Feature Friday: 11 Midnight Black Metallic 4Runner Off-Road & Overland Builds

Midnight Black Metallic 5th Gen 4Runner with SCS Wheels & Front Runner Roof Rack

11 Midnight Black Metallic Toyota 4Runner Setups to Inspire Your Build in 2022 – Mods List & More!

This Week’s Topic: Midnight Black 4Runners

Welcome back to another Feature Friday! This week we are doing my favorite kind of FF in the form of color-specific 4Runners. This time we have a compilation of 11 Midnight Black Metallic 4Runners. Midnight Black 4Runners have to be one of the best non-TRD Pro colors that Toyota offers. This color isn’t just a bland gloss black color either, by the way. Midnight Black has hints of blue, purple, and green within its metallic flake.

Now personally, I have zero desire to own a black vehicle (even though my first gen Tundra was black, but that was slim pickings), but this doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate these 11 rigs we have featured below. The reason I wouldn’t want to own one is for the cliché thought of –  my vehicle will be dirty ALL the time. Well, that’s perfect for the 4Runner then right?! I never put that together until now, but if you are “properly” using your 4Runner to off-road, then who cares if the black paint gets filthy! The rigs below look so good and the owners provided their full list of mods so you can gain inspiration to replicate some of these builds on your own.

Enjoy guys!

1. Andrew Raup (@akraup) 2012 SR5

Midnight Lifted Black Metallic 4Runner with C4 Fabrication Dual Arm Rear Bumper & VTX Rogue Bronze Wheels

MODS LIST

Wheels/Tires/Suspension

  • VTX Rogue Bronze w/ Ring -10
  • Toyo AT3 35 x 12.5 R17
  • King 2.5 EXT Adjustable Shocks
  • Dobinsons 701B

Armor/Roof Rack

  • C4 Dual Arm Rear Bumper
  • Lil Bs Mid Bar Hybrid Front 
  • R4T Partial Kick Sliders
  • Front Runner Slim Sport Rack
  • Westcott Designs Ladder

Camping Gear

  • OutGear Awning Brackets
  • ARB Touring Awning
  • CVT 50” Mt. Hood RTT

Lighting

  • AlphaRex LUXX Headlights
  • AlphaRex LUXX Taillights
  • Baja Designs All-Around

Performance

  • Pedal Commander
  • R4T Cat-Back Exhaust
  • Dobinsons Snorkel

Overland & Recovery Gear

  • RotoPax Water & Fuel
  • Hi-Lift 48” Grey
  • Maxtrax Recovery Boards
  • Rago Center Console Panels w/ Bridge
  • Midland MXT275 Two Way
  • ARB Twin Compressor
  • Expedition Essentials Washer Tank

What Do You Like About Your Setup?

There’s been a lot that’s changed on my 4Runner. I love switching things up, trying new and different products in hopes that the next one will be the one that’ll stick.

I love the versatility that my 4Runner has. I’ve put my rig in a lot of situations, regardless of whether it’s dangerous or not, it always delivers without fail.

2. Blake Allen (@warwithbalake) 2018 TRD ORP

Lifted Black 5th Gen 4Runner with 33” BFG KM3, King Coilovers, C4 Fabrication Front Bumper

MODS LIST

Wheels/Tires/Suspension

  • 33” BFG KM3s
  • King Coilovers w/ Remote Reservoir 

Armor/Roof Rack

  • C4 Fab Lo-Pro Front Bumper

Performance

  • Magnuson Supercharger

Overland & Recovery Gear

  • Warn 12K Winch

What Do You Like About Your Setup?

I’d have to say the best thing I’ve done to my 4Runner was installing the supercharger, especially living at altitude. When driving over 9,000 ft passes I find myself screaming up the passing lane even with stock gearing and 33” KM3s. Once the motor hits 1,900 rpms and higher, the supercharger starts pulling hard.

