Overlander? Prerunner? Rockcrawler? Orie Harman’s Tacoma Is All Three

    Lord of the Rigs

    Harry WagnerPhotographer, Writer

    Building a single-purpose rockcrawler or daily driver is relatively easy, but it’s tough to build one vehicle that can do it all. Every modification takes some sort of compromise, whether it’s decreased mileage or increased squeaks and rattles. Rockcrawlers often have unbalanced drivelines, negative caster, and a host of other issues that make them perform poorly on the street. But as we demonstrate each year on our Ultimate Adventure, building something that does everything well is not impossible.

    Orie Harman has the best example we have seen in a long time with his do-it-all Double Cab Tacoma. Rockcrawling isn’t an issue thanks to the locked 1-ton axles, 40-inch Toyos, and deep gearing from a four-speed Atlas transfer case. Going fast through the rough is made possible with King coilover and bypass shocks at each corner. The rear of the frame was even cut off and replaced with tubing to maximize wheel travel from the trailing arms.

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    Sounds like a King of the Hammers race car, right? Except this truck has a full enclosed cab with four PRP suspension seats in it and even has a Tepui rooftop tent mounted on the bed. Orie and his wife Muriel even drove the truck on a multiweek road trip across the country this summer, camping along the way. If that isn’t perfect, it sure is close.

    Tech Specs

    2005 Toyota Tacoma
    Engine: 4.0L V-6
    Transmission: RA60F 6-speed manual
    Transfer Case: 4-speed Advance Adapters Atlas II
    Front Axle: Dana 60 with 5.38 G2 gears, ARB Air Locker, and Yukon chromoly axleshafts
    Rear Axle: 14-bolt with 5.38 G2 gears and ARB Air Locker
    Springs & Such: 3-link with 12-inch King coilovers and bypass shocks (front); triangulated 4-link with trailing arms, 14-inch King coilovers, 16-inch King bypass shocks, Pro Comp air bumps, and PAC sway bar (rear)
    Tires & Wheels: 40x13.5R17 Toyo Open Country M/T mounted on 17x9 Method 101 beadlock
    Steering: Toyota IFS steering box, PSC hydraulic assist ram, pump, and reservoir
    Lighting: ARB Intensity LED lights
    Other Stuff: K&N intake, Doug Thorley header and custom exhaust, Optima YellowTop battery, Ron Davis aluminum radiator, Warn VR8000 winch, ARB Intensity LED lights, Glassworks fiberglass fenders, Tepui rooftop tent, PRP Daily Driver suspension seats, WFO Concepts 40-gallon fuel cell