Toyota Tundra Lift Kit Review: Low Range Off Road 3″ Lift Kit

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Low Range Off Road, based in Utah, recently began offering a 3″ leveling lift kit for the 07+ Tundra. This is in addition to offering lift kits for the older body style Tundra, the Tacoma, the FJ, and soon the Land Cruiser. Their kit is very similar to the Truxxx 3″ lift kit we reviewed a few months ago – they both lift the front of the truck 3″ and then level it out by adding a 1″ block in the back. The Low Range Off Road kit is easy to install, high quality, and for reasons we’ll dive into further, we recommend the Low Range Off Road 3″ lift kit over the Truxxx 3″ lift kit.

The lifted and leveled truck after the kit has been installed.

Low Range Off Road’s kit installed on a 2007 Tundra. Note the level roof line and even front and rear fender gaps.

Starting with the kit itself, we were amazed at the parts quality. While most of the after-market parts we’ve reviewed have been good, the quality of this kit is second to none. Low Range used CNC machined 6061 aluminum for all their spacers – mirroring the ToyTec lift kit we reviewed last year. Aluminum is the logical choice for making a spacer. It’s incredibly strong, it’s light weight, and it’s impervious to corrosion. This is one of the main reasons we like the Low Range kit over the Truxxx kit (which is made from powder coated steel). Aluminum is the best material, and we don’t think you should settle for anything less – especially considering just how inexpensive these kits are becoming.

Closeup of front spacer.

Close-up of the Low Range Off Road kit front spacer.

The Low Range kit also has precision machining – when you hold the front spacer in your hand, it seems more like something NASA would use than something you install in a pickup. The tolerances are close, the machining looks top notch, and all the parts (like the nuts and bolts) are OEM quality. There’s nothing cheap about this kit. Low Range did something else very smart when they designed this kit – they used metric sized nuts and bolts (just like you have on your truck). It’s nice not having to switch between metric and English when you’re working, so Low Range gets a gold star for that one. Low Range also included a nice set of bolts for your skid plate that don’t fall out of the plate when they’re loose – a nice touch.

Because Low Range used aluminum to make their kit, they were able to include a 3.5 degree taper on the rear blocks. While the angle is very slight, it has the benefit of restoring the factory driveline angle and reducing driveline vibrations. This level of precision isn’t available without using CNC machining, yet another reason to go with aluminum over steel.

Front fender gap before kit install. Front fender gap after kit install.

Take a look at the front fender gap before (left) and after (right) we installed the kit.

The Low Range kit lifted the front of our test truck exactly 3″ and the back about 1″ (see before and after photos). The truck is level, an inch higher, and according to Low Range it can now accommodate tires as tall as 33″. As we’ve said before, we suspect you might be able to go bigger. In addition to the front and rear spacers, the kit also includes a 1″ differential drop kit to restore the angle of the front axles and ball joints to factory spec.

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Installing the Low Range kit is very similar to installing the Truxxx kit – the toughest part is getting everything to go back together. Because the strut is a couple inches longer with the spacer attached, there’s a lot of prying involved to get all the bolts back in. It’s a lot of work, and if you’re not careful, it’s a great way to get hurt. If you’re going to do this install yourself, see if you can talk someone into coming over and helping you out (at least when it’s time to get the strut back in). It will save you time and frustration. At least Low Range provides a great set of instructions (13mb pdf) to make installation simpler. Truxxx and ToyTec would do well to copy the instructions Low Range includes with their kit, as they’re full color and they include lots of useful photos.

Front coil with spacer installed. Rear axle with blocks installed.

See the shiny aluminum spacer in the picture in the left, and the shiny aluminum blocks in the picture on the right? That’s all you’ve got to do.

Once again, we’re faced with discussing the positives and negatives of using an above-coil spacer lift kit (like Low Range and Truxxx) vs. using an in-coil spacer lift kit (like ToyTec). We’re not going to dive into this argument here (it’s going to be another post), but suffice to say there’s no evidence that one design is clearly superior to the other (just a lot of opinions). As long as you install the included differential drop kit, your CV and ball joint angles will stay within acceptable limits and your truck’s warranty won’t be endangered in any way.

The pricing of the Low Range kit is reasonable – $299 for front and rear spacers, a differential drop kit, and all the hardware is pretty competitive. Truxxx still lists their steel kit for $367 on their website, which is ridiculous when you compare the quality and materials of the two kits. We suspect that since the TireRack is now selling the Truxxx kit for less than $300, Truxxx will follow suit on their website.

Having said that, even if the Truxxx kit was $250 we’d still recommend the Low Range Off Road kit instead. The quality is much nicer, and spending $50 more for aluminum makes sense when you consider the rust factor. There’s also the fact that most home mechanics will appreciate Low Range’s better instructions and metric bolts. Finally, Low Range Off Road offers a lifetime warranty on their parts – you can’t beat that.

For a limited time, Low Range Off Road has agreed to waive shipping charges for anyone in the continental U.S. as long as you mention when you order. If you’re outside the continental U.S., they’ll reduce your shipping accordingly when you mention the website.

