The Definition of a Complete Overland Build

Expedition Overland breaks down their latest Toyota Tacoma project.

You could say I'm a pretty big fan of Expedition Overland and their overall initiative. Sure, most of their production, gear and rigs are way out of reach for the average Overlander but their videos are still motivational while reminding us that we may not REALLY 'bout that life. Hell, I just want to go to the mountains for the weekend. Either way, I'd much rather consume their professionally-curated and sponsored content than all the wannabes out there. If I see another Expedition Overland knock-off series I may possibly pull my hair out. 

Expedition Overland's third Toyota Tacoma, a 2016 TRD Double Cab, is by far the most equipped Taco they've ever had. Below are a series of videos reviewing the upgrades in detail. If you have a Tacoma or even a 4Runner, take notes! If you have a non-Toyota like me, sit back and enjoy!

2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD

TIRES

SUSPENSION

POWER MANAGEMENT

RECOVERY / ARMOR

LIGHTING

COMMUNICATION / NAVIGATION

CAMPER

LIVING QUARTERS

Below is a comprehensive list of the Tacoma's upgrades. Can you afford to add all of this gear to your rig? Probably not. I know I can't. However, this list (especially if you own a Toyota truck) is a fantastic guide for what you may need if you plan on testing the limits of your truck's capabilities.

SPECS

  • Tacoma Habitat
    AT Overland Equipment Tacoma Habitat truck topper. 
  • Fridge
     National Luna Weekender 52 Liter Fridge Freezer Aluminum
  • Fridge Slide
     Adventure Trailer combo fridge slide with Partner Steel cook stove
  • Air Compressor
     ARB On-Board Twin High-Performance Air Compressor, used to fill tires after airing down or fixing a flat.
  • Aux Water Tanks
     Water jerry cans on CBI rear bar swing out
  • Aux Gas Jerrys
     Gas jerry cans on CBI rear bar swing out
  • Roof Rack Storage
     Two hard mounted 42 Liter Aluminum Alu-Box Storage Cases
  • K9 Roof Rack Jerry Can Mount, Double
     Designed to carry two 5 gallon (20 L) Jerry Cans and collapse flat when not in use

DRIVETRAIN / SUSPENSION

  • General Tire Grabber X3
     General Tire Grabber X3 Tires in 285/70/R16
  • Wheels
     Toyota Black TRD Wheels
  • Front Suspension
     Extended Travel Remote Reservoir Front Coilover Shock Kit by Icon Vehicle Dynamics
  • Rear Suspension
     V.S. 2.5 Series RR Rear Shocks w/CDCV (0-3″ Lift) by Icon Vehicle Dynamics
  • Upper Control Arms
     Billet Upper Control Arm Kit by Icon Vehicle Dynamics
  • Diff Breather
     ARB Differential Axle Breather

ARMOR

  • Front Bumper
     CBI all aluminium front bumper with 20″ light mount and winch mount.
  • Rear Bumper
     CBI split dual swing out rear bar which relocates spare tire and hold 2 gas/water jerry cans.
  • Rock Sliders
     CBI bolt-on Toyota Tacoma rock sliders are 100% bolt on.

LIGHTING

  • 40″ Combo light Bar
     Rigid Industries SR-Series White 40″ Spot/Flood Combo LED Light Bar. 
  • Reverse Lights
     Rigid Industries 20251 Dually 60° Lens. Mounted in the CBI rear bumper.
  • Area Lights
     Rigid Industries 86620 White DC Scene Light (Flood, 1X2, 65 Degree). 
  • Rock Lights
     Rigid Industries Rock Light Kit 6 Lights Cool White. 
  • Lighting Security Hardware
     Rigid Industries Security Hardware Kit for LED Light Bar. 
  • Habitat Interior Lighting
     National Luna Hard mount and Clip-on LED Lights

RECOVERY

  • Maxtrax
     2 pairs of Maxtrax MKII. Apollo mounted on the rear wheel using Maxtrax harness, Rufio mounted on roof rack
  • Winch
     WARN 68500 9.5xp 9500-lb Winch with Synthetic Rope – 10000 lb. Capacity
  • Hi-lift Jack
     Hi-Lift Jack 48″ X-TREME, mounted on CBI rear bar
  • Recovery kit
     Warn Medium Duty Winching Accessory Kit
  • Winch Shackle
     Factor 55 FlatLink E
  • Tire Repair Kit
     ARB Orange Speedy Seal Tire Repair Kit
  • Tire Deflator
     ARB E-Z Deflator
  • Tire Inflator
     ARB Blue Inflator with Gauge and Braided Hose

ELECTRICAL 

  • Main Switch Panel
     8 Circuit SE System with 2 Touchscreen control panels to accommodate all lights bars, aux lighting.
  • Truck Radio
     Yaesu FTM-400DR Amateur Radio 144/440 Dual Band Mobile Transceiver, 50 Watts
  • Truck Satellite Phone
     Iridium 9575 Extreme Satellite Phone with external antenna.
  • Dual battery system
     National Luna Dual Battery System Kit with Surface Mount Controller, 2 deep cycle batteries held within the Goose Gear box in the bed of the truck.
  • Charge Box
     Goose Gear custom build charge box with 8 x 12v charge sockets and 4 USB charge ports to accommodate all our production charging needs.
  • Aux USB & 12v Sockets
     Additional sockets were added to both the cab interior and charge box to handle personal phones, accessories and production charging.

MISC

  • GPS/Mapping
     Hema Explorer 4WD Map App used on an Ipad mini within the Cab.
  • Accessory Mounts
     Ram Mount Twist Lock Suction Cup Mount for Phone Holder, GPS, Ipads, etc.
  • Tinted windows
     Tinted all windows by Bos Window tinting Bozeman, MT
  • Custom Vehicle Wrap
     Vehicle wrap was done by SCS Wraps in Bozeman, MT