Picked up this 07 SR5 2WD V6 Auto and the end of 2014, after wanting something a bit more capable off road,
4x4 SR5's weren't really in my budget, and neither were any other makes at the time,
I've been into USA desert racing/pre runners etc for a couple years and know that 2WD's are more than capable in the dirt with the right mods.
only set back is this a 5 stud, and i'm limited in the choice of affordable suspension options
so anyway, here's where i'm up to currently with the build.
when i first picked up it, complete with way too much fat chrome tubing
as soon as i got it home, i removed the nudge bar, side steps, and rear step
drove it like this up untill a couple weeks ago when i had some spare change to get some parts
checked ebay/gumtree everyday for tyres, was hoping to find some 30x9.5's which i did finally,
BFG A/T's bit old, but good tread still, i had sold the nudge bar the week before, and that paid for the tyres.
no way could I afford any brand new ones right now, i've got my weddding in June, and then honeymoon in Oct, so as long as these last untill then they will be fine.
got them mounted on a set of 15x7 +7 dynamic steel wheels, test fitting
had to machine up some hub centric rings for the rear, as the center in the wheels is 84mm, and my hubs are 60mm...
the front wheels were hitting the caliper, which i knew would happen, so we machined some 4mm hub centric slip on spacers for the front, plenty of thread left on the stud, so i'm happy with that.
as far as suspension mods go, i've removed the overload leafs from the rear, which has softened up the ride when you hit big bumps, i don't carry any load really apart from my bike or whatever
and in the front i fitted a pair of king springs "Raised" springs which were supposed to offer around 30mm lift, but I only gained 10mm, hardly worth the effort, but the ride and handling improved a lot.
I'm planning on machining up some 6mm strut shims to hopefully gain another 10mm or so lift, without sacrificing too much down travel.
went for a quick lap around Mt Disappointment, and here she is currently.
next i'd like to replace the rear shocks, maybe trd bilsteins might work
and for the front I have absolutely no idea what to do, unless i can stumble upon a few grand to get an Icon Motorsport mid travel kit from the USA...