Bryan Rodriguez built his '98 Toyota Tacoma standard cab to be driven every day and drag hard. To accomplish this goal, he instructed Twisted Kustoms in Cullman, Alabama, to 'bag his Taco using Firestone 'bags. The 'bags are 1/2-inch ported units that are plumbed with 1/2-inch line to 1/2-inch Parker solenoid valves. The front of the truck lays flat thanks to the flipped ball joints and relocated Toxic shocks, and the rear suspension lays out due to a healthy step notch and a Pete and Jakes four-link. Compressed nitrogen provides extremely quick lift times and also enables the front of the truck to hop clear off of the ground.
The slick wheel and tire combo is made up of 17x7-inch Budnik Pentacle wheels and 215/40R17 Yokohama A520 tires. Motivation for Bryan's mini comes from the stock 2.4L four-cylinder powerplant that has been treated to a Injen polished air intake and a Nakayama 2.5-inch exhaust system.
Your eyes aren't playing ticks on you if you notice some subtle custom touches on Bryan's ride. Allon Cothren used Sherwin Williams Purple Pearl and Toyota factory white hues to add ghost flames and color-match the stock mirrors and front bumper trim. Before he even touched his paint gun, Allon shaved the tailgate handle and molded a smooth roll pan into the rearmost portion of the bed.
Inside the cab, Allon also color-matched the dash bezels. The bucket seats are from a 4Runner and are covered in tan and oatmeal colored tweed. A Budnik Mercury steering wheel grabs everyone's attention when Bryan is out cruising his mini. Bryan's favorite beats are heard through an Alpine CVA-1000 head unit that is connected to an Alpine six-disc CD changer. JL Audio component speakers are mounted in hand-fabricated door pods that were built by Kevin McDearis of Snellville, Georgia. Bryan says he loves the rush of adrenaline he gets whenever he drives his mini and that he is far from being finished with its construction.
Wicked Ways car club member Ben Wilson rolls proudly through Versailles, Kentucky, in his slammed mini. The '89 Toyota extended cab SR-5 has all the right stuff to make it stand out at shows. The stock 2WD front sheetmetal has been replaced with a full Toyota 4Runner conversion that updates the nose of Ben's truck nicely. The rest of the body is just as trick, with shaved door handles, a smooth tailgate, and shaved body seams on the rear of the cab. The rear step bumper has also been replaced with a smooth roll pan. Fast 'bags have been installed to enable Ben to tuck the 18-inch Niche wheels and 215/35R18 Nitto tires at will, making driving the streets of his hometown more appealing.
The interior is a marvel of red and gray tweed that covers the custom center console, custom door panels, and bucket seats. A Grant GT steering wheel and white-face gauges have been added to the cockpit, which set off the billet gauge bezels. Other interior additions include an Optima Red Top battery that has been relocated to the extended cab portion of the truck and a Pioneer audio system that features an Audiovox 5-inch monitor.
The finishing touches to Ben's ride come in the form of new factory garnet paint, a Lexan rear window, and spray-in bedliner. Ben says he plans on body dropping his Toy 3 inches and adding more equipment to his audio system. Good idea, Ben!