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96 4Runner with 2 Fi Q 18s (lots of pics)


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Got hit by a rock coming home from Slamology and cracked my windshield, but I’m still not loud enough to shatter it. I need to get this replaced so people stop thinking my stereo did it. This is what leads to the crazy “my friend…” stories.

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This was the night I got home from Slamology. I just sat in my driveway thinking about what I wanted to do next. I knew that regardless of what I did, it was time to pretty everything up.
It was all kind of thrown together in time for me to leave for school, and just stayed that way.
I didn’t originally wrap the box because I wasn’t sure if it would work or sound good at all. There isn’t much documented on sealed 18s, and my fiberglassed wheel wells were a potentially strange variable.

What bothered me most was my temp Rockford amp mounting brackets, which are obviously crooked.

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What really bothered me was that the two sub amps did not match. I got them at different times, and the lighting in both was obviously a different shade of blue. Most would never notice, but I did. This was one of the many reasons the Hifonics amps had to go

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Another reason was the plastic amp housing through which they mounted. One corner broke randomly once, but was repaired easily. The second top corner broke off completely, which is what spawned the complete tear out. The first break did push me to do some work on the system, at which point I also added some poly-fil to the box; some being about 8 pounds haha

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I also checked out the coils when I had the subs out. I know when I was at SBN I went like 6 clicks into clipping for a demo, and it did some damage. Coils still read fine on a DMM and have been playing fine since, but they have some obvious signs of cooking.

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Yes I have a lot of stereo weight. I build for Smiles Per Gallon not Miles Per Gallon LOLZ

My build - 1996 4Runner with 2 18s - 149+ in a sealed box (with radiators)

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This was the end of summer at this point, so I was mostly just working, collecting parts, and getting the 4Runner ready for another year and like 20k miles away at school. I knew I would need tires before our terrible winters, so I jumped the gun a tad and did wheels and tires, which I have wanted since I bought the thing 5 years ago. The stock 3 spokes are hideous, but mine were in good shape and had great tires. They still had 5-10k left on them, but I figured 56k on them was good enough.

First, some PSI goodies.
Dude knows how to pack some gear

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Things were getting ready to reach the next level

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Yes I have a lot of stereo weight. I build for Smiles Per Gallon not Miles Per Gallon LOLZ

My build - 1996 4Runner with 2 18s - 149+ in a sealed box (with radiators)

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I got home from work to these and I was legitimately giddy. This was definitely the most excited I was to ever unwrap something. I looked at thousands of wheels, and researched for days to find exactly what I needed to custom order, and waited to find a great deal on wheels and tires.

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I was just as giddy when the tires came

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I built the setup around what tire I could get easily and cheaply, and what would make the 4Runner perform well on the highway, where most of its mileage occurs.

I did not want to lift, but I did want to go to a bigger tire, for looks and performance. Through a ton of calculation, I got the exact results I planned. I maintained the same city and city/highway combined gas mileage, but gained 5MPG if I do all highway due to the severely reduced RPM at around 70MPH.

Most forums said I would need around a 3” lift for the 32.5” tire size I was going to. I luckily had epic foresight when I built my bumpers, so those would not be an issue. I hammered in the pinch welds as far as possible, and rolled the fenders to where they sat just inside the pinch weld, but I still had minimal rub at full lock. When I redid the stereo, I put 20psi more air in the rear bags (helper bags) and this eliminated all rub (YAY!) Months of plans coming together wonderfully!

Just your average Lexus load…

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And mounted

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Yes I have a lot of stereo weight. I build for Smiles Per Gallon not Miles Per Gallon LOLZ

My build - 1996 4Runner with 2 18s - 149+ in a sealed box (with radiators)

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Not sure how many of you have bought new wheels, but it is a crazy feeling of excitement.
I have done it several times in the past, all of which were more expensive than these, but the feeling doesn’t change.

I waxed the backs

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And the fronts

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Here is a before. The fender is off because I repainted all the bumpers. I did the front bumper way before the others, and painted it with plastidip as a temporary thing. I bedlined the sides and rear, and they only lasted around 4 months through our harsh winters. I dipped them this time, and they have held up great. I also paint trimmed a few things on the fenders, which was easier with them off the car.

The white letter tires look terrible here. I kind of let them go in order to coerce myself to buy new. They clean up just fine

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Also redid my tailgate body line. Without a rear bumper, the bottom was kind of awkwardly floating there. I matched it to the side quarter lines, and really like it. It also hides the inevitable tailgate weep hole rust.

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Almost there

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Yes I have a lot of stereo weight. I build for Smiles Per Gallon not Miles Per Gallon LOLZ

My build - 1996 4Runner with 2 18s - 149+ in a sealed box (with radiators)

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Im confused on the 8 passive radiators in the doors?

Thats cool. Im way too old to be upset by shit like that. Your name is winston. Your own parents hated you even before you were born.

My penis is bigger than your penis

I'm far from loud and my roof/headliner flaps around like Adam's ass on a windy day. I think it depends more on the structure of the vehicle.

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There we go

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Shows the height and poke difference between stock and new

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Perfect fitment I wanted. Just a tad past the tubing

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Working on covering the hole seen in the above picture. This was the wiper arm. I never used it, and the blade just sat there and rubbed off paint, so I removed it all. Rather than shave the car, I just plugged the holes with paint matched vinyl. You couldn't tell, until the bass blew the plugs out. This time I stuffed the hole and put aluminum tape over it, then the colored vinyl. It doesn’t blend as smoothly, but it stays there, and looks good from 5 feet. Oh well. You can see the badge emblem holes next to it which blend a lot better. I also did this for where the antenna was, which you will likely notice in later pictures

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Getting back together

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I like this “two face” picture

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All together

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Yes I have a lot of stereo weight. I build for Smiles Per Gallon not Miles Per Gallon LOLZ

My build - 1996 4Runner with 2 18s - 149+ in a sealed box (with radiators)

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Im confused on the 8 passive radiators in the doors?

I need to edit that to 6...

One is each rear door, passive off the mezzo woofer

two in each front door, passive off the PSI-8

I have the space, and I want to play with radiators a little more.

I expect I will be able to get some great response down to around 40-50hz in the rear doors and 30hz in the fronts

Nothing extreme, but some good surrounding bass

Yes I have a lot of stereo weight. I build for Smiles Per Gallon not Miles Per Gallon LOLZ

My build - 1996 4Runner with 2 18s - 149+ in a sealed box (with radiators)

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I got to take it to a local car show that weekend, which also had an audio event.

I took home first in the audio section. There was someone louder, but he blew his amp in the lanes the first run.

At the show

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What I won with (on music)

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What I won. First ever competition, so I was stoked!

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Cool before and after

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Showing that even pretty trucks can haul. The only tuck is from being on a hill. At full pressure in the bags, this thing didn’t sag at all. Then again, that is a light boat

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And hauling the fun rides

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Yes I have a lot of stereo weight. I build for Smiles Per Gallon not Miles Per Gallon LOLZ

My build - 1996 4Runner with 2 18s - 149+ in a sealed box (with radiators)

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Back to stereo work…

Time for this to go

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Sonus matter warning makes it hard not to get creative

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Prepped and ready

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One layer down

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It was a little scary to trust the tape to protect such an expensive thing, but it worked fine. Regardless, I waited until it cured and removed the pan right away after two layers we finished

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Yes I have a lot of stereo weight. I build for Smiles Per Gallon not Miles Per Gallon LOLZ

My build - 1996 4Runner with 2 18s - 149+ in a sealed box (with radiators)

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