Photos by Evan Sears
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.
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To download the specification sheet, click here.