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Thursday, 21 October, 2021

How Much Rust Is Too Much On A 4runner

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Ava Flores
• Wednesday, 02 December, 2020
• 10 min read

As I'm looking for a 4th Gen and live in the Northeast and travel is all but impossible for me, I'll probably be dealing with some rust. Now here is the issue. In my experience, some on the rockers is ok because they're easily replaceable but when you start finding significant flaking on the frame, quarters, under body, it's not worth saving.long story short any rust is toomuchrust ...

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Reply With Quote 08-17-2016, 10:44 AM # 3 Location: Downcast, Maine, USA When the frame looks like Swiss cheese and there's nothing left to weld on to...seriously though, significant flaking is a good warning sign.

In my experience, some on the rockers is ok because they're easily replaceable but when you start finding significant flaking on the frame, quarters, under body, it's not worth saving.long story short any rust is toomuchrust ... When the frame looks like Swiss cheese and there's nothing left to weld on to...seriously though, significant flaking is a good warning sign.

We replaced the lower radiator support on my 2003 T4R because it was pretty rotten, and it looked very much like this one. That radiator support probably looks even worse in real life.

With substantial rust like this already showing on this 2008, who knows how bad the inside of the frame is rotting. We replaced the lower radiator support on my 2003 T4R because it was pretty rotten, and it looked very much like this one.

That radiator support probably looks even worse in real life. With substantial rust like this already showing on this 2008, who knows how bad the inside of the frame is rotting.

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CIRC they are asking at least $17K for this one Reply With Quote 08-17-2016, 02:06 PM # 8 Posts: 852 Oh and on that one above the dealer called it “surface rust and said they'd be more than happy to remove it and undercoat it if I wanted it.

Reply With Quote 08-19-2016, 11:51 AM # 13 Location: Northwest Arkansas I understand you can't travel, my recommendation is to contact a broker who can get you a vehicle from the desert southwest.

You'll pay about $1200 for shipping but you'll get a rust free truck for roughly the same price as the ones you're looking at. OR go through Car Max and check out their dealers in places where they don't use road salt and have them transfer a truck for you.

It might sound extreme, but having lived (and wrenched) in the northeast for almost 20 years I can say with 100% confidence that I'll never buy another used car from up there again. I'll GLADLY pay an extra $1000+ for a vehicle from a part of the country that doesn't salt the roads.

It might sound extreme, but having lived (and wrenched) in the northeast for almost 20 years I can say with 100% confidence that I'll never buy another used car from up there again. I'll GLADLY pay an extra $1000+ for a vehicle from a part of the country that doesn't salt the roads.

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This is spot on....and it's really not that hard to find and get into a rust free vehicle. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.

In many states and provinces rust eating its way through is just part of life. If it was me, Eastwood treatment on the frame and under body once I bought it(so long as I felt everything else was spot on) because it would bother the bait out of me, and did. Best of luck with the hunt.

Nothing is perforated man, buy it and sand it, then prep it with Eastwood or POR it If the big screwdriver goes through the rust into the frame walk away.

I bought a 96 and discovered a huge hole at the trans cross member. Then spent the next two-week on my off days sandblasting and painting the frame looking for more.

Look VERY closely at the inner and bottom part of the frame rail next to the muffler right in front of the frame mount for the rear axle lower control arm. Also look at the rear axle housing on the back of the differential for any wet spots.

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__________________SILVER 2000 4runner Limited TOTALED WHITE/SILVER 1999 4runner Limited l Rear Locker l Tundra/890 coils | 5100 Einsteins all around | Sonoran Steel Bump stops l 199 mm Tundra brake upgrade | SCS Matte Gray Ray10 Rims | 275 70 17 BFG KO2 tires | LR UCAS | Keith pan hard brackets | LED interior upgrade l Rear LED taillights l Pioneer AVH-X5700BHS Alpine Type “R” speakers Nix JAD800.4 Class D Amp Kenwood Under seat Subwoofer l Front window tint 20% l Weather tech window visors and floor mats l Outlier Solutions Full Length roof rack l Mormon 40” LED light bar If it's just 99% paint that is flaking off the frame, it's not a big problem YET (but don't leave it like that forever if you live in a salt belt state).

__________________ '99 Highlander 5-spd manual e-locker no-running-board gray wire/1" body lift/32" tires/'Snowflake' Try Taco wheels/231 mm Tundra brakes/Role rack Dint lifts the truck before buying it.

Reply With Quote 10-16-2014, 07:55 PM # 10 Posts: 1,402 The Titanic has less rust on it this very day as it sits at the bottom of the ocean. I would _never_ buy a rust belt or east coast car for the very reason you are seeing.

I saw people make mounts on the outside part of the frame. Heck you could even convert to leaf springs if you are deep in.

I'd walk away, take your time on searching for the vehicle. I wheeled on the beaches of LI for the first 5 years I had it but always took it to the car wash right after.

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Even during the winter I bring it to the car wash once a week. I laid under mine for almost an hour with a flashlight and screwdriver before I bought it.

Most of that looks to be surface rust that can be fixed with a wire brush and undercoating. You'll want to check for deeper perforation of the metal.

I will give a deeper look into how deep the rust penetrates and look for holes and flakes. I don't mind wire brushing the under carriage and coating it, so if that's all I would have to do, I won't let it stop me from purchasing it.

I will give a deeper look into how deep the rust penetrates and look for holes and flakes. I don't mind wire brushing the under carriage and coating it, so if that's all I would have to do, I won't let it stop me from purchasing it.

From what I have seen I would make sure the diff hasn't lost a lot of metal around the pumpkin. One area to pay big attention to is the frame mount for the rear lower control arm.

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__________________ 1997 4runner Limited 4wd- Purchased new by family 12/96 Factory 4.30 e-locker conversion, 265/75 BFG AT, FX-R Hid Retrofit, Kenwood Nav, 231 mm Tundra brakes, Grey FJZ80 Wheels, Deck plate mod, ARB Bumper, Hello 4000 compacts, Sonoran Steel 7.2a, Scan gauge 2, Extended Diff Breather, Custom Sway Bar End links, Black No Rust Rear Bumper One area to pay big attention to is the frame mount for the rear lower control arm.

This is excellent advice, the frame is the weakest around the rear control arm mounts. Also check the body mounts to make sure they are still solid. That is a normal amount of rust for a salt state, but that doesn't mean you have to satisfied with it.

Reply With Quote 10-13-2011, 07:50 PM # 6 Location: the Socialist State of Maryland You can't have toomuchrust, otherwise Toyota would never have been nice enough to include a factory rust package on their trucks.

The photo is from a 4runner I was debating about buying, the owner said that its always been garaged but I didn't believe her. Yeah, I know that was a dumb joke, but its late and someone might think its funny.

Reply With Quote 10-14-2011, 10:08 AM # 8 Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada The photo is from a 4runner I was debating about buying, the owner said that its always been garaged but I didn't believe her.

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Yeah, I know that was a dumb joke, but its late and someone might think its funny. A heated garage can actually SPEED UP rust if the vehicle is brought in wet and salty.

Reply With Quote 10-15-2011, 01:53 PM # 9 Location: Southern Arizona For some reason Toyota hardware seems to rust fast seize.

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