014 – Chepo’s Tacoma (Overlander México co-founder)
I’m really happy to have the opportunity to show you this build this week. Chepo is a great member of the overlanding community, especially in México, and we love to support that.
This is Chepo’s 2011 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 4×4 a.k.a. “The Tankoma”.
Chepo is an Oil and Gas consultant from México City, loves beer and always seeks adventure. He always travels with his dog, Chata.
He co-founded the Overlander México community which you can learn more about on their Instagram or Youtube.
Let’s see how this rig is built!
2011 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 4×4 “The Tankoma”
Mileage: 150,000+ miles
Engine mods: Stock
-King 2.5 Ext. Travel & Remote Reservoir Coilovers
-Dirt King UCA Urethane & Ball Joint
-Total Chaos Spindle Gusset
-Total Chaos LCA Cam Tab Gussets
-Old Man Emu DAKAR Leaf Pack HD with extra leaf
-King Shocks 2.5 x 12” Rem Reservoir with Adjusters
-BAMF Shock Relocation
-BAMF HD Shackle Hanger & HD Shackles
Front Brakes: StopTech 6 Piston Big Brake Kit with extended SS lines
Rear Brakes: StopTech 4 Piston Rear Big Brake Kit Disc conversion with Parking Brake
Tires: Maxxis RAZR AT 35″ x 12.5″ x 17″
Wheels: KMC XD128 17” x 8.5″
Skid Plate: Duro Offroad
Rock Sliders: Custom
Front Bumper: ARB Summit
Rear Bumper: Custom High Clearance
Other Armor: LCA Skidplates
Winch: Smittybilt 9.5XRC with synthetic rope
Extra fuel: Scepter 20L Jerry Can
-TRED Pro Recovery Recovery Ramps
-Wild Hog Overland (WHO) Soft Shackles
-WHO Kinetic Rope
-WHO Circular Strap
-WHO 3m Tow Strap
-WHO Recovery Ring
-48” HiLift Jack
Rooftop Tent: Smittybilt Overlander XL
Roof Rack: Prinsu Cabrack
Bed Rack: Custom, modular
Awning Side: Smittybilt Awning 2787 with Ironman4x4 Room
Water tank: Ironman4x4 40L and Scepter 20L
Fridge: Dometic CFX35
Shower system: Coleman 5 Gal Solar Shower
-Teton Sports XL -32C Sleeping Bag x2
-MrHeater Big Buddy
-CampPro Fire Ring
-Stansport Portable Camp Toilet
-Dual AGM Battery Setup
-Extra 110v outlets in cab
-Midland MXT275 GMRS Radio
-2x Midland T31VP FRS Portable Radios
-GME UHF Antenna
-Bluetti EB70s Power Bank, 716WH
-Bluetti SP200 Solar Panels, 200W total
-1x Auxbeam 22in White Spot Led Bar
-2xMrLed 7in Ambar Led Flood/Spot LED light
How did you discover overlanding?
I’ve always liked nature and going out. I have a lot of outdoorsy hobbies (climbing, mountain bike, hikes, scuba diving, camping, etc…) and also love to discover new places in a non-touristic way… So, 11 years ago, when I bought the Tacoma, I started traveling more and getting more and more equipment, without knowing it was overland… But around 2016 I discovered the term and joined Overland Bound (member 2227) I loved all the builds and ideas, so started focusing more on this lifestyle.
What is your favorite piece of overlanding gear you have?
I have two: My RTT & Fridge… I regret not buying them before. The RTT is the best place to sleep, I modified the original matt and now is a lot more comfortable. Love how you can set it up in less than 5 minutes and keep my sleeping bags inside while it is closed. The fridge is my other favorite addition. Now I don’t have cheese or meat floating in the melted ice… Even though it’s not the largest fridge, its enough for 3-4 days of food, while the drinks are kept in a regular cooler.
Why do you overland?
I love nature, I love my country and I love to discover new things. Travelling in a different style will get you to know a lot of cool people, places, and different cultures. Nothing is staged as a touristic attraction; you can live what people really lives in different situations. When you travel in group you create different links that can last forever. Maybe you get to know someone and travel just for a couple days, but those people will stay in your heart and mind forever. There’s nothing better than finishing your day staring at the stars, while having a great chat around a fire.
Please let Chepo know what you think of their build and follow his adventures and his community on the social channels!
Personal Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/chepocdt
Truck’s Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/the_tankoma
Overlander Mexico Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/overlandermexico
Overlander Mexico Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/c/overlandermexico