Owner: Chris Caruso
Ride: 1998 Toyota Tacoma
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Club: Kulture

The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 18x7.5 DeCorsa Polaris
Tires: 215/35/18 Nexen

Chassis Modifications
Suspension Front: AIM spindle spacers, Firestone 'bags
Suspension Rear: Four-link, Firestone 'bags, '92 Toyota rearend
Control Arms: Sectioned arms
Compressor(s): Dual Viair 480s
Air/Hydro Accessories: 5-gallon airbrushed tank, Firestone manifold block
Misc.: Rear-mount lift pivot arms
Performed By: Nate Alexander and Max Fish of Bio Kustumz

Body Modifications
Shaved: Door handles, hood squirters, front corner lights, tailgate, factory gas door, and antenna
Bodydrop: 3½-inch traditional by Nate Alexander
Body Mods: Full-function, removable Targa top, sheetmetal bed and notch cover, front inner fender wells, custom Grant Kustoms metal bumper, molded front headlight fillers to front fenders, flared bedsides, reinforced 4x4 fenders, molded Scott's Hot Rods gas door
Bolt-ons: Clear headlights, 50/50 tails, powdercoated billet grille, Stockland big window camper
Performed By: Targa top by Joe "Leafeater" McCluckey of Rigid Customs and Marley Marvelous of 1313 Designs, bodywork by Danny A. and Mike E., sheetmetal and other work by Nate Alexander and Painter Shak

Paint
Brand & Colors: PPG '01 Nissan Frontier Desert Brown, Silver, and Black for pinstriping
Misc.: 300 hours of Candy Root Beer airbrush detailing
Performed By: Mike E. and Matt Hutchenson of Sik Creations

Interior
Seats: Prelude buckets wrapped in black suede and vinyl
Dash: Fiberglass with custom vents
Misc.: AIM spray can steering wheel, fiberglass center console, speaker pods, arm rests
Performed By: Adam "Handmade" Radovich of Exterme Audo and Kustoms, paint by Matt Hutchenson of Sik Creations, steering wheel design by Devin and Eric Hubbard

Stereo
Head Unit: Sony Xplod
Mids & Highs: Memphis Audio
Subwoofers: Three 12-inch Memphis Audio M-Class
Amplifiers: Memphis Audio M-Class
Misc.: 9.5- and 10.4-inch Nesa monitors
Performed By: Adam "Handmade" Radovich of Extreme Audio and Kustoms

Engine/Performance
Engine: 3.4L V-6
Intake: Custom to clear emissions
Rearend Type: '92 Toyota rearend to clear bed fenders by Max Fish of Bio Kustumz
Detail Work: Heavily modified plenum to lower engine 3½ inches to clear stock hood
Misc.: 170-amp alternator, batter moved to bed
Performed By: Mark Blakely and Aaron Gardner of SCD Fabrication, and Extreme Audio and Kustoms

Special Thanks From Owner
"Thanks to my wife of 19 years, Raquel, my daughters Kelly and Eden for sacrificing so I could make this dream come true, Texas Minis, Shane and Dolly from Kulture for the push, Marley of Xtreme Lowz, Joe Bernardo, Juan and Maria Trevino, Richard Lopez, Extreme Audio, Aaron Gardner and Mark Blakely of SCD, Nate Alexander, Max Fish, the Odle family, Hope and Angelo for the storage space during my many deployments, and lastly to Omar, Suzy, and Miss Mena. To the US Navy, thanks for keeping me deployed during most of the build and making me miss all the shows I wanted to go to. Once I retire, catch me on the streets bumping Eazy E."