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Mthomas456's 11 RAV4 V6 Rebuild/Build Up

Hey there just wanted to share my build on a 2011 RAV4 V6 Limited AWD I picked up at Copart. I've had an '08 Scion xB as my daily for a year and a half and really liked it, i've done some functional modifications and a few appearance and performance modifications. It shares a lot with the RAV4 so there was a lot of cross over there. I installed 4.3 RAV4 suspension to lift it quite a bit, was going to install a bull bar since the RAV brackets bolted right up the front subframe since they are identical. After all the mods I was pretty happy but really wanted push button start, passive keyless entry and AWD would be nice too. After reading and seeing how the V6 was pretty quick, sounded great with exhaust I also needed a V6. Problem was they hold their value so damn well, a '09+ V6 AWD Limited wasn't going to come cheap so I started browsing Copart and picked up one with minor rear end damage for $5k.

Want to thank TEKSMRT since his build inspired me to pull the trigger and follow by example on my mods. I've been waiting to post this until my post count was high enough to include photos so i'll be adding the mods since in following posts right now!

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Testing fit of SAP rear door.



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Rear floor pan cut out, replaced with OEM replacement parts.



Picked up some 19" Lexus RC350 AWD F-Sport wheels for a great deal, paired with 245/45R19 Firestone Firehawk Indy500 Tires.





Repairs all finished! Just need to finish rear door which I have Blizzard Pearl pieces for from a RAV4 EV and going to wrap the center section satin black with a black door handle and tint my tail lights.







For performance i've just done a short intake until I pull the front bumper and make it CAI, Jet Performance MAF sensor, tune by R9ktuned and custom 2.5" exhaust with a 14" Corsa muffler. Muffler offers some pretty nice sound, but zero drone and highway speeds/rpms it is stock level quiet. Pretty amazing.



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Next step done with the appearance - JDM tails tinted and vinyl wrapped the mid section of the back door.





Used the left over sections of my xB2 intake I removed and made the intake a true CAI



Picked up an Eagle Eyes replacement set of Sport headlights to crack open and do a retrofit. Did Morimoto 7.0 H1 projectors with black shrouds, Profile LED high beam/running light, white demon eyes and morimoto switchback signals.







Added a TRD Big Brake Kit designed for 2011+ tC and 2008+ xB. Bolted right up since we share the same calipers as those models.





Also added an Android head unit.



Still to come Ceika coilovers being delivered today and I need to put on my black Katzkin leather. I'd like to get the front windows tinted too but getting pretty close to where my goal was for the finished product!

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Next step done with the appearance - JDM tails tinted and vinyl wrapped the mid section of the back door.

Used the left over sections of my xB2 intake I removed and made the intake a true CAI

Picked up an Eagle Eyes replacement set of Sport headlights to crack open and do a retrofit. Did Morimoto 7.0 H1 projectors with black shrouds, Profile LED high beam/running light, white demon eyes and morimoto switchback signals.

Added a TRD Big Brake Kit designed for 2011+ tC and 2008+ xB. Bolted right up since we share the same calipers as those models.

Also added an Android head unit.


Still to come Ceika coilovers being delivered today and I need to put on my black Katzkin leather. I'd like to get the front windows tinted too but getting pretty close to where my goal was for the finished product!
Looks great!

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Great job, mthomas! Please do us both a favor--create a photo album on your profile page and upload your photos there. That way they will still be here long after imgur has deleted them, or gone out of business, or bought out. This has happened many times in the past.

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Thank you! Will do!

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Looks great!

Was the replacement rear door expensive?

Nice to see it all fixed up!
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Very nice looking and will done. How does the cockpit sounds with the CAI? Can you hear it from inside at high rpm?

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Thank you! I was able to get the rear door complete from LKQ for just over $500.

The CAI does make a difference in sound. With the window down and low RPMs can hear it a little bit and it has a bit more engine roar at higher RPMs. Nothing crazy though, the CAI on my xB was a lot more dramatic of difference in high RPM growl.

I installed the Ceika coilovers yesterday. Turned out nice.
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I installed the Ceika coilovers yesterday.

Turned out nice.
Awesome build. Wheels, coils...BBK...the works. Looks great!

2009 RAV4 Sport V6 4WD SAP

.. too many mods to list ...Custom cold-air intake with heat wrap---Cat-back custom dual Magnaflow exhaust with staggered quad tips---R9KTuned ECU... list goes on and on..
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