Toyota Tundra Leveling Kit and Front End Lift Information
Jason Lancaster | May 09, 2007 | Comments 315
One of the nicest and least expensive upgrades you can make to your Toyota Tundra is to add a leveling kit (also known as a front-end lift kit). Leveling kits are usually steel or aluminum spacers that are added to the top of the front suspension’s coil assembly. These spacers raise the front end of the truck to make it level with the rear without dramatically changing the vehicle’s suspension, ride, or handling. When installed correctly, a leveling kit will improve the look of your truck without altering the operation and “feel” of your truck.
Leveling kits compensate for the fact that the rear-end of most trucks is about 2″ higher than than front end. This is intentional – the rear end is higher because it’s designed to compensate for natural suspension sag when the vehicle is fully loaded. Since most of us drive our trucks when they aren’t loaded up to max payload, we don’t usually enjoy the benefit to having the rear-end raised up higher than the front.
While adding spacers to the front suspension levels out the truck while empty, one of the main benefits is the additional tire clearance we gain. Leveling kits range from 1.5″ to 3,” which means that – on Tundras at least – we can upgrade our tire size to a 33″ overall diameter, about an inch bigger than stock overall tire diameter on a 2007+ Tundra. Best of all, because a leveling kit is nothing more than spacers, neither the ride of the stock Tundra nor the handling are significantly effected.
The only downside to adding a leveling kit – aside from the cost – is a slightly higher step-in height. There’s also the possibility of premature tire wear, but that’s only if the kit is installed poorly or incorrectly. Contrary to what some dealers will tell you, adding a leveling kit won’t affect your factory warranty as long as it is properly installed. This, combined with some more reasons given below, is a good reason to have your kit installed by a mechanic.
Leveling Kit Options
A typical leveling-kit will include strut spacers, drop differential spacers, and some new hardware. Generally speaking, a good quality kit with a lifetime warranty will cost anywhere from $250 to $350. As far as materials go, we like leveling kits with metallic components over kits made from polyurethane. Poly kits usually require re-tightening within a few thousand miles, and there are more than a few examples of polyurethane kits failing (check out the photos below).
At first blush, urethane/polyurethane spacers seem like a reasonable low-cost alternative to machined aluminum or powder-coated steel. However, significant wear and tear can cause major distortion problems, necessitating kit replacement (and likely front tire replacement as well).
When shopping for a leveling kit, we suggest you read through the installation instructions before you buy so you understand exactly how the kit works and what steps are needed to install it. We’ve found that the least expensive kits usually require the most labor, so be sure to weigh the minor cost sayings up-front against the extra time under your truck.
Finally, here’s a list of leveling kits and front-end lift kits that we’ve reviewed:
- ToyTec 3″ lift kit review – *Recommended
- Truxxx 3″ lift kit review
- Low-Range Off-Road 3″ lift kit review – *Recommended
- RIZE Industries 2.4″ leveling kit
- Bilstein 5100 leveling kit
Leveling / Lift Kit Installation
When considering installation, most leveling kit instructions suggest that home installation takes 2 to 4 hours with simple hand tools. However, that’s simply no true for most people. While almost everyone who is “handy” has the basic tools needed for installation, many popular kits require a strut compressor and a pair of hydraulic jacks to complete install. Since most home mechanics we know don’t have a strut compressor (or more than one hydraulic jack), it’s important to consider professional install.
After all, even if you have all of the necessary tools and can put the parts on at home, you’ll still need to take your truck to the shop to get a new front-end alignment ASAP. There are also some challenges associated with making the new parts “fit,” and it’s recommended that you grab a buddy to help out during installation.
In other words, considering the need to renting some extra tools, the time and trouble involved, the fact that this job is much easier with 2 people, and that you’ll need a mechanic to align the front-end anyways, we would suggest having your leveling kit installed by a professional mechanic. We’ve found that most shops will charge $150-$300 in labor (2-4 hours) to complete install.
Choosing An Installer
If you decide to have a mechanic install your leveling kit, here are some tips:
- Make sure that the shop has a modern alignment rack
- Make sure that the shop has some sort of labor guarantee on both the alignment and the kit installation.
- If you’re adding a larger set of wheels and tires to your truck, you might want to have your mechanic check the bump stops for tire rub after the leveling kit is installed.
- Finally, make sure you keep the stock parts in case there’s a problem with the kit.
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Some “Lift kits” also level the Tundra by lifting the front more than the rear. Our 3″ kit lifts the front 3″ and the rear only 1″ to level. There are also front only kits that lift 2″ front only for leveling.
PHX Customs has the Truxxx Level Kits available for the all new Toyota Tundra. Just like the article said, they are easy to install and make a world of difference on the final look of the vehocle.
Help, my 2007 Tundra is getting a lift today @ a local shop in Azusa Ca. (4 Wheel Parts) and they just called and said the front leveling lift was done but the truck sencors lit up like a x-mas tree and they are trying to figure it out… has any one the answer???
they said they know about the traction controll and the tire presure sensors.?
Read your user manual, i have the sample problem with my tundra sr5 06 its because of the tire pressure you just take it up to the dealership and they should fix it i guess.. i didn’t get a lift i just put 20″ rims on it and the light will never go off its pretty annoying the sensors are on the tire caps i believe
be more specific which lights?
I had a 2 1/2″ Revtek leveling kit put on my 2003 Tundra. I had a CV boot throw grease and Toyota warrantied it the first time. But the second time it leaked grease, they said tough luck. It’s not made by Toyota, so we won’t warranty it. That was from the district representative.
The leaking CV boot — was it the same side both times?
The leaking CV boot is common on the old style Tundra, most qualified shops are aware of this and a simple fix is to replace the clamps on the CV boots, the boots will leak whether you lift the truck or not.
If you install a levelling kit or lift kit, you need to drop the front diff and replace the clamps.
Only two weakness’ we’ve ever found are the rear leaf springs and the front CV’s on any Tundra…great truck, we abused the heck out of our 2004 Double Cab and just replaced it with a couple of new 07’s…
I have installed many lifts, and I have come up with what I think is the best on the market for the new 2007-2008 Tundra. Many kits on the market do not include all the components you need for a complete install. I think that there is a lot of junk out there on the market that can eventually decrease the re-sale value of vehicles, such as the handling and wear of different suspension and drivetrain components. I think that research is always the best means to finding the greatest quality.
Chris — your kit sounds a lot like the Truxxx kit we’re about to test, except you use aluminum.
Why not send us one of your kits and we’ll test and review it?
Can you email me? I am willing to work something out.
Chris, I have a customer that wants a 8″ or 10″ lift on a 2008 Tundra TRD. I would like to get a COMPLETE kit so I don’t have to run around looking for parts to finish the job.
What kits do you use?
I live in northern Virginia and the 2 local shops want to change me close to retail.
I have purchased a 2008 Toyota Tundra I put a 3 inch leveling kit on the front because it had34 inch tires on it. The VSC or YAW sensors come on and it activate the ABS brakes I’ve had it re calibrate it three times and it still coming on when cornering do you have any suggestions on what the problem is or solution
Can you recommendan installer in the West Covina / Fontana, CA. area?
i had a daystar levelling kit installed on my 2wd 07 tundra and it raised my front end up 3 inches but the front sit’s 1 inch higher then the back now and they said they don’t sell a kit to raise the rear. I thoght it was called a levelling kit, key word’s levelling kit.Can i get a kit to raise the rear?,and is daystar a good brand? please help
Wayne — Your Daystar leveling kit should raise the front of your truck about 2″. All I can figure is that the kit was installed incorrectly — have you measured from the wheel center to the wheel well on each side of the truck? The driver’s and passenger side should each be identical in distance between wheel center and wheel well, and the front should be within a 1/2 inch of the back. If you notice any differences larger than that, take it back to whoever installed your kit and ask them to fix it.
As for Daystar’s quality, we’ve seen some photos of Polyurethane spacers (like those used by Daysar) collapsing from heavy use. However, that’s probably not very common. Provided you don’t do too much with it, the Daystar kit is probably good enough.
Had 3 trucks, 88 GMC K1500, 98 Ford F250 LD & current Chevrolet K2500HD. All 4WD with IFS. All had blocks between rear axle & leaf springs during first week. None required parts to be leveled. None required alignment or warranty considerations.
Why spend hundreds to get level truck?
K2500 has towed many miles with over 3200 # of trailer on goose neck hitch and did not miss 3″ blocks I discarded.
I do not care to climb higher into cab, to lift higher into bed just to follow current fashions in trucks. And don’t try to follow me around corners, you might tip over!
chris – which kit are you speaking of?
Make sure that if you have a leveling kit installed that it is done by a qualified mechanic. I just went through a nightmare situation when a local off road shop installed a 2′ in. spacer leveling kit on my 2007 Tundra. When they finished, I got back in the truck and when I started it, the ABS, TRAC, 4WD, and VSC lights were all illuminated. Also the truck would not shift into 4WD. Also when I would drive over rough surfaces, there was a knocking noise coming out from under the front end. I immediately went back in to the shop and informed the guys what was going on and they looked under the truck and couldn’t find anything amis. So I told them I was going to the dealer to have it checked out. As it turned out, they stretched and shorted the wire that goes between the wheel speed sensor and the “brain” that controls the ABS, Trac control, Auto LSD, 4WD, and all that stuff. Also they severely damaged both tie rod ends. It all came up to $950.00 to get it all fixed, and I had to leave it with them for three days. The Off road shop begrudgingly paid for it, but they do a fair amount of business with that dealership, so if it wasn’t for that, they might not have paid for it. Just be careful!
Matt – Wow. Awful story. Hard to believe someone managed to damage your tie rods installing a simple leveling kit, not to mention destroying the wheel speed sensor. What I really want to know is, how do they deliver that truck to you with a straight face? The technician is supposed to drive the vehicle after the work is performed – he should have noticed and come clean right away. I would recommend you never visit that shop again, and it might be good to call your local better business bureau too. That’s a humongous screw-up at best, and criminal negligence at worst. Imagine if you’d needed your ABS when you were driving home…it could have been much worse. Scary.
Matt: I have a 2007 Tundra. I had a two inch leveling kit installed, had the exact same problem with the wire shorting out and the knocking noise. I am from Saratoga Springs NY – are you from this area?
What would you recommend as the best brand lift kits?
coil overs. donahoe racing, sway away, camburg. More expensive, but much better option. still follow matts advice though no matter which way you do it.
I put 24″ wheels on my Tundra and I don’t have a problem with the wheels or the sensors. You maybe should take it back to the place that put the wheels on.
Check out the Review!
Available through Low Range Off-Road
I have an 07 tundra crewmax and used the Toytec 3″ front and 1″ rear. I highly recommend this lift for the Tundra. The spacers are made out of solid aluminum, and all hardware is included. The diff drop is also included in the kit. The spacers do use spring compression to lift the truck, however the ride quality is still excellent and even an improvement over the stock ride. The rear is lifted with blocks.
I have an 08 CM. and also installed a 3″ TOYTEC lift with a 1.5″ rear block and could not be happier with it. The kit came with everything I needed and took me about 4 hours to put on.I have had no problems and am impressed with the trucks handling on corners.
Just wondering if you can crank up the front 3.5 inches in the front with that kit and use the 1.5 inches for the back. thanks
I have an 08 Tundra TRD DC and I put a rough country 3″ leveling kit in the front and also the Rancho quick lift loaded Strut assy which gives another 1.25″ lift in front. I also got a 1″ diff drop and 2″ rear block lift. Everything works great no problems and CV angles are good as well as stock ball joint angles. (But i am pushing the limits)
I have been offered the Rev Tech kit for my 2007 Tundra from a dealership in BC Canada. The deal is telling me the kit is $650 and the total cost is just over $1000 including install and alignment. When I ask them why the cost of the kit is so much more than anything talked about on here they tell me its that much better quality. Im not sure I buy this……
Has anyone else hafd any experience with this kit and how much is it installed usually??