Bottom Line: Low Range Off Road’s 3″ lift kit for the Toyota Tundra is top notch – high quality machined aluminum, a well thought-out design that includes a lot of nice touches, and well written directions. The price is competitive, and installing the kit is simple enough for a home mechanic to tackle. We recommend the Low Range Off Road kit over the Truxxx kit because of the higher quality and lower list price.


Low Range Off Road Lift Kit Specs:

Dimensions: 3″of lift in the front, just about 1″ of lift in the rear.

Install Time: A competent mechanic can install this kit in 1 to 2 hours. Expect a shop to charge 3 hours of labor plus alignment.

Warranty: Low Range Off Road has lifetime warranty on materials and workmanship. Despite what you may hear from your Toyota dealer, installing a lift kit will not impact your Toyota factory warranty. However, you may have to fight with them a little before they honor the warranty.

Pricing: $299.

Special thanks to techs Ryan Prue and Tanner Tilton of Stevinson Toyota East in Aurora, CO for working on this project with us.

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  1. Todd says:

    I was just before purchasing the Low Range kit for my 2008 Tundra Crewmax when I read a comment that concerned me (on another website). Is there any negative to having to rotate the upper half of the strut 1/8 turn to bolt the spacer in? It was suggested that this would negatively affect the ability to correctly set the camber upon realignment.

  2. Bill says:

    What is the warranty on this product?

    Do advertisers on this website get more friendly reviews than non-advertisers? That has been suggested in another forum. Did Truxxx not pay for advertising while Low Range did?

    Can someone answer Todd’s question?

  3. Bill says:

    I read the article again, I see the warranty question is answered, lifetime….

  4. Todd – I was told by the technician that installed the kit on our test truck that turning the top of the strut a few degrees didn’t matter. I can’t imagine that it would effect alignment any more or less than any other kit (ToyTec’s kit also requires a slight turn), but I’ll look into it and get back to you.

  5. Bill – The warranty info is hard to find on Low Range’s website, but it is lifetime as you say. As for the idea that we were paid to endorse Low Range’s kit, I wish! 🙂 Seriously – take a look at the two kits side-by-side and it will take you about 3 seconds to agree with us that this blows the Truxxx kit away. Not only is the price better, but the quality on the Low Range kit is much better too. The Truxxx kit is good enough to get the job done, but I’ll tell you this. When I got the Truxxx kit in the mail a few months ago, I pulled one of the spacers out of the box and a flake of powder coating fell off in my hand, exposing bare metal. The potential rust issue, combined with the heavy weight, makes steel less desirable. Maybe it’s unfair of us, but Truxxx use of welded steel makes the kit inferior to a CNC machined aluminum kit.

    • Anonymous says:

      so very true, i installed this kit on my 2010 tundra when bought new, very well priced and quality is second to none. “coalhog303”

  6. Chris says:

    I am not sure where this was noted, but no, the camber will not be negatively affected so that it cannot be aligned. I have had zero problems aligning this lift, and my local dealership aligns all installed lifts of mine just fine. The bolt spacing on the Tundra is slightly different within the four holes, but it is not offset with the strut. There is plenty of adjustment on the Tundra to maintain factory alignment. All of our lifts have had no alignment issues whatsoever. I even have a brand new strut out of a ’07 Tundra sitting on the shipping table for quality control purposes that I can turn 1/8 of a turn and show you. The spacer adds lift (which affects camber) but there is no change to Camber by changing the configuration of the strut (ex. turning the strut 1/8 turn. This kit has been installed on hundreds of Tundra’s so far and has had zero problems. It is an excellent kit and is installed exclusively by dealerships. On few occasions, my local dealership has even removed other lifts from Trucks causing problems and installed ours. Comebacks cost dealerships money, so they are willing to put on quality products.

  7. Todd says:

    Thanks to Jason and Chris for responding to my question. After looking closely at pictures of the Low Range and competing kits of this design, I have to concur with Jason (even looking at pictures on the web) that the Low Range kit appears to be of superior quality. I plan to take the plunge and purchase the Low Range kit in the next couple of days… I’ll report back here after installation (which will be done at my local Toyota dealership) and let everyone know my impressions. Thanks for providing an informative website… keep up the good work!

  8. Todd – Chris works for Low Range, but his answer makes sense. The overall length of the coil assembly doesn’t change length if it’s turned, so that shouldn’t effect camber. Adding the spacer effects camber, but that’s true of any lift. I’m glad to hear you’re buying the kit – feel free to comment here about your opinions and results.

  9. patrick says:

    what do you guys know about rancho quicklift? Likes,dislikes,experience? Anything.

  10. Patrick – I don’t know anything about the Rancho kit. A quick search shows a very intriguing part, but I’m not sure if I know how it works. I know how the lift is achieved, but I don’t know what exactly their part does. I’ll add it to the list of parts we’d like to review. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

  11. george says:

    Which Toyota dealership in Houston area installs this lift and still honors Toyota warranty?

    This is important before I buy lift.

    email me dealerships if you can.

  12. Matt says:

    Would you recommend the Low Range offroad kit over Toytecs kit?

