Overland Rig: Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road
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Basic vehicle info:


4 door, short bed


“I modified my Tacoma in a way that retains admirable on-road manners, but offers enough off-road prowess to access most of what New England has to offer.”

Vehicle Modifications:


Suspension:  Old Man Emu BP-51 Shocks & Old Man Emu Hi-Lux rear leaf springs

Tires: 33” BFG All-Terrain KO2’s

Front Bumper: ARB 

Winch: Warm M8000 with synthetic line

Skid Plates (underbody protection) : Pelfreybilt

Rear Bumper: Pelfreybilt high clearance bumper with swing out tire carrier

Drivetrain: Front and Rear Differentials re-geared to a 4.88 gear ratio, using Nitro Gear ring and pinions.  ARB front and rear locking differentials were added for additional traction.   An ARB hi-output compressor was added for airing up tires, and actuating the pneumatic locking differentials.

Electrical:  Dual battery system by Off-Grid Engineering.

Rear Truck Bed Cap: Alucab

Roof Top Ten: Alucab 

270 deg awning: Alucab

Roof Top Tent: Alucab

Refregeration: ARB Freezer/Fridge combo

Storage:  Truck Vault 2 drawer system

Communication:  Midland 5Watt GMRS radio, Kenwood HAM radio, Garmin InReach Satellite communicator 

Off-Road Lights:  ARB Intensity 

Internal Cab Storage/Organization: Blue Ridge Overland Gear


“I chose the ARB bumper because of its rugged design and its DOT compliance”


“I chose the ARB BP-51 suspension system because of its robust build quality, and customizable ride. Having the ability to adjust both dampening and compression was paramount in achieving my desired ride characteristic.”


“In my opinion, the Alucab Tacoma canopy and Roof Top Tent is one of the best combos on the market. The canopy offers ultimate access to items stored in the truck bed, as well as superb security.  The Alucab roof top tent is built for abuse.  It sets up in seconds, and can withstand a run in with the occasional tree. The Alucab 270 deg awning really speaks for itself. It offers superb sun/rain protections, and like the tent, sets up in seconds.”


“For storage, I opted for 2 drawer truck bed system by Truck Vault.  The Truck Vault drawers are completely water/dust proof, and offer an additional layer of security for all my photography equipment”  


“The rock sliders from Pelfreybilt offer superior rocker/door protection from the uninviting rock.  The rear kick out design is excellent as it keeps rocks away from the rear rims”


“The palfrey Bilt rear hi-clearance bumper is incredible well built and engineered.  It offers a ton of rear clearance over the stock bumper, has an incredible sturdy rear swing-out tire carrier, and even a folding aluminum tray for camp cooking”


“For the * Really stuck moments, I use 2 sets of Max trax traction aids.  They work incredible well in deep mud, sand, and snow”








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