It’s been a few years now since we completed our Project Venture Toy Tacoma, and we’ve managed to put some roads, trails, and rocks under it. This project started life as a 2001 2WD Prerunner and was transformed into a rig capable of crawling trails or transporting us to our favorite back-country camp spots.
We stripped out the old axle and suspension components, added a transfer case, and swapped in two new straight axles on new suspension components. We figured it was time to revisit the truck and give you a short update on how it has performed and some further thoughts on the build.
The truck has the 3.4L V-6 engine and the four-speed auto tranny. Both of these have proven to be reliable and the combination yields good power, and the overdrive spins fine on the highway with the 5.13 axle gears and 37-inch tires. Depending on what we’re doing at the time, gas mileage seems to be about 11 to 14 mpg.
With the truck essentially complete, we’ve been getting out on the trail and doing some camping and ’wheeling after the lengthy build process. We’re pleased with the results and think the overall package was a success. We have the ability to travel the highways to our ’wheeling destinations, carry a fair bit of cargo, and tackle some reasonably difficult trails along the way. The 125-inch wheelbase can get a little long in tighter turns, but offers excellent stability and the ability to climb well. We continue to look forward to getting some more trail miles behind us.