What would you add to New 4 runner?

Boatbuilder79

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This is my wife’s car she is a teacher and we have small kids. It’s main uses will be hauling kids around and going to the grocery store.

So the list so far is

Weather tech mats and Seat covers

A set of heavy aftermarket Skid plates.
Any recommendations?

It came with pretty big nitro terra grappler tires wheels but it sits pretty low so A 2 or 3 inch lift is on the list but do not want to spend a lot. Any recommendations for a lift kit? Is the $500 3” toy tech lift hit decent?

It does not have lockers and we need to fix that for sure.
 

Boatbuilder79

Active member
Same. If you can't afford to pay it off, then you can't afford mods.
Good gawd man!

This is a thread about bolting superfluous stuff to my wife’s car.

I would not come to this forum for finincial advice.

Anyway It is her car. she picked the one she wanted and will be the one paying for it however she sees fit. I am not worried about her finances.
 
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shade

Well-known member
This is my wife’s car she is a teacher and we have small kids. It’s main uses will be hauling kids around and going to the grocery store.

So the list so far is

Weather tech mats and Seat covers

A set of heavy aftermarket Skid plates.
Any recommendations?

It came with pretty big nitro terra grappler tires wheels but it sits pretty low so A 2 or 3 inch lift is on the list but do not want to spend a lot. Any recommendations for a lift kit? Is the $500 3” toy tech lift hit decent?

It does not have lockers and we need to fix that for sure.
Why do you want lockers and a cheap lift?

I'll ask again, what do you want to do with it?
 

Jnich77

Director of Adventure Management Operations
Good gawd man!

This is a thread about bolting superfluous stuff to my wife’s car.

I would not come to this forum for finincial advice.

Anyway It is her car. she picked the one she wanted and will be the one paying for it however she sees fit. I am not worried about her finances.
Tis your money... burn it how you see fit.
 
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bkg

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Good gawd man!

This is a thread about bolting superfluous stuff to my wife’s car.

I would not come to this forum for finincial advice.

Anyway It is her car. she picked the one she wanted and will be the one paying for it however she sees fit. I am not worried about her finances.
This is my wife’s car she is a teacher and we have small kids. It’s main uses will be hauling kids around and going to the grocery store.

So the list so far is

Weather tech mats and Seat covers

A set of heavy aftermarket Skid plates.
Any recommendations?

It came with pretty big nitro terra grappler tires wheels but it sits pretty low so A 2 or 3 inch lift is on the list but do not want to spend a lot. Any recommendations for a lift kit? Is the $500 3” toy tech lift hit decent?

It does not have lockers and we need to fix that for sure.
why in the holy heck do you need skid plates. lockers and a lift for hauling kids around?

and why are you modifying her vehicle that you claim you have no (financial) say in?
 

Boatbuilder79

Active member
why in the holy heck do you need skid plates. lockers and a lift for hauling kids around?

and why are you modifying her vehicle that you claim you have no (financial) say in?
We don’t really need any of it but she knows l like to build stuff and she said I could.

I built an old cj5 in a few years ago and we have had a lot of fun with it so this is just another project.
 

Boatbuilder79

Active member
Why do you want lockers and a cheap lift?

I'll ask again, what do you want to do with it?
She really liked taking the old Jeep on logging roads near our family farm and exploring so will do that .

We Like going to the outer banks out on the beach fishing.

We need to visit some cousins In Colorado and will do some exploring and camping this fall.
 

shade

Well-known member
Money spent on a good suspension will pay off on and offroad. Banging around in a new daily driver with a crap suspension may not increase your marital bliss.

You'll want a compressor so you can air up the tyres after the beach, and a decent shovel.

Add 'em if you want, but I'm not sure why you want lockers. A new 4Runner may be capable enough without them. I have a 2nd gen Tacoma with a rear locker & A-TRAC. I've rarely actually needed the locker, and although A-TRAC isn't better than a locker, it's effective.

I'm not sure what you need for armor. There's a wide range of trails in Colorado, and not all require heavy skid plates. I opted for 1/4" aluminum full skids on my Tacoma. They have taken hits, and offer good enough protection for where I go while saving significant weight.
 
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dylans

New member
I bought my 2013 Trail 2 years ago and have spent that time finding out what's really important for the kind of use it sees. Of course when I bought it I began to fall into the mod trap. I came from an '89 FJ62 and rather than being able to modify it for extra capability, I spent my time (and money) on it's upkeep. It was awesome but having 2 kids myself, I needed more general reliability and safety. Time in the seat is crucial first. I drive hard offroad and I also tool around town in it for errands. We've done 2000 mile road trips in it too. I spent the first year using the stock tires offroad and never had an issue. These 5th gen 4Runners are extremely capable from factory. Mine came with the factory rear locker and KDSS, but those are just niceties mostly. I've ended up with the following modifications and gear additions (in order of importance in hindsight)...

