Off road vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, from mini trucks to full size SUVs, with the right equipment and the right attitude, you can have fun off road in just about anything. Depending on where enthusiasts live, odds are their vehicles will be setup in preparation for the type of terrain they are most likely to be used in. For example, Southern California and Arizona have a lot of “prerunners” or trucks setup to handle the open desert – in contrast, go to Florida, and you will see a considerable amount of 4x4s setup to handle the deep mud and swamps.
Occasionally, enthusiasts will setup their vehicles to be good “all around” off roaders, built to handle most anything from the open desert to snowy mountain rages. Such is the case with the N-FAB built blue Toyota 4Runner we stumbled upon in the FOX Shocks booth owned by Thomas Fichter. While we weren’t able to speak with Fichter at the time of the shoot, we do know that going on their fifth generation, the Toyota 4Runner has been a trustworthy go-to off roader for countless customers worldwide since their inception. Currently in their fifth generation, this blue 4×4 is setup with some nice additions to help it get places a stock truck would have serious issues with.
With a stout 4.0-liter power plant, the builders first focused on improving the suspension. Stock, the 4Runner, like most vehicles, comes with balljoint-equipped upper and lower A-arms. While this may be fine for street driving, for this build the stock parts were quickly kicked to the curb to make way for Camburg’s 1.25-inch uni-ball equipped long travel kit. This kit comes with upper and lower fabricated A-arms, extends the track width by 3.5-inches per side, and yields 14-inches of travel – all while retaining the factory four wheel drive system (with Camburg’s extended half shafts).
A set of eight-inch 2.5 Factory Series FOX coil-overs were used on the front and feature 7/8-inch hardened NitroSteel Steel carbon shafts, zinc-plated bodies, and have the DSC adjuster that allows the customer to set the high speed and low speed compression with the turn of a dial. To control the rear suspension is a pair of FOX 2.5 reservoir smooth body shocks that share much of the same technology as the front shocks.
To put the power to the ground are a set of 285/70R17 Pro Comp Xtreme MT2s wrapped in 17×8.5 Pro Comp Alloy Series 5035 black wheels. The black wheels really add to the overall look of the truck when combined with the deep Toyota blue and some dark-tinted windows.
Since there is added height provided by the lift and oversized tire package, a set of N-FAB’s wheel to wheel nerf-steps were added in a nice silver powder coat that blends well with the silver accents on the front and back of the 4Runner. To finish off the styling of the truck, there is a nice FOX graphics kit with N-FAB branding that really adds some flare in a subtle and tasteful fashion.
This truck really made an impact on our crew and looks poised to take on some good-ole-fashion off road expeditions. For more from SEMA, keep it locked onto Offroad Xtreme and show some love to the sponsors that made this build possible.