Survival of the Fittest – Jimahajer Garage Tacoma Overlander
Nitto Trail Grappler tread closeup
The Trail Grappler has a number of features that make it perfect for overlanding.

As a tire that finds itself in between Nitto’s Mud Grappler and Terra Grappler in terms of off-road vs. on-road capabilities, the Trail Grappler is quiet enough for the on-road parts while being aggressive enough for the dirt, mud, and yuck.

With a 3-ply sidewall construction, the E-load- and 10-ply rated tire offers superior puncture resistance, and the big tread blocks are designed with biting edges in order to help with traction. Whether it’s gravel, sand, mud, slop, snow, or zombie brains, I think the Nittos will get the job done. And they’ll look damn sexy while doing it.

 

VTX Custom Prototype Beadlock closeup
The beadlock helps ensure that the tire stays put on the rim.

Regardless of the tire pressure or the traction situation, the VTX beadlock clamps that Nitto tightly onto the rim to help keep the tire seated. Low pressure, no pressure? No problem! OK, no pressure might be a little problem. But I’m sure there’s a compressor around here somewhere…

 

Under front corner showing the King 2.5 Front Remote Reservoir Coilovers with Extended Travel and Adjuster
Tires and wheels aren’t everything — you still need a good suspension under there to get things done.

And what a good suspension the Tacoma has. King is no stranger to offroad performance, and, up front, their 2.5 remote reservoir coilovers are installed and combined with the extended travel option. The 2.5″ diameter shock ensures that there’s plenty of capability to soak up bumps when the Tacoma is traveling at speed, and the extended travel ensures sufficient articulation to get over those low speed obstacles. A Specialty Products Company (SPC) upper control arm rounds out the front corners, providing camber and caster adjustment and improving suspension travel.

Close up of King shock top and SPC upper control arm
Here’s a close-up of the front King shocks and the SPC control arm.

 

Rear corner showing the King 2.5 remote reservoir shock and leaf springs
The back shocks were also upgraded with King remote reservoir units.

Like many good trucks, the Tacoma uses a leaf spring and solid rear axle setup. In this case, the leaf springs are a Deaver Springs custom spring pack with an 800lbs static weight rating. The King shocks are the same 2.5 remote reservoir units as found up front.

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