  13. George – No idea. They all should honor the warranty with the lift, but as for installation you’ll need to pick up the phone and call. We’re not affiliated with Toyota, so we don’t have the ability to find out any better than you do! 🙂

  14. Matt – I know I answered this question somewhere else, but here goes: Depends. If you’re doing the install yourself at home in your garage, go with the Low Range kit. It’s easier to install because you don’t need a spring compressor. Having said that, if you (or your mechanic) have the right tools already, go with the ToyTec. There’s a lot less prying needed to get the ToyTec kit installed, and most of the auto technicians I’ve talked to favor the ToyTec design. Having said that, there’s no conclusive reason to favor one design over the other, so it’s really up to you. To me, it comes down to install.

  15. Dino says:


    You mention thanks to the crew at Stevenson Toyota. Can they install the kit?



  16. Dino – Stevinson West actually used a local 4×4 shop. I *think* it was high country 4×4, but you’ll have to call them to find out for sure.

  17. boogiedownchoppers says:

    I have an 08 crewcab looking at putting the low range kit. Can i fit 35-12.5-20 with out cutting or rubbing! If not what is the biggest size i can fit.

  18. Brandon says:

    I have a 2007 Tundra, Limited, Crewmax, TRD, I have been studying up on the 3″ front and 1″ block for rear Lifts and think i’ve narrowed it down between the Toytec and the Low Range Off Road lift. I want to be able to put 35″ tires under it, i read a comment under the toytec that bothers me about the sagging, so is questionable. i will be putting the lift on myself w/ two of my buddies that have installed lifts on both their vehicles, and will be doing this using a truck lift. I am willing to spend the extra money to get the better product. Also read about the compression spring issue and have the tools for that. I don’t want to deal with aligning issues or sagging issues running 35”s i am more concerned with Long term issues than anything. Would you please tell me the Best kit i can go w/ knowing all this information (not just between these two kits but over all THE BEST KIT). Thanks yal, being able to read the comments and ask the questions really helps as consumers.

  19. Brandon – First, to the issue about sagging – every auto tech and engineer we’ve ever asked has told us the same thing: springs don’t sag. They can’t. It’s impossible. Still, people complain about lifts “settling”. This must be an install issue, but I can’t imagine how you could mess up the install on the ToyTec kit, so I don’t know what to tell you about that one. As far as alignment is concerned, both kits require an alignment. Anytime you life a vehicle, you change the geometry. An alignment will make sure your tires wear correctly, your truck handles best, etc. It’s a necessary step for both. Based on what you’ve said, since you have the tools and the help, most of the techs we’ve spoke with think the in-coil spacers are best. That means go with the ToyTec, but only by the slimmest margin. If it weren’t for all your tools and helpers, the Low Range would be easier to install and would get the nudge. Don’t forget the TH1108 discount code at Toytec.

  20. Mike says:

    I have an 08 Tundra that I put the Low Range kit on myself. Im also running 35’s with only minor skid plate trimming. This is a very high quality kit. I looked into the Toytec as well and did alot of research. Ive found that many people said the toytec caused the ride to stiffen up because of the spring compression. Another thing that Ive noticed is that Low Range is the only one offering the tapered rear blocks, which seems like a smart idea. Im very happy with the Low Range product.

  21. Mike says:

    I forgot to mention that the Low Range kit was also very easy to align back to factory specs.

  22. Mike – Fantastic man! Thanks for posting your comments here. We like both the kits pretty well…much nicer than the cheap welded steel kits that so many companies offer.

  23. Chris says:

    For all of your information we have recently updated the kit, including newly designed front spacers, and zinc plated u-bolts for added corrosion resistance. There was not any problems with the front spacers as they were, we just wanted to update aesthetics to make the lift stand out even more. We went with a clear zinc instead of a yellow zinc on the u-bolts because the Tundra comes with a clear zinc from the factory and we wanted the vehicle to retain the same OEM quality and looks. This was something that I noticed as I worked on vehicles with Toyota is that aftermarket items don’t have to look tacky but make a bold statement . The end result is a lift that not only I, but Toyota dealers have found to be a winner. You know you have an excellent product when Toyota employees want to, and have installed this lift on their personal vehicles.

    • Mike G says:

      Chris I looked on Low Ranges’ website but I wasnt able to find a leveling kit for ’06 Tundras. Do yall make them or was I just looking in the wrong place?

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  25. Jon says:

    I’ve been researching a variety of Lift kits for my ’08 Crewmax Tundra Grade, wanting to get a little more ground clearance for the front while keeping the current alloy stock wheels. I’m going with the Low Range Off Road (LROR) 3-inch lift kit – all my studying suggests this meets my desires and will retain the OEM ride while setting the perfect “stance” for my future mod of adding Road-Armor front and rear bumpers. Since I live in Layton, Utah, I may as well take a trip down to Provo and check out the place. I just gotta get the wife’s blessing before I execute this plan. Kudos to LROR for their quality kit.

  26. Jean says:

    Hey guys, I just got an Double Cab SR5 4×4 ’09 and wish to level the truck. Before I can do so, can anybody tell me the overall height of the truck after the LROF lift with 33″ tires? I have to be able to clear 6’8″ most of the time and sometimes 6’6″ parking lots. Thanks!

