2008 Toyota Tacoma - Diabolical Toy

Tacoma Twist

Jerrod JonesPhotographerAgustin JimenezPhotographer, Writer

We all remember our first truck, but we’d be willing to bet it wasn’t anything quite like JD McEntire’s dual-purpose prerunner Tacoma. JD wanted his first truck to handle gnarly terrain at high speeds while still being a fully functional truck. JD entrusted SMP Fabworks in Sun Valley, California, to turn his Tacoma into a solid prerunner that could be driven hard while still being comfortable to drive on a daily basis. SMP Fabworks has built some of the best off-road rigs around so it’s no surprise they had JD’s truck built in just five months. Suffice it to say this Tacoma works flawlessly off road!

We caught up with JD’s Tacoma at Gorman on the California Grapevine for an early-morning photo session in the mountains. SMP Fabworks did their homework when it came to dialing in the bypass shocks as they absorbed even the largest of whoops without skipping a beat. With a menacing stance one thing’s for sure: This Tacoma is definitely no trailer queen! OR

Vehicle: 2008 Toyota Tacoma
Owner: J D McEntire of Burbank, CA
Chassis: Fully boxed, reinforced in the rear
Engine: 4.0L VVTi V-6, K&N air intake system, 2.25-inch straight pipe exhaust with turn down before rear axle
Drivetrain: Five-speed automatic, General Driveshafts’ slip-spline driveshaft, Toyota 8-inch rear with factory 3.73 gears
Suspension: Total Chaos long-travel front suspension with spindle upgrade, 8-inch Sway-A-Way 2.5 coilovers, 8-inch Sway-A-Way 2.5 double-bypass shocks, Sway-A-Way 2.0 hydraulic bumpstops, DMZ leaf springs, DMZ shackles, 18-inch Sway-A-Way 2.5 triple-bypass shocks, Sway-A-Way 2.0 hydraulic bumpstops, Total Chaos limit straps
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Extended braided-steel brake lines
Tires/wheels: 35x12.5R17 Pro Comp Xtreme All-Terrain tires, 17 inch OMF beadlocks
Interior: Kenwood head unit with Navigation system
Other Parts: Fiberwerx fiberglass fenders, Glassworks Unlimited fiberglass bedsides, SMP Fabworks custom 1.75-inch front bumper and skid plate, SMP Fabworks 1.75-inch bed cage and spare tire mount with functional mini bed with factory 110-volt outlet, SMP Fabworks custom 2-inch rear bumper, Halo projector headlights, custom full-sized spare tire mount
Favorite Off-Road Area: Barstow, California, and Hungry Valley in Gorman, California

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