2013 SEMA Show: Let's Go Moto Tundra Is a Beast

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As part of the Toyota Dream Build Challenge (a Toyota-sponsored competition in which four extreme sports teams tried to garner the most Facebook votes for their specially themed pickup truck), the crew at Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross Team, along with the builders at N-Fab out of Houston, have created the ultimate motocross support truck. Toyota is displaying the truck at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show running through Friday in Las Vegas.

Starting with a 2014 Tundra CrewMax, the builders added about 3 feet to the wheelbase by melding separate frames in order to fit a full-size 8-foot bed on the back end. The custom bed box was fabricated by team leader Coy Gibbs with a huge helping of input from professional riders Justin Brayton and Josh Grant. The end result is a motorcycle transport vehicle that has just about every tool and convenience a motocross rider could want.

Coy Gibbs was able to bring a lot of his father’s NASCAR racing team pit crew strategies to the custom bed cap, which has an electronic garage roof that’s large enough to provide shade for a belted-down competition bike. Two huge swing-out doors on either side of the cab open up, housing a set of helmet coolers and glove dryers, as well as a full complement of repair tools and a three-screen entertainment system.

The two-wheel-drive Tundra has a custom 12-inch suspension lift to fit a set of 37-inch Pro Comp Xtreme MT2 tires. Even though the truck is likely to have an extra 2,000 pounds sitting over the rear axle, the guys at N-Fab thought the 10.5-inch ring-geared Toyota axle was plenty strong enough to handle the weight. They did, however, opt to swap in a set of custom Deaver springs to keep the truck level, even when carrying all the gear, tools, parts and crew.

And for those who have been looking for a three-quarter-ton Tundra, the guys at N-Fab said they’d be happy reproduce this beast for the right price. Depending on what customized options you want, we’re ballparking that number to be somewhere around $100,000.

To download the press release, click here.

To download the specification sheet, click here.

 

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Comments

4x2 - I thought it was a 4x4. Too bad this truck isn't street legal and too bad it isn't a 3/4 ton. Toyota would gain some sales if they offered a 3/4 ton.

A single cab would be more better suited to this concept, but otherwise, I like it.

I like it overall, maybe a Double cab would be the best option for this though.

@The Real Lou
I don't think a 3/4 ton is necessary, increasing the load capacity is enough. Your 1/2 ton trucks are already large enough to be able to handle over 3 000lbs with the correct suspension.

Just make sure the chassis can handle the load.

A 4.5V8 diesel would also fit in well.

It looks good, except it should be a 4x4 with the work done.

The idea or concept for the back of the truck is great. Specialist ute backs are relatively common here.

It's also expensive, for the US market.

@Lou and Big Al Agree with Al on this one. Toyota is simply not a player in the North American truck market. Here in the Southeast where I live, it's all pickups all the time.

But Toyota is kind of like the Tundra here--not well represented. Adding a 3/4 to the mix would only add incrementally to their sales in most of the country.

I think I mentioned this in the SEMA preview article, but extended the CrewMax frame to fit an 8' bed, then adding all sorts of goodies on top of that cannot be good for the vehicle.

So maybe what Lou meant was that a 3/4 ton frame would be better suited to this sort of thing. I, for one, would be completely fine with Toyota making a foray into the 3/4 or even 1-ton pickup truck market. With the upcoming 5.0 Cummins in the 2015 Titan, Nissan may be thinking of doing the same.

@Snapdragon McFisticuff - thanks. Extending a 1/2 ton frame to 8 feet means that this truck is just a show truck and can't be street legal (or I think that it couldn't be licenced). A 3/4 ton with 8 ft box length would give Tundra more sales. I know a few guys that had 1/2 ton Tundra's and had to go to USA badged HD's because their trucks weren't rated for the work they were doing. They loved the Tundra and said they'd buy a 3/4 ton if they made it.

I think that this is a pretty cool concept. The Tundra is a pretty heavy duty half-ton. It wasn't too long ago (like a year for Fiat) that a 10.5" axle was 3/4 ton parts. Granted, usually a full floater. There are many other little details that are pretty stout on a Tundra that a casual user doesn't really appreciate or even see. I have been pretty hard on my Tundra and very impressed with the reliability. I would gladly hand over my money for a HD diesel Toyota--in a number of years. I don't flip rigs like some folks do.

@papa jim
I think Toyota with a V8 diesel Tundra could improve sales. But like Lou stated a longer 8' bed would help.

It would be the same truck.

@Lou_BC: I'm don't know that making a half-ton crew cab 8' bed would be street-illegal, I just always assumed that absolutely no one would be interested in making one since the frame would have to support so much weight that the payload and towing would be practically nothing.

Even an extended cab 8' bed is pushing it, which is, I assume, the reason that Ram, Chevy and Nissan all dropped theirs (Nissan does have that weird crew cab 7' box, but I doubt they will in 2015), and Ford only offered it as a heavy-half model from 2004-2011.

Which is too bad, really, 'cause that's my favorite configuration. A full 8' bed, like a real truck should have, and enough space for 5-6 people in reasonable comfort. I know crew cabs are the best for longer trips, but I can't tell you how many I've seen going down the highway with just the driver in them. If you're not carrying people in them a majority of the time, crew cabs are just dead weight.

one ugly beast

@Matt: you are confused, you were looking in the mirror when you made your comment.

@Snapdragon Mcfisticuff,

The Nissan Titan crew cab with the 7' bed doesn't look bad. In fact, they actually look better than the useless short box crew cabs you see driving around. However, the really weird model was the "king cab" with the 7' box. Unfortunately or fortunately, it was discontinued from the lineup a few years ago. IMO, crew cab short boxes are poseur mobiles. You really can't fit anything of significance in the back of one like you could with the 7' box or even the standard 6.5' box which is optional. A single cab would be a welcome addition for the next generation Titan though. Although, I don't know how many people would actually buy one.

The Tundra desperately needs a fully boxed frame instead of that triple tech junk crap with riveted cross members that it currently has. When they fix that, the Tundra can make the full leap into the 3/4 ton and above class.



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