6 Silver 3rd Gen Tacoma Overland Builds

Silver 3rd Gen Tacoma With New GFC Camper Shell, RIGd Supply UltraSwing & RambleRack

Silver Sky Metallic & Celestial Sky Metallic 3rd Gen Tacoma 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.

There are a few different silver colors that Toyota has introduced over the years. On the Tacoma, Silver Sky Metallic was in production from 2016 – 2021, and Celestial Silver Metallic from 2022 – the present. The biggest difference between the two is if you look closely, Silver Sky Metallic has a slight blueish tint.

Let’s get into these silver Tacoma builds!

Note: The builds listed below are in no particular order

1. Eddie Laguatan: 2017 TRD Sport

Silver 3rd Gen Tacoma w/ 12" Bulletproof Suspension Lift & Chrome Accents

Top 5 Mods

  1. 12-inch Bulletproof Suspension Lift Kit
  2. Custom Stainless Steel DBcustomz Front Grill
  3. Custom Headlights w/ HID Low/High Beam & Xenon Hyper Turn Signals
  4. Custom Taillights w/ Sequential Turn Signals
  5. Borla XR1 Exhaust System

What Do You Like Most About Your Setup?

I feel that my truck build is one of a kind, and that is what I like most about it. I wanted to make it stand out from all the other Tacomas. My truck definitely pops and turns a lot of heads. I know that not everyone likes my style, but I don’t mind since I built the truck for myself.

2. David Chen: 2022 TRD Off-Road

Silver 3rd Gen Tacoma w/ Body Armor 4x4 Front Bumper & Prinsu Roof Rack

Top 5 Mods

  1. Apex Rapid Precision Valve
  2. Pathfinder PROWLR 9″ LED Driving Light
  3. AI 13 Billet All Metal Pax Nozzle
  4. Ancel Battery Monitor BM300
  5. Fexon LED Bed Lighting Kit

What Do You Like Most About Your Setup?

As I built out my truck, I realized that I care about small details. I see so many people build their trucks with similar setups. While I think that’s great for them, I want my truck to stand out as much as I can.

Yes, my truck looks similar to other rigs at first glance. However, the products I’ve listed are some of the items that made my life so much easier when I am on a trail. I love how these are inexpensive mods but have major impacts on the overall user experience.

3. Pablo Cruz II: 2022 TRD Off-Road

Silver 3rd Gen Tacoma w/ SSW (Summit) Dakar Wheels Powder Coated In Illusion Purple With BAMF Overland Front Bumper

Top 5 Mods

  1. Bilstein 8112/5160 w/ Bilstein UCA
  2. SSW (Summit) Dakars | Powder Coated Illusion Purple
  3. Bay Area Metal Fabrication Overland Plate Bumpers (Front & Rear)
  4. Baja Designs S8 Light Bar 30”
  5. RCI Fabrication Roof Rack

What Do You Like Most About Your Setup?

My Tacoma was built to be my daily driver and for weekend over-landing adventures. Oddly enough, my favorite part of the truck has to be the color. Silver has always been my go-to growing up as it’s such a neutral color. That makes it great to pair with exotic colors like my wheels, mods, etc. My last vehicle was a Celestial Silver Tundra, and I wanted to carry on the legacy of its color to my Tacoma.

4. Wheely Madison:  2018 TRD Off-Road

3rd Gen Silver Tacoma With Prinsu Roof Rack & High Clearance Viper Cut

Top 5 Mods

  1. King 2.5’s with Adjusters
  2. CBI Armor
  3. Prinsu Roof Rack
  4. Expedition Essentials 3TPAM
  5. CVT Mt Shasta RTT

What Do You Like Most About Your Setup?

What I love most about my setup is the ability to wheel, overland, and camp on the fly. The rig can adapt and overcome regardless of the terrain or inclement weather. With a RTT, moving from one site to another is easy. One tool I love about the current setup is the fire anytime LavaBox. There’s no need to lug around wood or worry about fire bans; this propane fire pit has you covered.

Additionally, the Kings Suspension setup has made the ride quality infinitely better. Coming from stock suspension, it feels like you’re driving on clouds. With regard to communication, running GMRS has also been a game-changer. I currently run a midland MXT400 and have communicated with spotters and convoys very clearly. It’s been a great tool to add to the setup.

5. Kevin Connolly: 2022 TRD Off-Road

3rd Gen Silver Tacoma With Alu-Cab Explorer Canopy & Amber LED Lights

Top 5 Mods

  1. iKamper 2.0 RTT
  2. Alucab Explorer Canopy
  3. Westcott Designs Lift Kit w/ Front Icon Rear Lift & Deaver Stage 2 Leafs
  4. Diode Dynamics Fog Lights
  5. Westcott Designs Roof Rack

What Do You Like Most About Your Setup?

Our family has owned Toyotas for around 20 years, and we currently own three. My 3rd Generation Tacoma is my favorite by far, and we’ve owned all three generations. I have been slowly building up this truck for both overlanding and day trips on the trail.

My favorite things so far are my iKamper mounted on my Alucab explorer canopy. Alucab makes high-quality products that are strong and light. This pair allows me to have plenty of covered and secured storage and a comfy place to sleep on the trail. These, combined with a comfy ride from the Icon suspension and Deaver leaf springs, make for great journeys and memories while exploring places a lot of people don’t get to see.

6. Connor Chow: 2017 TRD Sport 

3rd Gen Silver Tacoma w/ GFC Topper & Falken Wildpeak A/T Tires

Top 5 Mods

  1. GFC Topper
  2. RiG’d Supply UltraSwing + RambleRack
  3. Ironman 4×4 Bumper Kit
  4. Falken Wildpeak A/T | 285/70R17
  5. Runnin4Tacos High Clearance Exhaust

What Do You Like Most About Your Setup?

I absolutely love my GFC topper. I have run a lot of different rear-end setups, ranging from a SnugTop to a bed rack/RTT combination. This topper has been my favorite by far. It is easy to lock my gear in the bed, and it looks very clean.

I also love my RiG’d UltraSwing tire carrier because it allows me to carry a full-size spare while also being able to easily swing it out of the way. The drop-down camp table is also surprisingly convenient when I am at the beach or trailhead getting ready for an adventure.

Outside of those two major mods, my Falken Wildpeaks have never failed me in terms of traction, and they are the perfect size for how I use my truck. Each accessory I have on my truck plays a role in making it a dialed weekend warrior, and it is always evolving.

Final Thoughts

3rd Gen Silver Tacoma w/ Purple Powder Coated Wheels & RCI Roof Rack

And that wraps up another Taco Tuesday! Thank you to everyone who submitted this post; seeing how unique each of these builds was was great.

Next week, we’ll discuss storage boxes and review some options.

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