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2003 Toyota Tundra Extra Cab 2WD - The Work Truck

Posted in Features on July 1, 2010
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Mike Maddux is a welder and fabricator by trade, but he lives on a ranch in the central coast of California, miles off of any paved road, where he needs a truck that will smoothly eat up dirt roads at high speed while still being able to haul a bag of feed or a mess of tools. His truck of choice? A 2003 Toyota Tundra Extra Cab with a long-travel front end and a bed that still has some storage space. Maddux has had the truck built this way for a few years now, and it's proved to be a great vehicle for all-around recreation, daily-driving, and for prerunning and chasing during race season.

In the rear, Maddux did end up cutting through the bed to get 16-inch stroke King bypass shocks, but used a simple bed cage built off the frame. He kept the bed so he could still use the bed since he lives on a ranch and needs the utility of an intact bed.

But being the owner of a fab shop like Central Coast Prerunners (CCP) would almost force one to go further. The truck lacks a full rollcage-something it should definitely have-and the Tundra's race prerunning duties are starting to require a bit more suspension. Therefore, Maddux has designed is own Tundra long-travel kit that CCP will be releasing soon. His truck will be the first to get the suspension, and he'll be adding a stealthy interior rollcage to protect him and his family.

When the CCP Tundra kit is done, we'll have to check back in with Mike and see what they've come up with. Stay tuned.


2003 Toyota Tundra Extra Cab 2WD
Mike Maddux, Central Coast Prerunners
Stock Toyota frame, CCP engine cage
4.7L V-8, JBA titanium headers, cold-air intake
Stock Toyota transmission
Front: Total Chaos long-travel kit and secondary shock hoop, 2.5 King coilovers with 18-inch 700-pound single-rate coils and King bypass shocks. Rear: Deaver leaf packs, 2.5 King 16-inch stroke bypass shocks
Total Chaos tie rod extensions
Factory Toyota
35x12.50R17 Toyo Open Country M/Ts on Mickey Thompson Classic IIs with OMF beadlocks
Other Parts:
Central Coast Prerunners bumpers and spare tire carrier, Hella 4000 lights with HID retrofit

The custom Central Coast Prerunners spare tire carrier and rear bumper attaches to the bed cage for support, and Maddux made a trick quick-release to remove the spare tire when the truck gets a flat.
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