Defconbrix — Overland Tacoma Build
Starting off with a brand new Toyota Tacoma Sport 4×4 my initial plans were to do just a leveling kit and upgrade the wheels and tires. Keeping the factory warranty and just a daily driver was really the only goal. After about 6 months that all quickly changed. I found myself building a dream adventure-mobile in my head with inspiration from all the other great builds out there. I wasn’t sure how far I would take this but it seemed to escalate very quickly.

I am absolutely an outdoorsman and a prepper so building an Overland Tacoma ready for bug out situations or week long / weekend trips with the family was right in line with my lifestyle and goals for the truck. Building a trailer to match wasn’t the initial plan but after the first trip out with the family and setting up camp, rooftop tent, I realized I was now stuck at camp unless I wanted to pack it all back up again. Trailer build >>> HERE.

Just to clarify, I didn’t build this for rock crawling, jumping or purposely beating up, although it is fully capable for when those times do arise… This is the rig that helps me explore our country, get into areas others can not and is also my daily driver.

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I keep going back and forth on a full wrap with some subtle graphics and really leaning towards MultiCam Black camo… The urge to do this usually comes after a weekend of trails and I come home to find the sides riddled with new scratches — some too deep to buff out unfortunately.

DSC02440Toyota Tacoma Overland AdventureMobile
Walk-through at SEMA 2015. Thank you 4 Wheel Online!

I will keep this Spec Sheet up-to-date with all future modifications as they happen.

OVERLAND TACOMA SPEC SHEET
I have added links to each so you can easily find out more information.

ARMOR:
Pelfreybilt Offroad Aluminum Front Bumper with no hoops
Pelfreybilt Offroad Hi-Clearance Rear Bumper
Pelfreybilt Offroad IFS Aluminum Skid
Pelfreybilt Offroad Mid Skid
Pelfreybilt Offroad Trans Skid
Pelfreybilt Offroad Rock Sliders with Top Plates

FRONT SUSPENSION:
Total Chaos +2 Long Travel Race Series Kit
Fox 2.5 DSC coilovers
Total Chaos Secondary Shock Hoop
Fox 2.0 ByPass

REAR SUSPENSION:
Pelfreybilt Shock Relocation Hoops
Expo Leaf Pack
Archive Garage Shackle Flip Kit
Fox 2.0 DSC extended length shocks
Fox 2.0 BumpStops

OVERLAND GEAR:
ARE Z-Series shell
FrontRunner Outfitters Slimline 2 roofrack
TruckVault All-Weather Standard Height
BedSlide – custom width to go over fender wells
FrontRunner Stainless Steel Folding Table
ARB Safari Snorkel

RECOVERY:
Warn Zeon 10s winch
Factor 55 Flatlink and Fairlead

WHEELS / TIRES:
17×9 Rotiform SIX-OR Bronze wheels
35×12.50×17 Toyo Open Country R/T

LIGHTING:
Rechelon Aesthetics RetroFits – Custom MultiCam
Baja Designs 20″ S8
Baja Designs 40″ OnyX6
Baja Designs Squadron Pros
Rigid Industries SRQ2 flush mounts
Anti-Dark hood light kit
sPOD SE Touchscreen – control and switches for all lighting

MISC:
ARB air lockers front and rear
Nitro 4.88 gears
ARB Twin Air Compressor
BoltLock cable, hitch and padlocks
Bushwacker fender flares (trimmed off approximately 3″)
Cab Mount Chop & Inner Fender Massaging for proper 35″ tire fit
Odyssey group 31 battery
Pelfreybilt Battery cage
TrekPak – lined TruckVault and Center Console
Yeti Bottle Opener mounted on the rear bumper

STEREO:
Rockford Fosgate POWER slim sub, components and amps
custom fiberglass box built by SoundWarehouse in SLC

ENGINE:
MBRP cat-back single side exhaust
Custom Y-Pipe with the Exhaust Tip dumped out over the Axle

INTERIOR:
Katzkin full leather custom Tuscany leather/suede interior w/Degreez heated & cooled seats

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7 Comments

  1. Maybe I am missing something.. but what did you use to lift your rear? AAL? OME Dakar? I’ve got King’s mid travel setup for the front, and I am currently trying to decide what route to go for the rear. I love your setup!

    1. Thanks Eric! I have AllPro Expo leafs in the rear that have been reworked. The Archive Garage Shackle Flip helped my ride quality tremendously and was able to gain some lift back after the expos started sagging.

  2. What a beautiful rig. I’ll be a veteran on 28 May and look forward to starting my build. How has the bully dog worked on your tacoma?. Have you had HP increase or GPM improved?

    1. Hey Nate, thank you for your service brother. I was able to get a prototype tuner from BullyDog and noticed an increase in fuel economy by an average of 1mpg and on dyno it showed almost a 10hp increase but thats not something I could feel. I care more about shift patterns and economy though. Not sure they ever went into production with a 4.0L non-supercharged tuner yet though. Have fun with your build! Cheers!

  3. I didn’t see where you stated that you regeared it? I know you had to do a cab mount chop for 35 but what about regear? If you didn’t then how does it handle 35 without it?

    1. Hey Rob, I regard using Nitro Gear & Axle 4.88 gears. This is typically a ratio for 37’s but I have found it to be ideal for low end offroad and trailer towing — you do get more downshifts at higher speeds though.

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