It’s not always easy to know which lift kits will work the best for your Tundra. There are several different options on the market, and some of them involve replacing many suspension components and need a professional mechanic to be installed properly. While these high end kits do offer a good amount of flexibility and height choice, they can really do a lot of damage to your pocketbook.
CST, a.k.a. California SuperTrucks, offers a simpler spindle lift kit for Toyota Tundra owners that offers excellent quality without adding in complicated component changes. The CST kits offer up to 7 inches of lift using custom-made spindles for the front end, along with a block and bolt kit for the rear of the vehicle. The spindles are made out of machined sheet steel which is then welded by hand. They are stronger than standard cast iron spindles, and are in fact even stronger than the factory spindles that came with your truck (special deal for TundraHQ readers – see below.)
ToyTec lift kits recently announced a brand-new coil-over lift kit for the Tundra. Here are the highlights:
A few months ago we reviewed a Tundra lift kit offered by Low Range Off-Road, and we gave it very high marks. The Low Range kit is made using rust-proof, light weight CNC machined aluminum (far superior to powder-coated steel kits offered by many others), the instructions are excellent (the best we’ve ever seen), and the design is well conceived. Unlike many kit manufacturers, Low Range took the extra steps (using metric bolts just like Toyota does, maching a very slight 3.5 degree taper on the rear blocks, etc.) to make this kit stand out.
In fact, we recommend the Low Range kit right alongside the Tundra lift kit from ToyTec. The only difference between the two kits is their basic design – ToyTec favors an in-coil spacer lift design, and Low Range favors an above-coil lift design.
Low Range recently made a couple of updates to their lift kit for the 2007-and-up Tundra, further demonstrating their commitment to providing a top-notch kit. Here’s what they’ve done:
Low Range Off Road, based in Utah, recently began offering a 3″ leveling lift kit for the 07+ Tundra. This is in addition to offering lift kits for the older body style Tundra, the Tacoma, the FJ, and soon the Land Cruiser. Their kit is very similar to the Truxxx 3″ lift kit we reviewed a few months ago – they both lift the front of the truck 3″ and then level it out by adding a 1″ block in the back. The Low Range Off Road kit is easy to install, high quality, and for reasons we’ll dive into further, we recommend the Low Range Off Road 3″ lift kit over the Truxxx 3″ lift kit.
Low Range Off Road’s kit installed on a 2007 Tundra. Note the level roof line and even front and rear fender gaps.
Starting with the kit itself, we were amazed at the parts quality.
Our last featured vehicle had a pretty wicked lift kit on it – the Stage 2 ProComp 6″ Lift with MX6 shocks and coilovers. We haven’t had a chance to witness an install yet, so we haven’t bothered to review one. However, we have found a really nice break down of the process on ToyotaTruckWorld.com.
The big news – the install requires a lot of experience. You’re going to need to cut one of the factory differential supports to get it to go, not to mention a lot of care and effort needs to be taken to get everything together. We’ve said this before about lift kits, but this time we really mean it – it’s probably best to let a professional install the ProComp 6″ kit on your Tundra.