1996 Toyota Tacoma Xtracab
1998 TOYOTA TACOMA XTRACAB - BAJA TACO
While an engine swap remains in the Baja Taco's future, for now, it still has the trustworthy 2.4 L Toyota I-4, OE Toyota five-speed transmission, as well as Toyota transfer case, together with a Marlin Crawler TacoBox. The TacoBox is a 2.28:1 HiLux low-range equipment decrease box installed in between the transmission and transfer case. Marlin was the pioneer as well as designer for Toyota low-gear reduction systems. His components do not fail, including tremendous reliability as well as flexibility to the Baja Taco.
The Tacoma IFS front pumpkin has 5.29 gears and an ARB Air Locker. The OE Tacoma rearend has 5.29 equipments and an ARB Air Storage locker, as well.
For the front suspension, Jon selected Complete Mayhem Manufacture's long-travel front upper and also lower 4130 chromoly A-arms with UniBall that replaces the upper round joint for optimum wheel traveling. Fox coilovers with Eibach coils and also Fox bypass shocks function well dealing with the Baja Taco's boosted weight. In back, All-Pro's excellent 3-inch Expedition leaf springs are damped by Pedestrian Evans 2.5 tank shocks. This suspension permits 35x12.50 R17LT BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires installed on Walker Evans 17x8 beadlock wheels to be kept up no problems.
What full the Baja Taco are the All-Pro bumpers, racks, and also armor. An All-Pro front winch mount bumper easily brings a Warn XD8000i winch. All-Pro 80-inch rock sliders with their trademark "kickout" layout maintain rocks at bay. The All-Pro back tube bumper wraps around the back quarter-panels, so the full truck is safeguarded. All-Pro Off Road's Pack Rat modular rack system places in the bed as well as holds an ARB rooftop tent and everything else Jon as well as his household may require in the backcountry.
The Baja Taco's mixture of freight bring ability, rock creeping armor, and suspension make it an one-of-a-kind vehicle. Removed of its Packrat system, it can crawl with the most effective. With the Packrat installed, it allows comfortable backcountry exploring for as long as Jon wishes to avoid.
Vehicle: 1998 Toyota Tacoma Xtracab
Owner/Hometown: Jon Bundrant/Corvallis, Montana
Engine: Toyota 2.4L I-4
Transmission: Toyota five-speed manual
Transfer case/low range ratio: OE Toyota with Marlin Crawler TacoBox/5.86:1 total gear reduction
Front end: Toyota IFS
Rear end: Toyota Tacoma
Ring and Pinion: 5.29:1
Front Differential: ARB Air Locker
Rear Differential: ARB Air Locker
Suspension: Total Chaos long-travel with Fox coilovers and bypass shocks front/All-Pro Expedition leaf springs with WER shocks rear
Tires: 35x12.50R17LT BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2
Wheels/Backspacing: 17x8 Walker Evans Racing beadlocks/5 inches
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