4 Top-Notch Tacoma Tune Jobs

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Toyota's smallest pickup has unsurprisingly become a favorite of off-road racers.

Most trucks are designed to be driven off-road, but trucks handle rocky and rugged terrain better than others. Case in point: the Toyota Tacoma. The iconic Taco has become a favorite of off-roaders looking for a dependable truck that won't take crap from even the roughest of terrain. The tuned Tacomas featured here are some of the most off-road-ready pickups around. These trucks aren't designed for speed-save for the Tacoma RTR-but they're more than capable of holding their own when the road gives way to the sand/desert.

Oakley and Toyota teamed up to turn the Tacoma into the ultimate surfer's truck. The redone Taco sports a Stage 3 Lift Kit along with bigger wheels and tires, an Oakley graphics package, Vision X lights and a unique roof rack that also doubles as a small kitchen. (A cooler and a barbecue are located there.) Additionally, the roof rack slides out to provide shade from the sun. A TRD supercharger was added to account for the extra weight.

The Tacoma TRD T/X Baja Series proved was such a big hit at SEMA 2011 that Toyota decided to take it from concept to reality. The $4,365 add-on package has everything you need to conquer the Baja 1000, including an electronically-controlled locking rear differential, Downhill Assist Control, Hill-Start Assist Control, Active Traction Control, a stiffer suspension, bigger tires and a cat-back exhaust. All those things are of course worthless without the awesome graphics on the rear.

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The Long Beach Racers Tacoma was actually designed to race in the 2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. The SEMA 2011-debut was outfitted with a TIG-welded, SCORE-approved roll cage, 16-inch TRD Baja wheels, CMI carbon-fiber skidplates, an MBRP exhaust system and a TDR Big Brake kit. Unfortunately, an aftermarket gear set in the rear differential failed, knocking the Tacoma out of the race.

Toyota dropped the supercharged 5.7-liter V8 from a Tundra into a Tacoma for SEMA 2011. The resulting beast pushes 504hp and 550 lb-ft of torque and is named the Tacoma RTR Concept. The RTR is great, but you have to wonder how fast it would go had Toyota showed some Nissan-like initiative and dropped the LFA's engine into its smallest pickup.

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