Black Beast Pt II - 2001 4Runner SR5

City_Rider

Adventurer
It's been a work in progress for quite some time and it's now just starting to come around.

After writing off my 06' Tacoma in March of 2010 I decided a 3rd Gen 4Runner would fit the bill as a capable replacement. Hence the Pt II. As with any build, the mods will be on going, and I will try to keep this list updated to include the most recent additions.

What started as this:


Is now this:










Front Suspension
- Poly Performance 10" Limit Straps
- Fox 2.5 CO's w/ 650# Eibach Coil
- Camburg UCA's
- Replaced Remote Reservoir Lines with Longer, Blue Lines (accommodates body lift)



Rear Suspension
- Poly Performance 14" Limit Straps
- Fox 12" RR Shocks
- Fox 2.5" Bump Stops
- OME 850J LC80 Front Coils Installed In Rear
- Sonoran Heavy Duty Rear Lower Links
- Toytec Adjustable Rear Upper Links
- Toytec Adjustable Panhard Bar
- Custom Upper Shock Mounts


Mechanical
- 2nd Gen TRD Supercharger
- URD 2.2" Supercharger Pulley
- URD 7th Injector Kit
- Doug Thorley Long Tube Headers
- Borla Pro XS Muffler
- ARB Front Air Locker
- Rear E-locker Retrofit
- 4.88 Nitro Gears
- Cadillac CS144 Alternator
- A340 Automatic Transmission Valve Body Shims (1-2, 2-3)
- Sonoran Tapered Front Diff Drop
- Total Chaos Weld On Spindle Gussets
- Tundra 231mm Calipers - Stock Toyota Pads
- Brembo Rotors
- Custom Blue Extended Brake Lines (Front and Rear)
- All-Pro 1.25" Wheel Spacers
- Hayden Transmission Cooler
- ARB Breather Kit - Front and Rear Differential, Transfer Case
- ARB Snorkel
- AirRaid Intake
- AFE Air Filter
- Addco Sway Bar
- Custom Extended Sway Bar End Links
- 6" Deckplate Mod
- Moroso Oil Catch Can
- Odyssey PC-1700 Battery
- TRD White Face Boost Gauge
- PLX DM-100 Gauge
- PLX SM-AFR Wideband O2 Sensor
- Aeroforce Interceptor OBDII Gauge


Wheels
- Summer:
- 315/70/75 BFG All Terrain Tires
- 17" SCS Stealth 6 Matte Bronze
- Winter:
- 315/75/16 Yokohama Geolander G072
- Stock 16" 5 Spoke Rims


Armor
- Shrockworks Front Bumper with Custom Stinger
- CBI Rear Bumper w/ Tire Swing Gate, High Lift Mount, Gas Can Mount, Fold Out Table
- Bud Built IFS Skidplate
- Bud Built Belly Pan Skidplate
- Lil' Skip Offroad Gas Tank Skid
- All-Pro Sliders w/ Kickout - Custom Plated
- Lotus Development Rear Lower Link Skid
- Inchworm Offroad E-locker Actuator Guard


Accessories / Mini Mods
- Recaro Seats (JDM Purchase - 1999 Mitsubishi Lancer GSR Turbo)
- T-Max 10,000 lb Winch
- Master Pull Winch Stop Thimble
- Amsteel Blue 100' 3/8" Synthetic Winch Line
- Black Hawse Winch Fairlead
- Cobra C75 - WX-ST CB Radio
- Windshield Washer Fluid Reservoir Relocation
- 60" High Lift (mounted in swing gate)
- Toytec 1" Body Lift
- WeatherTech Floor Mats (Front, Rear)
- WeatherTech Window Vent Visors
- Bushwacker Flares
- Long John Mud Flaps - Rear
- VIS Carbon Fiber Sport Hood
- Redline Hood Struts - QuickLIFT Elite
- Pressure Operated Hood Lights
- Custom Satoshi Grill
- Custom Made Dog Platform with Storage
- ARB Awning and Awning Room with Floor
- WeatherTech Pet Ramp
- Puma PD-1006 Air Compressor
- 5 Gallon Air Tank - mounted where spare tire was
- Air / Water Separator
- Klein 2 Stage Air Horns
- Custom Limb Risers
- Lev-O-Gauge (x2 - Front to back, side to side)
- JDM Field Monitor
- Customized Baja Rack - Long Rack - with Custom Wind Deflector
- Shovel and Axe Mounted on Baja Rack
- Raingler Cargo Nets - x3 on Sleeping Platform, x1 on Baja Rack
- Specter 20 Gallon Black Military Style Gas Cannister (x2)
- Specter 10 Gallon Blue Military Style Water Cannister










Electrical
- OTRATTW Contura II Switches - Zombie Lights, Rock Lights, Offroad Lights, Front Locker, Air Compressor, Rear Locker
- Rear Locker 'Stock Wiring' with Blue LED Indicator Light
- Hella Relay Block (x4 relays)
- Hella 80A Relay for Air Compressor and 80A Blue Sea Fuse Holder
- Blue Sea ST Blade Fuse Block with Bussman 120A breaker
- 'Big 3' Upgraded Wiring with Bussman 150A breaker
- BlueSea 300A Winch Power Disconnect
- Interior Center Console Mounted Winch Controls
- 3000W Whistler Inverter with Blue Sea Cut Off Switch
- ARB 50qt Fridge - Wired for Constant Voltage
- AutoPage C3 RS-1100 LED Remote / Starter / Alarm Combo







