silverbullet-2Its the nature of the beast, project trucks are never complete, they are constantly evolving, being upgraded, and fit the latest trends. Case in point, Tim Grachen’s 2012 Toyota Tundra. We’ve been following this build for a few years watching the transformation into what it is today and even doing a feature on it back in 2013. Dubbed the Silver Bullet Tundra this truck is ready for an offroad adventure with a number of purpose built mods.

The Silver Bullet has a menacing look and aggressive stance thanks in part to a BDS 7” Performance Coilover System featuring Fox 2.5 remote coilovers and Total Chaos upper control arms. In the rear a Hellwig sway bar was installed along with Fox 2.0 shocks, 1” BDS shackles, and Firestone airbags to support the extra weight when this truck is loaded down for an adventure. For tires and wheels, Tim opted for a set of 37×13.50×20 Nitto Trail Grapplers mounted up on 20×10 KMC XD Series Heists. R1Concepts drilled and slotted rotors were installed to improve stopping power and Bushwacker pocketstyle flares were fitted next and give extra coverage for the oversized tires. Up front the truck was outfitted with a pair of Cali Retrofits colormatched headlights with FXR projectors, TRS HIDs and blue demon eyes. The stock front bumper was swapped out for a Rhino-lined Iron Cross unit with Rigged Ridge winch and a Factor 55 prolink. The custom grille came from Forged Industries and integrates (3) 4.5” Vision X cannon lights. Up top a roof mounted NBQ Motorsports rack was installed for extra storage along with more Vision X 4.5” cannons to help light up the trail when Tim is charging through the open desert. All the LED lights and other electronics are powered by a pair of Odyssey extreme series batteries and controlled through a sPod box under the hood. Out back the bed is lined by Bed Rug and features a Decked storage system capped off by a Snugtop XTR shell. Spyder Auto smoked LED taillights were swapped in along with Spyder Industries big has recovery hook and Vision X reverse lights. Additionally a ViAir onboard air system was added to supply air for the bags, air up tires and run tools.

Cab access on this Tundra is made easier by a set of Iron Cross steps and inside the truck is transformed using Roadwire leather/suede seats, Huskyliner floormats, US Speedo stainless steel gauges and lighting, Kenwood head unit and Vibe Audio sound system. A Bully Dog GT T+ monitor is dash mounted and hints retunes the stock 5.7L V8. Additionally, the motor received add-ons from an S&B cold air intake, Doug Thorley short tube headers, and a Gibson metal mulisha exhaust system.

Tim’s Silver Bullet 2.0 is a great examples of a trail prepped adventure truck ready for anything. For more on this rig head to BDS’s Facebook Page or check out Project Silver Bullet on Instagram.

2 Comments on “Project Trucks: Tim’s Silver Bullet Tundra 2.0
  • Doug says:

    Started looking into getting my 2012 Tundra lifted also. Funds got put on hold but soon may be available soon. Thought I’d revisit the whole process back to square one by visiting BDS. Looks like you’ve done one fine job here. I like the idea of 37″ tires but I don’t see a lot of details about modifications made to the actual drivetrain. I’m probably going to regear my
    axels for the first step. Did you replace any axels with chro-molly and such?

    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      @Doug, the factory running gear is fairly stout. We ran stock gears/axles in our company ’08 Tundra on 37s. We 4wheeled it regularly and towed the company TJ to events without ever having issues. The decision to swap axle shafts is up to you and how you plan to use your truck. If its a on road daily driver you can get by with factory running gear. If its regularly offroad or you have a heavy right foot a set of chromoly shafts may be a good choice for you.


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