Readers’ Rides: Ryan’s 2006 4Runner

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I get a lot of submissions for the #roastmyrunner video series on YouTube and I decided to start posting some of them here in their own feature article. We’re kicking this off with Ryan (aka Dusty4r on Instagram)

His 2006 V6 has seen 277,000 miles so far and likely with many more to go. Judging by the photos, he has no problem getting out and exploring off the beaten path.

For suspension, Ryan is running a complete Dobinsons setup giving him 3″ of lift. Up front, he has 302 coils and 220 shocks and out back there are 677v coils and 575 shocks.

Many of you are aware that as soon as you hit 3″ lift, your upper control arms can limit your ability to get your caster settings in spec for your alignment. Ryan added a set of JBA upper control arms to remedy this.

He’s also running a set of Freedom Offroad lower control arms and while he didn’t state his reason for upgrading, I’m willing to bet it’s because the factory cam bolts were rusted and unable to be adjusted for the alignment.

He also added a set of Superbump extended bump stops as well as extended brake lines.

The factory Sport Edition wheels have been kept but they’re now wearing a set of 285/70/17 Bfgoodrich KO2s. The downside of running OEM wheels on these 4Runners is their high offset can make bigger tires rub the upper control arms. Ryan avoided this by using a set of 1.25″ Spidertrax wheel spacers.

Exterior aesthetics are not the top priority of this build but a set of AKKON DRL headlights were added to update the front end a bit. Speaking of lighting, he also mounted a set of Auxbeam ditch lights and a GGLighting 20″ light bar up front.

As you can see in the pics, Ryan isn’t afraid to put this thing on the rocks so a certain level of armor is required. A Coastal Off-Road front bumper holds a Rough Country 12k winch and a set of Diode Dynamics 3″ SAE fog lights.

A set of Cali Raised rock sliders and a Reload Off-Road engine skid help to fight the battle against the rocks.

The factory Sport Edition roof rack holds an eBay awning and an Apache rifle case. At first glance, you might assume the exhaust is completely stock but the muffler has actually been replaced with a Flowmaster Super 40 for some extra growl.

Overall, I’d say Ryan’s 4Runner is a great example of a functional rig that can take plenty of abuse!

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