The newest build to join the BDS fleet is this 2016 Toyota Tacoma, packed full of new technology, new styling and a stout chassis. While the truck is fairly capable in stock form, the BDS team had bigger plans for this truck to improve the overall look, stance, and off-road prowess. For that we turned to a some of the best names in the business to take this Tacoma to the next level. This truck will spend a fair amount of time on the road as well as the trail so we needed a setup that would be comfortable, capable and up to any beating we put on it. The BDS 6″ performance coilover system is the perfect upgrade to correct suspension geometry, add extra offroad protection, provide additional tire clearance and improve high-speed offroad dampening for better performance across any terrain. Along with the coilover system a pair of the new BDS chromoly upper control arms (UCA) were added for extra strength and improved ball joint position and to allow extra suspension travel. With the suspension installed that offered up clearance for 35×12.50 Pitbull PBX A/T tires on 18×9 KMC XD133 wheels. These tires offer a great all terrain pattern for on and off-road use, long tread life and limited road noise. The XD133 wheels have an awesome styling finished in a gray face with black simulated beadlock ring to match the styling of the truck. These wheels are 18×9 with 5″ backspacing (0 offset) which is ideal for use with our kit for fitting larger tires while offering sufficient clearance for the replacement steering knuckles from the BDS lift kit.
With the suspension, wheels, and tires knocked out the new upgrade was to the bumpers. While the factory bumpers are sufficient for everyday use, they limit tire clearance, overall strength and the ability to mount a winch and aftermarket lighting. We turned to Pelfreybilt and upgraded to a set of their steel replacement bumpers. What an improvement over stock, these bumpers checked every box with a heavy duty design and ability to add accessories. The bumpers are offered raw or powder coated, we opted for raw so we could do custom matte black powdercoating to match the graphics package we put on the truck. Mounted in the bumper is a Warn VR Series 10,000lb winch with synthetic rope to get us out of any tough position we may find ourselves in out on the trail. Attached to the front of that is the Factor 55 ProLink for safe recovery. Many times trail days turn into trail nights so improved lighting is a must for hitting the trail. Up front a Baja Designs 30″ S8 lightbar was added along with a pair of their Squadron cornering lights. These offer ample lighting at the flip of a switch in a clean, rugged housing. Out back a matching Pelfreybilt bumper was installed for added protection along with a pair of Baja Designs S2 backup lights. Finishing off the truck for the time being is an Extang SolidFold 2.0 tonneau cover providing us with dry storage for gear and supplies.
As with most project builds, this one is a work in progress and will continue to be upgraded with components and accessories to help it perform better on the trail and on pavement. Stay tuned for future updates on this build and keep an eye out for this Tacoma at an event near you.
2016 Toyota Tacoma 4wd V6
BDS 6″ Performance Coilover System w/ UCAs
35×12.50×18 Pitbull PBX A/T Tires
18×9 KMC XD133 Wheels (black/gray finish)
Pelfreybilt Front/Rear Steel Bumpers
Warn VR10000-s Winch w/ Factor 55 ProLink
Baja Designs Lighting (30″ S8 Lightbar, Squadron Corners, S2 Backup Lights)
Extang SolidFold 2.0 Tonneau Cover
Magellan TRX7 Offroad GPS