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Overlanding in the Wild West! #4465798
07/21/17 05:33 AM
07/21/17 05:33 AM
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Philadelphia PA
SKVenture Offline OP
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Philadelphia PA
Our trip out to Colorado and Utah was a success!
(Minus a broken ankle and having to skip mountain passes in CO because of it)

Our 2000 4Runner preformed great and got us into some wild areas and more importantly got us out!

The White Rim Trail, a 3 day/2night 100+mile off road trail through Canyonlands in Utah was intense! Much more technical than we originally thought and at several points I though "there is no way we are getting out of this alive, let alone with the truck still operational!" But our 4Runner pulled us out of some very very difficult, steep, rocky inclines that I am still shocked from experiencing!

Having the opportunity to work as a team with my wife to get through the most challenging terrain I have yet to come across was a true life changing experience. Our bond with each other and with our 4Runner has never been stronger. Now, laying in bed back in Philadelphia, nursing my ankle I busted while hiking in Ouray CO, I can't help but to dream of our future adventures and what wild places our 4Runner will take us too next!

The only issues we ran into was with climbing the mountains through Colorado. The Truck did NOT like the altitude and would regularly burp coolant from the overflow tank pressure release valve.

It chugged along however and for up and down the mountain range twice! Water temps hit 220 and trans temps hit 265!!!

A trans fluid swap was done before we left and Inwill be doing another this weekend.

Motor oil used for the trip out and for the White Rim was 5w30 Redline. At 3000 miles we changed it while in Moab to M1 0w40. That oil now has about 3000 miles on it and I will be changing it out with PUP 5w30 this weekend.












Sadly this Toyota did not make it out alive. I hope everyone was ok!

Re: Overlanding in the Wild West! [Re: SKVenture] #4465805
07/21/17 05:42 AM
07/21/17 05:42 AM
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USA
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Wait a second... your entire post sounds suspiciously like a commercial advertisement for Toyota 4-Runners. laugh

Only ribbing you.

It sounds like it was a really great experience! Good luck on a swift recovery.

EDIT:
Your fluid changes appear to be unnecessarily short. That is money that could be going towards the little one's college fund. grin

Last edited by ArcticDriver; 07/21/17 05:45 AM.

Multiple Diesel and Gasoline vehicles
Re: Overlanding in the Wild West! [Re: SKVenture] #4465807
07/21/17 05:46 AM
07/21/17 05:46 AM
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Dallas,Tx USA
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That looks like a LOT of fun!! That's some beautiful scenery!! Cheers2


1996 Nissan 300ZX 5-speed,Arctic Pearl(#175 of 300)
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
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Re: Overlanding in the Wild West! [Re: ArcticDriver] #4465812
07/21/17 05:49 AM
07/21/17 05:49 AM
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Philadelphia PA
SKVenture Offline OP
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Philadelphia PA
Originally Posted By: ArcticDriver
Wait a second... your entire post sounds suspiciously like a commercial advertisement for Toyota 4-Runners. laugh

Only ribbing you.

It sounds like it was a really great experience! Good luck on a swift recovery.

EDIT:
Your fluid changes appear to be unnecessarily short.


Haha! Thanks!

Yes, I know the oil changed are short and could be extended. However I wanted to stick to 3k changes during the trip just because. I usually do 5k changes.

Re: Overlanding in the Wild West! [Re: SKVenture] #4465828
07/21/17 06:27 AM
07/21/17 06:27 AM
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Cincinnati
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Cincinnati
Two of my favorite things on Earth: The Western US, and a 4Runner. Gotta get me one of those before I kick it.


2005 Honda CR-V EX, 268k
Re: Overlanding in the Wild West! [Re: SKVenture] #4465831
07/21/17 06:31 AM
07/21/17 06:31 AM
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Posts: 5,368
Iowa
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Iowa
Incredibly awesome! I am envious of you!

Definitely don't worry about the temps you were seeing... They really weren't THAT bad in the big scheme of things.


