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Toyota introduced the greatly successful “TRD Pro” line in 2015 as their off-road focused, performance line for the 4Runner, Tacoma, Tundra, and now the Sequoia. In 2018, Toyota introduced the special, one-year-only colour of Calvary Blue. Pair this unique trim combination of a 4Runner with modifications meant for off-road adventures and functionality and you have a very special ride. Welcome to Jon’s (@that_cavalry_trd) 2018 Toyota 4Runner in Calvary Blue.
Let’s talk about the modifications. The 2018 4Runner TRD Pro came with upgraded Bilstein suspension that provides a great upgrade from the standard 4Runner suspension. However, Jon decided that he needed an upgrade of the upgrade and decided to go with King suspension with extended travel for even greater off-road prowess. He combined this with a custom body lift that allows for an additional inch of clearance. With upgraded suspension and a lifted body, 35×12.5R17 Toyo MT tires were next on the list.
The modifications didn’t stop there. Big adventures and expeditions bring lots of exciting challenges and in some cases, armor is a key factor in making it out unscathed. Jon upgraded his front bumper to Lil B’s custom bumper and added various under-belly protection to protect vital drive-train components.
Multi-day treks and multi-week expeditions will require shelter for those nights out in the wild. After all, at the end of the day, what is an adventure if you cannot call it a night wherever you wish? Jon turned to ikamper to ensure he can do just that and added a portable fridge to make sure some goodies are not left behind… cold beer?
These upgrades and modifications are done to enable the 4Runner to access parts of this world that are uncharted. However, with all these modifications, weight gain is a serious topic many people don’t like talking about. Adding weight to any vehicle can be incredibly taxing on the brakes. What most people don’t know is that a simple change of the brake rotors and brake pads will do wonders for your brake system.
Jonathan had wished to keep his 17” wheels along with his OEM brake caliper but he did need more stopping power to handle the extra gear. For severe duty and off road use, he’s using our Rockies series brakes pads with B130 series cross drilled and slotted brake rotors that have been coated with our signature GEOMET coating to reduce corrosion.
Our Rocky series brake pads are specifically designed to deal with situations where drivers demand the most from their brakes, they provide great friction at low temperatures and stay consistent even when it’s hot. These pads are ideal for folks who are at the limit of their vehicle’s maximum GVWR.
With the 4Runner now ready for journeys out into the wild, Jonathan is fully focusing on enjoying the adventure with his family.
FULL LIST OF MODIFICATIONS:
35×12.5×17 Toyo Open Country MT
17×9 Summit DAKAR wheels
King Extended travel with adjusters
700lbs King front springs
Dobinson 701v rear springs
TXTR Customs 1” body lift
Remmen Brakes B130 Series Cross-drilled & Slotted rotors F/R
Remmen Brakes Rockies Series Brake Pads F/R
SDHQ abs sensor protectors
Rad Rubber Designs engine splash guards
Total Chaos lower link skids
Fjtoyman Rear shock skid
Ironman4x4 full underbody skids
RSG Angled Sliders
Lil Bs Fabrication Front Bumper
AlphaRex Nova series Mid-night black headlights
Bajadesign squadron sport fog lights
Ironman4x4 Eclipse 5×7 LED front roof rack lights (x4)
Ironman4x4 3” ditch lights (x2)
Ironman4x4 Eclipse 5×7 (x2) ironman4x4 3” (x2) ironman nigh saber lightbar (x1) front bumper lights
PIAA RF series 6” scene lights (x4)
PIAA RF series 10” rear roof light
Amazon rock lights
Under The Hood
LFD Offroad ARB Compressor mount
ARB dual air compressor
SD Offroad Mt switch pro mount
Switch Pro 9100
X2Power Premium AGM Group 31 Battery
Pedal Commander Throttle Controller
Frontrunner Slimline full roof rack
Front bumper high clearance mod
PIAA windshield wipers
Rigid Armor Swing down tire carrier
Dual color red/white interior lights
Canvasback seat/panel covers
Husky floor mats
GSV center console safe
Ironman4x4 dual drawers
Ironman4x4 fridge slide
Ironman4x4 dualzone 65L fridge
Rear window accessory side panels
Ikamper Skycamp Tent
Ironman4x4 2M awning
Ironman4x4 Large recovery gear
Ironman4x4 9500lbs winch w/ upgraded synthetic rope