2013 Toyota 4Runner, Equipt Edition Build

rtj913

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I have the same 4Runner. With a 3" ToyTec Ultimate lift. The BFGs AllTerrain TAs rub slightly. How did you correct this problem? Thanks.
 

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I swear I have seen this vehicle around Salt Lake City for the past couple weeks.
Yep, that's me.

First of all, my apologies for the incredible delay in commenting on this thread. The last 3-4 months have been a whirlwind of activity, and I haven't been very good in keeping up. I returned to Prescott in early/mid August after 6-7 weeks on the Alaska Solo Trek. My wife and I decided to move back to Salt Lake City, Utah. 3 Trips to SLC by then end of August. Left for Ireland/Scotland/England on Sept 2 for 2 weeks. Returned to SLC homeless and our expected residence fell through while on our trip. Found temporary accommodations for the boss and left for Overland Expo East 4 days after returning. Returned to SLC in mid October. Found a more permanent place and moved in November 1. Still unpacking a bit. So anyway, the 4Runner took a bit of a back seat for a while.

Salt Lake City is again my base camp. Lived here all my life, with the exception of the last 2 years in Prescott AZ. We missed it, so we moved back. Equipt's warehouse is still in Prescott, and I will be there often. Contemplating a second shop here too. We'll see.

Cheers,
 

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I can add a bit to this portion, sure.



I recently bought a 5th Gen TE. I was wondering about how to get the drivers side rear pocket off of the wheel well. Does it just pull straight off? Im pulling on mine but it seems like its taking a little too much force. I don't want to force it and break it. Thanks
The interior panels are a combination of recessed screws and clipped in push plugs. The push plugs are a finned plastic gizmo that is easily replaced if they get in bad shape. Most of the dealers carry spares, and they are roughly a buck a piece. That driver's side panel is where I put the live outlets for the fridge and accessory plug. When you are putting the panel back on, be aware of aligning the push plugs with their respective holes. I have messed up more of those putting the panel back than taking it out.

cheers,
 

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What does the rig weigh, with you in it, fully loaded, for 2 weeks offroad after all the mods?
Close to GVWR, over? Mods to accommodate?
thx, gary
That is a great question. I haven't weighed it with full kit. Honestly, I haven't felt a need to. When I changed the suspension with the lift, I chose the stock plus 800 lb option. Heaviest they offer. I went through too many suspensions on the 100 Series, finally ending up with as heavy as they made. So I figured why wait. The interior cabinets set actually weighs less than the seats I took out of the second row. The fridge and slide are maybe 100 lbs. On the roof I have a rack, tent, table, awning, case, recovery gear. Thumbnail weight of 250lbs. Front bumper and sliders would maybe reach 200 lbs. I added about 550 lbs to the truck, but increased suspension capacity and tire rating. Even fully loaded, and the Chaser on the back, the truck still runs with a little stinkbug action in the rear. Solid as a rock. I expect that a rear bumper and future auxiliary tank will smooth that out.

cheers,
 

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Any updates on this drawer system?
Mario at AT Overland has is all figured out. Contact him for an idea of what is possible. I haven't had a chance to catch up on that part of the plan yet. Hopefully sometime soon. What I can tell you is that it has turned out to be a great system. Quiet. Solid. Light. Tough. I am really happy with it.

Cheers,
 

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I have the same 4Runner. With a 3" ToyTec Ultimate lift. The BFGs AllTerrain TAs rub slightly. How did you correct this problem? Thanks.
Ultimately, the solution was an ARB front bumper and the removal of the mud flap portion of the fender flare. The ARB Bumper requires trimming back the front wheel well liner and attaching it a bit more forward to the bumper. When I installed the Slee sliders, they lined up with the bottom of the flare without the mud flap. I removed it. Every once in a while with full turn and compression I will hear a little rub. It's liveable. It's like saying my eye hurts with my finger in it. Well, don't put your finger in your eye. Solved. I don't do full turns in compression. Solved.

