Community Poll: 6 Midnight Black Metallic Overland Tacoma Builds

Midnight Black Metallic 3rd Gen Tacoma with Custom Front Bumper, Prinsu Roof Rack & Method Race Wheels

We Asked 7 Midnight Black Metallic Owners About Their Builds

Welcome back to another community poll. This is a column interview Q&A with independent owner-submitted feedback from the overland community – centered around one topic. Each owner has thoroughly tested their products through off-roading or overlanding and gives us their honest opinion review of their set-up.

Midnight Black on the Tacoma has to be one of my favorite darker colors Toyota offers on the Tacoma platform. My other favorite is that amazing dark metallic green color they offered for the 2nd Gen – Timberland Mica. Midnight Black Metallic isn’t just your typical boring single-stage gloss black color. Midnight Black has hints of blue, purple, and green within its metallic flake. Depending on how the sun hits this paint determines what color pops through. It is truly an awesome color, and when paired with the right mods, the color really stands out.

Now at the end of the day, I would never personally own a black truck unless I truly had to, like my 1st Gen Tundra since it was the only clean, decently priced truck within 300 miles of me. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate how great a dope Midnight Black Tacoma build looks. The reason I wouldn’t want to own another black truck is for the typical excuse that my vehicle will be dirty ALL the time. This excuse was proven 100% true when owning my Tundra for two years. But this is perfect for an off-road truck!  The rigs featured this Tuesday look incredible though, and the owners provided their full list of mods so you can get an idea of how to potentially mod your Midnight Black Metallic Tacoma build.

Enjoy guys!

1. Justin Icenhour: 2015 TRD Sport

Black 2nd Gen Tacoma with Stealth Custom Series Ray10 Wheels, BFGoodrich K02 285/75/17, SSO Front Bumper



  • Stealth Custom Series Ray10 (17×9)
  • BFGoodrich K02 285/75/17
  • Icon Vehicle Dynamics 3″ Lift
  • SPC UCAs

Armor/Roof Rack:

  • Southern Style Off-Road bumper
  • Cali-Raised LED Premium Roof Rack w/ 43″ Dual-Color LED Light Bar


  • Morimoto XB Hybrid Headlights
  • Rigid Industries Pod Lights
  • AlphaRex Pro LED Taillights


  • TRD Pro Grille
  • Tacomaholic Windshield Banner

I like that it looks like the way people used to build trucks. What I mean by that is when trucks used to be functional, while still looking cool.

When I started off my build, I was going for a more overland focused approach. Unfortunately, I have stopped the build for the moment because I’m trying to purchase a home and other big life items.

2. Fidel Zarate: 2022 TRD Pro

Midnight Black Metallic 2022 TRD Pro 3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma



  • Raptor Grille Lights
  • Taco Vinyl Mountain Grille Badge
  • Window Tint

I love that this truck turns heads when I drive by people. They see the stamped TRD Pro badge on the side of the bed (which is new for 2022) and it makes me smile.

I love that I am the only one in my city with a new 2022 TRD Pro Tacoma. The 2022 TRD Pro is very rare with super low production currently, so I am really driving something special.

3. Fitz Manalansan: 2014 TRD Sport

2nd Gen Midnight Black Tacoma with Century Truck Cap Camper Shell Outertents Slimline RTT



  • 17×9 -38 Stealth Custom Series BR6s
  • 315/70/17 Cooper STT Pros
  • Bilstein 5100’s w/ 620lb Toytec springs
  • Total Chaos Fabrication UCAs
  • Toytec Boss Rear Shocks

Armor/Roof Rack:

  • Martin Off-Road Cab Rack
  • Martin Off-Road Camper Rack


  • Alpharex Nova Series Headlights
  • Baja Design Sport Fog Lights

Overland & Recovery Gear:

  • Century Truck Cap Camper Shell
  • Outertents Slimline tent


  • Cali-Raised Off-Road Bed Stiffeners

So far my build has been serving me very well for what I do. Although I am still in the process of building it to reach its fullest potential for any type of trail situation, I enjoy every bit of what I have put into this build currently.

The slimline tent from Outertents has by far been my favorite purchase for the truck so far. To be able to sleep very comfortably in the mountains has been a huge plus for me. I also appreciate how great the performance has been of the Nova Series headlights from AlphaRex. They are really bright! Overall I love my build for what it is, even if I don’t have the mods everyone else has, I’m happy about how well it serves me.

