Will Browne's '89 Toyota 4Runner doesn't jump out at you, even though it flies through the air with the greatest of ease. Beneath that stealthy exterior is a 4.7L iForce Tundra V-8. As if the V-8 swap weren't enough, Will built his own adapter to mate the iForce to his stock manual five-speed. Pure genuis.
Instead of going with fiberglass fenders and bedsides, Will found a custom motorcycle fabricator who pulled off a clean flaring job with real steel.
Long-travel front and rear suspension, consisting of a Total Chaos Gen II Caddy Kit up front and custom Deaver spring-under leaf packs in the rear, gets the V-8 power to the ground.
It was a no-brainer to pick Will's 4Runner as a Top 4 choice.
Vehicle: '89 Toyota 4Runner
Owner/Hometown: Will Browne/ Corona, California
Engine: 4.7LToyota Tundra i-Force V-8
Induction: Stock EFI, K&N intake tube and filter, custom air filter box
Transmission: Stock R-150F manual 5-speed rebuilt by Marlin Crawler
Transfer case: Stock chain-driven Toyota V-6 type
Front end: Total Chaos Gen II Caddy Kit, T.C. idler arm, and T.C. King Kong steering. Fox coilovers and bumpstops. T-100 axle shafts. Custom-machined inner CV bells. Travel: 13 inches.
Rear end: Toyota V-6 Prerunner with wheel spacers. Deaver spring-under leaf packs, and Browne-built four-link. Doetsch Tech shocks, Fox bumpstops, and stock bump stops. Travel: 13 inches
Ring and Pinion: 4.10:1
Front Differential: Stock open differential
Rear 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.)
Tires: 33x12.50R15 BFG Mud Terrain T/A
Wheels: American Racing 15x8
Future Plans: Full rollcage, suspension seats, and more trips to Baja.