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2003 Toyota Hilux - Young Gun

Aiming At Being Nameless

John Mata Jr.
Aug 19, 2013
Photographers: Brian Goude
There's a reoccurring trend, if you want to call it a trend, that's apparent when we started getting a closer look at some of Australia and New Zealand's rising stars in their mini truck community—cleanliness. The quality metal and suspension work, close attention to detail, and overall tidy execution is impressive to say the least, and this Toyota is just one prime example of what to expect in the rest of this issue.
The Hilux on this page was Beau Riding's first vehicle, which he picked up seven years ago. He says, "It was a stock, run-of-the-mill work horse. It's taken three years and $80K to get it where it's at now. I found myself constantly forking over cash and always being too broke to buy parts for the truck." At least Beau can find solace in the fact that he definitely got what he paid for. From the sharply dressed engine bay, completely decked out interior, and the handsome suspension and frame peeking through the bed floor, it's all evidence of calculated thoroughness.
Photo 2/9   |   2003 Toyota Hilux Pioneer Head Unit
But here's the kicker—Beau is only 23 years old, and if you're doing the running math equation along with us, he was 16 when he first got the truck, and 20 when he first sunk his teeth into it. This build springboarded him to the forefront of the mini scene at an age when most guys are only daydreaming of starting a truck like this.
But what consequences come with owning a truck in such pristine condition? Well, there's total anonymity, for starters. "People don't really know who I am, but they always seem to know what I drive." That's a valid gripe, but if it's sympathy Beau is after, he may not find many takers in the audience. After all, not everyone will have the rare treat of owning a vehicle as radical as this. And not everyone will be known as "that one guy with the cool ass truck that was in Mini Truckin' magazine". It's a cold, cold world out there—#featuretruckownerproblems.
Photo 3/9   |   2003 Toyota Hilux 1
"People don’t really know who I am, but they always seem to know what I drive."
The Lowdown
2003 Toyota Hilux
Beau Riding • Mudgeeraba, Queensland, Australia • Aftermath
Rolling Attire
Wheels: 19x8 (front) / 19x11 (rear)
Tires: Kuhmo Ecsta 235/25/19 (front ) / Falken Azenis 215/45/19 (rear)
Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Slam Specialties RE6 'bags, Tein adjustable castor rods
Suspension (rear): Slam Specialties RE8 'bags, four-link, chassis and Whiteline rigidity braces
Control Arms: Tubular upper arms
Shocks: Standard Hilux
Frame Mods: Front Z'd
Brakes: Nissan Skyline cross-drilled rotors, TRD calipers, braided lines
Misc.: Smoothed entire chassis, custom crossmembers, motor dropped, wiring inside rails
Performed By: Guy Hutchins and Chris Fielding at Twin Towns
Body Modifications
Shaved: Mirrors, handles, turn indicators, windshield squirters, firewall
Bodydrop: 2.5-inch Traditional
Body Mods: Smoothed rear cab seams, remade sills, tons of sheetmetal work
Misc.: Once-piece electric glass windows, XR8 bonnet (hood) bulge,
Performed By: Guy Hutchins and Chris Fielding at Twin Towns
Brand & Colors: BMW Senora metallic
Performed By: Twin Towns
Seats: Wrapped in red Italian leather
Dash: Wrapped in red Italian leather
Gauges: Dakota Digital
Misc.: Custom door cards, center console, false wall behind seats, billet accessories, Billet Specialties steering wheel, leather Momo gear shifter boot
Head Unit: Pioneer
Mids & Highs: Vibe Audio three-way components
Subwoofers: 12-inch Pioneer TS-W306C
Amplifiers: Pioneer
Performed By: Owner
Engine: Toyota 2.7L 3RZ
Supercharger/Turbo: Forced, belt-driven Rotex C30 supercharger
Boost: 10 PSI
Intake: K&N
Header/Exhaust: Custom stainless headers, custom 2.5-inch exhaust with Magnaflow muffler
Transmission: Six-speed
Detail Work: Everything dressed up
Special Thanks From Owner
"Big thanks the guys at Twin Towns—if not for them, the truck would have never got off the ground. I'd also like to thank all the boys for the constant help and efforts over the years, and thanks to the lads of Aftermath for raising the bar."



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