CrankyCrawler is my lifelong friend and wheeling buddy. This truck is legit. If you get the front springs replaced (I'd recommend going with Alcan again and think he has the spec's available) it should be ready to drive from anywhere to the trail and be a top performer. It's reliable and extremely capable. It has a nearly identical built to my 4Runner but has the better weight distribution and wheelbase of a bobbed long bed truck.