Time again for my great blog of the week! With part three of my four part blog I will introduce you to a bit of the West Coast off-road scene. Reezy’s Dream Truck #2 is what on the West Coast is called a PreRunner. The PreRunner is to the West Coast what the jacked (lifted) up 4WD is to the East Coast off-road scene. Let me run through what a PreRunner is for those that are not that familiar with the term.
A PreRunner is a custom built street legal 2wd truck, which is used by off-road racers to Pre-run a racecourse prior to an off-road event to help them get familiarized with the racecourse. Also used as a “Chase Vehicle” (crews use to go from checkpoint to checkpoint to pit the race truck) during an event. Today’s typical PreRunner is a 2wd truck or SUV that has some custom suspension modifications allowing it to handle rough desert terrain at high rates of speed.
Most off-road racer’s PreRunner trucks are on the outside stock appearing. But one glance underneath most of their street legal beasts is what looks to be full blown race inspired suspension. Biggest function of most of these off-road PreRunner trucks is the use of the trucks air condition and more creature comfort interior as apposed to their race trucks. Also use of the PreRunner allows for less wear at tear on the actual race truck prior to the race event.
The PreRunner look is obtained by replacing the stock front fenders with flared fiberglass fenders. Heavy factory besides are replaced with lighter flared fiberglass fenders. These much lighter and wider fiberglass pieces allow for more tire clearance and suspension preload. Suspension wise you will see PreRunner’s with anything from aftermarket lift kits with performance shocks up to all out custom race inspired suspension and shocks. The typical PreRunner is often noticeable by its custom front tubular bumper with KC style lights and lower skid plate, as well as by the aggressive look from the flared front fender and big tires.
The typical stance of a PreRunner is characterized by having the front sit slightly higher than the rear. Consider by some as the “West Coast Lean”! There are many more things you can do to a PreRunner truck to make it custom...race seats, after-market gauges, custom graphics, and on and on. The average PreRunner enthusiast can spend over ten thousand dollars on their vehicle.
If you ever been out west in areas like Southern Cali, Arizona, and Nevada. You can see PreRunner’s out roaming the streets by day and by night jumping dunes out at the Glamis Sand dunes or pre-running at the famed Baja 1000 racecourse! It’s just a matter of time before the bug hits here in the east coast!
Dream Truck #2 The "REV 3" aka "Reezy Edition West Coast PreRunner"
Base Model Dodge Ram Quad Cab 1500 4x2 4.7L V8
Color Choice Bright White with Reezy Edition Flame Decal kit
a. Doetsch Systems 2wd 6/3 Lift Kit
b. Doetsch Systems HV1 Series PreRunner Shocks with Reservoir
c. Custom Front Suspension Skid plate
a. American Racing ATX 17X8 Polished Mojave (Powder Coated Black) w/ Simulated Bead locks (Red)
b. Recon Smoked LED 3rd Brake Light
c. TYC Black Taillights
d. T-REX Billet Grille Inserts
e. APC Hitch Mount Spare Tire Holder
f. Custom Front PreRunner Bumper with KC HiLites
g. Desert Racing Concepts Fiberglass PreRunner Flared Front Fenders
h. Desert Racing Concepts Fiberglass PreRunner Flared Bedsides
a. Volant Cool Air Intake System
b. AirAid Poweraid Spacer
c. Magnaflow Dual Side Exit Exhaust System like "FLASH"
a. OEM Dodge Ram Stainless Front Door Entry Guards
b. OEM Dodge Ram Stainless Rear Door Entry Guards
c. Smoke Tinted Windows