Bob – The Rev Tech kit is nice enough, but $650 is too high. The reason for the higher price is that the dealership is marking it up. Figure the kit itself is $300-$350, and installation is another $300-$500.
I had the Ready Lift leveling kit installed a few months back. I have gone through 3 CV axels in less than 10k miles. Today I had the kit removed since the mech figured that the Ready LIft kit was the cause. The rubber on the CV axel boots would rub and “chirp” when I drove around corners. The repair shop (did not do the install) had my truck about 10 times before they were able to address and fix this problem.
I noticed that Toytec recommends the diff drop kit for all 4X4 models (which I have). I could have seaved myself $900 if I would have known about this or if Ready Lift would have included this kit. I am going after Ready Lift to pay for all the work that has been done to my truck relating to this issue since the kit has been installed. Their product is great, but they need to at least tell customers that they will need the diff. drop kit for the 2006 tundras.
DON”T BUY TEH READY LIFT W?O A DIFF DROP KIT, you will blow through CV AXELS
Nick – Good tip – thank you.
The best leveling kit on the market in my opinion is from Top Gun Customz. It is listed as a 2.25″ kit but it really lifts the front about 2.6″ with no need for a diff spacer. It is very easy to install and is under 100 bucks delivered. Check out their website http://www.topguncustomz.com
Hug: How is the kit? Anyone else installed the Top Gun Custom kit?
Yea it is not east took 3 hours on the right side
And 1 hour on the left side. The spacers are hard
To put in. To be honest non of these kits should say that they
Are easy. You need to tear everything attached to your
Tire to get it installed. Definitely not for your weekend
Worrier mechanic. Happy with the results not with the
Instructions. Just tear into it and remove the spring
And slide in the spacer. Not any easy about it.
Also has anyone had any issues with people
Mistaken you for having your high beams on
I get it a lot, after installing this kit. 2.5 front
No back block.
I have had the same problem with people thinking my high beams were on after I installed the 3″ front spacers.
maybe consider adjusting your headlights…. takes literally 3 minutes 🙂 helps you at night too! that way your highs are aimed at the moon.
Has anyone had any experience with installing a tuff country leveling kit…price for installation and does it hold up over time. I read in the instructions that it needs to be tighted after a 100 miles and then again after 3000 miles. I plan on having a shop install and warranty the work and alingment. I have a 2wd 07 tundra, and would like to get bfg all terrain ta ko. Does anyone have any advice?
Also, does anyone know how long I can expect the tire to last(miles), I maintain a good service on the balance, rotation and alingment of the factory tires that came with it and have just about gotten 70k.
Greatly appreciate any good advice!
Selnpro – I can’t speak to the Tuff Country kit specifically, but if it needs to be tightened twice, make sure it’s not a polyurethane spacer kit. Polyurethane doesn’t last near as long as metal, and we don’t recommend any kit that uses it as the primary spacer material. As for the tires, check out the reviews on Tire Rack. Some people have gotten more than 70k miles out of the tires. Click this link:
then put in your tire size. You can read reviews for the BFGs along with a few others.
Has anyone got a name for a lifting system that you can control the hight for the back and front of the tundra crewmax? example, making the front 4inche lower than back.
I found one called RANCHO RS9000XL pro series ($700) which you can control with a wireless remote, but they don’t fit the tundra 🙁
HINT: says you can adjust height… but doesnt. The remote only adjusts the valving of the shock. Makes it stiffer or softer for hauling loads or getting groceries. I have the front coilover assy’s Ride’s awesome but doesnt adjust height
I got a 2008 Tundra Crewmax TRD 2WD. I’m looking for the best front end leveling kit to install, as far as longevity and ease of installation. I was looking at the Fat Bob’s Garage 2″ aluminum spacers. I am also wondering what is the biggest tire size that will fit without rubbing. Any suggestions?
I had 305/55r20’s on a 2.25″ level in front and had tiiiiiny rub when full lock backing up but nothing seriouse.. going forward there was nothing.
Lucas – Check out our reviews of the ToyTec and Low Range Off Road lift kits – both companies offer similar leveling kits, and we would recommend either. As for upgrading tires, you can go +1 – about 33″ outside diameter.
I recently purchased a 2008 Tundra Crew Max (Tundra grade w/5.7L engine/tow package/4×4) and am considering installing, or getting installed, either a lift kit or leveling kit. I will keep the 18-inch Alloy wheels (P275/65R18 tires) that are about 31-inches diameter. I’m a hunter and typically drive on vehicle trails during hunting season, and I’ve noticed the front end of my Tundra is a wee bit lower than the front end of my 2001 Toyota Sequoia. I love the low-range off-road lift kit, but I’m leaning toward the Rize leveling kit (see http://www.autoanything.com/su.....54976.aspx) which claims a 2.4-inch billet strut extension and includes the Billet differential and skid plate spacers. I will occasionally haul my Honda ATV in the truck bed and plan on getting an RV trailer in the future (~2-3 years). I’d really appreciate your opinion(s) on Rize products and if I should have other considerations. Thanks.
Jon – I don’t know anything about the Rize kit, but I’m sure it’s fine. AutoAnything doesn’t usually sell bad stuff.
i would like to see tundra headquarters to a review of the 4 inch pure performance lift?
Mike – Thanks. We’ll add it to the list.
I have an 08 Tundra TRD DC and I put a rough country 3″ leveling kit in the front and also the Rancho quick lift loaded Strut assy which gives another 1.25″ lift in front. I also got a 1″ diff drop and 2″ rear block lift. Everything works great no problems and CV angles are good as well as stock ball joint angles. (But i am pushing the limits)
My front measurement to wheel well is 41″ from 36.25″ stock, rear is 42″ from 40″ stock.
I am thinking of using a Pro-Comp leveling kit for my 2006 Tundra, any good or bad info on this leveling kit?
Robert – No good or bad info to report. Generally speaking, Pro-Comp kits are top shelf.
I am inquiring if anyone knows if you install a leveling kit in a 2010 Tundra, will it affect the warrantee by Toyota? Also what leveling kit would be the best choice to simply level the front bumper with the rear? thanks for any advice! p.s. Reg cab, short box
Jeff- No warranty effect. The first three paragraphs explain that in pretty good detail…did we miss something? As for your second question, ToyTec and Low Range off-road are our two favorite lift/leveling kit manufacturers.
wrong it does effect warranty
You must work for a dealership. Learn the law: https://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/after-market-accessories-new-warranty/
Hey I have a 2007 “TUNs of fUNDRA”, and was shopping for a front level kit, there are so many different kits out there 2″, 2 1/4″, 2 1/2″, 3″…what size do I need for my factory 2wd to make it equal with the rear without any special mods like cvs or diff drops?
Tony – The short answer is that a 2″ front leveling kit will get you mostly level (your truck will still have very slight forward rake). If you only go 2″, you’ll be fine without a diff. drop kit. The change in angle on the CV joints is minimal with only 2″ of lift.
I had a professional install a 3″ readylift on my 4wd 2005 tundra double cab. With the vehicle on the lift, I noticed that the upper ball joint was touching the coil spring. When the suspension is very moderately unloaded, like taking a speed bump, or hitting a good pothole, there is a banging sound that I would suspect is the ball joint hitting the spring. Has anybody experienced this, was it an improper install, or is there a fix for this?
You guys are all nuts. Of course the upper control arm is going to contact the spring, you just made the strut 3″ longer without moving any other suspension component on the front end. Everytime you hear a bang, thats the control arm, and its ball joint limiting the uptravel of the suspension, instead of the strut or bump stop. That spells a short life for your UCA and its balljoint.
Has anyone blown through a power steering rack yet? Because a lot of you will. CVs will leak because they are not made to operate at there maximum angles like the kits create. The normal Static angle, or rested ride height, is the ONLY way the cvs and tie rods should operate. It only takes a few degrees of angle to greatly increase the wear of these components.
The Tunda is a beautiful truck, and its ground clearance is GOOD ENOUGH to get most jobs done. I urge most of you to reconsider purchasing a “leveling” kit. Even with a diff drop, it still does not correct a bunch of problems that it creates.
This is why dealers, buyers, and service shops mainly shy away from dealing with vehicles with modified suspensions.
Take it from someone thats done a few leveling kits and a lift kit, its just not worth the few extra inches. Squeeze the largest tire you can clear to get an extra inch of ground clearance and call it a day. Don’t spend $1000 on large tires, and then figure, “might as well get a leveling kit for $75 so the tires fit” When you make that decision you take a decision thats decent: getting larger tires, and turn it into a huge mistake: throw off all my geometry in case they rub.
Find other ways to clear them, or go down a tire size.
Best of luck to everyone!
Robert – Solid advice – at the end of the day, you are 100% technically correct. Any accessory that significantly changes the factory configuration runs the risk of increased wear and tear. Still, some spacer kits are better than others in terms of CV wear so I don’t think it’s fair to lump them all together. There’s also the fact that some truck owners are different than others when it comes to wear and tear. I think that a basic spacer leveling kit is just fine if the truck’s owner isn’t a hard core off-roader, and I’ve seen many of these trucks function for 100k miles+ without any CV wear or steering rack issues. The factory configuration is, by definition, “right,” but that doesn’t mean it’s the only reasonable way to adjust a suspension. If you’re good to your truck and you’re not looking for a “real” off-road setup, a modest leveling kit is a reasonable accessory. Lots of people have them with no problems.
Thanks. I have nothing againts lifting a pickup truck, I (to an extent) that 2″-4″ can really be beneficial for a truck, along with larger tires.
But, I guess from a long term standpoint I can’t justify taking the risk. Perhaps I’d feel differently if I had lots of money to burn. I like to run my trucks into the ground ( i take great care of my pickups) but, I like to keep them as long as they can possibly last before they become a money pit. I’d hate for my truck to become a money pit even a few years earlier, do to somthing like a leveling kit.
But all in all, I guess a leveling kit can be useful for alot of things.
Robert – You bet – I completely understand your points and they’re well taken.
HellO, I have an 07 Tundra limited, i put 3 inch coil spacers in the front and 1inch and a half blocks in the rear. Now it stands mean, but i am wondering how big of a tire i can fit on without rubbing. My Stocks are 275 65 20, Please help!
Stephen – Are you sure your stock rims are 20″? If they’re 18″ (more likely), the biggest tire you’ll fit without any rub is probably 33″ in height…and there WILL be rub at 33″ – just not much of it. Assuming you have an 18″ rim, a 285/65 R18 (32.6″) would be just a touch bigger (32.6″ instead of 32.1″) and likely wouldn’t rub at all. A Tundra owner we know is running 305/65’s, but cutting was involved.
I have an 07 tundra and I just purchased bf goodrich all terrain at’s Lt325/65 R18 with the limited chrome 18″ rims. What is the best option to go with to fit these on my truck without throwing off everything mechanical on the truck? I’m not worried about cost, I want it done right though. I don’t want to get rid of the tires, cause they are brand new and I got a steal for them at only $700. Any advice would be great! Thanks
Patrick – Those are almost 35″ tires. If you want to make sure they fit with no issues, I’d suggest a Pro-Comp Stage II 6″ lift kit. You’ll get plenty of ground clearance, upgraded suspension, and your truck will look awesome. The cost of the kit is $2500 + install. If that doesn’t work, a 3″ lift kit from ToyTec (or similar) will probably get them to fit, but you’ll need to do some cutting on the fenders, skid plate, and you’ll have trouble with tire rub at full stop.
