Toyota Tacoma | DIY Mods | Truck Tour

Toyota Tacoma | DIY Mods | Truck Tour

how you doing everybody Randy Richard in
the shop this is my son Travis smile say hi hi so we have Travis’s truck here
behind us and we’re going to do a walk-around on his truck and you know
I’ll show you what he’s done now Travis has built the whole truck pretty much
over little past five years I think just hacking and chopping and welding stuff
to it not much truck left I think the doors
are the only thing that haven’t been modified or altered yeah it’s about it
so he built it all himself and designed all of it pretty much
designed all the suspension all the a-arms
everything everything so we’re gonna do that walk around and I’ve had a lot of
requests to show everybody to the truck so we’re finally gonna do it now the
sun’s really bright out here so we’ll try to make it look pretty good so
anyway let’s walk around so the side rear fenders here all come
off and they’re just a few bolts to remove on that wheels are what size
wheels are those draft seventeen seventeen by eight
these are 17 by up they’re like 32 inches tall 37 inches tall so they’re
pretty big wheels tires I keep getting corrected and you have
split rims that’s what rim a bead lock outer be
done bolts the inner beads like a factory car powder bead comes off locks
tire tire can’t basically can’t can’t pop off okay so tell us about the shocks King
obviously the front is a hole the front is a two-and-a-half-inch body 16 inch
travel remote reservoir dual jewelry coil over and then the other shock with
all the tubes on it it’s called a bypass it’s a three inch body fork tube so
you’ve got two compression adjustments and to rebound adjustments on it and
then you got here Oh other little guy here this one here yeah that’s an air
bump stop Fox shocks and a sway bar made by TK 1 racing out of Lincoln California
that’s the black bar 2.2 that’s that’s at that thing yeah yeah keeps a roll and
body roll sway and everything under control now you made these a little bit
um panel and all the panel these are all loose fasteners Zeus tabs some of the
panels are off these are just kind of like dress pieces there’s not really
just keep that dirt out of places and stuff and it kind of looks nicer I guess
yeah and then you got the fuel to itself yes with the red gallon Jeep speed fuel
cell made the plate and everything so it adapts to a factory Toyota powers the
time power-steering sorry fuel pump and sending unit this is your Jack handle
it’s in a little spring-loaded deal so it comes out and oh yeah you
have a floor jack rounded here yeah and these are gas tank these are rose max
fuel cans the red ones of fuel this is mixed gas that’s just no gas and the
white one is water and then in here is a tow strap and some recovery equipment the mixed-gas is for this sucker
it’s not anything right now but it’s a chainsaw amount chainsaw goes in here
because it’s California all the trees are falling down so any time you go out
usually and we have a custom gas cap yeah right the gas cap dad made that one
graved it and everything he made he made these sway bar end caps oh well we got
fire extinguisher spare tire and the whole tailgate
alright we open the tailgate and flipped up the trunk lid okay and that’s like oh
that’s just of a support you put in that support just to hold it okay it has
shock tight mount circle so when you use was an air shock over there were like
rock collars and and whatnot to support the legs the lid weighs gosh yeah it’s a
lot 200 pounds yeah nurse there’s like there’s lighting here little LED
lighting yeah so like you’d have your barbecue chicken stuff and whatever
yelled it up because the idea still be able to take this thing camping even
though it’s more race car than anything the bead rolled panels made all this
those all’s are on Zeus fasteners there’s a battery under that one then
you can access the rear differential through the middle they’re just gonna be
a dual battery on the other side but haven’t done that yet yeah a little-little b-roll from Dale
dairies ideas there came out good Rosco’s watching yeah and you can see
down the side here on this this is the right side of the truck over here behind
that between the fender and the frame you built your own taillights
Oh a little beyond taillights cuz the stock ones the mounts every time you
drive it they hit enough bumps and they just shatter and fall off so I built
these ones which from your ear this is the rear axle
housing is it’s a three and a half inch to 3/8 wall do em to be made by rough
stuff specialties in Loomis California they’ll sell you a better bear housing
and then you weld all your own mounts and brackets and break tabs all that
stuff on there it’s a Ford nine-inch Center section with a Yukon Grizzly
Locker for 88 gears and it’s 35 spline axles made by Korea enterprises and
they’re in Southern California somewhere it’s a full float axle there’s no flange
deal or anything like that the hub carries all the way the wheel there
Chevy 3/4 ton front brakes like off I don’t know whatever they’re deep
you can buy them at Napa for like 40 bucks the whole thing then limit straps
for obvious when the truck droops out all the way the axle weighs a lot and
you’d break the shocks and all that if they grouped out and the shocks were
hanging so that’s what these straps are for it’s a whole all the weight when
it’s fully extended so you don’t break nothing there’s still factory wiring
stuff that I’m gonna retain the rear view camera and I’m gonna put a trailer
plug in because I still have I still put up ya receiver hitch so a carry dirt
bike or whatever trailer I’m trying to still make it somewhat practical I guess
