The Value of Bumpstops
We write all the time about hydraulic bumpstops around here, and I've ridden in several bumpstop-equipped trucks, but this was the first time I experienced a back-to-back apples-to-apples comparison of what a difference hydraulic bumpstops can make.
My personal '04 4Runner is equipped with a Total Chaos long-travel front kit that uses Sway-A-Way coilovers and boasts 13 inches of travel. As mentioned earlier, Will Browne's 4Runner uses a Total Chaos long-travel front kit that also has 13 inches of front travel. Will has Fox coilovers up front, but he also has a pair of Fox hydraulic bumpstops along for the ride.
It's a similar story for the rear suspension. Browne's 4Runner has hydraulic bumpstops and mine doesn't.
We drove on the same terrain on the same day. This was in the Hungry Valley OHV area near Gorman, California. Side note: we went during the week when it was safe to be going fast on these trails. On the weekend it's a bad idea to be going fast in a truck in Hungry Valley because there are lots of dirt bikes and quads running around. Back to the main point. Browne made quick time on me through the rough. When the 'bumps were mellow our speeds were about equal, but when the big stuff came I had to slow down to avoid harsh bottoming and potential truck damage.
Sitting shotgun in Browne's 'Runner, the value of hydraulic bumpstops was glaringly obvious. There was much, much more control during hard landings and big hits. With the hydraulic bumpstops, it was possible to hit the gas in places it wasn't safe to without them. They made that big a difference.
Hydraulic bumpstops are offered by Sway-A-Way, Fox, King, Bilstein, Light Racing, F-O-A, and Fabtech.
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Browne-built trickery rides up in the form of the bumper and skid plate. The skid plate i
'89 Toyota 4Runner
Will Browne/Redondo Beach, California
4.7L Toyota Tundra i-Force V-8
Stock EFI, K&N intake tube and filter, custom air filter box
Stock R-150F manual five-speed rebuilt by Marlin Crawler with synchros and shift kit
Stock chain-driven Toyota V-6 type
Total Chaos Gen II Caddy Kit, T.C. idler arm, and T.C. King Kong steering. Fox coilovers and bump stops. T-100 axle shafts. Custom-machined inner CV bells. Travel: 13 inches
Toyota Tacoma V-6 Prerunner with wheels spacers. Deaver spring-under leaf packs, and Browne-built four-link. Doetsch Tech shocks, Fox bump stops, and stock bump stops. Travel: 13 inches
Ring and Pinion:
4.10 to 1
Stock open differential
Stock open differential. Note: open differentials are great for preserving the drivetrain. You won't get as much traction, but you'll also avoid some types of breakage
33x125.0R15 BFG Mud Terrain T/A
American Racing 15x8
Full rollcage, suspension seats, and more trips to Baja. "I'm not going to Baja right now with all the craziness down there. I'll go back when things settle down."
Will also designed and built the rear bumper. The triple hitch receivers accommodate a str
Owner-built rock sliders keep the rocker panels pristine. They're coated with Rhino lining
The interior is largely stock, but there's a set of swapped in factory leather seats and a
No fiberglass fenders or bedsides here. These flares were created in metal. "It was a pain