NFR Time For a New SUV

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by LCnSac, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. Chawhee

    Chawhee Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2013
    Messages:
    195
    Likes Received:
    126
    Those are goodyear duratracs. I have a set and they are the quietest all terrain tire I have ever had. Those tires are quickly replacing the BFG T/A KO for the go to offroad tire. However, who knows what tire they will actually come with at the dealer. Here is a pic of my rig. I'm not a crazy fan of the yellow, but it is growing on me.

    +1 on the white.
     

    Attached Files:

    Drifter likes this.
  2. Sterling silver

    Sterling silver Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2004
    Messages:
    192
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    Gig Harbor, WA
     
  3. LCnSac

    LCnSac John or "LC"

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2011
    Messages:
    1,061
    Likes Received:
    299
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    Home Page:
    I think the yellow is OK. I would probably reverse the tires. It needs some blacked out accents.

    On the off road tires, the road noise can be annoying. I usually just run M+S. They don't look as good but get me over the pass legally in the winter (no studded tires in CA), and are fine on the road.
     
  4. Sterling silver

    Sterling silver Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2004
    Messages:
    192
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    Gig Harbor, WA
    Oh, yeah, I got the SR5 model.
     
  5. LCnSac

    LCnSac John or "LC"

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2011
    Messages:
    1,061
    Likes Received:
    299
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    Home Page:
    I wanted a suv that fit through my garage door, could tow my boat
    and got reasonable gas milage. Narrowed it down to 4Runner and
    Grand Cherokee. The T4R had more space which was important to
    me, so got a T4R.

    So far, I'm happy with the choice I made. I still feel a little bit like
    I'm herding cats down the hiway, but it meets most of my needs,
    ie gas mileage, towing, hauling float tubes and gear for 2 fly fishers.

    So, our needs are about the same. For whatever reason I thought it handled beautifully on the surface streets and the freeway. I've read about complaints; I just didn't see it. It was definitely more secure than the Jeep.
     
  6. constructeur

    constructeur Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2008
    Messages:
    1,601
    Likes Received:
    521
    Location:
    Seattle, Wa
    Tire wise, you guys might like the Michelin LTX M/S 2's. They were actually a design JV between Toyota and Michelin specifically for the Landcruiser in the early 90's, and have been updated since, in the late 00's. I have a set on my 92 cruiser (after I wore a set of the BFG T/A KO's out), and they're quiet, throw less rocks than the BFG's and are plenty capable offroad (even though they just look like a light truck tire.)


    ...all this fishing/travel/camp rig talk, I'm such an eccentric, I've been thinking lately about an older 4runner with the removable hardtop that I would freshen up, but I've seen a surge of shops importing the older diesel hilux's and surfs' (diesel 4 runner) and think those would be cool as hell to have too.
     
    Drifter likes this.
  7. LCnSac

    LCnSac John or "LC"

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2011
    Messages:
    1,061
    Likes Received:
    299
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    Home Page:
    If this vehicle were dedicated for huntin' 'n fishin' 'n boatin' 'n 'campin' (thank you Albert Brooks for "Rewriting the National Anthem"), and not for trips and general purpose, I'd either get an older T4R and build it, or more likely, the original Ford Bronco with removable hard top--if one could be found. Those were a high school kid's wet dream back then.
     
    constructeur likes this.
  8. Chawhee

    Chawhee Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2013
    Messages:
    195
    Likes Received:
    126
    318667_10150876989240527_1627514296_n.jpg you mean like this? =)
     
    Drifter likes this.
  9. LCnSac

    LCnSac John or "LC"

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2011
    Messages:
    1,061
    Likes Received:
    299
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    Home Page:
    Yep, like that!
     
  10. Chawhee

    Chawhee Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2013
    Messages:
    195
    Likes Received:
    126
    1934603_10150920472510527_306580173_n.jpg also, here is a picture of a 86 sammy with a volkswagen diesel that my brother put together =) turbo diesel mMmMmm
     
    Drifter likes this.
  11. LCnSac

    LCnSac John or "LC"

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2011
    Messages:
    1,061
    Likes Received:
    299
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    Home Page:
    Awesome. I have next to no talent for car restos--boats I can do OK. Jealous ;-)
     
    Chawhee likes this.
  12. steelydan

    steelydan Newb seeking wisdom

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2008
    Messages:
    432
    Likes Received:
    45
    Location:
    Sammamish WA
    I've posted before how unimpressed I am with my last two Toyotas.
    Under-engineered compared to my other cars.
    My 2006 Tacoma doublecab 4X4 needed:
    New springs all the way around, and I'm not talking '19 year old wants a lifted mall cruiser'. It literally rode on the frame rails in back. Known issue. Toyota issues 'Technical Service Bulletins' instead of recalls, that way they only have to replace the springs on vehicles under warranty.
    Do a search for 'Frame rail rusting out'.....That will alter your Toyota quality perspective.
    New radio...3 times. Finally, I just bought a $99 JVC unit and was amazed at the upgrade.
    My alloy wheels after 3 years look like they were a corrosion test bed.
    People point at them and say WTF....Toyota laughs and says 'you're out of warranty'. Never had that happen on a VW, Dodge, or Jeep.
    The 6sp manual tranny is another engineering fail....2500 rpm at 70mph is ridiculous.
    I had a Jeep Grand Cherokee that was a much better on and offroad vehicle and required no re-engineering and was extremely reliable.
    I would buy a Dodge 1500 diesel and put a shell on the bed and have a much better rig.
    If I had to have an SUV, it would be a Jeep Gr Cherokee.

    Toyota is brutally over-rated.
     
  13. LCnSac

    LCnSac John or "LC"

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2011
    Messages:
    1,061
    Likes Received:
    299
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    Home Page:
    I think we have opinions based on our experiences. Obviously ours are different with the Toys.

    I do have fond memories of the one Dodge I owned. It was I think a 1952 sedan, and I bought it for $25 when I was a freshman at Willamette. Actually five of us bought it for $5. That included the parking permit than only locals could have in the dorms. It had some weird Fluid Drive or something tranny, a fake vinyl roof made from black contact paper, but we bought it for the comfort and convenience of the very large and commodious mohair seats, front and back.

    For the less fortunate freshmen lacking a wheeled motel room, it was also quite a profitable hourly rental for us too.

    We never drove it except for short beer runs, except once when I decided to take it up to Portland. It made it to the Woodburn exit and started spewing fluid from somewhere. I pulled the reg and the plates, threw them in a trash can, and hitchhiked home, never heard from anyone nor saw the beloved Dodge again. Oh how I miss her…and her…
     
  14. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2004
    Messages:
    4,674
    Likes Received:
    1,421
    Location:
    Glenraven Ranch
    I guess I missed the part about this being a Toyota love-a-thon...:D
     
  15. P.Dieter

    P.Dieter Just Another Bubba

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2004
    Messages:
    792
    Likes Received:
    239
    Location:
    Seattle.
    Home Page:
    $.02
    A quick scan of the thread I saw no suggestion for an Explorer. I wonder how many are like me and completely miss the '11 redesign. Completely new rig, might be right next to you at the light and you don't realize it. Anyway had a 2014 rental (granted fully loaded) last month in MO and really liked it. It will be something I look at when my Dakota finally craps out.