Cheers,
 

p1michaud

Expedition Leader
Paul,
We've just picked up a 2015 4R TE. This build is giving me too many ideas... I'll be curious to see how it compares to the old 100 Series as well.
Cheers,
P
 

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Falken Wild Peak A/T Long Term Review

Falken Wild Peak A/T Long Term Review

In the summer of 2013 my 4Runner was used for the production of a promotional video for Falken Tires. I was the recipient of a set of 5 Falken Wild Peak A/T tires, 295/75R17. At the time I had a set of BFG All Terrain TA's on the truck, so we took them off and put the Falkens on. Great! I was right in the middle of the Chaser 2.0 renovation and needed a couple tires for the trailer. I stored the other 2 tires for future use.

So, 1.5 years and 40K miles later I had pretty much run the Falkens down as far as I felt comfortable. The still have some tread on them, and I actually switched the 2 best of the set onto the Chaser. I put the TA's back on the 4Runner for my cross country trek to Overland Expo East and Northeast Overland Rally.

I have to say that I am very impressed with this tire. I have been a devout BFG AT guy on my long distance trucks. Hadn't given other tires much thought at all. But the Wild Peak ran out every bit as well as the TAs do. They were very quiet through out the tread life. They responded well to reduced tire pressure, and handled incredibly well on and off road. I put 40K solid miles on these tires, with a good portion of that on dirt roads with heavy loads. No issues at all. None. No flats, no separations, no rim separation at low pressure, nothing. Honestly, I could have pushed them another 5-7K. But I was concerned about the cross country trip and the upcoming Utah winter, so I swapped them out. I would definitely use these tires again, and will consider another these once the TAs have run their course. I have noticed an increase in highway hum now that I have the TAs back on the truck, and they only have 10K on them. The TAs are already noisier than the Wild Peaks were with 40K on them. I believe that stems from the harder composite rubber. We'll see how long the TAs last.

Cheers,
 

drobb

Adventurer
After reading thru this thread, I went down to the dealer and test drove a new 2015 4R TE. REAL nice...even bone stock :victory:
 

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Thanks Nathan,

Had a great weekend birthday celebration. Went to Cabo San Lucas for a couple days with my sweetheart/wife/boss/best friend Heather. I sat on a beach for 3 days and read a book. No schedule, no driving, no set up/take down, no agenda, no nothing. Beers brought to my beach chair. I read "A pirate looks at 50" by Jimmy Buffett, a long time mentor of mine. The book has been on my shelf for over a decade and I had never given up enough time to read it. I thought it was only fitting, given the event. I am proud to say I read the entire book sitting there on the beach.

Well, back to work.
 

drobb

Adventurer
Thanks Nathan,

Had a great weekend birthday celebration. Went to Cabo San Lucas for a couple days with my sweetheart/wife/boss/best friend Heather. I sat on a beach for 3 days and read a book. No schedule, no driving, no set up/take down, no agenda, no nothing. Beers brought to my beach chair. I read "A pirate looks at 50" by Jimmy Buffett, a long time mentor of mine. The book has been on my shelf for over a decade and I had never given up enough time to read it. I thought it was only fitting, given the event. I am proud to say I read the entire book sitting there on the beach.

Well, back to work.

Great way to celebrate...congrats!!!
 

Ace Brown

Adventurer, Overland Certified OC0019
Just signed on a 2015 T4R Trail and read over this thread for ideas. Great write up and resource. Noted you ran at set of Falkens in 295. You mentioned some rubbing and I too can live with that but wondered how the spare tire fit. The stock tire fits very tight and is only a 265.
 

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Hi Ace,

Yes, a 295 size tire will fit in that area. As you say, it is very snug. If I remember correctly, I had to push it forward a little bit to get it to go up in the recess. But it's there, and it seems to be high enough not to drag on anything.

Cheers,
 
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