I own a 2007 Double Cab long box Tundra and I have been very interested in having a leveling kit installed by Big O Tires. I was told by my Toyota Dealer in Kamloops, B.C. Canada that Toyota Canada may not honor my warranty can they do this is it legal
Tom – This is a lie perpetuated by Toyota dealership employees who enjoy telling you what you can and can’t do. Here’s the short version: There is federal legislation in place that makes it illegal for Toyota to void your warranty because you added an accessory. The ONLY possible repercussion would be that your accessory could cause an associated part to fail. In that instance, the associated part would not be covered.
Put another way – it only hurts your warranty on related parts. If you install a lift kit incorrectly and it slowly but surely causes your ball joints to wear out, that’s not going to be covered. However, your lift kit wouldn’t hurt your engine, your radio, your air conditioner, etc., so all of those parts still have their full warranty. Make sense?
I have an 08 Tundra SR5 CrewMax, with the 18″ wheels. What is the largest tire size I can install on the stock truck. Also, assume I stick with the 18″ wheel, what width wheel would I need for the new tire. Thanks.
Gary – 31″ is max on a stock truck. 33″ with a front-end lift. 35″ is possible with a 3″ lift, but more likely with a 6″. Some people are putting 37’s on 6″ lifted trucks. As for wheel width, this is a question that’s going to depend very much on your wheel style. You can check out the TireRack for some tire and wheel combos that are guaranteed to fit your stock truck. You can even see what they’ll look like on your vehicle. http://www.tundraheadquarters.com/tirerack.php
I have 08 Tundra crewmax. i bought the readylift 2.5 leaving kit for the front-end. My buddy works at the parts store told me i coulf fit 305/60/18 after the kit. Im thinking that might be to much tire. Is he right or am I. please Help
Justin – That size sounds very plausible to me.
I spend a fair amount of time on logging roads in Maine. One of the things that I don’t care for is the splash back from mud puddles or standing water in the road. Several times it has created a situation where I could not see through the front windshield.
Will lifting the front end of the truck help reduce this?
Matt – That sounds like good fun, but I don’t have to do it everyday! 🙂 Where is the splash coming from? If it’s your own wheels, I don’t know that an extra 2 or 3″ of lift will help. My guess is that fender flares would make a bigger difference.
It comes up over the hood and onto the windsheild from the front tires. My truck is an 08 dbl cab 4X4. I’ll have to consider the flares I guess although the splash seems to come up over the headlite area. This last week it was so bad i had to stop and clean the headlites several times because I couldn’t see. I was thinking that the downward angle of the truck contributes to that.
I’m going to lift it anyway but was hoping someone might have had similiar experiences. Maybe it is something i should talk to Toyota about?
Matt – Now I understand. I could see a lift helping that for sure. A bull-bar might help as well. Anyone else?
I have an 06 Tundra 4×4. I put a Daystar 2″ leveling kit on it right when I bought it new and it has been great (30,000 miles). I am looking at suspension lift kits to raise my truck to accomodate 33″ tires. Couple of questions: Will I need to put the factory spacers back in when I put the new lift on it? Also, I am looking at the Tuff Country 4.5 inch lift and it appears to be a solid kit. Do you have any guidance on this? Thanks.
Craig – You don’t need to undo the install of your Daystar kit – whatever kit you buy will simply replace the Daystar spacers. As for kits, we like the products from ToyTec and Low Range Off-Road – either one of their 3″ lift/leveling kits will accommodate 33″ tires. In fact, your existing setup might accommodate 33’s. I’ve never heard anything bad about Tuff Country either, so I’m sure you’ll be happy with them.
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Hey guy’s, I’ve got a 2010 rock warrior and looking at a leveling kit. Which would u recommand??
Jason, thanks for the info. I did some checking on the Toytec Ultimate lift and it looks like a great product. The coilovers are adjustable for up to 3.5″ on the front and 1.5″ block in the back and includes the diff drop. What size tires should I be able to run with this setup?
Craig – 33’s should fit with ease. If you’re up for doing some cutting, you might be able to get some 35’s under it (but I’d just go with 33’s).
Should I be concerned about the cv joints wearing with the Toytec Ultimate lift? I would most likely adjust it to 3.5″ since I already have 2.5″. I have narrowed it down to this kit or the Tuff Country 4.5″. Does anyone have experience/recommendations on these two? Thanks.
Craig – There’s a lot of argument over that question. The owner of ToyTec and I have spoken at length about the issue, and his stance is that any kit can increase CV wear unless the differential is also dropped. ToyTec goes to great lengths to keep the CV joint angles as close to factory as possible. Other kits we’ve tested (the Truxxx kit, for example) didn’t do as good of a job.
The 4.5″ kit you mention is for an 00-06 Tundra – didn’t realize we were talking 1st gen! That kit includes new frame rails to drop the diff, so it shouldn’t be an issue. However, the cost and labor difference between the two kits is pretty substantial. Am I missing something?
The Toytec Ultimate lift should be far easier to install but I would like to have a sense of how much additional cv wear (if any) to expect vs the 2.5 leveling kit I already have on my truck, which does not have a diff drop. If all things were equal – primarily the labor involved – the 4.5″ would be ideal but I don’t want to get into cutting, etc.
Craig – According to ToyTec, there is no additional wear on CVs as a result of their kit because of the diff. drop. Having looked at the angles first-hand, I would agree. I would also say the same of the Low Range Off-Road kit, and I’m sure it’s true on a lot of kits. The diff. drop is the key.
I just bought a 2wd 07 tundra crew cab with the trd package. Iam looking to level the front end with the back. I also plan to put 20″ rims on it with a lower profile tire than comes on it stock with the18″ rim. It looks like lots of you recomend the ToyTech leving kit. What size tire can someone recomend to get that look i am going for and if i do go with the 2″ ToyTech kit will that affect the cv joints in any way? I am trying to get a clean look and will not be doing any off-roading so will this setup work for me?
Jake640 – Read the comments above – the answers to your questions are there.
How long do those urethane spacers last with normal wear?
Alternators – It depends on wear – most of them will last forever, but heavy-duty users can crush one in a weekend.
I HAVE AN 2001 TUNDRA V8, W/ A FABTACH ADJ 2.5″ LEVELLING KIT ON IT. SUGGESTED TIRES WERE 28575/16, BUT THEY RUB FR FENDERS, AND MY CHAINS RUB. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF I CAN ADD A SPACER KIT TO THIS EXISTING LEVELING KIT TO GAIN ANOTHER1-2′ W/ OUT COMPRIMISING MY ALIGHNMENT? OR WHO CAN MODIFY ME A KIT IN SO/CALIF. ( IS IT POSSIBLE)
THANX TO ALL……..
I am looking at leveling and new tires for my ’10 CM and am concerned about tire rub like most people. Everybody talks about max diameter that will fit w/o rub but nobody mentions the tread width. I would assume that width is as important as diameter when it comes to rub. I want the tires to be flush w/ the outside of the flares but don’t want to cut away anything. Any wisdom out there about max traed width?
I also found some wheels for a great price but they have a +12mm offset. I know most wheels for 07+ tundras are +35-+30. Is that going to create problem for tire wear or suspension components?
I have an 08 2wd Tundra DC. I was looking at a ReadyLift 2.4″ front end levelling kit. Are there any outstanding concerns or defects with this kit which might harm my truck in the long term? (It would be installed at a professional shop) Thanks for any help in advance. I really enjoy this site also…
Jon – I’m not sure, but my guess would be that you’ll have to install a new kit (I can’t think of any add-ons for any kit).
Weaver – Width absolutely matters, but usually the tallest tire is the widest tire available. I don’t know the factory offset numbers, but anything bigger than factory is going to come out past the fenders. As always, your local tire dealer is the best place to go…not because they have the answers, but because if they order the wrong size they can send them back.
Andrew – No issues specific to Ready Lift that I’m aware of. The main issues with leveling kits are install related, so if you’re having a pro do the work you’ve got no problems.
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jason, what handling effects will the lift kit have on my 10 Tundra will pull a very heavy load?
jim – I doubt you would notice a difference if you’re pulling – the weight shifts a little, but it’s almost imperceptible. You *would* notice a difference if you add a snow plow or a heavy front-end winch and bumper combo – reducing front spring travel and adding front-end weight = a rougher ride.
I’ve got an 04 Tundra double cab 4×4 TRD. From what I’ve read above, if I do a 3 inch lift, I should be able to accommodate 33 inch tires, correct? Any other mods recommended besides the diff drop? I’ve seen some guys lifting the rear an inch or two, is this recommended?
I’m looking to buy 3 and 1 kit from ready lift for my 2007 tundra but according to them if you have a TRD model there is a chance that your front will be higher then the back because of the “rake” and they suggest to go with a 2.4 and 1 instead but you can only fit up to 33″ tires with this kit, I rather get the 3 and 1 kit that can fit 35″ and put 33″ so that would definitely prevent having any Tire rub. Is there anyone out there that has a 3 and 1 on a TRD model and everything turned out fine or has anyone heared about this TRD model dilemma????
jason, any dealings with putting a supercharger in a flex fuel 5.7. Toyota says that will not work in a flex fuel enging. I am intrested in what commponets make the 5.7 a flex fuel and what would need to be changed to make it compatible with the supercharger from TRD?
any information on Toyota plans to introduce a diesel power tundra
dannyboy – I’m not as sure on the old body style, but I’m going to say yes.
MARC – 35’s sound big for a 3″ lift. Are you planning on doing any cutting, or did they tell you what size tires you need? Beware lift manufacturers who promise 35’s will fit without giving you more info.
Jim – Try using the search feature bro! Here’s an answer to each question: I commented about flex fuel on this post on April 9th, 2009 and then many times afterwards – https://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/2008/06/06/trd-57-tundra-supercharger-specs-504-hp-and-550-lb-ft-torque/ – The diesel info is here – https://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/diesel-toyota-tundra/
Has anyone installed the 3.5″ Toytec Ultimate lift kit on a 1st generation Tundra? I would like to see some pictures. Thanks.
I have a 2006 Toyota Tundra double cab 2wd and i just got a 3 inch readylift kit installed. I currently have 265x70x17. I was wondering what is the biggest tire my truck would fit without scrubbing the wheel wells?
Ryan – See the previous comments. The bottom line is that your local tire dealer is your best resource.
Can you please tell me how much I can expect to be charged for installation on a LRO 3/1 leveling kit on my 10 DC 4×4? Also can you recommend a shop in Denver,CO?
Jim – $200-$350 should cover install and a front-end alignment. As for shops, I like the guys up at Mountain States Toyota.
Jason, thank you very much for the information. I really appreciate it.
Jason, sorry to bother you again. I stopped into Mountain States and was told that labor would be $600-750.00 including the alignment. Any other places you recommend? Also is it better to have my new tires and rims put on when the kit is installed or wait a period of time for it to settle? Thanks for the input.
i’ve been debating this. I was thinking of 2″ in the front and 0 in the back but after reading all the debates about pre-mature wear and tear i’m not sure anymore. As you know, i kept my z-71 for 15 years and i have every intention to do the same with the 2010 dc 4×4. Does anyone really know the actual potential of issues popping up?
Jim – I just got off the phone with Jeff at MST and here’s what he said – 4 hours of labor to install a 3″ lift kit (3 hours for the front, 1 hour for the back), plus an alignment. The total cost is about $600…not sure why you were told $750. Jeff is the manager, so he would be the guy to ask if you decide to go back there.
