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Modification Articles
Rack Awning Construction and Thule Rack with Kayak Mount
Custom Shovel and Axe Mount
Auxiliary Fuse Block
Nato 20L water cans
Custom rear platform and drawer system
bed mat with Bednet
ARB Front Locker and 5.29 Gears
Eezi-Awn Roof Tent
Stormcase Gear Cases
Custom rear storage system, with mtn. bike rack
Custom 10 gallon stainless steel water tank
Deflecta-Shield Tool Box
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2004 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab TRD
special thanks to our sponsors:
ARB, Donahoe Racing, Demello-offroad, Deaver Spring, Cyberdyne, Lo-tek, Big O, Adventure Mexico Insurance, Extreme Outback Products, 4Wheeler Supply and Pangaea Expeditions.

Questions about my truck or modifications? You can email me, or for even faster response you can visit the new expeditionportal.com forum, which I monitor frequently

Vehicle Make

Vehicle Model
Tacoma SR5 Double Cab TRD (view window sticker)


3.4 Liter V6 24 valve DOHC, 190hp
Cooling System: 10 quarts
Engine Oil: 5.2 Quarts


4-Speed ECT Automatic,

2.804 1st Gear
1.531 2nd Gear
1.000 3rd Gear
0.705 4th Gear
2.393 Reverse

Transfer case
2-speed, Part-Time, 2.57 Low Range
Crawl Ratio 38.12:1
Front Axle
ARB Selectable Locker, 5.29 Ring and Pinion, Disc Brakes, AAD
Rear Axle
Factory Electric Locker, 5.29 gears, drum brakes
Front Suspension
IFS, Donahoe Racing Coil-over's with 650 lb coils
Steering Rack and Pinion, 20.4 Ratio, 3.4 Turns lock to lock
Rear Suspension Solid Axle, Custom Deaver 10 leaf packs designed for a 600-800 pound rear axle payload, Bilstein 5100 (Part Number F4-BE5-6256-H5), Downey Shackles
Wheels American Racing 797 Black Steel Wheels 16x8" with 4" of backspacing (Part Number 797-6883) Supplied by Big O
Bfg 255/85 R16 Mud Terrain KM
GVWR (stock)
5,100 Lbs.
Payload (stock)
1,400 Lbs.
Curb Weight (actual) 5,300 Lbs. (3,705 Lbs Stock)
Cargo Area  
Overall Length
Overall Width 70.3
Ground Clearance 12.6
Factory Options Factory Options: Window Sticker
RL- Daytime Running Lamps
GO- Rear seat back cargo net
OF- TRD Off road Package
LX- SR5 Package with Chrome
CQ- Convenience Package
CF- Carpet Floor Mats
SO- Front Skid Plate
Additional Modifications

Con-Ferr roof rack, Thule rails, Kayak rack
Demello Rock Sliders
Demello Custom Rear Swing-out Bumper
Demello Front Skidplate
Sure Power Auxiliary battery system
Optima Blue Top
Xenarc Flip Down TFT VGA Monitor
Garmin GPS
Mountain Bike bed rack
ARB Safari Snorkel
ARB Front Bumper
Warn M8000 winch
Roadless Gear Winch Controller
Winchline.com Synthetic Winch Rope
FourTreks Composite Fairlead
Lo-Tek Gauge Pod
Cyberdyne Digital Gauges
Custom 22 Gallon Auxiliary Fuel Tank
Eezi-Awn 1200 Roof Tent
Deflecta-Shield Challenger Tool Box
Extreme Outback ExtremeAir Compressor
Multiple StormCase units for gear storage
Custom Shovel and Axe mount
Engle 45L Fridge/ Freezer on custom mounts
Custom rear seat area platform with radio mount and 2 drawers
Yaesu FT-2800m 2m radio
40 Channel CB
1400 watt inverter
10 port aux. fuse block
Grey wire modification
Full time power outlet modification
30 Gallon Water Tank
FloJet 55 psi, 2.9 GPM Water Pump
Hubbell Hot Water Heater
Attwood Shower
BedRug Bed Liner

General Comments and Impressions

This vehicle was purchased as a replacement to our 2001 Land Rover Discovery II.

Here are some initial impressions and opinions of the vehicle in stock form:

Positives: Useable engine torque
Excellent steering response and feedback (I am now sold on rack and pinion)
Solid structure, no rattles. Impacts do not resonate to cab
Good running ground clearance
Good low range gearing and torque converter lock-up
Nice cab layout and switch gear
Excellent traction for a stock vehicle, even without the locker engaged
Best performing stock vehicle I have ever driven with the locker engaged
I love the look and utility of the vehicle more with every day (no wonder it is Toyota's BEST selling truck or suv model in AZ)

Sensitive Throttle (not enough pedal stroke)
Shocks are horrible for anything but high speed trails (Tokico)
Long wheelbase requires some getting used to for me (20" longer than any other vehicle I have owned)
Suspension a little stiff (needs a load, like some heavy mods  )
Seats lack sufficient support, and sit a little low in the cab
Cab a little cramped, but not at all uncomfortable
Engine needs a little more punch above 3,000 rpm's
Needs slightly better suspension tuning
Not a lot of room in the cab for electronics
You can't remove one side of the rear bench

Update After six months of ownership and lots of modifications:

My biggest complaint was the suspension, but the Deaver and Donahoe components resolved that problem. I still need to address the seats, which remain a major problem (at least for me). The truck has proven to be incredibly capable, and has resulted in my Jeep staying in the garage most of the time now. The truck is also a perfect expedition vehicle, with lots of payload and space. I have put over 20k miles on the truck in less than 8 months, and it is not even a daily driver!

Overall, I am very pleased with the truck.  I have always liked the crew cab compact pick-up since driving them in Italy (Hi-lux), and now I have one in my driveway.  If only I could have bought it with a solid axle and diesel motor...

Reliability: Excellent (no failures)