Prerunners

The first thing you notice when you look at this Prerunner is that it is not your everyday run-of-the-mill Prerunner. This is a Dual-Sport buggy sometimes called a truggy.

No matter if you like to float over the dunes at Glamis or you are prerunning the Baja 1000, Full Potential Offroad’s car will get the job done.

I wish there was a place I could go and buy a prerunner because I don’t have the time to wait for one to be built. If this is something you say to yourself then you’re in luck.

The Extreme Motorsports Expo 2007 is the 5th year for this great event. It is held at the Orange County Fair Grounds in Costa Mesa CA. Let me tell you if you like anything offroad this is a must see event. It offers everything for the offroad enthusiast like long travel sand cars, lifted golf carts, highly modified side x sides like Rhinos, prerunners and giant lifted trucks.


While browsing a few of my favorite message boards I came across this Explorer that I had to share with all of you. I contacted the owner, and he was nice enough to provide us with some great pics and the details of building an Explorer Prerunner that makes for a very versatile prerunner.

The owner of this daily driven Explorer prerunner is a full time student at Cal State San Marcos, Dave Richardson. Along with thrashing around in the deserts near San Diego where he lives he is also an avid surfer.

If you know anything about Prerunners then I am sure you have heard the name Dixon Bros Racing. They have revolutionize the offroad industry by creating long travel suspension kits while still being able to retain 4WD. The Dixons have a long history in offroad racing, and it doesn’t hurt that they have engineering backgrounds. Their background shows in their products. You can see for yourself with the front-end Long Travel Suspension build of our Desert 4x4 Project Ford Ranger.

When I was a kid and got my first taste of 4WDs I knew I had to have one. The vehicle I am talking about was a mid-80’s Club Cab 4x4 Chevy Duallie. It was raised to the sky sitting on 44” Gumbo Monster Mudders, and it looked mean. Another experience I had was in my friend’s Dad’s ’81 GMC Step-side pickup. This truck sat on 36” Dick Cepek Fun Countrys. Both of these trucks had solid front axles and leaf spring suspensions. It was simple and effective, but very bouncing on the road. With leaf sprung axles all you had to do was either add lift blocks or have your springs re-arched. That is not the case nowadays. With the use of independent front suspensions on 4WDs it is hard to know what is best to use on your truck.

This is the very question I asked when I was looking to build a Prerunner. I had recently moved to a rural area, Pahrump, Nevada home of the Terrible’s Town 250. I wanted something that I could stomp the vast desert areas around my house as well as hit the dunes at Dumont. I thought about doing something different than the normal 2WD Prerunner because I wanted the best of both worlds. Along with flying through the dunes I wanted to be able to hit some of the mountain trails in the area.

Was it worth the work?…Hell Yes!!! After spending days at Woolworth Motorsports shooting pictures of the front end build I finally got the chance to hit the desert and see what this thing can do.

As part of the build of our Desert 4x4 Project Ford Ranger we knew we were going to use bigger tires. Using bigger tires means that your speedometer will be off the faster you go. We went from a 245/75/16 (29.5" x 9.6") to a 285/75/16 (32.8" x 11.2"). Now 3” might not seem that much of an increase, but to the computer it is a huge difference.

Click for larger viewClick for larger viewThe long wait is over...for now. We here at Prerunner Maniac are showing you how to get 15 inches of travel without sacrificing 4WD. Our Desert 4x4 Project Ford Ranger got a facelift. Starting with the front of the truck we added the Dixon Bros Racing 4x4 long-travel suspension kit, fiberglass fenders, FOX 2.5in remote reservoir coil-over shocks, fiberglass fenders and a custom prerunner bumper. This article will cover the build, and in another article we will tell you how it performed.

We skipped showing you the tear down of the truck. It is kind of hard to see your own truck in such disarray. The parts that need to be removed for the Dixon Bros kit are the upper and lower a-arms, shocks, sway bar, torsion bars and remove the spindle from the stock a-arms. The next part was to cut off the shock mounts and the stock bumpstop mount. A sawzall and a grinder handled this.

Starting this site I have visited a lot of Fabricators’ websites. One thing I found they almost all have in common is they are UGLY.

I myself am a Web Designer that loves Prerunners. Just like when a Fabricator sees an ugly weld I can’t stand seeing an ugly site.

Early last year I was looking through an issue of Four Wheeler magazine and saw that they were starting a project deemed Project Range Runner. This project was going to feature the new trend in Long-Travel independent front suspensions systems used on four-wheel drive trucks.

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