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Overlanders here checking in! #4359851
03/21/17 08:31 PM
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Philadelphia PA
SKVenture Offline OP
SKVenture  Offline OP
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Philadelphia PA
Hello!

My wife and I have been lurking on the forum for some time and we finally joined! We are in the process of planning a wildly ambitious trip to some of the most extreme and remote locations in the continental USA.

To get us there, we are currently overhauling and customizing a 2000 Toyota 4Runner.

When it comes to motor oil, this site was a fantastic resource! I think I read over 200 posts on different options and lots and lots of opinions. It was very helpful for us as we continue to build out our rig.

I'm looking forward to continue to learn and contribute here!



Re: Overlanders here checking in! [Re: SKVenture] #4359926
03/21/17 10:18 PM
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VA
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Tell us more about the trip!!

Re: Overlanders here checking in! [Re: SKVenture] #4359984
03/22/17 03:35 AM
03/22/17 03:35 AM
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Indiana
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Indiana
Good looking Toyota.


03 Jeep WJ 4.0 202k Castrol Edge 10w40 HM Fram XG16
02 Volvo S60 2.4T 186k M1 0w40 Mahle OX149D
97 Chevy Blazer 4.3 153k Synpower 5w30 Supertech ST3980 (Ecore)

Re: Overlanders here checking in! [Re: SKVenture] #4360018
03/22/17 05:25 AM
03/22/17 05:25 AM
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Virginia Beach
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Tell us more about the truck!


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Re: Overlanders here checking in! [Re: Astro14] #4360021
03/22/17 05:28 AM
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'Stralia
Shannow Offline
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'Stralia
Originally Posted By: Astro14
Tell us more about the truck!


what he said..

Re: Overlanders here checking in! [Re: bvance554] #4360038
03/22/17 06:07 AM
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Philadelphia PA
SKVenture Offline OP
SKVenture  Offline OP
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Philadelphia PA
Originally Posted By: bvance554
Tell us more about the trip!!


We are going to Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.

In Colorado we are driving the infamous Black Bear Pass as well as Imogene pass. In Utah, we are going to one of the most remote locations in the continental US. We are hoping to find robbers roost, the remains of Butch Cassidy and the Sun Dance Kid's actual hideout/cabin. We also plan to hit a few other trails in the Moab area before making our way to the Grand Teton area in Wyoming. We are going to be off paved roads as much as possible.

Re: Overlanders here checking in! [Re: Shannow] #4360043
03/22/17 06:18 AM
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SKVenture Offline OP
SKVenture  Offline OP
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Philadelphia PA
Originally Posted By: Shannow
Originally Posted By: Astro14
Tell us more about the truck!


what he said..


Itchy Foot is it's name!

2000 4Runner SR5. 165,000 miles on her as of now. We bought her for $4500 about a year ago. Since then, we have spent close to $7000 in making her like new.

Brand new, Toyota OEM:

Ball Joints
Steering Rack + all tierods
Radiator
Timing Belt Kit (Belts, Waterpump, thermostate, cam seals, ect..)
Big brake upgrade (Tundra rotors, pads, and calipers)
All fluids have been changed
All filters have been changed (air,fuel,ect..)
All hoses have been changed
All sensors have been cleaned/replaced if needed


Aftermarket
3 inch lift - Bilstein shocks and struts - Old Man Emu springs
255/65R16 BFGoodrich mud terrains
Hella driving lights
Cat-back exhaust



Still to do:
Communications - install radio


Feel free to follow along as we continue to plan for the trip! We're on Facebook @letsgooverland


**I forgot the most important info!!
The drivetrain has been meticulously cared for its whole life. The engine consumes zero oil over a 5000 mile change interval.

We have opted to use Redline 5w30 at a 5000 mile interval.

Last edited by SKVenture; 03/22/17 06:23 AM.
Re: Overlanders here checking in! [Re: SKVenture] #4360061
03/22/17 06:53 AM
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NY
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NY
That sounds like a fun trip you're planning! How long do you figure it take you?

Nice truck too! Is that still the original transmission and transfer case in there with 165K miles on them?


2006 Jeep GC 4.7L, Died @ 153059 mi frown
2008 Xterra 4.0L, 104500 mi
2016 Jeep GC 3.6L, 19100 mi
2017 Benz C300 14000 mi
Re: Overlanders here checking in! [Re: fcjeep] #4360063
03/22/17 07:03 AM
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Philadelphia PA
SKVenture Offline OP
SKVenture  Offline OP
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Philadelphia PA
Originally Posted By: fcjeep
That sounds like a fun trip you're planning! How long do you figure it take you?

Nice truck too! Is that still the original transmission and transfer case in there with 165K miles on them?


We are planning to do everything in 14 days.

Yes, everything is original.

As stated, the truck was meticulously maintained.

The frame is even rust free! The previous owner (original owner) coated it every fall.

After this trip, we are planning a trip to Newfoundland and Labrador next year and then ton Alaska and the Yukon Territory after that.

Re: Overlanders here checking in! [Re: SKVenture] #4360285
03/22/17 11:48 AM
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That's a gorgeous house!!


