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1996 Toyota Tacoma X-Cab - Set Trippin'

Going Against the Grain

John Mata Jr.
Jun 1, 2011
Photographers: Henry De Kuyper
Owner: Ron Sino-Cruz
Ride: 1996 Toyota Tacoma X-Cab
Hometown: Walnut, CA
Club: Team Supastar
Photo 2/6   |   1996 Toyota Tacoma X Cab right And Left View
"This truck is presentable but far from complete," says its owner, Ron Sino-Cruz, a longtime builder of import cars and even longer follower of the custom-truck scene. "I’ve been into this since I was a kid. I read Truckin’ magazine before Mini Truckin’ was even around. Putting together a custom mini has always been a dream for me."
Since Ron’s interest lies in a completely different custom scene, he was subjected to endless offerings of criticism from those around him while building his Tacoma. "I come from the import tuner crowd, so minitrucks are way out of my circle. Throughout the build, all of my friends were putting their two cents in on what I 'needed’ to do." So to finally put his 20-year plan in motion, Ron started laying out his plans to the guys at iDesigns body and paint. "No matter how ridiculous my ideas were, they listened and were willing to make each one a reality."
Photo 3/6   |   1996 Toyota Tacoma X Cab rim
Ron had first started the suspension work on his truck in his backyard, but he just couldn’t straighten out a few bugs in the air ride and electrical systems. With the truck in the care of trained professionals, its condition rapidly improved, and to Ron’s surprise the Toyota looked like it would be close to being presentable for an upcoming, special occasion. "I tried to have this truck ready to debut at a local show to commemorate me and my wife’s one-year wedding anniversary. I thought it would help before I asked permission to start on another project."
Ever wondered what the offspring of a tuner and a streamlined styled minitruck would look like? Well, Ron’s Toyota is pretty much what we’d expect. "Even though a lot of the design cues came from the past and were considered outdated to the naysayers, I stuck to the classic styles I saw when I was growing up."
Now that’s logic you just can’t argue with.
The Lowdown
Rolling Attire

Wheels: 19x9.5 Wed Kranze Cerebus 2 (front) / 19x11.5 Wed Kranze Cerebus 2 (rear)
Tires: 215/35/19 Falken 452 (front) / 275/35/19 Falken 452 (rear)
Photo 4/6   |   1996 Toyota Tacoma X Cab custom Taillight
Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Flipped ball joints, ContiTech ’bags
Suspension (rear): ContiTech ’bags, three-link setup
Compressor(s): Two Viair 480
Air/hydro Accessories: SMC valves, 1/2-inch lines, 5-gallon polished tank
Frame Mods: Step-notched frame
Misc.: Polished shocks and beams
Performed By: Team Supastar
Body Modifications
Shaved: Door handles, corner lights, antenna, gas filler, tailgate, and taillights
Bodydrop: 3.5 inches
Body Mods: Tubbed front and rear, widened and smoothed bed, frenched in Cadillac taillights, custom gas door, and smoothed rollpan
Bolt-ons: Phantom billet grille, recessed Chevy CK1500 headlights
Performed By: iDesigns body and paint
Photo 5/6   |   1996 Toyota Tacoma X Cab right Side View
Brand & Colors: House of Kolor Mint Green with Blue Pearl
Performed By: iDesigns Kustom body and paint
Seats: Jeep JK factory seats
Dash: Molded in 5-inch JVC monitor
Misc.: Custom gray carpet, custom center console, Wink mirror, rewrapped door panels and rear panels, black tweed, MOMO steering wheel, HKB hub, billet window handles
Performed By: Team Supastar
Photo 6/6   |   1996 Toyota Tacoma X Cab custom License Plate
Head Unit: Eclipse AVN-2454 double-DIN
Mids & Highs: Kenwood 5-1/2
Subwoofers: Two 10 JL W3
Amplifiers: Alpine 600-watt mono
Performed By: Team Supastar
Engine: Factory 2.4L
Camshaft: TRD mid cam
Intake: K&N intake
Header/exhaust: Magnaflow muffler
Transmission: Factory auto
Misc.: Boxed-in 15-gallon fuel cell
Performed By: Team Supastar
Special Thanks From Owner
Thanks to Mike, Ian, and Bok at iDesigns, everyone from Team Supastar, everyone who supported us at TAB, to my family, and my wife Celine.