2004 Toyota Tacoma Build

stock tacoma

In 2004 I bought a double cab 4WD Tacoma for the purpose of remote camping, as well as my daily driver. I wanted to keep modifications to a minimum, so for the first few years only ran 265/75 R16 BFG All Terrains and rock sliders. I then upgraded the suspension and switched over to 255/85 R16 BFG Mud Terrains, as well as several other overland-specific mods which I will describe in detail here.


List of modifications:

  • LineX bed liner
  • custom rock sliders
  • Donahoe coilovers
  • Deaver 10-leaf spring pack
  • Bilstein rear shocks
  • ARB rear shackles
  • U-bolt flip from Demello
  • 255/85 R16 BFG Mud Terrains (33.4″ tall)
  • OEM all-weather floor mats
  • Yaesu 7800 dual-band HF radio
  • Eezi-Awn 1600 roof top tent
  • Engel MT45 12v fridge
  • Lifeline group 30 battery
  • Yakima bicycle rack
  • ARB front bumper
  • Mile Marker 10,000 lb winch


A few comparison shots of the stock vs. improved suspension:
coilovers leaf springs shocks
Before & after ARB bull bar installation (and applying a flat-black paint to all of the chrome):
stock bumper arb bumper