Thread: 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro receives total transformation

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    Default 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro receives total transformation

    Ken came to us with his fresh 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro to be completely transformed for some serious off road exploration. The 6-speed manual transmission isnít a common sight so we couldnít wait to hop in and get it into the shop.

    For front end protection Ken choose to go with ARB. The new ARB Summit bumper for the 3rd Gen Tacoma is about as rugged and protective as there is, which makes it a great choice. ARB quality is consistent and backed by one of the largest names in the off road game and the engineering behind these bumpers is top tier and proven in the backcountry of Australia.



    Inside the bumper is a Warn Zeon 10 Platinum Winch with synthetic line. It fits perfectly and will provide ample and reliable recovery should he need it. For a little extra clarity in the middles of nowhere we added some Baja Designs XL Pro (Driving Combo) LED lights to help light the way. These pack A LOT of punch and has excellent close range and long-distance lighting on every terrain.



    For rear bumper we installed a CBI T3 model with dual swingouts, including a tire carrier with fold down camp table and double jerry can holder. This is an excellent choice for those looking for a single latch dual swing out, which is a much stronger option than the other single swingout models on the market now.



    For dual battery setup Ken decided to go all in. We set him up with Odyssey Extreme main battery and a Full River deep cycle AGM auxiliary battery. But hereís where it gets interesting: for possibly the first time in the overland world we installed a Perfect Switch Power Gate Dual Rectifier 200 Amp, splitting power directly from the alternator to the two batteries for optimal and more efficient, faster charging. This unit is controlled by a MOSFET board and is epoxy encapsulated for complete waterproofing. Added on as an option weíve also installed a momentary linking switch in the cab to force link the batteries as well as an overhead dual-voltage display to Ken can monitor his battery levels at all times. This is absolutely the most advance dual battery system on the market and weíre looking forward to installing this same system in one of our demo vehicles here at the shop!





    To control all of his auxiliary circuits we installed an sPod SE System with HD head unit in the cab on the left lower dash for easy access. We are a fan of the sPod system as they provide for an extremely simple and clean wiring with great expand-ability in the future.



    For suspension we installed an Icon Vehicle Dynamics Stage 6 with Billet UCA fitted with new delta joint for added reliability and reduced noise and maintenance. This was a front to back suspension kit including the remote reservoirs with adjustable damping control and progressive leaf pack in the rear. The front went together well but the Icon resevoir mounts did not work with ARB bumper as a bolt conflicted with mounting location, so we fabricated some revised mounts here at the shop to accomodate.







    Connecting him to the ground are a full set of new BF Goodrich All-terrain KO2 275/70 R16 tires.



    We are looking forward to seeing Kenís smile after he gives his new truck a good smashing in the dirt

    There are several other great projects in the shop right now, so stay tuned for more unique overland ready builds!

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    Nicely done!

    I spotted a white TRD Pro yesterday (here in BC) that I suspect may have been one of your clients, too:
    - white TRD pro
    - canopy
    - alu cab RTT
    - grey, hitch-mounted bike rack for two bicycles
    - washington plates

    Great looking setup!
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    Curious why someone would buy a TRD Pro and put ICON suspension on it. I'm legitimately asking. Why not start with a SR5 or perhaps even a regular TRD OR if it's the locker you're after? Seems like a lot of money to spend on the fancy factory FOX suspension just to replace it.
    '08 Tacoma, some bicycles

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    Cause americans love spending money....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveInDenver View Post
    Curious why someone would buy a TRD Pro and put ICON suspension on it. I'm legitimately asking. Why not start with a SR5 or perhaps even a regular TRD OR if it's the locker you're after? Seems like a lot of money to spend on the fancy factory FOX suspension just to replace it.
    A fool and his money.....

    I think buyers are not educated on what they are getting. The TRD Pro is tuned for no additional weight, so bumpers and typical farkle junk don't work with the suspension.
    Well, a hooker would get the joke.

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    There are other benefits to the higher trims.

    For example, after having had several vehicles with push-button start, given the option of key start vs push button in the new Tacoma, the choice was obvious and non-negotiable. Trims lower than TRD were instantly out. Not to mention the other features that TRD brought to the table (some of which were also a must).

    There's more to the Pro than the locker and the suspension. For example - the OEM leather (I have Clazzio leather seat covers and while they are good value, they're no OEM leather), the Pro's visual highlights, the hood scoop (which you can't get with an OR, SR, SR5, or Limited trims), and other minor details. For some these will be worthless, for others they will make all the difference.

    I also don't see the Pro as good value, but I can understand why some people might want it. Now swapping the Pro's FOX suspension out for ICON... I view that as a downgrade, but again, can see why some folks might want to do it.
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