2006 4runner overland

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Figured I would start this now since I am planning on installing an OME lift and new tires this weekend.

My truck is a 2006 Limited that I bought in the Spring of 2016 with 103k miles now sitting at 146k.



Totally stock the day after I bought it

Since then I have not done too much to the truck, I removed the running boardsprior to a light offroading trip a few years back and installed the LFD Offroad crossbars with the stock roofrails.





Here it is with the running boardsoff.

Most recently I ordered 4 of the LFD Offroad roof rails and two of the cargo carrier/ light extensions.







I recently installed the POWER STOP Truck & Tow Performance Kit front brakes and spidertrax wheel spacers.










This weekend I am installing an OME lift and a new set of Falken Wildpeak AT3Wtires in size LT265/70R18. Will post pics once everything is installed!

 

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2006 Toyota 4Runner - Serious 4Runner

Not-so-ordinary fourth-gen trail explorer

About eight years ago, Dave Crosby of Sierra Vista, Arizona, purchased this fourth-gen ’06 Toyota 4Runner Limited with the VVT-I 4.7L V-8 engine. Little did he know then that the luxury SUV would someday undergo a massive transformation to roll across dirt and rocks as the competent trail machine you see here.

Take a comfortable 4WD, rework it all with stout running gear and a flexible suspension, and you get a fun camping and wheeling rig. However, with a closer look, you’ll see some nice custom touches to this late-model 4Runner that sets it apart from a lot of similar vehicles.

Dave likes to get his hands dirty, so he can be credited with nearly all the changes to the 4Runner, including all the suspension work and metal fabrication. He turned to the experts at Downsouth Motorsports to valve and tune his King shocks, so the 4Runner attains good trail articulation as well as bump-soaking action when bouncing through rough stuff at higher speeds.

There are many more custom touches and modifications to get to the final product, as you soon will see. Is it done? Is a project like this ever really done? Dave is quite pleased with the rig he has now, and it’s proven itself comfortable and capable. He’s wheeling and camping in it, but there’s always room for a few more tweaks and upgrades.

At A Glance
General
Owner/Hometown: Dave Crosby/Sierra Vista, Arizona
Vehicle/Model: 2006 Toyota 4Runner Limited
Estimated value: N/A

Engine
Type: 4.7L Variable Valve Timing V-8
Aspiration: Fuel injection, K&N intake, custom exhaust with Magnaflow cats and Dynomax muffler
Output, hp/torque (estimated): 280/310

Drivetrain
Transmission: Stock five-speed automatic
Transfer case: Marlin Crawler “Lefty” with 4.7:1 ratio chromoly gearset, 30-spline output shafts

Suspension
Front: Three-link with panhard, 14-in-travel King remote reservoir coilovers, King hydro bumps, custom sway bar
Rear: Three-link with panhard, 12-in-travel King remote reservoir shocks, King hydro bumps, Currie Antirock sway bar

Axles/Differentials
Front: Dynatrac ProRock 60, 35-spline chromoly ‘shafts, DynaLoc hubs, Eaton locker, PSC hydraulic-assist crossover steering
Rear: Dynatrac ProRock 60, 35-spline chromoly ’shafts, ARB Air Locker
Ring and pinion: 4.88

Wheels/Tires
Wheels: 17x8.5 ATX Chamber Pro, OMF beadlock rings
Tires: 37x13.50R17LT Toyo Open Country M/T

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Toyota—it’s a brand that took the truck market by surprise. When these small haulers first landed in North America during the early 1970s, they weren’t given the same respect as their Ford and Chevy counterparts. Most people would laugh if you dared to take one deep into the woods or too far off-road. Over time, however, Toyota proved the doubters wrong, rising to the top of the list as a go-to brand for dependable and rugged off-road performance. And the Toyota 4Runner, a fan favorite nearly since its introduction, is no exception.

Considered by many as the first official SUV, the Toyota 4Runner essentially defined an entire class of vehicles. It inspired a new generation of auto making and lives on as a coveted off-roader. Right now, you could hit the local classifieds and find 20-year-old versions fetching almost $10,000. People want them, even in poor condition, because regardless of the small engine displacement and light foot print, they flat out perform. So if you’ve been lucky enough to snag a Toyota 4Runner in good shape, here are some things to consider when converting it into the old school off-roading machine of your dreams.

