Have you ever sweat buckets trying to move a mountain, only to have relocated a molehill? That's what the past few weeks have been like in the quest for further 4Runner fortification.
Some good stuff has happened. First, the engine's oil-filtration system has been radically upgraded with a bypass filter that allows filtration of particles as small as two microns. How small is a two-micron particle? About the size of a dust mite's belly button.
Next, after knocking the front end out of alignment on a recent trip, we found a slick way to add gussets to the A-arm mounting tabs. Keeping the front end aligned should be much easier now, even if we hit an unexpected rut or two in the dirt.
Finally, we've got some 35-inch tires to test, but there's not enough rear body clearance available. To let the tire test take place anyway, we fabbed a pair of rear bump stop extensions that will provide two extra inches of rear body clearance, albeit at the cost of two inches of bump travel.
Read on. We've been busy, even if only a molehill has been moved.