Ultimate Adventure is our weeklong trip where we wheel and drive and wheel and drive across some of the toughest trails we can find. This year we're building an '01 Toyota Tacoma as the official vehicle. We started the buildup last month with the plan to build a lightweight rig (last year's pig tipped the scale at 9,000 pounds-way too much), and give it some race-truck tricks.
We're not looking for a full-on Trophy Truck, but rather a slimmed-and-skinned rig with just enough room for tools, camping gear, cameras, and a cooler. We're doing most of the custom work at 4Wheelers Supply in Phoenix with awesome results. This month we'll show you the teardown and rebuild of the suspension, and the cage work, and next month we'll leave Phoenix and head for some final add-ons and amenities.
NOTE: Most of the parts shown in this article are just tack-welded together, and some parts, such as the link, are made out of thin-wall tubing for mock-up. This is done in case any changes need to be made. Final welding will occur before the truck leaves the shop, so don't copy it till you see the final pics.