My second most favorite mod has to be the King shocks up front. I put the 600lb springs on them to accommodate the C4 Fab Lo Pro front bumper and Warn winch. The Kings make it ride like a Caddy and handle so much better on and off-road.

3. Enrique Ballesteros (@midnight_trd) 2019 TRD Pro

Lidted Midnight Black Metallic TRD Pro with 35x12.5x17 Kumho MT71, Falcon Offroad Wheels, C4 Fabrication Front Bumper, Baja Designs

MODS LIST

Wheels/Tires/Suspension

  • 35×12.5×17 Kumho MT71
  • Falcon Offroad Wheels SEEKERS T8 17×9 -38
  • King Shocks 2.5 w/ Adjusters
  • King Shocks 700lb Springs
  • Icon Delta Joint UCAs
  • Icon 3” Rear Springs
  • TC Spindle Gussets
  • Marlin Crawler Cam Tab Gussets
  • Timbren Bump Stops

Armor/Roof Rack

  • Front Runner Slimline 2 Rack
  • C4 Fabrication Lo Pro Front Bumper

    Lighting

    • Baja Designs – Squadron R, Squadron S1s, S2s & 30” S8
    • Switch Pros 9100
    • Morimoto XB Headlights

    Performance

    • R4T High Clearance Exhaust
    • 4.88 Nitro Gears

    Overland & Recovery Gear

    • Wilco Offroad High Clearance Tire Carrier

    What Do You Like About Your Setup?

    Although maintenance on a black vehicle is less than ideal, there’s something to be said about the sleekness of a murdered-out vehicle. Ceramic coating has made my life easier, and it allows me to enjoy my vehicle more since it is super easy to clean!

    There really isn’t anything I don’t like about my current setup. If I had to choose my top 3 mods, it would be my C4 Fabrication front bumper, Morimoto XB headlights, and the 35” Kumho MT71 tires. I believe those 3 mods help my rig stand out a bit from others while improving looks and functionality.

    4. Pablo + Nalima (@king_of_queens_4runner) 2017 SR5-P

    Midnight Black SR5 4Runner with Nitro Ridge Grapplers 305/70/17, Black Rhino Arsenal Wheels

    MODS LIST

    Wheels/Tires/Suspension

    • Nitro Ridge Grapplers 305/70/R17
    • Black Rhino Arsenal Wheels 17×9.5 -18mm Offset
    • Stage 3 Ironman 4×4 Foam Cell Pro Suspension
    • DuroBumps Bump Stops

    Armor/Roof Rack

    • Road Armor Stealth Series Front Bumper
    • Front Runner Slimline 2 Roof Rack (non-drill)
    • C4 Fabrication Rear Ladder

      Lighting

      • Diode Dynamics 30” Amber Light Bar
      • TRD Front Grille w/ Raptor Lights
      • Baja Designs Squadron Amber Ditch Lights
      • Morimoto Taillights

      Performance

      • Dobinsons Snorkel
      • Nitro 4.88 gears
      • Eaton E-Locker
      • Extended Brake Lines

      Overland & Recovery Gear

      • Warn Winch EvoVR 10S
      • Factor 55 Ultra Hook
      • Rago Molle Panel

      Miscellaneous

      • Teton Workshop Shift Knob

      What Do You Like About Your Setup?

      Honestly, EVERYTHING! The 4Runner is a head turner everywhere we go. This is especially true coming from NYC where the truck looks so out of place.

      Yet, even though it seems out of place in the Big City, it still just fits. right in since it looks so good. The best part is knowing that the truck was purpose-built. It looks tough and pushes limits on the trail. I am very happy with how the build is going thus far with still plenty of ideas in the works.