oh you opened up the doors and this is on the driver’s side the inside the
cockpit I think yeah only fits of two people tried to fit in the third seat in
there just kind of wouldn’t work out with too many tubes in the way it’s all
inch and 3/4 120 wall do em tubing PRP racing seats you got a kalian Momo steering wheel
sweet disconnect comes off comes ah makes it easier and get in and out
what’s the big black handle there the big black handle is a will wood
handbrake for the rear brakes kind of helps you with turning on tight corners
if you’re kind of driving fast and whatnot kind of helps you get around
some of the corners and then the two knobs down here is your four wheel drive
and your high and low range I converted it from the normal stock electronic
transfer case because they’re unreliable at best so put also you may not say you
made a manual yeah put a whole manual transportation yeah and we have all
sorts of other tubes here what’s the same so made these little ducks that
cover that go over when your AC vents and then these are typically for an air
pump system in a race car but these go on instead since I still have a window
don’t need a air pump and this will hook to a helmet and give you a nice cool air
or warm air shirt whatever keep cool and then you have a so the the
full cage in inside the cab correct all towed all tubular frame through the
floorboards to the frame and multiple points everything is triangulated trying
to keep it safe so when you when you drive this thing the way it’s supposed
to be driven you need all and I think I did Bruce sign the brute signed it yeah
Bruce I need your truck side right there okay
Thunder from Down Under Bruce got a ride yeah yeah it has a intercom system this
is to transmit over the radio here and then copilot has a push-to-talk wish to
talk button as well and then there’s a fire extinguisher
inside and when you’re not wearing a helmet you just kind of leave early
driving it around it’s really noisy since basically there’s
no interior left yeah and no insulation and all the tubes are going through
everything so it transmits all the noise through everything
yeah and this is in between your legs or oh there’s a this is a line locks
basically like a hydraulic park break and then this is your rear brake bias
adjuster so you can dial in more or less rear brake power according to there’s a
shot of what he was just talking about there there that’s all good
say something Bruce I got it sure I’m not sure where that covers this loss knowing the Travis is gonna get come
back to pick up his steel it means like he’s gonna bring me back okay there you
go off for riding the truck didn’t hear a thing okay
what channel you guys on Samedi seven seven
like fr7 are seven okay this is up here at the front now the
front bumper and has panels in the front now he’s already taken off the one panel
so because we’re gonna show that yeah it’s completely well to the frame it’s
not coming off at all ever a TIG welded no no 99% of it and then these frame
tubes go into the hole engine cage so everything’s tied in and all that and
you can actually bump other trucks with the bumper bar and then my dad kind of
retrofitted and fixed these we made my old hood and made new ones and engraved
them ok so here’s here’s the engine engines in there contact in there my
buddy max helped me in friend Mitch as well he helped me do the pike cuts and
did all the stainless TIG welding cuz that’s kind of his profession so max
Plowman max welded built industries built industries welded yes together and
then Mitch fries he did the pie cuts and all that cuz he was showing me how pie
cuts are done and this is kind of what we came up with it’s a um P air filter
which they’re real common for these kind of applications it’s essentially an air
filter off a bulldozer yeah yeah yeah what’s this tank here oh that tank is
your windshield wiper fluid okay we have another tank and this is your power
steering okay fluid and then it’s and it’s got a relief valve like a 3 psi
relief valve in case you over pressurize the system tell us what what these tubes
are here and the black ones in the bath all this is all an engine cage so all
this tubing that goes everywhere it goes through the firewall and meets the roll
cage under the wind and everything so everything is
essentially bumper-to-bumper one solid piece yeah all the weight transfer load
transfer all goes in there this one comes out so you can get the
engine out my dad and I we made an adapter bracket to adapt a factory
Toyota vacuum brake booster to a Wilwood master cylinder to get a little more
cheese out of the brakes and that seems to work pretty good these are your air
boom stops the valves for the shocks s pod they do all the accessory all the
accessory lighting and all that stuff they make a pretty nice little kit
everything’s circuit breakers well not circuit breakers fuses relays
yeah and all you got to do is power ground and it has a whole harness in the
cab for all your switches really nice setup really makes wiring things a lot
easier is the front right passenger side this
is the suspension kit that I designed completely on the computer use fusion
using to the 360 yeah in between time at work it runs a similar to the back but
they’re just a little smaller it’s a king two and a half ten inch travel with
a dual coil and a king two and a half inch double bypass and of course your
air bump stops these are your remote reservoirs for the shocks and then yeah
it fits in there kind of like Swiss locks it’s still four wheel drive
Porsche 930 CV diff adapter from our CV and then Currie enterprises made the
dana 44 half shaft custom spline for that and it runs out ER dana 44 hub
