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GrandiOdyssey: Circumnavigating the Globe in a '19 Tacoma Build Thread

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by GrandiOdyssey, Mar 1, 2019.

  1. Mar 1, 2019 at 12:19 AM
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    GrandiOdyssey

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    Hello to everyone from the Tacoma community. During the next year and 1/2 my wife and I are going to be building and testing our 2019 Toyota Tacoma for an epic overland adventure around the entire world starting in New Zealand in late 2020 and ending in San Diego, CA in late 2022. We wanted to document that entire build process here from start to finish to serve as a guide for anyone attempting anything similar or people that are just curious.

    Attached are pictures of her being picked up brand new on Feb 5, 2019 from Toyota Stevens Creek in San Jose, CA. She is a '19 V6 TRD 4x4 6spd MT with ZERO options.

    Twins . Meet the second Tacoma in our fleet that will be accompanying us on half of our journey from New Zealand through Europe. This one is a '17 TRD 4x4 AT and our plan is to build the trucks to be identical as possible in order to share duties of carrying spare parts and confuse border officials.

    Our planned route will take us through approximately 65 countries and cover over 85,000 miles in two years and should put the Tacomas through the test in all possible terrains and situations imaginable. The mission is to see the world as it truly is on the ground and how we can continue our objective of making the world a better place going forward.

    Feel free to follow us on Instagram@ https://www.instagram.com/grandiodyssey/ as we document our build, tests, and eventually our trip. We will also be launching a YouTube channel in due time in order to share longer form video content.

    Bye for now...
    -GrandiOdyssey

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  2. Mar 1, 2019 at 1:02 AM
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    GrandiOdyssey

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    Lots coming soon...
    Tentative Build BOM:

    Suspension:
    -Custom Valved Icon Stage 6 suspension with 700lb front coils, OME heavy rear leafs with + 1 add-a-leaf
    -Superbumpkit Poly Front and Rear Bump Stops
    - +2 in rear brake lines

    Engine:
    -Stock

    Trans/ Diffs:
    -Stock 6spd MT
    -Stock rear locker
    -ARB diff breathers

    Tires:
    -265/75/16 E rated BF Goodrich KM3 (~32in diameter)

    Body:
    -Dobinsons snorkel kit
    -BAMF full skids (may not run all of these due to weight concerns)
    -BAMF rock sliders
    -CBI aluminum front bumper
    -CBI aluminum rear bumper (if available)
    -Toyota OEM mud flaps
    -TRD Pro Grille

    Interior:
    -Wet Okole front seat covers
    -48 State Overland USB accessory mount
    -RAM mount
    -Vehicle OCD glove box and center console organizers
    -Alibaba seatback organizers
    -Custom light weight storage boxes in place of rear seats
    -YI front and rear dash cam
    -Campark action cams
    -Weathertech floormats

    Communications/NAV:
    -Baofeng UV-82HP HAM radio with antenna extension
    -Garmin inReach Explorer+
    -iPad
    -iPhone

    Lighting:
    -Cali Raised 20in LED (fitted into CBI bumper)

    Misc:
    -ARB single compressor with CBI under hood mount
    -5 gallon NATO jerry can with mount
    -Tuffy behind seat cubby

    Recovery:
    -2x Maxtrax
    -Warn 87310 9.5 xp-s with synthetic rope
    -Factor 55 flat link shackle
    -Mophorn air jack
    -Warn medium recovery kit
    -Snatch strap

    Habitat:
    Four Wheel Camper Swift Model
    Options:
    -Furnace
    -Thermal pack
    -Yakima roof tracks
    -Water heater and outdoor shower
    -2 way fridge
    -2 160watt solar panels with charge controller
    -Power roof vent
    -2 deep cycle batteries
    -ARB awning
    -Rigid Industries flood lights
     
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  3. Mar 1, 2019 at 1:05 AM
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    Toy Yo

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    2 inch front and rear lift kit, Rough country nerf step bars, Ultra Mongoose 17x9 wheels BF Goodrich M/T 285/70-17
    What a road trip
     
  4. Mar 1, 2019 at 1:31 AM
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    Those Hilux guys are going to be jealous!
     
