Hell yeah brother! That's a pretty big job!Ok I finished everything and fired the engine up! Started right away (it's been sitting for what - 6 weeks now?)! Ran smoothly. Sigh of relief! I'll probably have to play with belt tension a bit as the accessory belts had a bit of a squeal.
I'd rather have them too loose than too tight! I like to sneak up on the spot where they stop squealing.
I'd think you'd need to separate the transmission to get to the crankshaft/main bearings.
On Wes's video, he also said that the Toyota tech or parts guy told him that when the dealer does a piston job on one of those engines, that all they replace is the four pistons and the necessary gaskets. They don't even bother with the rod bearings or a new timing chain.
Those particular RAV4s develop an oil consumption problem, so Toyota extended the warranty on them, and compiled a kit consisting of all the necessary parts, to sell to the dealers who install them as a warranty job. He said that they seemed to think that he was the first actual customer to buy one of those kits, at least from that dealership - if not in the whole country. They weren't sure how to sell it to him at first, because dealerships always end up doing that job.