assemblies so it’s all manual hubs and kind of the old-school way things but a
lot more solid everything yeah but you built the lower upper lower
upper and the spindle yellow and the spindle mount a arms built every design
yourself yeah yeah cool and then we have this is the tie rod for the steering
correct right and then we just got done doing a kind of a new mod for these
trucks put a rack and pinion assembly from a 2007 tundra and the rack is
slightly modified and here we’re doing another video on that yeah they’re gonna
be a separate video on the modification of the rack and pinion steering here
yeah so that’s where it’s mounted the you point point where that this is their
this is the new rack assembly well will show a picture and video of what a stock
one is compared to this one this one is much bigger and can actually handle the
size of the tires because the old one it has a stamped piece
it would snap off just about every time we drive away you can ask Bruce about
that took it for a ride and broke the rap opinion so he knows about that this
is a return power-steering cooler and the lines go
all the way back up into the frame rail to where there’s a remote filter with
power steering you can’t have enough cooling or enough fluid in the system to
make it run longer a lot more reliable so you don’t cook the fluid it runs
about half a gallon of power steering fluid where a stock system runs pint a
be like maybe a cork tops so yeah it’s not a double yeah and it barely fits in
there barely fit but it fits but it fits the shirt it’s this is the left side the
steering link on the left side yeah you okay we’re at the rear end of the truck
third member is there’s a rough stuff Specialties pinion guard bolted to it
and that what you’re looking at is the upper wishbone link this is called a
three link wishbone setup it’s real similar to a traditional four link
system but the top two bars are kind of morphed into one big wishbone looking
thing a friend designed the trailing arms and built those I’ve got them all
cut out bent and I love them all together added some skid protection for
the bottom because it is four-wheel drive and do trail stuff that’s the
trailing arm right there trailing arm and yeah it’s all bolted and boxed in
there okay
so here’s the tailpipe not very big muffler pretty loud might end up going
with a bigger muffler down the road here if I could fit it it’s a three inch
v-band clamp holding it on so you don’t really have to worry about gaskets or
any of that kind of stuff and then this guy now this all stainless is all
stainless blade sauce I won’t leave it here I believe it’s two and a quarter
it’s all equal length another Toyota enthusiast started making these out of
his garage and I was one of the I think I was like eighth guy to get one of his
systems and it works pretty good now you have this skid plate off yeah all the
skid plates are off normally although all of this stuff is covered all the way
from the transfer case forward everything is in those trailer that’s
the transfer transfer case yeah and there’s a couple wires hanging down but
yeah there aints off oh and there’s Rosco the shop dog he loves trucks oh there’s a quick little tour of the
truck and mostly four-wheel drive driving it
no it’s often half nowadays but it’s mostly off-road driven mostly mostly
offroad and mileage oh it mileage okay well surprisingly it’s a v6 right you
think you’d get pretty good gas mileage but it’s almost gallons per mile
it’s joke I would say when you’re really driving it it gets about five six miles
per gallon I think you’re putting the six-cylinder to the test here so yeah
yeah so you don’t do this for fuel economy no but I bullied I’ve only
driven it once and I must say the ride is incredible 50 60 miles an hour here –
what 12 inch bump Oh easy 12 inch pothole 2 foot hole you don’t even feel
it you won’t even spill your coffee no it
is unbelievable smooth and and it actually it’s very fun to drive because
because of how smooth the ride is especially on the rough roads you and when you’re kind of zooming along a
little more than the 25 mile an hour speed limit on the dirt road yes yes
so alleged buddy allegedly yeah those are close of course places that we go
and yeah yeah don’t try this at home right but anyway
it’s a fun vehicle and I he’s done an actually fantastic job we’ve had to do a
few repairs few repairs but you know that’s that’s part of learning and it’s
uh really is a pretty fun vehicle to have a ride in and drive in so thanks to
thank strap for showing us your check truck anytime tribe doesn’t do videos no
you post pictures on Instagram yeah like that so what are you what are you on
Instagram basic Oh basic biker basic with K Instagram follow me there it’s
mostly truck pictures and that kind of stuff
place your some stuff from work yeah place where you go and then it Travis is
the helicopter mechanic Siller I got one of the short side tiller helicopters
right so he’s the one who provides the videos from the helicopter not me Travis
provides those videos when he can and maybe we’ll get some more in the shop in
their in their shop the videos I need to make a visit back up there one of these
days and we can add tree around and take some uh some shop videos there they’re
pretty fun we’ll do that next winter because right now they’re all out on
fire duty right yep yeah well one of your helicopters just did a lift in the
park oh well they’re sixty ones did a lift for the park service here at
Yosemite so we’ll catch you in the next one thanks you guys thanks for thanks
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fought against we had here we had a really good time

