Did a full refresh and lift on the '96 4Runner yesterday, to be expected, she didn't give up easy. No way could I have done it without an incredible amount of help. Ed was there early, got away for a little while to go to his son's soccer game, and came back to finish off, way above the call of duty. Ryan came over mid-day and stayed through to the bitter end. Can't thank both of them enough for the help.
Went to Stew's Garage in Kirkland, great place. Working with lift, a full and complete set of tools, indoors and out of the weather, sure made things easier than they would have been otherwise.
As you would expect from a 22 year old car, things were stuck on. Actually not nearly as bad as you would think, just tough in places. Sway bar clamp bolt broke, outer tie rod end broke the Harbor Freight puller (big surprise). The usual, the stuff that should have been quick and easy ended up taking the most time. All told, it was a long day, first one into Stew's in the AM, last one out (9am to 9pm).
Replacement Lower Control Arms with Whiteline poly bushings.
New cam adjuster bolts for LCAs (actually old ones were fine as it turned out)
New RadFlo 2.5" shock and coil-over assembly
New SPC Upper Control Arms
New poly steering rack bushings
New Diff drop kit (in the feeble attempt at saving the CV boots, they'll shred in no time I'm sure)
New Land Cruiser rear shocks (between taking out the old, then fighting the lower bushings, these took as long as anything)
New Land Cruiser 80 series rear coils (these too were an adventure to get compressed enough to fit in)
New adjustable Rear Trac/Panhard Bar
A lot of work was done, of course, it's just another step down the rabbit hole..