If you’re looking for other installers, there are some 4×4 shops around town that can definitely do the work and are probably charging a lower labor rate. I don’t have any first-hand experience with these independents, so I would suggest checking out ratings on Yelp.com.
Danny – I’ve had this discussion with a lot of people over the years, and the only consistent answer I can come up with is that a small lift (2-3″) probably doesn’t harm the vehicle so long as a diff-drop kit is also installed. If there is any long-term issue, it’s premature wear on the CV joint…and I’m thinking that “premature” is a very subjective term in this case.
No one can give me a definitive answer as to how long a CV joint should last, so how can anyone know if they wear early? I say go for it.
I have an 05 tundra and i just had a 2.5 front 1.5 rear leveling kit put on but the front is still about an inch to low. is there a spacer or something that i can use to make it lok better
Brent – Nothing easy – you’ll have to pull the spacers you put in and replace them with something bigger. Who made your kit? They should be held accountable for selling you something that didn’t level your truck…2.5″ in the front is too low if you’re going to use 1.5″ blocks in the back.
It’s a tuff country put on by les schwab. They told me it’s the one they use all the time and now that it’s on there is nothing they can do. so i guess i’m just stuck with it for now.
Brent – Pulling the rear blocks would put you closer to level, and it’s not that much work. Of course, you might end up with the front being higher than the rear…so maybe the best move is to do nothing.
I just ordered a set of nitto grappler mud tire 33×12.5×20 will i hav problems fitting them on my truck? I hav a 2007 tundra dub cab 2wd , i kno i need to lift my truck so i can fit tires but how much 3″ front 1″ rear , or can i go 2.5″front an 1.5″ rear HELP ???
Also to all the tundra owners who have lifted your truck what brand has the best leveling kit an have u had any problems since your truck hav been lifted any sugestions thanks ?
Jaden – The answers you seek are in the comments above your own.
Just installed lift kit an mud tires truck looks great but one problem , when i go over a speed bump or any bump i here squeaking . It sounds like it is coming from the front could it be the front leveling spacers , do i need to retiten the nuts is it normal?
Jaden C – I don’t think you need a re-tightening, but it’s a good idea to check if you’re not sure. Also, depending on the kit you’ve installed, you may have to re-tighten at 15k miles.
As far as the squeak, it could be tire rub.
I ‘ve been looking into the spacer type leveling kits and came across the Bilstein 5100 adjustable shocks. They claim it is a much better solution than spacers. The 5100’s provide up to 2.45″ lift. I am currently running 295/55/20 R BFG’s on JTI rims, compliments Southeast Toyota Distributing XSP package. I am hoping with lift I can upsize to 305/55/20 Nitto Terra Grapplers.
Any insight on the Bilstien 5100 option?
I Have and 08 Tundra SR5 TRD that I put a 7.5 ft. H.D. Fisher Plow on. The Tundra sat low in the front to begin with,but now even worst. What leveling kit do you recomend. I want to do it right the first time. Thanks!
Reid B. – A new set of coils is definitely better than a spacer – I should add that to the article above. The only reason that most people chose spacer lifts is that, dollar-for-dollar, they’re a pretty good deal. Coils give you more lift and more travel, but most stock trucks don’t need them unless they head off-road.
Alan – You need a new set of springs up front I think…at least if the plow is on all the time. Otherwise, any lift kit you add will sag a little when the plow is hooked up. The downside to new springs – aside from cost – is that they will make the ride a lot rougher when the plow isn’t hooked up.
I had 4Wheel parts in Redondo Beach install a leveling kit on my 2006 Tundra. The result is horrible! Toyota promptly voided my warranty on the front end and told me the upper CV boots were shredded and throwing oil. My coil springs are loudly rubbing against a ball joint any time I even go over a small speed bump and the front end will bounce if I get go through a dip. It basically eliminated any offroad capability. My wife’s Passat goes over speed bumps better than my truck. Be careful what ever you do and DO NOT GO TO 4Wheel Parts. THEY SUCK!!!! The bad leveling kit is only the tip of the iceberg with my experience with them. They did not want to honor the quoted price that I had in writing and they dented my fender.
Casey – It sounds like the company did your install screwed up pretty badly. If a lift kit is installed properly – even a big stage II 6″ ProComp lift – it shouldn’t cause any problems with your vehicle or warranty.
2011 Tundra Double Long Bed 4×4
VSC sure is sensitive in my truck. I live on Central Coast Ca with lots of twisty roads. Seems those things are way too sensitive. Guess I need to slow down. That said, like all the others I want to level my truck. Getting the feeling the 2.5 and 0 may be the way to go. Has anyone had the VSC get MORE sensitive with a lift? Also, since I have a LONG truck, will a rear stabilizer/sway bar help with calming the VCS by stiffening the rear sway?
Matt – Usually, VSC engages due to a lack of traction…but it sounds like the twisting turns in your area might be the issue.
The VSC roll/yaw sensor has to detect some significant g’s to kick in, and in this instance a sway bar will reduce body roll…and that may help things.
However, my guess is that the VSC is calibrated too aggressively for your situation or style of driving. The sway bar might be a good add-on either way if you drive in the mountains, so let us know if you decide to get one.
Good Day Sir,
I put a heavy duty front bumper on my ’07 4×4 Tundra and the front immediately squatted down badly and for all intents and purposes, has no more front suspension. I’m not necessarily looking for a front lift as much as I am extra heavy duty coils, any consequential lift would be a welcomed bonus. My assumption is that the leveling kits would just alleviate but not solve my squatting/no suspension problem. Do you know where I can get super heavy coils from?
A lift, up to 6″, is not out of the question.
Any comments, advice are most welcomed.
Jose – I’m not aware of a specific company that specializes in heavy-duty front coils, but I’ll keep my eyes open.
I have an 07 tundra sr5 crw max tundra with the TRD package on it.I wanted to level the truck so i bought the low range lift kit to level the truck. After install the truck looks great but i measured the center of the tire to the fender and the front measures 23 inched while the here measures at 25.5 inches. there is still that 2.5 difference. I’s thinking of taking out the rear 1 inch spacers. Is this a good idea?
McCoy – The only downside to removing the rear blocks is that the rear of the truck will sink lower than the front when it’s loaded. How much lower is hard to say, but it will be a little bit.
There’s not a downside to having the rear be lower during hauling, but a lot of people don’t like it…which is why trucks have a rake in the first place.
Jason-Thanks for advise.
I am putting a 2inch leveling kit on my 2006 4dr toyota tundra, what are the biggest size bfg tires can I put on?
Luis – You can go 1 inch bigger than stock – I think that’s 32’s. Your tire shop will know.
i have 2007 tundra crwmax, installed 2.5 toytec level kit in front. after install, front measures 22, rear 24 inch. toytec tells me that all trucks are going to vary in height, which i agree, but not 2 inch difference. stopped by local toyota dealer and measured 15 tundra trucks and they all measured about the same as my truck after installation. has anybody encountered the same situation as me?
I installed a 3/1 leveling kit on my 2010 tundra crewmax at about 10k miles, I just hit 21k and I’m pretty sure I have the front diff growl/howl/rumble noise (T-sb-0121-08), I love the kit and would hate to part with it but I’m thinking of removing it before heading over to the dealer to avoid tons of grief, have you ever pulled a survey on how many new trucks are having this problem after the install? I’m well aware that the recall is supposed to be for 2008 and under but after hitting the forums I noticed some 2010’s with and without kits having this problem…so do you have any suggestions before I have a dealer nightmare? what should my next step be?
Got this description below from a forum it sounds pretty reasonable to me… Help!!
It was in reference to a Tacoma that had the same front diff issue. It mentions lifted trucks, but the description is very good.
“This vibration is a known issue for toyota trucks with a lift kit that places the cv shafts in a position other than neutral. When the lift is installed it places an angular load on the cv joints and thus pulls down on the bushing in the diff housing and pulls out on the side gear inside the differential. If you have a lift kit and the diff has been replaced by your dealer, you will find the vibration comes back within six months to a year. The diffs are being updated to correct this issue. However trucks with lifts will wear out these parts again.
Stock trucks will unlikely suffer the same fate. These issues do not effect older trucks and 4runners that had unlocking hubs.
Both axles spin, when the truck is rolling. They are splined to the hubs. The drivers side axle is splined into the side gear within the differential, the passenger side axle is splined to gear that is engaged when the vehicle is placed in 4wd.”
more stuff here.
Forgive me I used the wrong word above I meant TSB not recall…
Salvador – It’s rare, but it does happen. Keep in mind that measurement can be a challenge…if the tape measure isn’t perfectly vertical, it can be misleading.
Pete – I’ve never heard of any problems on Tundras with lift kits provided the kits aren’t too radical. I think 3″ is the most someone can go without risking damage – anything bigger and you start to have issues.
I know it’s anecdotal, but I know of a lot of lifted Tundras that haven’t had a problem. Still, I’ll ask around.
Hi there, I have a 2007 Toyota Tundra SR5 4-door/5.7liter.The plow I put on the front is 8′ Curtis and the frame is only like 3 inches off the ground when its raised.What is the best remadee for this. I would like to put a lift or leveling but dont want to mess with any allignment issues of drive shafts.Any ideas????
Dave – Check out Timbren air springs – we’ll have a write-up for them next week.
Hi Jason, I looked up that brand and they seem pretty good. I’m still looking for some type of lift. These only support whats already there. The wheels on the truck are very close as it is so to open that up a bit would be great. Rough Country has a spacer kit as I’ve read about on this site and it seems people are 50-50 on if its good or not? I have the tools and know how but just want to waist my time on somthing that wont work. Thanx for the advice and I’ll check back
I have a 2005 4 door 4 wheel drive Tundra! What is the best suspension lift on the market? What would be the recommended higth to raise it?
Dave – I think a spacer lift could definitely get the plow up higher, but I’m not sure that a spacer lift is a good idea on a dedicated plow truck. If I were to recommend something, it would be to call ToyTec and ask them about buying heavier springs to go along with their front-end leveling kit.
Also, I spoke to a couple of people at Timbren when I visited SEMA, and I think you should try that first. You might be surprised at how much suspension sag is reduced by fitting those springs.
Jerry – If you want to really make an investment, there are some cool long-travel kits available that will give you 3-4 inches of lift and extra travel. You’ll be able to build a real off-road machine.
If you’re looking to just make the truck a little bigger without spending thousands (and that’s what most people do), then I would still recommend looking at 3″ lift kits from both ToyTec and Low Range Off-Road.
Hi Jason! What kits oare long travel kits? Which ones would you recommend? 2005 Tundra Quad cab!!
LRO 3/1 2010 Tundra 295/70/18 Nitto Trail Grapplers and XD Monsters no problems at all thus far.
Jerry – Check out Total Chaos – http://www.chaosfab.com/97000.html
Gary – Thanks for posting.
One of these days I’m going to consolidate all the info and come up with a definitive tire size guide for lifted trucks – if you have a lift kit and you want to leave a comment here about the size of tire you’re running, I would appreciate it.
Hello, Got a 2010 tundra platinum and want a 3 inch lift kit installed.It seems toyota now sell lift kits and installs them, this is new and I am thinking about getting this done. After talking too the parts guy at toyota he said the truck is raised 3 inches in front and rear, does this seem right would this level the truck. Maybe he told me wrong but is it possible for 3 in front and in the rear,
Curt – You are right – it’s the parts guy that’s wrong! 🙂
A 3″ lift up front and a 1″ lift out back will just about level the truck.
