Need another excuse to get away for a week or a weekend? Well, you’re in luck, because we’ve got a few of those for you, as well as a few reasons to upgrade your truck in the name of practicality, or whatever you need to call it to explain dropping more money on your new truck. Our buddies at Body Armor 4×4 are good at this kind of thing.
Alright, so before you set your sights on Moab, let’s get your truck ready. These new Tacoma’s come pretty damn well equipped from the factory for offroading, but there’s always room to take it that extra step, and really make the truck yours. And as long as we’re talking practical, check out their new Overland Rack:
Designed and built specifically for overland camping and offroading, this rack serves as a modular platform for you to do whatever you need with it. With the included accessory mounts, you can carry tools, gas/water cans, traction ramps, your in-laws, anything you need to strap down tight on the trail. You can move those mounts around and even add more if you need to as well.
Then on top you can add a roof top tent, roof rack, some kayaks, bikes, etc. The sky’s the limit there.
Then, for some added armor (they picked their name for a reason), you’ve got your choice of a couple front bumpers between the beefier Pro Series or the lighter weight Desert Series. Both front bumpers are rated to handle up to a 10,000lbs winch, and have mounts for various lights and factory tow points. the rears have light mounts as well, and work with the factory hitch while adding protection and giving a solid step up into the bed or to unload stuff from your rack.
One issue trucks have always suffered from offroad is that they generally have poor breakover angles. Since the wheelbase is usually longer than say, a Jeep, you’ll be more prone to body damage under the doors. Here’s where their Desert Series side steps come in. They’re designed to glance off rocks, are powdercoated for resistance against scrapes, and bolt right up with no drilling. Cool, right?
And last but not least, don’t go out unprepared! You should really be bringing along a tow strap at least, and some solid D-rings to mount on your bumpers will help too. Oh, and their Backbone hitch step is not only a handy step up, but also serves as a solid tow point, is a skid plate to protect your hitch and bumper, and can even be used as a wheel chock if you need it. I have one sitting on my desk right now, this thing is beefy as hell.