A given, even in our camry
Toyota OEM all weather floor liners front, rear and cargo tray


General Grabber AT2 tires x5 stock size (awesome) https://generaltire.com/tires/light-trucksuv/grabber-at2?gclid=Cj0KCQjwi43oBRDBARIsAExSRQG9YfpmpvyJ8kR3SUOoHCLc_zVTdS46HKI789mdixUwFque76_o1EMaAvTuEALw_wcB

Smittybilt 2780 air compressor (and a good tire pressure gauge) https://www.amazon.com/Smittybilt-2780-2-54-Universal-Compressor/dp/B004K296N6

Smittybilt folding shovel https://www.amazon.com/Smittybilt-2728-Tri-Fold-Recovery-Utility/dp/B004K299JW

ExtremeOutback 2" 30ft long recovery strap https://www.extremeoutback.com/product/103/Extreme+Outback+High+Visibility+Recovery+Strap+2"++Part#+003-219.html

ExtremeOutback shackle and hitch receiver mount https://www.extremeoutback.com/product/47/Extreme+Outback+Shackle++Part#+003-099.html , https://www.quadratec.com/products/92144_1200.htm

Jumper cables

Rear diff breather (diy) https://www.toyota-4runner.org/5th-gen-t4rs/242260-diff-breather-done.html

Rocky Road Outfitters super sliders https://www.rocky-road.com/4runner-rock-sliders.html

Coyote auto tire deflators https://www.amazon.com/Coyote-Automatic-Tire-Deflators-Pack/dp/B00JJND26I

3 pack of road flares

Comprehensive medical/trauma kit (with some customization) https://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/medical-kits/sportsman/sportsman-300.html

Raingler rear cargo net (with some customization) https://raingler.com/collections/2010-newer-toyota-4runner-heavy-duty-cargo-netting/products/2010-newer-toyota-4runner-5th-gen-basic-upper-half-divider-barrier

Dobinsons suspension, 2" lift front and 1.5" rear https://www.dobinsonsdirect.com/

ARB deluxe bull bar with IPF offroad lights https://www.metaltech4x4.com/

AVS vent visors https://www.amazon.com/Auto-Ventshade-94242-Ventvisor-Deflector/dp/B003ZJ16K6

1000 lb ratchet straps x2

I've also added a few personal touches like new shift knobs for the transmission and the 4wd stick (https://www.hotrodshiftknob.com/ ), a flashlight and mount close to me and a custom rear lift gate pull strap courtesy of my mother.

Other than that I feel that my truck is done, or close to it. I may add a winch and maybe a CB, but i consider those as extras now. Overall I consider my truck a successful build. I love it. I've had a couple of fails over the last two years. I bought a Rocky Road Outfitters roof rack that I've since taken off (it's in my garage closet) and I had a Hitchgate rear tire swing out for a while. Taken off and sold. I consider my losses on those items to be minimal but still real.

I only use OEM filters and fluids. I always torque to spec and I keep a detailed notebook with basic vehicle info (make, model, year, VIN), maintenance done and scheduled and some part numbers.

Rather than blow more money on snorkels, roof top tents and roof racks, awnings, maxtrax's galore, refrigerators, rear bumpers, led lights everywhere, extra batteries, solar panels, wraps, skids, superchargers and on and on, I've been able to accumulate really nice, good quality camping gear for my family to enjoy the outdoors in relative comfort (no glamping here though).

Invest in tools where you don't spend on mods. Learn to work on it yourself. It's not only rewarding financially (mechanics are sooo costly for these newer vehicles) but you also get to know the truck and build confidence for if or when you need to do a trail repair.

To address the skids, I say keep the stock ones. If you don't have a gas tank skid, pick up a gently used OEM one. I have all stock skids and they've held up to a lot, like full weight hits and head on smacks. Once sufficiently trashed, I may just buy more OEM (you can always find them dirt cheap like new). The ARB ones look tempting too though.

Lift height is tricky, 3" and over and you're gonna need aftermarket UCA's to get a working alignment. Adding to the cost and subtracting from the Toyota. I chose 2" to avoid that and still get a decent boost in clearance.

Good luck to you, drive it. Take a deep breath and slow down. Had I bought stuff right away I'd be very unhappy and very broke.
 
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Dalko43

Explorer
This is my wife’s car she is a teacher and we have small kids. It’s main uses will be hauling kids around and going to the grocery store.

So the list so far is

Weather tech mats and Seat covers

A set of heavy aftermarket Skid plates.
Any recommendations?

It came with pretty big nitro terra grappler tires wheels but it sits pretty low so A 2 or 3 inch lift is on the list but do not want to spend a lot. Any recommendations for a lift kit? Is the $500 3” toy tech lift hit decent?

It does not have lockers and we need to fix that for sure.
Doesn't your 4runner already have skid plates? If so, no need to spend money on aftermarket ones; the stock skid plates work just fine. I'd get your money's worth out of them before you looking at buying new ones.

I wouldn't bother with the cheap lift kits. Stock ride height is fine for most terrain. If you want to lift your vehicle, do it right (OME, Fox, Icon)...otherwise, get your money's worth with the stock setup.

I wouldn't bother with air lockers unless you really plan to go on hardcore trails...but then again, if that was your intent from the get-go, why didn't you just get a Trail or offroad?
 

shade

Well-known member
The stock skid plates must be better than the junk that came with the 2nd gen Tacoma. They're basically steel splash guards.
 

Boatbuilder79

Active member
She really wanted the t r d pro but it did not come with a sunroof which was a deal breaker for her.

She got one with the sunroof and leather seats and all the gadgets she wanted and she got the big wheels but the dealer tried to get her to finance a stupid amount of money for a 2 inch lift
 
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