Famed racer, fabricator, engineer, and author Carroll Smith wrote that there’s basically no such thing as a mechanical failure. Instead, Smith made the case that failures were of human origin, and had root in improper design, fabrication, or maintenance.
The ’04 4Runner we’re working on isn’t a race vehicle, but it’s nevertheless entered in perhaps the ultimate endurance test: that of doubling as a daily driver and as an off-road rig that’s capable in fast or slow terrain. Weak points will have every opportunity to rear their ugly heads.
With that in mind, extra steps are being taken to ensure that our Stage II upgrades will be in place and working seamlessly for thousands of miles to come. It’s the install for the long haul.