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Looks great, next your going to dove the front, then you'll really be closer to a buggy.......
You pretty much read my mind. I have been playing with the idea of a dove in the front, but I want to wheel this summer. So maybe next winter project.

Not much progress lately, just wrapping up some small ends, repainted both axles, got the shocks rear shocks mounted and finished up wiring for the tail lights. Picked up some almost new 38 creepies so got those all swapped over and mounted on the beadlocks.


 

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Currently got some big changes in progress for the 4rnr. Basically the front dove is happening. Have already got a good amount work done so there will be some catching up on posting the pictures.

Guess I will start where I left off. I finished setting up the gears on the Hi-pinion with 5.29/solid pinion spacer and swapped over my locker. Hi-pinion has been doing great and worthwhile to get the driveshaft up higher.







At ChileChallenge this year I snapped a fj80 ti-rod end and bent the draglink pretty good. It was just the standard toyota hi-steer kit so I decided to upgrade the steering to heims.

Ordered up Ruffstuffs 3/4 heim kit with the dom tube. Decided to place the heim on the pitman arm on top and made a bracket for double shear. Pre and post heated after welding.






Then began on the front dove. Started with cutting off all the exo cage up front. Removed the fiberglass fenders and the marlin bumper is going as well. Plan for the dove is to chop the radiator support and fender wells off at the firewall, the width up front will basically be the frame rails, will be going fenderless, keeping the hood and just trimming it down to meet the tube.

 

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I'm digging the steering setup, been wanting to do that to mine. Much stronger. Glad you ditched that hideous exo on the front...
Thanks, Definitely a worthwhile upgrade. I originally wanted to go with 7/8 heims, but they wouldn't fit next to eachother on the passenger side steering arm. Might not be an issue depending on your arms. Haha :flipoff2: yea me too.
 

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Still catching up on pictures. Bumper removed and front clip cut off.





New winch mount/front bumper all mocked and tacked into place. I wanted to push it as far back as possible to keep a good approach angle. So it sits slightly over the original front frame rail and up against the radiator.





Added a hoop across the winch mount and got everything welded in. I am thinking of adding a stinger on top of this hoop. Just dont really like the look of a single bend stinger. Not sure if there is enough room to have two bends on top.





Started on the radiator mount and upright tubes. The stinger off the front bumper will tie into these tubes. Plan is have a single hoop that follows the hood line that ties into the A pillars. Hood will be cut for the dove.



 

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This brings us to the current status of the build. Got a few odds and ends sorted out as far as mounting the propane mixer on the firewall and such. Did pickup a new radiator as my old one was starting to leak form the plastic end tanks. Went with a 3 row all metal CSF radiator model 2314. Relocated the battery and got the box welded in on the frame rail.




Got the A Pillars bent up and fitted. Tried to keep them as close along the body as possible. Added some brackets off the door mounts to tie in the cage to the body. Next up would be windshield cross bar and then the main hoop around the front nose.







 

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Got the windsheild cross bar bent up and in place with the help of a buddy. Just barely snags the passenger wiper blade, so I took it off for now. Might try to find a replacement wiper that is not as tall. Added some gussets up towards the top of the A pillar.




Bent up a stinger for the front bumper with a mild angle and added some support pieces. It is a tight fit with the winch in place. Definitely going to have to relocate the control box for the winch.




Really only need to bend up the main hoop around the front that ties the A pillar into the rad support. Been trying to decide if I should do it all as one piece, similar to what the ftoy \_/ front end looks like. Other option is to do it in three pieces \ _ /. As much as I like the look of a single piece I am leaning towards the second option mainly because it is easier and will allow for a tighter angle at the rad support.
 

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Made some major progress on 4rnr over the past few weekends. Got the front bumper all welded in and decided to make the hoop in three pieces. So added in the top bar.
Got the hood bars bent and tacked in place. And then pulled the whole front section off to fully weld all the joints.





With the help of some friends we got the cage back in place. The brackets I made to tie in to the door mounting bolts really did help to get everything back aligned.







Everything welded in, added another support bar from the bumper along the hood bar. Then added in the windshield cross bars. On the fence if I like them or not, but they are easy to cut off and remove if need be.
Was thinking of adding at least one support bar off the shock hoops if not two in V. Will also give me some real estate to start mounting all the crap back on.



 

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wtf are you talking about man:confused:

its tall, narrow with lots of tube it should be super sweet:laughing:
I am pretty excited about, one step closer to a buggy. But hopefully the tall part will get sorted if/when I go links.

That factory bar is thin:barf: is it laziness when you do that much work? Or just being dumb:homer:
The factory roll bar it is .120 wall but not sure on the structural material. Its there and serves its purpose. Call it what you will.

Nice 4runner man! Cool build! Cool to see a fellow New Mexican on here
Thanks dude! Few of us lurking. Maybe catch you on the trail sometime. Been meaning to head south and hit the og chilechallenge trails again.
 
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