      5. Dres (@darkrnr) 2020 Limited

      Midnight Black Metallic 5th Gen 4Runner with GOFSR Odyssey RTT, Yokohama Geolandars M/T, KMC Wheels

      MODS LIST

      Wheels/Tires/Suspension

      • Yokohama Geolandars M/T 305/70/18
      • KMC Wheels 18’ W/ 0 Offset
      • 1.5” Spacers
      • Toytec Lifts Boss Aluma 3/3
      • SPC UCA

      Armor/Roof Rack

      • Lil Bs Fab Front Bumper
      • Brute Force Fab Rear Bumper
      • Victory 4×4 Sliders/Control Arm Skids/Ladder
      • RSG Front Skid Plate
      • Prinsu Designs Roof Rack (non-drill)

      Lighting

      • Baja Designs Amber Lights
      • Anzo USA Smoked Sequential Lights 
      • AlphaRex Nova Series 
      • Meso Customs LED Puddle/Dome Lights

      Performance

      • Pedal Commander

      Overland & Recovery Gear

      • Warn Industries Evo 10
      • Rago Fab Molle Panel 
      • GOFSR Odyssey RTT

      Miscellaneous

      • Canvasback Cargo Liner
      • Teton Black Shift Knob
      • AJT Key Fob
      • AVS Wind Deflectors 
      • WaterPort Day Tank 

      What Do You Like About Your Setup?

      The main thing I wanted was the ability to go anywhere and be as comfortable as possible while doing it. This build allows me to wheel, kayak, fish, camp, or explore easily.

      To me, all black cars have always caught my eye. Black vehicles just look so good when they are this clean! 

      6. Zach S. (@overland_engineer) 2015 TRD Pro

      Lifted Black 5th Gen 4Runner with C4 Front Bumper, RRW RR6-H Wheels * upTOP Overland Roof Rack

      MODS LIST

      Wheels/Tires/Suspension

      • Relations Race Wheels RR6-H Matte Bronze
      • 285/70R17 Falken Wildpeak AT3Ws
      • Dobinsons MRR 3-Way Adjustable Long Travel
      • SPC Adjustable Upper Control Arms
      • SpiderTrax 1.25″ Wheel Spacers
      • Extended Bumpstops

      Armor/Roof Rack

      • C4 Fab Low Pro Front Bumper
      • C4 Fab Rock Sliders with Top Plate
      • UpTop Overland Bravo Rack
      • Factory TRD Pro Skid

      Lighting

      • Diode Dynamics SS3 Fogs
      • Diode Dynamics SS3 Ditch Lights
      • Diode Dynamics 30″ Light Bar
      • Diode Dynamics SSC1 “Raptor Lights”
      • Diode Dynamics SSC2 Chase Lights
      • Harbor Freight Rock Lights
      • AlphaRex Pro Headlights (blacked out w/ LASFIT LED)
      • Switch Pros 9100

      Performance

      • Throttle Grenade Pedal Controller

      Overland & Recovery Gear

      • DIY Aluminum Extrusion Sleeping Platform Drawer System
      • Napa MaxiTrac 8ft Awning
      • FinnFab Molle Panels
      • Harbor Freight Badlands Apex 12k Synthetic Line Winch
      • Rago Fab Dash Mount
      • Rago Fab Antenna Mount
      • MyMedic MyFak Large
      • On Board Mounted Smittybilt 2781 Air Compressor

      Miscellaneous

      • Dasaita 10″ Apple CarPlay Headunit
      • Custom In Dash 6 Panel Rocker Switch System
      • 6 Slot Blue Seas Fuse Block
      • PowerTrays Switch Pro & Blue Seas Kit

      Editor’s Thoughts

      I really like how much has been done to Zach’s 4Runner, yet it looks super OEM.

      The wheels he chose from RRW compliment the Midnight Black Metallic paint perfectly. He also has a ton of lighting added to his rig, yet it looks like it came from the factory this way. Overall, this is a super clean yet functional build by Zach. 10/10!

