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In February 2016 I bought this Toyota 4-Runner Trail Edition with KDSS, which I have named “Megaweapon”. Although I have owned SUVs for most of my adult life, and have spent decades off-roading and “overlanding”, I never did any modifications to my previous vehicles other than adding a roof rack and better tires. But now, at my age, I figure this may very well be my last SUV so I might as well splurge and customize it.


On this page I’ll be posting photos of Megaweapon’s transition from straight-off-the-lot stock, to the capable, good-looking beast it is now.  



July 1, 2016: Added BudBuilt “rock sliders”.

July 8, 2016: Swapped out the stock tires for BFG KO2 all-terrain tires.

July 29, 2016: Removed stock rack and added Gobi “no-rise” Stealth roof rack and ladder.

January 3, 2017: Added MetalTech front bumper; King coil over shocks; stronger rear springs; about 1.5”-2” lift.

February 10, 2017: RCI skid plates.

April 27, 2017: Custom filler plate to fit the gap between bumper and skids.

August 2, 2018: Added LED light bars on front and sides of roof rack

May 3, 2019: Upgraded interior lighting and back up lights to LEDs.




Updated July 2021







Video:  Megaweapon Hits The Trail Vol. 1


This is a fun little video I put together showing some off-road action and scenes from my 2016 Nevada/Mojave trip.


Click here to see the photos and info from my 2016 Nevada/Mojave trip!



New Videos:   These were shot during a trip to the desert to try out my new DJI Mavic Pro camera drone, and include some cool aerial shots:


Arroyo Seco                Cholla Trails                Badlands Afternoon






My first off road trip with the new 4Runner, in March 2016:


    Borrego Trip March 2016


More photos of Megaweapon’s adventures in the Anza-Borrego desert, from various short trips in 2017:


    Anza-Borrego Trips 2017 







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THE CREATION OF MEGAWEAPON -- MODIFYING MY 2016 TOYOTA 4RUNNER