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Old 09-22-2018, 02:43 PM #1
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Meet Aren, the Desert-Runner

Hi folks. I work the back counter for Auburn Toyota's parts dept. Been there for 17 years and counting. Back in 2005, one of our shop techs sold me his 1988 4Runner. He had just finished rebuilding a fresh 22RE, and dropped it in the rig before selling it to me. I've put 111,000 miles on it so far. She's got 301,000 and counting overall.
13 years later, she's still going strong as my daily driver. I just had the new bumpers I bought, as well as the shell-top, rhino-coated; and had her painted too. Next up will be getting the seats re-done.
I've named her "Aren the Desert-Runner." Aren comes from her model number; RN61. Desert-Runner comes from our annual camping trips to Pyramid Lake in the Nevada high desert.

Here she is shortly after I got her in '05...(at Folsom Lake)

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My Pyramid Lake Hotel...

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And, all restored up and looking pretty...

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Old 09-22-2018, 04:12 PM #2
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The top doesn't look to bad like that.
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Beautiful truck. I wish mine was that clean!
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thats the dream! beautiful truck
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Thanks guys. I think I want this rig to be my casket when the time comes...


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Clean and tastefully-done!
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No "like" button lately, so here is a big "THUMBS UP"!!
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I like this one a lot. Tell me about that rear tube bumper, please. Where's you get that?
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I like this one a lot. Tell me about that rear tube bumper, please. Where's you get that?
Thank you!

It's the Trail Gear Rock Defense; I got it from 4Wheel Parts. I had it Rhino coated along with the front bumper and shell top.
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It's the Trail Gear Rock Defense; I got it from 4Wheel Parts. I had it Rhino coated along with the front bumper and shell top.
Thanks for the information!
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That thing is clean! Wish mine was half that clean. Looking at one like this shows me just how much work I really have to do on my new project


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Thanks again guys.

@chbarnha , $3000 got it all done; I was able to stretch the cash pretty far.

Here's a few interior improvements I've made since my last post...

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wow! looks really great for over 300k
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Scored a set of SR5 alloys! They were pretty grimy and pitted, but they cleaned up fairly well...


Meet Aren, the Desert-Runner

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Took her for a cruise up to the hills yesterday, from Auburn to Foresthill and back.

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