2001 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 reliable 2.4 L Toyota I-4, OE Toyota five-speed transmission, and Toyota transfer instance, along with a Marlin Crawler TacoBox. The TacoBox is a 2.28:1 HiLux low-range equipment decrease box mounted between the transmission and transfer instance. Marlin was the pioneer as well as designer for Toyota low-gear reduction systems. His components do not fail, adding tremendous reliability and adaptability to the Baja Taco.
The Tacoma IFS front pumpkin has 5.29 equipments and an ARB Air Storage Locker. The OE Tacoma rearend has 5.29 gears and also an ARB Air Storage locker, too.
For the front suspension, Jon picked Total Chaos Fabrication's long-travel front upper as well as lower 4130 chromoly A-arms with UniBall that replaces the upper sphere joint for optimum wheel traveling. Fox coilovers with Eibach coils and also Fox bypass shocks work well handling the Baja Taco's boosted weight. In back, All-Pro's superb 3-inch Exploration leaf springs perspire by Walker Evans 2.5 reservoir shocks. This suspension allows 35x12.50 R17LT BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires placed on Pedestrian Evans 17x8 beadlock wheels to be kept up not a problem.
What full the Baja Taco are the All-Pro bumpers, racks, and also shield. An All-Pro front winch install bumper conveniently brings a Warn XD8000i winch. All-Pro 80-inch rock sliders with their trademark "kickout" layout maintain rocks at bay. The All-Pro rear tube bumper wraps around the rear quarter-panels, so the full vehicle is shielded. All-Pro Off Roadway's Pack Rat modular shelf system places in the bed as well as holds an ARB rooftop outdoor tents and whatever else Jon and also his household could need in the backcountry.
The Baja Taco's mix of cargo lugging capacity, rock crawling armor, and also suspension make it a special vehicle. Stripped of its Hoarder system, it could crawl with the best. With the Packrat installed, it allows comfy backcountry exploring for as long as Jon wants 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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