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Very Original 1986 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4x4 Offered Without Reserve

Finding an original example of the breed is nearly impossible nowadays, which is why I couldn’t ignore the eBay listingfor a 1986 model with the SR5 trim package and four-speed automatic transmission. Chassis number JT4RN62S0G0015697 is the unicorn that caught my attention, offered at no reserve by “gnw503”with a clean history report and a similarly clean title.

A total of 124,741 miles (200,751 kilometers) on the clock is nothing for the 2.4-liter powerplant, which comes in the guise of the four-cylinder 22R-E with electronic fuel injection, two valves per cylinder, and a SOHCvalvetrain. Rated at 116 horsepower and 140 pound-feet (190 Nm) of torque, this engine also features hemispherical combustion chambers similar to the HEMI V8.

According to the seller, the red paintwork, brown interior with tan upholstery, decals, and wheels are original. Believe it or not, the removable hardtop has never been off since the 4Runner rolled off the assembly line in Japan.

Well maintained and garaged since new, the body-on-frame utility vehicle has recently undergone fuel, cooling, and air conditioning service. The belts, hoses, and vacuum lines were replaced in preparation for the sale, and as you can tell from the photos, the underbody is free of major rust issues.

Open the driver’s door, and a vinyl-wrapped bucket seat begs you to get behind a two-spoke wheel that frames a large speedometer with kilometers per hour rather than miles per hour because this 1986 Toyota 4RunnerSR5 came from Canada. Also equipped with brown carpeting and rubber mats, this blast from the not-so-distant past features a split-folding rear bench, cruise control, power windows, and no cracks whatsoever in the dashboard.

If you want to make an offer, you’d better be quick about it. At the time of writing, this fellow stands at $12,100 with less than nine hours left to go.
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How To Take the Top Off Your Toyota 4Runner

To take the top off you need:

  1. a 12mm socket and ratchet
  2. a screwdriver
  3. a way to lift the top off

If no one will help you and you have no hoist, we recommend buying a hoist or building one. The top is heavy and awkward enough that most people won't be able to muscle it off without damaging themselves and/or the top.

Disconnecting the Top

Start by opening the back window all the way. Once it is fully in the tailgate, you shouldn’t plan to roll it up again until your hardtop is back on.

There are 2 trim panels on each side that are held on with a total of 16 screws. These panels cover the bolts that hold your top down. Remove the trim panel screws and pull the panels off. We have no pictures of the trim panels because we’ve never had a top that still had the trim pieces.

Disconnect Electrical and Washer Hose

Disconnect the windshield washer hose and wiring from the rear driver side corner. You can tuck both into the body panel and cover them up.

Remove 14 Bolts

There are 14 bolts you must remove and 2 locating bolts you may want to remove. They have a 12mm hex head and are 8mmx1.25M thread. If you need to replace a bolt or two, you can use 30-40mm long bolts. Make sure to use a wide washer to distribute the load on the fiberglass of the hardtop.

There are 6 rear-facing bolts on the cab of the truck and 4 down each side of the body. Remove them all.

Remove or Leave Locating Bolts

The locating bolts don’t actually hold the top on. They do help to index it when you put the top on so that it ends up in the correct place. We recommend taking them off since it makes it easier to slide the top around and it'll keep them from damaging the bottom edge of the top as you remove it.

Side Note About the Third Bolt Back on the Driver Side...

When the 3rd bolt back on the driver side is installed, it tells the window that it is permitted to go up and down. It’s good to remove this bolt so that you won’t accidentally roll the rear window up. According to the manual, you may even damage the switch by installing the bolt without the top (we’ve never had this happen, though). However, you might be installing a soft top that requires the side rail bolts. To solve this you can either:

  1. shim the bolt up with washers so that it only engages the threads in the body
  2. not worry about it

If you have dogs, kids, or are a little klutzy, we recommend you shim the bolt up. Otherwise the window can rise out of your tailgate unsupported if someone holds the switch down and that can’t be a good thing.

Make It Free

If you’ve removed the locator bolts, you can slide the top backwards a couple of inches. You might want to carefully do this to make sure that no gaskets are stuck rather than pulling the top off in one motion.

Lifting the Top Off

The top weighs around 150 lbs. Unbolted from your 4Runner it’s flexy, fragile, and can be a awkward to carry. Take great care when removing the top. When it’s secured to your truck, it’s safe, but the thin fiberglass edges can be easily damaged it they’re banged. We have one top that has several dings and breaks on the inside and outside edges where the previous owner(s) weren’t careful.

We’ll describe three methods of removing the top.

1) Use a helper and lift the top off.

The easiest way to do this without a hoist setup is with 1-3 more people. If you are strong, do not expect your helpers to be strong! It can be super helpful for your helpers if you slide some 2x4s under your top that they can grab onto. Make sure you have a location to set the top in advance. Protect your paint with some towels!

2) Use a hoist.

This will either go well or will be a disaster. A properly set up hoist will take a little time to set up to keep from damaging your 4Runner or your top. We usually use a high tree branch with a come-along. You should arrange your straps so that the top comes off level and balanced.

In the following pictures, you’ll see that we did not do that and we overcommitted a little bit, so the top came off at an angle. We hoped that the roof rack bar wouldn’t be too out of whack.

Normally, we’d attach to the 2x4s in the images. You might be tempted to wrap one strap around the front of the top and another around the back, but then you risk flexing the top as you raise it.

This is very important!

If you use a roof rack on your top, use metal artificial gutters. They can be expensive, but the fiberglass rain gutters on your top are not meant to support a great deal of weight and can break very easily. Artificial gutters through-bolt into your top (you need to drill two holes per side) and come with gaskets so they won’t leak.

