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Brian's 4Runner on Lower Woodpecker, AZ



Owner : Brian Elliott Equipment and Modifications:

Vehicle: Toyota 4Runner
Vehicle name: Rok Toytle
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Favorite Trail: Lower Woodpecker, Arizona
Rubicon, California

Lower Woodpecker Trail near Florence, Arizona
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Coming down Big Sluice, Rubicon
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Rubicon Trail
Photographer: Scott Wilson
Rubicon Trail
Photographer: Scott Wilson
  • 22RE Motor
  • Custom hand throttle
  • Torque cam with LC adjustable cam gear
  • Tri-y header with 2.5" exhaust and Flowmaster muffler
  • Custom K&N filter charger setup on mass air sensor
  • Dual Optima batteries with isolator (mass air relocated to passenger's side)
  • Warn M8000 winch with solenoid controls mounted underhood
  • Hella and Dick Cepek auxiliary lights, rock lights and 50 watt back up lights
  • Custom siped 35" Big O's on 15x10" American Racing rims
  • 4.88 gears, Lock-Right/front, Detroit/rear
  • Marlin 4.7 Transfer Case gears
  • Custom cut down Smittybuilt front bumper
  • Homemade nerfs and rear wrap around bumper
  • 20 lb CO2 tank for tire fill-ups
  • lots of tools and spare parts
  • Wider 1989 Toyota rear axle
  • 1.25" spacers on front axle to match width of rear
  • Mazda rear springs with center mounted torque rod
  • Front springs are a mix of front and rear Rancho leaves
  • Custom shock mounts with Rancho 9012's at all four corners
  • Rear axle has gussets on top with welded in lift blocks
  • Total lift is about 5.5 inches
  • Custom thin crossmember
  • CV rear drive shaft for street driving and extra thick walled shaft for wheeling
  • Long travel front drive shaft
  • Custom crossover steering with Supra steering box, home made arms and draglink
  • Aftermarket thick wall tie-rod
  • Bikini top, Kayline soft top and factory hard top
  • Custom rear mounted spare tire carrier
  • CD player and CB mounted in stock stereo location

Future Modifications:

  • Twin stick for the single case for a 2wheel low capability
  • Cut rear wheel openings for more space
  • Full roll cage
  • Quick release on door hinges for speedy removal
  • Who knows what else!!!

Personal Notes from Brian:
Rok Toytle History
Well, I bought the 85 Runner over my junior year spring break from NAU. I flew up to Denver and drove it back 14 hours by my self in blizzard conditions. I then spent the rest of my spring break swapping the drivetrain and other parts from my 85 Extra Cab pickup. It took me all week to swap the full drivetrain from the t-case down to both axles, cam, exhaust, bumpers, shocks, etc. I pretty much ended swapping everything from the pickup to the Runner except the body, engine and tranny. Everything else was swapped from on vehicle to the other. It was Jen's 21st birthday over the break and she wasn't too happy to spend her birthday and her spring break helping me swap the trucks over. I bought it from the original owner and she took really good care of it and it now had 173k on it and it still gets @ 20 mpg. It has just started to eat some oil, but not enough to really worry about it yet.

Worst Stuck / Break
Well, I really don't have a worst stuck or break. I have been really lucky so far. The worst break that I can come up with was bending my draglink on my first Rubicon run. No one had a spare and we ended up welding flat bar and an allen wrench on it to get me back to Tucson. I have also bent up a rear drive shaft and ended up driving 25 miles back to Phoenix on the front drive shaft. That is a lot of fun with a front locker!!! I have been really lucky to not have gotten stuck too bad.


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