You've gone and built a few different cars, got them to a point that brought you at least some form of satisfaction (even though you and I both know there were plenty of other changes you could've made), and you might've been lucky enough to land in the pages of Super Street. So, what's next?
For some, it's on to the next car to start from scratch, building and rebuilding as they once again enter a never-ending cycle of hard work, money, and a failure to keep track of time. It's just what we do, and it's become an almost expected rite of passage for the long-term, hardcore enthusiast. As of late, however, we've witnessed a newcomer to the import enthusiast circle that, without even trying, has attracted a slew of eager builders interested in taking on a new type of build that embraces wheel gap rather than frowning upon it.
Matt Tomczek is all too familiar. He went from owning and building an '07 STi to a very high-level, right into letting go of the AWD platform to focus on his incredibly clean Datsun 510 restomod We expected to catch the 510 at SoCal staples Spocom and Wekfest this summer, but were surprised to find that his tow vehicle, a 2016 TRD Off-Road, ended up displaying at both shows as well, and actually became a project in and of itself.
It's only been a few years, but the modified Toyota Tacoma, Tundra, 4-Runner and Land Cruiser movement have completely infiltrated our market and have done so unapologetically. With the type of impact that can only be compared to the likes of the stance and widebody trends that you either love or hate, the off-road uprising within the import enthusiast ranks seems to be here to stay. Much of the interest stems from Volk Racing's Toyota truck and SUV-friendly lug pattern and offset options based on the most popular import-related wheel on earth - the TE37.
With builds like his previous Subie and current 510, the chances of Matt leaving his Tundra stock were already pretty slim. Toss in a growing family and a love of the outdoors and an off-road build-up makes perfect sense. Like many, visions of a glowing white Tundra sitting on classic bronze TE37 wrapped in BFG All-Terrains was too much to resist. Pulling the trigger on those rollers meant a lift was in order and the King suspension, complete with external reservoirs, took care of that. After that initial round of changes, the upgrades haven't stopped.
Like any project car with wheels and a drop, err, lift, a proper front fascia was in order. An NFab RSP front bumper was fitted with a rectangular LED light bar and gives the Tundra a more aggressive first impression.
On most occasions, when we encounter an overland or off-road project, the performance mods are minimal. Usually an intake and maybe an exhaust, but Matt decided to bring the performance of his Tundra up considerably with a Magnuson supercharger! "The forced induction set up made a big difference in performance and I actually got better MPG when I towed the 510 down from NorCal this time."
Speaking of that 510, it still looks as good as it did when we featured it earlier this year and, for the most part, has remained unchanged...other than its stance.
Slightly lower now after some massaging, the new rear wheel setup jumped from a 16x8.5-in. -6, to a 16x9-in. -20.
The built and boosted SR20DET you drooled over in the feature is still running strong and there isn't too much that Matt could do to make things any better. Well organized, sporting more than enough firepower and neatly packaged into the squared 510 bay, the setup continually draws a crowd for a reason.
Now back to that side project—under the hood, as you admire the supercharger stacked on top of the engine, you'll also find an ARB USA compressor right next to the sPOD; a CAN-Bus controlled system that's fully programmable, allowing Matt to control compressors, fans, light bars, etc. The dual battery set up insures he won't run out of power but in the event he did, he even packs an Overland Solar Bugout 120 flexible solar panel to take advantage of the rays.
Step around to the side and the truck's white paint is interrupted by a muted version of the TRD colors stuck just under the blacked-out Tundra badge. To show off some of the "extras," a line was run from the ARB system to the front wheel - an act that comes in handy during those off-road excursions.
And, in regard to that, before you even cast the infamous "mall crawler" label at this ultra-clean Tundra, Matt noted that he's taken his family on camping trips and off-road adventurers multiple times, so the tricks and gadgets definitely see some use.
The frame that perches upon the Tundra's bed edges carries ARB TRED Pro recovery boards, additional fuel and an FSR Freespirit Recreation rooftop tent. Under the mass of the stowed away tent are plenty of field tools and ARB Fridge Freezer.
Much like any high-level car build, you can keep adding, upgrading and swapping out parts until you're exhausted, bored, out of funds, or your family devises an effective intervention to stop all of the madness. In Matt's case, the love for the Tundra build is shared by his significant other so don't expect this is the last you'll see of either of his outstanding builds.