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@Thatonegurlstaco Miami Blue Toyota Tacoma

@Thatonegurlstaco Miami Blue Toyota Tacoma

Words:TiffanyNguyen @Thatonegurlstaco    Photographer:Daniel @Iamdanimal & Helbert  @Abbo85_

My name is Tiffany, and I live in Southern California. I am a Product Specialist/Internet sales manager at a luxury brand dealership within the automotive industry. I have nurtured a profound passion for automobiles and street bikes. One of my lifelong dreams has been to acquire and construct a personalized dream truck. In the fall of 2020, an invitation to partake in an off-roading excursion with my cousin and his acquaintances ignited my interest in off-roading and the art of building my first rig. 

It took only one experience to propel me to embrace this newfound hobby. After, I started on a quest to find a suitable pre-owned vehicle that would align with my requirements. However, my pursuit led me in a different direction, ultimately culminating in acquiring my brand new 2021 Toyota Tacoma Off-Road 4×4, which currently serves as the focal point of my passion. While I remain in the realm of the rig community and the concept of “overlanding,” I have already accomplished several significant milestones within a remarkably brief span of my time. 

Regarding the construction of my truck, it was important to me that the process be executed tastefully and focused on functionality. Consequently, I left no stone unturned and prioritized meticulous attention to detail in every aspect of the build.

What is my favorite thing on my first build? Truthfully, there are way too many favorite things on my build. One thing that I would keep that stands out in my current build setup is my entire suspension setup, front to rear. I was in the SEMA show last fall of 2022/2023. I was informed by many other people in the industry that you should come back looking different from the previous year, so I did a complete rebuild on my Tacoma. This included a full suspension from the rear along with new wheel and tire bling and a full wrap in addition to adding a Procharger Supercharger, upgraded CSF radiator, and many other components to make sure my build exceeded my expectations aesthetically and functionality.

When it comes to the build, I have a vision, make a list, and take the time to research everything and ensure it is what I want before I pull the trigger and invest in the product. I always felt that quality over quantity and that your build reflects who you are and your lifestyle.

I’ve always been a fan of the Toyota Tacoma. This truck is my perfect dream mid-size truck. I don’t have a philosophy I follow regarding my build, but I put my entire build in different phases. So there were four phases, going from stock to what it looks like now. I am not genuinely done because a build is never done. There will always be changes and adjustments to dial it in thoroughly. 

As far as who has done the work on my truck, I have had many trusted shops work on my truck. My current would be TKO Off-Road for 80% of my build, Sibi Built for re-gear, and Socalz for my Supercharger install. I’ve also used other shops for minor installs, such as SSA Haus and Hazardous Autokustomz. I have a few custom products on my Tacoma, such as my OEM Audio + Evolution Series from my stock JBL to their current audio upgrade system. I have an onboard Wifey Air system, a custom TKO Off-Road bump stop kit, and many other awesome modifications like suspension and brakes.

Specs: 2021 Toyota Tacoma

Suspension & Brakes 

*King Shocks front 3.0 IBP coilovers with 700 coil springs with finned reservoirs 

*King Shocks rear 3.0 Triple bypass Rear, 12 smoothies with finned reservoirs & adjustable

*Kings Shocks Hydro bumps front & rear

*Solo motorsport Upper control arms, Lower control arm & double shears 

*R1 Concepts Forged series 6-piston Big Brake Kit 

*Archive Garage Tacoma Kit -Rear shock relocation tower, hammer hangers, crossbar and HS leaf springs 

*TKO Off-Road bump stop kit & permanent cam tabs 

*Total Chaos spindle gusset

*C4 Full OTF kit with fender liner trim on fenders, fender aluminum liner, cab mount relocation

Engine & Transmission

*3.5L V6 engine 

*Procharger supercharger 

*CSF radiator 

*Yotawerx Stryker Tune for Procharger 

*Injen cold air intake 

*Sibi Built 5.29 re-gear using revolution gears 

*ARB breather kit 

*ARB dual air compressor 

*Slee mounts for air compressor mount 

*Sponsored by wifey air up/down system kit 

*Carven cat-back exhaust system 

*Odyssey Group 31 battery 

*SDHQ billet battery tie-down 

*SDHQ battery terminals 

*Seibon Carbon TR Style fiber hood with aero catch hood latches 

*Tacoma Beast TRD pro grille with camera relocation & TSS garnish 

*Tacoma Beast-style light bar grille amber

Wheel & Tires 

*Wheels – TE37XT color (dash white) X (5) 17×8.5 -10 offset 

*Center caps 5 

* Lugs color (Red Almite) by Rays /Volk racing 

 *Tires – Falken Wildpeak RT 315/170R17 

*Spidertraxx Spacers: 1.25 front and rear 

*75 Built tire caps


*Baja Designs Lp4 amber ditch lights 

*SDHQ Ditch Light bracket 

*Baja Designs Lp6 amber front bumper light 

*Baja Designs S8 30 amber front bumper light bar 

*Baja Designs Squadrons Sports amber fog lights 

*Baja Designs S2 amber rear bumper lights 

*Baja Designs rock lights white (8) 

*Baja Designs R\rock light white (1), under carbon fiber hood 


* Evil Mfg 3rd brake light integration with Baja Designs S2 amber light 

*Vleds Footwell lighting, white 

*Alpharex and Tacoma beast exclusive V2 headlights 

* Alpharex Taillights, Luxx Black


*C4 high-clearance overland front bumper 

*C4 High clearance overland rear bumper with tubular sides, camera relocation and tire swing 

*C4 Rear differential skid 

*Outgear solutions weld-on rock sliders 

*RCI engine skid plate 

*RCI transfer case skid plate 

*RCI gas tank skid plate 

*Hazardous custom ABS sensor guards


*Super Winch SX 1,200-lb. wire rope winch 

*Super Winch recovery gear kit 

*Factor 55 Fairlead

*Factor 55 Ultrahook

Electronics & Communication 

*Rugged Radio GMR25 waterproof mobile radio with low profile antenna 

*Rugged Radio GMR-plus handheld radio 

*OEM Audio + Evolution series audio system 

*Wolf Box G900 dash cam 

*Taco Garage dash-mount 

*Taco Garage 2-way radio mount 

*Taco Garage GoPro mount 

*Ram Mount phone mount


*Pro Eagle 2-ton jack with jack mount 

*TKO Off-Road quick-release fire extinguisher mount 

*Snail Armor custom TOGT tailgate panel 

*Thin Skinz interior door panel protectors 

*Weather Tech all-season floor mats 

*Reviver digital license plate *Carbon fiber mirror caps 

*Tacoma Beast smoked sequential led turn signals 

*Aiden James custom splash guards 

*Well Visors window vent visors 

*Tint Lab ceramic heat-protection film 

* Tiny bot vinyl (full wrap ), color Miami Blue 

*Switch Pro 9100 

*SDHQ switch pro mount 

*Kaizen bracket hydro/tumbler holder 

*Screen ProTech dash infotainment screen protector 

*Aspire Auto door kit and seat inserts


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