Rig: 2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Offroad

About Me: I am Michael Reardon, a real estate broker based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In addition, I work part-time at Beast Offroad Canada, where I focus on Toyota builds. I have been a proud owner of my 4Runner for three years now. I opted for the 4Runner platform after my Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel broke down on the highway, and I had to deal with the Jeep warranty department. I needed a vehicle that could tow and perform well off-road, and the 4Runner was the perfect choice for me. I chose the TRD off-road trim level because I knew I would remove the suspension and wrap the truck, so the Pro model did not appeal to me for the extra money.

Upgrades: When building my truck, I consulted with Beast Offroad Canada, and we went over all the options. I knew I had to have skid plates and suspension, and from there, it got way out of hand, and we did everything to it.

Every year, I embark on a new phase of the build, and I am amazed at how far I have come with this truck. When I started building it, there wasn’t as much information available as there is now, so over the course of three years, I have run five different sizes of tires and four sets of rims until I got it right. The Trail4Runner website was helpful when choosing highly reviewed parts.

  • Toyo Tires Open Country M/T (37.5 x 12.5R17)
  • SSW Off Road Dakar Wheels, Machined Silver (17×9.0 -25)
  • Dobinsons 1″-3.5″ MRR Lift Kit (Review)
  • Dobinsons 749 Rear Springs
  • SPC Upper Control Arms
  • Icon Vehicle Dynamics Billet Trailing Arms (upper and lower)
  • Big Country Customs Weld-On Spindle Gussets
  • Sumo Springs Bump Stops (front and rear)