December 2012 : TOP RIDE Kevin's 2005 Speedway Blue X-Runner The Story behind the Ride: It all started off one evening, 3 1/2 years ago, browsing CL ads and EBAY, looking for my first car. At the time, I had several friends with 240sx who were into drifting, and naturally, they were pushing me to get one as well. I was more leaning toward building a Pre-Runner like every other guy under 25y/o in So-Cal... Late that night, I was sent a grainy quality, video from back in the day... About 30 seconds into the video, a RR XR slides into the picture. What!?!?!? Me being a huge Tacoma fan, I had no idea why this one had a body kit, and why it was out sliding at the track. I did some research, and found out about the X-Runner, and knew that from that moment on, I had to get one! Found one local, good price, (high miles...), figured it was a Toyota, and high miles shouldn't be an issue...Shortly after getting it, the transmission started acting up, and it started leaking oil from the the timing chain cover...Great, I bought a freakin lemon...But I ignored it, and started Autocrossing and Drag racing it in a local racing series. Stock LSD starting acting up now, and being around drifters, they implanted the idea of a welded diff in my head... I found this site shortly after, and got some great info on how to fix a few of my trucks "issues". After that, it was all history. Thanks to you guys, and pushing me to tinker and fix my truck, it even lead to my career choice as a Toyota/Lexus technician! This is one of those cases, where XR-U literally changed someones life. The mod bug bit me next...and boy, did it bite me, HARD!!!! But... I followed one simple rule.... Function>Form. Engine: ] TRD S/C ] 2.8 APR Upper Pulley ] NST Lower O/D Pulley ] Doug Thorely LT, Gen 2's ] Custom 2.5 Y-Pipe ] 18" 3" Resonator ] 36", 3" Dodge Viper Muffler, Turned 90*'S, Straight Up.... ] "Ebay" Sorced Intake W/ "MAF Straightener"+ TRD Sticker. ] URD Maf Cal+MAP ] URD 255 Fuel Pump Upgrade ] FPR Mod ] Denso IKH 24's ] Top Speed Kill Switch ] A/C Compressor Delete ] “Coupe” Aluminum Deep Oil Sump (7 ½ Quarts) ] "Toespd" 160* T-Stat ] One Off Oil Catch Can Driveline: ] Welded Differential ] URD Sourced, SPEC Stage IV Solid Hub Clutch ] URD TSK TOB Upgrade ] URD Traction Bar ] "Coupe" Modded, TRD Short Shifter ] Redline MT-90 Gear Oil Suspension/Brakes: ] XII Performance Drop Springs + Mono-Leafs ] XII Performance Front And Rear Sways ] QA-1's ] Custom, One Off, Pan-Hard Bar ] Rotora 355mm 6 Piston BBK ] Tundra Racing 322mm Rear Disk Conversion ] Adjustable Proportioning Valve ] Custom, One Off, "Hydro" Hydraulic Rear E-Brake ] ABS/EBD Kill Switch ] Custom, One Off, Quick Steer "High-Angle" Steering Knuckles. ] Weight Reduction, Now Sitting @ 3,520 Lbs. Exterior: ] 18x9/10, Gloss Black Mustang Cobra R Replicas ] H+R 1" Wheel Spacer (Front) ] "Evo" Mod ] Black Hood Scoop Mod. ] 5-Lug Taco Mud Flaps. ] Rear Valance Delete (Involuntary) ] Grill Delete (Involuntary) ] Custom, Pink, "Bastard Bar" Rear Bumper/Crash Bar ] Pink Zip-Ties, Zip-Ties Everywhere.... ] K-Rail/Wall/Fence/Tandem Battle Scars Interior: ] Sparco Rev Bucket Seat +Custom, Pink, Seat Slider ] Hydro E-Brake Handle ] "Coupe" Weighted, Shift Knob ] Gutted Everything "Dash Board" Back, Minus; Stock Radio, Rear Storage Bin, Pass. Seat ] I-Pod Connector. ] AEM UEGO Wideband ] Glowshift Boost/Vacuum Gauge. ] Valentine V1 Radar Detector ] Motivational Stickers Future Modifications: ] URD UCON-EMS + 61 Lbs Injectors ] Front Coil-Overs ] Custom Upper/Lower A-Arms+More Steering Angle. ] Full Cage+Fuel Cell+Fire Suppression System ] Full HVAC Delete. ] Some Form Of Either; Stroker 4.3litre Twin Charged + T-56, Or Entire Lsx Motor/T-56...But Now I'm Just Dreaming ] Ohh, And Probably Should Buy A Daily Driver At Some Point...:laugh: Congratulations Kevin and great work on the truck! -- As this months Top Ride winner Kevin will also be receiving a prize package courtesy of XII Performance. I'd also like to take a moment to apologize to Kevin for the late posting of this thread. For Klint & I work has really ramped up in the weeks leading up to the holidays leaving limited time for XRU tasks. Thank you for your patience.