  27. Jean – Figure that the truck will be no more than 2.5″ taller if you install a 2.5″ leveling kit. It will probably be slightly less (I don’t know how much exactly, but I would guess 1.5″ to 2″, but that way you’ll have a little buffer zone just in case.

  28. Jean says:

    Hello all, I finnally purchased this kit for my Tundra, now I am in the process of figuring out what whell/tire combo to use. I would love to run 285/75R17, Toyo Open Country Mud Terrain which come out to 34″, but I would love to bump up to 35″ tires, will this lift allow me to run this size tires without rubbing? I do not do any extreme off-roading (unfortunately), just some dirt roads in good shape.


  29. Jean – 34’s will be too big I think, but you never know. 35’s are definitely too big – even on a Tundra with a 6″ lift you’ve got to cut the fenders a little bit to get the 35’s to work. 33’s…that’s the number.

  30. donnie flowe says:

    i have a ’10 Tundra and put the low range 3″ lift kit on it. this kit is suppose to be able to fit a 33″ tire, and it will, but not a wider tire. if the tire is any wider than the factory it’s gonna rub, even if you take off hte mud flaps. other than that, it rides great, looks great, and was very easy to install.

  31. Calvin says:

    Hey I am wanting to order this kit I just got a 2010 double cab 4×4, am wanting to put some 285/55/20 Nitto tera grapplers, will those fit or will I get rubbing? thats a 32.25 tall but slightly wider than stock I belive.

  32. Donnie – Yep – tire rub is almost always an issue. Whether you put a 6″ Pro-Comp lift on or a simple leveling kit, the tires rub unless you do a little cutting (and then they still rub when the wheels are fully turned). Nature of the beast – good comment.

  33. Calvin – They should fit without too much trouble provided you install a leveling kit. However, when the wheels are fully turned, there will be some rub.

  34. DeAnna says:

    Hey Jason I have a 2008 Toyota Tundra this kit you have will for sure work on my truck right? although it says 2007! I am excited about buying my kit and putting it on our truck.

  35. John Viscome says:

    I have an 08 Tundra with a Total Chaos long travel upper controll arm , Icon racing long travel coil over shocks and 1 inch diff. spacers giving me a 3 inch
    total lift , I`m getting mixxed info on how large a tire I can run , does the wheel backspacing make a differance? how about tire width?

  36. John – Wheel backspacing and tire width are related, and both will influence the size of the tire you can run. Basically, the wider the tire, the more likely it will rub up against the front-end suspension system or (depending on options) the skid plate under the motor. Tire rub is typically the limiting factor in tire size, and most tire rub issues have to do with the front tires rubbing during full travel and/or when the wheels are fully turned. One way to overcome this issue is to increase a wheel’s backspacing over stock, pushing the wheels beyond the fenders. As always, the best people to advise you on this type of thing are the folks at your local tire and wheel shop.

  37. Jayson says:

    I like what I am reading about the Low Range and the Toytec 3″ leveling kits. I just purchased a 2010 crewmax and want a leveling kit on there. The dealership assessory department only wants to instal the Revtech 2.5″ kit for whatever reason. I believe the kit does uses 6061 spacers. However I was unable to find out if there is any differential drop spacer in the kit. Does anyone know anything good or bad about the 2.5 Revtech. Id rather go with the kits mentioned in this forum but want to maintain my warrenty (my dealership = revtech only. Any thoughts?

  38. DJ says:

    It looks like alot of work and thought went into this. Including the angle of the back blocks. I commend you for this. There is just one thing. You have an aluminum piece against a steel piece. This under alot of vibration and movement. This may be fine for mudrunners in the south, but lets throw in winters in the northeast or the surf fisherman where this part is subject to saltwater. No matter what you do you will not be able to prevent the penetration of saltwater between aluminum and steel. This is going to create major electrolysis. The aluminum part will be eaten away (especially between the two part that you won’t see). I have had more experience with this and trying to solve this with machines in the marine industry. It can happen slow or extremely fast depending on conditions. If any doubt, look at the local saltwater marina, at the boatowners who thought they were saving money by not replacing thier zincs. I hope you thought about this in your warranty. I know you have done alot of work in this, and only wish to prevent heartache with you and your customers.
    A fellow and retired engineer

  39. Jayson – The dealership is just trying to sell you something – there’s no reason that one lift kit would be more warrantable than another. I’ve never heard anything bad about the RevTech kit, and the fact that the dealership prefers it is a compliment. Still, don’t feel like you have to buy that brand just because the dealer wants you to. Dealers will warranty the truck regardless of the kit (so long as the kit isn’t the cause of the warranty problems).

  40. DJ – Great point. Tell me, would anodized aluminum be a problem as well?

  41. DJ says:

    In my experience, mind you the equipment I worked with was constantly wet with either salt or fresh water, anodizide parts worked great with the non-metal contact with the aluminum part. But the areas of contact the pitting, desolving, and honeycombing was even worse. I had used anodes (zinc) which did slow the process down, but clearly did not solve the problem. I have even built a dc voltage regulator to ground the equipment, but this interfered with the computers on the equipment (and the ship, as it showed up as a ground onboard, a big no-no with the ships electronic equipment. The companies policy on electrolysis of its equipment was then normal wear and tear, even if the part failed in 6 months. This is now in the warranty of thier machines, and the customer must check the machines parts so that failure doesn’t damage other parts/personnel. The technicians and us engineers were always the go between the customer and our sales. It was not a pleasant experience and am glad I am retired. Please note I do not wish to say or imply any negative comment on this product, only addressing a problem with aluminum, saltwater (and solvents/cleaners) and electrolysis.

