For whatever reason, Toyota Tundras are an uncommon sight on the trail. These trucks aren't any larger than late-model Land Cruisers though, and they use much of the same running gear as other Toyotas found on trails all over the country. This has often left us scratching our collective heads, but Joe Jovonovich has built a Tundra that finally illustrates what these vehicles are capable of when they are modified with the right equipment. Jovonovich started with a fully loaded '01 Limited Edition Access Cab Tundra. The 4.7L V8 and four-speed automatic transmission were retained, as they provide a great balance between power, weight, and the reliability that Toyota is famous for. The stock transfer case was replaced with a Marlin Crawler dual transfer-case setup that uses a geardriven reduction box mated to a chaindrive Tacoma transfer case. This is the first dual transfer-case configuration ever fitted under a Tundra. The 128-inch wheelbase accommodates the added drivetrain length without a problem, and the 4.7:1 gears in the reduction box result in a crawl ratio of 308:1 in compound Low range. From the rear transfer case, power is routed to a high-pinion Dana 44 front axle and the factory rear Toyota 8.4-inch axle. The front axle was sourced from a '76 Ford F-150 and filled with 4.56 Yukon gears, an ARB Air Locker, Warn chrome-moly axleshafts, CTM U-joints, and Warn hubs before it was slung under the front of the Tundra. The rear axle uses stock shafts in conjunction with a matching set of 4.56 Yukon gears and an ARB Air Locker. These axles spin 35-inch BFGoodrich Krawlers mounted on 15x8 TrailReady beadlock rims. The sticky BFGs are turned by a high-steer setup using 4x4 Trucksmith steering arms, a Redneck Ram hydraulic assist, a Toyota mini-truck steering box, and a Howe reservoir and filter cooled by a remote Setrab cooler. The pickup bed was sprayed with Line-X and holds a 35-gallon aluminum fuel cell, 15-gallon Power Tank, and 60-inch Hi-Lift jack. This leaves plenty of room for camping gear and firewood on extended trail rides.The pickup bed was sprayed with Line-X and holds a 35-gallon aluminum fuel cell, 15-gallon The stock 4.7L V8 provides plenty of power and still leaves enough room under the hood for an Optima RedTop battery, Howe power-steering reservoir, and ARB air compressor.The stock 4.7L V8 provides plenty of power and still leaves enough room under the hood for Jovonovich removed his skidplates to give us a glimpse of the Marlin Crawler dual transfer-case setup that provides him with the gearing necessary to finesse his way through technical obstacles that would otherwise be impossible.Jovonovich removed his skidplates to give us a glimpse of the Marlin Crawler dual transfer It is hard to miss the massive ARB Saraha Bar on the front of the Tundra. The bumper holds a well-used Warn M10000 winch draped in Master-Pull synthetic cable.It is hard to miss the massive ARB Saraha Bar on the front of the Tundra. The bumper hold The width of the Tundra requires careful tire placement by Jovonovich to ensure that his truck looks the same at the end of the day as it does at the beginning. The Marlin Crawler greatly aids in providing control in tight situations such as this one.The width of the Tundra requires careful tire placement by Jovonovich to ensure that his t The front shifter selects High and Low range for the crawl box, while the two rear shifters allow independent control of High and Low range and 2WD or 4WD in the transfer case.The front shifter selects High and Low range for the crawl box, while the two rear shifter 1 | 2 | » | View Full Article Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!