The Build

The overall goal with this build is based on function. I want to make sure that everything added on to the vehicle has an intended purpose or use. This will not only keep my budget in check for the build, but really create something that works well for my intended purpose. Yes, it takes longer to "get there" but in the interim, I am still getting out and enjoying the adventures that the rig can handle under it's given build condition. So follow me on my adventures and take a look at some of the modifications that I do along the way. I'm in it for the long game!

Mountain 4Runner Specs / Add-Ons:

(February 2019 @ 60k miles)


Front Shocks:  King Shocks 2.5 OEM Performance Series (25001-243)

Rear Shocks:  King Shocks 2.5 OEM Performance Series (25001-279)

Upper Control Arms: Total Chaos Uniball (TC 96504)

Rear Springs: Dobinsons 2" KDSS Specific (C59-725)

Rear Linkage: OEM goodness

Tires: Cooper Tire Discoverer AT3 XLT, 285/70R17 (with matching spare)

Rear Differential Breather Mod

Redline Gear Oil 75w-85


Rock Sliders: 4x4 Labs, powder coated, with kick-out

Skid Plate: Shrockworks (engine only)


X2Power 24F AGM Battery

Switch Pro 9100

Power Trays Switch Pro Main Panel

Blue Sea Fuse Block

Appropriate Wiring and Circuit Breakers


Upper Grille Light Bar: Baja Designs S8 20", Driving / Combo Lens

Fog Lights: Baja Designs Squadron Pros, Amber Wide / Cornering Lens, Fog Pocket Kit

Camping Lights: Baja Designs S2 Pro, Work / Flood Lens

Rear Dust Light: Custom Baja Designs S8 10", Amber Driving / Combo Lens

Hatch Area Light: Baja Designs S2,  Work / Flood Lens

Hatch Down Lights (2): Baja Designs Dome w/ Switch, Red and White Lenses

Low Beam Bulbs: Xenon Depot Xtreme HID Kit

Interior Lighting: Phillips LED 

License Plate / Puddle Lights: Phillips LED

Living Accomodations

AutoHome Maggiolina Extreme, Small

Front Runner Full Length Roof Rack

Cargo Management

Rear Platform: Custom Explore4R Design

Rear Driver's Seat Delete: Custom Explore4R Design

Rear Fridge Platform: Custom Explore4R Design

Blue Ridge Overland Gear 4Runner Attic

Blue Ridge Overland Gear Headrest Bag

Blue Ridge Overland Gear MOLLE Visor Organizer 

Blue Ridge Overland Gear Molle Seat Back Panel


Front Runner Outfitters Wolf Pack

Front Runner Outfitters Cub Pack


Main Unit: Kenwood TM-V71A Dual-Band Radio, Remote Faceplate, External Speaker

Back-up Unit: Yaesu FT-90R (2)

Antenna Mount: Diamond K400S-NMO, Attached to Passenger Hood Edge


4 Gallon Rotopax


Frontrunner Outfitters 40L Water Tank

Hydrapak 8L bladder

Miscellaneous Gear

Blue Ridge Chair Works, Chairs (2) and Table

Dometic CFX50W Fridge

On Board Air

Compressor: ARB Single

Mount: 4x4 Labs, Passenger Side Mount

Deflator: ARB E-Z Deflator


Strap: ARB Snatch Strap, 30 feet, 24k pound rating

Traction Boards: MaxTrax Knock-off's

Dog Kennel

Rough Tuff Kennel, Double Door, Intermediate

Do It yourself installations

As I have been working on the Mountain 4Runner, I have been documenting particular installations to share with anyone who wants to do it themselves. Feels free to ask questions in the comment section, as well as send me an email for more information if needed. 

The Explore4R Platform System

When I first bought the 4Runner, it didn’t take long before I realized that I would need to modify the stock cargo area to best fit my personal needs. I wanted to develop a platform system in the 5th Generation 4Runner that filled a niche left vacant by other offerings. This is my attempt at something unique, expertly crafted to be the best product available for its intended purpose.

Meet the Explore4R Platform System