It’s not yet time for snow wheeling and this drought-stricken part of the country doesn’t make for the best mud bogging, so off-road enthusiasts in the Southwest are drawn to the rocks—and the mountains of Southern California have plenty of them.
Before we loaded up and headed for the hills, we had some work to do on our ’17 Toyota Tacoma. The stock headlamps are perfect for the highway, but when it comes to spotting distant obstacles or trailside wildlife, off-road lighting is a must.
A combination of 4.7- and 3.7-inch Vision X CG2 Light Cannons for the Tacoma’s respective A-pillars and foglight ports was a seamless fit for the truck.
To make controlling the lights as simple as tapping a smartphone screen, we wired the Trigger Wireless Accessory Controller beneath the Tacoma’s hood. The unit lets the driver switch up to four accessories on and off from either the RF remote in the cab, or the smartphone app.
It was a busy day at the trails, with everything from stock Jeeps to built Broncos out roving the boulders.
We stayed on the trail well past dark, with the Vision X LED lights punching through the dust.
Even for a longer-wheelbase vehicle, the Tacoma was up to the challenge brought by the rocky trails. The truck avoided body damage with help from the stout bumpers and rocksliders.