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I am going to look at an '85 4-Runner this week to possibly buy it. It has a 5" sus. lift on it. What other modifications to the stearing/drive line should the owner have done to the truck for a proper and reliable lift? Also, What will be some possible problem areas I should look for in a used 4x4 that has been used off-road. Any help that you guys can offer will be greatly appreciated. Thanks. <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0">
 

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Use the search feature NEWBIE! This has been asked time and time again. OH and BTW... <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0"> Welcome <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by MtnToy:
<STRONG>I am going to look at an '85 4-Runner this week to possibly buy it. It has a 5" sus. lift on it. What other modifications to the stearing/drive line should the owner have done to the truck for a proper and reliable lift? Also, What will be some possible problem areas I should look for in a used 4x4 that has been used off-road. Any help that you guys can offer will be greatly appreciated. Thanks. <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0"></STRONG>

If the truck it still the standard steering (not converted to cross-over), then it needs a drop drag link and should also have an extended or adjustable torque rod. Otherwise, the steering will bind off road.

The front spring hanglers (near the grill area) tend to crack as does the frame just behind the spring hanger on the driver's side. The head gasket and time chain are other things to inspect. All of that is fixable though. The '85 4-runner is the best of the best when it comes to Toyota trucks. Even better is '85 4Runner with the EFI system.
 

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Ya- It's an '85 SR5 EFI with 175,000 and just got a new head gasket, water pump, radiator, thermostat, and clutch. So, I should look at the front suspension for problem areas... anything else I should look for incase it has been thrashed offroad?
 

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Check the frame over closely for rust. Especially the inside of the frame if you can get to it. The 4Runner I just bought doesn't have the same holes that the truck frame had. Of course check for rust in the body too!
 
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