What Kind of Build Are You??
Author: Alexi Rafferty
January 12, 2021
Today, we are gonna be breaking down the best trucks for every building type. Some trucks are just naturally better when it comes to certain styles of builds.
While these are our top picks for each building style, it doesn't necessarily mean that they are the only trucks that can be built like this. Sure. There are some trucks that just naturally play into certain build styles, but at the end of the day, you are building your truck for yourself. Meaning that, if you wanna slam your Cummins, you can. If you wanna lift your Tacoma and throw 24x14”s with spacers on it, you can do that too. It's yours. Like always, for wheels tires, suspension, and more, keep Custom Offsets in mind. Let's get started!
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First up on the list is going to be one of my personal favorites, the OEM + style daily driver. We are not talking about the guys who daily drive a nine-inch lift and forties here, but rather guys that are running levels or small lifts, 20 by 10s, 20 by 12s, 33s, that kind of thing. If this is a style you are looking to achieve, it's hard to beat the 2014 and newer GM 1500 trucks for this one.
Personally, I feel these trucks are some of the better-looking trucks in the market. Additionally, aftermarket parts are plentiful for these trucks. Wheels are easy to find. Lift kits are pretty affordable and available from pretty much all the big brands. And to boot, these trucks are IFS or independent front suspension, meaning that they will ride relatively well even after you install your lift or level.
Next up on the list is the tow rig. And I'm sure you guys already know where we're gonna go with this one. Now listen, before you angrily hammer away at your iPhone screen in the comments section, I want you to understand that I know that you can tow with a single rear wheel truck. Trust me when I say that I've seen some single rear wheel trucks on the farm tow a lot more than they should, and handle it well.
But if you are looking to build a dedicated all the time, all it needs to do is tow my show truck down the road, a Dually is an answer. That's it. It's that simple. Tow capacities are higher on Duallys than their single wheel counterparts. They ride a little better. And in my opinion, they look fantastic rolling down the road with a Gooseneck and a show truck behind them.
All right, moving right along then. Let's talk about the Overlander guys. If you are looking to get lost in the woods with a rooftop tent and a jerrycan bolted to the tailgate, you are gonna wanna look no further than the one and only Toyota Tacoma. Listen, it should come as no surprise here that the Tacoma is literally the staple of off-roading and Overlanding.
Their relatively small frame and capacity for the size makes them a rockstar on narrow trails and on forest roads. Pair this with Toyota's raw ability, and you've got a rockstar recipe for success. Plus the cherry on top is that you can find pretty much every single part you could ever want for a Tacoma available from tons of manufacturers, making the parts affordable.
Sticking with that same theme, let's say you wanna do a strictly off-road build. It's not really our style, but even we can't deny that the Jeep JK and JL chassis are pretty much built right from the factory to take off-road. I mean, they clear 35s from the factory, and with a two or three-inch lift, that clearance quickly jumps to a room for the forties.
Lifts are plentiful for these Jeeps, with several manufacturers making four-inch lift kits for under $2,000. Additionally, there are tons of options for accessories for Jeeps. Lighting, bumpers, winches, recovery gear, the list goes on and on and on. And while you can't find a lot of those on Custom Offsets, if you are looking for Jeep accessories for your Jeep build, you can find those from our friends over at Trailbuiltoffroad.com.
All right, so we talked about tow rigs and daily drivers, we've talked about getting off the pavement in a Jeep or even camping in your Tacoma, but what if you just wanna build a truck to flex for the gram. Do you know what I'm talking about here? We are talking massive lift, 30 by 16, skating down the road, starry night headliner, the whole ball of wax.
In my opinion, there are a few trucks out there that compete with the fifth-gen Ram for this one. Specifically here, we're gonna be talking fifth-gen 2500 and 3500.
Even if you are not a Ram guy, there is no denying that these trucks look fantastic. They come in great colors like Del Monaco red, and the interiors are stunning. I mean, they have a 13-inch display in the dash. That's a whole ass iPad on your dashboard. Pretty wild. Plus they have a ton of room from the factory for wheels and tires. Meaning that you can cram some 24 14s in there with less worry about rubbing or trimming.
Did we nail the list, or did we miss a truck? Let us know down in the comment section below.
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