Overlanding Genetics

First, you should get to know your vehicle—and that means a little history lesson. Did you know that the Toyota 4Runner’s lineage starts with a partnership between Toyota and Winnebago? Jack Safro, a Toyota salesman from Wisconsin, gets credit for making the match and laying the groundwork for the beloved off-roader.

The idea was to give the Toyota pickup truck an enclosed space over the bed, extending the cabin all the way to the rear bumper. Toyota sent some bare bones models to Winnebago, who fabricated the canopies, and the model was marketed as the Toyota Trekker. Only 1,500 were made but they all sold, signaling to Toyota that they just might be onto something. By mid-1984, the first Toyota 4Runner was unveiled with a removable fiberglass cap, 4WD, solid front axle, and dependable inline-four engine.

As overlanding sees a bump in popularity again, it feels only natural that Winnebago, a company with a history of building vehicles to survive off-grid, can claim involvement in the development of one of the trend’s leading vehicles. There’s no doubt that the off-road division is dominated by pick-up trucks and Jeeps, but overlanding is what the Toyota 4Runner was bred for. (This is why when you head over to the 2018 Overland Expo East this month you’ll see so many of them on display.)

Cargo Solutions

So the Toyota 4Runner gains points for its unique birth and strong genes; but even the best of us have our faults. Experienced overlanders will tell you that proper cargo management is vital to surviving for long periods of time deep off-road. And in all honesty, the 4Runner’s cramped cargo area makes a poor living space. So if you plan to turn this bad boy into a dedicated off-the-grid vehicle, you need to figure out the best way to lug along gear and supplies.

One very popular modification is to fit the rig with a roof tent, like those offered by Tuff Stuff Overland, so the rear can be used for storage. Another creative take on the manner is to fit the rear of the bed with custom-made cargo solutions. Many overlanding with a Toyota 4Runner will build a platform for sleeping, with storage units underneath. To maximize storage space even further, consider the use of a roof rack, especially for large cargo. ARB, Thule, Rhino Rack, Surco, and several other companies manufacture dependable aftermarket roof racks well-suited for the task.

Weight Management

The 4Runner is capable so you can surely slap on some cargo bins and head out in stock condition, but for those who are looking for some surrious adventure travel, an upgraded suspension is a must-have. The Toyota 4Runner lives on a light truck platform. This means that the factory spec suspension is only capable of managing so much weight. When you start adding gear and mods, it’s easy to weigh down the suspension. Besides, we saw you eyeing up those bigger tires and you can’t pull the trigger on that purchase without selecting a proper lift kit.

Old Man Emu deserves a plug here. The company builds premium quality lift kit systems that overhaul nearly all the weak points of the Toyota 4Runner suspension. If you plan on straight up off-roading, these kits alone are more than capable of showing the rough terrain who’s boss. When loading the rig up with heavy gear for overlanding, it’s wise to use a company like Bilstein shocks to combat the additional weight with stiffer suspension. Note that this can affect ride quality, but it’s a matter of how much stress the shocks will be under, so you may have to toy with this a bit during your build process.

Undercarriage Care

The 4Runner fitted with overlanding gear and a proper lift may be plenty capable, but the fact of the matter is that the long belly of the beast is exposed. Toyota’s are great climbers but when you snag yourself on a steep incline, you can find that the rockers and undercarriage are taking a serious beating. If you plan on stepping into the wilderness with your Toyota 4Runner, you should consider the use of some rock sliders to try and keep yourself from crippling the rocker panels.

Let’s not forget about the guts either. If the rocker panels are in danger, it’s safe to say the mechanical components are starting to sweat. Not to worry though, as you can let them rest easy with the use of skid plates. Sure, these units may only be able to take a few serious hits but it’s better than busting up parts like your oil pan.

Bump it

The Toyota 4Runner is a nimble platform, meaning it can handle some questionably tight trails. But this means you’ll need adequate protection to the front end. When you started this love affair with the 4Runner, scouring the internet for the perfect used model for your off-road needs, you may have noticed the popularity of stinger-type bumpers.

