PUMP­KIN SPICE TUN­DRA

A Toy­ota With a Latte Lift

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY MIKE SELF PHO­TOS BY BRAN­DON BURRELL

CHRIS TRYON, LIKE MOST OF US, GREW UP WITH A STRONG IN­TER­EST IN PRETTY MUCH ANY­THING ON WHEELS. Start­ing with a ’90 Honda Ac­cord sport com­pact as his first ride (which he still owns 19 years later), he has also owned ev­ery­thing from a ’bagged Nissan Hard­body mini to a Honda Grom mini mo­tor­cy­cle in the many years since, so it only made sense that he would even­tu­ally set his sights on some­thing a bit larger.

As is of­ten the case, Chris found him­self in need of a tow rig that would also be com­fort­able enough to be used as a daily, so he plopped down a de­cent chunk of change on a new ’15 Toy­ota Tun­dra in In­ferno Or­ange. He hon­estly had no plans to do any­thing to it be­yond oc­ca­sion­ally check­ing the tire pres­sure and some

sched­uled oil changes, but we all know how that works out for most of us. Be­fore long, Chris was buy­ing an ac­ces­sory here and there, and things re­ally snow­balled. Heck, all it usu­ally takes for us is some­thing as sim­ple as an air fresh­ener and its game over.

Mak­ing things more in­ter­est­ing is the fact that Chris is in Xtreme Lowz, a club that prides it­self on low­ered rides (or is it “ridez”?). So how is it that a dude in Xtreme Lowz ends up with a lifted truck? Well, we guess va­ri­ety is the spice of life, and in Chris’ spe­cific case, it’s the pump­kin spice of life. In fact, he dubbed his truck Pump­kin Spice Tun­dra, and after re­al­iz­ing that there’s no way he’d be leav­ing the truck stock, he teamed up with buddy Bran­don Burrell to cre­ate one of the flashiest Toy­ota full-sizes to date.

Plans were hatched, and it was quickly de­cided that Chris and Bran­don would or­ches­trate a com­plete show build in the hope of at­tract­ing enough at­ten­tion to show­case the truck at SEMA. With Bran­don’s prior SEMA builds pro­vid­ing the proper cre­den­tials, they were able to bring some key spon­sors on­board to help achieve their goal in record time.

Most of the build would not have been pos­si­ble with­out a cou­ple of Bran­don’s go-to shops, namely Rimz One and Ul­ti­mate Au­dio; each put in tons of work to cre­ate a truly one-of-a-kind Tun­dra. Rimz One in­stalled a hefty 7-inch BDS coil-over sus­pen­sion lift, which also fea­tures an Ek­strom De­sign steer­ing kit and rear shack­les.

Color-matched 22x14-inch Drop­stars wheels with 37-inch Nitto Ridge Grap­plers give the truck a tough and stylish look, while tow ca­pac­ity was greatly in­creased with the ad­di­tion of an Air Lift Com­pany helper ’bag setup over the rear axle. Even the brakes were up­graded front and back with NEO Mo­tor­sports big brake kits, which help slow

the truck down much quicker when needed. With an Ai­raid air in­take, Hyper­tech In­ter­cep­tor pro­gram­mer and stain­less Gib­son ex­haust adding a few ponies, we’re guess­ing that’s quite of­ten.

Be­lieve it or not, the in­te­rior is just about as cus­tom as the ex­te­rior, which we hear is Ul­ti­mate Au­dio’s spe­cialty. And part of that in­te­rior now in­cludes the bed, thanks to an A.R.E. Z se­ries bed cap, which houses a Be­drug, Un­der­cover Swing­cases and even some cus­tom wake­board speaker tow­ers with Mem­phis Au­dio speak­ers. In the cab lies cus­tom leather from Road­wire Leather In­te­ri­ors (in­stalled by Clas­sic Soft Trim), a cus­tom leather cen­ter con­sole and a ton more work from Ul­ti­mate Au­dio’s bag of tricks.

A Ken­wood nav­i­ga­tion head unit was slipped into the dash, with sup­port­ing au­dio com­po­nents from Mem­phis Au­dio adding plenty of qual­ity vol­ume to Chris’ drive. But even with all of the af­ter­mar­ket gear, he’s still able to use his fac­tory steer­ing wheel con­trols thanks to the Mem­phis Au­dio OEM in­te­gra­tion unit.

Once the bulk of the build was com­plete and cinched up, Chris and Bran­don worked on the fi­nal de­tails be­fore pack­ing up, load­ing Bran­don’s girl­friend’s show car onto a trailer be­hind the Tun­dra, and mak­ing the 2,300-mile jour­ney out to Las Ve­gas for the 2017 SEMA Show, where it rep­re­sented all of the com­pa­nies that helped make the build pos­si­ble and got quite a bit of at­ten­tion. Not bad for a low­ered truck guy.

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LEFT. THE 7-INCH BDS LIFT LEFT PLENTY OF ROOM FORTHE 37-INCH NITTOS, WHICH ARE STRETCHED OVER 22X14 DROP­STARS WHEELS. IT’S A TOUGH LOOK.

ABOVE. THE FAC­TORY HEAD­LIGHTS WERE COM­PLETELY CUS­TOM­IZED BY PLAIN AN SIM­PLE, WHICH IN­CLUDED TEAR­ING THE LIGHTS APART, COLOR-MATCH­ING, IN­STALLING DIODE DY­NAM­ICS BULBS AND CUS­TOM PRO­JEC­TORS WITH PLAIN AN SIM­PLE’S OWN LOGO ON THEM. VERY TRICK.

UL­TI­MATE AU­DIO SC DID AN AMAZ­ING JOB OF CUSTOMCRAFTING THE IN­TE­RIOR OF CHRIS’ TUN­DRA. EV­ERY DE­TAIL, SUCH AS THE CUS­TOM­IZED DOOR PAN­ELS, IS OUT­STAND­ING.

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