3) The Turtle Shell Lift (not recommended)

This is the hardest and most dangerous way to do this. We have done this when we were younger and dumber with FJ40 tops and once with a 4Runner top. Basically, you unbolt the top, get under it inside the 4Runner and stand up with it on your back. Once it’s lifted, you walk it off the truck. You need to have something to walk onto off of your tailgate, like a loading dock or other platform. We don’t like this method because it requires a lot of strength and balance, and it puts your spine in a bent compromising position. If you trip or stumble, you will damage your top and probably hurt yourself as well.

Installing the Top on Your Toyota 4Runner

Installation is pretty much the reverse of removal. The factory torques spec on the hardtop bolts is 10 ft/lbs. The manual calls for a specific tightening procedure. If you can use it, that’s great! But your top may be a little off. We usually try to start at the front and work to the back where the top has a little more flexibility to move. Don’t tighten any bolts fully until they are all at least threaded into the body. Bolt “B” is the switch that permits the rear window to operate.


Tyler Branham

Tyler came out of the womb with a Birfield in one hand and a stick of 6010 in the other, ready to weld any piece of trail-busted steel back together. He has wheeled, broken, and modified a variety of rigs, from Toyotas to Jeeps to Fords to Chevies. He likes doing long distance overland travel and would happily spend every night in the bed of a pickup under the stars.

Last updated: June 3, 2019

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Toyota 4Runner

Compact, later mid-size sport utility vehicle manufactured by Toyota

Motor vehicle

The Toyota 4Runner is a compact, later mid-size sport utility vehicle produced by the Japanese manufacturer Toyota and sold throughout the world from 1984 to the present. In Japan, it is known as the Toyota Hilux Surf (Japanese: トヨタ・ハイラックスサーフ, Toyota Hairakkususāfu) which was withdrawn from the market in 2009. The original 4Runner was a compact SUV and little more than a Toyota pickup truck with a fiberglass shell over the bed, but the model has since undergone significant independent development into a cross between a compact and a mid-size SUV. All 4Runners have been built in Japan at Toyota's plant in Tahara, Aichi, or at the Hino Motors (a Toyota subsidiary) plant in Hamura.

The name '4Runner' was created by a copywriter named Robert Nathan who was working for the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi. The agency held contests to invent new vehicle names before the introduction of new Toyota models. The name 4Runner was created as a play on the term "forerunner," since the sport utility vehicle was the first of its kind for Toyota with an emphasis on its 4x4 capability and seating for four.[citation needed]

For Southeast Asia the Hilux Surf was replaced in 2005 by the similar Fortuner, which is based on the Hilux platform.

As of 2021[update], the 4Runner is sold in the Bahamas, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, the United States and Venezuela.

The 4Runner came in at number five in a 2019 study by iSeeCars.com ranking the longest-lasting vehicles in the US. The 4Runner had 3.9 percent of vehicles over 200,000 miles (320,000 km), according to the study.[1]

Predecessor: Toyota Trekker (1981–1983)[edit]

Motor vehicle

The Trekker was one of the first prototype walk through conversions done to Toyota trucks in the early 1980s. They were similar to the successive 4Runner conversions done by Toyota, which started production in 1984, but were designed and built by Winnebago Industries with the approval of Toyota.[2][3] The Trekker was no longer viable when Toyota started producing the 4Runner in 1984, having in essence acted as a marketing test vehicle for that vehicle.

The Trekker was produced from early 1981 through 1983. The Trekkers were all built on the short wheelbase Hilux chassis. All of the Trekkers were classified as SR5 by both Winnebago and Toyota, regardless of the actual VIN denotation. Originally there were to be a SR5 and Deluxe version of the Trekker, one with vented windows and one without. All 1981 Trekkers had vented canopy windows. Non-vented canopy windows were not installed on the Trekker until the 1982 model year. Unvented windows were installed due to leaking issues of a forward facing vent on the 1981 Trekkers canopy windows rather than the equipment level.

Toyota shipped all trucks from Japan as cab and chassis in order to avoid the 25% assembled truck customs tax. The trucks destined for production as Trekkers were shipped to the dealership handling the national distribution of the Trekker. From there they went to Winnebago to have the Trekker conversion installed, returned after completion to the dealership for national distribution. Most of the Trekker conversions sold went to the west coast of the United States.

The Trekker conversion consisted of a fiberglass tub, bed sides, a non-removable canopy and rear hatch. The kit included a folding rear seat that could be folded forward to lay flat and add cargo space to the back. There was no tailgate on the Trekkers. The factory Toyota vinyl cab headliner was replaced and matched to the custom rear canopy headliner.

About 1500 of the Trekkers were built and sold in the United States. An additional unknown number of Trekker kits, likely less than 200, were shipped to Canada to be installed on Canadian trucks at the dealerships. 20 to 30 of the Trekker kits were sold and shipped to Saudi Arabia for installation.

First generation (N60; 1984)[edit]

Motor vehicle

First generation (N60)
1st Toyota 4Runner -- 01-07-2012.jpg
Also called
  • Toyota Hilux Surf
  • Toyota Hilux 4Runner
ProductionOctober 1983[4] – August 1989
Model years1984–1989
AssemblyJapan: Tahara, Aichi
ClassCompact SUV
Body style3-door wagon
RelatedToyota Pickup
Wheelbase103.0 in (2,616 mm)
Length174.6 in (4,435 mm)
Width66.5 in (1,689 mm)
Height66.1 in (1,679 mm)
Curb weight3,520–3,760 lb (1,597–1,706 kg) (approx.)

For the first generation N60 series Hilux Surf and export specification 4Runner introduced in 1983, Toyota, instead of developing an entirely new model, modified the existing Hilux (N50/N60/N70) with short-bed pickup body. The Hilux had undergone a major redesign in 1983 for the 1984 model year. Changes included the removal of the panel with integrated rear window from behind the front seats, the addition of rear seats, and a removable fiberglass canopy. The implementation was borrowed from both the second generation Ford Bronco, and the Chevrolet K5 Blazer, both short-bed trucks with removable fiberglass shells over the rear sections and having bench seats installed in the back. Like the Bronco and the Blazer, the Hilux Surf/4Runner also did not have a wall attached to the front section behind front seats as the regular Hilux did. In that sense, all three vehicles were more than simply conventional pickup trucks with a fiberglass shell included.

