2006 4runner mods

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The Toyota 4runner might not have the same massive aftermarket support as the Jeep Wrangler, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of great upgrades available. Today I’m going to count down my list of the best 4th Gen 4runner mods.

The market for 4runners is actually pretty cool. There aren’t a ton of companies that make parts for these, but the ones that do are awesome. Definitely a quality over quantity situation. The great thing about that is you really can’t go wrong when choosing 4runner parts.

Modifications are one of the first things on a lot of new 4runner owners’ minds. While it’s a very capable vehicle on and off road right from the factory, it can be improved quite a bit with just a few basic upgrades. These are my favorites that I’ve done on mine so far:

 

Doug Thorley Headers (2UZ V8)

The 4th Gen 4runner isn’t known to have very many common failures but the factory exhaust manifolds are one of them. Long story short, the manifolds will crack over time, developing an exhaust leak.

In most cases, this isn’t an issue that will cause any driveability problems or even a check engine light. What it will do is drive you crazy with a loud, embarrassing ticking noise.

You could replace these manifolds with new Toyota parts but there are a couple of reasons why I don’t recommend that. New OEM manifolds are expensive – and they’ve already been proven to fail eventually. If I’m going to pay to fix a problem, I’d like to do it the best way in hopes of never having to deal with it again.

 

Toyota 2UZ V8

This is where the short tube headers from Doug Thorley come in. They’re made out of 304 stainless steel and carry a lifetime warranty. Simply put, these things are built way stronger than the factory manifolds. They’re a lot cheaper, too.

For me, the longevity of these headers vs the OEM manifolds is enough to sell me on them. But there are some performance-related bonuses that really seal the deal. They’ll give you an extra 30 horsepower and 30 ft-lbs of torque in the mid range. That’s enough to make a noticeable difference when driving around town.

Due to their efficient flow, the Doug Thorley headers will also bump up your fuel economy. In my case, I regained nearly the whole 2 MPG I lost after adding the lift and tires to my 4runner.

For more info on the problem and my complete review on these headers, check out this post:

 

Ceramic Coating

I understand that not all 4runners were sold with the V8 so the next one is something that any year or model of 4runner can benefit from – a ceramic coating. No, this isn’t really a modification. But it is something that will improve the ownership experience of your 4runner.

Being a detailer myself might make me biased on this one. The “best color of paint is a new coat of mud” crowd is probably going to disagree. But protecting your paint job with a ceramic coating isn’t just about fancy water beading and bragging at a car show.

The biggest benefit of a ceramic coating is that it makes your vehicle much quicker and easier to clean up. You’re more likely to do something often when it requires less effort. Using a pressure washer on a ceramic coated vehicle will remove the majority of the dirt before you even touch it with a wash mitt. I’m all for making life easier.

 

Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light Review

Since a proper paint correction is part of the application process, your 4th Gen 4runner is guaranteed to look better than most of the brand new $50,000 rigs in the parking lot. Get used to answering the question “what year is that thing!?” if you go this route.

There are many different options to choose from when it comes to ceramic coatings, from cheap DIY products to high end professional applications. Click here to read my long term review of the coating on my 4runner, Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light:

 

Upgraded Suspension

One of the biggest limiting factors of the 4th Gen 4runner is the OEM suspension. Whether we care to admit it or not, the majority of Toyota 4runners that are sold will never see any off road action. Unfortunately, Toyota had to keep this in mind when designing and tuning the factory suspension.

Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t bad. But it could be much better. It’s very soft and smooth which is great for on road driving. Some models are equipped with X-REAS which certainly helps with the handling in corners. To put it bluntly, the factory suspension will do the job off road too, but it won’t do it well.

There are a lot of great options for upgrading your 4runner suspension. Most of the big aftermarket companies offer systems including Bilstein, Icon, Fox, King, and Old Man Emu. To be honest, you can’t go wrong with any of these. It just comes down to what kind of driving you do and how much money you want to spend.

 

Toyota 4runner Fox 2.0

Aftermarket suspension does a much better job of soaking up impacts, making it easier to stay in control. Most of these shocks will ride a bit firmer on the street but do a better job of absorbing sharp hits. This is a bit hard to explain if you haven’t experienced it, but try to imagine stiffer sports car-like handling combined with a smoother ride over rough roads.

The improved ride quality from upgraded suspension will typically do as good a job or better than the factory X-REAS system. Mine was removed during the install of my Fox 2.0 / OME setup and I’ve never missed it since. You can read more about the Fox 2.0 suspension here: 

 

Proper Tires

The absolute best upgrade you can make to your otherwise stock Toyota 4runner is a new set of tires. Not just any tires though – you need to choose ones that are meant for the type of driving you do.

It’s important to take the conditions you drive in into consideration. If you have a lot of sticky mud or clay to deal with, you’ll want to upgrade to a mud terrain tire. The biggest downside to a mud tire is the louder road noise, especially when cruising down the highway.

