Feature Friday: 10 Must-See Silver 4Runner Off-Road & Overland Builds

Lifted 5th Gen Silver 4Runner with Nitto Tires & TRD Skid Plate

Pictured: Daniel Khimthang (@daily.4r) 2019 TRD ORP

10 Unique Silver 5th Gen 4Runner Setups to Inspire Your Off-Road & Overland Build – Front Bumpers, RTTs, Light Bars, Suspension, Wheels/Tires & More!

This Weeks Topic: Silver 5th Gen 4Runner Builds

Ah, silver, one of the most popular colors on the 5th Gen Toyota 4Runner aside from white. What I like most about doing color-specific Feature Fridays, is that you get a variety of different builds based on the owner’s specific needs and tastes. We have never had a Feature Friday where builds share the exact same mods or are 100% the same spec.

That’s also what I like most about the 4Runner platform in general, no matter how simple the build is, there is usually something that really sets it apart from the rest. Even if you choose to run some of the same mods/companies as somebody else, you can bet that your 4Runner will still be unique in its own way.

Builds are based 94% on user needs and preferences, and the other 6% might just be based on Instagram likes (insert mall crawler pun).

Whether you daily your 4Runner to the office, tow a trailer down to the lake, or have a full-blown overland build, you will find inspiration for your silver 4Runner build below. This week we have 11 super awesome silver 4Runner specs for you to pull some inspiration from. With this lineup below, you are sure to get some build ideas from their lighting setups, bumper setups (full-width or lo-pro bumper), wheel/ tire combinations, and/or much more. Enjoy!

1. Joel Harris (@wndr4r) 2020 TRD OR

2020 Silver TRD OR 4Runner with C4 Lo Pro Bumper, Baja Designs LED, Gobi Ranger Rack

WHAT’S YOUR MODS LIST?

Off-Road Armor

Suspension, Wheels, Tires

Lighting

  • Morimoto Headlights
  • Morimoto Tailights
  • Baja Designs LP9 Pro (4) Amber
  • Baja Designs S8 30” Light Bar Amber
  • Baja Designs S2 Pro (2) Ditch Amber
  • BajamDesigns Squadron Sport Amber Fogs
  • Baja Designs LP9 / S2 Covers
  • Baja Designs Rock Light Kit Blue

Extra Design

Electrical

Communication

Storage

Recovery

  • Factor 55 Hitchlink Recovery 2.0
  • Factor 55 10” Soft Shackle
  • Crosby 3/4” Hard Shackles
  • Maxtrax Boards & Pins
  • ARB Air Compressor
  • MORRFlate Quad 125”
  • MORE Passenger Mount

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR SETUP?

A little over a year ago, I had to part with my white 2018 Toyota FJ Cruiser. Upon landing in the US, following a three-year stay in the Middle East, I headed to pick up a 4Runner as soon as I exited the airport. That particular day, the dealer had only three vehicles on the lot and only one TRD Off-Road model, so I settled into silver. A year later, I am very happy with the contrast and clean look of all the black gear on silver.

Having built this rig to wander, it mostly sits in the garage between trips. I’m not much of a planner and mostly travel day-to-day. I like the feeling of freedom this setup up provides… that I can head any direction and go just about anywhere I want on a moment’s notice. The abundance of storage helps make room for the pup, luggage, camera, and camping equipment. The added privacy of dark tint and ExoShield protection is great peace of mind when loaded down both on and off the road or even parked on the grid overnight. The dual batteries and communication upgrades make it more comfortable traveling solo as well.

Thanks to Trail4R for info and inspiration thus far, as well as the four shops across Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Florida for continually helping me along the way.

2. Jeffrey Mann (@overlandlouisiana) 2017 TRD ORP

Lifted 5th Gen Silver 4Runner with SSO Front Bumper, SSO Sliders, SSO Roof Rack, CVT RTT & SCS Wheels

WHAT’S YOUR MODS LIST?

