With both front and rear King bypass shocks, the Dirt King 3.5 Kit and a Tepui RTT, Erik has transformed his 2016 Tacoma into one beast of a truck.
I present my 2016 Tacoma TRD Offroad.
Ever since Tacoma’s came out I’ve wanted one but could never afford one. August 2016 I finally decided it was time to get one. The new third gen models were out, they had a lot of carry over stuff similar to my BRZ that I liked, it was a no brainer. Of course I was set on the first one I saw.
After doing about five minutes of reading on Tacoma World, I needed a lift (like I wasn’t planning it before I even bought the truck). OME and Dakars it was. Along with some 285’s – aka standard third gen build. This would take me over many offroad miles and to many campsites. It was a really good setup.
I ran this setup for a while and after one particularly long trip off road I noticed the OME shocks to fade. I’m sure the heavy load in the bed with the All Pro rack and Tepui tent didn’t help. I knew at this point I needed an upgrade. Again something I’ve always wanted was a prerunner type Toyota that could fly over the roughest terrain – I saw remote reservoirs and a group buy and knew I needed an Icon lift. Here is where some research would have come in handy. While the Icon kit was also excellent, what I really wanted was a long travel kit, that came later.
I also enjoyed what the Icon kit had to offer. That kit took me over a few more miles of offroad and camping trips. But before I made the jump to long travel, a big change was in the works. Thanks to @90yota (Instagram and TW) being the innovator he is and throwing on 35’s with minimal lift, I knew I had to do the same. Following his lead, who is also now to blame for my big tire obsession (more on that later), out came the jigsaw and cut off wheel. A few cuts later and I was running 35’s on a 2.5” lift!
After banging around on the trail and scuffing up my frame and front bumper, I needed a set of sliders and a bumper that could hold a winch. I’m usually out solo so self recovery was important. I managed to grab some sliders and All Pro’s first-off-the-line Baja bumper paired with a Smittybilt 9.5k winch with synthetic rope. Also around this time I added KC HiLiTES Gravity6 portable sun… I mean light bar.
Add some stair grip tape to the sliders since I’m always on them setting up the tent and messing around with things up there.
At this point I had realized what I really wanted was a long travel build. This time I did some research beforehand and made to sure to get the best – Dirt King in the front and Giant 64” rear all paired with King shocks.
For the front I was again lucky enough to get Dirt King’s first bypass hoop kit to add to my 3.5” wider-per-side control arm set.
This pile of metal brackets was a little unnerving. Dirt King front bypass hoops, Total Chaos cam gussets, and everything I need for perches and shock mounts in the rear. I can’t say I enjoyed this part of the build.
In the rear I went with Giant’s 64” kit. I always laugh at this pic. My rear bypass shocks next to the stock length Icons…
With that length there was no way they were going to fit the stock mounts, or even under the bed! Next came a bed cage from Giant and two large holes in the bed.
I was sitting pretty good with it as it, but with the six inch McNeil Racing fenders and bedsides it was missing something – a set of 37’s and some beadlocks. These balanced perfectly with some Dynabeads. No need to visit the local tire shop. This brings it to the final configuration…for now.
Lastly a couple small things that don’t fit up in the main build.
I added a fridge slide because pulling a heavy fridge out constantly became a pain.
Powering the fridge is a Blue Sea Below Deck Kit. I can charge cell phones in the tent from this.
A chase light bar from KC HiLiTES. This allowed me to keep my third brake visible when the tent is there as well as have a switchable amber light and a white light for reversing. Also seen here are KC HiLiTES Cyclone lights that are a nice inexpensive solution for some camp lights.
With the fiberglass bedsides, I had to modify the KBVoodoo bedrack to get it off the bedsides. It’s also tied into the bedcage for some extra support.
You can’t go camping without some solar powered ladder lights!
Thanks for looking!
- All Pro Baja Bumper w/SmittyBilt 9.5k Winch.
- All Pro Sliders.
- KBVoodoo Mid Height Bed Rack.
- Custom Cargrilles Front Grill.
- Mobtown Full Steel Slider Set.
Lighting & Electrical:
- KC HiLiTES Gravity6 Lightbar.
- KC HiLiTES Chase Light Bar.
- KC HiLiTES Cyclone Camplights.
- Rago Fab Ditchlights and Brackets.
- Switch Pros Switches.
- ARB Twin Compressor.
- Blue Sea Below Deck Kit.
- Blue Sea Fuse Distribution Kit.
- Dirt King 3.5 Kit.
- Dirt King Coilbucket Braces.
- Dirt King Bypass Hoop Kit.
- Total Chaos Cam Gussets.
- Giant 64” SUA Kit.
- Giant Bedcage.
- King Coilovers w/700# Springs.
- King Bypasses Front and Rear.