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1997 Toyota 4Runner 2WD - Rowdy Runner

Posted in Features on April 30, 2013
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Kyle Eisner knew he wanted this 4runner a long time before it was his. He's the second nowner behind an old neighbor who bought it new and took good care of it. kyle told that neighbor he'd buy it whenever it might go up for sale. his patience paid off and it dropped into his hands bone stock.

He took that clean canvas and went to work making his own mods. He wanted to pull more power out of the 3.4L V-6, so he found a used TRD supercharger on Craigslist. After some haggling, and a trade for a trailer and some cash, Kyle had an air pump to add atop his engine. The factory TRD units tend to run a bit on the lean side, so with a call to Underdog Racing Development, he procured a URD 7th Injector Kit to optimize the blown motor. The results are impressive with the combined K&N intake and MagnaFlow exhaust.

Kyle concentrated on adding some power to the 3.4l v-6 by transplanting a trd supercharger to the top of his engine. to that he added the urd 7th injector kit to ensure the motor resisted running on the lean side. a k&n intake and magnaflow cat-back exhaust open up the incoming and outgoing paths for more flow through the hyperventilated motor.

With plenty of power under the hood, it was time to turn attention to the handling and off-road prowess of the 2WD 4Runner. Total Chaos upper control arms were installed in the front along with Icon Vehicle Dynamics coilovers to increase suspension travel and better control the Toyota in the dirt. In the rear, the linked suspension was upgraded with 3-inch-lift coils from old Man Emu, and Icon 2.0 shocks handle the damping control there.

When it was time for rolling stock, Kyle went with 295/75R16 Nitto Terra grapplers mounted on MB alloy wheels. To help turn the bigger tires, he swapped in 4.88 gearing and a Powertrax locker.

Kyle's assembled a good combination of parts to give him an engine boost, right-sized rubber for good ground clearance and handling, and a suspension setup to complement the improved power and off-road treads. He's got a daily driver that's fun on the street yet lets him hit the dirt when it's time to throw a little roost.

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