Also, Toyota doesn’t sell a lift kit…but Toyota dealers can sell after-market parts and install them. I’d suggest making sure you’re note paying a dealership premium price. 🙂
a little help here please… i just bought the 2011 dbl cab.. i had the revtek 2.5 lift installed. now i am in a discussion with rev and mechanics. i measured some 2011 trucks on a sales lot and all measure around 22″ in front and 25″ in back. mine measures 23.5″ and 26.25″ lifted. this is from the hub center to wheel fender. should it not measure 24.5″ in the front since they advertise 2.5 front and 1.25 rear LIFT???
I am having a Toytec leveling kit installed on my 2007 Tundra. The web site says this will allow me to fit 33″ tires on the truck. Any recommendations on the tires I should have installed? Specifically the exact size which would be good on the 18 inch factory wheels?
Keith – The trucks are all slightly different in terms of height, and that translates to leveling kits too. Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of variation from truck to truck.
Still, I hear what you’re saying…if the kit was installed correctly (and it’s hard to do it wrong) then you definitely have cause for registering some sort of complaint. You might also look into leaving bad reviews for the kit on AutoAnything, Amazon, and anywhere else you have a chance.
Dean – 275/70 R18’s should fit, and BFG T/A KO’s are a great tire: http://tundraheadquarters.com/.....-ta-ko.php
thank you jason.. i have talked to the mechanics and they did forget the top out spacers .. (were not in box also missing were the brake line brackets for the rear). i did put a set of 285/65/18 wild country XTX sport for winter.. i have my chrome 20s and some 34s on order.. the shit they use on the roads eats chrome bad. also rims were difficult to fit right. but schwabb had the patience to help out..
I have a 2006 Tundra Double cab 2WD and I bought the 3in Toytec leveling kit that I haven’t gotten installed yet, do I need the 1in block or will it be ok without it. I don’t offroad or anything, I have 20’s that rub a little in the front, and plus I just did it cause it looks better to me.
Keith – That explains it! Glad to hear they solved the problems. The 285’s are only a little wider (0.4″) than the standard issue Tundra tires…did the new rims have different backspacing?
Justin – You don’t need the 1″ blocks in the rear at all, but you might wish you put them in if you load up your Tundra to max payload or higher and the rear end starts to sag…but even then it might not be a big deal. In terms of off-road use, it’s actually better to leave the blocks off (less axle wrap, less change to driveline angles so better ride too).
jason i tried to find the factory back spacing but short of measuring a rim i am not sure what it is.. the rims that are coming in are 6.18 bs and +30 os.. 20×9. another gentleman ordered 200×8.5 6.18bs +35os the tire shop mounted one of the tires i want and mounted it on the front. it cleared all points. so hopefully the little offset diff. wont change to much
jason your very smart it seems 🙂 .. i may have the rear blocks shaved if after the top out spacers are installed. depending on the rake difference. my question is the pins on the springs how long are they? i know it seems petty to worry about a half inch here and there but i like what i like
Dean- I just installed a 3in daystar leveling kit on my 2010 Tundra and just went through this. The biggest tire you can fit on the factory wheel with no rubbing is a 275 70 R18 (the goodyear duratrac is 33.4 x 11) that would look good. The problem with the factory wheel is the narrow offset will cause the inside of your tire to rub on the upper control arm if you go much wider. I test fitted Niito 295 70 R18 on mine before alignment and they cleared. After alignment they rubbed and I had to get an aftermarket wheel.
Keith – I humbly accept your compliment, but unfortunately I’m going to look dumb now because I’m not sure what you’re asking about the pin length…are we talking about the new U-bolts for the rear blocks/rear leafs?
Vince – Makes good sense – thanks very much for sharing.
if you look at the lift blocks (rear) there is a pin.. and just left shop the tires and rims look good and all clears NO rubbing…
Just bouhgt a 2007 Tundra SR5 TRD I was wondering if there was any Company that made a 4in.Kit for this model.I have read through the comments on the page.My mechanic told me my only options were 6in and 2in. .He says the 6 will start at 2grand+labor.Could use some help and advice please
Keith – I’m just going from memory, but I’m thinking of a block with a “knub” that’s about 1/4″ in height that’s just there to help locate the block on the leaf…is this the pin you’re referencing?
John – I’ve seen a nice thread on the 4.5″ Rough Country lift kit on TundraSolutions (http://www.tundrasolutions.com.....installed/) and as far as I can tell it’s a drop-bracket kit that doesn’t require cutting crossmembers like the larger 6″ lift kits do.
The typical size ranges for Tundra lift kits are:
– 1.5″ – 2.5″ leveling kits: Usually a basic above-coil spacer kit up front with no rear modification. All the do is level the truck and open up some tire space. $150-$250 parts + labor
– 3″ front-end lift + 1″ rear lift kits: A true “lift” in that the truck is slightly higher. These almost always use a spacer of some kind either above or inside the front coil pack plus a 1″ rear block. $250-$400 parts + labor
– 6″ drop-bracket kits like the ProComp kit we referenced in the article. These require quite a bit of labor plus cutting the frame crossmembers. $1500+ for parts and a lot of labor.
The 4.5″ kit from Rough Country is interesting in that it claims to have the most ground clearance of any available kit…this may be true depending on the tires used on a 6″ lift.
There are also some long travel kits that basically include a whole new front suspension (see this write-up of a Total Chaos kit: https://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/2009/07/24/total-chaos-toyota-tundra-long-travel-suspension-kit/ ). These are truly the best way to lift a truck b/c they provide both more ground clearance AND more suspension travel…but you pay a lot for the parts and the labor is intense. Still, they’re awesome. “If you have the means, I highly recommend it.” 🙂
Thank you for your quick and informative response.I will be in touch after some research of your sites.THANK YOU
John – You bet. If you want to share some a link to our site somewhere (on another website, forum, facebook, etc.) that would be great…links help us get more search engine visitors and that helps us pay the bills! 🙂
Just purchased 2011 TRD Rock Warrior 4×4 crew max and im wanting to get it leveled but im having trouble deciding on which kit to go with! I have it narrowed down to either Fat Bobs or LRO! The LRO is higher priced(prob due to aluminum vs steel)! Any tests done with fat bobs?
Another debate im having is to whether or not to leave the 1″ rear block out! I see some of them
still appear to have that azz up loom with the 1″ rear block in! Ahhhh decisions decisions
Jordy – No tests done with Fat Bob’s. However, not a fan of steel as a material. You can always add the block later…it’s a pretty easy install you can manage at home.
I just purchased a 2011 TRD Crewmax 4X4 and I am about to have a leveling kit installed. I am planning on using the ReadyLift 2.5″ Front Leveling Kit…I have heard alot of good things about them. Anything I should know before I have it installed? I read some bad things about them on this forum but all the other forums I have read have had alot of good things to say about them…Help me please..
I have just installed a Rancho Quiicklift loaded on my 2009 tundra SR5 TRD and it came out perfect for under $700.00 and installed 18×9 5×150 blk/mch Motto Metal with Lt285/65r18 BFR AT TA KO.
It come out osoom
okay here goes.. after a lond deliberation and a revtek 2.5 lift/lvl.. its COMING off and i am going to put the LRO on my 2011 dbl cab.. after parking next to a dbl cab with the LRO and measuring up. mine was one inch shorter. i talked to Dan at LRO and he was very helpful. and the shop i purchased the revtek from agreed to take it off and refund. the tires cleared fine (275/65/20 on 20×9 ultra drifter). the problem was the Ass end was still to high. and leaving the rear block off or shaving it was just a silly thought. the revtk only provided just about 2″ in the front . was not the look i wanted. and all the reviews on here helped so much. thanks to all of your posts.
Chad – I’ve talked to the folks at ReadyLift and they seem to be great. I haven’t seen the bad comments about them that you have – I say go for it.
David – Cool – congrats!
Keith – Sounds like it worked out – thanks for the update.
I just had the Ready Lift 2.5 installed and it looks great. The shop that done it for me done a fabulous job. I then had the new 18X8.5 Eagle Alloy 050 series wheels installed with BFG All Terrain K/O(285/65/18) and it looks great! I love it! Just the look I wanted. I wish I could put a pic on here to show you but not sure if I can or how..Thanks for the help guys!
Chad – You bet – congrats!
Hi I am looking at putting the toytec ultimate lift in my 07 dbl cab tundra and cranking it up to 3 1/2″ front and idk what I should do with the rear, they offer the 1″ block, 1 1/2″ block and 1 1/2″ leaf springs they say for constant load. Well I pull my camper alot working road construction and I want to do this lift and and also put 5000# airbag system in the rear. How should I go about this?
2011 Tundra Dbl Cab 4×4 Longbed!
Went with the Bilstein 5100 coilovers for 2″ in front and went with SuperSprings on the rear for another 1 1/2″ in back for added load and ride. If you go Supersprings on rear…remove the added layers of bump stops (you’ll know em when you see em) and don’t center the new leaf spring exactly as it can rub the rollers against the shortest of the stock leafs causing wear. Totally happy with it. Looks good and more functional than spacers and blocks. You spent a fortune on the truck, don’t cheap out on the level!
Installed the truxx 3″ front kit this week, already had 275/75-18’s on the truck, looks really nasty now! front is exactly level with the rear now…gonna put a 1″ block kit up back this weekend now. the front kit did not change my ride at all. aligned easily, no troubles at all.
want to add…blocks are not “cheaping out”…adding or changing springs costs more and is more labor intensive, all that and the truck will ride worse too. for my money, blocks are perfect. you loose nothing, and gain exactly what your looking for, the right look.
Bilstiens ride awesome. No funny lights or warnings or trip to dealership asmany have done on this thread. Blocks can be junk. Just get high quality ones. My truck is just how I wanted it. Yours is just how you wanted yours. I trust my 4×4 guys and you yours. Enjoy your truck. Thats all that matters.
I forgot that this thread was about looks….
hey matt, i was refering more to the rear spring replacements vs lift blocks than the full on coil over front lifts…if it weren’t for the wife i’d have a 6″ lift already
jaybob – If you’ve got a constant load, the helper springs are great. Otherwise, they ruin the ride. If you’re going to add airbags anyways, the blocks are fine.
Matt – I like your setup a lot. I think some people are looking to completely level the truck, so the Bilstein setup is perfect. If they’re trying to get a little bit of lift too, then some sort of spacer kit is needed (at a minimum, new coil-overs would be better).
The rear add-a-leafs are a great way to go. No axle wrap, more capacity, but is the ride worse? I think a lot of people are trying to save money, and I think a lot of truck owners rarely put their vehicles in a situation where blocks are going to cause a problem (myself included). Blocks aren’t ideal, but they’re certainly not bad if a truck is used conservatively.
Jeffro – I think that for 80% of truck owners, blocks are a perfectly acceptable option. If you aren’t concerned about axle wrap and you don’t want to change the suspension ride, blocks are a good inexpensive choice. If money were no object, we’d all have big long-travel setups, right? 🙂
absolutely! but, i’d like to add that my “bed bounce” is nearly non-existent with the 1″ blocks…I’m an ASE Master tech and i could not even begin to explain why this is.
Jeffro – That makes two of us, but if I had to guess I’d say that you’ve changed the harmonic frequency of the truck.
Jason(admin): I have a question/problem…I put the ready lift 2.5 leveling kit on my 2011 Crewmax 4×4 tundra. The look is great, the ride and handling have not changed any at all, however I have a noise inside the front left tire. Every time I hit a bump, go over a curb, or make a sudden stop there is a popping noise that comes from inside the front left tire. I have taken my truck back to two different dealers and the mechanics can’t find anything loose or anything wrong. They checked my leveling kit and said everything looks good and appears to be installed correctly. I don’t have any other options…any suggestions as to what to do or any advice on what may possibly be wrong…?
chad – Noises can be really, really hard to isolate. If the techs can’t find anything wrong during an inspection, than you might ask one to ride along with you and see if that helps you figure it out.
