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2000 Toyota Tacoma Solid Axle Swap – Featured Truck

Modified Toyota Tacoma’s trucks come in all shapes and sizes. While some just like to Plasti Dip or debadge their trucks, their are those that like to go “all in.” This is off-road, rock crawling Tacoma is the “all in” variety. We can’t decide what’s more impressive, the truck or the owner’s determination in building it.

2000 Toyota Tacoma Solid Axle Swap - Featured Truck

The 2000 Toyota Tacoma Solid Axle truck looks right at home on the dirt.

This truck has a long, long list of modifications going all the way back to late 2011. Here is a short list of modifications.

Front Axle

  • Chromoly Right Side Axles
  • Chromoly Left Side Axles
  • Warn Premium Locking Hubs
  • CTM U-Joints
  • Front Gears 5.38
  • Powertrax No-Slip Front
  • Powertrax No-Slip Rear
  • Rear Gears 5.43
  • Frame Plating, Ballistic Fabrication
  • Rear Frame Plates, Domello Offroad

Front Suspension

  • All 4 shock rebuilt / extended to 14″
  • Bump stops
  • Bump stop mounts
  • Front shock hoops
  • Davez offroad leaf springs
  • Shackle mounts
  • Front Leaf Springs 5″
  • FOA Emulsion Shocks (4), FOA Shocks
  • FOA Shocks Charged, Sidco 4×4
2000 Toyota Tacoma Solid Axle Swap - Rock Crawling

Caught in a rock jam? No worries, this truck can get through.

Rear Axle

  • Superior axle and gear axle shafts Ford 9″

Rear Suspension

  • Chevy 63″ leaf springs
  • TG creeper joints for leafs
  • Leaf spring shackle mount
  • Upper shock mount
  • Lower shock mounts

Steering

  • Reid Racing Ford Knuckles
  • Full hydro from PSCHi Steer Arms w/ studs
  • Tie Rod and Draglink, Sidco 4×4
  • IFS Steering Box 1989-1995 4×4
  • Borgeson Steering Shaft 450036, Summit Racing
  • Borgeson 013452 and 014909, Summit Racing
  • Pitman Arm
  • Kartek 11/32″ 29 Spline U-joint

Exterior / Interior

  • Full exo cage including a bed cage and a front bumper
  • New front fenders: $175
  • LED tailights
  • LED lightbar
  • Rear bumper
  • Cobra 19 CB and coaxial cable
  • Pioneer radio head unit
  • Subaru WRX front seats
2000 Toyota Tacoma Solid Axle Swap - Featured Truck

One of the first images of the truck before the modifications began.

Tires and wheels

  • 38.5″ x 15 x 15r Super Swamper Boggers
  • 15″ DIY beadlocks with hardware
  • 15″ x 8″ rims
  • 37 x 12.5 x 15r Maxxis Creepy Crawler tires
  • 36 x 12.5 x 15r Super Swamper TSL SX spare tire with beadlock
  • Spare tire strap

Q&A

We had the chance to do a Q & A with the builder who goes by Supra TT over at Tacomaworld.com.

Q. What made you decide to do the build?

A. I wanted to convert the truck to a SFA because it just makes the truck that much more capable offroad.

Q. How much offroading/build experience did you have before you started it?

A. Before I really didn’t have much offroad experience or knowledge. I started on an ATV at age 3 and have always loved the offroad adventure. The only thing I did with the truck before I built it was cruise minimum maintenance roads haha.

Q. What was the toughest item to mod?

A. The toughest item to mod would be the setting up of the suspension geometry, and I didn’t get it right the first time, or even the second time… 3rd times a charm. I wouldn’t even say it’s difficult, but it seems alot of people mess it up more than anything.

Q. What advice would you have for a newbie who wanted to do their own?

A. My advice to a newbie is to do it 100% PROPERLY the first time. Don’t cut corners or you will pay for it in the end… I am a victim of this.

Q. What item on the truck could you not live without?

A. I cannot live without the full hydraulic steering. That is by far the best upgrade I have done. It turns so smoothly and hasn’t let me down yet. I added it 2 years after and I am one happy camper!

Q. How long has it taken you to finish it OR is it a work in progress?

A. The truck is still a work in progress… the initial swap took 8 weeks and I’ve been re-doing everything since then. There is still many problems that occur on a daily basis that will need attention eventually… It’s part of the trade, it’s difficult to get it right the first time.

Q. What item gets the most attention when people approach your truck?

A. I’m not sure what particular item gets the most attention, but overall the truck itself gets the attention because it is unique, it’s a Toyota with custom everything. Most people are used to seeing Jeeps built up, but really that isn’t building anything besides bolting cool parts on.

2000 Toyota Tacoma Solid Axle Swap - Fog

Fog? Bah… This truck is ready to tackle anything.

This truck certainly got our attention! Thanks to Supra TT for letting us feature his truck. Check out his build thread over at Tacomaworld.com

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