Toyota Tacoma Lift OME ARB BFG

Stock size tires, chrome side steps, just as it rolled into the shop...

Toyota Tacoma Lift OME ARB BFG

285/75R16 BFG ATs, Side steps delete, Tundra wheels, more work to come...

A friend and customer came to me a week or so ago and told me her built Nissan Xterra had been totaled and she was looking for a Toyota Tacoma.  We discussed what type of driving she was planning for the truck, the pros and cons of the extended cab vs the double cab (4dr), and she finally landed on a dbl cab.  A few days later, she had made the deal with a Pittsburgh dealership and had a plane ticket.  Today, she finished her drive from Pa at the Expedition Ops Outfitters shop, within 45 minutes we were checking tire size to see if we could fit, 285/75R16′s and we could.

Toyota Tacoma Lift OME ARB BFG

Stock tire size

Toyota Tacoma Lift OME ARB BFG

Test fitting a 285/75R16, she looks good, look even better with a lift!

6hrs, later the Tacoma was sitting on 285/75R16 (33″) BF Goodwrich All-Terrains and Toyota Tundra forged wheels.  The chrome nerf bars/side steps were removed as well as the two front mudflaps.  Moving in a couple weeks to Little Rock, AR, this project has a countdown timer on it.  She used her last truck for photo expeditions into deep remote areas of the upper Midwest and will be expanding her travels to a year long round the US/Canada/Mexico photo expedition.  The customer is working on a budget, so Expedition Ops Outfitters helped find a set of good, used tires, for now.  We kept the penny pinching to just that and focused the real bang for her buck on a quality suspension and bullbar.  Kurt from www.CruiserOutfitters.com helped us with lift selection and then ordered them up for us.  We are eagerly awaiting the lifts arrival end of this week.  In the meantime, we will be painting the wheels black and working on bits and pieces here and there, one of those being, sand blasting the undercarriage and undercoating it.  Pittsburgh winters were tough on the underside, a little paint will do it wonders.

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