1987–1989 Toyota 4Runner SR5 (Australia)

1987–1989 Toyota Hilux Surf

1985 Toyota 4Runner with the rear canopy removed

Thus, the first generation is nearly mechanically identical to the Toyota Hilux. All first generation 4Runners had two doors and were indistinguishable from the pickups from the dashboard forward. Nearly all changes were to the latter half of the body; in fact, because the rear springs were not upgraded to bear the additional weight from the rear seats and fiberglass top, these early models tended to suffer from a sagging rear suspension.

In North America, they were sold from the 1984½ model year from May 1984. For this first year (March to July 1984 production), all models were equipped with black or white fiberglass tops. An SR5 trim package was offered that upgraded the interior: additional gauges, better fabrics, and a rear seat were standard with the package. All 1984 models were equipped with the carbureted 2.4 L 22R engine and were all available with a four-wheel-drive system that drove the front wheels through a solid front axle.

1985 (August 1984 production) saw the arrival of the electronically fuel-injected 2.4 L 22R-E (and 22R-EC with California emissions controls) I4 engine. This upped the horsepower numbers from 100 hp for the 22R, to 116 hp for the 22R-E Engine, though the carbureted engine remained available until 1988. Additionally, rear seats were available in all 1985 4Runner trim levels, not just the more upscale SR5.

In 1986, the Surf/4Runner underwent a major front suspension design change as it was changed from a solid front axle to the Hi-Trac independent front suspension. Track width was also increased by three inches. These changes made the trucks more comfortable on-road, and improved stability and handling. The new suspension also increased the space in the engine compartment (necessary to fit larger engines, such as the V6 introduced in 1987) but arguably decreased the truck's off-road capabilities. The North American specification Toyota Pickup also adopted this new suspension, but the regular Hilux for other markets at this point retained the more rugged and capable, if less refined, solid axle configuration. With the 1986 update, the Surf/4Runner grille changed from the three segment type to the two segment grille. Tops were color-matched on blue, red and some gold models, while other body colors were still sold with black or white tops.

A turbocharged version of the 22R-E engine (the 22R-TE) was also introduced in 1986, although this engine is significantly rarer than the base 22R-E. It appears that all turbocharged 4Runner models sold in the US were equipped with an automatic transmission, though a five-speed manual could still be ordered in the turbocharged pickups. Most turbocharged 4Runners were equipped with the SR5 package, and all turbo trucks had as standard a heavier rear differential later used in the V6 model. Low-option models had a small light in the gauge cluster to indicate turbo boost, while more plush vehicles were equipped with an all-digital gauge cluster that included a boost gauge. Turbocharged and naturally aspirated diesel engines were also available in the pickups at this time as well, but it appears that no diesel-powered 4Runners were imported to the United States.

During 1984 to 1986 many 4Runners were imported to the US without rear seats. With only two seats the vehicle could be classified as a truck (rather than a sport vehicle) and could skirt the higher customs duties placed upon sport and pleasure vehicles. Most had aftermarket seats and seat belts added by North American dealers after they were imported.

In 1988, the 22R-E engine was joined by an optional 3.0 L V6 engine, the 3VZ-E. This engine was significantly larger and more powerful although not as reliable as the original 4-cylinder offering. Trucks sold with the V6 engine were equipped with the same heavy duty rear differential that was used in the turbocharged trucks, as well as a completely new transmission and transfer case; the transfer case was chain driven, although considered less rugged, created less cab noise than the old gear-driven unit used behind the four-cylinder engine.

An engine which was not used in the US market and rarely in the Japanese domestic market pickups was the 3Y engine, which was used in place of the 22R engine in New Zealand models, followed more rarely by the 4Y 2.2 L gasoline in later versions. This was a decision by Toyota New Zealand to reduce parts required to be stocked by dealers as no other Toyotas sold in New Zealand at the time utilised the R series engines.

Small cosmetic and option changes were made in 1988 for the 1989 model year, but the model was left largely untouched in anticipation of the replacement model then undergoing final development.

Second generation (N120/N130; 1989)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Second generation (N120/N130)
90-91 Toyota 4Runner.jpg
Also called
  • Toyota Hilux Surf
  • Toyota Hilux SW4 (Brazil)
  • Jinhui 4Runner (China, JV)
ProductionAugust 1989 – August 1995
Model years1990–1995
ClassCompact SUV
Body style
Wheelbase103.3 in (2,624 mm)
Length176.0–176.8 in (4,470–4,491 mm)
Width66.5 in (1,689 mm)
Height66.1 in (1,679 mm)
Curb weight3,760 lb (1,706 kg) (approx.)
SuccessorToyota Hilux Sport Rider (Southeast Asia)

1990–1991 Toyota 4Runner V6 with two-door bodywork (VZN130; US)

1992–1995 Toyota 4Runner (US; facelift)

1991–1996 Toyota 4Runner (LN130R; Australia)

Toyota Hilux Surf (KZN130G; Japan)

Toyota issued a second generation of Hilux Surf and 4Runner in 1989 for the 1990 model year. Known as the N120/N130 series, these models continued their reliance on the Hilux pickup as a basis. It represented a fundamental departure from the first generation model. Instead of an enhanced pickup truck with fiberglass cap, the new 4Runners featured a freshly designed, full steel integrated body mounted on the existing frame. However, the 4Runner did remain virtually identical to the Hilux from the B-pillars forward. It also gained an all new coil spring rear suspension system, which unfortunately proved to be just as prone to sagging as the leaf springs on the rear of the previous models.

