After many years of Jeeps, I decided to go a different route with respect to an adventure vehicle. While I found the Grand Cherokees to be very capable and comfortable, the limited availability of accessories precluded me from building the type of vehicle I was looking for, and their limited size created constraints in what I could bring along.
Reviews and recommendations steered me toward a Toyota 4Runner. I originally sought out a 4th generation unit, but most of the available vehicles I encountered were high mileage and not particularly well maintained. Quite a few were northern vehicles with excessive frame rust. After some deliberation I decided on a 5th gen. The search took me to a local Toyota dealer, where I bought a 2012 SR5 with 78,000 on the clock.
This post starts the build of this vehicle.
|Drivetrain||Engine||4.0L DOHC 24-valve VVT-1 V6 Engine|
|Transmission||5-Speed ECT Automatic Transmission|
|Transfer Case||Part-time Four Wheel Drive|
|Traction Aids||A-TRAC, Downhill Assist Control|
|Tires & Wheels||Wheels||Stock 17×7 Alloy|