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2000 Honda Accord 2.3
2001 Hyundai Elantra 2.0
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Re: Overlanding in the Wild West! [Re: SKVenture] #4465842
07/21/17 06:41 AM
07/21/17 06:41 AM
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Texas
Bud Offline
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Texas
Nice pictures. Thanks.


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Re: Overlanding in the Wild West! [Re: SKVenture] #4465861
07/21/17 07:14 AM
07/21/17 07:14 AM
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Ohio
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Ohio
Outstanding thread. Bravo!!


too many cars and oil combinations to list in 150 characters or less
Re: Overlanding in the Wild West! [Re: SKVenture] #4465960
07/21/17 08:48 AM
07/21/17 08:48 AM
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Chicago, IL
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Thanks for posting! That sounds like an awesome trip, glad to see the 4Runner made it. Do you happen to have any pictures of the sleeping quarters?


Originally Posted By: Chris Meutsch
Two of my favorite things on Earth: The Western US, and a 4Runner. Gotta get me one of those before I kick it.


It's on my list too! Either a 4Runner, or an older Toyota Pickup or Tacoma.

Re: Overlanding in the Wild West! [Re: SKVenture] #4465973
07/21/17 08:57 AM
07/21/17 08:57 AM
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VA
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VA
Sounds like a great trip. I backpacked down from the top and camped along the White Rim once. It would be cool to go around the whole island like you did.

Best wishes for a a fast recovery.

Re: Overlanding in the Wild West! [Re: SKVenture] #4465990
07/21/17 09:12 AM
07/21/17 09:12 AM
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South Florida
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I would love to do that trip on a motorcycle one day. All around Utah and Colorado.


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10 Acura TSX 2.4 Maxlife Syn 5W30
06 GMC Sierra Nextgen 10W30


Re: Overlanding in the Wild West! [Re: SKVenture] #4466052
07/21/17 10:21 AM
07/21/17 10:21 AM
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Olathe, KS
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Olathe, KS
Greetings from a fellow 4runner owner. I also had a 3rd gen 5spd which was a beloved member of the family. We also love Utah and the Moab area in general. I recognized several parts of the White Rim Trail from your photos. I can't read the decals on the back, what is your website?


2004 Toyota 4Runner | 180k | Castrol GTX 5w-30, PH8A
2012 VW Passat | 85k | PPHM/Redline 5w-30, XG9911
Re: Overlanding in the Wild West! [Re: SKVenture] #4466115
07/21/17 11:24 AM
07/21/17 11:24 AM
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Columbus,Nebraska
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I'm going to stir up a hornets nest here, but having grown up and lived in the Rockies for many years, I am saying no vehicle of any kind should ever have been allowed access to the back country. A total disaster for the fragile ecology and it's evident any place you go. cry

Re: Overlanding in the Wild West! [Re: SKVenture] #4466163
07/21/17 12:10 PM
07/21/17 12:10 PM
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Fort Worth TX
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Fort Worth TX
Fun trip! How hot was it out there in Utah? Also the coolant issue doesnt sound good.... Try to make sure you top off with toyota red when you can!


2011 Prius 96k miles RLI 5w20
97 Toy T100 4x4: amsoil 0w20 242k Miles
04 Toy Sienna awd: Pennzoil 0w20 281k Miles
Re: Overlanding in the Wild West! [Re: EdwardC] #4466264
07/21/17 01:46 PM
07/21/17 01:46 PM
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Posts: 1,950
Chicago, IL
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Chicago, IL
Originally Posted By: EdwardC
Thanks for posting! That sounds like an awesome trip, glad to see the 4Runner made it. Do you happen to have any pictures of the sleeping quarters?


Originally Posted By: Chris Meutsch
Two of my favorite things on Earth: The Western US, and a 4Runner. Gotta get me one of those before I kick it.


It's on my list too! Either a 4Runner, or an older Toyota Pickup or Tacoma.


Nevermind! I just found your YouTube Channel (and subscribed!) with the video of the sleeping platform. smile

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