If you’re doing more of a mix of on and off road driving, an all-terrain tire will be much better suited to you. These will be quieter on the road (although still louder than a car tire) but might have a tendency to pack up with mud easier, causing them to lose traction.

 

4th gen 285/70/17

Another big bonus for some all terrain tires is the amount of siping they have. This helps them to perform much better in winter conditions, where a mud tire tends to turn into a racing slick.

While any of these tires in the original size will be an upgrade, switching to a larger size can make an even bigger difference. There isn’t a whole ton of room in the wheel wells at stock ride height for larger tires (you can likely go up a size or two without rubbing) but if you plan to lift it you’ll have many more sizes to choose from.

The size of tire you can get away with gets even larger if you’re bold enough to do a bit of cutting and trimming. I was able to fit 285/70/17 Goodyear Duratracs on mine without doing any major cutting, although it did require some. You can read more on those tires and why I love them for winter driving in this post: 

 

Other Modifications

Of course, there are lots of other things you can do to upgrade your 4runner – these are just some that most owners will appreciate the benefits from. It all comes down to what’s important to you.

There are aftermarket lighting setups, audio upgrades, performance exhausts/intakes and off road armor all readily available to you. I would highly suggest spending some time surfing forums like the ones at T4R.org and Expeditionportal.com.

 

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2006 4runner Sport w/ pic's of my 1st mod's

85,000 Mile update + Aluminess Bumper + ASFIR skids + Warn M8000-s

7 year - 85,000 miles - no issues to report. I replaced the front brake pads even though the original set still had plenty of meat on the bone. Truck is running great!

Since I hit my first dinger in little league, Aluminum has always been my favorite metal.

New Aluminess Aluminum 4th Gen Bumper

Kenny and folks over at Aluminess designed a new 4th Gen 4runner bumper and I was lucky enough to receive the first one! I've wanted an aluminess bumper for a while, it was great working with the Aluminess dudes and they delivered on their word. I will do a detailed post later but some standout facts (1) insanely top notch finish and fit perfect, (2) cutouts for Rigid LEDs, (3) elegant winch access, (4) it looks fantastic and has consistent clearances on all the edges AND (5) (wait for it....) on my bathroom scale it weighed only ~75 lbs with about a mile of syran wrap, styro foam and all the hardware necessary to bolt it on. I should have weighed it naked without all the packaging, but I would guess ~70 lbs - better than I expected!

The winch I chose was a Warn M8000-s


New ASFIR Aluminum Skids

I also had the pleasure of installing some ASFIR skids plates. Although I didn't weigh them, I was impressed with the precision of the build and their gerth for how light they are.

I really love my 4runner and didn't want to saddle it with too much weight.

Here is sort of sneak peak with a couple of iphone pics - but I will take some better photos soon - I also want to weigh this baby now that my wish list is basically fulfilled.

Anybody have any guesses on total weight?

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What are the best and most beneficial performance mods? Its going on an 2006 4runner limited 4.0 V6. Please specify brand and models. Would like lists like chips, exhausts, etc.

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I have the aFe Stage II Cold Air Intake, which after a month of reading I found the best reviews of. It is basically the same as the old style TRD CAI; I also have the aFe helical throttle body spacer, but I've been told it doesn't do much. I can't say for sure because I put it on at the same time as the CAI, I think I paid $315 for the CAI and $80 for TB spacer.

I also have an Underdog Racing Mass Airflow Recalibrator which also has great reviews and is tuned by Gadget at URD according to what other mods you have, but I am debating on upgrading to the APR X-one programmer, unfortunately it is about $1,500 (the MAF Cali was about $300). As far as I know, and I have searched a lot, that is the only programmer available for the V6. You could get a Jet Chips V-Force, but from what I read it doesn't really do anything for performance and is more of a monitor.

A tuned exhaust like Magnaflow (~$400-600), or Borla (~$800-1K) if you have the money, will also help. I had a Borla turbo muffler (p/n 40653, $110) on mine and gained about 0.5 mpg so that prolly indicates some HP gain. I took it off though cuz I got tired of it being loud under 2K RPM, the way it is tuned it sounds fine after 2K. The V6 just doesn't sound good like a V8 does IMO.

If you really want it you can also get a supercharger for about $5-6K, I can't think of who makes one off of the top of my head but there are a few. But as far as I've found that's about all you can do for the V6.


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APR x1 not available now we don't even know if their going to make more. URD is working on a haltech ecu and it would cost the same if not more than the X1 but is supposed to be more user friendly and more tunable. Doug thorley long tube headers, TRD/AFE intake, URD/TRD (fj) Supercharger. These are the most expensive bolt on but are the ones with the best results. You can go into the motor like I will sometime in the future but its gonna cost at least 8 grand. You might wanna look into a IPT valve body upgrade in the future if you are gonna push more horsepower. theres alot more but these are just the basic mods for performance for the 1GRFE. Also look into a URD fuel pump upgrade. Even if your not gonna get a supercharger its nice knowing you can change out your fuel filter. The factory pump has the filter built into it.

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What are the best and most beneficial performance mods? Its going on an 2006 4runner limited 4.0 V6.

