South Eastern Pre-crawl-runner (3rdgen4rn)

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5lugger95

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After building up my last truck on a shoe string budget, and it turning into something that was a little to purpose built for what i enjoy, I sold it to help finance a home purchase.

After about 6 months of not having an offroad toy I decided to turn my mountain bike shuttle rig into a 5 seat, working AC, all arounder. Here in the Southeast we have more crawly type stuff but I enjoy going fast so with this build Ill try and keep a dichotomy of the two.

It is a 2002 Toyota 4runner 4x4 Sport Edition with around 250k miles and a bilstein kit.

Plans are to finish my home made LT kit, get the rear working as good as possible for as cheap as possible. Front/rear bumper, rocksliders, and some dirttty 5s becasue you aint doing shit out here if you aint at least rockin 35s.



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Figured if i was going to build another truck, I may as well invest in an actual welder, no more dying of the flux core lung for me. This little eastwood has been doing really well for me so far and was pretty damn cheap. Soft core weld photos to follow
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Found a front end to cut off for mock up. Thing was a bitch to get into the back of my truck with the diff and arms still attached, forgot the 12mm alan to unbolt the diff... it was way easier getting it out without the added 120 pounds
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Initially i wanted to ditch the lower ball joint for fear of it randomly breaking on the highway or something, i think this may have been a bit of fear mongering but either way...

So im using a uniball bssed design I saw on IG. After chatting with the guy a bit it seems to work well for him with the caveat being the need to lower the lower pivot. This will lead to bumpsteer unless you lower the steering pivot as well, so it isnt as plug and play as the BJ kits but should be stronger.

So I knocked out the stock BJ and began adapting the bracket to be used with a uniball.

The spindle on these trucks places this bracket very close to the CV so i have to sink the head of the 3/4 bolt into the LBJ bracket. Planning on welding the misalignment to the bracket as well. Not set 100% on this design yet and will be remaking the "puck" that adapts the bracket to a 3/4 bolt
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Ordered heims for the tie rods.. do you guys think 1.25x.120 DOM is sufficient? 1.5x.25 seems super chunky and overkill to me. Weld in bung style

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