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You are in the Toyota 4Runner
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Toyota 4Runner, SUV
#11080 of 11429 Re: Something different [tradscott]
Oct 31, 2005 (11:14 am)
More pics can be seen here.
"Did you go with the OME lift or one of the spacer lifts?"
Neither. I removed the X-Reas system. It's now sitting in a box. I went with Donahoe Racing's front Coilovers set at 2" lift in the front. In the rear, I had Deaver Spring make me some coils that were 2" higher and 30% stiffer than stock and paired them with Bilstein 5100 shocks. Definitely not a cheap setup, but for what I'm using it for (high speed desert offroading), it is well worth it.
"What brand of sliders are those?"
Demello Offroad sliders. Demello make the best sliders around for Toyotas. These are his hybrid sliders (round outside tube, square inside tube). I should be able to drop the truck from several feet onto a rock w/o the sliders crashing into the truck.
The tires I'm running are actually bigger than 285's, they are 33x12.50R17 TrXus MT's. They are big, burly and heavy. I was preparing myself to be robbed of all my power once I got those things on, but I'm pleasantly surprised. Acceleration and crusing seem to be good still. Obviously there is a difference, the weight feels about twice the former stock tire, but the added diameter actually offsets that weight while crusing. With this powerful v6 I can still haul off the line. I will say though with the big lugs and more air in the tires the truck feels less surefooted on the highway at high speeds. That's fine though because I shouldn't be going 85mph on the freeway in a SUV anyway! I was crusing at 75 this weekend and the engine was still idleing low. I thought I was going have to re-gear in the future, but now that I've driven it, I'm totally happy with the big tires.
265's on the 4th Gen's v6 should feel fine. I think you will be happy with them.
As far as overall impressions and thoughts:
* The suspension difference is night and day. Even the $2000 x-reas doesn't even come close to the quality of the Donahoe coilovers. No more kidney jarring smacks over potholes or bumps. I can take speedbumps and whoops at 30+ and the tires keep contact with the ground the whole time (which is a good thing). The ride doesn't stay quite as flat in the corners as the X-Reas did, but I think that's more a function of me sitting 4" higher rather than a change in the suspension.
* I had to trim to get the 33's on. Took off the mudflaps, trimmed the inside of the front wheelwell and had to cut the plastic off of the bottom corner off the back of the front wheel well. Got that? Bottom, back, front?
* The 4th gen 4runner is SO quiet. I thought I'd hear an annoying hum with the new tires, but I can barely hear them with the windows up and radio off.
* As you can tell, I'm just totally stoked. I can't remember if I'm allowed to mention retailers or not (Steve, if not, please just delete this bullet, so I don't have to repost ), but Demello Offroad is the best place in California to take your toyota. It's a small shop in O.C., but the guys there are the best. I travelled several hours just to go to their shop and it was worth it.
#11081 of 11429 Re: Something different [jaredmsd]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 31, 2005 (11:21 am)
Dealer names/locations are fine.
Nice pics. Welded sliders eh? Pretty fancy work.
#11082 of 11429 Re: Something different [steve_]
Oct 31, 2005 (12:23 pm)
Bolt on sliders work fine too, but for added strength, nothing beats welded. I can't weld to save my life (good with a sawzall though) so I left that to the guys at Demello.
#11083 of 11429 Re: Something different [jaredmsd]
Oct 31, 2005 (12:35 pm)
Do you mind if I ask why you decided to get a custom spring made instead of going with the OME medium springs in the back? I am assuming it was more $$$. Is your custom spring a little shorter (I think 2" is less than the 2.5" or so from OME)?
Also, how difficult is it to adjust the height of the Donahoe once it is on the truck?
#11084 of 11429 Re: Something different [tradscott]
Oct 31, 2005 (1:14 pm)
Don't mind at all. I went with the Deaver because I think they make a higher quality spring. If you look at years past Baja 1000 winners, most are running Deaver leaf packs or Deaver coils. While they were more expensive $225 vs. $150 or so, they probably won't sag like the OME's tend to do. Since I'm trying to run the absolute minimum lift I can while still clearing my tires, I can't afford the coils to sag and cause the tires to start rubbing where they previously didn't. Also, I would rather spend $225 once than $150 twice. The adage "lift as much as you have to, but no more" is a good one to follow.
As far as adjusting the Donahoe's once they are on the truck, I don't have first hand knowledge (because I just used the factory setting of 2"), but from what I've heard from various owners you can adjust them with the tires still on. Loosen the top bolts and use the spanner wrench to adjust. The one point to add is that although the 4runner coils can be adjusted up to 3" of lift, 2.5" should be the maximum setting to preserve life of the shock.
#11085 of 11429 4runner: 05 vs 06
Nov 03, 2005 (8:29 am)
I have been thorugh all of the specifications between the 05 and 06 and even test drove an 06 SR5 2wd V8....very nice imo. Now when I compare the 2 vehicles on paper, there does not seem to be too much difference. Is this the case or am I missing something? Is the body and look the same? How about the interior?
Nov 03, 2005 (7:38 pm)
06 body changed, particularly around front grill. Also has an aux port for IPOD/MP3 player.
Nov 03, 2005 (10:55 pm)
are minimal though - my local dealer had an '05 parked right next to an '06, and even looking at them head on and side by side, it was hard to see the differences.
Nov 04, 2005 (8:49 am)
what type of wire must you purchase to connect an ipod to the aux jack in the 2006 4Runner?