Trade it in for a 4Runner with the V8!

All kidding aside, I think the best and most cost effective performance upgrade is a cold air intake. It will add some ponies, help with MPG's when you're not on the gas, and it won't break the bank. It adds a nice growl but it's not too obtrusive when you're not accelerating hard.

I'm always hesitant to do exhaust because of the noise. No doubt it increases performance, but it comes at the expense of having a louder vehicle. Not to mention you can loose some low-end torque when you increase exhaust flow. The only way I would upgrade to a more aggressive exhaust system is if I bought another vehicle as my daily driver.

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I have the aFe Stage II Cold Air Intake, which after a month of reading I found the best reviews of. It is basically the same as the old style TRD CAI; I also have the aFe helical throttle body spacer, but I've been told it doesn't do much. I can't say for sure because I put it on at the same time as the CAI, I think I paid $315 for the CAI and $80 for TB spacer.

I also have an Underdog Racing Mass Airflow Recalibrator which also has great reviews and is tuned by Gadget at URD according to what other mods you have, but I am debating on upgrading to the APR X-one programmer, unfortunately it is about $1,500 (the MAF Cali was about $300). As far as I know, and I have searched a lot, that is the only programmer available for the V6. You could get a Jet Chips V-Force, but from what I read it doesn't really do anything for performance and is more of a monitor.

A tuned exhaust like Magnaflow (~$400-600), or Borla (~$800-1K) if you have the money, will also help. I had a Borla turbo muffler (p/n 40653, $110) on mine and gained about 0.5 mpg so that prolly indicates some HP gain. I took it off though cuz I got tired of it being loud under 2K RPM, the way it is tuned it sounds fine after 2K. The V6 just doesn't sound good like a V8 does IMO.

If you really want it you can also get a supercharger for about $5-6K, I can't think of who makes one off of the top of my head but there are a few. But as far as I've found that's about all you can do for the V6.

thanks buddy. TRD makes the nice supercharger. But thats pricey haha. and tell me more about the aFe intake stage 2. is yours dry filter? and how much more performance did you gain? did it feel faster? and how fast.

I heard the Unichips are effective. May want to look into those.

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thanks guys im really looking into an aFe stage 2 dry filter intake. Tell me how good it has done for you. I dont want it droning. Any videos?

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thanks buddy. TRD makes the nice supercharger. But thats pricey haha. and tell me more about the aFe intake stage 2. is yours dry filter? and how much more performance did you gain? did it feel faster? and how fast.

I heard the Unichips are effective. May want to look into those.

I have the Pro 5R filter, it is not dry but the aFe site says it gives the most performance; that's why I chose it over the dry filer. I can't say how much HP it gave me, it definitely felt faster, not a lot faster but you can't expect too much. It really only gets loud if you open it up otherwise I don't notice it very often, I find myself noticing the sound of the TB spacer more. It kinda makes "psst" noise like hydro releases or maybe a supercharger when you let off the gas. I will see if I can get a video of it later to post.
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intake def makes a diff. I have the TRD old style and have videos posted on here. AFE is pretty great and is TRD but under a diff. brand, and woulda got it if didnt catch a deal.

any CAI will make a big difference on pick up and blasting up a hill or passing traffic.

intake and exhaust is really the only thing I think can be done w/o gettin a sweet ass TRD supercharger. new gears maybe.

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heres the URD link,im pretty sure they sell everything u need, call & tell em what u think u want & they will give u the right advice. Headers - Underdog Racing Development

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thanks guys im really looking into an aFe stage 2 dry filter intake. Tell me how good it has done for you. I dont want it droning. Any videos?

Here is a video of the aFe stage 2. You can really only hear it at the beginning when I'm really getting on it. It's shaky because I was trying to get the tach in the picture & couldn't set it down anywhere.



edit: I also have the resonator cut off and angled out the side for anyone wondering about the difference that makes in sound.


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Here is a video of the aFe stage 2. You can really only hear it at the beginning when I'm really getting on it. It's shaky because I was trying to get the tach in the picture & couldn't set it down anywhere.



edit: I also have the resonator cut off and angled out the side for anyone wondering about the difference that makes in sound.

nice impressed that it still sounds stock. Sorry but do you have one of the MPH gauge? lol thats what i really wanna see...the pickup! ha

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Not a very glamorous performance mod but what about a set of electric cooling fans instead of the mechanical fan? A few have done that and seem to like it.


If you do that include a fan on and off switch to prepare you for a water crossing or a situation where the auto-on fails

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just curious but any pics of the electric fans on a 4th gen. with v8 or was that only done on a v6?

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Honestly, just by gutting the cats I'd be surprised if you didn't get more than any chip out there. Throw on ONE high flow cat after the collector if you need the cat there. On a 2gr-fe (rated at 278HP at the wheels) we got 279HP AT THE WHEELS with nothing other than pulling all the cats and tunning a magnaflow behind it... I'm pretty sure teh 1gr-fe would be just as responsive to this.

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