Reel In the 2012 Toyota Tundra Fishing Team Truck September 23, 2013
When you think of custom trucks, fishing isn’t usually the first sport that comes to mind. While this may be the case, it didn’t stop Bassmaster Elite Series pro angler Britt Myers of CS Motorsports from building a pretty awesome one. Myers has been known for building custom Toyotas for fellow anglers in the past, so it was no surprise that Toyota came to him to get the 2012 Toyota Tundra built for the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas. Toyota asked for it and Britt delivered. Here are all the details on this impressive build-out. Engine and Transmission Starting with the stock 5.7-liter i-FORCE DOHC V8 in the Tundra, Myers added a TRD supercharger to up the truck’s power. With the additional weight of the build and the expected boat hauling, a supercharger is a perfect choice. To help the engine breathe a little easier, Myers installed a TRD exhaust as well. This combination of more air in and more air out definitely has an impact on drivability in a positive direction. The stock six-speed transmission was kept largely untouched, as it is a really rock-solid transmission for the build. Suspension and Brakes The Tundra was lifted thanks to a Bulletproof 12-inch suspension lift kit. This helped to make way for the larger tires that are used as well as gives a good bit of extra ground clearance for tricky boat launches. With the additional power from the supercharger and the larger wheels, upgraded brakes are a must. The team installed a TRD Big Brake kit on all four wheels to make sure this rig can not only go, but can stop just as easily. Exterior Nitto 38” Mud Grappler tires were wrapped around ATX 20” x 11” wheels for extra grip in muddy situations. A custom Fab Four pre-runner style front bumper was installed along with a WARN 16k winch system. The winch is a great addition not only for the safety of the truck, but of the boat and trailer as well. A fully custom fabricated roof rack with rod tubes was installed for lugging extra boxes, rods, and gear, since the bed of the truck is where the real customization starts. As for exterior lighting, this Toyota Tundra uses Rigid Industries LED lights, including a custom-lit grille, fog lights, and headlights. All exterior lighting also received a smoked look to dull their shine when not in use. Bushwhacker fender flares were used to help hide the larger tires and were painted matte gray to match the 3M matte gray wrap that was used on the truck. The wrap gives the Tundra a completely new look and feel without the need for a paint job. If you get tired of the color, just get a new wrap done! To round out the exterior, Myers used Amp Research power side steps, bed steps and a bumper step. Interior The first big change that might not even be noticeable immediately in the exterior is that Myers changed the interior color from gray to black. This was done to better offset the unique pattered-yellow dash and steering wheel inserts that were used throughout the interior. The console was custom fabricated to extend and include lighting controls. The upholstery was customized to a black and yellow color scheme that includes the Toyota Fishing Team embroidered logo. The audio system was well thought out and includes custom work to the doors so they can each fit dual Kicker speakers and a small video screen. The center console was customized in include three 8” Kicker subwoofers and the stock radio was replaced with an Apple iPad for a video screen. The Bed Most of the time when the bed of a truck is talked about, it is generally in the “exterior” category. In this build, however, the bed is in a category of its own. Instead of the tailgate dropping and the rear window opening up, the entire bed, including the tailgate, actually motor straight out of the truck, exposing a double-sided storage unit that is filled with snacks, drinks, and all the tackle and tools a fisherman could ever want. This killer feature really sets this Tundra apart from any other truck out there. Wrap-Up Overall, this 2012 Toyota Tundra is a killer off-road/custom built rig. Add onto that the customizations done specifically for fishing, and it really is a fisherman’s dream truck. It was built for SEMA, but it is doubtful that this Tundra will only be a show truck. With all the fishing equipment and towing capability it has, it would be a crime to not take this thing to the lake at least once.