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. Wow, nice work! Amazing!
    I love my Stock 07 Tacoma 4×4 Sport, but then again it is street legal and a daily driver. How does the truck do at slow speed on trails like the Rubicon?
    All the best, Jim from Placerville CA.

  2. The boy sounds just like his dad, that’s some truck he has there Randy, I could see the proud dad in you.


  3. Afternoon Randy, yawn. How long did it take your son to build that truck? Like the cuts to an actual ride.

  4. Hi, Is it really still a Toyota ? I'm hearing so much Ford, GM, Chevrolet and aftermarket, is it fare to call it Toyota anymore, other than "maybe" the body style? Just wondering… ? Cool anaway, Thanks

  5. That would be the perfect family car "down under". I think I heard Bruce's voice in much of the trail video?

  6. More than impressive!! I recall the several special parts you have made for that over time.
    Big marks and Kudos to Travis. 🙂 Super video Randy.

  7. Interesting on those rim locks, very similar to split-rims but locks the front of the tire in…👍

  8. That is a pretty sweet trail rig. I used to drive my f100 Ford on trails like those at those speeds. Somehow its frame got bent……

  9. The perfect alignment of the Dzus fastners at the beginning forshadowed the incredible attention to detail and engineering that went into the Toyota. No surprise to learn that he is a helicopter mechanic at the end.

  10. That is the most modified taco I have ever seen. Actually that does not look much like my taco.

  11. Super project. I love the "This Machine Kills Hippies" grill logo. The real engineering achievement must have been getting it through the registration process to get license plates in the Republic of California.

  12. Really nice job, my boy and I have built several ecotec powered King coiled baja bugs. We ride in the desert of So. California. great job you have done. Look forward to updates

  13. So, out on the trail, barreling along at the fastest 25 MPH I ever saw, there was a stretch with trees on both sides and all I could think was "Use the Force, Travis". 🙂

  14. Nice build! Looks like your son did most of it right! Yes, I do know what I’m talking about, I’ve built Ultra4 off-road race vehicles and raced them! You have to have confidence in your vehicle and that it will protect you. Those bypasses are noisy as hell!

  15. That's one very proud Papa. Randy, you did a great job raising a good man. I hope I live long enough to maybe help my now 6 yr's old grandson, build something like that truck, so as to get revenge against my daughter, for all the gray hair she caused me. ;->)

  16. Awesome Truck.. I have a 2015 Tacoma TRD Off Road. But nothing like that and it has never been off road.

  17. great video, enjoyed meeting Travis…AWESOME build, amazing to watch the suspension travel with the body not moving…..

  18. Great video Randy! Travis has some serious skills. He did an awesome job on his Toyota. He must take after his Dad!! I used to race off road so it brought back some great memories. Nice job Travis!!

  19. Nice truck. There are times when tire pressure needs to be reduced for better traction in sand or bite in rocks. Has Travis added a compressor or CO2 or Nitrogen bottle for inflation duty?

  20. Hey Guys. Nice job on the truck. Looks like a fun toy to have in the driveway. Certainly helps to have a great place to take it out. Question….what happens if you meet another vehicle coming the other way? Didn't look like too many places to pull over. Drive safe.

  21. Very cool, he did a great job on the truck. Interesting to see the amount of engineering he has put into it, right down to convenience for tailgate parties!

  22. Need a Hoonigan Build Breakdown of the truck! Sick work, and the high level of attention to detail is awesome to see

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