      7. Henry Swasey (@thegraverunner) 2019 TRD ORP

      Lifted Black 5th Gen 4Runner with Prinsu Roof Rack & SCS Wheels

      MODS LIST

      Wheels/Tires/Suspension

      • SCS F5, 17×9, -38mm
      • Cooper STT Pros 295
      • King Shocks Extended Travel, w/ 550lb Springs
      • Durobumps Bump Stops
      • Toytec Rear Bump Stop Spacer
      • Rear 3″ Springs
      • Dobinsons 15mm spacer (to correct the lean)
      • Blackgate Customs KDSS Swaybar Drop Kit (rear)

      Armor/Roof Rack

      • C4 Lo-Pro Front Bumper
      • Shrockworks Angled Sliders
      • SDHQ ABS Cover
      • BPF Rear Shock Guards
      • RCI Skids and A-arm Skids
      • Prinsu Non-Drill Roof Rack

      Lighting

      • Baja Squadron Wide Fogs
      • Baja S8 30″ Amber Light Bar
      • LED Interior and Exterior Bulbs
      • Odyssey Group 34 Battery
      • SDHQ Battery Tie Down

      Overland & Recovery Gear

      Miscellaneous

      • (2) Roam 83L cases
      • OEM Audio+ Reference 500
      • Pioneer DMH-WT7600NEX 9”
      • Sound Deadened Doors and Floorboard with Noico 80 Mil
      • ICS Fab Bezel Mount

      What Do You Like About Your Setup?

      I bought this 4Runner purely for recreational use at first, but it very quickly became my Swiss Army knife vehicle. From moving houses, crawling in the Sierras, to currently being my home on wheels as I’m nomadic for the next few months – it’s taken everything I’ve thrown at it without skipping a beat.

      My favorite mods so far are a mix between the lift for more clearance and a stiffer ride, sliders for keeping the body safe, and my head unit with Maestro. I get a lot of use since the 2019 model year missed a few of those features that later year models had.

      8. Jonathan Aviles (@dirt_toy4r) 2018 SR5-P

      Lifted Midnight Black 5th Gen 4Runner with Gobi Roof Rack & Snorkel

      MODS LIST

      Wheels/Tires/Suspension

      • Bridgestone Tires KM3 35X12.5 R17
      • SCS F5 Dark Bronze 17×9 -38 Offset
      • King Shocks Mid-Travel 2.5 w/ Reservoirs and Adjusters
      • Camburg Racing UCAs
      • Total Chaos Diff Drop Kit
      • Dobinsons 749v Rear Springs

      Armor/Roof Rack

      • C4 Fab Overland Series Dual Swing Rear Bumper
      • Metal Tech Rock Sliders
      • Out Gear Solutions Custom-Built Roof Rack
      • TRD Skid Plate

      Lighting

      • Cali Raised Dual Light Bar
      • Baja Designs Ditch, Fog and Chase Lights
      • Auxbeam 8 Gang Switch Panel

      Overland & Recovery Gear

      • Roam Adventure Co 6.5’ Awning 
      • Summit Off-Road Dual Air Compressor
      • Maxtrax Recovery Boards 
      • Rhino USA Recovery Gear

      Miscellaneous

      • Front Runner Storage Boxes
      • LED Raptor Lights

      What Do You Like About Your Setup?

      What I love about my Toyota 4Runner is that it has taken me to places I never thought I would ever see!! I love making new memories and exploring new grounds.

      I have made some great friends along the way and there are no words to describe how awesome and welcoming the off-roading community has been. From toy drives, campfires at Anza, sick trails, camping cookouts, and of course having fun on Instagram, lol… it has been an awesome ride and I am excited for more things to come.

      9. Kelee Hall (@stealth4rnr) 2018 TRD ORP

      Lifted Black 5th Gen 4Runner Overland & Off-Road Build

      MODS LIST

      Wheels/Tires/Suspension

      • Cooper STT Pro 295/70/R17
      • SCS Bronze w/ -10 Offset 
      • Elka 2.5 DSC Front
      • Bilstein 5160 Rear
      • Billet Element UCAs
      • Treaty Oak KDSS Spacer 
      • Pan Hard Correction
      • Spider Trax 1.25” Wheel Spacers

      Armor/Roof Rack

      • C4 Fab Front, Rear Bumper, Sliders, and Full Under Armor
      • Front Runner Full Length Roof Rack 

      Lighting

      • Baja Designs Amber Lights
      • Extreme LED Light Bar

      What Do You Like About Your Setup?

