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Toyota Tundra prerunner – One Truck To Do It All

Toyota Tundra prerunner – One Truck To Do It All

2017 Toyota Tundra Prerunner with long travel suspension by LSK
Toyota tundra prerunner LSK Race Kit with UCA and LCA
Tan toyota tundra pre runner on 38×13.0 Milestar Patagonia MT tires
Ultra Wheel Company x103 true Beadlock rims - 17"×9.0" with -13.7mm offset
Advanced Fiberglass Concepts fenders and bedsides +6
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Toyota tundra prerunner LSK Race Kit with UCA and LCA

We all know Toyota Tundra trucks as reliable workhorses that easily cope with every challenge that we throw at them, whether it’s towing, hauling, exhausting road trips, or anything in between, but how good are they for off-roading?

This question arose in the head of Kyle Piper, Corona, CA, who decided to turn his 2017 Tundra into a street-legal desert truck. His main goal was to build an off-road-worthy Toyota Tundra Prerunner without sacrificing on the comfort of a daily driver.

Go Recon taillights custom retrofitted by CW Custom Lights

Unlike many modified trucks, this Tundra doesn’t have an in-your-face appearance of a race-truck with over-the-top exterior modifications and aggressive wheel/suspension setup, but its extensive spec list will impress any car guy familiar with this type of trucks.

Toyota tundra prerunner LSK Race Kit with UCA and LCA
We all know Toyota Tundra trucks as reliable workhorses that easily cope with every challenge that we throw at them, whether it’s towing, hauling, exhausting road trips, or anything in between, but how good are they for off-roading?

Luckily Kyle agreed to answer a couple of questions about his awesome Tundra pre-runner build and tell us more about it in the interview below.

How did you become interested in off-roading?

I grew up in an area that was known for offroading and was surrounded by it in Southern California. My dad used to go off-roading when I was little.

Why did you choose this particular model for your project?

One of the most reliable trucks out there and had some of the most usable power as well. Not too many Tundras were dedicated offroad trucks and I wanted to do something a little different.

What inspired you to choose this modification style?

I’m all about function and performance. Most of my modifications are to increase power, reliability and find the balance between street and offroad. I wanted something that was subtle enough but also caught your eye and caused you to do a double-take.

Tan toyota tundra pre runner on 38×13.0 Milestar Patagonia MT tires

What challenges did you face while putting it together?

How far I wanted to really go into the offroad side before I started losing functionality as a street/daily driver truck. When you start switching out some parts, that causes to switch out others in order to keep the reliability intact. The biggest hardship is keeping the balance and function of a badass offroad truck that your girlfriend or wife can drive to the grocery store with ease.

What do you love about your vehicle?

I love that my vehicle doesn’t scream at people. Yeah it’s an off-road truck but it’s nothing out of the realm of possibility for others. It’s not all cut up like most dedicated dirt trucks and still has a nice look that makes you know it’s still a Tundra. I wanted to create a Tundra that looks like it was a dealership option.

Is it your daily or a weekend ride?

It’s more of a fun/weekend ride but is built in a way that it can be a daily driver without being too high maintenance. I tried my best to keep everything as daily-driver-friendly as possible.

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Do you take it off-road? If so, where and how often?

Yes. As much as I can. I try and take it out at least once a month if I can.

Ultra Wheel Company x103 true Beadlock rims - 17"×9.0" with -13.7mm offset
Ultra Wheel Company x103 true Beadlock rims - 17"×9.0" with -13.7mm offset

Year / Make / Model

  • 2017 Toyota Tundra Prerunner

Engine specs, modifications

  • Magnuson Supercharger
  • Doug Thorley Long Tube Headers
  • Custom routed side exit exhaust by Dirt Skum with Black Widow Race Venom Muffler
  • DAP Tuned
  • CBR Aluminum racing radiator

Lift height and suspension modifications

  • 3-4” lift
  • LSK Race Kit with UCA and LCA
  • Locked Offroad 2.5’s with remote reservoirs and triple bypasses
  • Deaver U748 rear leaf springs with Total Chaos shackles
  • King 2.5’s w/remote reservoirs custom valved
  • Locked Offroad Bump Stops

Wheel specs

  • Ultra Wheel Company x103 true beadlocks
  • 17×9.0 with -13.7mm offset
  • Custom textured powder-coated bead ring by Maverick Powdercoating
  • 38×13.0 Milestar Patagonia MT

Exterior mods

Lights

  • Cali Raised double row42” behind the grille
  • Cali Raised 20” single row in bumper
  • Cali Raised 3×2 amber pods in bumper
  • Cali Raised side shooter ditch lights
  • Cali Raised 3×2 amber rear chase lights
  • Yota LEDs raptor grille lights
  • Alpha Rex Nova series headlights
  • Go Recon taillights custom retrofitted by CW Custom Lights

Armor

  • SS Built front and rear bumpers
  • SS Built engine skid
  • Advanced Fiberglass Concepts fenders and bedsides
  • RK Sport fiberglass hood
  • Wrap Armor satin black roof wrap and color matching wrap for fenders, hood, and bedsides
  • Line X bed liner
  • SDHQ rear chase rack with spare tires, Pro Eagle 3 ton jack and Powertank 15lb tank

Interior mods

  • Custom PRP racing seats, harnesses and QR steering wheel
  • Wrap Armor custom blackout wrapped interior pieces and custom suede interior with some extras
  • ESP underwear storage
  • Getta Grip custom shifter
  • Tech 12 Volts complete stereo system overhaul. 2 12” Hertz subs with a custom box, Hertz complete door speakers, custom a pillar speakers from
  • Hertz, custom dashboard speakers, JL amp and complete Kenwood Headunit swap.

All other mods

  • Nitro Gear 4.88 gear kit
  • Auburn Pro LSD
  • R1 Concepts custom engraved rotors and pads
  • Hornblasters spare tire delete kit with Conductor train horns
SDHQ rear chase rack with spare tires, Pro Eagle 3 ton jack and Powertank 15lb tank
SDHQ rear chase rack with spare tires, Pro Eagle 3 ton jack and Powertank 15lb tank

What are your future plans for this truck?

I will be continuing to do more interior work like the custom center console, interior cage, racing seats in the rear and some other tweaks inside.

I will be linking the rear suspension with the LSK rear link kit and Locked Offroad shocks, bypasses and bumps.

Anything else you would like to share about your vehicle or about the off-roading in general?

This enthusiast community should be about helping each other and bringing people together. No matter if you’re offroad, street, car, truck, etc we all need to be an actual community. We should be sharing in the true “car culture” with one another and not bringing a bad connotation to this community. No matter our tastes we should all be connected through the simple fact about building our vehicles to our own wants and needs.

Advanced Fiberglass Concepts fenders and bedsides
Advanced Fiberglass Concepts fenders and bedsides

Watch the progress and find out more about this Toyota Tundra pre runner project by visiting the Instagram profile of the owner: @sundance_67!

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