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Full Sized Toyota PreRunner Is Big Time Fun

Posted in Features on September 28, 2015
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As someone who builds things for a living (he's a crew foreman that builds cellphone towers), Matt Neglic naturally has the aptitude to put pieces together in a meaningful way. That was why when he wanted to take this 2007 Toyota Tundra SR5 Crewmax to its present level, he figured that all he needed was a crew and a little time.

Obtaining a crew was easy as his wife Breeana was eager and able to help. Neglic also tapped into longtime friend Joey Chott from Concept 2 Motorsports and then the crew at Total Chaos Fabrication. Obtaining the truck was another story.

The couple was walking around the Offroad Swapmeet back in early 2014, when Neglic saw fiberglass fenders that fit my truck for a great deal. We had just paid our truck off and I have been bugging my wife Breeana Neglic about wanting a 2014 Tundra, but I told her if she let me buy the fenders I wouldn't bring up a new truck or want anything more for at least 2 years, well long story short I got the fenders and over a year later my truck is where it is at today. As stated, this truck was built mostly by the Neglic's in their home garage. According to Matt, there was long nights of sweat, tears and a few holes in the wall from wrenches that were not cooperating. But hey, that's wrenching. They started by installing the Total Chaos Long Travel System front end. Neglic says that he's known Nicole and Matt from Total Chaos for over 10 years and has always dreamed of running one of their kits on his truck. The TC system includes uppers and lowers, a 3-inch lift spindle and a set of remote reservoir-equipped 2.5 King coil over shocks.

The rolling hardware is a set of 17x8.5-inch Method "Standard" wheels that were mated with Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ (37x12.5) tires.

Out back finds a bed cage/upper shock mounts that was designed by Neglic and built by Concept 2 Motorsports. The system includes a set of Deaver I96 springs with a Total Chaos rear long travel spring under axel kit. Attached to the cage is a set of 18-inch, 3.0 King external bypass shocks. Again, it was the Methods and Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ tires that keep the rocks at bay.

The "began it all" Fiberwerx fenders were attached to the stock metal body in front (4-inch bulge and 2-inch rise) while a set of cool McNeil 4-inch fiberglass bedsides replace the stock bed sides. Once those piece were in place, the couple added wrap to them to match the factory "Radiant Red," only it wasn't as easy that they'd hoped. In fact, Neglic says that "Don't try this at home. Especially red, as everything you own will be pink." The results look great though.

The bed is a crowded place, as in addition to the bed cage, one will find a pare wheel/tire that's held down with a PRP 3-way tire strap, a toolbox, a Power Tank on-board air system and a Pittsburgh 1.5-ton jack with a 6-inch riser, a jack skid plate and mount made by C4 Fabworks. Neglic and Concept 2 Motorsports combined to design and fab the custom mount that holds three 4-gallon Matrix Concept utility jugs. The front bumper and skid plate were built by Concept 2 Motorsports, too.

C2M also made the mounts for the Tough-Light LED's that adorn the truck. A 55-inch curved LED Light bar (25,800 lumen) is mounted on the roof, a 40-inch Tough-Light curved LED light bar (19,800 lumen) on the front bumper and there's an additional two, 3-inch Tough-Light LED pod "dust" lights (1,480 lumen) facing rearward from the bed.

With a 405 horsepower estimate, the 5.7L 3UR-FE V8 engine is a good one but it's pretty stock with the only additions being a K&N high-flow performance air intake system and a set of dual Flowmaster Single Stage mufflers.

Speaking of stock, the interior is nearly as it was when it left the factory, but with the plushness of it, that's not really a bad thing. The only upgrade is the YAESU 2900R race radio communications/stereo system.

The pair do have additional plans for the truck, as caging the truck, adding external bypass shocks and air bumps to front suspension, installing full race seats with harnesses are all on the list. Those, along with a 70-gallon fuel cell because, "we get about 7mpg's downhill with the wind pushing us."

Neglic says that he and his wife Breeana live, eat and breath anything off-road, and that their goal from the beginning was to build a clean, luxury pre-runner. He also believes the Toyota Tundra is the best vehicle to do so with. Once the season hits, they can be found in Ocotillo Wells every single weekend. They're part of a group called SoCal Tundra's, and meet up with them once a month for a few huge Ocotillo trips with a great group of people that share the same passion for off-road and Tundra's as they do.

That sounds like just how this whole "Pre-Runner" thing should be done.

With the Tough-Light LED's shining out against the sunrise, the Tundra sits ready for a fun day of off-road bashing.

The front end is equipped with Total Chaos 4130 chromoly uppers and lowers that feature 1-inch Uniballs and remote reservoir-equipped 2.5 King coil over shocks. All told, the Total Chaos long travel kit produces 16-inches of front wheel travel. A Concept 2 front bumper and skid plate keeps the frame and engine safe when all that wheel travel is used up and the Fiberwerx fenders gives the tires somewhere to go, as well.

Two big time off-road names combine as Mickey Thompson MTZ tires and Method Double Standard wheels give the Tundra plenty of performance and durability.

The bed is packed with everything that one could need on the trail. A PRP 3-way tire strap holds down the spare while the Pittsburgh jack features a C4 Fabworks riser, jack skid plate and mount. Other tricks include the Power Tank and a custom Concepts 2 mount that holds three, 4-gallon Matrix Concept utility jugs.

This Tundra features McNeil bed sides to go with the Fiberwerx front fenders.

Producing 25,800 lumens, the 55-inch Tough-Light curved LED Light bar is affixed to the top with Concept 2 Motorsports mounts.

A set of Tough-Light 3-inch LED "dust lights" tells everyone that the Tundra is ahead of them.

Looking every bit the part of a serious pre-runner it is, this Tundra is as capable as it is striking.

Producing a solid 405 horses, the 5.7L 3UR-FE V8 engine is made even more powerful thanks to the K&N high-flow performance air intake system and a set of dual Flowmaster Single Stage mufflers.

Even a stock Tundra interior is pretty plush. Future plans call for a full cage and suspension seats.

Breeana and Matt Neglic have the truck of their dreams, and use it on a near weekly basis.

Thanks to the Total Chaos/King shock suspension, jumps like this are extra fun in the Tundra.

The Neglic's entered the truck in its first show at Off-Road Nights in Temecula on August 8th, 2015 and won Best Pre Runner of the night. They said they were "Very stoked to win our first show and can't wait for many more." BTW, Breeana was voted first runner up in the Miss Off-Road Nights competition. We think she should have won.

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