The team looked to create a great all-around package that accentuates the Tacoma’s capability while keeping it functional and attainable for weekend warriors.
The Toyota Tacoma has led the competitive mid-size pickup truck market in sales for 16 straight years thanks in large part to its durability and impressive off-road prowess. So when Toyota collaborated with Kurt Williams, owner and founder of Cruiser Outfitters in Murray, Utah, to build its vision of a highly capable yet approachable overlanding rig, they naturally chose the versatile Tacoma SR5 pickup as the foundation.
The Tacoma Overlanding Concept was unveiled today during Toyota’s press conference at the 2021 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. It joins a bevy of on- and off-highway performance concept vehicles in the Toyota exhibit.
“It’s great to be back at SEMA. We’re eager to show off our SEMA concept vehicles, including the Tacoma Overlanding Concept that caters to an adventure-focused segment historically rich with Toyota trucks and SUVs.” said Lisa Materazzo, group vice president – Toyota Division Marketing
The goal of this project for Williams and the Cruiser Outfitters team was not to attack it with an unlimited budget. Instead, they looked to create a great all-around package that accentuates the Tacoma’s capability while keeping it functional and attainable for weekend warriors.
“We chose modest yet approachable modifications to create a really great long-weekend adventure truck that doesn’t detract from being an everyday driver. Not everyone can buy, let alone find, a TRD Pro, so we wanted to build on the SR5 platform since it’s a great starting point to customize.” Williams said.
To tackle the trails, the Tacoma Overlanding Concept is fitted with an Old Man Emu BP-51 suspension system. This adjustable suspension system provides the Tacoma with a 3-inch lift and boasts internal bypass shocks fitted with external reservoirs to house additional fluid to maintain performance in demanding terrain. To complement the additional suspension travel, Old Man Emu upper control arms are added to the front suspension with Dakar leaf springs added to the rear suspension.
All four corners gain new 17 x 8.5-inch gunmetal Icon Alloy Alpha wheels wearing 285/70R17 Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires. For protection when the trail gets tough, the team added an ARB Summit Combo Bar with fog lights, an Expedition One dual swing rear bumper system, an Expedition One Ultra HD skid plate system and Expedition One rocker protection/rock sliders.
When darkness falls, whether on the trail or in basecamp, the Tacoma Overlanding Concept is equipped with ARB Intensity Solis front lights, Rigid Radiance Scene LED light pods in the rear bumper and an ARB LED roof rack light bar. And its Warn Zeon 10-S Platinum winch, Maxtrax Recovery Devices, ARB Premium Recovery Kit, Hi-Lift jack, shovel, axe and an ARB Safari 4×4 Snorkel raised air intake system help ensure obstacles and water crossings do not ruin the fun.
There are plenty of places to secure all gear and provisions thanks to the Mule Size Mid-Size MAP and Baki Rack System. Under the bed rack is an ARB Outback Solutions dual drawer system with a fridge slide, holding the ARB 63-quart Zero Dual Zone fridge freezer. And for airing back up after a serious off-pavement excursion, the team added an ARB twin air compressor using ARB’s bedside compressor mounting system. And finally, up top is the penthouse suite, a Yakima rooftop tent.
This well-sorted, efficiently packaged rig proves it can carry explorers, provisions, gear and backwoods toys while serving as a basecamp for day hikes or setting up a more permanent camp. And everything can be quickly stowed away when the open trail calls for more adventure.
LEAD BUILDER: Kurt Williams, owner, Cruiser Outfitters, Murry, Utah, in partnership with Toyota
BODYWORK: Kurt Williams ENGINE: 2.7-liter four-cylinder
HORSEPOWER: 278 horsepower TORQUE: 265lb-ft.
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic
INTAKE: OEM fitted with an ARB Safari 4x4 Snorkel raised air intake system
BRAKES: 10.75-inch ventilated disc (front), 10.0-inch drum (rear)
SUSPENSION: Old Man Emu BP-51 adjustable suspension system with Dakar rear leaf springs providing 3-inches of lift, and internal bypass shock with external reservoirs.
UPPER CONTROL ARMS: Old Man Emu
WHEELS: Icon Alloy Alpha wheels, gunmetal, 17 x 8.5-inch TIRES: Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac, 285/70R17
FRONT BUMPER: ARB Summit combo kit with fog lights REAR BUMPER: Expedition One dual swing rear bumper system
SKID PLATES: Expedition One Ultra HD skid plate system (black)
ROCK SLIDERS: Expedition One rocker protection/sliders
LIGHTING: ARB Summit Combo Bar with fog lights
WINCH: WARN Zeon 10-S Platinum
CONTROL SYSTEM: ARB Linx digital in-cab 4x4 accessories control system
BED RACK SYSTEM: Mule Size Mid-Size MAP and Baki Rack System with Yakima Roof Top Tent
ACCESSORIES: Maxtrax Recovery Devices, Hi-Lift Jack & ARB Premium Recovery Kit
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