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Toyota Tacoma Built For Africa
Posted on March 28, 2022
A Deeply Personal Toyota Tacoma Build
This Tacoma build is, as Brian explains it, a tribute to his dad. To honor his father, Brian decided to opt for the best when modifying the Tacoma, and after seeing the truck in person, we have no doubt that his dad would be proud of the amazing vehicle his son has built.
As if the tribute to his dad isn’t inspiring enough, Brian has an even greater purpose for this particular Tacoma. After almost dying of dysentery during a trip to Africa, Brian found himself compelled to help the children in the area. A shocking 37% of children in the area die before age five due to waterborne illnesses.
In the 12 years since, Brian and some close friends have been helping bring clean drinking water to regions of Africa that desperately need it. Over 1.5 million people have since benefitted from sustainable clean water.
So, not only is Brian remembering his dad by building this gorgeous Toyota Tacoma, but he is also using it to raise awareness for the work he is doing in Africa. Through this increased awareness and the accompanying 4xFor Challenge, Brian hopes to raise $1 million, 100% of which will go toward providing clean drinking water to even more areas.
It is a truly inspirational story that will undoubtedly bring about even more life-changing good to those in need.
Recovery Gear and Lighting
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires
Also in the front are Fox 2.5 Adjustable Coilover Reservoir Shocks. These are complemented by Deaver Expedition Series Leaf Springs, which do an excellent job supporting the approximately 1000 pounds Brian has added to the rear of the truck.
The wheels on this Tacoma are from Stealth Custom wrapped in Yokohama Geolander M/Ts. The combination complements the gunmetal color scheme of the custom wrap.
Designed for long-term travel, there are 200-amp hours of power provided by Battle Born lithium batteries. These are managed by a REDARC system paired with the Garmin Powerswitch, giving Brian the ability to control every accessory and the key aspects of the truck from his phone or tablet.
In the bed is an organizer’s dream—a TruckVault system with easy-to-access drawers. Brian also has the Mountain Hatch tailgate insert, effectively transforming his tailgate into a function food prep surface.
Custom Grille Insert
Brian explains that his dad’s name was Hersch, and the X stands for “expedition.” Adding even more intrigue to this custom touch is the fact that one of Brian’s former students, who now works for renowned car companies, designed it. The personalized emblem even features LED lighting, making it stand out even more at night.
We hope you enjoyed this build breakdown and perhaps came away with some inspiration for your own Toyota Tacoma project. Be sure to check out the video walk-around of this epic truck by visiting our YouTube channel, as well.
If you want to learn more about Brian’s mission or want to contribute to the cause, be sure to check out the 4xFor Challenge. All contributions go directly toward the goal of providing clean drinking water to those who need it.
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