According to Fab Fours, this design serves two important functions on any off-roading truck. “[The] main purpose is to prevent a rollover caused by shifting vehicle weight when descending a steep incline. Should an off-road truck end up off balanced to the point where a nose rollover becomes imminent, the stinger bar interferes. Secondarily, heavy duty steel bumpers, like stinger bumpers, provide important protection for the front of the vehicle, preventing damage to the radiator and the entire nose.” It’s easy to see why they make a great choice for rowdy Toyota 4Runner drivers who like to adventure into uncharted territory.

It's easy to see why they make a great choice for rowdy Toyota 4Runner drivers who like to adventure into uncharted territory.

Better yet, these bumpers come in configurations that still allow for the use of winches and auxiliary lighting. The styling may not be for everyone, but it’s safe to say looking goofy right-side-up is better than looking foolish upside down.

Power to Pull

Unless you have a TRD 4Runner, the engine on your Toyota is probably a bit under-powered. Sure, that upgraded suspension is helping, but with all the additional weight you’ll want some additional power too. Luckily, Toyota engines respond well to such modifications. With just a tuner and some exhaust and intake work, you can liven that bad boy up.

You should also take a look at the differential gear. Toyotas come with low gears but if your 4Runner is feeling sluggish, you can change things for the better with lower gear ratios. While you’re in the engine bay and diff housing, you can consider locker carriers and a snorkel. These two mods alone will transform a Toyota 4Runner from an already-capable SUV into an off-road dominator.

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We love the Toyota 4Runner, even in stock form. But for true off-roading or overlanding success, modifications are necessary. While this model in particular rolled off the assembly line ready to rumble, things change when you’re far out in the wilderness, with only survival skills for company. The 4Runner has a lot to offer—especially for those who appreciate a good build project. With good bones, a solid reputation, and room for modest improvement, some may say it is the ultimate platform for off-grid adventures. So, what are you waiting for… ready to purchase, wrench, and explore?

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First off, I would like to thank all the people that have contributed to this forum with pictures and DIY's. I've learned so much from you guys and have used this forum countless times. I haven't taken pictures of every upgrade to my 4runner but some that I think might help someone else in the decision making process.

I've owned my 4runner for almost two years and it's been very reliable. Only failures have been one front axle and the radiator. Both were very easily replaced and not expensive.

Here is the parts list so far:

Suspension: Icon stage 2;Icon tubular UCA's; Metal Tech read lower links

Wheels n Tires: FN Wheels 17x8 with 285/70/17 Toyo Open Country A/T 2

Armor n Recovery:Hi-Lift Jack; Maxtrax; VR8000 Warn winch;Factor 55 Prolink CBI Single Hoop front bumper;RCI Steel Front Skid; Shrockwork sliders should be here any day now

Lights and Comms: PIAA 510 yellow fogs; Xenon HID head lights; Rigid D-SS Spot; Cobra CB; installing a Comet RS720 mount and 3ft Firestick this week.

Misc: Prinsu roof rack; dynomat on all doors; Tepui awning; Leitner Hi-Lift Jack Mount; toyota all weather floor mats; Blue Sea fuse box; extended rear diff breather

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2006 4Runner Build Thread

Figured I should post up a build thread of my latest vehicle. It's a slow work in progress kind of build but it's meeting my immediate needs and as a new need arises, I modify to meet it.

Going to be copying this from another website so bear with me as the dates are going to be significantly wrong.

Picked up this 2006 4Runner SR5 V6 in January of 2015. I'm no stranger to Toyota as my first vehicle was a 2001 4WD Tacoma as seen below.

(no stock pictures but here it is the day before I sold it)





I loved that truck and learned a lot building it up to an Overland quality vehicle. From the custom camper sleeping platform, to the hidden winch, to the homemade snorkel and rear bumper with swingout tire carrier, I learned a lot about fabricating, welding and modifying a vehicle to meet an ever changing need. But as I grew up I needed something bigger and with a little more towing power so I got a 2008 F350 King Ranch. Talk about a change over the 2.7L Tacoma. I do all my own modifications and upgrades and with the tuner, exhaust, intake and injectors, I had almost 550 HP and 1100 ft/lbs of torque. It was an absolute beast.



Job situations changed and that big of a truck was no longer needed, which brings me to having bought the 2006 4Runner. As you can see, our family loves some 4th gen 4Runners. My mom and two of my sisters each have a 4th gen 4runner so I had been around them before and I loved them.





