now with the notched frame for the pitman arm.

And here is the passenger side. Hydro assist is also hooked up now.

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Old 12-05-2018, 10:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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To build the steering using rod ends I had to make some tapered spacers for the Ford knuckles. The Passenger side has a double tapered knuckle. It has something like a 7/8s through hole. The tapered spacers correct that to allow you to use a 3/4 bolt. The driver side uses a similar spacer, just with a small initial ID and you drill the rest of the knuckle to 3/4.
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Old 12-05-2018, 01:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Sweet build man. I'll be following this. (I'm your shop neighbor btw. At the pool store)
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Old 12-05-2018, 01:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Sweet build man. I'll be following this. (I'm your shop neighbor btw. At the pool store)
Oh nice! Well if you ever want to see if in person just walk on over haha
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:03 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Badass. What’s the plan for the rear suspension?
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:12 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Badass. What’s the plan for the rear suspension?
For the rear I used Chevy 63s. I normally hate the 63s on anything less than 40s, so I decided to outboard them and use a tension shackle setup. This allowed the springs to be tucked way up and out of the way with no spring hanging low. It also gave me a much lower "lift" which I way after.
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I also will be running 2.5" air bumps and 2.0 Fox remote reservoir shocks with 7/8s shafts. [IMG][/IMG]
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Finished one of the enclosures over the rear shock. They are made from 0.120 aluminum.
*sorry for the side ways pictures...have not figured out why they are uploading like that.
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I like the idea with the rear leafs, but I don't see how you won't be completely sitting on the bump stops especially once loaded for a weekend trip.

Is the 2nd pic planned ride height?
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Old 12-06-2018, 04:13 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I like the idea with the rear leafs, but I don't see how you won't be completely sitting on the bump stops especially once loaded for a weekend trip.

Is the 2nd pic planned ride height?
Yes the 2nd pic is on its own weight at ride height. I did since add a 1" block to rear to give it just a little more room. The rear will have 5" of up travel before full bump. We will see how it rides once its done and maybe limit the rear bumps to something like an 1.5" of travel. The leafs are a stout pack I made from a set off a 1 ton. If needed I have leaves I can add to the pack.
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:39 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Looks like one hell of a start!!
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Old 12-07-2018, 04:57 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Well I had to make an adjustment to the enclosure to allow for the shock. It turned out nicely though I think.

This will be the shock mounting. The shocks I had ordered are on back order until next month (maybe) so I am going with a set of these Fox remote reservoir shocks for now until the other shocks come in. They are the same 12" travel but have a shorter body than the ones that will end up back there. That is why it looks off with the bump stop location.

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Thanks I appreciate it! I am finally on a roll with this build, so I will try to keep the updates coming regularly.
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Curiosity only... why cut into the passenger compartment rather than mounting the shocks lower? Or did outboarding the springs eliminate that as a possibility?
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Old 12-07-2018, 08:47 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Curiosity only... why cut into the passenger compartment rather than mounting the shocks lower? Or did outboarding the springs eliminate that as a possibility?
Ya exactly. With the out-boarded springs there was no way to go lower with the shock. There is also only about 6-7" of clearance from the top of the axle to the floor too. I contemplated doing a cantilever setup but it was going to be cramped for space as well and just too complicated for what this rig needs.
So this was my solution.

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This is bad ass! I’d like to see more pics of your suspension setup. Just picked up a 98 runner myself and really dig what your doing with this.
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Nice work. Sub'd for the rest.

On your front links, you might take a look at what I did. Similar, but gives you more flex off road. If you click on my project below, start at post #49.
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yeah after seeing this i'm not even going to bother starting a build thread for my 2nd gen 4runner. lol. very nice work!
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Old 12-10-2018, 11:04 AM   #23 (permalink)
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This is bad ass! I’d like to see more pics of your suspension setup. Just picked up a 98 runner myself and really dig what your doing with this.
Thanks man! So here is another picture of the links installed. Let me know if there is anything else of the front suspension you would like to see and I will try to get a picture for you.

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Old 12-10-2018, 11:07 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Nice work. Sub'd for the rest.

On your front links, you might take a look at what I did. Similar, but gives you more flex off road. If you click on my project below, start at post #49.
That's a good idea, can't say I have seen it done that way before. Because this is going to be my wife's daily driver I am not quite as concerned about the extra flex. I am only running 10" coil overs so there is only going to be so much flex as it is. But if we do want to get that extra free movement for the trail we can just pull one of the upper links and run it that way for the trail. I do like your idea though!
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yeah after seeing this i'm not even going to bother starting a build thread for my 2nd gen 4runner. lol. very nice work!
You should man! Don't let me stop you! haha
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