Lighting
- PIAA 510 Crystal Ion Fogs with HID Upgrade
- Morimoto D2S HID Projector Retrofit
- Morimoto 32" LED Light Bar on Roof Rack
- Lightforce Striker 240 HID's - Bumper Mount
- TUFF LED Rock Lights (x8)
- TUFF LED 2x2 Offroad Lights (Passenger Side Mounted)
- WeatherTech 3M Protectors for Headlights
- LED Brake Lights (including 3rd)
- LED CREE Reverse Lights
- Interior Lighting LED Kit


Audio / Visual
- Pioneer AVH-P4300DVD
- Back Up Camera
- BlueTooth Adapter
- iPod Cable - 80GB Classic
- JBL GTO Speaker Upgrade - Front, Rear and Tweeters
- iPad Mini with GPS


Mods to Come
- Shower Bladder and Heated Water System (Through Radiator)


Wish List
- Long Travel
- Fiberglass Front Fenders
- Hutchinson DOT Approved Beadlocks
- URD Crankshaft Pulley
- URD 2.1 Supercharger Pulley
 
Last edited:

City_Rider

Adventurer
I need to work on my sleeping platform design - this build has been relatively slow to progress but it's coming around nicely now. The sticking point for me is the length inside as I'm not a short guy (6'4") but rickashay has inspired me to go this route (as he is taller? and rocks the sleeping platform).

I've got some pictures of the switches and my deck - along with where the rock light panel is located (in the glove box) - I'll toss them up soon.
 

rickashay

Explorer
Glad to see you over here David! I never get tired of seeing the Black Beast..... sooooo NICE!

Seems like a bunch of tall 3rd gen owners. I'm 6'6" also, and pushing the front seats forward at night is definitely the key to maximize sleeping space. I'm stoked to see what you come up with!

I really need to copy your rear shock setup...... 10" shocks, mmmmmm.
 

montypower

Adventure Time!
I love that Shrockworks front bumper. The design is exceptional. Great work! Your truck will be unstoppable with ARBs.
 

City_Rider

Adventurer
Thanks - I'm a big fan of the Shrockworks front bumpers - I hit a rock wall doing 80kph in my Tacoma, connecting the driver side wing first, the Shrockworks took the hit and kept on truckin! Seriously, a friend in town picked it up, tweaked it back the 1-2" it was out and tossed it on his Tacoma!

EDIT - here's what hitting the rock wall did to my Tacoma!




There was no other choice for my 3rd Gen! Only change I would make is to adjust the forward lean on the headlight protection - minor but I'd have it stick out more like the OutDoor Logic.


Pics added of interior mods!
 
Last edited:

SouthernMatt

New member
Awesome looking Runner! I am about to take the leap and do a projector retrofit. Any feedback on how they perform off-road and how you secured the projector to the housing? Wondering specifically if you can notice the lights vibrating. You are the first retrofit I have seen on Expo.
 

City_Rider

Adventurer
Awesome looking Runner! I am about to take the leap and do a projector retrofit. Any feedback on how they perform off-road and how you secured the projector to the housing? Wondering specifically if you can notice the lights vibrating. You are the first retrofit I have seen on Expo.
The lights are fantastic - I didn't do them myself but had rickashay complete them after I provided the parts. He did a great job and they are more secure than the HID PNP kit I had prevously installed. I can cruise on washboard and the headlights only move with the body. Next up is a set for my Tundra, I love them that much.

When it's dark for 16 hours of the day up in Alberta (or less as you go further North) having good lights is a necessity.
 

City_Rider

Adventurer
I've updated some pictures - still need to get home and enjoy the newly added supercharger and URD 7th injector kit (along with valve body shims to prolong the life of the A430).

The sleeping platform is complete, the slide out drawers work fantastic - I picked up the handles from Lee Valley (the largest chest handles they have) and added rare earth magnets to the back of the drawers so they stay closed. Quite pleased with the results - they don't open on inclines (when I open the rear hatch) and provide a firm feel when pulling them open. The dog doesn't mind her own personal ramp either...

I'll make sure to grab more detailed pictures of my lighting set up (HID Projector Retrofit - 32" Morimoto LED Bar) along with the supercharger and engine bay when I get home from this most recent stint at work.

Here's a couple shots of my rig in action:








 
Last edited:

shmabs

Explorer
I have a question for your regarding your rear shocks mounts:

When you run your winter setup on stock rims, do your tires get close to the upper shock mounts when flexing? I am looking to do something different with my rear shock mounts to accept a wider range of rear shocks, but worry that outboarding them to the side of the frame would result in my tires hitting them under flex. I run stock 16 hole steel rims and 265/75/16's.

Thanks

Mike
 

City_Rider

Adventurer
I have a question for your regarding your rear shocks mounts:

When you run your winter setup on stock rims, do your tires get close to the upper shock mounts when flexing? I am looking to do something different with my rear shock mounts to accept a wider range of rear shocks, but worry that outboarding them to the side of the frame would result in my tires hitting them under flex. I run stock 16 hole steel rims and 265/75/16's.

Thanks

Mike
I'll let you know in a couple weeks! I run wheel spacers so hopefully they will clear... Only one way to find out!
 

City_Rider

Adventurer
The rock wall you hit wouldn't happen to be outside of Golden, would it?
The one which totaled the Tacoma? Right by the town of Frank - I almost added 2 to the list of individuals that Frank Slide claimed! Scary **** that one... Black ice is no fun.
 

City_Rider

Adventurer
Updates to include a couple mods:

Supercharger


Front Bumper Clevis' and Master Pull on Amsteel synthetic line.


Roof Rack Cargo Net (front air dam removed for future installation of Morimoto LED Light Bar)


Interior Cargo Net (to stop items from going in to front seats)


 
Top