Nearly all second generation 4Runners were four-door models; however, from launch in 1989 to May 1993, a two-door model was also produced. These models are similar to the four-door models of the time in that the bodies were formed as a single unit, instead of the fiberglass tops used in the first generation 4Runners. Two-door cars of the second generation are extremely rare. US sales ended in August 1992, but it continued to be available in the Canadian market through 1993, and Japan until May 1993.

Because the drive train was still developed from the same source, the available engines and drivetrains were identical to the corresponding Hilux. The new 4Runner used the independent front suspension that had been developed on the previous generation. The older style gear driven transfer case was phased out on the V6 models and they now had a chain driven case. The older gear driven case was retained on the 4-cylinder models.

The Hilux Surf version for the Japanese market was also available with a range of diesel engines, including a 2.4 L turbodiesel2L-TE I4 up to 1993, followed by a 3.0 L turbodiesel 1KZ-TE I4. Small numbers were also made with a normally aspirated 2.8 L diesel 3L I4, a 2.0 L 3Y I4 naturally aspirated gasoline engine, and 2.4 L 22R-E I4 gasoline engine.[5] The majority of gasoline versions of the Hilux Surf received the 3.0 L V6. Various trim levels were offered in Japan ranging from the base model 'SSR' through 'SSR Ltd', 'SSR-V' 'SSR-X' and 'SSR-X Ltd' to the range topping 'SSR-G'.

Most other full-body SUVs produced at the time (e.g. Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer) featured tailgates that opened upward with the glass closed. In contrast, the second generation 4Runner carried over the retractable-glass tailgate from the first generation. Opening these tailgates requires first retracting the rear window into the tailgate and then lowering the tailgate much like as on a pickup truck.

In 1991 for the 1992 model year, the 4Runner received minor cosmetic updates, including one-piece front bumpers and modular headlamps instead of the increasingly outdated rectangular sealed beams. This facelift distanced the 4Runner somewhat from the Hilux pickups which did not receive the same cosmetic changes. At this time a wide-body version was introduced featuring extended wheel arch flares along with wider wheels and tires.

Additional cosmetic changes occurred between 1993 and 1995, the last year of the second generation.


The first and second generation 4Runners were both targeted as unsafe SUVs. 1980s and early-1990s crash regulations in the United States were not very strict for light trucks, and all early model 4Runners were fitted with doors that offered little protection in the event of a side collision. In most areas, there was little more than two pieces of sheet-metal and the window to keep incoming vehicles from impacting passengers. The crash test rating for the second generation 4Runner was one star for the driver's side in a frontal collision while the passenger side received a 4-star rating. Later, more strict crash regulations mandated doors that offered as much protection as passenger doors. In the United States, the 1994 and 1995 model years added side-impact beams in the doors.

Airbags for both the driver and passenger were added in 1995 (1996 model year).

Third generation (N180; 1995)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Third generation (N180)
1996-1998 Toyota 4Runner .jpg
Also called
  • Toyota Hilux Surf
  • Toyota Hilux SW4 (Argentina, Brazil)
  • Zhongxing Admiral
ProductionAugust 1995 – August 2002
Model years1996–2002
AssemblyJapan: Tahara, Aichi; Hamura, Tokyo
Body style5-door SUV
Wheelbase105.3 in (2,675 mm)
  • 1995–98: 178.7 in (4,539 mm)
  • 1998–00: 183.2 in (4,653 mm)
  • 2000–02: 183.3 in (4,656 mm)
  • 2WD: 66.5 in (1,689 mm)
  • Limited: 70.9 in (1,801 mm)
  • 1998–02: 67.5 in (1,714 mm)
  • 1998–02 Limited: 68.5 in (1,740 mm)
  • 1995–98: 66.5 in (1,689 mm)
  • 1995–98 Limited: 68.7 in (1,745 mm)
Curb weight3,930 lb (1,783 kg) (approx.)

Developed under chief Masaaki Ishiko from 1990 to 1995 under the project code 185T, in late 1995 (for the 1996 model year) a significant redesign of the 4Runner was introduced, with an all-new body shell on an all-new chassis. Though it shared many parts, including engine and transmission, with the new Tacoma, the body and chassis were unique for the first time. Despite moving upmarket with the rest of the mid-size SUV market, the new 4Runner differentiated itself by retaining the rugged off-road character its competitors were sacrificing for highway comfort.[6]

The third generation 4Runner featured new engines shared with the first generation Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks:

  • 2.7L 3RZ-FE I4 replacing the previous 2.4L 22R-E I4; 150 hp (110 kW) max horsepower at 4800 rpm (an increase of 38 hp (28 kW)), and 177 lb⋅ft (240 N⋅m) max torque at 4000 rpm (an increase of 35 lb⋅ft (47 N⋅m));
  • 3.4L 5VZ-FE V6 replacing the previous 3.0L 3VZ-E V6; 183 hp (136 kW) horsepower at 4800 rpm (an increase of 33 hp (25 kW)), and 217 lb⋅ft (294 N⋅m) max torque at 3600 rpm (an increase of 37 lb⋅ft (50 N⋅m)).

Original placard describing the operation of the Toyota rear electronic locker in a 1997 Toyota 4Runner

1998–2000 Toyota Hilux Surf Sports Runner (Japan)

2000–2002 Toyota Hilux Surf (Japan)

In 1996, the 4Runner was dropped from sale in the UK, to be replaced by the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, which was badged as the Toyota Land Cruiser Colorado.

Significant changes from the second generation models include a larger body on a longer wheelbase, increased interior space, increased cargo space, dual airbags, ABS, lift-up tailgate, coil-spring suspension all around, rack and pinion steering, and aerodynamic contour designed glass headlights. Additionally, Hilux Surf versions immediately moved to 16-inch wheels and gained a center differential, enabling the use of four-wheel drive on hard surfaces without complication for the first time. The prior system was retained to give on-the-fly shifting between rear- and four-wheel drive as before. The new 4Runner was also available with a factory installed selectable electric locker in the rear differential, a first for the 4Runner but available since 1993 in the Toyota Land Cruiser.

