Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum and I am looking to buy a 2000 Toyota 4Runner and I though the best way to get info about this vehicle is through the people who had owned them before; on this forum. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your 4Runner, and have a great time with other 4Runner fans. Just roll down that back window, park with your tailgate facing the view of your choice and call it a night!
I'm a little over 6' tall and with the front seats slid forward I fit with a good amount of room to spare. SOLD1998 T4R SR5 All-Pro CO's, UCA's and Sliders, SS 1.2 rear only DIY rear bumper, Aussie Locker and 1st gen roll bar mod.
Just repaced the factory sliding cargo tray with a custom made Tuffy Security Products storage box. The Rubbermaid ActionPacker I had back there previously was sliding around even with tie downs, rubbing the interior surfaces raw. The box was obscenely expensive, but many of the decent, made-to-stock steel storage boxes out there are expensive and don't come in a variety of sizes. I looked at these too and I think they are (Fat Dave, please correct me if I am wrong) but they are around $1500 bananas. Great quality, one of my buddies at the range has one in his Tahoe, ball bearing rollers, quality welds and tight as a nut. I purchased the Skyline model and secured it to the tie-downs just behind the rear seat (I don't have a third row). The bag is very sturdy with a double closure system (zipper and buckles) that should retain my gear in case of an accident. I like the bag enough that I wrote their customer support and told them they should think of advertising it for this SUV purpose, not just as an ATV bag.
I just threw in a rubbermaid container (sterilite brand actually) and secured it with a bungee cord.
I'm trying to figure out a storage box that fits over one of my wheel well humps and isn't any wider than the wheel well some sort of box to carry a tow strap, booster cables, flares and a few other items. I'm just thinking about 'worst case scenario' in case some scumbag wants to break into you 4R, and see whats in there. For quite some time I've read up on several storage drawer build threads; keeping a watchful eye over good ideas - bad ideas - and general best practices.
As my signature indicates, I have a 2004 4Runner Sport, but I am sure with a slight tweak to the measurements this could fit most any SUV type platform. You'll see I decided to go with one over sized drawer and one slightly smaller drawer rather than two of the exact same sized. Next was another basic task to cut the top piece for size, route grooves for side walls and then the "rough" drawers and deck would be complete for the front half of the cargo system.
Second day of progress was a little slow as it was cold up here in Portland and the paint was not drying with any speed at all.
Still need to paint the outside of the drawers, carpet the inside of the drawer runners (on the base), carpet inside of drawer bottoms, install hardware (drawer pulls, latches, corner armor), and final install. I still have some final thoughts and a couple add-on pieces I'd like to get going, but for now, I've reduced three bags of wheeling gear to the space here with plenty left to spare.
Granted I had the wood lying around the garage (picked up for free from a neighbor that was going to throw it away), my total cost just under $178.00 and I have about $20-$25 worth of paint and miscellaneous items I could take back for credit, so I'll call the project at $150 for total cost to me. The wheel wells intrude into the space quite a bit and the seats don't fold entirely flat, so if you want a solid sleeping surface it helps to build a platform, but the downside of that is that you loose a lot of head room. I've been thinking about doing something like this forever, but my big thing is I like to have the option to throw the seats down and sleep in the back of my Runner. I'm trying to keep the area between the wheel wells clear for my dog or so I can crash there as well if I'm solo hunting! Since that time, there have even been some over the counter models that you can now buy online that bolt right in. Toyota model vehicles have wheel wells in the rear cargo area, I found 41.5" to be a nice snug fit, that left enough room for two sliding 24" drawers in the front and an 8" (give or take) "easy access" grab box for the rear. I've seen a lot of threads just have straight drawers that come direct off the wheel wells - I've seen a lot of threads try to cover up the "side space" with decorative pieces screwed to their face plates and rendering the space unusable.
Having built tons of drawers these went together lickety split, I threw on the slides and mounted them to fit.
I had not seen this done before and wanted to take a look at what gear would go into what drawer. This went together super fast and left me with the final task for building out the "easy access" box for the rear of the system. The drawers are working great with the weight, but I am thinking I may swap these out for something beefier down the road (not needed, but I would like the added comfort in case they get sat or leaned upon heavily).
As mentioned in the original post, I will gather up the full part list and get that up in the next dedicated post before to long.
I do many outdoor activities so I might be taking many trips to mountains and what not, and I was considering to get a vehicle that I could also sleep in.
The back of box just touches the back of the second row seats and stops at the tail gate approx. After having some much deserved holiday time off and a nice sized pile of plywood growing dust bunnies in the garage, I decided it was time to throw in my own build and get some dedicated gear storage.
I decided to give my base platforms a set of wings to utilize the factory tie down hook bolt space; this way, I can have a nice clean factory look (as much as possible) from the entire drawer system. The box for the rear will have a hinged lid that opens upward so as to be able to utilize the entire rear of the vehicle. It's sure nice not having to work and getting full days to dedicate to project fabrication, progress is so rewarding!
I saw on videos that the rear seats fold so I though that it might work, But I don't have one to actually test it out on.
After the base was measured and cut, it was time to rout out the grooves for the side walls and center piece for the drawer slides and top.
So from you guys that actually own a 2000 toyota 4Runner, is this a vehicle that one can sleep in? After quickly cutting the needed side walls to length they quickly got glued and screwed into place (all screws countersunk). I have seen just two other builds who have attempted to go this direction and they both used a 90 degree box; which is fine, but the 4Runners have angled seat backs and by doing this you loose valuable space - I did not want to cheat myself the additional space here. I pulled out the angle finder and measured out 16 degree angle, cut all the dadoes and rabbets to match and glued and screwed the rear box. Soon I had all the pieces secured nicely (not yet bolted) in the rear space and decided to call it a day.
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