An Introduction to Trail 4Runner
My Super White Trail 4Runner (off the lot)
This was back in August of 2014
And an overview on my 2014 Super White Trail Premium 4Runner
It all started in 2002 when I got my first Toyota 4Runner. My first 4Runner was a 1999 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4Wd Jade Green and I put some serious miles and abuse on that guy.
Fast forward about 10 years and the 5th Gen Toyota (2014 model) 4Runner was looking pretty god damn epic. At this point, it was 2013 and all I wanted for Christmas was a 2014 Toyota Trail 4Runner.
I had been looking for the Super White Trail Premium 4Runner for about all of 2014 and no one had one in stock. I called every dealership in Northern California and told them to keep me on speed dial when they got one in stock.
About 9 months into 2014 I got a phone call from Folsom Lake Toyota out here in Sacramento, CA and they said they had a brand new White Trail Premium 4Runner with a 2″ leveling kit on Black Wheels. I called up one of my friends and asked him to give me a ride to the dealership, I knew I was going to come home with a new 4Runner.
About 6 hours later, the deal was done and the paperwork was signed. I was officially an owner of one of the most epic vehicles.
The stock build was more or less what I was looking to do myself aside from the 20″ wheels, so I was somewhat happy with what they had done to it already. I was also a little impatient after waiting nearly a year, so I think that may have played a role in me buying one that already had someone’s hands underneath.
I would have gone a different route with the wheels. Also, it was the only 4Runner in California that was not pre-sold, so I didn’t really have a choice and I was tired of waiting.
- Leveling Kit: TAC25 – 2.5″
- The Wheels: American Racing ATX series 20″
- The Tires: Nitto 275/55r20 All Terrain Tires
- Nerf Bars: N-Fab Hooped Nerf Bars
N-Fab Hooped Nerf Bars
The model I got was the Textured Black but they come in a couple other colors and textures, like high-gloss. Quick and easy mounting process if you want to take them off. I did take them off but the clearance is the same with them on because of the transmission case. Check out our N-Fab Hoop Bars 4Runner Review for more information on the performance over a three year period.
TAC25 2.5″ Front Spacer Kit
Designed for use with stock shocks, the TAC25 2.5″ kit gives the runner a lifted appearance but it needs so much more.
If you are going to go through the trouble of installing a 2 – 2.5″ leveling kit for you 5th Gen, you might as well get a 3-4″ kit.
In my case, I will be getting either the Toy Tec ultimate lift or the Icon (deciding between the stage 2 and stage 3).