The 1997 model year received a few minor updates, including the addition of a color keyed cargo cover.

The 1998 model year remained largely unchanged, save for a few changes in the electronics. More ergonomic switch control panels and a newly designed 4 spoke steering wheel, which also necessitated a redesign of the airbag system.

For the 1999 model year, there were both major cosmetic and interior enhancements. A new "fat lip" bumper was designed to allow for an extended crush zone on the front of the frame, as well as new multi-parabola style headlights, projector style fog lamps, and updated side marker lights and front turn signals. Vehicles with "Limited" and "Highlander" (later called "Sport Edition") trim received color-keyed running boards, front and rear bumpers, mud flaps and flares. The ergonomics of the interior was completely changed, moving all the controls to the center of the dash for the rear window, and defrost, it also received a new instrument panel with a digital odometer. The Limited trucks also received a brand-new electronic temp control, and upgraded stereo. The multimatic transmission became available as an option for 4WD 4Runners for 1999, giving the option of AWD operation.

The 2001 model year received new transparent tail lights and new front grille design. The wheels were also changed to a five-spoke design rim. Limited models received newly designed five spoke wheels as well, however different from SR5 and base model. Also included was a new, sleeker side view mirror design. SR5 and base model 4Runners also have redesigned climate control units utilizing 3 knobs and 2 buttons, contrary to the 1999 model's 2 sliders and 2 knobs. 2001 models were equipped with Vehicle Stability Control standard, and 4WD models came standard with the multimatic transmission. The optional e-locker for the rear differential was dropped in 2001.

The 2002 model year can be distinguished from the rear by their chromed lift gate exterior trim that encompasses the license plate.

Fourth generation (N210; 2002)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Fourth generation (N210)
03-05 Toyota 4Runner SR5.jpg
Also called
ProductionAugust 2002 – 28 August 2009
Model years2003–2009
AssemblyJapan: Tahara, Aichi; Hamura, Tokyo
Body style5-door SUV
Wheelbase109.8 in (2,789 mm)
  • MY2003–05: 189 in (4,801 mm)
  • MY2006–09: 189.2 in (4,806 mm)
  • MY2003–05: 73.8 in (1,875 mm)
  • MY2006–09: 75.2 in (1,910 mm)
  • MY2003–05 SR5: 68.9 in (1,750 mm)
  • MY2003–05: 71.6 in (1,819 mm)
  • MY2006–09 SR5: 69.3 in (1,760 mm)
  • MY2006–09 Sport: 71.3 in (1,811 mm)
  • MY2006–09 Limited: 71.1 in (1,806 mm)
Curb weight4,280 lb (1,941 kg) (approx.)

The fourth-generation 4Runner incorporated serious changes to the chassis and body of the vehicle, but was targeted at approximately the same demographics as the third generation. Based on the Land Cruiser Prado 120 series, the new 4Runner retained the same basic exterior styling themes, and was still marketed as a mid-size semi-luxury SUV with off-road capabilities. Available trims were the SR5, Sport Edition, and Limited models. An all-new LEV certified 4.0 L 1GR-FE V6 which produces 245 hp (183 kW) and 282 lb⋅ft (382 N⋅m) of torque is standard, but for the first time, a V8 became available, the ULEV certified 4.7 L 2UZ-FE engine which in the US produced 235 hp (175 kW) and 320 lb⋅ft (434 N⋅m). In 2004, for the 2005 model year, the addition of VVT-i increased output to 268 hp (200 kW) and 315 lb⋅ft (427 N⋅m). Fuel economy is estimated at 17 mpg city, 20 mpg highway for the V6 and 15/19 mpg for the V8. Towing capacity is 5,000 lb (2,300 kg) on V6 models and 7,300 lb (3,300 kg) on RWD V8 models (7000 pounds w/4WD). The 4Runner first entered dealer showrooms in October 2002 for the 2003 model year.[8] Three trims levels were offered, SR5, Sport Edition, and Limited. When it was first introduced the SR5 and Sport Edition models used gray plastic cladding and bumpers. Sport models also featured a non-functional hood scoop.

The front suspension used a double wishbone while the rear is a solid rear axle type. The 4runner continued to use a body on frame construction design and a solid rear axle for strength and durability compromising interior room and on-road handling. Toyota's other mid-size SUV, the Highlander is a crossover which is not designed for off-roading. The optional 4WD systems were full-time on V8 models while "Multi-Mode" or part-time on V6 models, both systems used a lockable Torsen center differential. A new suspension system, X-Relative Absorber System (X-REAS), became standard on the Sport Edition and optional for SR5 and Limited models, a rear auto-leveling height adjustable air suspension is sometimes included with this option on Limited models. The X-REAS system links the dampers diagonally by means of hydraulic hoses and fluid using a mechanical center valve which reduces body roll during hard cornering. All 4runners were equipped with skid plates for the engine, transfer case, and fuel tank to prevent damage during off-roading. The Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) system prevents the 4runner from rolling backwards on inclines and a Downhill Assist Control (DAC, 4WD only) modulates the brakes and throttle automatically without driver inputs for smooth hill descents at very low speeds, both electronic aids are standard on 4WD models.

Major standard features included a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, remote keyless entry, single zone automatic climate control, power driver's lumbar support, power rear tailgate window, and on V8 models a tow hitch receiver bolted directly to the rear frame crossmember. Options included HomeLink, an electrochromic auto-dimming rearview mirror, power moonroof, third row seating, a DVD-based navigation system (loses in-dash CD changer), a 10-speaker JBL Synthesis stereo, and rear seat audio. An optional backup camera system on Limited models used two cameras mounted on the interiors D-pillars to give a wider view when backing up. Some trim levels get two mirrors mounted on the interior D-pillars just inside the rear hatch.

In 2009 with the end of this generation, Toyota Japan ceased production of the Hilux Surf, leaving only the 4Runner available in the subsequent model series.