    You may try an anode such as zinc to slow this process (available at any good marine boat store). This may be a option in areas that have problems.

    I hope this helps

  42. DJ – I hear ya. I don’t think you’re saying that this design is bad, more so that it’s inherently susceptible to corrosion. I think the issue is very much dependent upon conditions and maintenance. If a vehicle owner in the N.E. is careful to regularly wash a vehicles undercarriage (with special attention paid to the aluminum spacer), that might be enough to avoid any negative consequences. Still, it’s a great point – aluminum isn’t the ‘perfect’ material…but it’s close! 🙂

  43. BC says:

    Hello. I just received this kit and I agree with everyone else that this is a great looking high quality kit. I plan to have it installed next week and an alignment performed at a local dealer. I only have one question and it could be a stupid one. It appears to me that the front strut spacer is only about 1.6 inch tall (overall height). Did I receive the wrong spacers? I’m not sure how you get a 3 inch lift from a spacer that is not 3 inches in height.


  44. BC – Spring pre-load. The additional length on the strut assembly results in some pre-load on the spring, reducing the amount of spring compression at rest. SO, you get 1.5″ from the spacer and 1.5″ from the reduction in “springyness.” Make sense?

  45. Jayson says:

    I decided to buy The LROR and I’m glad I did. Impressed with the quality and it makes the Truck look way better. I installed myself, then took to a local shop to get alignment done. They told me that they were unable to get caster back within spec. I called LROR and they said that they hear that all the time from random shops but they said that the dealership shops never have any problem getting them in spec. My dealership is 160 mi away. Is there anything that the dealership knows about aligning the tundra that my local shop doesn’t know? Perhaps some unusual adjustment on the upper control arm that isn’t obvious?

  46. Jayson – Not sure…but I bet Low Range can explain it to you.

  47. W.H.C says:

    I dont understand how everyones tires are rubbing. I baught a ’10 Tundra double-cab 4 X 4 had it a week and have put a set of 325/60/18 (33X13.00X18)Terra Grapplers on it and dont rub at all, even being stock height with stock wheels. The day after I got the tires I went off-roading in some really good ruts that really flexed the suspension and body, still no rub(it rubbed the mud on the front skirt and front mud flat). Maybe Toyota change something from ’09 to ’10. I am planning to install LROR kit and a set of slightly off-set wheels soon because it will make the truck look more like a 4 X 4 and not a 4 X 2 and give it a much better over all look !!!!!

  48. WHC – Good to know. It’s quite possible Toyota changed the ’10’s to better fit a lift. Usually, however, rub occurs during parking when the wheels are cranked all the way to the limit of the turn radius…so if you feel like it, let me know if they rub. I’d be very curious to know.

  49. TXTee says:

    Yes I think something changed with the suspension on the 2010s. I found one at the dealer on Sat. with 20″ wheels and TerraGrapplers (not sure on size) but looks like a 33″ and will go back to see if I can crank the wheels to check for rubbing. Does not appear to have any suspension work done….

  50. Cool – let us know.

  51. Doug says:

    I have a 2010 DC and was disappointed with the bed sag when I hooked up my camper. I had a set of Firestone airbags installed and they seem to be working great. The bags make the rear sit about an inch higher. Would it be feasable to put the spacers in the front and just use the bags to raise the rear?

  52. Doug – Yes. Airbags are an acceptable alternative to blocks provided they have a sufficient rating.

  53. PAUL HATFIELD says:

    Installed low range kit-easy install,one problme though-there isa noticeable growl,whine at 35-45 mph,goes away in 4wd.have read about front diff recall,truck diff noise was not noticeable before install,don.t know if kit amplified dif failure or cv wear-pkup has 70 k miles on it.also now do i leave kit on and take to dealer for diagnosis or take it off-have certified warranty on thinking about working with dif drop to see if it changes noise.HELP

  54. Jason says:

    Paul – That’s odd. Forgive me if this is a dumb question, but did you do an alignment? Either way, I wouldn’t pull the kit off to get it looked at. Unless the kit was installed incorrectly, it’s not going to hurt your warranty.

  55. PAUL HATFIELD says:

    JASON:Yes i had front end aligned the next morning-drives great-just the whir,growl noise at 25-40 mph.Low range has got back to me-they have not encountered this either-they think it has to do with diff recall.what i’m worried about is what if i take the kit off and noise goes i stated,if there was a noise before it was not as noticeable,but you know how it is when you install something-all your senses are more aware for noises,vibrations etc.logic also tells me that cv joint wear could be amplified if angle is changed any.but that does not explain mph at which it happens,70mph-no noise,vibration etc.Really has me stumped-i work for john deere,so mecanical issues are a daily routine of proble solving-but this—duh

  56. Jason says:

    Paul – You’ve got me…I don’t understand the noise at certain speeds either. I was thinking tires, which is what brought me to alignment, but that was just a stab. I think the dealer will look at this without disqualifying the repair as warrant-able, so I would say take it in with the kit installed.

