Continuing on with the series of most useful gear from the New England Expedition, this installment will specifically cover modifications for the truck. For fairness sake, this will exclude the GFC and other systems installed inside the camper. Those will be covered in a future article about camping gear.
Top 3 Tacoma Modifications;
- CBI Fabrication Bolt on Rock Sliders. This is a vital piece of armor for any rig with a wheelbase longer than a 2 door Jeep! Most my overland trips are solo and not having a spotter can be risky around some of the rock obstacles found on Class 4 roads in New England. The powder coating not withstanding, these held up great and can be an important insurance policy.
- Nitto Ridge Grappler Tires. These were a last minute addition from NBD Motorsports in Virginia Beach their hybrid performance between Mud Terrain and an All Terrain, and beefy sidewalls were critical for the harsh conditions in southern New Hampshire. The thick sidewalls protected against sidewall punctures and I only got stuck once, which was solved rapidly with Maxtrax. Noise is minimal and fuel milage was about .5mpg less than before.
- Icon 2.5 Extended travel Coil-overs. Not a new modification, but the ride quality and improved wheel travel has made off-road performance and driver comfort a dream. Something to remember is suspension is really one of the areas that you get what you pay for, and these are worth it. Icon does a pretty good Black Friday sale, so I would wait for that.
**Bonus Item** Baja Designs Amber Fog lights. More light is never a bad thing, but light bars and highways don’t really mix. I like these fog lights for two reasons. First, they are a plug and play install. Secondly the amber doesn’t reflect off snow and dust nearly as much, resulting in less eye strain for the driver.