Internal/External Cage 1985 Toyota 4Runner

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Internal/External Cage 1985 Toyota 4Runner

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you cut off all your body panels and decided to cage your off-road rig? I am super excited to be able to give you a rig walk around with my good buddy Russell he’s got a 1985 Toyota 4Runner that has had all the body panels removed more or less everything is strip down and as simple as you can make it. Probably the only two things that are stock on this vehicle or the frame and the rear axle.

Russell purchases this vehicle from a gentleman down in Santa Cruz, and he had built it up almost exactly as you see it today. Russell has done a few different mods and upgrades to the vehicle since he has owned it. The 4Runner has a 22R propane powered motor. The power of the propane takes a little getting used to. I feel that you need to give it more pedal than the typical gasoline engines. The Supertramp exhaust system on the long tube headers with the propane motor has a very distinct noise.

Riding on 36 inch Super Swampers and locked front and rear this vehicle goes nearly everywhere. Since all the body parts have been removed and even including some of the firewall for improved visibility. There are a number of ways that you can get yourself in and out of trouble with this rig.

HometownFolsom, CA
Vehicle Type1985 Toyota 4Runner (Buggy)
Frame / Chassis Design1985 Toyota 4Runner
Frame / Chassis MaterialsStock
Cage / Cage Material1 3/4 .120 wall DOM
Overall Wheelbase104"
Overall Length178" (Stinger > bumper)
Belly Pan Clearance23"
Overall Height77"
Wheel Track Width77"
Overall WeightN/A
Front Suspension / Type / Materials Leaf Springs, Toy 35
Front Sway BarNone
Front ShocksRancho w/ Resivors
Front Bump StopsNone
Front Axle Housing85 Toyota with knuckle gussets
Front Differential / LockerARB
Front Ring & Pinion / ratio4:11 Stock
Front Differential CoverRuffstuff Bent Plate
Front Axle ShaftsLongfield 30 spline
Front Drive Flanges / HubsTrail-Gear Drive Flanges
Front BrakesIFS Breaks with stock rotors
Front Steering SetupTrail-Gear six-shooters, trunnion bearing eliminator, Crossover steering, and hydro asst, 1.5" Wheel spacers
Front DriveshaftTrail-Gear long slip extended for 2nd T-case
Rear Suspension / Type / Materials Longer Springs Toy 37, U-bolt flip kit
Rear Sway barNone
Rear ShocksRancho
Rear Bump StopsNone
Rear Axle Housing Stock
Rear Differential / LockerDetroit
Rear Ring & Pinion / RatioStock
Rear Differential CoverWeld on cover (unknown manufacturer)
Rear Axle ShaftsStock
Rear BrakesStock Drum
Rear DriveshaftShortened for 2nd T-case
Rear Steering SetupNone
Tire Make / Size36x13.5 Super Swamper Irocks
Wheel Make / Size / Bolt Pattern Steel 15″ (6 on 5.5″) All American
Engine Make22R with GotPropane conversion
Engine Displacement2.4L
Engine TQUnknown
Engine HPUnknown
Engine InductionEFI Propane
Engine Modifications1 wire Alt, Long tube headers
BatteriesOptima Yellow Top
Air IntakeSpectre (Propane Conversion)
ExhaustCustom Supertrapp
Transmission MakeToyota W56 5 speed
Transfer Case(s)Dual cases both stock with 2.28 low gears
Fuel ContainmentPropane 10lb tank
Body / Body PanelsNone
Body ModificationsRemoved
Skid plate / MaterialYes (unknown manufacturer)
Painter NameRattle Can Black
Hood / GrilleNone
Floors / FirewallsStock (Some firewall, and front floor section)
Dash / Gauges / SwitchesProTech (Oil, RPM, and Temp), Light, air compressor for front locker
Steering Column / WheelStock / 15″ grant wheel
Pedal Assembly / Cutting BrakesStock
Seats / HarnessesFront - Seats Unknown, Crow Harness
Back - Bomz Seats, Simson Harness
ElectronicsCB and CD player added with speakers (Boss) on the back tube
Lights Interior / Exterior20" Lightbar
Safety – Fire ExtinguisherYes
Winches – Front / RearFront - Smittybuilt XRC8 with Synthetic Rope
ExtraAir Compressor with a small air tank

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