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Thinking about putting the sst ready lift kit in my 2011 rock warrior with 3″ front and 2″ rear. Anybody have any trouble with these kits? Thanks.
Hi everyone, I am getting a new Tundra this week and after reading all of your comments I couldn’t help it but to go back to the dealership and look at the Tundra I am getting. I see why leveling the Tundra; at the least, will improve the looks. On the other hand, I would like to level the CrewMax I am getting BUT instead of raising the front a few inches, I would like to lower the back, or even lower the back some and raise the front a little. Is there a such leveling kit? – I am not really interested in raising the truck nor really want to lower it to the ground – just leveling at the front wheel height to improve the overall handling of the vehicle. Thanks.
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Well i still hadnt leveled my 2011 crewmax RW yet due to reading about SEVERAL threads on other forums about lifted/leveled 2010/2011 tundras blowing power steering racks! Its funny that it hasnt came up as a topic here yet? I want to put the 3″ leveling kit on my tundra bad but cant afford to be replacing power steering racks bc of dealerships not warrantying it! It doesnt seem to b a problem on the 2009 and newer tundras and even the early 2010s! Its really pissin off bc i want to run bigger tires on my so called OFF ROAD truck but i cant! U just read about the ppl having the problems so its hard to justify if its an isolated issue, bad batch of racks or all of them????? Just frustrating! Looking for any input!
Carlos – Check out this article about a leveling kit that doesn’t raise the front end: https://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/2008/04/11/toyota-tundra-leveling-kit-review-tundraracingcom-rear-leveling-kit/
Jordy – Haven’t heard a word about 2010’s blowing steering racks, but I’ll check into it.
Yea jason its not many 2010s! Seems like some of the later ones prod but mainly The 2011s which i have! Seems like almost a guaranty that it will blow a rack if u lift or level it! Possibly adding steering stops will help but no one is certain yet! Toyota def changed something on that rack but no ome knows yet or its just a bad batch! Everyone that has blew and put a refurbed rack from an older model tundra has had zero problems but the ones that have had dealer replaced racks have had multiple racks blow! Very frustrating…. Tundratalk.net has quite a few threads on it
Jason – thanks for the information. I see that for a CrewCab, I will have to get air bags put on which to me it may not be an optimal solution. Nevertheless, there is a solution and really like the looks of it. Thanks again.
My wife has a 2010 Crewmax Rock Warrior 4×4. The front end sets way lower than the rear end. She does not want a lift kit installed. I would like to just level up the truck. She does not pull any thing and the truck is not used off-road. What is the best levling kit option?
Jordy – Thanks.
Carlos – You bet.
Jayson – ToyTec or Low Range Off-Road.
Hi I been researching a ton of lift idea’s for my 07 tundra dbl cab. I’m thinking of going with a long travel suspension, I’m thinking the fox coilovers tuned by kore for my frontend and then some deaver leafs for the rear. 3″lift front and 2″rear. But I also pull a 18ft bumper hitch camper and a few other lighter things, but I’ve read alot on not pulling with a long travel setup. Can I add air bags in on this also? and will they work with the long tavel? Or what would U recommend?
Jaybob – If you’re serious about pulling, then I too would not recommend a long-travel setup. It’s not that these systems can’t handle the work – they can – but they’re really designed for off-road use. You’ll find that a stock Tundra is better equipped for towing than the truck you’re going to spend a lot of time and money customizing (or at least that’s my opinion).
To your questions, I think an 18′ trailer is light enough that you’ll be happy. You can add air bags too, but you might check out air springs because they’re better off-road: https://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/2011/02/11/timbren-aeon-hollow-rubber-springs/
hey i want to level out my 2005 tundra . i want to know how much of a bigger tire and rim i can fit…without rubbing.
jason – Depends on the leveling kit you install. As far as I know, most will fit 33’s without much trouble. My best advice is to consult your local tire dealer.
2006 Tundra DC 2wd. I just recently had a 3″ front and 2″ rear aluminum strut spacer/ rear block lift kit installed. Rides fine but I get a slight annoying shudder/steering wheel vibration between 25/30 mph and less but still noticeable at higher speeds. Any ideas on what has caused this and how I can fix this? Thank you!
And also for anyone else wondering, this kit has allowed me to run 275/55/20’s with only a slight occasional contact with the tire and upper control arm. Considering grinding down a bit to avoid the use of a spacer.
I had the Pro-Comp leveling kit installed about a year ago on my 07 TRD 4×4 Crewmax and it has worked without any problems with ride quality or tire wear over the way it came from factory- I bought it new in 07 so I have had it both ways. I would def. recommend it to anyone. I have about 50,000 miles on original tires and am looking at getting new before fall/hunting and WI winters…any suggestions as I would like to go bigger… Size/brand …original wheels 18″.
I’m a proud owner of a new 2011 Crewmax Tundra, and I want to install a 3-1 leveling kit. My mechanic told me the problem with installing this kit on the Tundra is that I’ll lose down travel which could cause me suspension problems down the road. He suggested a 2- 1/2 leveling kit which would not cause as much down travel loss… Had my heart set on the 3-1 and one kit. Is this a valid argument from my mechanic?? Has anybody suffered suspension problems or the loss of ride Quality because of this type of lift??
Larry.. i had the LRO installed on my 2011 double cab.. i dont notice any difference in ride or steering quality.. however the shop that alligned it could not get it to the specs on the caster that they prefer. these trucks look great though with any type of leveling wether its 2.5 or 3
Larry – It is a valid argument, but only if you expect to fully compress your front suspension…which is extremely difficult to do if you stay on serviced roads.
Now, if you intend to go off-road and really work your pickup (jumps, boulders, etc.), it’s a good idea to go with a long travel suspension kit that will give you lift AND increased travel.
But, for 98% of Tundra owners, I’d say reduced downtravel is a minor concern.
P.S. This article does a good job of explaining the how/why of suspension travel in greater detail: http://www.tacomahq.com/66/tac.....-lift-kit/
Thanks Jason for the quick response and your opinion. It’s very much appreciated, oh and thanks for the link….
I have a 2011 double cab RW (brand new) and toyota put a Pro Comp 3in leveling on it. Two weeks later in blow the rack and pinion. They toke my motor out and put a new rack init. Service manger told me it will do it agian and there was no way to stop it. they are now putting a Pro Comp 6in lift on it (they have had it for 5 weeks) and said this will fix it. Could the tech have put my leveling kit on wrong to make this happen! I need help, they are wanting me to unpocket money for this. Also, 18 in wheels will not fit on a truck with 6in lift. I had to buy a set 20in.$$$$
Hey buddy, no its not the techs fault! There are a ton of 2011 tundras with lifts and levels that are blowing racks! Something is different with the new toyotas(i think its the turning radius being sharper possibly blowing racks on lifted tundras)! However u should b fine with the procomp 6″ lift bc it has steering stops that seems to fix this problem! Another route is to go with a remanufacture rack from a pre 2011 tundra
Thanks of this! It makes me feel better about my toyota dealer. Any suggestions to help fuel millage? i hope to git my truck back some time wed. I have not seen it sence they lifted it! Ready to git it back!
Lol leave it parked! Thats the only way mine gets good fuel milage
I purchased a Fat Bob’s Garage 3″ Front aluminum spacer with 2″ rear aluminum block. By profession I am a project coordinator and was able to install my kit by my self in 5 hours from start to finish. This was using two 6 ton jack stands, one floor jack, 1/2 torque wrench, 3/4″ air impact, 1/2 dewalt battery impact and 1/4 dewalt batter impact. This was done in my driveway. Had no alinment issues at all and was able to mount LT295/75r18 Nitto Terra Grapplers on stock 18×8 rims on a 2008 Toyota Tundra DBL Cab 4×4 Limited. FBG lift was good quality and customer service was great only thing the instruction they give you are not the greatest but if you watch a video on the install it is very easy to do.
Miss print in last post LT295/70r18 Nitto’s.
Adam, have you had any shudder or driveline vibration issues after installing your Fat Bobs kit? Mine is slight but annoying nonetheless. I’ve tried spacing the carrier bearing whiched helped but did not eliminate it. I’ve been told to install degree/angle shims on the axle now. Any feedback, anyone? I have an 06 2wd DC with 3″ strut spacers and 2″ rear blocks. Thank you!
Buddy, thanks for the info… Guess i’m taking a chance on blowing my rack if I put on the 3-1 leveling kit…. Ugh.. Does anybody know if theres somthing I can have my installer do that would help in preventing this problem.
Brent R – Carrier bearings and axle shims are the standard recommendations, but they don’t always work. This article might help: http://www.tacomahq.com/296/ta.....tom-woods/
Larry – I’m still putting together the details for a story, but it’s not a sure thing that a lift kit would cause a steering rack problem.
Brent R- I have not noticed much in driveline vibration but have noticed some. This only occurs at low speeds for me at about 15mps or less. Once above that it seems to disipate. I have recently just checked all the torques as well and all were good(@500 miles after install).
I am looking into leveling the front of my 2010 Tundra. If I go with a 2 inch or 2.5 inch kit, will I need to consider a differential drop? It appears this is strongly suggested/required for a 3 inch kit.
Well my Toyota dealer fixed my truck by removing leveling kit and intalling a 6 in Pro Comp sup lift. There has been no problems with any trucks and leveling except for 2011 Tundra. 2011 rack with blow with leveling kit. Thanks for the info!!! Someone told me there is a dealer in Texas with 37 new Tundras with blowin racks. Has something to do with steering stabilizer built in to 2011 racks. Anyone know more info!
matt – A diff drop is never a bad idea if you lift the front end of your truck, but 3″ is the recommended height. 2.5″ or less is technically within limits.
Buddy – I’m still digging into it.
Is there anyone having trouble with there alignment after they have put on there leveling kit? I have had my done four times and it still pulls to the left. Toyota would not touch my with the black rims (afraid to scratch them) so they sent me some were else. It took them 3 times to get it straight but then my tires starting wearing on the outsides. I then put my buddy’s stock rims on my truck and took it back to Toyota and had them align it. Now it pulls to the left again and they said there is nothing else they can do because of the leveling kit? Any advice?
Jason – What lift kit do you have?
Jason, i have the LRO 3/1 level kit and my shop could not get the caster to the specs they wanted. but as far as toe and camber its fine and does not pull in any direction.
I have the LOW RANGE 3/1
I took it yesterday to another Toyota shop and after 4 hours he is saying the the blocks in the back are causing the back axle to be out of alinement pushing the back to the right inturn the front is going left. Again they said nothing they can do. Now i have a bad wheel hop and i had my tires rotated and bal. it did not help. I am putting stock tires back on today and removing the lift to see if it is the lift causeing the issue.
I’m installing a 6″ procomp stage II lift on my 2011 crewmax Tundra… Having a horrible time finding wheels that fit. The lift kit calls for wheels with a 4 to 4.65 back spacing, 8.5 9″ wide, 20″ Wheels. I’ve found wheels I like but they’r 10″ wide with proper backspacing and and 5 150mm lug alignment. My installer said they would work but would have to do some cutting.. also said when wheel turned fully tire may still rub. Any suggestions or anybody know what I should expect if I go with the 10″ wide wheels. going with Mickey Thompson ATZ tires 35×12.5×20
Larry – I think that “they’ll fit but you have to do some cutting” is a pretty standard response once you get a big lift. I don’t have any suggestions that don’t involve that caveat…anyone else?
Jason – Strange. Let us know if putting things back to stock. Be sure to contact LRO if that is the case…I’m sure they’d like to figure out what went wrong and make it right.
