Sometimes, less is more. During a recent outing, I packed so much stuff that I "treated" myself to a new experience. Between tools, food, camera gear, water, extra fuel, clothing, and other miscellaneous items, the 4Runner became noticeably sluggish. That's never happened before. There's a saying that too much is never enough, to which I counter sometimes too much is simply too much.
The less-is-more campaign has two fronts. First, the tool load needs to be reduced, but in an intelligent way. This means creating a set of tools that's only meant for the trail. Up to now, I've carried virtually every handtool I own. Second, things need to be better organized inside the 'Runner. Gear needs to be better secured and easier to access. That's where Synergy Suspension's Baja Basket comes in.
The Synergy Suspension Baja Basket perfectly illustrates the form-follows-function philosophy. A tube forms the upper rail and provides multiple lashing points for securing cargo. The balance of the Baja Basket is 16-gauge steel that's been formed with CNC punch press equipment. Each round hole has been dimple-died, adding stiffness and strength to the Baja Basket. When all of these parts and features are combined, it equals a lightweight basket that's capable of holding up to 300 pounds of gear. Synergy, indeed!
The Synergy Suspension Baja Basket is easy to install with basic handtools if you've got a Jeep Wrangler. The Synergy Wrangler Baja Basket lineup is extensive and includes mounting brackets to fit most models, including the YJ ('92 to '95), TJ, TJ Unlimited/LJ, and the two- or four-door JK.
For non-Wrangler 'wheelers, the universal Baja Basket is the way to go. The universal Baja Basket is available in small, medium, and large sizes and includes multiple pre-punched mounting holes. All three sizes are available in a raw steel finish (easy to weld on additional tabs and paint any color you wish), and the medium and large sizes can also be ordered in a black powdercoat finish.
Since less is sometimes more, we'll dispense with the introduction and get on to the custom installation inside our 4Runner. Synergy Suspension's Baja Basket: destination anywhere!