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  5. Mar 1, 2019 at 1:36 AM
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    Good luck. I don't Instagram nor youtube. I actually go outside and live.
     
  7. Mar 1, 2019 at 3:20 AM
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    s.e.charles

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    and post 6 posts a day on a forum dedicated to a vehicle I don't own
     
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  8. Mar 1, 2019 at 4:05 AM
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    Lol. At least I owned a 3rd gen Tacoma, which is better than 75% of the people who post here! What do you own?
     
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  9. Mar 1, 2019 at 4:40 AM
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    s.e.charles

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    besides you?
     
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    Haha good morning and enjoy the day.
     
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    Stalking hard
     
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    Sounds like the adventure of a lifetime. Jealous and following
     
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    In on Page 1.. Looks fun... and expensive..
     
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    Wow, what an adventure you guys are taking! Can't wait to follow along. :thumbsup::woot:
     
  15. Mar 1, 2019 at 10:58 AM
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    Good luck, what a great adventure, I am somewhat envious.
     
  16. Mar 1, 2019 at 11:15 AM
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    That’s going to be an awesome trip. I can’t wait to see the rigs decked out.
     
  17. Mar 1, 2019 at 1:55 PM
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    Looks like there are a few people thinking along the same lines....saw your post on Round the World thread. We are looking at at 2021 earliest 2022 latest (depending on retirement) starting with N.A. and moving down from there on no particular schedule. I look forward to seeing how your build goes, good luck with everything. s.e charles...very funny, made my day!
     
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  18. Mar 1, 2019 at 2:27 PM
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    monkeyface

    monkeyface Douchebag, or just douche if we're friends

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    I figure three months straight using a portapotty, handiwipe baths, laundromats, all in the Four Corner states is roughing it. I wish you the best of luck. Of course, the US dollar opens a lot of doors all over the world. Maybe carry a few cartons of Marlboro cigarettes and some good brandy to grease some doors.

    How are your language skills? A smattering of Spanish and French will go a long way. You don't need all the verb conjugations, just present tense goes a long way, study the verbs and nouns.

    Instead of the ARB awning, how about a Fiamma F45 rod-crank awning? So much easier to crank in and out than the wrist-crank awnings when weather is bad. Body mount kit for the side legs is a handy devil. On the road doing your bodily functions outside morning, noon and night, an easily deployed awning is a good thing.

    Dual batts for the camper, plus the starter battery, is a 180A alternator needed? Will you carry a generator for backup power?
     
  19. Mar 1, 2019 at 5:49 PM
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    GrandiOdyssey

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    Thanks! We will strive to produce quality content to detail what its like to drive around the world.

    Not cheap but our burn rate will be about the same as it is now working in the SF Bay Area.

    Thanks, we are open to sponsorship opportunities :thumbsup:

    Excellent, we would love to meet up with lots of other overlands if we paths are destined to cross. Keep in touch.

    We will be breaking up the camping with a good amount of hotel stays as I would really like to stay married:rofl:. As far as the language skills we collectively speak fluent English, Russian, Spanish, and Mandarin. I will leave it to my wife to pick up some French...

    I will be more research about the awning options, thanks for the heads up. For power as far as I understand the stock alternator should be fine as most of the time the dual camper batteries will be charged off of the two 160w or 175w solar panels so the truck itself is the "backup generator".
     
  20. Mar 10, 2019 at 6:15 PM
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    I saw your post on @Round the world 's thread... we'll also be doing a journey RTW -- going with FWC flatbed and still undecided about our truck - going back and forth with Toyota and the weight issue. Thanks for sharing your mods and build info.. Looking forward to following your progress and journey! We live in San Diego -- aiming to depart late Spring/Early Summer this year. Perhaps our paths will cross on the road - Cheers to experiencing the world more intimately on the ground, and making it a better place!
     
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