An Outstanding Overland Toyota Tundra
The full-size truck market is the fastest growing segment of the overlanding vehicle genre. And frankly, with trucks as functional and good looking as Cris Cornette’s 2014 Toyota Tundra, which I first saw on ExpeditionPortal.com, I can see why. This Tundra has a classy, understated functionalist look that’s sure to serve as a great platform for overland travels.
Cris’ objective for the build was to create a full-sized overlanding vehicle that was capable of off-road travel to remote destinations. A retired fire captain with 30 years of service, Cris is an avid off roader and has built trucks for the SEMA show, including a 2007 FJ Cruiser and a 2010 Tacoma. Cris only uses the highest-quality parts on his builds, and that shows through on his Tundra.
The build started with a Tundra Crew Max with the 5.7-liter V8 and a K&N cold air intake. To this, Cris added Icon Vehicle Dynamics Stage 6 long-travel kit and Firestone Ride Rite Air Springs with Daystar cradles. Of course he’d need to upgrade the rolling stock. Cris used 35/12.50/18 BFGoodrich KO2 All-Terrain tires mounted on Method Double Standard Machined wheels. A set of Bushwacker Extend-A-Fender flares were installed to add additional tire coverage and provide a sleek look while protecting the paint. Other exterior modifications include a TRD Pro grille and Expedition One front and rear bumpers.
Cris also outfitted his Tundra with a Four Wheel Pop-Up Campers Raven that features solar power and dual batteries. The camper houses a refrigerator, a freezer, a propane furnace and water heater, and LED lighting throughout. As you can see in the above photo, the quarters look comfortable and great for excursions and overlanding trips.
Cris has more plans for the vehicle including adding a winch; installing a snorkel; removing the rear seats and installing a drawer system to hold more gear; adding a full-sized spare tire with a bumper-mounted carrier; and installing auxiliary LED exterior lighting.
This clean, capable Tundra is everything you’d need in an overland Toyota and nothing you don’t. We love the simple, understated, all-business look, and could easily see crossing the country—or continents—in this rig.
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Cris Cornette’s 2014 Toyota Tundra
|Bushwacker Extend-A-Fender Fender Flares||30919-02|
|Expedition One Front and Rear Bumpers||See Website|
|Four Wheel Pop Up Campers||Raven|
|BajaDesigns OnX6 30" LED Light Bar||45-3003|
|BajaDesigns OnX6 20" Amber Light Bar||45-2014|
|BajaDesins Squadron Pro LED Lights||See Website|
|18×9 Method Racing Double Standard Wheels||See Website|
|35×12.50×18 BFGoodrich KO2 All-Terrain Tires||See Website|
|Icon Vehicle Dynamics Stage 6 Long Travel||K53026|
|Firestone Ride-Right Air Springs||2445|
|Daystar Airbag Cradles||KU09140BK|