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Old 09-28-2008, 05:07 PM   #1
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I've always loved Toyota based Crawlers, and I've been wanting to build another that WASN'T a Bruiser/Hilux. I've seen a few SAS Toyota 4 Runners on here, E-bay, and other crawler sites that look SICK, but they are rarely for sale, or SUPER expensive if they are, and I've always passed on owning one.....until I saw this one

I've ALWAYS loved this truck from the first time I saw it on here, and I remember seeing it for sale on here a LONG time ago, but originally missed the chance to buy it.. Then more recently, It came up a 2nd time for sale, and this time I just HAD to have it.

I NOW believe I'm the 5th or 6th owner of this rig. I know that 1BadJeepBruiser built the original truck and exo, and I also know Its since been Crawling and Wheelin' over in Hawaii, ( and other various places..,) Other builders, and owners- feel free to chime in as to where this things been..!! - Now Its found its way into MY hands..!!

Here are the Specs...

* Original Kyosho Frame and 4Runner Body
* Custom Exocage (by 1BJB)
* Locked TLT axles ( for now)
* 55 Turn Integy Lathe motor
* Axial Transmission
* Frame mounted Hitech steering servo
* King Blackfoot stub shafts
* Custom 4 Links
* 2.2" RC4WD Mud Slingers on Black HPI WK rims

When It arrived to me, it was in Rough shape, and needed a complete re-build.., SO I tore the whole thing down, cleaned, rebuilt, re-lubed and replaced, everything that needed it..!! I am still planning on doing more to this truck, but heres where It stands for now....Enjoy..!


Heres where I started....not Bad, but not Good enough..






The frame is in good shape for its age, but needed a good cleaning, and the electronics needed to be moved from where they're pictured now.

Next step was to remove both axles - clean, and rebuild them from ground zero..clean and re-mount the Axial tranny, then I changed the suspension around a little bit, from where it had been



The body is in Rough shape with various cracks and pieces of lexan missing, but considering how expensive and rare a good used one or a NIB one is ( IF you can find one..) I had to salvage this one, and fix it any way I could. This truck IS getting driven, so I'm not too worried about scratches, but there were a few spots where the Orange paint was flaking off which I fixed. Next step was to remove the roof rack, for a scuff down, and re-paint. Then I added 5 Lights in the custom cagework. I also repainted the Hi-Lift jack as well.





The body has been painted on the outside, but the windshield had some wierd scuffs on it that looked like crap, so It had to be repainted..





The infamous "poser" shot

Actually the articulations not too bad for a scaler



SO after 2 solid days of working on this thing rebuilding it, and detailing it, heres where it stands..











Let me know what you guys think..!
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Old 09-28-2008, 05:21 PM   #2
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looks good, i am diggin the setup.
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Old 09-28-2008, 05:24 PM   #3
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Nice work.
Man,I remember this truck.It's been through quite a number of people here.
Hope it stay's with you for a while.
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Old 09-28-2008, 07:45 PM   #4
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that's sic. You should bring some of your scale trucks to the NERCC comp october 11 at purgatory chasm. everyone would be amazed by your work.
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I knew that was the Runner you picked up! lol. Great job on the rebuild. I need to pick up a chassis for my Runner.
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A new lease on life.
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:31 AM   #7
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that thing looks beasy man, good job on the rebuild 51
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Old 09-29-2008, 08:04 AM   #8
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Nice job on fixing it up Chris, good to see that truck is still alive and being wheeled. Looks like the exo is holding up well, not bad considering it was my 1st time brazing anything

-Mike
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Proper Job
Another fine looking Yota just needs an interior now

Looks good with the 2.2 wheels and tyres, i'm not usually a fan of 2.2's but i suppose cos that body is close to 1.9 you really need them under it.

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Old 09-29-2008, 11:24 AM   #10
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hey 1badjeepbruiser where did you get that 4runner body? And do you know if its still made?
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hey 1badjeepbruiser where did you get that 4runner body? And do you know if its still made?
kyosho and no it is like all good kyosho stuff disco'ed
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Old 09-29-2008, 12:54 PM   #12
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man, that gets around like my ex gf.:-P
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:07 PM   #13
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looks awsome! man i have always loved that truck ever since 1bjb built it. its one amazing truck! -Wes
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:41 PM   #14
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that was i wanted mine to look like but white

totally awesome man!
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Nice work.
Man,I remember this truck.It's been through quite a number of people here.
Hope it stay's with you for a while.
Hey Man- Thanks Yeah I'm planning on keeping this one for a while....I always wanted this truck after seeing it on here the first time , and NOW I finally have it..!!

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that's sic. You should bring some of your scale trucks to the NERCC comp october 11 at purgatory chasm. everyone would be amazed by your work.
Thanks, Yeah - I might head out to Purgatory for the comp., I'll have to see whats going on, but it sounds like fun..!

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I knew that was the Runner you picked up! lol. Great job on the rebuild. I need to pick up a chassis for my Runner.
Thanks man..!- Yeah you DO need to pick up a chassis, and build it up..! These look so AWESOME..!! I'm SO glad I scored this one..!

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that thing looks beasy man, good job on the rebuild 51
Thanks Mike- This one stole the "Snipers" parking spot in the garage for now..!! Hurry up and get it done ..!! LOL..!!

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Nice job on fixing it up Chris, good to see that truck is still alive and being wheeled. Looks like the exo is holding up well, not bad considering it was my 1st time brazing anything

-Mike
Thanks Mike, Yeah She's still alive and well, and Is going to get wheeled.. Your Exo is holding up well. Theres one small spot in the rear that looks like its been repaired at one point, but thats it.. So, yeah for your first time Brazing, you did a hell of a job man..! This things got PLENTY of life left in it.. You'll see..!

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Another fine looking Yota just needs an interior now

Looks good with the 2.2 wheels and tyres, i'm not usually a fan of 2.2's but i suppose cos that body is close to 1.9 you really need them under it.

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Thanks Neil - Well- This ones not getting the interior treatment.., the lexan bodys just TOO fragile for that :-( ( mabey the NEXT 4Runner will get it instead..!! ) I tried a set of 1.9" Trail Dr. XL's on this truck, but they just looked too small, and then tried a set of 2.2" Rock Crushers, and those were too big.., the 2.2" Mud Slingers are the PERFECT look for this truck..!


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man, that gets around like my ex gf.:-P
LMAO..!! Yeah, Its been around the block more than once..!!, Glad Its parked in MY garage now..!!!
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I agree with the 2.2 slingers bro! I tried 1.9 and 2.2 crushers and they didn't look right to me.

pics of mine trying the slingers and geolanders.


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OOOHHHH.... Look at that nice shiney body..!!!! ..Wanna trade..?? LOL..!! Yeah, the 2.2" Slingers Look awesome under yours too man- I think they're the way to go with this truck..!!
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Old 09-30-2008, 03:21 PM   #18
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i wanted to score that runner you have when mike(1bjb) had it. i don't own any 2.2 slingers anymore but will score some more since i got a another bruiser chassis coming in for the runner.
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Wow, nice job! I Really like what you've done with this truck , it looks real sharp on those rims and tires. Just wondring What rims you are running there? , they look really scale I've never seen them before , they almost look like the stock axial 1.9s but much nicer

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