  57. eric fowler says:

    Ok, so now i’m thoroughly confused about what i need to fit 35″s under my 2010 Tundra Double Cab 4×4. I’ve seen mention of 35″s fitting with either the Low Range Offroad Kit and the ToyTec kit with simple skid plate trimming. I’ve seen you (Jason) suggest (to Jean) that 35″s are too big with these kits. Then I’ve seen W.H.C. say that he has fit 325/60/18 Terra Grapplers on a completely stock truck and rims (just like mine). I will be doing very little or no trail riding with this truck and won’t mind trying to avoid cutting the wheels all the way when I park. Any help would be appreciated and as soon as I know what I need I will buy, have installed and submit feedback to you guys! Thanks.

  58. Jason says:

    eric – I’ve been told 35’s can fit under a 3″ leveling/lift kit…but I don’t see a lot of them. 33’s, on the other hand, fit just fine. Your best bet is to work with a wheel and tire dealer. That way, if the size is wrong and/or won’t fit, they can take them back and order a different set.

  59. Pete says:

    I have a 2010 limited crewmax and am looking for 4×4 shop that has already installed this kit in NJ anybody know of any good shops in north New Jersey that have done this?

  60. mrblack5.7 says:

    HI don’t leave this forum. That said reading all he possible page by page from the last few years your opinions change rather quickly and right now my head is spinning
    I guess I should post what I’d like to get out of this beast and ask for an opinion on what parts to use in conjunction with one another? Bare in mind I really don’t compromise on form and function to say money. Could I ask that of you guys collectively? I’m putting a lot into this truck as it has been all I’ve thought of for 3 years. I wish do avoid the little mistakes and big catastrophes that I read about now. I am not a car buff to say the least and to that point until last week didn’t even know I could put a supercharger on my tundra. Now I realize I should have been doing my homework. Not only on the mods but on all the problems and issues that are inevitability going to show up on some scale.

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  63. Julian says:

    Hey guys i had a couple of questions for everyone… see if yall can help me out. Alright i have 07 tundra 4×4 bone stock i hate the way it sticks its ass in the air… I was wondering if i should get the 3″ leveling kit from low range and if so what size tires and rims should i get.. ive had lots of suvs, first truck wanna do it right! If anyone can help it would be great thanks ..

  64. Jason says:

    Julian – If you add a 3″ lift, you can add 33″ tires (maybe 35’s, but you’ll need to do some trimming on the skid plate). As far as rims, you’ll need to go with 18″ rims or bigger (the Tundra’s brake system is a little too big for 17″ wheels).

  65. Todd says:

    Any alignment specs or use factory specs? Anyone have this kit installed in New England? How is it holding up with the harsh winters?

  66. Jason says:

    Todd – I don’t know what the specs are, but anytime a kit like this is added the truck needs to be re-aligned (although usually not much). As for holding up, I can’t imagine what could go wrong. There’s a possibility of accelerated corrosion between a steel and aluminum surface, but I haven’t seen any documented examples with this kit or any of the other aluminum spacer kits on the market. I think that the main consideration with kits like this is the expense…adding a 3″ lift isn’t too bad cost wise, but it probably means you’ll buy new wheels and tires too. That can get expensive! 🙂

  67. Todd says:

    Jason, I was ready to pull the trigger on this kit along with new tires and wheels (which is a little expensive, LOL..)when I saw the post in this column regarding the potential corrosion issue, which was something that has not been mentioned on any of the big 3 Tundra forums, so I figured I would ask about it here. Either way I feel good enough about it to place the order for the lift, wheels and tires anyway. LRO’s site didnt take the reference of Tundra HQ like it was mentioned in the article, but I see the article was written over 2 years ago. $25 bucks well spent on shipping I hope. Thanks for the reply.

  68. Julian says:

    Im about to purchase the LRO kit but i had a question i have stock shocks oem should i buy some blistein shocks and if i do will this work a lil better?!

  69. Jason says:

    Todd – Got it. I think the aluminum/steel corrosion is interesting, but I’ve never seen any pictures of it on a truck.

    By the way, I’m not sure why LRO doesn’t honor that deal anymore, but I struck all that text in the article. If you’re planning on doing a home install, this is the kit to go with.

    Julian – Stock shocks are fine, but after-market shocks are always better (again, not necessary). If you’re thinking about an investment, a new set of coil-overs is REALLY the best way to go…but it’s very pricey.

  70. dereck says:

    i have a 2010 tundra 2wd trd and which kit should i go with on low range offroad they have one kit for 269 and another for 299 my question is which one do i get

  71. Jason says:

    Dereck – If you have a 2wd, you don’t need the diff drop kit…so I think the cheaper one is fine.

    Having said that, you should call. I don’t know what part numbers you’re looking at, etc.

  72. sam says:

    has anyone had any problems with this kit and premature wear of other components

    just orders it and finding alot of different opinions

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  74. sam says:

    stupied question, is a 4 wheel alliment needed after this kit is installed or is just a front end enough

  75. Jason (Admin) says:

    sam – You don’t need a 4 wheel alignment, but you do need the front end alignment.