Putting it back to stock everything is fine. I still can’t understand why my two buddys Trunda’s with the same leveling kit and tires on and they are fine.
Jason – My neither. Definitly strange.
I installed a 2″ level kit on my 07 tundra, and got my alignment done. But even after that my front wheels are toe’d in. Will differential spacers help?
Randy – Not to my knowledge. All a diff spacer will do is help to restore the factory CV joint angle.
I own a 2010 Tundra Crew Max 4X4 Plat Ed. My stock tires are worn out and I would like to put on new tires 305.50.20 or 305.55.20 on the stock 20 wheels. I would like to keep the suspension stock if at all possible. Will these tires fit without having any rubbing issues? Is this more of a width issue vs. height? Would spacers on the wheels help or even work on these stock wheels or do I need to lift the front of the truck 2-3 inches to accommodate the new tire size?
Hey guys, i have a 05 crew cab tundra, than i want to level it up, but im loking for kit there’s alot of kits, n also if u guys know someone in san fernando valley who does lifting. Goodone. Thanks
i got a 3 inch leveling kit from zone…… put i in had the alignment done and its still not correct, cv joints are at a severe angle and im a little worried that something may go wrong. also the front is now higher then the rear, should i buy a diff drop kit? should i take this leveling kit out and purchase another one? and would aftermarket camber bolts help for the lower control arm? please someone let me know, thanks…
(RON) any time a leveling kit is put in a diff. drop should be as well. I installed a 3″fr/2″r on my 08 tundra and it came with a 1″ diff drop. My lift is a Fat Bob’s garage and have had no issues with mine what so ever. The following link is the diff drop I have they are all essentially the with some bolts and spacers. Once you put theses on depending on your model you may also need spacers and longer bolts for your skid plate. If you want you back to sit even or sit with a slight rake in it you will need to also install a 1 to 2 block in the rear. The 1″ should have you sitting level while a 1 1/2 or 2 will give you the rake. http://fatbobsgarage.com/i-676.....-1996.html
Thanks adam, also has anyone had issues with alignment? I had one done and the place said they maxed out the adjustments and couldn’t get it perfectly aligned…. They said I need to get camber bolts, is this necessary or did they just do it wrong?
I am having this same problem. I have had my wheels aligned twice and they (Firestone) still tells me they can’t get my front wheel camber to 0. I have significant wear on the outside of my tires now. Did you ever get your problem fixed? If so, what was the fix?
I know I have read about a few people having issues getting things all in alignment. I was able to bring my tundra to a local shop and they were able to get everything back in alignment. This seems to be a hit and miss type of problem.
I have a 2011 Toyota tundra 4×4 and I want to level it out. But I don’t want to raise the rear end so what size leveling kit should I go with the 3 inch or 2 1/2?
There is a good range of kits out there for you to level your tundra. It seem that a 2 1/2″ or 3″ have a tendency to have your front sit higher than your back. If you wanted to just level your front without having to add anything in the back I would go with a 2″ and make sure you get the differential drops and skid plate spacers. There are many kits out there to look at and depending on what your budget is they range greatly in price as well. I prefer the aluminum block style spacers that bolt on top of the front strut as they are easier to install over a in strut one. Aluminum will out last the steel sandwich style as well. Check out Fat Bob’s Garage, Low Range Offroad, or Rize Industry’s. I went with a Fat Bob’s Garage as you can’t beat there price, there customer service was very helpful, kit was aluminum blocks front and rear. Also have had no issue as far as install or alignment. These kits are pretty easy to install if you plan to do it yourself. I used two 6 ton jack stands, a 2 1/2 ton floor jack, 1/2 torque wrench and hand tools. It took me by myself about 3 hours to install my 3″ front 2″ inch rear lift/leveling kit from Fat Bob’s Garage. Big thing is to watch a few install video’s that can be found on youtube or just google the subject. Hope this info has helped.
ron – First, I agree that a diff drop is a requirement for any front-end lift kit in excess of 2″. As for your alignment, I’ve never seen a standard kit require new camber bolts…but I’ve never installed one without doing a diff drop as well.
Adam – Great advice – thank you for commenting. 🙂
Joe – 2.5″ should do it, but you might check out an adjustable kit from Bilstein: https://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/2010/10/01/bilstein-5100-leveling-kit/
If you go with this kind of leveling kit, you’ll be able to adjust things to be level even if your truck’s rear sits a little lower than usual (which can happen sometimes). As Adam says, 2″ can often be enough to bring you level.
Another nice thing about the Bilstein kit: because it doesn’t lift the truck too much, you don’t necessarily need a diff. drop kit (only it’s never a bad idea).
I just bought a 2007 Tundra DC, it has 285/65/18 BFG AT’s on the TRD off road rim. It doesn’t rub when I turn the wheel all the way to one side. It doesn’t look like it has been leveled. It looks stock, what can I look for to see if it has been leveled or space cut out of the wheel wells?
Jeff – The easiest way to see if there’s a leveling kit is to look at the top of the front coils. Do you see anything that doesn’t belong? If that doesn’t work, any mechanic will be able to tell with a quick glance – just ask them to tell you next time you get the oil changed, tires rotated, etc.
If the truck was leveled depending on how it was done you would see either an in-strut block of some sort or above strut block in the front. There is also Bilstein who has an adjustable strut replacement in that case the stock struts were yellow in color verse the 5100’s being a silver in color. Being that a 285/65r18 is only a little bigger in diameter approx a 32.1″ being a 275/65r18 verse 32.6″ diameter wise I don’t foresee an issue there possibly the little flap that is in front of the tire width wise you are going from a 10.8″ to 11.2″. You might be close to the upper a-arm but should clear fairly easy. For pictures to look at the following link will hopefully help it is just the install pictures that rough country has. http://www.roughcountry.com/install/870.pdf
There is nothing out of the ordinary on the front coils. The Bilstien struts have a blue plastic cover on them just like my old Tundra. I am positive it does not have a leveling kit. Thanks for the help.
Just bought a 2012 crew max. Im curious if anyone knows weather the rack problems on the 2011s were fixed. My dealership is willing to do the work on my 12, which makes me think the 11 problem was taken care of. Thanks.
First I’d like to say congrats on the new purchase and glad you’re choice for a truck was a Tundra. Also like to say I as well am an Adam M but to your question. Now I’m not a dealer nor an expert for Toyota just a very loyal Toyota owner that reads about Toyota and there products a fair amount. They (Toyota) are supposed to have the problem area fixed and you shouldn’t have to worry about the issue. I work with a guy that has a 2011 with the Low Range Lift/Leveling kit and he has had no issues with the truck thus far but that’s not to say the problem didn’t exist in 2011 Tundra’s. Best of Luck
Adam – I still haven’t heard a source tell me that there was a rack problem. I’ve asked around, but no one has any reliable news on this…so I would say don’t worry about it.
I’m not saying that they didn’t have an issue at one point or another, but it wasn’t big enough to pop up on most people’s radar.
I have a 08 double cab Tundra 4wd and just bought a 3 inch leveling kit also with a inch an a half rear block. will that make my front and back level? and as far as 33’s being on 18s will that work good?
I as well have a 08 double cab Tundra 4×4 that I put a 3″ front but i put a 2″ rear in. Depending on the factory rake that is in your truck which can be measured before you put the lift/leveling kit in by useing a tape measure and measuring from the ground to the top of the wheel well front and back(do while parked on a fairly level surface). As far as 33’s go the will clear but may rub on the little plastic flap that hangs in front of the tire. As well as if you turn your wheels all the way to the right or left may catch on the skid. The plastic flap is removed by two simple screws and skid plate can be trimed or I have seen some people just break the spot welds that hold the extra flaps attached to the skid plate. Wish I had some pictures to show you but I know if you google triming the skid plate of a tundra you should be able to find more detailed infomation. You should be able to fit up to a 35″ as I had 295/70r 18’s (34.41″) on my tundra for a while but with it being a daily driver as well as a weekend worrior I opted to take them off and went with a 275/70r 18 (33.27″). Both were mounted on the factory 18 rims.
Alika – A leveling kit *should* level your truck, but every truck is different and therefore you may or may not have a perfectly level truck when it’s all over.
I have a 2011 tundra is it ok to level it
or do i need to just leave it alone
cameron – Why not level it? If you use a quality kit and a pro installer, you’ve got nothing to worry about.
I have a 2010 Tundra SR5 Dbl Cab and I am lookin to level it. Probably going for a 3″ front. My question is would I go wrong if I go with a 2.5″ front kit and do I really need to have the diff drop installed? Currently it’s riding on 17×9 Dick Cepek DC1 and 275/70R17 MTRs want to go to maybe 33×12.50 tires.
Pelon – I think 2.5″ is about as big as you want to go without using a diff. drop kit, as much bigger and you’re really changing some suspension system angles without one.
However, keep in mind you don’t *have* to install diff drop if you don’t want to. The main reason to install a diff drop is to reduce the wear and tear on the CVs, but it’s not absolutely essential. It may just mean that you’ll need to do some more maintenance.
I have a 2011 Toyota Tundra Rock Warrior and I want to install a front leveling kit…my question is to anyone that can accurately answer this is what size do I need a 2″, a 2.5″ or 3″ leveling kit?
Chance – It *should* level with a 2″ kit, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes you need a 2.5″ kit (every truck and every kit is different).
Still, if you go with a 2″ leveling kit, you’ll be very close to level (if not exact).
If you don’t want to lift the back I would go with the 2 1/2 inch lift and to be safe I would get the diff drop at least that’s what I did
Generally speaking a 2″ is what you go with for a level look. The tundra depending on the model and year rake was a little bit different. If it a must to be as close to level as possible park your truck on a level surface with nothing in the box. Measure drive and passenager side front and rear wheel well hieght. Calculate the difference and that should tell you what you want or need to level your tundra.
Ibought a new toyota 2012 tundra crew max.Our toyota dealer told us due to the traction control feature we are unable to put a 3 or 4 inch lift kit on it. They said it will come on and stay on.Is there a way around this or a way to solve this problem. Can It be disconnected.January 31st 2012.
It’s a fairly simple fix to not have traction kick in all the time by doing a zero point calibration. The link below has a pdf on it that tells you how it is performed. Can’t always trust the dealers.
i just installed a 2 1/8 ” leveling kit on my 2011 2wd tundra. I was wondering if i could easily clear a 33” tire such as a bridgestone dueller m/t or bfg all terrain.
ya james just make sure they disconnect it correctly and pay attention to what they are doin. cause if they dont disconnect it and they yank it when they take your front end apart then it will stay on.
James – That dealer sucks – make sure you yell at them. You can add a lift kit, but just as Adam pointed out, you may need to recalibrate the VSC.
Your dealer can do it when they do the alignment after the new kit is installed.
Adam – Thank you.
Alan – Most likely yes, unless you go with a really wide tire (and I can’t of what size that would be). So, yes. 🙂
alright thanks alot jason i was just goin to go with a 12 1/2 width i think and hope it wont rub but if it does i can always modify it
Jason-I have a question for you. I just had a TRUXX 3″ Front End Leveling kit installed on my truck and already had to wheel alignment done too, but I just noticed some outside tire wear in the past two days. Do you have an idea of what may be causing this? I can actually see that my wheels are somewhat pointing inward from the bottom. Thanks!!!
Pelon – Tire pressure would be the first thing I checked. If the pressure is where it’s supposed to be, then I’d bring it back to be re-checked.
I had a 2.5″f/1″r readylift leveling kit installed on my 2010 Tundra TRD 4X4, love the truck, looks great but i notice (like Pelon mentioned) a slight angle on the front wheels from the top to bottom. This cant be right, any advice would be appreciated. thanks.
