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'88 Runner grocery getter
12-28-2017, 09:24 PM
Post: #21
RE: '88 Runner grocery getter
Started the rear bumper wed... Finally got it to paint today. Put in 9 hours yesterday and 11 hours today. Due to time, I had to hold off on a few things... first being the winch fairlead cut out in the center, the 1/2" D-ring mounts, and of course all of the attachments (fuel can holders and possible cargo rack).

   

Well, heres the bumper! 4 x 8 sheet of 3/16


   

   

   

   



The 4runner had very minimal sag in the rear when I bought it, almost not noticeable. The rear storage box weighs around 60 lbs (guestimating) and dropped the rear down a little more which became noticeable... but now with the 150 lb (also guestimating) rear bumper, shes sagging a bit more... For the excursion, there will also be around 80 lbs of fuel on the rear end and 160 lbs of water inside of the cab... plus A LOT of gear. I am guessing around 350 lbs in addition inside.

Definitely going to need a little lift in the rear.
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12-28-2017, 10:07 PM
Post: #22
RE: '88 Runner grocery getter
Looks great. And yeah the weight is always an issue. However that's going to add some very necessary rear quarter protection. Plus having the rear tire back there is better than dealing with it under the truck.

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12-31-2017, 02:12 PM
Post: #23
RE: '88 Runner grocery getter
Bumpers complete for the most part...

I am not completely satisfied with it but its growing on me. There are a few things I would have done differently and I think I will start to design another bumper using the new ideas and maybe some day Ill will build another (and then sell this one)... MAYBE... although, like I said, its really growing on me.

But with all of that said, this is a durable bumper and should perform as it was designed to do. All of the future changes are mostly weight reducing and aesthetics! I actually think this design is much more protective and strong.


Still have to add jerry can holders for NM and possibly a rack above the spare tire. Also plan on D ring points and a winch fairlead in the center like my 3D program. Also for NM, I would like to carry my high lift... so that might end up being mounted on the rear only for the trip...

   

   

   

   

   

   


Now to correct the rear sag issue. Measuring as is, and then lifting it up with the forklift to where it looks level, it is a 2" difference... So my 1" lift shackles I built a few months back will not work. Time to build some new shackles to get her ass back where it belongs...
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01-01-2018, 03:52 PM
Post: #24
RE: '88 Runner grocery getter
Looks great!
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01-01-2018, 06:25 PM
Post: #25
RE: '88 Runner grocery getter
Happy New Years!!!

Welcome 2018!
Since its 2018, I wanted to set up my new vehicle goals for the year so I can look back and keep on track.

Also, I should mention, I have been driving the 4runner daily for the past few months, but I finally turned in my 3 year lease from Honda! My 4runner is officially my only vehicle. I have also set up a monthly algorithm to see how much money I am saving by owning my own vehicle compared to the exact lease I had with Honda. Well, its been 13 months of owning the runner.... and I have already saved $3,879 over a lease.. DONT EVER GET A NEW LEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




2018 GOALS

1. Complete basic vehicle armor which consists of a front bumper and rock sliders. And the rear lift!

2. Finish rear bumper - Jerry can holders and possible storage carrier.

3. Add my POS winch

4. Mount more inner storage

5. Build Hammock hangers to front and rear hitch receivers

6. Replace brakes (if necessary) and put in new brake booster/cylinder

7. Look for donor Toyota crawler that has all the goodies for a cheap price!!!


And finally, the upcoming New Mexico Back Country Route trip for later in the year...


Hope everyone is ready for 2018. Curious on what other peoples plans are for the new year vehicle related.
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01-01-2018, 10:45 PM
Post: #26
RE: '88 Runner grocery getter
hmmm goals....

To get both the tow rig and the Pathy back on the road well before I move.

Upgrade my alternator and battery so that I can properly run my new winch.

After I move I need to recover from hopefully buying our first home.

But if money and time permits I'd like to cage the pathfinder and do the interior.

Most importantly my goal this year is to finally enjoy my truck for the first time in 3 years.

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01-02-2018, 08:59 AM (This post was last modified: 01-02-2018 09:01 AM by Smithy.)
Post: #27
RE: '88 Runner grocery getter
(12-31-2017 02:12 PM)Dmiller Wrote:  I am not completely satisfied with it but its growing on me. There are a few things I would have done differently and I think I will start to design another bumper using the new ideas and maybe some day Ill will build another (and then sell this one)... MAYBE... although, like I said, its really growing on me.

Looks good in the pictures. What would you do differently?


Agreed that leasing a vehicle is a bad idea in most cases. Sure its new and shiny, but it's the most expensive . Makes me cringe when people lease lol.


Vehicle goals for 2018:

Suburban - Finish up the powertrain swap. 12 valve, nv4500, 203/205

Dually - Build a new flatbed

S10 Truggy - Drag it out of the woods and shove it into the garage. Pile stuff on top of it and get distracted with other projects

Too Many Projects . . .
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01-02-2018, 09:26 AM
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RE: '88 Runner grocery getter
(01-02-2018 08:59 AM)Smithy Wrote:  S10 Truggy - Drag it out of the woods and shove it into the garage. Pile stuff on top of it and get distracted with other projects

How's that for some honesty? Lmao

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01-03-2018, 04:39 PM
Post: #29
RE: '88 Runner grocery getter
2018 Goals .. hmm ...

- Replace the tracbar in the Jeep
- Weld in my rear frame stiffeners
- Fix transmission in the truck
- Make bed supports for truck
- Build VSC bypass for the Forester
- LED Rally lights for Forester
- Roof Rack base for Forester

I also have to stop my house from falling down. Just yesterday the back door no longer latches.

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01-04-2018, 05:52 PM
Post: #30
RE: '88 Runner grocery getter
One of the biggest things I hate is the CALI SQUAT....


Sadly, I think its safe to say my truck is on the tipping edge. But I am fixing it now!!!


Still unsure of bolt size. Suppose to be a 18mm, but I can only find them for $41 for 4, and that doesn't include the $20 shipping cost!!!!

The problem with mine is that they are pressed into the original shackle. So I am going to have to get creative tomorrow.

Heres the shackles as of tonight. 5/16 plate with pilot holes drilled.

The original shackle, bolt to bolt, was 3 3/8". These are 7 1/8". This SHOULD get my close to 1 7/8" additional lift which is where I felt it looked best when I lifted up the rear with the forklift.

   
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