  76. kevin says:

    hi jason.I have the 2010 tundra and just put the snow plow on it couple days ago,it is about 550 pounds,after i put it on,my front end dropped 1 inches,i wonder if i can put one of the level kit on to raise the height opf my truck.Thanks

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  78. Jason (Admin) says:

    Kevin – We’re going to publish an article about these next week, but check out Timbren air springs.

  79. Jozy Mamba says:

    I am debating between Toytec and Low Range Lift Kit. How come there are always comparisons between these two kits and other competitors, but why is there not a comparison for Toytec and Low Range? Are they pretty much the same? Also, as stated above, it is NOT necessary to purchase after market shocks and/or coil-overs, but may I ask, why would it be recommended? What benefits are there in installing new coil-overs and/or shocks? Any suggestions on which to buy?

    Also, no near Toyota dealership will install a leveling kit to my 2010 Crewmax 2WD Tundra, one dealership said they do not install them anymore, and were not able to give me a reason. Who can I trust to ensure a proper installation for the right price? I have a friend who installed his own 2″ leveling kit on his Chevy Silverado and offered to install my kit for me when I buy one, I’d just have to get it aligned afterwards. His truck works fine. Should I take it to him?

  80. Jozy Mamba says:

    Also, Chris stated in an earlier post that Low Range has updated their kit, how come? If there was not anything wrong with it before, the only reason for the update was to make it stand out more? That’s the only reason? Toytec states that they sell to many toyota dealers but the 5 in my area that I called have no clue about this claim. should I go with Low Range based off that?

  81. Jason (Admin) says:

    Jozy – The difference between the ToyTec and the LRO kits is simple: ToyTec are in-coil spacers, LRO are above coil. If you’re going to be doing the install yourself, the LRO kit is a little easier.

    As for shocks, it’s a good idea to replace shocks any time you change suspension characteristics with a lift kit, but it’s not absolutely necessary. Most people who upgrade their shocks have a better ride, but it’s not a huge difference.

    If you have the money for new coil-overs, I’d go with those. They’re quite a bit more expensive.

    I don’t know where to go for install…check Yelp. I also don’t know why ToyTec would tell you they sell to dealers in your area if they don’t. Maybe they made a mistake.

    Finally, my recollection is that LRO changed the coating they use on the u-bolts. Slightly better, but not necessarily a required enhancement.

  82. Jozy Mamba says:

    Thanks for the prompt reply! I am a little bit confused regarding shocks and coil overs, are you saying that one should upgrade shocks and coil overs? Or just one or the other depending on preference? Do coil over kits usually come with new shocks? How do these two differ or relate?

    I believe a Toytec represenative stated “in general” they sell their kits to toyota dealerships, not so much the ones in my local area. But nonetheless, I will try yelp to find some good reviewed local mechanics! Lastly, can you please explain what some of the ramifications of having your truck lifted in the long run? If I rarely (maybe twice if not once a year) go off-roading, and prefer to lift my truck basically for looks, what are some problems or cons that one may run into with lifting his/her truck?

    Thanks again, your knowledge has been very beneficial to my research for a kit!

  83. Jason (Admin) says:

    Jozy – There’s a post on our sister site TacomaHQ that should answer all your questions. It’s long, but if you read the entire thing, you’ll feel a lot better about making a decision.

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  85. DMS says:

    I have a 2007 Tundra Crewmax, TRD, 4X4. I am looking into running BFG AT’s 305-65-18. I have factory wheels. I want to keep a rake to my truck and understand I can go with a 2″ block in the back-correct? Is the 3″ all you over in the front? I didn’t want to go real tall and have been considering the 2 1/2 and 1 1/2 Toytech or Revtech. I do like your concept as it should keep closer to the factory ride. I am limited with my garage door and measure right now 6′-9″, and removing the door stop would give me 6′-9 1/2″. If I do go your 3″ in front and 2″ in back will I fit? Also, what dealer’s do you have in Dallas who are certified to put your lift on? Thanks in advance.

  86. Jason (Admin) says:

    DMS – We’re not selling the kit, so you’ll need to direct most of your questions to Low Range. However, I’m looking at your tire size and thinking it’s going to be a tight fit.

  87. Julian says:

    I put on the lro 3/1 kit and it was great leveled but now it went down like 1 and half to two inches in the front! Is this the shocks!? Stock shocks with 65k miles on them. I don’t wanna put new shocks on if it’s not gonna fix the problem I’d rather buy a new product. Can anyone help me?! Thx

  88. abel says:

    I just bought a 2012 tundra crewmax 4×4 texas edition. it has 285/55/20 bfg all terrian rubbing ,all factory.
    can i install 305 or 315 tires without leveling kit being they dont rub now with factory tires (33in).did it come with some kind of different suspension for 2012 ?

  89. Jason (Admin) says:

    Julian – Not sure how I missed your comment. My apologies. I don’t have any idea why this would happen. I’d check to make sure everything was installed correctly.

    abel – See the comments on this post:

    Lots of people asking the same/similar question.

