La Aduana: Equipt’s 2013 Toyota 4Runner

If you’ve been to an overland event in the past few years, chances are you’ve seen the Equipt Expedition Outfitters booth. It’s the one that is always filled with awesome products from Eezi-Awn, Alubox, National Luna, and Snow Peak, and surrounded by drooling enthusiasts (myself included) imagining what they could do with an infinite checkbook. Amidst all the wonderful displays and excited patrons though, sits something that tends to steal the show; Equipts pièce de résistance, their Trail Edition Toyota 4Runner.

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Since 2013 this truck has served as a rolling showcase for the company, sporting equipment from each of Equipt’s product lines. Don’t get the wrong idea though, it’s far from a “display only” vehicle. While Paul, the owner of Equipt, may be one of the most meticulous people you’ll ever meet, he is also a true four-wheel drive enthusiast and builds his vehicles to be comfortable, reliable, and capable. Front and rear bumpers, internal storage systems, dual batteries, a fridge/freezer, heavy-duty suspension, communication boosters, a roof top tent, undercarriage protection, and an upgraded lighting system are but a few of the many upgrades incorporated into his Toyota for overland travel.

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Now just 74,000 miles later, this over the top build is for grabs at just a few thousand more than the factory sticker price. This 4Runner has proven itself on both domestic and international journeys already, and is now ready to take its new owner anywhere in the world with the turn of a key. For more information check out the full build list below, as well as the original build thread on Expedition Portal here. 

2013 Toyota 4Runner, Trail Edition

– Silver Metallic, with grey/black interior
– 74K miles
– New windshield, January 2016
– Professionally detailed, February 2016. Clean as new.
– On board navigation
– All options available at purchase

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Suspension/Tires

– Old Man Emu 3” lift, coils and shocks (fronts stock +400lbs, rears stock +800lbs)
– BF Goodrich Radial All-Terrain TA KOs, 285-70R17
– Matte Black Powder Coated TE Rims
– Spider Trax 1-1/4” front spacers

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Protection

– ARB Front Commercial Bull Bar, with fog lights
– Warn 9.5 XP 9,000 lb winch with Viking synthetic line
– Baja Designs Fuego 4” HID lights
– Slee Off Road Steal Slider Steps (first set on a TE model)
– CBI Offroad Rear Bumper with dual swing out carriers and fold down tables

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Exterior

– Eezi-Awn K9 2.2M Roof Rack System
– Eezi-Awn Series 2 1400 Roof Top Tent
– Eezi-Awn K9 Stainless Steel Small Table and Table Mount
– Eezi-Awn Swift Awning
– Eezi-Awn K9 Shovel Mount
– Eezi-Awn Dual Jerry Can Holder
– Alu-Box ABS74 Aluminum Storage Case, bolted to roof rack
– Baja Designs LED Light bar, mounted under front rack edge
– (2) Baja Designs LED Lights, mounted under rear rack edge

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Interior

– Black Leather upholstery, Front and Rear Seats, replacing OEM ballistic material
– Shoulder to knee seat heaters installed on front seats
– AT Overland 3 Stage interior storage system, including rear drawer, left and right hand side clam shell storage boxes and small storage box in front of combo slide
– AT Overland Combination Fridge/Stove slide with Partner Steel 2 burner stove
– National Luna Weekender 50L Stainless Steel Fridge / Freezer
– ARB Twin Cylinder Compressor

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Electrical

– National Luna Dual Battery System, including Intelligent Solenoid and Dual Battery Controller
– Customer built Auxiliary Battery Tray, by passengers side fire wall
– Blue Sea fuse block for live auxiliary power
– Bussman Fuse mini fuse/relay block and solenoid for switched auxiliary power
– Dedicated electrical Hella outlet for fridge, and spare cigar lighter outlet, live full time
– Dedicated electrical to roof of vehicle for roof top tent
– (4) Live USB ports on passenger side of center console
– (6) Carling switches built into center console for lights and accessory control
– Solar panel connection integrated below wiper area

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Communications

– Icon 2 Meter HAM radio mounted in center console with external speaker under dash
– Wilson Electronics Mobile / Data pancake amplifier in center console
– Antennas for both mounted on hood
– Relocation of satellite radio antenna to hood to allow table to be mounted under rack

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We have hundreds of hours of painstaking labor in this vehicle. This build was personal, and every effort was taken to make all modifications as close to factory spec as we could. I am very proud of this vehicle, and I am certain it will make its next owner proud as well. – Paul

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Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Managing Editor.

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