Toyota 4Runner Overland Project Storm Runner – Pictures & Owner’s Story

Toyota 4Runner with Toytec Ultimate Lift kit

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Overlanding and vehicle assisted off-road travels have always attracted adventurers because they allow to get deeper in the wild and enjoy untouched nature with a better comfort. Many SUVs and trucks that we see on the internet and automotive magazines are rocking tons of gear and overlanding equipment worth some crazy amounts of money, however a good overlanding or adventure vehicle doesn’t have to be loaded with all possible mods and tweaks as long as it simply satisfies the needs of the owner and makes travels more convenient.

Toyota 4Runner Overland Project Storm Runner

This 2015 Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition with a nickname StormRunner isn’t packed with loads of gear and extreme mods, however it serves the role of ultimate adventure mobile for it’s owner Josh from Flagstaff, AZ and features some cool functional upgrades that are worth giving a closer look.

Toyota 4Runner Rock Crawler
The StormRunner is equipped with a Toytec Ultimate Lift to improve the road clearance and give some more room for larger mud tires Goodyear Duratrac sized at 285/70R17.
If you’re not a 4Runner guy and don’t know factory equipment specifications, you may be surprised by the fact the the rims on this rig are stock. Powder-Coated Trail edition rims look beefier thanks to the 1.25″ Wheel Spacers by SpiderTrax. The low profile roof rack is Eezi-Awn K9 2.2M and it helps Josh to pack just about anything on top of his StormRunner for the next adventure whether it’s kayaks, bags or any other gear. RCI Aluminum Skid Plates and StormRunner Designs custom rock sliders take care about protection of the body on the trails and give a convenient leg up for the passengers.

Toyota 4Runner Overland Roof Rack

I decided to arrange the further piece of this post in a simple interview manner to let Josh speak with his own words and share his experience of owning this beautiful Toyota 4 Runner overland project from the first hands.

What inspired you to build the StormRunner?
– Previous Builds. I did a Stormtrooper themed VW Passat W8 and off-road I have built up a Jeep TJ, Dodge Dakota, and Jeep KJ. StormRunner is a blend of those builds and new stuff that I find I need as I travel.

Main purpose of your vehicle?
– Overlanding, recreational offroading, daily driving

How often do you take it offroad?
– Weekly

Lifted Toyota 4Runner with RCI Aluminum Skid Plates and TRD Pro Grill

What are your plans on future mods?
– Travel! Travel is definitely the most important mod to me and as I travel I find things that could make life more enjoyable on the road or make the 4Runner more capable off-road. Next I will likely be looking at an awning and building my own on vehicle water system.

Who would you like to mention or thank for the help on your project?
– Just my wife who puts up with my long weekends in the garage building things for the truck or installing things on the truck. And every now and then when I could really use an extra pair of hands she will come help me.

Anything else you would like to tell us about your vehicle?
– Just a suggestion to other overlanders: Build your truck for YOUR needs. You don’t have to have a Roof-Top Tent and 22 Lightbars to have an “overland” vehicle. Go out and explore and decide on what would make your life more enjoyable while out and focus on those things. The goal for me is for my 4Runner to deliver me to amazing places and for it to be comfortable and enjoyable in getting there. The 4Runner is an amazing platform for that.

Toyota 4 Runner Overland With Kayak carrier

P. S. Beautiful photography and more information about this Toyota 4Runner overland project can be found on instagram. Hit the username storm.runner and check out the full build thread on the 4Runner Forum!

Toyota 4 Runner cargo area


  • RCI Aluminum Skid Plates
  • TRD Pro Grill
  • TREDPro Traction Boards
  • Ellis Precision Shift Knobs
  • StormRunner Designs Custom Drawer System
  • TRAIL Badges (Shapeways)
  • Odyssey Group 31 Battery
  • PelfreyBilt Battery Cage
  • Blue Sea 12-Circuit Auxiliary Fuse
  • BlockPelfreyBilt Fuse Panel
  • ARB 50Q Fridge
  • Painted Bumper Valences
  • Grand General 77650 Grill Lights
  • Interior LED Light Conversion
  • Differential Breather Re-Locate
  • Fog Light Independent Control
  • Sharkfin Antenna Delete
  • Dipped Fender Flares
Powder-Coated Trail Edition Wheels

  1. Jason L. 3 years ago

    Awesome 4 Runner, so how big is the lift? 3-4 inches?

  2. DiffLockMike 3 years ago

    Such a clean 4Runner, it really reminds me a storm trooper

  3. DiffLockMike 3 years ago

    Great build and really impressive photography

  4. Rob 1 year ago

    Thank you for sharing your rig with us! I like your philosophy on how you approach your builds. “Go out and see what you want/need to make your travels more enjoyable”. I will use this approach as I begin my build my 2018 TRD Off Road. Best wishes to you and safe travels!!!

  5. Alan 1 month ago

    Nice photos! Someone has a photo career in there a future if not already! Where did you get the black fender trim? I will be ordering a 2020 TRD pro in April of this year, thanks

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