Nice 2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition - Lockers, Armor, Winch, etc. - Burlington, VT


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This 2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition was purchased by the seller in 2013. It has been professionally modified for off-pavement use and has approximately 132,000 miles on the odometer. The truck runs great and feels solid on the road, and performs exceptionally well in the dirt. It is sold with a clear Vermont state title.

The body has a few dings and the paint features some pin striping as expected with trail use. The body panels align well and are free of major defects. The ARB locking differentials and on-board air compressor are fully functional.

Inside, the current owner has installed Wet Okole seat covers to hide a small tear in the passenger seat and prevent additional interior wear and tear. The rear seats and headliner are in good shape and Weather Tech floor mats have been fitted in both the front and rear of the vehicle. Gauges all work as they should and a Scan Gauge II has been added for speedometer correction. An aftermarket head unit has been installed and adds bluetooth calling, music streaming, a DVD movie player and a back up camera. Bluetooth calling has been nicely integrated into the steering wheel controls.

This 4Runner is motivated by a 4.0-liter V6 good for 245 horsepower and 282 lb-ft of torque, mated to a five speed automatic. Gearing has been changed to a 4.56 ratio to keep the transmission shift points on target while turning the new 285/70/17 (33”) all terrain tires.

Underneath, the 4Runner’s robust body-on-frame design appears to be in good shape with no serious corrosion visible aside from the Old Man Emu rear shocks which function well but could use replacement. Full steel RCI skid plates have been fitted to protect the engine, transmission, transfer case and gas tank from trail damage.

The front and rear bumpers have recently been sandblasted and resprayed and feature a nearly new Warn M8000 winch with synthetic line and a pair of JW Speaker LED flood lights.

The owner is selling the vehicle to free up cash for a start-up. The vehicle is priced at $16,000 and is located in South Burlington, Vermont. Contact Matt at or (802) 222-1929.


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Partial Equipment List:

-Shrockworks Front Bumper
-Shrockworks Weld-on Sliders
-Crozfab Rear Tire/Gas Can Carrier
-OME 3” (Heavy) lift
-Spidertrax 1.25” Wheel Spacers
-1” Body Lift
-(4) new 285 70 17 Treadwright Warden A/T’s with Kedge Grip and (1) same size Nitto Terra Grappler at 90% tread.
-(5) 255 80 17 BFG KM2’s at 40% tread; all hold air but have seen lots of trail use.
-K&N Air Intake
-Magnaflow exhaust
-Unity spot light
-diff breather extensions
-Warn M8000 winch w/ synthetic line
-Interior LED’s
-HID Headlight Conversion
-Pioneer AVH-P3400BH set up with a back-up camera and bluetooth connectivity.
-iPad 2 mount
-Cobra 75wxst CB and Firestik II
-5lb ABC fire extinguisher and mount
-Toy Outfitters Lower Control Arms
-RCI Front skid, transmission skid, t-case skid, and gas tank skid
-Dog Divider from Petco
-Wet Okole Front Seat Covers
-Scan Gauge II
-Warn M8000
-Change from 3.73 to 4.56 Gearing
-ARB Front and Rear Lockers and an ARB CMK 12 Compressor
-(2) JW Speaker TS3000R Lights, (2) JW Speaker 6150 fog lamps
-Weathertech Floor Mats
-Trailer Brake Controller

Owner’s Maintenance Log:

-June `13 – new rear brakes by dealer.
-June `13 – sunroof serviced.
-July `13 – Front and rear diff and transfer case oil changed.
-July `13 – new drivers front wheel bearing assembly (Fellsway Auto).
-July `13 – Full service on e-brake cable and shoe assembly.
-August `13 - Skid Plates re-tapped and tightened w/ new hardware.
-September `13 – replace bent lower control arm (Performance Unlimited)
-September `13 – repair front LED turn signal in Shrockworks bumper (Performance Unlimited)
-September `13 – strengthen Shrockworks bumper w/ 2 small welds to mounting bracket – Performance Unlimited)
-November `13 - replaced drivers side CV & axle seals (Performance Unlimited)
-April `14 - replaced transmission filter and fluid.
-April `14 - replaced gas strut on spare tire carrier. (McMaster-Carr 100lb. gas strut)
-May `14 - replaced trailer wiring harness (4x4 Center, Burlington, VT)
-May `14 - replaced worn driver's inner and outer tie rod (4x4 Center, Burlington, VT)
-June '14 - replace spark plugs, alignment, new cabin air filter, dent repair, replace coolant temperature sensor, replace worn misc. A/C component and recharge system (Heritage Toyota, Burlington, VT)
-July '14 - replaced front driver and passenger brake calipers with OEM remans and replaced rotors and pads with Advance Auto Platinum product along with new metal brake lines.
-July '14 - Added Scangauge II.
-July '14 - sandblast and repaint Shrockworks front bumper and custom rear bumper. Repaint all skid plates with multiple brushed on coats of Rustoleum.
-December '14 - alignment and full detail (Heritage Toyota)
-January 15' - emergency brake serviced and new rear brake pads using advance auto platinum product.
-March 15' - new rear right brake caliper, CB antenna tuned, skid plate bolts all removed with new nut inserts welded in, front license plate permanently mounted with custom bracket, rear ARB repair work done under warranty (Rodney Brooks, Performance Unlimited)
-May 15' - rear sway bar bracket repair on passenger side and oil change (New England Automotive)
-June 15' - front sway bar reinstalled, repair catalytic converter shield, replace passenger side rear wheel sensor, replace downstream bank 2 O2 sensor, trailer brake controller.
-September 15' - front left wheel bearing, inner and outer seal, and CV axle. Two new inner tie rods. (High Country Auto Repair)
-November 15' - rear left brake caliper, rear left rotor, and new rear brake pads both sides.


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I will post traditional "for sale" pictures this next week.

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I made a video for those that are interested but unable to see the truck in person due to geographical limitations.

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Dear reader,

I've decided to take the truck off the market. The circle of friends I've made through owning this truck, the incredible times I've had and places I've seen, and lastly the condition and driveability of the truck itself are worth way more than the $16k cash I was hoping to get with a sale. I hope the good business, good times and good health continue so I can enjoy this Toyota well into the future.


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