Photos courtesy of Jason Turner
Every person that owns an off road rig knows that the build is never done, but I've been super happy with it ever since I've owned this rig. I got extremely lucky because the previous owners took amazing care of it and also left me with an amazing platform to build on. It came with lots of tasteful mods and I've removed and added a few things since owning it. It's daily driver friendly, but it often still surprises me with what it's capable of doing. -Jason Turner
The specs for this build can be found at the bottom of this post, but we know you’re probably just here for the photos.
Jason camps and drives all over the varied terrains of the American West. His choice of camper is well suited to the dust, rain and rigors of driving off road allowing him to keep his gear storage and sleeping area clean. In the photo above, you can see a pair of Maxtrax throwing up a friendly hi-five. What’s up, Maxtrax! If you squint just right, you might even see Koda’s omnipresent gaze.
The tiny bed of the Tacoma doesn’t leave much room for gear. The custom rear bumper helps to keep some of the bulkier items from crowding the interior. I’m sure Koda appreciates the extra room to stretch out at night.
Just a few of the backdrops one can see in the expansive Western region of the United States. We really do have some beautiful vistas and varied terrain here.
Even the freezing cold won’t keep Jason and his furry companion, Koda out of the backcountry. Of course, he’s not a total savage, niceties such as seat heaters make it more bearable.
Overall, this is a very well thought out rig. It does everything Jason asks of it and asks for more. Currently, he is in the process of tearing down and re-organizing the bed space to make things more accessible and secure. Just another reminder of the amount of trial and error that goes into building a proper off road rig.
2003 Toyota Tacoma SR5 V6 4WD
Manual Locking Hub Conversion
J Style Transfer Case
Non-ADD Front Diff
231mm Tundra Calipers / Steel Braided Brake Lines / dba Rotors / EBC Yellow Pads
ARB Diff Breather Kit
ARB Twin Air Compressor
ARB Front Bumper
Custom Rear Swing Out Bumper with CBI Can Carrier
Warn 8000-S Winch
Custom Headlights fitted with The Retro Fit Source parts (Morimoto Mini D2S 4.0 Projectors)
1" Body Lift
Icon 2.5 Coilovers Front
SPC Upper Control Arms
Custom Mounted 12" Bilsteins with Reservoirs
Rear OME Dakars + AAL
Wheelers Bump Stops (Front & Rear)
Goodyear Duratracs: 315-75-16
Stealth Custom Series F5 in Gunmetal: 16x8 -20 offset
Full Steel Skid Plating
Tube Rock Sliders
Custom Bed Slide
You can see more by following Jason on Instagram: @kodastacoma