All 4Runners came with Toyota's Star Safety System which includes anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, traction control and Vehicle Stability Control. Side torso airbags for the front rows as well as side curtain airbags for the front and rear rows were optional on 2003–2007 models and became standard on 2008 models.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 4Runner as "Good" overall in the frontal offset crash test, "Good" overall in the side impact test on vehicles with side airbags, and the 4Runner received a "Poor" rating for rear impact protection.[9] An IIHS report published in April 2007 shows the 4Runner has one of the lowest death rates for all vehicles on the road at only 13 deaths per million registered vehicle years for the 2003 and 2004 model years. Only the Chevrolet Astro, Infiniti G35, and BMW 7 series had lower death rates.[10]

Yearly changes[edit]

  • In early 2003, Toyota added an optional Appearance Package for the SR5 model that included color-keyed cladding, bumpers, and liftgate trim. In April 2003, Toyota made the Appearance Package, along with the previously optional fog lamps, running boards, and 16-inch aluminum wheels, standard on the SR5. The Sport Edition also added black running boards and color-keyed trim, replacing the grey cladding and silver-painted grille, door handles and liftgate trim.[12][13][14][15]
  • In late 2003 (for the 2004 model year), a Tire Pressure Monitoring System was added as standard equipment. A 3rd row seat became optional on the SR5 and Limited models.
  • In 2004 (for the 2005 model year) enhancements were brought to the optional V8 engine and a 5-speed automatic was made standard on the V6 model. Slight changes were made to the exterior including color-keyed bumper trim (replacing the silver painted trim on all colors except Dorado Gold) on the SR5 and Limited; a chrome grille on the SR5; a black roof-rack and running boards (replacing silver) on the Limited; and a redesigned rear spoiler. A Salsa Red Pearl scheme was also introduced for all trim levels, although a similar color scheme was available for third generation models.
Facelifted 4Runner SR5 4WD (US)
Facelifted 4Runner Sport Edition 4WD (US)
  • 2005 (for the 2006 model year) marked the fourth generation's mid-cycle refresh. The changes included revised front and rear bumpers; a reworked grille; new projector-beam headlamps and LED tail lamps; additional chrome trim on the SR5 model; and a smoked-chrome grille with tubular roof-rack and step bars on the Sport Edition. The revised front bumper features circular fog lights and a relocation of the turn-signals to the headlamp assembly. The redesigned bumper eliminates the rear bumper reflectors. MP3 playback capability and an auxiliary input jack were added to all audio systems. In addition, the Limited model was further differentiated from the other trim levels with the addition of unique 18" wheels and a seat memory system. Shadow Mica was added as a color option. Late in this period, the 1GR-FE V6 engine received a modification to allow for an improved head gasket design which resolved a common head gasket failure.
  • In 2006 (for the 2007 model year), the 4Runner remained unchanged.
  • In 2007 (for the 2008 model year), the 4Runner received standard rollover sensing side curtain airbags and front row side torso airbags, a switch to disable Vehicle Stability Control, slightly modified front grille design, refinements in the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and some changes in the seatbelt warning system and brake system control. An Urban Runner Package was also available on the Sport Edition V6 4x4, which added an in dash Tom Tom navigation system, Alcantara inserts in both the front and back seats with dark leather bolstering, the 18" Limited style wheels, a color-keyed front grill and a double-decker cargo system.
  • In 2008 (for the 2009 model year) the 4Runner remained unchanged. A Trail Edition package offered an electronic locking rear differential, a switch to enable/disable Advanced Traction Control (A-TRAC) and Bilstein dampers.

Later models offered a DVD Rear Seat Entertainment System (RSES) which used a nine-inch LCD screen and two wireless headphones.

Fifth generation (N280; 2009)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Fifth generation (N280)
Toyota 4Runner -- 04-01-2011.jpg
ProductionAugust 2009 – present
Model years2010–present
AssemblyJapan: Tahara, Aichi (Tahara plant)[16]
DesignerKoichi Suga (2007)[17]
Body style5-door SUV
  • 4-speed automatic (I4, 2010 only)
  • 5-speed automatic (V6)
Wheelbase109.8 in (2,789 mm)
Length189.9–191.3 in (4,823–4,859 mm)
Width75.8 in (1,925 mm)
Height70.7 in (1,796 mm)
Curb weight4,400–4,805 lb (1,996–2,180 kg)

The fifth generation 4Runner was unveiled at the State Fair of Texas on September 24, 2009. It is available in 3 trim levels, 2 of which were available previously. The base SR5 trim as well as the top-of-the-line Limited trim are available as a 2WD or a 4WD. The new Trail Edition is only available as a 4WD. The SR5 and Trail Edition 4WDs will receive a part-time 4WD drive system, while the Limited will have full-time 4WD. All models will come with A-TRAC.[18] The new Trail Edition offers Toyota's Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) and Crawl Control which had previously only been available to premium Toyota vehicles, as well as a rear locking differential like the previous Trail Package. Production started on 31 August 2009.[citation needed]

The 4.0-liter V6 adds Dual VVT-i which improves horsepower, torque and fuel economy, and comes standard in all models. A 2.7-liter I4 was available on 2WD models, but was discontinued after the 2010 model year. The 4.7-liter V8 from the previous generation was not carried over to the fifth generation 4Runner.[19] The 4Runner is built on the same platform as the FJ Cruiser.[20]

In 2013 (for the 2014 model year), the 4Runner received a facelift, consisting of revised front and rear fascia with projector headlamps and clear-lensed, LED tail-lamps, as well as other minor exterior cosmetic changes. The interior was also updated, with soft-touch door trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, revised dashboard and center stack, and the inclusion of Toyota's Optitron instrument cluster as standard across all trim levels. Brake lines were upgraded for improved pedal feel, and electronic Trailer Sway Control programming included. No driveline changes were made. All 2014 model year 4Runner models are powered by a 4.0-liter V-6 engine with intelligent Variable Valve Timing (VVT-i) that can develop 201 kW (270 bhp) and 377 N⋅m (278 ft⋅lb) of torque. It is mated to a five-speed automatic ECT transmission.[21]

