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November 15, 2009
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Hi Everyone!

My family and I moved to Rocklin a little over a year ago and I recently needed tires for my wife's 06 4Runner. Well I ended up doing a light lift on the truck to accommodate the slightly larger tires. Was hoping to get into using the vehicle for something other than pavement running. πŸ˜€ It seems like most serious offroaders run short wheel based vehicles so I might be out of place with some of the clubs but thought I'd start with you guys. If you can give me some suggestions on some locale trails in the area I would like to start getting more familiar with my vehicles capabilities. My brother and I went out yesterday and putted around a bit in a rocky area between Marysville and Grass Valley and had fun on our first time 4wheelin. Was hoping to make a run today somewhere for a few hours but not sure where to go or what roads are open. Just looking for an easy intro run with dirt this time instead of river rocks everywhere. Hope to meet some of you in the future and have some fun.

Here is my ride and my brothers 98 Runner.

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November 15, 2009
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Welcome. Since you have a really clean rig and probably don't want to go out and dent/scratch it, I'd go check out Prarie City OHV Park in Folsom. It has a few little obstacles to try out and some dirt/mud tracks and hills climbs to play on.

I used to wheel a lot. . .

November 15, 2009
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Welcome to the board. Keep an eye on the board for snow runs as the winter goes along. Do either of you have the locking rear differential?

November 15, 2009
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Hi and welcome.

I don't have any suggestions for you on trails to run but do have one recommendation. For everyone's safety make sure you have adequate front and rear recovery points before you go hit the trails. Here's a short article on our website you might find helpful. http://wiki.posse4x4.org/Recov....._Equipment

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November 15, 2009
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Welcome.

You both have very nice 4-runners!

We have a 4-door JK as one of our off road vehicles so we have similar wheelbases. You are posting at the right time as we are entering snow season and it should prove a lot of fun for your rigs. You can easily test out their capabilities without the body damage problems. Like Fred stated above, be sure you have both front and rear recover points on your 4-runners. I've owned both body styles of 4-runners (we had a 96, a 98 and a 2003). They were all very reliable. My 96 had front revoery and a receiver hitch where we could add a d-ring reciever. The 98 was the same, but I don't recall if the newer body style had front recovery.

John's suggestion of a Prarie City trial is also good. If you post when you're out there, maybe we could make an easy/fun run out of it.

Good luck and hopefully you can make a run coming up!

November 16, 2009
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welcome. 8) 4runners are cool. πŸ˜€

November 16, 2009
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Thanks for the warm welcome! I'll start looking into the recovery equipment you mentioned. wink

November 17, 2009
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by Bender on Nov 15 2009 09:20 am

Welcome to the board. Keep an eye on the board for snow runs as the winter goes along. Do either of you have the locking rear differential?

My brothers truck has it. To my limited knowledge the Generation 4 4Runners don't have a locking rear diff as an option. All I have is an electronic switch to lock the center differential. Was/is there an option to get a locking rear diff on newer 4Runners? I know the FJ Cruisers have it available to them. Forgive my lack of knowing these facts. I am really more of a go fast car junky and this off road stuff is a wee bit knew to me.

November 17, 2009
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"t-dog" wrote:

by Bender on Nov 15 2009 09:20 am

Welcome to the board. Keep an eye on the board for snow runs as the winter goes along. Do either of you have the locking rear differential?

My brothers truck has it. To my limited knowledge the Generation 4 4Runners don't have a locking rear diff as an option. All I have an electronic switch to lock the center differential. Was/is there an option to get a locking rear diff on newer 4Runners? I know the FJ Cruisers have it available to them. Forgive my lack of knowing these facts. I am really more of a go fast car junky and this off road stuff is a wee bit knew to me.

Our 03 had the stability coontrol "locking mechanism". It also had the locking center diff and the downhill assist. I'm not sure what yours has, but you can easily test it at prarie city (bring a recovery strap and a buddy vehicle) when you go.

November 17, 2009
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"BKGM Jeepers" wrote:
Our 03 had the stability coontrol "locking mechanism". It also had the locking center diff and the downhill assist. I'm not sure what yours has, but you can easily test it at prarie city (bring a recovery strap and a buddy vehicle) when you go.

and stay out of the mud!!!! That stuff stays with you forever!

I just assumed it had some sort of locking diff like the trucks. I know little to nothing about the newer 4Runners. πŸ˜€

November 17, 2009
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"Bender" wrote: [quote="BKGM Jeepers"]
Our 03 had the stability coontrol "locking mechanism". It also had the locking center diff and the downhill assist. I'm not sure what yours has, but you can easily test it at prarie city (bring a recovery strap and a buddy vehicle) when you go.

and stay out of the mud!!!! That stuff stays with you forever!

I just assumed it had some sort of locking diff like the trucks. I know little to nothing about the newer 4Runners. πŸ˜€

Also, stay out of the "pit". I was playing in the mud pit, and leaking gas from other vehicles ended up etching my soft top windows. Not to mention what Keane is talking about. The mud is a clay and very difficult to get off when it dries.

November 18, 2009
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Welcome to the board. Some 4Runners had electric rear lockers. You can tell by looking for the funny solenoid on top of the differential. Heres an eBay link with a picture.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Toyota-4 ... ccessories

November 18, 2009
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Welcome to the board t-dog.

November 20, 2009
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by RockinCrawler on Nov 17 2009 05:19 pm

Welcome to the board. Some 4Runners had electric rear lockers. You can tell by looking for the funny solenoid on top of the differential. Heres an eBay link with a picture.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Toyota-4 ... ccessories

From what I've read it was 96-99 that they offered this locking rear diff. As for the 06 Runner I have it has DAC, Locking center diff and the other electronic stability function someone mentioned in a previous post. When I climb something pretty steep I can certainly hear a lot of crap going on with the ABS system and such. I assume this is all a make shift way to provide traction where needed.

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