Off-Road Armor

  • Southern Style Offroad Roof Rack
  • SSO Slimline Bumper 
  • SSO Sliders
  • Smittybuilt Winch
  • RIGd Ultraswing

Suspension, Wheels, Tires

  • SCS Ray 10 wheels
  • BF Goodrich KM3 tires
  • Old Man Emu 3” lift with heavy springs at the rear
  • SPC upper control arms
  • Dobinsons rear sway bar links
  • Body Mount Chop

Lighting

Audio/Comms

  • Midland GMRS
  • Yaesu HAM radio
  • Focal speakers in all factory locations
  • JL Audio amplifier
  • Audison Bit Ten audio processor

Overland Gear

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR SETUP?

The reliability and capability of this Toyota platform have been great.

I primarily use the rig for traveling and camping and my setup has finally come together. The fridge, propane mount, and drop-down table on the Ultraswing were game-changers. I have had more fun with this vehicle than any other vehicle that I have previously owned.

3. Nathan Maldonado (@prc.t4r) 2016 SR5

2016 Silver SR5 4runner with c4 lo pro bumper.

WHAT’S YOUR MODS LIST?

Off-Road Armor

Suspension, Wheels, Tires

  • Radflo 3.5in Adjustable w/ Extended Travel F/R 650lb Front Springs
  • Total Chaos Heim Joint Upper Control Arms
  • Dobinsons Rear Springs 600lb-800lb 3-in
  • Metal Tech Rear Lower Links
  • Durobumps Bump Stops
  • Wulf Suspensions Diff Drop
  • Nitto Tire Ridge Grapplers 285/70/17
  • Relations Race Wheels RR5W 17×9 -12mm

Lighting

  • Baja Designs Amber Fogs and Ditch Lights
  • Aiden James Customs Bezel Kit (Amber)
  • 1234 Autoparts Headlights
  • Extreme LED 30” Lightbar (on the bumper)

Performance

  • Pedal Commander

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR SETUP?

It’s a tough pick but I’d have to say the suspension.

Radflo’s build quality and bulletproof design have made for a night and day difference compared to my old Bilstein setup. Without great suspension, I can’t do other things with ease like camping, crawling, or flying through desert roads.

4. Jay (@kim.jong.illlest) 2019 TRD OR

Lifted 5th Gen 4Runner with Front & Rear Brute Force Fab Bumper & RCI Rock Sliders

WHAT’S YOUR MODS LIST?

Off-Road Armor

  • Brute force fab front and rear bumpers
  • RCI sliders
  • RCI full under armor
  • Prinsu designs roof rack
  • Dobinsons intake snorkel

Suspension, Wheels, Tires

  • Fox 2.5 suspension with DSC
  • Dobinson heavy-duty rear springs
  • Method Race Wheels MR313 17×8.5
  • Yokohama Geolandar M/T G003 295/70/17

Recovery

  • Factor 55 flatlink
  • Morrflate quad system
  • Smittybilt air compressor
  • X-bull recovery boards
  • Smittybilt x20 winch

Lighting 

  • Baja Designs squadron pro
  • Baja Designs squadron sport
  • Baja Design s2 sport
  • Rigid Industries led pods

Misc

  • Cali raised led rear molle panels
  • Midland micro mobile mxt275 comms
  • Trigger systems 6 shooter
  • TRD Pro Grille
  • R4T Raptor Lights

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR SETUP?

It’s a well-rounded build that is fully capable of being self-reliant for any adventure.

Being fully armored gives peace of mind for protection while out on the trail. Equipped with a winch for self-recovery and the full spare wheel makes it that much easier to go out and have full confidence it will make it back. 

5. Robert Brown (@kwikfish51) 2020 TRD OR

2020 silver 4runner trd off road 3-inch lift from FCP ironman 4x4 33 inch mickey thompson boss m/t

WHAT’S YOUR MODS LIST?

Off-Road Armor

  • Front Low-Pro bumper from Artec 
  • Smitty Built 10k Winch 
  • Factor 55 Flatlink E fairlead
  • Full custom skids built by a buddy of mine
  • Expedition One Rock Sliders
  • RCI lower control arm skids and rear link skids

Suspension, Wheels, Tires

  • 3-inch lift from FCP Ironman 4×4 
  • 33-inch mickey Thompson Baja Boss M/T

Misc

  • Led lights front and back
  • Rago molle panels

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR SETUP?