In 2014 (for the 2015 model year) the TRD Pro trim level was introduced in the United States, with Toyota badging on the front as well as an off-road package as part of the TRD Pro Series. The TRD Pro 4Runner included TRD Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs, TRD-tuned front springs and TRD front skid plate.[22] For each model year of the TRD Pro, beyond the two colors available on all trims, the TRD Pro is available in an exclusive color. This was 'Inferno Orange' for the 2015 model year,[23] 'Quicksand' for 2016, 'Cement' for 2017, 'Cavalry Blue' for 2018, 'Voodoo Blue' for 2019, 'Army Green' for 2020, 'Lunar Rock' for 2021, and 'Lime Rush' for 2022. All United States models received the Entune touchscreen infotainment system with a 6.1-inch display and a rear backup camera as standard equipment, with optional GPS navigation, SiriusXMSatellite Radio, HD Radio, and Safety Connect. Only the Limited model featured a standard JBL premium amplified audio system.[citation needed]

In 2016 (for the 2017 model year), the 4Runner Trail and Trail Premium were renamed to TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium in the United States. These trim levels share the same mechanical functionality of the former Trail edition, but add aesthetic differences and TRD badging to differentiate themselves from the base model. They do not share the same suspension as the TRD Pro model.[24]

In 2018 (for the 2019 model year), Toyota began offering a 'Nightshade' package based on the Limited trim which blacks out badging, lower front and rear fascia, wheels, and portions of the interior.[25]

In 2019 (for the 2020 model year), Toyota announced that all 4Runner trims will receive Toyota Safety Sense-P (TSS-P) standard as well as two additional rear seat USB ports. The TRD Pro will have an updated grille design to accommodate the front radar sensor for TSS-P.[26] All United States models received an updated Entune 3.0 infotainment system with a larger, higher-resolution touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Autosmartphone integration and Amazon Alexa integration, 4GLTE internet access powered by Verizon Wireless, Safety Connect, and standard SiriusXMSatellite Radio and optional HD Radio. The TRD Pro model receives a JBL premium amplified audio system as standard equipment. The system was previously only available on Limited models, where it remains standard equipment. Most models also feature standard GPS navigation.[citation needed]

In 2021 (for the 2022 model year), Toyota included their smart key system with push button as standard for all trims. The new TRD Sport trim was also added into the lineup. The TRD Sport received the same bumper, 20" wheels and the X-REAS suspension from the Limited. It also includes TRD parts such as the TRD shifter, TRD hood with scoop, TRD badges, and Softex seats with TRD lettering. Unlike the Limited, it is available only with 2WD or part-time 4WD. Toyota added LED foglights, lowbeams and highbeam headlights as standard for all trims for the first time. Blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert were added as standard for most trims. The TRD Pro now gets standard multi-terrain monitor. Using strategically placed cameras, the system lets the driver check surroundings on the trail, with the ability to spot potential obstacles not easily seen from the cabin. The Limited trim adds a standard Panoramic View Monitor, which is similar to the multi-terrain monitor on the TRD Pro. The Limited grade and TRD models also add a premium Multi-Information Display. All trims receives rear occupancy alert as standard. Lime Rush is the new exclusive paint for the 2022 model year TRD Pro.[27]

  • Toyota 4Runner SR5, rear view

  • 2014 4Runner Limited (GRN280L)

  • 2019 4Runner SR5 (GRN280L)

  • 2019 4Runner SR5 (GRN280L)


Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset (2014–present)Marginal1
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good2
1vehicle structure rated "Poor"
2strength-to-weight ratio: 4.11


Toyota 4Runner US sales by year
Calendar year US
1984 6,498
1985 5,495
1986 5,564
1987 3,635
1988 20,880
1989 36,927
1990 48,295
1991 44,879
1992 39,917
1993 46,652
1994 74,109
1995 75,962
1996 99,597
1997 128,496
1998 118,484
1999 124,221
2000 111,797[29]
2001 90,250[29]
2002 77,026[30]
2003 109,308
2004 114,212
2005 103,830
2006 103,086[31]
2007 87,718[32]
2008 47,878
2009 19,675[33]
2010 46,531[33]
2011 44,316[34]
2012 48,755[34]
2013 51,625[35]
2014 76,906[36]
2015 97,034[37]
2016 111,970[38]
2017 128,296[39]
2018 139,694[40]
2019 131,864[41]
2020 129,052[42]


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External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_4Runner

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FS 1986 (1st gen) Toyota 4runner DLX - 12,500 - Calgary, Canada

Video Link: https://vimeo.com/144789129

Year: 1986
Make: Toyota 4runner DLX 4x4
Transmission: Automatic
Milage: 239,XXX on body, 50,XXX on remanufactured engine
Details: A/C, hand crank windows, automatic rear window (works perfectly), rigid LEDs, 32" Duratracs on 3rd gen 4runner wheels (original wheels on Michelin LTX all seasons also included in sale), NO RUST.
Recent maintenance: New power steering pump, new alternator, lower ball joints, rear brake cylinder, oil change with synthetic oil, full engine coolant flush with Toyota RED coolant.

For sale is my automatic 1986 Toyota 4runner DLX. I am the second owner of the vehicle. I purchased the truck off the original owner in February 2015 from Santa Monica, California. The original owner purchased the vehicle October 31, 1986 from Toyota in Santa Monica.

