so here goes my first attempt at a Toyota. for the past few months I've been hunting for a toyota rig. i started at an LC80, dropped into a 62 then wound up looking at 100 series' before i finally settled on a V8 4th gen 4runner and then immediately changed my mind to a 5th gen Trail because… its a Trail, i mean come on.
so i sold my jeep and spent a month or two tracking various 4runner trails throughout them interwebz to finally realize that at any given time, there are only ~50 used 4runner Trails for sale in the country, 3/4 of which were overpriced and out of my budget. finally i got a crazy idea up my *** to search craigslist for the whole country and found this little gem in Denver Colorado. one thing led to another and i flew out to get it and drive her home.
so, she's a:
2010 4Runner Trail
-45,000 miles (almost 47,000 now)
-stock tires that are GONE
-synthetic fluids its WHOLE life
-3m tinted windows
-3m invisible bra and skirts
overall it was a steal and a wrote them a check for cash
it'll be a long build, but a build none the less. the goal is to create a vehicle that was more effective at going my JKUR's job than my JKUR was - which was badass daily driver that can haul my ***, my wife and my daughter around while being "quiet", well mannered and spacious.
the long term end goal plans are:
-Long travel front suspension
-custom built rear long travel suspension
-37" tires on hutchinson double headlocks
how i plan on getting there is:
-3" OME suspension
-35x12.50R17 Toyo Opencountry MT's
my initial plan was to do the 3" setup and 35's right off the bat. unfortunately due to recent heavy snow in the area - the burnt up stockers are putting me in a safety hazard and i needed tires. last night i ordered a set of 285x75R17E Nitto Terra Grapplers to hold me over for the next 35-40k miles and then get the 35s. they're the largest AT i can find (33.9x11.7x17) it gives me a little wiggle room and lets me get some cash saved to get the 3" OME. plus the E load tire will be a nice reprieve from this floaty caddy P-rated bull**** it comes stock with
so next on the list will be installing a group 34 Odyssey battery in place of the factory panasonic, getting my sPOD unit fitted, doing a Satoshi mod to the grill, mounting my power tank, getting spidertrax spacers and painting the rims gloss black. then while i save my pennies for the OME3" i can also start working on the interior for camping season.
wish me luck