Can't find any pictures of it stock but everyone knows what a stock 4Runner looks like but here's where it sat after a few months of owing it. Haven't done any extensive mods but plan on getting some as I see needed.

I added a 2" spacer lift to level out the drastic factory rake and it will do for now. By the end of the summer I plan on replacing the worn out factory shocks with some 5100's on all 4 corners.

Got a great deal on a set of 1st Gen Tacoma rims and decided to paint them the TRD Anthracite color and wrap them in a set of BFG A/T (265/75/16)
Just enough off-road capability but still handle well on-road. (I've had honestly most every name brand a/t and m/t on the market and the BFG A/T's are my personal favorite. Great tread life, great performance on and off-road and just a great quality tire.)



I have always likes the yellow fogs on vehicles with darker color body paint., so I ordered a set of yellow Lamin-X fog light lenses and love them. The contrast is perfect.
Around the same time I color matched the grill, mirrors, and rear trim piece on the back hatch because I simply hate chrome when in large amounts. I'm okay with it done subtly on a vehicle but the whole grill was a bit too much for me.



Being 6'1" I don't really need or use the running boards so I took them off one weekend in a matter of about 15 minutes. Simplest "mod" to date.



I had a storage system with drawers, second battery, on board water, recovery equipment, a small variety of tools, and a bunch of other various things I found a need for while out on the trail in my 01 Tacoma. So one weekend I decided to make a drawer system for the rear cargo area of my 4Runner as well. Not nearly to the same extent as the one in my Tacoma but allowed me to organize things much better without them rolling around in the cargo area. Here's what I came up with one Saturday afternoon.



Then I moved into the cab of the 4Runner. I had a back-up camera on my Ford and I simply swear by them. They make hitching up to trailers and normal every day backing up such a breeze so I ordered one for the 4Runner. You can see the screen mounted just below and to the left of the steering column. The other screen is my Ultra-Gauge. I had one in my Tacoma but sold when I got the Ford. I love the real-time data Ultra-Gauges provide so I got another one from a forum member on here (MTD. Thanks again !!)



I also had Sirius XM in my Ford and fell in love with it so I got the Sirius XM Onyx system for the 4Runner. One thing I hate seeing is wires. I try to hide them or avoid them if at all possible. With the Onyx system there are three separate wires (one for power, one for antenna, and one for audio out) It was just too busy so I removed part of the radio bezel and dash to hide all the wires going to and from the Onyx unit. I plan on using a 3D printer or something similar to make a sort of "trim piece" to better make the screen look factory, but for now this mount will do.
While on my "hide all the wires" kick I decided to add two more 12v outlets under the center console for power to the Onyx receiver and to my GPS. They are wired to only provide power when the key is in the ACC position so now there is no more powering on these devices separately every time I turn the truck on.
I also mounted my radar detector behind/under my rear view mirror and hardwired it into the fuse box under the dash, again to a source that only provided power when the truck was on. (no pics of that, but can get some if someone is interested.)



You may notice the switch in the middle and the AUX cord coming from the top of the console as opposed to inside the center console. Well I hated the fact that the AUX input was inside the console forcing the wire to have to come from inside and pinched between the lid and mold of the console and I also hated the fact that if I wanted to listen to my iPod I had to pull the cord from the Onyx unit and vise-versa. So I got a DPDT switch, wired it up to allow for two inputs and one out put and had my Onyx and iPod "permanently" wired in and I had the ability to switch between the two without unplugging anything. I love how this mod came out. Having the iPod input outside and just to the right of the blank switch plates was the best location I feel for it to be mounted. Out of the way of everything and still allows access to all areas of the cabin. Came out looking fairly factory which was the goal.

One last mod is under body lighting or puddle lights as I call them. Wired them into the dome light circuit so when I unlock and lock the vehicle, they fade in and fade out accordingly. Main reasons for this is safety and convenience. Allows me to see under the vehicle after being in a store for any given amount of time and also for my passengers to see what they might be stepping into or onto when exiting the vehicle. I get a lot of compliments and questions about them. They look more blue in the videos but they are a clear, crisp white LED.



That's about it for mods as of now. Future plans include...

1. HID's in the lows
2. Bilstein 5100's
3. Hidden winch in bumper (similar to the one in my Tacoma)

 

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