AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND: used 4x4 vehicles for sale or hire in Africa
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND: used 4x4 vehicles for sale or hire in Africa
AFRICA 4X4 CAFE -  EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND: used 4x4 vehicles for sale or hire in Africa
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND: used 4x4 vehicles for sale or hire in Africa
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND: used 4x4 vehicles for sale or hire in Africa
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND: used 4x4 vehicles for sale or hire in Africa AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND: used 4x4 vehicles for sale or hire in Africa
 
Exterior fittings:
My Toyota 4runner in the UK
My Toyota 4runner, called the "Bundubasher", in the UK after the OME suspension, ARB bullbar and SAFARI snorkel were fitted, but still with 15" alloys, BFG ATs and side steps!
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My zebra striped 4x4: the bundubasher, in Nairobi National Park

New "Africanised" Bundubasher with....
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My zebra striped 4x4: the bundubasher, in Nairobi National Park
...16" Landcruiser steel wheels, Michelin XZLs and after I stripped off the wheel arch flairs and side steps, added a roof rack and rear wheel carrier.
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ARB Deluxe Winch Bull Bar - Picture copyright ARB
ARB Winch Bullbar
Picture © ARB




ARB Winch Bullbar

My 4Runner came with an A frame nudge bar and a light metal full width bumber, nice but I thought I'd like to upgrade it. So I looked around and found the ARB Deluxe Winch Bullbar (ARB34114070) from Frog's Island 4x4, and which is an awesome bit of kit! I'm not going to fit an electric winch yet (WARN XD9000), not just because of the cost but the ergonomics of an electric winch are in question too so I'll settle for my manual winch from BLACK RAT for the moment.

 




SAFARI Snorkel

Of course protecting my investment is utmost in my mind, but so is trying to increase the performance of my vehicle and allowing it to perform well in many different environments, and so I've bought, and had fitted, a Safari Snorkel System (SS106HF) from Frog's Island 4x4. Not really an essential item it does though protect my engine from excessive dust and water and at the same time delivers a continuous supply of cooler air needed for max. engine performance.

ARB Deluxe Winch Bull Bar & Safari Snorkel
Full frontal Bundubasher!
Toyota 4runner in the  uk with my diy roofrack
Thule bars & Marine Ply

 

 

Free floating leg of the roof rack
The last bar is bolted to the ply - not the roof.
Galvanised U-bolts, nuts, plate & nylocks.




Roofrack

I'd like a roof rack for a roof tent and I'd like to be able to utilise the whole length of the roof. Thule bars will only fit above the door frames and there is no immediate solution to the problem of rear support. Because roofracks for the 4 Runner are so scarce, I tend to think that they are unadvisable as the roof may be too weak. Sheppard's book on "Vehicle Dependant Expeditions" also does not advise roof racks unless they are in some way supported from the chassis.

Now I've got a new "low cost" plan! I've been buying Thule roof bars off eBay and extra fittings from Halfords. So I've got one roof bar (No gutters, clamp on type) as far forward as possible, a second (clamp on) foward on the second door frame with a Thule "short roof adaptor" behind it giving me a third roof bar 70cm behind the second. This would support a sheet of Marine Ply (MP) approx: 2m long by 1.2m wide. By using a fourth Thule bar (not clamped to the roof) I can extend this to 2.4 m in length. The MP will be held in position by 8 U-bolts. This will give me a 2.3 x 1.22 m platform on the roof. This gives me: 1. A "double shelled" roof thereby making the interior "cooler" and 2. enough space for a game watching/sleeping platform; it might even take a spare tire or two! There will not be much weight involved in this method and the best thing is that it will be cheap!

I'll be painting the top surface white before I leave (to reflect the sun) and will be storing the two spare wheels above the driver and a rooftent to the rear. (I'll also try and squeeze an awning in along the side!)

Toyota 4runner  front view
Total area: 230cm x 122cm

 

 

side view of roof rack
2 x roofbars, 1 x short roof adaptor plus 1 "free floating"
Toyota 4runner swing away  spare whelel carrier.
Swing away spare wheel carrier - courtesy of Lucky.




Swing out spare wheel

Fnally fitted the spare wheel carrier that I got from Lucky on the Hilux Surf Forum. Fabricated some reinforcing plates and just bolted the thing on - no problems.

 
Aluminium sand ladder
1.2m Aluminium Sand Ladder - bottom




Aluminium Sand Ladders

Covering the two side windows (and hung on two specially fabricated aluminium hooks) are the two sand ladders. They provide extra protection for the large back windows and are easily accessible.

NB: Tried using them as bridging ladders and the bloody things bent! More usefull if I had bought 2 pairs instead of 1.

aluminium sand ladders
1.2m Aluminium Sand Ladder - top
IPF front
IPF 800 Series 130W spots

 

 

IPF fogs and spots
IPF 930 Series (9301) 170W spots courtesy of MattF
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IPF Spotlights on roofrack & bullbar

The roads here in Kenya are frikkin awful! When we drove up from Zim, we mainly did so at night and this was mighty stressfull. The majority of big trucks that we met on the "Great North Road" refused to dip their lights when we flashed them and this caused us to pull off the road in order to make sure we weren't hit by them.

Having spotlights on the roof was a good decision for two reasons:

1. They help you see animals and potholes in the road far ahead and therefore allow you to take emergency action.

2. The lights are high enough to get in the truck drivers' eyes and so they do dip their lights once you hit them with these!

NB: MattF of the www.hiluxsurf.co.uk forum donated the 930 spots! Thanks mate!

IPF left
LHS

 

 

 

ipf bottom
Bottom
rear wiindow guard
New rear window mesh.
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Mesh over rear window

There has always been a worry in the back of my mind that someone might "smash and grab" kit via the rear window. So I used some of the same mesh used for the dog-guard to make a rear mesh screen. It locks on the left and right with pop -riveted hasps and padlocks.

I got a "Jua Kali" to fabricate some hinges and bolted those onto the roofrack. The mesh then swings down over the rear window.

rear door padlocks
New rear window mesh padlocks. Also shown is extra rear cargo door padlock. Both use pop-riveted hasps.
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main forward light guard
New light protection.
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radiator guard
Radiator protection - I'll cover this with mosquito mesh and it'll make a fine grass seed and bug catcher..
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Light Protection

To help protect the lights I used some of the spare material from above to make light guards and a radiator mesh to catch grass seeds &c before they get embedded in the radiator. Both are attached using large hose clamps, this allows them to rotate up for cleaning the lights. A couple more odd bits allowed me to make sidelamp protectors as well.

light guard
New light protection.
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awning
Left view of awning.
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Awnings

To give me shade and protection from tropical downpours whilst working or relaxing, I've added two awnings that roll up at the sides of the vehicle. Basically I can park broadside onto the sun, drop the luff awning and open the lee awning, thereby keeping the car and ourselves cool. NB: Note the solar panel mounted at the front of the roofrack (just visible between the IPF spots), "poo" spade and the rear mounted 55W spotlight. There's also a lonely Hela 550 mounted up front - t'other got smashed off-road.

 
awning
Rear view of awning.
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hi-lift jacking point
Front jackpoint

 

Jackpoints

In order to make jacking quick and safe I had some jack points fabricated and welded onto the cross member at the rear and bolted onto the ARB bullbar at the front.

 
hi-lift jacking point
Rear jackpoint
 

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