Ever wonder about packing up and driving a Tacoma 500 miles across country, in some of the most remote and scenic territory in the country? We teamed up with TacomaBeast to do just that for a recent video series that followed the crew on an incredible adventure over the Pony Express Trail through Utah and Nevada.
This was a long drive with no gas stations or grocery stores for miles, so the guys had to plan perfectly and bring everything they needed – including all fuel, food, and water for the whole trip. The most important factor was having a reliable overland-ready vehicle to carry their gear and transport them safely over the trail.
Here are just a few of the modifications they made to upgrade a Toyota Tacoma for the Pony Express Trail…
A tough, high-clearance front bumper offers added height to drive through difficult terrain and over any obstacles, combined with extra protection for your lights, grill, and front end.
When you’re driving 500 miles overland, you need to know you won’t damage your truck’s most important parts. Skid plates add a sturdy layer of armor to protect you and keep you moving.
Rock sliders keep obstacles from damaging the sides and paint on your truck, and they add a very functional side-step that provides roof access along the full length of your vehicle.
The Overland Bed Rack changes the profile of your rig, providing lots of additional structure that helps to keep gear in place and adding lots more mounting points along the top and sides.
Adding a high-clearance back bumper helps to avoid snagging your tail end in deep ditches. Dual swing-outs provide lots of additional gear mounts and storage options – and they look awesome!
Installing a Prinsu Roof Rack offers an excellent platform for mounting gear and accessories directly onto the top of your truck, at the height option that works best for your needs.
They detailed planning for their 500 mile overland adventure, and highlighted some of the gear they chose and preparations they made in advance.