2004 Toyota 4Runner "Orion" 

I'm in love with a vehicle again and it feels good!   I've never named a vehicle before, but I've been so impressed with the 4Runner that I decided to change that.  I already have more adventures planned for Orion than I ever dreamed of having in The XJ. 


Here's where I'll be tracking the changes I make to improve either it's off-road comfort & capabilities, or it's daily utility.

My plans for Orion include the following:

  • Tires: 285/70R17's (~33" x 11") BFG KO2's - DONE

    • In conjunction with SpiderTrax wheel spacers​

  • Wheels: There are a couple of 5th Gen 4Runner wheels that I like, which would give me a nice looking offset for the 285's

  • Front E-Locker by Harrop - Maybe some day... 

  • And of course, more recovery gear for self-sufficient Overlanding, such as...


a. Spot or Garmin satellite tracking/recovery device

b. Traction/recovery boards, like MaxTraax or "Bridging Ladders" like these

c. Deadman Offroad land anchor

d. Random straps & tree savers, like offered by Southeast Overland

e. HAM Radio for advanced communications

f. Powertank air system

Spacer Lift Install 3/16/18

Before the lift with 265/65r17's

After the lift with 265/70r17's

Next - Spartan Rear Locker - REMOVED

Before Install - Open diff :-(

After Install - Auto locked diff :-)

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