1996 Nissan 300ZX 5-speed,Arctic Pearl(#175 of 300)
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4,auto,San Marino Red
Pennzoil Platinum 5W20

Re: Overlanders here checking in! [Re: aquariuscsm] #4360295
03/22/17 12:04 PM
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Philadelphia PA
SKVenture Offline OP
SKVenture  Offline OP
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Philadelphia PA
Originally Posted By: aquariuscsm
That's a gorgeous house!!


Yea! The wish it was ours! Lol

It's the Ryers Estate. They where a wealthy family in Philadelphia in the 19th century. It's now a museum. We where exploring our neighborhood in the snow!

Re: Overlanders here checking in! [Re: SKVenture] #4360322
03/22/17 12:42 PM
03/22/17 12:42 PM
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The Canyons
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The Canyons
Welcome, from one 3rd gen 4Runner owner to another. My '97 SR5 V6, 5-speed, diff-locker equipped, factory leather, moonroof, premium sound and larger wheels and tires 4Runner, is the oldest vehicle I own. Almost 20 years after buying it new off the lot, I still have no desire to sell it. These days it's my Winter driver, and off-road exploration vehicle.

You've already covered the maintenance items I would've suggested.

I think you're in for quite an adventure, as I've been to the places listed in your itinerary in my 4Runner. Be aware that the trails in the Colorado San Juan's can be closed due to snow, into late summer.

Black Bear Pass: I'll just say that when the trail starts steeply downhill, and 1st gear low-range feels waaaaay too fast, the pucker factor really goes up! Then you get to the switchbacks...

Here's a local business, that has the latest info on individual trail status: San Juan Trail Conditions

Re: Overlanders here checking in! [Re: 02SE] #4360760
03/22/17 08:43 PM
03/22/17 08:43 PM
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Philadelphia PA
SKVenture Offline OP
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Philadelphia PA
Originally Posted By: 02SE
Welcome, from one 3rd gen 4Runner owner to another. My '97 SR5 V6, 5-speed, diff-locker equipped, factory leather, moonroof, premium sound and larger wheels and tires 4Runner, is the oldest vehicle I own. Almost 20 years after buying it new off the lot, I still have no desire to sell it. These days it's my Winter driver, and off-road exploration vehicle.

You've already covered the maintenance items I would've suggested.

I think you're in for quite an adventure, as I've been to the places listed in your itinerary in my 4Runner. Be aware that the trails in the Colorado San Juan's can be closed due to snow, into late summer.

Black Bear Pass: I'll just say that when the trail starts steeply downhill, and 1st gear low-range feels waaaaay too fast, the pucker factor really goes up! Then you get to the switchbacks...

Here's a local business, that has the latest info on individual trail status: San Juan Trail Conditions


Outstanding! Thanks for the site. We have been following the local Facebook pages to get reports. Seems like they where rocked with snow this year. We might have to do the trip in reverse to allow an extra week or two for it to thaw. We're heading out in mid July.

Re: Overlanders here checking in! [Re: SKVenture] #4361002
03/23/17 07:01 AM
03/23/17 07:01 AM
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Iowa
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So very jealous of your trip! My wife and I road tripped out west last summer for our vacation and I REALLY want to go back!

As for the trip and obstacles you have planned- I'll say it sounds like you and your wife are quite the pair! It's good to hear that you're both like minded enough to undertake such a trip. It will take a good strong relationship to make it through without any snarking, snipping or injury- to yourselves or the Yota. GOOD LUCK! And please post pics when you get back!!!


2005 Lincoln Aviator 4.6 DOHC
2000 Honda Accord 2.3
2001 Hyundai Elantra 2.0
1979 Ford F-150 351M
Re: Overlanders here checking in! [Re: SKVenture] #4361008
03/23/17 07:04 AM
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Virginia Beach
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The 5VZ-FE is a way better engine than the 3VZ-E in my 1990 4Runner. The big brakes are a great upgrade. When I lived in Colorado, the old 4Runner used to struggle up hills and coming down could be a challenge with the factory brakes. I had a Downey lift kit, with Doetsch Tech shocks and it was a great set up. Similar to yours.

The other weak link in my truck was the A340 transmission. I think you've got the same one. It doesn't get enough cooling from the cooler loop in the radiator, especially when the converter is unlocked and you're on the gas hard, as you will be when climbing mountain passes or rock crawling.

I strongly encourage you to add a decent size plate type transmission oil cooler. One like this: http://www.bmracing.com/products/70264-oil-cooler-large-supercooler-14400-btu-rating-black/

Here's my old truck. Picture on the Outer Banks from last summer. A 4Runner is an outstanding choice for exploring the back country. If you could add fuel capacity, that would help...




Last edited by Astro14; 03/23/17 07:04 AM.

32 Packard 15W40
02 Volvo V70 T5 0W40 M1
02 Volvo V70 XC 0W40 Edge
05 MB S600 0W40 M1
16 Tundra 1794 5W30 Pennzoil Ultra
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