      I first bought the 4Runner because I wanted something reliable and capable off-road that would fit my 2 dogs. The iconic rear window that rolls down sealed the deal on that decision.

      My favorite modification so far would probably be the Elka 2.5 DSC front suspension. I’m still patiently waiting for the rears to come in. If I could do it all over again, I’d spend the money on a nice suspension before purchasing anything else for the 4Runner.

      10. Bergen Tindall (@bergentindall) 2019 TRD OR

      Mignight black trd off road 4runner with Prinsu Full Length Drill Rack Southern Style Off-Road High Clearance Add-Ons

      MODS LIST

      Wheels/Tires/Suspension

      • KMC KM544 Mesa 17” Satin Black
      • Nitto Ridge Grappler 285/70/17
      • Old Man EMU Suspension and UCAs

      Armor/Roof Rack

      • Prinsu Full Length Drill Rack
      • Southern Style Off-Road High Clearance Add-Ons
      • Southern Style Off-Road Low Pro Front Bumper with Winch
      • TRD Skid plate
      • N-Fab Nerf Bars

      Lighting

      • Baja Designs S8 20” Spot Bumper Bar
      • Baja Designs Squadron Sport Wide Cornering Amber Fog Replacements
      • Baja Designs S2 Sport Wide Cornering Chase
      • XenonDepot HID Low Beam Kit H11
      • XenonDepot LED High Beam Kit 9005
      • Baja Designs Squadron Sport Amber LED Spot Ditch Lights

      Overland & Recovery Gear

      • Yakima RTT

      What Do You Like About Your Setup?

      I’m a big fan of how clean 4Runner looks with the Low Pro front bumper from SSO. It looks OEM but the bumper makes the front end super functional. The wheels from KMC and the Prinsu rack also help round off the look. I also tried to get it more blacked out with tint and by painting the TRD skid black.

      I enjoy the low-profile look of the Prinsu and how well it fits the roof. The rack works great for carrying an RTT and other accessories (highly suggest the mounts from Prinsu though). I also really enjoy the ride that the OME suspension and UCAs provide for commuting and taking off-road or camping in Arizona and Georgia.

      11. Randall Diebolt (@spankowitz) 2015 TRD Pro

      Midnight Black Metallic 4Runner with Rock Sliders & High Clearance Front and Rear Bumpers

      MODS LIST

      Wheels/Tires/Suspension

      • General MTs 295/70/R17
      • Dirt King UCAs
      • 2” TRD Pro-Lift 

      Armor/Roof Rack

      • White Knuckle Sliders
      • SSO Front Bumper
      • Custom Rear Bumper By Silver State Fab

      Miscellaneous

      • Custom Trail Stripes 

      What Do You Like About Your Setup?

      What I really like about it is it is my own build. I did all the mods myself and it is still evolving with more mods to come.

      So far it is very simple, but it is very effective too. Oh, and did I mention I traded a 6.2 raptor for it. That is another story… But I’ll just say that that should tell you just how much I love this 4Runner.

      Final Thoughts

      Midnight black trd pro with 35x12.5x17 Kumho MT71 Falcon Offroad Wheels c4 front bumper frunt runner roof rack

      What a freaking killer compilation of Midnight Black 4Runners.

      I hope that one or more of these builds caught your eye because I know they did for me! If you have any questions about some of the mods that these owners have done, definitely make sure you DM them on Instagram and show them some love with a follow.

      If you would like to be considered for next week’s Feature Friday, we will be showcasing Long Travel 4Runners.

      We want readers to get inspired by a variety of rigs/products. 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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