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Joe Gambino
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This is the OFFICIAL build thread on the Rogue Fabrication 4Runner! 

Here is the start of the project. This photo is from 2005!!!

This is a 1988 4Runner SR5. Someone way back in the day really wanted the nicest one on the block. This one has power windows, power door locks, and a factory moon roof! It had the original wheels on it still, and no modifications. Sadly, the 31s on it were nearly new (they weren't worth much when I sold them). It is a 5 speed with AC. Back in the 80s, every 4runner was 4WD, so this is of course a 4WD one. Everything worked. Picked it up for under $1000. 

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-The dude who started RogueFab
4Runner Build thread: https://www.roguefab.com/forum/projects-and-builds/rogue-fabrication-4runner/


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This was the day my tires showed up! I had them shipped to an offroad shop. A long time ago a company called USA 6x6 made steel double beadlocks in house and sold tons of military surplus tires. These are 46" Michelin XLs. They actually measure close to 47", so they are pretty big. The wheels are 20x10 and have little Mercedes logos in them as a nod to the axles that will be under this rig.

 

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For those of you who don't know offroad double beadlocks already, let me explain why these wheels look funny. They are split in half so that they can 'clamp' the tire onto an internal ring. This locks the beads from moving inward at low tire pressures. The wheel still has lips like a regular wheel to stop the bead from moving outward (obviously). This allows super low tire pressures and larger contact area with the ground for more traction. The image below is one that I drew up to explain how H1 beadlocks work, but they are the same theory as these 20s. The red and green wheel halves clamp together, pinching the tire securely onto the blue insert. This blue insert is tall because it is an HMMV military runflat (which destroys the tire when used, but allows mobility to continue). You can see from this model that if you pushed the tire's sidewall IN or OUT, it would contact a solid immovable body and not move or let out any air. 
 
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-The dude who started RogueFab
4Runner Build thread: https://www.roguefab.com/forum/projects-and-builds/rogue-fabrication-4runner/


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This build is destined to have Unimog 404 axles, so the stock Toyota 8" axle and IFS setup had to go. I was able to sell off those parts (people want the wider "IFS" rear axle in older trucks and the manual hub IFS setup on this rig was more desirable to some with the later vacuum operated hubs). 

These are the HF jack stands BEFORE they fell apart and killed people (I think). 

 
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And here is the stock engine. This is a 1988 4Runner, and it has a VERY early 3VZE (3.0 V6). This one had about 250,000 miles on the clock. It got 17MPG driving around mostly on the highway. Ran like an absolute top! But this is about to get yanked out in favor of a 7MGTE (3.0 inline 6 turbo from a 1989 Supra). 
 
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-The dude who started RogueFab
4Runner Build thread: https://www.roguefab.com/forum/projects-and-builds/rogue-fabrication-4runner/


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And here is the IFS (independant front suspension for non car guys/gals) coming off. I wasn't saving much that was coming off the frame, so I used a torch on most of it. I did watch out for the fuel and brake lines of course!

Look at that nasty fender rust. This car was in Minnesota early in it's life. The rest of the rig is pretty rust free, but the tops of the outer fenders are really messed up. Hopefully the fender cut we do will be above the rust.

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-The dude who started RogueFab
4Runner Build thread: https://www.roguefab.com/forum/projects-and-builds/rogue-fabrication-4runner/


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Ambroze
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love seeing how this project came along.


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Here is a better shot of it cleaned up. Time to spill the beans... Engine is coming from a TURBO TOYOTA SUPRA! It will be getting a full rebuild.

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-The dude who started RogueFab
4Runner Build thread: https://www.roguefab.com/forum/projects-and-builds/rogue-fabrication-4runner/


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It's like a blank canvas to a painter...

 

IFS brackets cut off. Brake lines and other stuff mostly gone. Still need to torch the spring hangers and such off. This rig won't be running leaf springs.

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-The dude who started RogueFab
4Runner Build thread: https://www.roguefab.com/forum/projects-and-builds/rogue-fabrication-4runner/


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