Sometimes it’s good to mess with success. Our ’04 4Runner’s suspension performs exceptionally well both on the street and in the dirt, but we wanted to take the performance to the next level.
In the dirt the ’Runner copes quite well with small to medium bumps at low to medium speed, but runs out of damping control when pushed beyond these parameters. Things get bouncy. For better control in the bigger stuff, we’ll add key components that will leave our smooth ride intact but will come into play just when they’re needed.
Adding speed should always mean adding strength at the same time. A simple pair of front suspension gussets will reinforce the frontend’s coilover buckets and double-shear the upper A-arm mounts in one fell swoop.
Follow along as we step up to stage II.