Trump's 03 Tacoma


Since it is easy to define people by what they drive on a forum like this rather than who they are, I feel it is necessary to give a little background on me first. I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors, exploring, and traveling. It’s a big part of why I joined the Marine Corps and have taken the direction I have thus far in my life. Therefore, it’s not a big surprise that I find myself frequenting this forum. If nothing else I find myself living vicariously through other people’s adventures and travels.

I would love to be able to dump everything and head out on a RTW expedition tomorrow, but that seems like it will always be just a dream. I've been very fortunate to do a good amount of worldwide travel already (26 countries currently), but I have not had the chance to explore nearly any by vehicle. That is something I plan to change eventually, but for now I will set a realistic goal of attempting to explore as much of this continent as I can afford by vehicle.

I'm guilty of having focused more on four wheeling and the truck itself than the adventure for too long now. As time has gone by I have returned back to my real passion for “getting out there.” The more time I spend out with others on this forum I feel less and less attached to any of the farkle soon to be posted below. It’s my hope that any of the following information will serve to help anyone that might be reading to better enjoy their time outdoors and not simply showoff where I’m at building my truck.

Unlike the forum I had my build on before I can get feedback and questions directly in this thread instead of just through PM’s. I’m going to keep things short and sweet (more of a build history by pictures.) This will keep me from over explaining a lot of the common steps. If anybody has questions about the reasoning, direction, or technical info I’ll be more than happy to elaborate.

On to the build…

***Warning: not dial-up friendly!***


2003 Toyota Tacoma Extended Cab SR5 4X4


-2.7L (kept stock)
-Safari Snorkel
-Dual Die-hard Platinum P-5 Batteries


Approximately 3 inches of lift

-Donahoe Racing coilovers
-Removed swaybar
-Deaver Springs custom 11 leaf pack
-Bilstein 5125 shocks
-OME HD Greasable Shackles
-Energy Suspension Bushings

Wheels & Tires:

-Toyota Steel Wheels 16x7 (4.75"BS)
-BFGoodrich M/T KM2 255/85R16


-Early Tacoma manual hub conversion (Aisin)
-Regeared to 4.88 (4.30 stock)
-Front and Rear ARB AirLockers
-Energy Suspension steering rack bushings
-Toyota Tundra front disks/calipers (13WL)


-All-Pro Offroad APEX Front Bumper
-All-Pro Offroad Skid plates
-DeMello bolt-on tube sliders
-CBI Offroad Fab Outback 1.0 rear bumper with:
CB antenna Mount
Jerry Can Carrier(s)
Spare tire mount
60" HiLift mount

AT Flip-Pac:

-Red/White LED Lighting
-Maxxima LED Worklight/Reverse Light
-Custom interior storage
-Thetford 135
-Reliance 7 gal water container
-Engel MT-45F Refrigerator/freezer
-10# CO2 Tank w/Powertank HPX adjustable regulator kit
-HiLift Slide-N-Lock Tie-down system


-Yaesu FTM-350AR
-Larsen 2/70B NMO Antenna
-Custom Uniden ESP5 External Speaker
-Cobra 19 CB
-4' Firestick Antenna
-Spot personal tracker


-Nexus 7 Tablet w/Backcountry Navigator offline maps
-Good'ol Compass and maps


-Lightforce 240 Blitz Aux lights
-Blitzpro LED Fog lights
-Warn M8000
-Masterpull winchline
-Factor 55 ProLink Loaded
-Perfect Switch Powergate single rectifier
-BlueSea Systems fuse blocks (x3)
-Columbia Overland Dual Battery tray
-Scangauge II
-Off Road Only LiteSPOTZ Rocklights
-Powertank CO2 ARB connection kit
-20oz CO2 with CGA-320 adapter
-Recovery gear/tools/spare parts
-60" HiLift xtreme jack

Future additions:

-1KZ-TE Swap

I will continue to update this list as I go along.

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Now onto the journey...

Bought the truck used the summer of 2006 with 60k miles. It had a cheepo spacer lift, factory upgraded Enkei wheels, and freshly mounted 265/75/16's street tires.

I kept it essentially stock for about a year before moving and requiring more capability. I enjoyed hitting the trails often (even on the street tires.) I love the added capability of the truck now, but I can help but feel a bit of nostalgia when I see these pictures:

Good times!
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