Toyota’s Tundra half-ton truck has proven its mettle with over fifteen years of rugged innovation and performance, but it wasn’t until this year that the manufacturer decided to show up Ford and its Raptor with the TRD Pro line. Adding skid plates and remote-reservoir Bilstein shocks to the mix, as well as 32-inch Michelin LTX AT2 tires and the stainless steel exhaust system, did a lot to advance the pickup’s off-road capabilities, but a lot was held back to keep the truck from being a true equal to the Raptor.
That’s why, like it or not, the best place to look first for upgrades and improvements is in the aftermarket. SDHQ Offroad did its best to turn this particular Tundra into a lean, mean, desert-bound machine, and to that end, the shop made some significant changes to the vehicle to get it to where it is today.
The crew added in numerous upgrades, not the least of which was SDHQ’s own bolt-on front bumper, as well as fiberglass front fenders and bedsides. The motor was treated to a supercharger from TRD, Doug Thorley long-tube headers, and an aFe Power cat-back exhaust system, while some FOX Racing 2.5-inch bypass shocks, Deaver rear leafs, and a Total Chaos sprung-under kit rounded out the suspension setup.
The truck also sports VisionX lighting, Method Race Wheels’ one-piece Double Standards, and 37-inch BFG Baja T/A tires, effectively putting the cherry on top of this awesome ‘Yota. Its days romping around American sand are numbered, however, as the truck is soon heading to the Middle East to be sold to a Dubai resident.