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1999 4Runner Solid Axle Swap part 1

September 7, 2017

RockSolidToys is known for it's work on the later model vehicle's, but we're also just as capable of building the earlier models as well.  


This 1999 Toyota 4Runner came to us with a swap done already.  The owner was doing some of the work himself with a friend and just ran out of time with the area he was building it at.  He gave us a call and asked if we could not only finish it but build it Rock Solid strong as well.  We told him yes.  We would be honored to build it for him.


He needed to move it quickly and we didn't have room at the shop at the time so we brought it to the house.  Another "Driveway Dream" being built.




The third gen 4Runner is becoming one of the best platforms to do a solid axle swap on and to build an awesome trail rig.  It's a perfect size vehicle to build upon and has been super reliable with it's engine and transmission choices.  It is one of my favorites vehicles around.


This one came to us with a ton of changes already.  A rear 14 bolt full float axle, a high pinion dana 60 front axle, 14" Fox coil overs with remote resi's among other stuff.


 What are we going to do? 

Well, to start, we're going send the rear 14 bolt over to our good friends at Lost Industries where they will shave the bottom of it and add an ARB Air Locker to it.  When we get it back we'll grind down all the welds on it and re-weld it all. 

Then we'll remove some of the current brackets and cross members and install our RST front and rear three link setup.  We'll try to use as many brackets that are already there to save money if it makes sense.  But the first priority is to make it all Rock Solid and if we can do that with existing brackets and such we will. 


 We started by pulling of the tires and then all the links and shocks so we could pull this beast from under the 4Runner.