Toyota Tacoma Cab Mount Chop
Trimming the factory cab mount for tire clearance.
Fact is, Toyota Tacomas make a great platform for an off-road rig. They are reliable, safe, capable, comfortable, and durable, and aftermarket support for these trucks abounds. Many owners want to add a little lift, add some larger tires, tune the suspension, and outfit their Tacos for whatever the trail may offer. Still, adding tires much larger or wider than stock can open a can of worms when it comes to the front tires rubbing inner fender wells and even the rear of the front fenders.
Trimming those items is something that happens with tons of 4x4s all around the world, but with the second- and third-generation Tacoma the stout and safe forward cab mount can often get in the way. Luckily there is a solution to get a bit more clearance from this otherwise immobile metal interference. The process is called a cab mount chop, and many have done it. It does require cutting and welding and a cab mount chop plate. Cab mount chop plates are available from several aftermarket Toyota specialty shops, but the truth is, making them is also easy. Follow along as we chop and make cab mount chop plates for a third-generation Tacoma.