I’m considering installing a leveling kit on my 2008 Tundra Crewmax. My only reservation is my garage clearance as it is now is about an inch. Kind of a stupid question and I’m afraid I know the answer but, if I have a leveling kit installed, is my overall height of the truck going to increase over an inch?
Travis – Probably, but not by a ton. The problem I’ve had is that the angle of the roofline relative to the entrance to the garage changes, and that effectively removes clearance sometimes.
I just bought an 04 tundra. I want to put a life on it, but not super huge. Is there any suggestions to the type of lift kit I should get? I’m debating between a 2″-4″ Also, when I lift the truck will it level it out or do I need a leveling kit as well?
Also, what size tires shoul I get to go with the lift?
Getting new 2012 4WD crewmax in soon and want to replace stock steel wheels and tires with 285/70/R17 tires on rock warrior rims. Is leveling kit required to fit these tire/ rim setup?
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has anyone installed BFG ATs, 275/70/R18s on MB, TKO, 18×9, Offset+25, wheels on 07-12 CM with 2.4″ T6-5075 leveling kit? if there was any rubbing what were the remedies?
Can you get 1in or 1.5in lift using an airbag system? Seen a few on Auto Anything… Wondering if anyone has done it, heard the ride is caddy smooth with airbags
I just purchase a 2003 Tundra Access Cab SR5. I’m looking to add new wheel and shoes. My question is; do I need a leveling kit if I am going to install 285/65/18 on 18 x 9 rims. Or will the wheel/tire combo look to small? Thanks
just wondering if people were still having trouble with leveling kits blowing steering racks in the 2011 RW crew. Thanks.
Billy – I read that but talked to all the people I knew about it at dealers and after market lift kit shops and it seems to be more rumor than fact. There definitely were some 2011’s blowing racks, but it was probably a supplier issue rather than a lift kit issue.
Thanks Jason, not sure yet if i’m gonna have one installed yet, plan on trading in when the new look models come out.
Ok so i read this thread top to bottom. It’s a lot of info to take in, concerns, worries and answers. Let me start off by saying I’m a proud owner of a 2011 Toyota tundra 4×4 TRD double cab. ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT glad o traded my dodge for it. With that being said my wife got me a sst ready lift kit 3″ front 2″ rear as an anniversary gift. Came with diff and skid plate drop as well. Father in law and my self spent 6 hours on the install. Soo….with that being said after full install ride height was up and level alignment was out of whack but was expected, but all in all very sastified with the out come. Also atm im still running factory trd rims and wheels. According to ready lift i should be able to fit up to 35’s with minor trimming of the skid plate. 33’s and lower no triming needs to be done. Day 2 took my truck in to Big O Tires for alignment (will never do business with again). So they take my truck for an hr do the alignment. After alignment i noticed 2 things. 1 when i max out the turn on my steering wheel to way a u turn my wheel catches the skid plate i can feel it and hear it. 2 when driving on my dirt road i hear almost like a ringing noise sounds like its coming front the front end. And i can hear the same noise when going 55 on the highway. Have had the lift on since last saturday other then that no problems. Now my question. Would a bad alignment be the cause of that annoying sound and my wheel catching the skid plate ? Or would the two be unrelated and the reason why my tire catches is because its the trd offroad tire vs the non trd model tires which i believe have less aggressive passanger tires ? Sorry so long any takers ?
cerberus – I think the tire tread is responsible for the skid plate noise at full turn. As for the ringing, I have no idea. Could be a wheel bearing was damaged during alignment, but that seems really unlikely.
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Really want to level my ’11 DC, but too scared w/ all the steering rack issues I have read about. I don’t want it to blowout some where offroad that required four wheel drive to get to. I want 35s for extra ground clearance, likely going to go w/ ICON. My question is, how much is a replacement rack and where would I get one? Does anyone make aftermarket racks or would I need a refurbished? Thanks for the help.
Bowhunter – I’ve heard the rumors, but all my contacts tell me the steering rack concerns are overblown.
I just bought a 2012 Tundra double cab. I just want to level it up and put a moderate size tire with maybe 20 or 22 inch wheels. I see you recommend Toytec, Low Range, and Fat Bob’s lifts. Can you narrow the recommendation down a bit. I’m assuming that all of these are using aluminum spacers. When I measure to the bottom of the wheel wells they are 36.5 front and 39.5 rear. Do I need to look at diff drops also or is that part of the packages? I really don’t want to raise the rear at all.
I’m guessing a 32 or max 33 inch road tire… recommendations?
I’ve read most of the comments above but wanted to just double check. I have a 2004 Tundra SR5 crew cab and just bought a leveling kit, tires and rims from 4 wheel parts. The sold me a 3″ leveling kit or level lift strut spacer from PRO Comp.
My concern is if the 3″ in the front is too tall? Some people are saying that 2″ or 2.5″ is the max you should go. Will the front be too high?
Any thought, recommendations?
First, thanks for checking the comments. I wish everyone did that. 🙂
As for 3″ being too high, I’m not sure why anyone would say that. I suppose one could argue that 3″ of lift would change the ball joint angles so much that they would wear out prematurely, but in all honesty that’s a concern on just about any kit you buy (albeit a small concern). Beyond that, the other disadvantage is that you lose a bit of travel when you go with a 3″ lift (assuming that lift uses a front coil pack spacer of some kind). However, unless you’re going to do some major off-roading, that’s not a big deal either.
Check out this post on TacomaHQ – lots of good details here that will probably answer all your lift kit questions: http://www.tacomahq.com/66/tac.....-lift-kit/
I have ran into a problem with the leveling kit installed on my 2001 Toyota Tundra (4X4). Everything seems to work great until I use the full range of my suspension and the spring knocks into the control arm. I would say it makes contact about half way through the range of my suspension. For example, when I jack up the truck, my tire is still on the ground when contact is made. The installer has asked several vendors and they all say the same thing, that it is a standard occurance and nothing they can do about it. I’m about ready to take the kit off and deal with a low suspension in the front end which in my opinion is much better than hearing a loud knock everytime I hit a big bump.
I am considering swapping it out for the Rancho quiklift strut. Will this stiffen the suspension? I like to use my truck as a truck but I don’t need anything high performance. I am satified with the control, handing, etc of my current suspension (with or without the leveling kit; aside from the knocking noise) and am worried that if I put on the quiklift, it will be way too stiff and beat the crap out of me on a rough road.
Again, please advise.
Joel – It seems like the solution is a new a-arm, as swapping out the coil pack isn’t going to address the geometry…or maybe I don’t understand.
The ride on the quiklift is basically the same as stock, so I doubt it will beat you up.
Put the readly lift sst with the 3″ front and 2″ in the rear, very suprised how much higher it sits from stock i did not think it would be that noticable. Very happy with the readly lift.
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Thinking of having Toytec Ultimate lift kit installed on my 2012 Tundra Double cab. Couple of questions. First off, should I really consider the adjustable control arms? From what I have heard, this can really be useful during the aligning process and could really help with drivability. Second, I’m considering the AAL instead of the standard rear 1″ block. I’m not under constant load, but I have heard that Toyota has soft suspension in the rear and I occasionally carry a heavy load in the rear, so I’m worried that it may be a bit sloppy.Oh, one more question. If I run 295/65/18’s, is there a preferred backspacing when selecting a new wheel that will eliminate rub all together. Really like that size in the Goodyear Duratrac. Thanks for the help!
I purchased a Daystar 3″/3″(poly,aluminum) kit a few months back, along with Bilstein 5100 series for my 07′ Tundra 4WD w/TRD, and since I read the reviews and selecting aluminum spacers over polyurethane, I want to know if I can remove the spacers and adjust the shocks to the highest adjustment to compensate the aluminum blocks in the back?
I slid into a curb when the road was icy back in 08′. According to the dealer, the only thing that was damaged was the upper control arm, so I had that replaced and it still made a humming/vibrating sound when I’d turn toward the right while driving 60mph+. And now with the lift kit on the truck, the humming is louder and the ABS,4HI, and the traction control lights are flashing. How can I fix this problem?
check your hub assy or wheel bearing.
Help??? 2005 Tundra DC 2WD. I put a leveling kit on it and I’m looking for tires and wheels. It’s got 20’s from the factory with a gnarly offset. I’m looking for suggestions on Tires and Wheels. It’s fully wrapped in 3M Black Satin and I’m wanting black/machined wheels. I wouldn’t mind if I went with 17’s or 18’s…Also if you know the correct offset?? Some local guys are totally off their rocker and can’t get the offset right. Thanks!
Hey guys, I have a 2013 tundra double cab and I wanted to put a leveling kit on it. Would this void the warranty?
No, it will not void the warranty. Here is our post that explains more: https://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/after-market-accessories-new-warranty/
That’s good news. I just ordered my leveling kit and it should be here soon. My next question is the tire size after adding a 3″ leveling kit. My truck came with 255/P70 R18 bridgestone dueler tires. After adding the front end leveling kit, would the tires be out of proportion or just look tacky? I’m going to purchase BFG A/Ts but these tires are brand new..any help is appreciated.
The tires will look really small with the leveling kit. You could go with a R20 or so. Just need to check with your local tire seller to double-check.
How about 275/70 R18? I don’t really want to change the size of the wheel..just the tire.
That should fit the wheel just fine.
Sorry if this has already been asked. There are a lot of comments on here lol
In Georgia it is illegal to raise/lower a vehicle more than 2 inches beyond factory recommendations. Key phrase being factory recommendations. I was wondering if there was a place to find any sort of height recommendations made for the tundra. I may call my dealership and see what they say but they didn’t even know the tundra has a jbl audio option so I’m not expecting much from them.
Just bought my second Tundra, 2013 SR 5 dbl. cab and have read all the reviews of the leveling kits. After review, it seems as if LRO is the way to go. However, there are some reviews that question the long term effects which leads to deterioration of some suspension parts that concerns me. I am primarily adding the leveling kit to get a better stance and go with a larger set of tires. I do some off roading but it is very minor for hunting and fishing purposes mostly. Is there any major concerns that I should worry about for the first 100k and if so what are they. Next, is there a shop in the Akron/canton area of Ohio that can install this kit? I am fairly mechanically inclined but the stuff I read concerns me about the install. Lastly, I plan on putting new wheels and BFG all terrain tires on it and wanted to know what is the best set up. Any advice you can provide would be appreciated.
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I’m about to race Dakar 2014 in a Tundra 5.7 ,2013. BUT FACING A BIG PROBLEM and NEED SOME HELP.
HOW to pick up the lower control arm for more ground clearance on the front????
Hey all, 2002 SR5…been back and forth about this! From what I’ve gathered 2″ leveling kit w/ the diff drop is the safest way to go without spending too much $$$ on geometry premature wear issues??? Also with a 2″ do you need a slightly bigger strut in front??? One more…I seen a lot of different products out there…any recs on an all inclusive mid to high grade??? This forum is great…sorry if the answers are already up here. Thanks D
Once you put the spacer on the shock the new holes do not line up when you are putting the shock back in. Even if you twist the shock 180 the holes will not line up. Even if you switched shocks on the front they will not line up.
here is the kit i bought.
I have a 2006 tundra 4wd and I did a two rear add a leaf with a 3 inch block. My problem is in the front end. It seems to be a serious problem. I did a 1 inch level kit with the Rancho quick lift set up. In all the front has a 3.25 inch lift. The problem that I am having is the the upper control arm is smashing into the coil spring. The smallest bump sounds like metal smashing together. Does anyone out there know how to solve this problem?
Jesse – sounds like you need the front end re-aligned
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