The Falken Tire Toyota Tundra October 14, 2013
It’s easy to only notice the trucks made by domestic brands like Ford and Chevy, but Toyota, a company once only known for small, economical cars is big into the off-road scene with the Tundra. It’s no wonder that companies like Falken Tire are using the Tundra as a base for some pretty great custom truck builds. A great example of this is the Falken Tire Toyota Tundra. This fully customized off-road truck looks great, and hides some killer features like solid axles under the surface. Check out the specs and see if this is Tundra you’d want to put through its paces. Exterior The first noticeable feature of the Tundra is the bright blue color. You might think it’s a custom paint job but you’d be wrong. The blue is courtesy of a vinyl wrap from Modern Image Signworks, as are the logos and stripes that emblazon the doors. After the “paint” job, the custom Expedition One bumpers stand out. These were powder-coated flat black along with the step bars that are also from Expedition One. Mounted to the front bumper is a WARN M12000 winch. It should go without saying that no good off-road truck is complete without a solid winch, but this life-saving tool is often overlooked or skimped on. This winch will pull 12,000 pounds! The exterior lighting is thanks to Hella and Anzo. With Hella’s bumper and taillights and Anzo’s replacement headlights, this truck will always see where it’s going. Rounding out the exterior is a set of fender flares from Bushwacker to accommodate the bigger wheels. Speaking of those bigger wheels… Suspension and Wheels The wheels chosen for this build were Walker Evans Racing Wheels in the 20x8.5 size. The wheels are a flat black to match the bumpers and offset the blue wrap perfectly. These are wrapped in Falken Wildpeak A/T 355/60R20 tires. Of course to have tires this big you need a lift, and what self-respecting off-road build isn’t lifted? With 8-inches of lift in the front and rear, and King Shocks suspension, this is one serious off-road build. While all this is great, the axles of this truck are where the real customization comes into play. Off Road Evolution converted both front and rear axles to straight axles and used Dynatrac axles for the conversion. This conversion gives the Tundra more articulation that it could ever get with its stock axles, but does limit its on-road effectiveness. Engine, Transmission, and Exhaust The stock 5.7L DOHC 32-valve V8 was left mostly untouched, except for the addition of a K&N cold-air intake. The same goes for the automatic transmission. The transmission was upgraded from the cat-back with a MagnaFlow system to make sure the truck has no issues breathing. Since this truck is obviously a show truck, and will never be a hard-core off-road machine, these upgrades are fine and in fact, would be great for the average off-roader. Interior The interior was left mostly untouched except for the audio upgrades done by AutoFashion. The audio upgrades are all by Alpine Audio and include 6.5” door component speaker sets, 8” Type-R subwoofers in a custom center console box, and in-dash video and navigation. The only other interior upgrade worth mentioning is the Mastercraft Baja RS racing seats with 6-point harnesses. Since the Tundra is built for off-road action, these will make sure the driver and passenger stay where they should on tough trails. Wrap-Up The Falken Tire Toyota Tundra is an awesome truck built for the 2011 SEMA show in Las Vegas, but still supports the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series as it has since 2011. With a killer look, and the easy ability to change the exterior with a new wrap, this Tundra is one serious show truck with enough off-road prowesses to get the job done.