2013 Toyota Tundra Project XU – Featured Truck
This week’s featured truck doesn’t need a long introduction or a multi-page list of modifications. It is a large, “beastly” black Tundra that has a sweet set of wheels. Any questions?
Simple, large and to the point, this 2013 Toyota Tundra is proudly owned by Eric Johnson from Colorado Springs, CO. He started with a basic truck and created this beast. We pulled together his list of mods and went over his detailed build thread over at Tundratalk.net.
This truck has:
- 12″ Bulletproof lift
- RBP RX3 grille
- 24×12 Fuel’s
- 40×14.5×24 M16 tires
- 20×12 RBP Assassin’s
- 38×15.5×20 Toyo OC MT
- Fox resi coilovers
- Fox resi shocks
- 10″ Atlas leafs
- Ekstrom +4″ shackles
- Amp Powersteps w/white led’s
There is a lot of height and great suspension plus tire upgrades on that list!
One of the interesting parts of the build are the tires. He ordered SS-M16 40×14.5R 24 tires from Interco (they are the only ones that make a 40 for the 24″ rim). What was interesting was that he bought 18oz balancing beads to self balance them as he drove. We get many questions about lift kits and getting everything aligned correctly including tires. This is a pretty smart idea.
Johnson did a great job explaining his build and the decisions he made. Here are the highlights.
Why go with a Bulletproof lift?
I decided before I bought that I did not want it stock, I also did not want to cut the cross member on the frame. That brought me to the 12″ Bulletproof lift.
I ordered it and didn’t look back. Took about a month to get it because it is built to order, but well worth the wait.
How was installation on the lift?
The lift took about a month to arrive, was well packaged, and came with everything except the instructions. I called Brian @Bulletproof and he emailed them to me, but they are pretty much useless anyway. Everything is pretty straight forward and I referenced to (Punch, another Tundra Talk’s build thread) for a few details.
I did change my order with Bulletproof and got the 10″ springs instead of the 9″ that comes with the kit since I didn’t want to use blocks. I could’ve used different shackles, but figured I would start out with the bigger springs (they didn’t cost any extra $$). I just wanted to clear 40’s without going to crazy.
Basically, everything had to come out. The calipers, rotors, hub bearing assembly, spindles, tie rod ends, upper control arms, lower control arms, anti-sway bar, coilovers, etc… The CV shafts stay connected to the differential as the whole unit will have to come out anyway. I used a transmission jack to lower it down from under the truck being careful not to damage the CV shafts.
Bolting on the differential to the cage relocates it under the cross member, this is why there is no cutting involved here. Once the cage is in, all the suspension components are installed.
The rear was very easy and took a few hours to install the Atlas Leafs, u-bolts, Fox shocks and upper mounts, carrier bearing drop bracket, and the SS braided brake lines.
Why add the lights under the Amp Powersteps?
I decided since the truck was going to be high, I installed lots of white SMD LED’s on each side above the step so when you open the door it lights up the ground and the step. I have little kids and I want them to see what they are jumping down to!
Now that it is all done, what do you think of the truck?
I have to say it actually rides really good. I thought for sure it would ride bad but I can say it’s somewhat comparable to factory. The balancing beads work great, I’ve had it up to 75mph with no issues at all. The coilovers soak up the big dips we have on our highways and road here too. I did not have to do any trimming on anything to turn the wheels and the coilovers are cranked up about 2/3 of the way. The pictures really do no justice as everything looks proportioned (wheel/tire combo with the size lift).
What’s great about building a really nice truck? Getting it sponsored!
The Tundra is now sponsored by RBP/Lexani, Rock River Racing, and 2nd Floor Huntington Beach!
RBP/Lexani hooked up the Tundra for the Monster Energy Supercross in Anaheim on Jan 18th 2014. They gave me an RBP RX-3 coloramatched grill, 20″ RBP Assassin wheels, 38×15.5×20 Toyo Open Country Mt’s, Billet locking gas door, exhaust with laser cut tip, RBP floor mats, RBP metal black emblems, hoodies, t shirts, hats, and an aluminum iPhone case. It was on display on behalf of Toyota for everyone to see at the RBP and Rock River Racing Yamaha team in the pits!
What is the worst part of having a custom lifted truck? Meeting the Fuzz.
“Do you know why I pulled you over sir?” “Where do i begin, Your lift is way too high, your tires stick out too much, you need fender flares, you need mudflaps and your tint is waaaay too dark.” LOL Sorry Utah State patrol for violating every state law on lifted trucks.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to this same build?
My advice would to go big on a lift the first time, if you install a 6″ lift your always going to wish you did the 12″. I have the 12″ and glad I do! I wouldn’t want it any other way.
While there are lots of different likes and dislikes when it comes to lifted trucks, we like this one. It is really clean and doesn’t have so many modifications that it becomes polarizing to look at. Great Job!
Want to learn more about this truck?
- Check out the build thread – here.
- See the Facebook page – here.
- And check out the Instagram page – here.
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