The 4runner is my daily driver and currently has 238,xxx miles on the body. The 22re 4-cylinder engine was professionally rebuilt in 2007 at 189,936 miles by Jasper Engines and Transmissions in the US. Coming from Southern California, the 4runner didn't see snow until I brought it to Canada earlier this year, resulting in beautiful, rust free undercarriage and original paint. The truck is currently sitting on 3rd generation Toyota 4runner split three spoke wheels with 265/75/16 (32inch) Goodyear Duratrac tires that have roughly 7000kms on them. I do still have the original wheels with mounted Michelin LTX all season tires with 60% tread left that will be included in the sale. The truck still has all the original glass and only has one minor rock chip in the front windshield that has been repaired and a small rock scratch on the rear roll down window. The physical and mechanical shape of this 4runner is astonishing and is not something you see everyday. There is one small dent on the back of the rear driver quarter panel that has been there since I bought it from the original owner. There are also a few paint chips that are visible when you get up close and personal with the truck. There is one small tear in the drivers seat, otherwise the interior is perfect. Heat blows hot, A/C blows cold (yes, it has A/C). This is a 1st generation Toyota 4runner and what makes it special is it's removable top. No leaks or issues with the removable top. I have added a set of rigid dually LED accessory lights to the front bumper due to the fact that the original headlights do not have the best output. The truck also has an Alpine deck, polk rear speakers and tweeters, 2 10 inch subs, and an amp built into a hidden box in the back (installed by the original owner).

I picked the truck up personally and drove it back to Canada from Southern Cali. I have all documentation for bringing the vehicle across the boarder. Included is an out of province inspection that was mandatory for me to complete upon bringing the vehicle into the country. This proves that the vehicle is in great mechanical and physical shape. I also have a stack of maintenance records dating back from 1986 - 2015 and an engine log book that the previous owner started and I continued documenting everything that has been done to the truck. Included is also the original owners manuals, window sticker from the days when it sat in the lot, and a Canadian Tire extended warranty for the Good Year tires.

This classic 4runner is a beautiful truck. It has been meticulously maintained its entire life. Posted below are some detailed pictures and a video clip my brother and I made. If you have any questions please feel free to give me a call and talk to me in person. I would really appreciate this truck going to a good home.

***If you are interested in buying the truck without the upgraded wheels and tires I would be willing to revert the truck back to its original form with the original wheels and tires from the factory for 1000$ less.

403 828 9484

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FULL DISCLOSURE: Rachael and I had about 0% to do with the construction of our 4Runner roof rack. Rachael’s dad Vic is the mastermind behind most things that are custom on our vehicles and he knocked this one out of the park. 


In the article below we will walk you through the planning and design and the building of the roof rack that we use on our 1st Generation 4-Runner. The 1st Generation 4Runner is an iconic SUV, mostly because of its classic style and removable hard-top camper.

The topper section is fiberglass and slides off to allow us to still use our 4Runner as a truck when needed. The fiberglass topper presents its own set of challenges as the topper is not designed to support a lot of weight. Horror stories circulate the inter webs and 1st generation owners groups about cracking toppers from adding roof racks and additional storage up high. For these reasons, we designed a roof rack that avoids contact with the fiberglass and relies on the strength of the bed rails for its support.

The Design

We sought to imitate the mechanics of a contractor ladder rack with uprights that are bolted to the bed rails. The design involves 3 uprights from each side, following the lines of the topper to maintain some of the character from the classic sliding windows that are so recognizable on our truck. We had some conditions for our rack that we wanted to make sure the design addressed:

  • No contact with the topper- While cruising down a dirt road in Baja, the last thing we want to worry about is a fiberglass failure causing a leak or structural deterioration. The design needed to wrap around the topper in an upside down “U” shape with the only contact being the bed rail mounts. 
  • Strength- The rack had to be stable enough to hold our gear kinetically: roof top tent (100 lbs) and our rooftop gear box (50lbs). The rack also had to hold the weight of Rachael and I statically in the tent at night. 
  • Retain stock functionality- We wanted to still be able to remove the topper and retain our rack and still be able to access all of the stock functions of the topper such as the side windows, rear window, etc.

The Build

Vic set off with the idea in his head as we watched patiently, trying to remain helpful by holding metal or grinding cuts. Vic came up with the idea to retain the use of the middle section of the rack that was on the truck when we bought it. The rack was made by Northwest Off Road (NWOR) and although the gristly man that answered their customer service calls was really convincing when he said “It can hold tons of weight,…roof top tent no problem!” I doubted the structural integrity of rubber grommets inside 20-year old nutserts. The middle “H” section was completely stable and rather robust and made for a cheap and easy way to tie the two uprights together.

The uprights were made in three sections: bases, posts, and tops. The tops were simple square tubing sections that provided a flat area for the H section to attach to.

The bases and posts were quite complex. The bases started as flat stock that was cut into skinnier sections then welded together at an offset to account for the ridge of the bed rails. Once those were cut and welded, the posts could be measured and tacked on to test fit the angles. Once the angles were confirmed, all of the pieces were tacked together to ensure fitment and function.

Everything looked good, so Vic went to work on welding the structures together for each side. After he was finished, Rachael and I made ourselves useful by grinding the welds and prepping for paint. After a coat of flat black, the rack looks like it was made by Toyota. 

Once painted, the uprights were slid under the topper and secured to the bed rails using the existing hardware. We made sure to drill a hole for the stock “pin” that sticks up from the bed rails and gives the topper a place to sit. The NWOR H section was bolted to the new uprights using some hardware laying around the shop and everything fit really well. We bolted the tent on and secured our roof top box for a winter full of adventure.

The Finished Product

The result is a fully functional and visually appealing rack that has served us well thus far down the road. It has endured rough roads, rock crawling and crazy winds and it still holds together and does its job. Due to the required flat bar needed for the topper to sit flush on the bed rails, the rack “racks” a little side to side. We have remedied this by installing pipe insulation on all 4-corners and it seems to have mitigated the tippiness quite a bit.We will likely add more pipe insulation to 2 other posts to further protect the top. 

An area that we might improve on later is adding some expanded metal to the area in front of our tent so we can stack firewood, camp chairs, or whatever else comes up. Other than that, we plan to really enjoy the functionality of a usable roof on our 1st Generation 4Runner. 

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