I would say the lift kit. For the tires, I am very pleased with how well they perform, both on and off-road.

The Rago molle panels are very well built and allow for extra storage. The Expedition One rocker guards help for added protection. Oh yeah, and the color silver… It just looks so good. 

6. Joe Castro (@gojoecastro) 2014 SR5

Lifted 5th Gen Silver SR5 4Runner with RTT & Sunray Sport Adventure Trailer

WHAT’S YOUR MODS LIST?

Off-Road Armor

  • TMT4X4 Roof Rack
  • Ecotechne Ladder
  • Wescott Designs Sliders
  • RCI Aluminum Skids + RCI Steel Gas Tank Skid + RCI Lower Link Skids + C4 Diff Skid + FJ Toyman Shock Guards

Suspension, Wheels, Tires

  • Bilstein 6112/5160s + CB Shims
  • Icon Delta Joint UCAs
  • OME 898 Rear Springs
  • Dobinsons Trailing Upper/Lower Arms
  • No Swaybars
  • SCS F5s -38 Offset + 305s

Performance

Recovery

  • ARB Dual Compressor + Wifey Air System
  • Joe’s SLAP Driver (Maxtrax)/Pax (Rotopax)

Misc

  • Big Country 4×4 Penthouse XL RTT – Rugged Bound
  • Ostrich Wing 270 Awning – Rugged Bound
  • Detours of Maine Tire Carrier + Two Guys Make Stuff High Clearance Hitch
  • Rigid Drop Down Table
  • Anytime Back-Up/Front Cameras

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR SETUP?

This setup was built around the RTT. When I was living in Utah, I wanted to go camping and explore every weekend. Being able to set up and tear down camp as fast as possible was my primary goal. In 2019, I made the decision to buy the RTT instead of Kings. I opted for the Bilsteins 6112/5160 combo because it was a budget-friendly, capable suspension that can do the job until I was ready to purchase Kings. As I continued to explore, I proceeded to purchase more armor to protect the rig from costly damage.

The rig got heavier and driving on the highway became so painful. That’s when I knew a regear was necessary. I added the rear locker because it’s better to have it and not need it rather than need it and not have it. Now, I’m building the rig to be capable to find the most scenic and secluded spots. I also purchased a Sunray 109 travel trailer to feed my primary goal. 700lb adjustable Kings are going on soon with Dirt King Heim UCAs and Dobinsons 749 rear springs. A supercharger is the next mod to help the rig pull the trailer up hills.

7. Ian Anonuevo (@i.newyr) 2010 4R

2010 silver 4runner with king suspension and total chaos uca's

WHAT’S YOUR MODS LIST?

Off-Road Armor

Suspension, Wheels, Tires

  • Custom 2.5 Kings all around 
  • Total chaos front upper and lower control arms, spindle gussets 
  • Metal Tech rear LT links 
  • Dobinsons 701
  • Marlin Crawler cam gussets
  • SCS Wheels on 305 Nitto Ridge Grapplers

Misc

  • ICS Fab mount 
  • SPOD 
  • Icom 5100 modded 
  • Dual battery with Bluesea ML-ACR 
  • ARB snorkel with snorkel upgrade 
  • Weboost 
  • Dobinsons air compressor with 4-gallon reservoir 
  • Iceco fridge

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR SETUP?

What I like about this rig is that it feels well-rounded.

It has a lot of features to make it capable on and off-road. She’s an oldie, but goodie and gets me where I need to go with my family and friends.

8. Austin Vieira (@austinv510) 2021 TRD ORP

2021 silver 4runner trd ore with c4 lo pro front bumper

WHAT’S YOUR MODS LIST?

Off-Road Armor

Suspension, Wheels

  • Total Chaos UCAs
  • Full King Suspension
  • SCS Wheels

Lights

  • Baja fogs, ditch, and light bar

Misc

  • SPod Controller
  • Rago Fab Rear Cage

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR SETUP?

I’m loving the ride with the new King setup. I actually just installed it. I was waiting on the King set up to put on the C4 Lo pro due to the added weight.

I added the winch and skid since I was adding a bunch of weight anyway. I love how it all came together.

