The piece in the center of the picture is just a random trim piece thatpops out easily, I knew there was space behind it because when I had my old blue pickup I kept about $100 in cash behind it, I don't do that anymore but I never had the cash taken and I left my windows down 90% of the time, EVERYWHERE. In my 4Runner I had to pull a plastic tube out (A/C System?) and wrap up the rats nest of wiring nicely but after that the CB just slid in, I don't even mount it in there, it won't move at all during daily driving because some wires wrap around it and hold in in place. The mic is kept in the glovebox except when I plan to use it, that will keep me from yelling at everybody over the PA eventually (I haven't bought a PA speaker yet) because I do have pretty bad road rage in traffic.
Charlie Whiskey did not get his antenna right on the SWR meter and his is a little more intensive to change than mine.
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TJM Front Bumper looks way better plus you can have a winch without ripping anything off. I don't like any of the available options for 4Runners as far as front bumpers go, the Boondock Front Bumper, Brush, and Hood Guard looks incredibly menacing on the road, there is a guy who lives somewhere around me who has one, nobody is ever in front of him on the road. The thing is an absolute tank, beefy, menacing, intimidating. It's awesome. I want to build one for my 4Runner. My requirements for a front bumper like that would be it has to be able to be unlatched to get to the engine, has to have mounts for 2 or 3 lights, integrated turn signals, front hitch mount, winch mount, and it has to be strong, not so heavy that the truck can't move, but strong. This however, brings me to my biggest want for River, a diesel engine. Preferably a D4-D but a 1KZ-TE is ok too, as long as it is backed up by either a 5 or 6 speed manual transmission (6-speed would be glorious). Diesel Toyz in Texas seems to have a good customer base and reputation, but this is pretty expensive any way you do it. Especially if you factor in the cost of 2 custom fuel tanks, a dual-fuel system running both diesel and WVO (Waste Vegetable Oil), and a host of other mods I want to do. The closest mod I will be doing (I am in the planning stage right now) is building a custom Safari Basket for the top of my truck in the style of a Gobi roof rack, with my own design built in. Right now I know I want a basket with mounts for 3 lights in the front, 2 in the back, and integrated wiring system for the lights with quick-disconnect points, I want it to bolt into the stock roof rack mounts (in case I ever need to switch it to another 4Runner), have secured storage boxes on either side for a Hi-Lift jack, Fire Axe, Rope, and other gear, and look better than the rest of the options available (None except the Gobi-which is unavailable for a 2nd Gen 4Runner-look good in my opinion). Plus building it myself will allow me to learn, I don't currently know how to weld, but I know an amazing welder who has agreed to teach me and let me use his equipment for this project. I just need to buy the materials and do it. Oh, and if I build my dad one he will buy the materials, but I have to front the cost. So technically I will be building 2 racks.
1. Diesel Engine, WVO 2 Tank setup
2. TJM/Boondock Style Front Bumper with Winch, Hitch Mount, Lights, and Recovery Shackles
3. CBI Style Rear Bumper/Modified Swingarm with Jack, Shovel, and Tow Strap Storage, Lockable
4. Gobi Style Safari Basket with Hi-Lift, Chinese Military Shovel, and Rope Storage, Lockable
5. Tube Steps/Rock Sliders
6. Custom Skid Plate
7. Custom Underbody Armor (Gas Tanks, T-Case, Diffs, Other Important Pieces)
8. Custom Storage Well where normal spare goes, 13.5" Deep, 31"x31" wide/long
9. Snorkel for intake
This is by no means a "complete" list (that would take pages) but this is the majority of my plans, The armor I plan to add would NEED a diesel engine just to move the truck, my truck weighs something like 2 tons stock, that is at least another 500lbs plus the extra weight of the diesel, plus gear weight, plus 2 full gas tanks, plus... yeah, a lot of weight. This is also quite an expensive list in both time and money, I will need to design and fabricate all the metalwork, plus I would most likely be getting a reputable shop to swap the diesel in, then rust repair/prevention... it goes on and on. I figure buy another MR2, make it reliable, then get the 4Runner stripped, prepared for the swap, painted, swapped, and rebuild to driving condition, then build the armor over time as a project.
My name is Seth and I have been modding for... you know what screw you guys, I'm going home (to build my truck)!