Viking-Built: An Arctic Trucks–Built 2017 Toyota Tacoma on 44s

An Arctic Trucks–Built Mega Tacoma

Michael RuddPhotographer, Writer

Arctic Trucks Iceland has been an innovator in the design and re-engineering of modern 4x4 vehicles for polar exploration and travel for over 30 years. So when the company was asked to transform a stock ’17 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab TRD Pro into a one-of-a-kind rig on 44s, they were both qualified and eager to oblige.

Gisli Jonsson, director of engineering at Arctic Trucks, was put to the task of building something extra special for the client, who had envisioned a truck that could be used as a daily driver and be capable of traversing glaciers on weekend off-road adventures. Gisli and the team at the Arctic Trucks “Special Projects” shop in Reykjavik worked vigorously for the next eleven months to accomplish this goal.

Work began by disassembling the rig, and then the company began building a custom frame using a chromoly, fully boxed design that was sandblasted and powdercoated. From there, the vehicle underwent significant alterations, including a series of body mods so that big 44-inch tires could be fitted.

In the end, Arctic Trucks created a Tacoma that can handle the toughest terrain that Iceland has to offer. Read on to learn more about this amazing truck.

At a Glance


General
Vehicle: ’17 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab TRD Pro
Owner: Arctic Trucks Iceland
Stomping Grounds: Reykjavik, Iceland
Build Time: 11 months

Drivetrain
Engine: Toyota 3.5L V-6
Transmission: Aisin AC60F 6-spd automatic
Transfer case: Aisin VF2CM 2-spd
Low range ratio (s): 2.57:1
Crawl ratio: 45.1:1
Front axle/differential: LC200/8.7-in, 4.88 gears, ARB Air Locker
Rear axle/differential: Toyota 9.5-in, custom axlehousing/4.88 gears, ARB Air Locker

Suspension
Front: IFS, remote-reservoir Fox 2.5 coilover shocks, Eibach coil springs with neoprene covers, Fox 3.5 five-tube external bypass shocks
Rear: Three-link, remote-reservoir Fox 2.5 coilover shocks, Eibach coil springs with neoprene covers, Fox 3.5 five-tube external bypass shocks
Steering: LC200 rack-and-pinion

Tires/Wheels
Tires: 44x19R17 Nokian Hakkapeliitta
Wheels: 17x16 Arctic Trucks steel

Miscellaneous
Cool stuff: Custom fiberglass fender flares, dual valve stems, custom front and rear tow hitches, Warn Zeon 8 winch, Lightforce lighting
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