New Mexico Backroads 4Runner Featured in 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine

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The New Mexico Backroads 4Runner is featured in the July/August issue of 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine. The cover shot is of me piloting the NMBR 4Runner through a boulder field on the Rocotillo Rapids trail. The “extreme” rated trail is located in the Chile Canyons northwest of Las Cruces. In the six-page article, I describe the evolution of the NMBR 4Runner over the past five years.

The 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine article highlights how I built the NMBR 4Runner for dual purposes: rock crawling and expedition type travel. Amongst a long list of modifications, the truck is equipped with 35-inch tires, dual lockers, underbody protection and custom bumpers. These components allow the NMBR 4Runner to traverse technical trails and still cruise on the highway at 75mph. Visit the image galleries of New Mexico Backroads and you will quickly realize variety of terrain and varying conditions to which the truck is subject.

Each year I log over 10,000 miles (nearly half of those on dirt) traveling the backroads of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. After each trail run and trip, I’m under the truck inspecting for damage and irregularities. Most often I find nothing, but I enjoy the peace of mind and being familiar with the truck. I obsess because I don’t want to be left out on the side of a mountain broken down because I neglected something simple. Having a dual purpose rig means knowing its limitations and paying careful attention to critical components. Since the NMBR 4Runner is fully built and complete, the majority of my attention and resources now go towards the preservation of the truck with a rigorous maintenance schedule. This helps ensure the NMBR 4Runner’s reliability and performance. While I’m often envious of more capable rigs, very few can turn around and drive 500 miles home. With over 160,000 miles on the odometer, the NMBR 4Runner continually proves itself as reliable.

To subscribe to 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine or to purchase an individual copy of the July/August issue, visit their website by clicking HERE. The magazine is also available at, Barnes & Noble and Hastings. Featured photography by Jake Quinones, Rory Hayostek & George Zoros