Trailhunter, Is It Overland Ready??

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One of the exciting trims coming with the 6th Gen 4runner is the Trailhunter (TH). Toyota has recognized the market for an overland ready trim that allows for the user to customize and suit the platform to fit the individual needs of differing weights that can be found in all the possible overland setups. Considering these factors, Toyota has come up with a collaboration with Old Man Emu for the suspension components.

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The Trailhunter will come equipped with an Old Man Emu (OME) suspension, that will provide a 2.0" lift in the front and a 1.5" lift in the rear. It will also come with upgraded forged upper control arms with the Trailhunter logo stamped onto them. These will help a lot with larger tire fitments that most owners will want to do. Toyota worked in close collaboration with Old Man Emu, who has been a large name in the overland and off road scene, seeking guidance in what future Toyota owners will want from their vehicle. Assisting in the manufacturing of the shocks is Bilstein, which makes the Off Road trim shocks, will be a huge plus because of their reputation for very well built and precise products.

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The shocks will be a 2.5" multi-phase bypass, with piggy back reservoirs in the rear and no reservoirs in the front. To assist with the weight needs and constant payload many overlanders will put their vehicle through, Toyota says it will be a "Position Sensitive" dampening system that will provide different dampening forces based on the position of the shock stroke and how fast the shock is cycling through the shock body.

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An easy comparison to this shock is the OME BP-51 which many suspected would be on the Trailhunter trim. There are some differences between these two shocks, one being the piston size. The BP-51 piston is 51mm and the new Trailhunter OME shock is 60mm. The larger piston will help a lot with assisting with the heavier payloads that are expected. One huge difference between these two is that the BP-51 is an adjustable shock, that has adjusters on both the front and rear. The TH will come without adjusters, but were made with 6061 forged aluminum in order to help dissipate heat and stand up to extreme temperatures. The closest comparison for the new TH shock is actually the Bilstein 6112/5160 system because of the shock body size, lack of adjustability, and the piggy back reservoirs that are only present on the rear shocks.

Overall, it's exciting to see Toyota really listen and offer off the sales floor solutions to it's customers. We will see how it holds up in real life tests, but nonetheless it is promising to see Toyota see a value in the overland market and make an investment into it.
 

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