9. Matt Kennedy (@4rnrmatt) 2016 Trail Edition

2016 silver 4runner trail edition Southern Style Off-Road Front Bumper Slimline w/ Smittybilt Winch

WHAT’S YOUR MODS LIST?

Off-Road Armor

  • 4xInnovations Rock Sliders with kick out
  • Southern Style Off-Road Front Bumper Slimline w/ Smittybilt Winch
  • Uptop Overland Bravo Roof Rack

Suspension, Wheels, Tires

  • Dobinsons IMS with Dobinsons upper control arms
  • Yokohama Geolander X-AT 285/70r17

Lighting

Communications  

  • Midland GMRS micromobile

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR SETUP?

Having a silver 4Runner was not my preferred color, but after owning this vehicle for quite some time, I have grown to appreciate the color. The biggest advantage of this color is that it does not show dirt and pinstriping as much as other colors.

So far, what I love most about my setup is my suspension from Dobinsons. The IMS setup provides plenty of clearance along with a smooth ride. Installation was fairly straightforward and was able to accomplish within a weekend. My future plans are to install a steel rear bumper and a rooftop tent.

10. Daniel Khimthang (@daily.4r) 2019 TRD ORP

Silver 2019 4runner trd off road. alpha foxtrot roof rack

WHAT’S YOUR MODS LIST?

Alpha Foxtrot Design

  • AFD full roof rack
  • AFD Exterior rear window panel (mounted Rotopax on each side)
  • AFD Rear storage system (interior Molle panel and shelf)
  • AFD Drawer system
  • AFD ladder
  • AFD Rock Sliders
  • AFD hidden lower hidden grille mounts
  • AFD universal mounting brackets (traction board)
  • AFD 5lb propane tank mount

Suspension, Wheels, Tires

  • Eibach truck lift stage 1
  • JBA STD High Caster UCA
  • SCS F5 17×9 -38 (Stealth Blue)
  • Ridge grapplers 285/70/17
  • Durobumps front and rear bump stops

Lighting

  • Rigid Industries LED
  • 40in radiance SR plus light bar
  • 4 1×4 flush scene lights
  • 2 amber CHASE (rear)
  • 2 adapt XP (behind lower grille)
  • DSS Pro driving (ditch light)
  • SAE Amber 360 fog light kit
  • AJC DRL amber bezel kit
  • Xeon depot high/DRL +PMW
  • Xeon depot Pro LED low beams

LasFit LED Everything

  • Trunk/Cargo Light
  • License Plate Light
  • Reverse Light
  • Spare Light
  • Courtesy light/ Puddle light

Misc

  • TRD skid plate
  • TRD pro grille – smoked amber raptor light
  • ARB single compressor
  • Wifey air system
  • LFD passenger side compressor mount with custom mounted on and off switch for ARB compressor
  • ICS Fab dash mount
  • X grip Ram mounts
  • VoSwitch 8 gang panel
  • Power Tray
  • SDHQ abs guard

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR SETUP?

I love my Alpha Foxtrot roof rack! The low profile, non-drill, and modularity are what sold me. Having a no-hassle mounting solution makes life easier. The side rails have an M-lock design to where I am able to drop in tie down eyelets at a drop of a dime. The T-slot cross rails make it a breeze as well, having drilled out both ends of the crossbar to slide in 1/4” carriage bolts or eyelets for endless mounting solutions. This will save you so much time without having to remove or unbolt the crossbars. I personally feel as if the roof rack is the cherry on top of your rig!

Final Thoughts

Built Silver 5th Gen 4Runner

Well, I hope that you were able to get inspired by these amazing silver 5th Gen 4Runner builds. There was some great variety here. Everything from daily drivers to weekend warriors and more.

Next week we are continuing the inspiration with the “TOP 5 must-have mods” that guys/gals are running on their 4Runner, and why.

If you would like to be considered for next week’s Feature Friday, we will be showcasing the TOP 5 MODS that you have on your rig. We want to get inspired by a variety of rigs, submit your build for Feature Friday and you might get featured. If you would like to submit your build for next week, include your setup details and an awesome photo that shows it off.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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