Minitruckers are not known to be violent people, but sometimes we pick fights we're not destined to win. One day, while body-dropping his truck, Jason picked a fight with one of a minitrucker's best friends: the grinder. We're referring to a 9-inch grinder. The outcome was grinder: 1, Jason: 0, hospital: 1. According to Jason, the lesson was learned. "When fighting a 9-inch grinder, the grinder always wins," he said.

One battle Jason definitely won was the buildup of his truck. Jason started by taking the frame from a two-wheel drive Toyota HiLux and building it from there. He shortened the frame to fit the body of his 4Runner. "I'd seen a few 4Runners from the U.S. and loved them; they were my main motivation," exclaimed Jason. Once the frame was laid out on 20s, he was ready to fit the body back on.

The only major thing Jason really wished he would have done different was make more room in the back seat. "Right now, only little people fit in there. No real-size humans." Twenties was the biggest size that would have fit this truck. "If I had gone any bigger on the body-drop, the tires would have come through the top of the bonnet!" exclaimed Jason.

With a V-8 under the hood, big wheels, and a big body-drop, Jason is ready to roll. He loves the looks on people's faces when they see it lay out. Keep an eye out for Jason at all of the meets in the land down under. We're sure you'll hear him coming and take notice.

The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front/Rear): 20x8.5 Rex 925
Tires (Front/Rear): 225/35R20

Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Airbags FBSS
Suspension(Front ): Airbag
Suspension(Rear) : Cantilever four-link
Airbag type and size: (Front): Slam RE6(Rear): Phoenix 2600
Control arms: McDonald Bros. tubular uppers
Spindles/springs: Chassis Tech 2.5-inchdrop spindles
Shocks: Gabriel gas riders
Valves: ODE 1/2-inch
Compressor: Engine driven A/C compressor
Air line: 1/2-inch
Frame mods: Shortened 2WD HiLux frame to suit the 4Runner wheelbase.
Gas tank: GMH 63-litre tank
Brakes: (Front): 330mm Toyota Supra rotors and Nissan four-piston calipers (Rear): 300mm Ford rotors and Ford calipers
Misc.: Original steering dumped in favor of a shortened GMH power steering rack setup
Performed by: Jason Obrien
City/state: Fletcher, Australia

Body Modifications
Shaved: Handles, tailgate, fuel door, hood squirters, and rear number plate was sectioned
Body-dropped: 2.5-inch traditional B/D to lay pinch
Chopped: Top of front guards and hood bracing to make room for 20s
Front end: 4Runner front end
Back end: 40mm cut off the bottom of the rear bar-the ground got in the way
Taillights: Full clear
Suicide doors: No backward doors here
Misc.: Relocated fuel filler to top section of roof. Rear doorjambs and doors tubbed to allow room for 20s. Rear door locks were relocated. Completely new rolled firewall to allow clearance for 20s.
Performed by: Jason Obrien and BIG11N
City/state: Fletcher, Australia

Paint
Brand and colors: "Metalux" custom green and silver with a lime splitter
Style: Two-tone
Performed by: Joel Butcher (BIG11N)
City/state: Wallsend, Australia

Interior
Seats: Toyota Levin buckets
Material:Black vinyl and velour
Dash: Two-tone with custom gauge holder
Door panels: Re-trimmed in black
Flooring: Dynamat with black flexi carpet
Headliner: Black re-trimmed
Gauges: White face dials
Misc.: Seven switches to control the 'bags
Performed by: Owen's Upholstery
City/state: Fletcher, Australia

Stereo
Head unit: DVD/MP3
Mids and highs: Four 6.5-inch mids
Amplifier for mids and highs: Kenwood
Subwoofers: One 12-inch sub
Amplifier for subwoofers: Kenwood
Video: 7.5-inch monitor
Custom fabrication: Sub enclosure
surrounding the air tankPerformed by: Jason Obrien
City/state: Fletcher, Australia

Engine/Performance
Displacement: 4000cc
Model/year: Toyota 1uz-fe
Number of cylinders: Eight
Head type: Quad cam
Supercharger/turbo: Not yet
Transmission: Four-speed auto
Intake: K&N
Header/exhaust: STD headers - dual 2.5-inch into single 3-inch
Driveshaft: Toyota with slip joint in rear section
Rear-end type: Toyota with LSD center
Battery: Odyssey 925
Location: Engine bay
Inner fenders: Trailer fenders cut into topsof guards
Misc.: Painless wiring loom by Aussie Auto Looms
Performed by: Wiring by Sideshow Performance Wiring (JIM)

Special Thanks From Owner:
The biggest thanks of all goes to my beautiful wife, Jane, for all her support during the 2-year build. Also, thanks to Joel Butcher; he was right there every step of the way. And thanks to Jas at Living Low Customs, and all of the Ground Level guys for their support.

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