4. Blake Duncan: 2019 TRD Off-Road

Lifted Black 3rd Gen Tacoma with SCS Ray10 Wheels & BFG KM3 Tires



  • SCS Ray10s 17×9 -38
  • BFGoodrich KM3 35×12.5×17
  • Fox 2.5s Adjustable (all around)
  • SPC Adjustable UCAs
  • Deaver Stage 2 Leaf Springs


  • Baja Designs Squadron Sport Fog Lights

Overland & Recovery Gear:

  • Recovery Boards 
  • RotopaX
  • Shovel

The Fox Suspension for sure has to be one of my favorite mods, hands down. The suspension allows the Tacoma to drive like I’m on a cloud, it’s so comfortable.

The shocks are incredibly robust and offer great peace of mind when wheeling off-road as well. I like how my build is super simple yet really functional for everything I do still.

5. CL: 2018 TRD Sport

Lifted Black 3rd Gen Tacoma with CBI Covert Front Bumper, AlphaRex Headlights Prinsu Roof Rack & BFG Tires



  • Stealth Custom Series Ray10 17×9 -38
  • BFGoodrich KM3 35/12.5/17
  • King Suspension 2.5 w/ Reservoirs

Armor/Roof Rack:

  • Relentless Fabrication Rear Bumper
  • CBI Covert Front Bumper
  • CBI Steel Skid Plates
  • RCI Steel Gas Skid
  • Prinsu Roof Rack
  • @welds_taco Custom Bed Rack & Sliders


  • Alpharex Headlights
  • Baja Designs S8 30” & 40” Amber Light Bars
  • Baja Designs S1 & S2


  • Dual E-Lockers
  • Revolution 5.29 Gears
  • @Sibi_Built Custom Tune

Overland & Recovery Gear:

  • @Sponsoredbywifey Air Kit

My build was made to have a street look but be capable enough to hang with most trucks off-road.

I wanted a solid stance, which is usually a wide negative offset. I was able to get this with my SCS wheels combined with the super beefy 35″ BFGs. This truck does everything that I need it to both on and off-road.

6. Josh Snider: 2017 TRD Off-Road

Lifted Black 3rd Gen Tacoma with Snorkel Upgrade & 35-Inch Tires



  • Method Race Wheels MR312 0mm Offset
  • 35×12.5 R17 Toyo MTs
  • OME 2″ Nitrocharger Struts w/ 700lb springs
  • JDFab Spindle Gussets
  • JBA UCAs 
  • DuroBumps Front Bump Stops
  • Deaver Stage 3 Leafs
  • Archive Garage Hammer Hangers & Cross Tube
  • Archive Garage U-bolt Flip Kit w/ Stage 3 Rear Bumps

Armor/Roof Rack:

  • Danger Customs Skids
  • Danger Customs Front Bumper
  • Coastal Off-Road Rear Bumper
  • Prinsu Roof Rack
  • CBI Bed Rack

Camping Gear:

  • SMRT Soft Shell Tent


  • Baja Designs 


  • Yukon 5.29 gears
  • KDmax Pro Tune
  • AFE Momentum GT Intake
  • Safari Snorkel & Snorkel Upgrade Head
  • Magnaflow Axle Dump Exhaust

Overland & Recovery Gear:

  • Smittybilt XRC Gen 3 9.5k Synthetic Winch
  • Factor 55 Prolink w/ Rope Guard


  • Pelican Storage Cases

What I like most about this setup would be the fact that there are not too many places my truck can’t take me.

I’ve been able to go to so many breathtaking and amazing places thanks to this truck’s capabilities. There’s never a dull moment in the wilderness with the truck adventuring.

Final Thoughts

Midnight Black Tacoma with Relentless Fabrication Rear Bumper & Custom Bed Rack

What a freaking killer compilation of Midnight Black Tacomas.

If you enjoyed what some of the owners have done to their rigs, make sure you follow the link to their Instagram and give them a follow to show some love.

If you want to be featured for Taco Tuesday, submit your build through Next week’s Taco Tuesday will cover various Roof Rack Options for the Toyota Tacoma. We’re looking for awesome rigs to showcase! If this is you and you love your roof rack setup, send in your details because we want to see it.

Thanks for reading guys. I’ll see you next week!

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