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Wheel Bolt Pattern Cross Reference: posted 2009-08-14
Ever wondered what other vehicles wheels will fit on your offroad Toyota? I've wondered the same thing, and after hours of painful researching, I ...

Trouble Removing Transmission: posted 2009-06-15
A friend of mine was recently working on his 1990 Toyota 4Runner. He was removing the transmission to put a new clutch in. Once he got everything disc...

Driveshaft Ujoint Replacement: posted 2009-05-27
After driving around with the clunking and thunking on my Toyota Offroad rig for quite a while, I've decided to stop putting it off and replace th...

Build Your Own Roof Top Cargo Rack: posted 2009-05-18
On long off roading trips, the cargo space in my Toyota 4runner fills up fast, especially when going with a few friends. I started exploring different...

Shock Guide: posted 2009-04-28
Learn everything you wanted to know about shocks. This article from http://www.4wdsportandutitility.com/ covers shock types including monotube, r...

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Differential and Pinion Skid Plate: posted 2009-04-25
We've talked about anti-wrap bars, and Toyota front axle gussets. Notice anything else about this picture? Besides the bright yellow bumpstops of ...

Dull headlights getting you down?: posted 2009-03-29
If you're driving an older Toyota Truck or 4runner, you've probably had to mess with replacing a sealed unit headlight. Somewhere around 1992,...

Rebuilding Front Brake Caliper: posted 2009-03-12
On the way home from an offroad trip in my Toyota, I noticed that 4runner brakes were squeeking. When I removed the brake calipers to replace the brak...

Diff Armor: posted 2009-03-06
Here's a nice example of an 8 inch weld-on pipe cap being used as differential armor on a Toyota 8inch axle.The thread talks about how it&nbs...

Low Budget Cross Member: posted 2009-02-16
One of the benefits of a Toyota 4x4 in stock form is that is has some of the best clearance available on a stock platform. After modifying a truck, it...

Gear Break-In Procedure: posted 2009-02-06
Toyota differentials are no different than other vehicles... in regards to there care and maintenance. If you've just bought a locker or changed t...

Modify Hinges for Quick Release: posted 2009-02-03
I finally found a post on modifying your door hinges so that you can quickly swap to your half doors, or remove your Toyota doors all together!The pic...

Quick Release Door Hinges: posted 2009-01-28
Anyone who has been interested in building a set of half doors for their Toyota has probably thought about a fast way of removing the original Toyota ...

Toyota Starter Issues: posted 2008-12-09
If you've owned a Toyota long enough, you've probably run into, or heard about, the Toyota starter contact issues.Here's what happens: Eac...

Upgrading Your Knuckle Studs: posted 2008-10-16
If you're running bigger tires and/or some type of hydro assist, you've probably noticed the knuckle studs on your Toyota 4x4 get lo...

Calculating your Center Of Gravity and Rollover Angle: posted 2008-09-10
Every time I go out on the trails, I end up on a sidehill and think: Wouldn't it be great to have an inclinometer (shows sidehill angle of the tru...

Build Your Own Triple Drilled Differential Pinion Flange: posted 2008-07-24
After years of offroading with open differentials, I decided to take the plunge and buy a locker.I decided to purchase a lock-right locker to install ...

1990 Toyota 4runner Rust Repair Rear Quarter Panel: posted 2008-06-30
Here's some image and pictures outlining the steps I took to repair rust on my 1990 4runner. It was getting so bad that when I drove on ...

SR5 Gauge Cluster Swap: posted 2008-06-07
Unless you are lucky enough to have an sr5 model Toyota Truck or 4runner, you may not have a tachometer, and you won't have an oil pressure gauge ...

Rock Slider Stiffening: posted 2008-06-03
When building any trail armor, stronger is always better. This is especially true with rock sliders. They are a handy point to use a hi-lift jack / fa...

Pinion Seal Replacement: posted 2008-05-29
Although I would consider myself fairly mechanically confident, i've always steered clear of anything to do with differentials because of the comp...

Toyota Fender Trimming (aka Hacking): posted 2008-05-27
If you run big tires it won't be too long until the fenders get in the way. It's either when turning, or when the suspension is flexing out on...

Quick Bumpstops: posted 2008-05-27
Need a quick bumpstop? Rather than climbing under your truck and installing a conventional bumpstop, why not do what this guy did? He grabbed an old s...

Tack Welding your Birfields: posted 2008-05-26
Another Birfield Solution is to tack-weld on your axles. It keeps the axle from pulling too far to the weak outside of the birfield. It also increase ...

J-Arm Ball Flip: posted 2008-05-25
On solid axle trucks with the stock steering setup, clearance can be an issue. After the truck is lifted, and especially if the u-bolts are flipped, t...

Rear Disc Brake Conversion using Toyota Rotors and Calipers: posted 2008-05-24
Many people who get into much mud find that the rear drum brakes can cause problems. Mud and dirt gets into the drum and cakes on the components, maki...

Home Built Crossover Steering Arm: posted 2008-05-23
Not interested in paying the $200+ for crossover steering? Here's a guy who built his own arm using 2 stock arms and welding them together! Grante...

Fuel Tank / Gas Tank Relocation: posted 2008-05-20
This article is a great resource for those looking at gas tank relocation. It's pretty thorough, until the part that says "Other consideratio...

Build yourself a Canvas Topper out of Military Tarp: posted 2008-05-17
There's 2 articles, by Johnny Lange, and they do a pretty good job of explaing how to build a top.The first link explains what he did to build the...

Combining 2 stock driveshafts to make a Long Travel Driveshaft: posted 2008-05-14
This guy came up with the idea to take his stock driveshaft and an extra one he had sitting around and make a homemade long travel driveshaft. He cut ...

Make Your Own Gaskets: posted 2008-05-13
Tired of paying for gaskets? This method stil costs some money, as he recommends you buy gasket paper. It's a good write-up on how to make a nice ...

Fitting a Toyota Electric Locker (E-locker) into 8 inch Differential: posted 2008-04-25
From 1996 on, Toyota offered an option in there 4runners and Tacomas. It was a rear electric locking differential straight from the factory. Sinc...

Supra Engine Swap Bellhousing Information: posted 2008-04-24
Supra Engine SwapThinking of swapping out your tired 4cyl or v6 engine for a supra inline 6 cyl? Here's a chart of the bellhousing patterns of all...

22RTE Forum: posted 2008-04-22
"This forum is dedicated to the discussion of all things related to the 22RTE and to turbo conversions of the 22RE, 22R, and 20R engines. The pri...

1993 Toyota Factory Service Manual: posted 2008-04-20
1993 Toyota Pickup Service ManualAs Toyota 4x4s get older and older, it's harder to find manuals for them. This guy named Nathan Buchana, I c...