I love Toyotas! They are the end all beat all… at least for me.
My first Toyota was a brand new 1994 standard cab 4 cyl truck. I gave it a small lift, BFG MT’s in 32×11.50R15, ARB locker in the rear, lights, prerunner bar and a bunch of other goodies. As our young family grew I purchased a 2000 V6 Runner. I installed OME’s, sliders, ARB Sahara bar and Warn winch. When we learned that we were expecting child # 4 I immediately started looking for a 4th gen 4Runner with rear jump seats.
I purchased my 2005 V8 4Runner in March of 2007. It was a soccer moms lease return with about 18,000 miles on it. Right away I took off the stock 17” wheels and street tires and shod it with the FJ 16×7.5 wheel and BFG AT KO’s in 265/75R16. The running boards came off next which I replaced with Rocky Road supersliders. Within the next year or so I installed Donahoe Racing (DR) coilovers which provided a 2.5” lift and rear 2.0 shocks and 2” lift springs (now known as ICON Vehicle Dynamics). I also installed a Power Tank and PIAA lights. These coilovers were the single most amazing upgrade ever! Their ability to absorb the bumps made me feel nearly invincible. Since then I have been yearning for more.
A few years later I installed a CBI front receiver which carries a Warn M8000 winch in their multi-mount. I plan on replacing the wire rope with a synthetic rope soon to remove some additional weight from the front end.
Now the 4Runner Evader has nearly 200,000 miles more than when I purchased it. The quality and reliability of the Toyota 4Runner with the torque of its excellent V8 engine and quiet ride makes this vehicle my ultimate pick for this build.
Since the spring of 2013 I have been blogging about emergency preparedness and other related topics. You can check out my blog at: www.preparedguy.com
I became a part of PrepperCon in the fall of 2014, prior to our first expo, which was in April of 2015. PrepperCon is a preparedness and survival expo, and a whole lot more. Imagine the TV show Doomsday Preppers and the expo Comic Con… PrepperCon is somewhere in the middle. It is our goal to help people who are aware to become better prepared and to wake others up who are not yet aware of the need to be prepared and self-reliant. www.preppercon.com
In addition to the expo we have a weekly live radio broadcast on K-Talk Media AM 630 in SLC, Utah. We talk about preparedness and survival topics. We are just about to complete our first year this week with our 52nd live broadcast. We’ll soon be expanding the show to iHeart radio as well as other media outlets. www.preppertalkradio.net and www.ktalkmedia.com
You can also find us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.
As part of our efforts to promote PrepperCon and Prepper Talk Radio we are building this 4Runner into what we call the “4Runner Evader”; a bug-out and community response vehicle. Fast, quiet and agile over rough terrain with the goal of evading gangs, looters and other marauding groups. Videos will be coming soon to our YouTube channels.
Upgrading the suspension was the highest priority. The obvious choice for me was ICON Vehicle Dynamics. Low Range Off Road installed ICON’s Stage 5 kit plus the dual rate overland 3” lift springs plus the rear hydraulic bump stops for us. These last two components will allow us to carry heavier loads at higher speeds more safely. The Stage 5 kit includes extended travel 2.5 series coilovers with reservoirs, tubular upper arms and rear 2.5 series shocks with reservoirs. www.iconvehicledynamics.com
Future upgrades will include a Rhino Rack, RotoPax gas and water cans, Hella LED’s, Bud Built skid plates, and more ICON components.
I’ll be leaving the engine and exhaust as close to stock as possible in order to keep it quiet. We don’t want to alert the bad guys that we are coming until we have already gone by.
The 3rd annual PrepperCon is coming up on April 21st and 22nd at the South Town Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. This will be our best event yet! There will be over 120 exhibitors, celebrities and dozens of free classes. I hope to see you there!