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2016 Toyota Tacoma Build

December 9, 2016

When it comes to a vehicle that’s going to reliably get you into the backcountry, and back out again, it’s always been hard to beat the Toyota Tacoma. That’s why at Expedition Overland, we’re on our third Tacoma—we’ve put every generation through their paces in our adventures from Prudhoe Bay to the Darien Gap and a whole bunch of America in-between. The all-new 2016 Tacoma shares some of the familiar bits we loved about the our previous Tacomas, with a slew of improvements, new rugged styling, and a fuel-efficient 3.5-liter Atkinson Cycle engine. Follow along on the 8 part series to find out how we’ve built this Tacoma for adventure.

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Detailed Build List & Equipment

Overland

Tools, Equipment and modifications designed around self sustained living from the vehicle
  • WebsiteTacoma Habitat
    Continuing with its tradition of designing purposeful high quality equipment for overland travel, AT Overland Equipment unveils the all new Tacoma Habitat truck topper. The goal of the new camper design is to provide a lightweight yet robust camping platform for today’s’ fuel efficient trucks while still leaving room for the individual owners to customize it to their specific needs. The Habitat addresses the needs for a reliable opening mechanism, built in awning and high quality fabrics not currently offered in the market space.
  • Fridge
    National Luna Weekender 52 Liter Fridge Freezer Aluminum
  • Fridge Slide
    Adventure Trailer combo fridge slide with Partner Steel cook stove
  • Buy NowAir Compressor
    ARB On-Board Twin High Performance Air Compressor, used to fill tires after airing down or fixing a flat.
  • Buy NowAux Water Tanks
    Water jerrys on CBI rear bar swing out
  • Buy NowAux Gas Jerrys
    Gas jerrys on CBI rear bar swing out
  • Roof Rack Storage
    Two hard mounted 42 Liter Aluminum Alu-Box Storage Cases
  • K9 Roof Rack Jerry Can Mount, Double
    Designed to carry two 5 gallon (20 L) Jerry Cans and collapse flat when not in use

Drivetrain

Including suspension to wheels and everything else in between
  • Buy NowGeneral Tire Grabber X3
    General Tire Grabber X3 Tires in 285/70/R17
  • Wheels
    Toyota Black TRD Wheels
  • Front Suspension
    Extended Travel Remote Reservoir Front Coilover Shock Kit by Icon Vehicle Dynamics
  • Rear Suspension
    V.S. 2.5 Series RR Rear Shocks w/CDCV (0-3″ Lift) by Icon Vehicle Dynamics
  • Upper Control Arms
    Billet Upper Control Arm Kit by Icon Vehicle Dynamics
  • Buy NowDiff Breather
    ARB Differential Axle Breather

Armor & Body

Trailer protection and Body modifications
  • Front Bumper
    CBI all aluminium front bumper with 20″ light mount and winch mount
  • Rear Bumper
    CBI split dual swing out rear bar which relocates spare tire and hold 2 gas/water jerrys
  • Rock Sliders
    CBI bolt on Toyota Tacoma rock sliders are 100% bolt on

Lighting

Interior and Exterior Lighting
  • Buy Now40″ Combo light Bar
    Rigid Industries SR-Series White 40″ Spot/Flood Combo LED Light Bar | Mounted under Roof Rack
  • Buy NowReverse Lights
    Rigid Industries 20251 Dually 60° Lens | Mounted in the CBI rear bumper
  • Buy NowArea Lights
    Rigid Industries 86620 White DC Scene Light (Flood, 1X2, 65 Degree) | Mounted on the sides of the Habitat
  • Buy NowRock Lights
    Rigid Industries Rock Light Kit 6 Lights Cool White | These lights are great for rock crawling at night and setting up camp in the dark
  • Buy NowLighting Security Hardware
    Rigid Industries Security Hardware Kit for LED Light Bar | All lights mounted with the security hardware to deter theft
  • Habitat Interior Lighting
    National Luna Hard mount and Clip-on LED Lights

Recovery

Things to get you home when it all goes wrong
  • Website Buy NowMAXTRAX
    2 pairs of MAXTRAX MKII.
  • Buy NowWinch
    WARN 68500 9.5xp 9500-lb Winch with Synthetic Rope – 10000 lb. Capacity
  • Buy NowHi-lift Jack
    Hi-Lift Jack 48″ X-TREME, mounted on CBI rear bar
  • Buy NowRecovery kit
    Warn Medium Duty Winching Accessory Kit
  • Buy NowWinch Shackle
    Factor 55 FlatLink E
  • Buy NowTire Repair Kit
    ARB Orange Speedy Seal Tire Repair Kit
  • Buy NowTire Deflator
    ARB E-Z Deflator
  • Buy NowTire Inflator
    ARB Blue Inflator with Gauge and Braided Hose

Electrical

Managing everything that plugins in
  • Buy NowMain Switch Panel
    8 Circuit SE System, 2 Touchscreen control panels to accommodate all lights bars & aux lighting
  • Buy NowTruck Radio
    Yaesu FTM-400DR Amateur Radio 144/440 Dual Band Mobile Transceiver, 50 Watts
  • Buy NowTruck Satellite Phone
    Iridium 9575 Extreme Satellite Phone with external antenna.
  • Dual Battery System
    National Luna Dual Battery System Kit with Surface Mount Controller, 2 deep cycle batteries held within the Goose Gear box in the bed of the truck.
  • Charge Box
    Goose Gear custom build charge box with 8 x 12v charge sockets and 4 USB charge ports to accommodate all our production charging needs.
  • Buy NowAux USB & 12v Sockets
    Additional sockets were added to both the cab interior and charge box to handle personal phones, accessories and production charging.

Misc

Everything that doesn't fit nicely in a category above
  • GPS/Mapping
    Hema Explorer 4WD Map App used on an Ipad mini within the Cab.
  • Buy NowAccessory Mounts
    Ram Mount Twist Lock Suction Cup Mount for Phone Holder, GPS, Ipads, etc…
  • Tinted Windows
    Tinted all windows by Bos Window Tinting Bozeman, MT
  • Custom Vehicle Wrap
    Vehicle wrap was done by SCS Wraps in Bozeman, MT
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