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Road Tripping Build-With build info/travel reports

Discussion in '5th Gen Builds (2010+)' started by hergonthegreat, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. Aug 9, 2019 at 11:24 AM
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    hergonthegreat

    hergonthegreat [OP] New Member

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    A little behind on this build, but I figured I'd go ahead and start it now. I have gotten a ton of info from here and tacomaworld, and would love to give inspiration/advice to any questions people have about my vehicle. Forewarning: It's not that impressive, and I'm not that knowledgeable ;) You can also check out my instagram if that's your speed, I put up a lot of pictures of this and all my other hobbies, its @viciousbison

    Anyways, I had a 2015 Tacoma and got my 4runner brand new in August of 2018. My wife and I have discovered a joy for traveling to national parks and trying to visit all the ones that we can. She wanted something a little more comfortable than my Tacoma and something more "family friendly", so the 4Runner was perfect!

    Current Build:
    2018 4Runner TRD Off Road Premium (Approx 28k miles on it currently)
    Suspension: (Put on at approx 9k miles)
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    2.5" Icon Extended Travel Coilovers
    Icon Delta Joint UCAs

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    Metaltech Long Travel Rear Springs
    Icon Extended Travel 2.0 Shocks
    Metaltech Extended Brake Lines
    Bumpstop Relocation Brackets

    Armor:
    Shrockworks Sliders-Installed 11/2019

    Will update this list as things are added!

    Tires:
    BFG KO2-275/70/17

    The old Tacoma:
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    The 4Runner, day I got it:
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    First camping trip:
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    I only took one picture of the suspension components, but so far I love it. I went with Icon Stage 3 with Metaltech "long travel" springs. Not true long travel, but you do get more suspension travel out of the kit. At the same time, I purchased new tires. I went with BFG KO2s. I had 285/70/17 Cooper STT Pros on my Tacoma, and remembered the substantial hit to MPGs that I took. I knew I was planning on driving this thing everywhere, so I went just a bit bigger, but not all the way to 33s just yet. If I do go 33" tires, I will prob go with a 255/80/17 or something similar. Really only went with the BFGs because they were cheaper than the Cooper ST Maxx, which is what I was really hoping to get.

    Icon shocks before I ripped them out of the box:
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    The truck after the lift, tires, and the most important mod of all-tinted windows!
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  2. Aug 9, 2019 at 11:34 AM
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    First trip in the 4runner:
    (April 2019)
    We traveled with some friends on a road trip from Louisiana to Utah. We traveled through New Mexico to Petrified Forest, to the Grand Canyon, then Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches then headed back home. Really were able to enjoy the more spacious interior over the Tacoma. We fit 4 adults in the 4Runner with an ice chest and all our baggage.

    Stopped at a gas station in the middle of nowhere, off of Route 66
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    Lunch stop at the Grand Canyon:
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    Other car was following us, so I got a ton of wonderful pictures of my rear end
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    Getting into Utah
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    Zion, had to go where the 4Runner couldn't
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    Being in Louisiana, we don't really get any snow, so when I saw some off the side of Hwy 12, I stopped to see what it was like to get my tires in snow
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    Another shot on Hwy 12
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    Arches, by far the most 4Runner friendly place to play at
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    My wife decided she wanted to try driving, to see why I get so excited about it
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    The point where I decided I should turn around, being a little inexperienced and not really having the recovery gear/another vehicle to help me if I got in a tight spot
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    Final odometer from the trip, was a great trip and fun but hard 7 days
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  3. Aug 9, 2019 at 11:37 AM
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    Badlands Trip (June 2019)
    Took a trip to the Badlands, Jewel Cave, Niobrara River for my little brothers graduation present. Got a new camera recently, decided to try it out with some astral photography.

    Parked in the badlands looking at some trails
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    First attempt at astral photography, something I am really enjoying getting into
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  4. Aug 9, 2019 at 11:51 AM
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    Nice truck
     
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  5. Aug 9, 2019 at 12:05 PM
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    Thanks! I went a little over the top on my last truck, so it was nice to kind of start over and be a little more sensible with this one. I am loving it so far.
     
  6. Aug 9, 2019 at 6:22 PM
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    Nice build! Love the trip pics!
     
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  7. Sep 5, 2019 at 2:01 PM
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    wmdtech Send MOD Money!!

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    Nice truck, I've had mine a year and have only tinted the windows... maybe one day!
     
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  8. Sep 5, 2019 at 3:46 PM
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    Thanks! To be honest...they can do a ton with no upgrades! I do what I can, but have spent way more on traveling in it lol.
     
  9. Sep 6, 2019 at 9:13 AM
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    WOW! Hard to believe those are 265's by looking at the pictures. I guess black wheels make a huge difference in how it looks. How much lift did you get front and rear?

    Thanks!
     
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  10. Sep 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM
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    Yeah, the black wheels make a big difference in the looks for sure! I got right around 2" in the front, and a touch over 3" in the back. Once the springs settle some, I'll bring the front up a bit more to get it closer to level.
     
  11. Sep 7, 2019 at 6:47 AM
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    Stock...for now...
    Do you remember what size tire came When you purchased it? Great color!
     
  12. Sep 7, 2019 at 7:29 AM
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    Thanks!! It was the stock Terra Grapplers, I think they came out to 31". Not quite as big...I can look later and let you know for sure though!
     
  13. Sep 24, 2019 at 7:40 PM
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    Nice, and your running 265’s?
     
  14. Sep 25, 2019 at 10:49 AM
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    Nope...finally went double check, and I was incorrect. Thanks to you and @danssr5 for catching that for me!! Updated original post, but they are 275/70/17s.
     
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    I’m backing down to 265’s again on the Fox 2.0’s. Thankfully the shop I went to are willing to work with me.
     
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    Wow! They are wiling to swap out your tires?? That's awesome!

    I really like the 275s, on the big trips I've taken I've seen a less than .5 mpg drop between those and the stock tires. On my last truck, it was more significant with 285s. They were also mud tires though, so that may factor in as well.
     
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  17. Sep 25, 2019 at 8:15 PM
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    I am not complaining at all, trust me. The 285’s rubbed on a full left hand turn which was not conveyed to me when I picked up my rig. I found out when I got home and tried to back up into a parking spot. They are swapping then same tire in 265...
     
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  18. Sep 26, 2019 at 5:54 AM
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    What tires do you have? KO2s?
     
  19. Sep 26, 2019 at 6:34 AM
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    Toyo OC A/T II's. They are great tires.
     
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  20. Dec 9, 2019 at 6:39 AM
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    Finally got a break in a hectic schedule to install sliders. They are Shrockworks, install was simple and took about 2 hours with just myself. Planning a few camping trips soon, so hoping to get offroad and have some more pics. 20191126_133917.jpg 20191126_133926.jpg
     
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  21. Jul 31, 2020 at 10:21 AM
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    Been a hectic few months, got a few new mods. First and foremost, the carseat mod! Which is the whole reason I got the 4runner, so glad that finally paid off. Also had a rear diff breather kit from my Tacoma that I got after I blew the rear pinion seal by clogging the diff vent. Never put it on, so I put it on the 4runner and ran it into the jack compartment. If the fumes get bad, I'll relocate it to the gas cap but I don't anticipate it being too bad. It's pretty hot down here in Louisiana, but hopefully will hit some gravel roads with the baby this weekend.
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