In the past, desert racers and prerunners added long-travel suspension and bypass shocks to conquer whoops and silt beds but typically returned to their hotel or trailer at night. In contrast, overlanders lumber along slowly with their heavy suspension, enjoying the destination more than the journey. Find the spot on the Venn diagram where these two worlds overlap, and you will encounter Jason Berry's Tacoma.
This Double Cab Tacoma has Total Chaos long-travel front suspension, rear Deaver leaf springs, and King bypass shocks. It also has a Vagabond Outdoors Drifter camper and the usual components you would expect to find on an overland rig, such as solar panels, drawers, a fridge, and a headliner covered in patches.
The truck is no slouch in technical terrain either. Jason added a Currie Enterprises F9 rear axle and 4.88 gears with ARB Air Lockers front and rear. The fenders were trimmed 2 inches to allow fitment of 35-inch Cooper Discoverer STT Pros with full suspension travel and a low center of gravity. Relentless Fabrication skidplates, rock sliders, and bumpers fend off hits from rocks and other obstacles on the trail.
Oh, and did we mention that it has a supercharger to offset all that added weight? Jason Berry has built a Tacoma that can go just about anywhere, and get there in a hurry.
Tech Specs 2012 Toyota Tacoma
>Drivetrain Engine: Supercharged 1GR-FE 4.0L V-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Transfer Case: Factory chain drive
Front Axle: Toyota 8-inch IFS with 4.88 gears and ARB Air Locker
Rear Axle: Currie 9-inch with 4.86 gears and ARB Air Locker >Suspension Springs & Such: Total Chaos +2 suspension with King coilovers and bypass shocks (front); Deaver leaf springs and King bypass shocks and air bumps (rear)
Tires & Wheels: 315/70R17 Cooper Discoverer STT Pros on 17x8.5 Method 105 beadlock wheels
Steering: Stock rack, extended tie rods
Lighting: FXR HID Retrofit headlights, Rigid Industries 40-inch Midnight LED Roof Bar, Rigid Industries SR2 20-inch combo driving and Hyperspot LED bar, Rigid Industries D2 Dually lights
Other Stuff: Vagabond Outdoors Drifter camper; SOS Performance big brake kit (front and rear); MBRP exhaust; Weathertech floormats; Wet Okole seat covers; Kenwood ham radio; Warn Zeon 12-s winch; Prinsu CabRac roof rack; Relentless Fabrication front bumper, sliders, and high clearance rear bumper with swing out tire carrier; two 100-watt solar panels; ARB drawer; Alu-Cab fridge slide; ARB 82-quart fridge; Airflow snorkel; ARB dual air compressor