The Shop – March 2021
Toyota’s SEMA360 Build Goes Overlanding
Toyota showcases its overlanding potential with the 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine Overland-Ready Tacoma. Introduced as part of Toyota’s 2020 SEMA360 Showcase, the Tacoma is designed as “the ultimate outdoor lifestyle rig,” featuring a variety of off-road performance upgrades meant to align with the Tacoma’s “go anywhere now” personality, according to the company. “The word overlanding may be a new word to some, but it’s become increasingly popular this year as more and more people are exploring roads off the beaten path with friends and family,” said Ed Laukes, group vice president – Toyota Division Marketing. “We were excited when the 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine editors shared their idea for this project, and we naturally thought it would be cool to include the build in our SEMA360 presentation.”
The editors started with a Tacoma TRD Pro, teaming up with Ryan O’Connell and ShmellFab to create the build. Off-road upgrades include: ToyTec BOSS Aluma 2.5 Series coilovers, shocks and add-a-leaf package; Toyota E-locker locking differential; CBI Offroad Fabrication lower control arms, front to rear aluminum and steel skid plates, and DOM steel tube rock sliders with top plates and CBI’s kickout design; Camburg Engineering upper control arms; and MaxTrax MKII traction boards.
On the power side, the team added a Magnuson Superchargers Roots-type TVS1900 blower, increasing output to 370 hp.
Other components include: BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 255/85R16 tires mounted on 16×8-inch matte black 704 Trail Series wheels from Method Race Wheels; CBI Offroad Fabrication T3 aluminum front bumper and T3 Swing Arm Series steel rear bumper with dual swingouts; a ComeUp SEAL Gen2 9.5rs winch; aluminum CBI Offroad Fabrication Prinsu Cab Rack fitted with a 40-inch SR Pro LED series light bar and four LED Scene Lights from Rigid Industries; a 20-inch Rigid Industries SR Pro light bar in the front bumper; a Truck Covers USA locking cargo bed cover and rack system; and a Yakima SkyLine bed rack. Finally, to ensure overlanding explorers have what they need for days off the grid, the editors fitted the Tacoma with a PowerTank PT10 onboard air system; a 4-gallon RotopaX fuel storage container; a 2-gallon RotopaX water storage container; a Hi-Lift jack; and a Yakima SkyRise cargo bed tent.