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Old 02-11-2013, 12:43 PM
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I think it's pretty! Didn't he ship them Thursday night or something? What does the tracking say?
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Supposedly shipped them Thursday night, but the shipping is still...


Electronic Shipping Info Received


February 08, 2013
Friday

No updates

Meaning he didn't even print the label till Friday
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Supposedly shipped them Thursday night, but the shipping is still...

Friday

No updates

Meaning he didn't even print the label till Friday
Mutha.....
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Mutha.....
Shipping status finally showed up, he didn't really even ship them till yesterday
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So, since my whole dash and center console are STILL out after 3 1/2 weeks, I continued on my LED swap. I've yet to find 1 bulb that was easy to get out or replace, however I've been moving along. Took the center console radio trim out to get to the 4wd switch. I used a wide angle LED, but it still will need some work.


Not perfect, but it matches way better than the orange


Also while that piece was out, I was able to get to the cup holder bulb finally


Here's the shifter and the cup holder


Here's most of the center console, minus the ashtray cluster that I am waiting on an LED to solder in to the cig lighter.


Now the fun begins
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So the gauges have FINALLY arrived in Pittsburgh, and are at my local post office. Praying they make it on the truck and show up today
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Looking good so far.
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About 90% complete on the LED swap now!

And here we go...

So, here are the gauges that I waited almost a month for, back where they belong, and looking amazing


Here they are fully lit up


Here is the HVAC controls with full LED conversion, there is a hot spot or 2, so I will be ordering some wide angle bulbs for those 3 switches, but overall they look great


Here's the center console all reassembled, with the DAC switch converted as well as the ashtray and cup holders visable


Here are the 3 switches on the left that I finally got converted to blue, the process involved filing the bulb socket openings in the switch to widen them, and then sanding the head of the LED bulbs down almost to the diode in order for the switch buttons to actually move freely


The Downhill Assist Control switch also had to be modified, here it is with the ashtray light showing but no ashtray


Here you can better see the hot spots on the switches that I will attempt to eliminate with different bulbs.


And here it is with the ashtray replaced
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Nice work! Btw 47K miles, your 'Runner is just a baby.
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That looks great.
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Originally Posted by Acura_Dude View Post
Nice work! Btw 47K miles, your 'Runner is just a baby.
I know, she had 37K on her when I bought her a year ago

My first 4Runner had 147K on her when I traded her in I believe. 50K when I bought her
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Finally got the cigarette lighter LED replaced. Bought a prewired LED from superbrightled's and then made my own LED bulb out of it.




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Almost done with the LED project, picked up another set of steering wheel controls so I can solder the led's on the board ahead of time, but I ordered the wrong size SMD's so that's gonna wait a while. I did swap my hvac controls and rear window controls over to SMD bulbs to better match the gauges. Still debating if I like the 2 tone with the defroster, recirulator, and reset/mode switches. I may end up buying SMD's for those also. But here's a pic of where it's at now.



Also did my glove box LED, was one of the hardest and most frustrating ones to do simply because I've never messed with it. It was in a cage, mounted up under the passenger airbag. I took the glove box out, did the cabin filter while I was in there, and then had to take the trim piece above it out just to get to the bulb, then remove the little cage piece that held the bulb, but thankfully it's all back together now.
Here's a before with the incandescent bulb, you can see how dim it is


Here's the after, I did cool white LED to match the interior dome and door bulbs.
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Hard to believe I've had this thing over a year, time freaking flies
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Been working on the ack and haven't played with the truck, have a number of projects I still need to finish like the highs amp and steering wheel controls led. Looking into doing a bi-xenon retrofit if I can track down another OEM headlight
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Sounds sweet. We need updated pics of the Ack then
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Haven't done much with the truck, just been driving it mostly. Finally threw this bad boy in on Friday though


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I'd be wary of the new Optima yellowtops.. after they changed hands a few years ago, the QC has been shit. They were selling 2 for 1 directly out of their warehouse by San Antone.. I was going to jump on the deal before I figured out why.
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Yes, I'm aware that they moved their operations to Mexico, however, my last yellow top lasted me almost 10 years, and I have them in both my cars, so I'm willing to take a chance. I killed and brought back my last optima more times than a normal battery ever would have dealt with. That said, I keep a jumper box in my trunk, but I'm not worried
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Working on swapping to an all in 1 remote/key setup. Will post some pics
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^kinda like the FJ key/fob combo?
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Don't the majority of cars have it now? My Accord and Jetta have it
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Most Toyotas that year had the fob/key combo, with exception of the SUVs I think. When I almost bought an 08 4runner, it had a separate fob.
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Most Toyotas that year had the fob/key combo, with exception of the SUVs I think. When I almost bought an 08 4runner, it had a separate fob.
Right, the Sienna, Camry, and Corolla all have it, but not the 4Runner
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So, my old 03 4Runner had the JBL 10 speaker system which I replaced with all aftermarket speakers, including cutting a 3.5" full range speaker into the center channel. The biggest downfall of the 08 is that it had the stock 6 speaker stereo and no center channel. I missed having that crisp clarity in the center of my old truck so I did the next best thing. I bought another set of the Infinity 3.5" speakers and replaced my 1" MB Quart tweeters with a set of 3.5" coaxials.

Here's the original setup


I kept the MB Quart 6x9's and just replaced the tweeters to add more depth and midrange to the stereo. The speakers almost fit right out of the box, however I did have to trim down the tweeter brackets a bit with a dremel, and drill new screw holes in order to mount these bad boys. Here is my first test fit before any trimming. This is actually upside-down in this pic, but you can see how high it's sitting because the basket was hitting on the sides of the bracket


After some cutting, grinding, and a little bit of hammering on the door panel, this was the final result all screwed down, I also kept the stock screw holes for whenever I want to trade it in and put stock speakers back in.


The driver's side was the first attempt, so most of the time (a couple hours) was spent on that side to perfect everything. The passenger side went quick, probably about 20 minutes total. Here's a test fit of the the passenger side before I started trimming the bracket.


And here's the passenger side all complete


I trimmed back the tweeter ring around the inside of the door panels, just to make sure that they didn't touch or contact the speaker, although I'm not sure if they would, it was just to be on the safe side. I debated on using bass blockers, but decided to go without since I spent the money and time to upgrade to these full range speakers. If I ever put my highs amp in, I may put a cross over in there, but right now everything is powered off of my JVC navi and sounds amazing.
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Now get that highs amp installed already
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I don't know if I'm gonna install it now
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Why not? Come on now? You said you wanted a system like you had before. You need to amp those highs then.
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