  90. Nick says:

    Anybody measure the clearance after the install of this kit? Left vs right side about 1/4-1/2 difference? Normal? When the truck is stock is it a little off as well?

  91. Ty says:

    I just bought a 2012 tundra crewmax. I was told by the parts store to put the Ready Lift 2.5 inch leveling kit. After reading on the page, should I use the Low range off road kit? I have never placed a lift on any of my trucks and would hate to ruin or hurt my newly bought truck. I just want to use the most reliable product. Thoughts on Ready Lift kits?

    • Pete says:

      I am also considering the ReadyLift. I did some searches on the different lifts and here’s what I found so far. The kits comprise of a front coil spacer. It’s either made of steel, like the ReadyLift, or aluminum like the LowRange Offroad or Toytec leveling kit. The ReadyLift also does not include a bumpstop spacer unlike the LowRange. Aside from that, the kits all do the same task. One more difference is that the LowRange kit tapers the rear block to reduce driveline vibration in the rear.

      Good luck and let me know which kit you decide to go with.

    • Jason (Admin) says:

      Readylift makes a fine product. We’ve never tested it, but I’ve talked to the people at the company and have no reason to doubt their quality.

  92. Pete says:

    Does anyone know where in Houston,Tx that will install the LowRange Offroad leveling kits?

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  94. AlexA says:

    Gents, I have a 2007 Tundra crew max 5.7 Love it !! I have been wanting to get it off the ground alittle, but did not want to effect the great ride performance….so it looks like the LRO is the best choice for me. I would like to change the shocks at the same time….Bilstein Shocks are stock for this truck $$$$. My question was would it matter if I used the adjustable 5100 or not a good idea ?

    • Jason (Admin) says:

      AlexA – If you’re adding the LRO kit, you don’t need to buy the 5100 shocks with the adjustable ride height. The regular 5100s will be good, however.

      • AlexA says:

        Ok that’s what I thought thank you… save some $$ by putting the heavy duty Bilsteins back in… : )

  95. jeff tripp says:

    have this kit on 2010 crewmax, just bought a 2012 crewmax, my question is due they have this exact kit to fit my new truck or will a 2011 kit work. There was probably no changes to suspension in a year right ?

  96. Trevor says:

    Hey All,

    Have 2012 CM 4WD, grade Tundra. Want to replace stock steel, styled wheels (18×8) and tires (255/70/18) with MB Wheel, TKO wheels (18×9, 25mm backspace) and BFG T/A KO, tires (275/70/18).
    Considering the Readylift 2.5″ T6 Aluminum leveling kit but being that qualified reputable installers are hard to find in Maui, HI, also considering the LRO 3″ leveling kit and installing myself.
    Does anyone have the Readylift T6 kit installed? If so what wheel/tire combo are you running? Any rub issues at full turn over and/or at full compression when wheeling. Intend to take my truck wheeling and don’t want rub issues there or while full turn.
    Responses will be and are much appreciated.

  97. Jordon says:

    I have an 09 tundra limited crewman and i have narrowed it down to the toytec or this LRO levelling kit, i saw in an above comment you have a discount code for toytec, is there also a code we can use to get a discount from LRO?

    • Jason (Admin) says:

      Jordon – That discount code is no longer active, and we don’t have any now. 🙁

  98. Alex says:

    I have a 2012 Tundra crewmax and want to install a leveling kit. I see that most of the comments have been for older models. Is toytec still one of the best kits for my truck?

  99. Rherman says:

    Had the low range off road 3 inch leveling kit installed on my 2012 tundra crewmax. Perfect. installed at local shop for 350.00. It looks great now. Next is a cold air intake

  100. dave G says:

    I recently purchased a 2013 tundra Rock Warrior edition. Most level kits online say that the 2.5″ kit is the ONLY kit for the rock warrior edition & that the 3″ kit won’t work. Why are they saying this ? I had your kit on my 09′ rock warrior and seemed fine. Great Quality !!!!!

    • Rherman says:

      i dont know why it wouldnt work. i have TSS with 20 inch rims it drives great with it. 1500 miles so far on the 3 inch kit.

  101. eD says:

    I bought the 3/1 LRO lift kit for my 2008 Toyota Tundra CM. I Love it and just need to upgrade the shocks cause the stock are short.(no biggie). I also got the Goodyear duratrac tires 295/65/18, man loving the tires, no noise, and it has an aggressive look. I was going with Toyo open country but did not and im glad i didnt.

  102. Dan says:

    I currently have the firestone air suspension system for towing in the rear of my 2007 Tundra. I don’t tow as much anymore, so now when I’m not towing anything the rear sticks up even more than a stock tundra making it look even more awkward. Would it be possible to install just the front spacers to level the truck? Or would this cause some sort of uneven wear on the parts?

    I’d rather not remove the air suspension system in case I do start towing again.

  103. Paul says:

    I have a 3/1.5 lift is that going to have a slightly higher back end on my 2013 Toyota 2WD dbl cab

  104. RJTerry says:

    2007 Reg Cab, short box, Timberline Green. Installed lo range leveling kit. One word ~ AWESOME. Looks great! Upstate Toyota in Batavia, NY said top Quality kit!

  105. Jose says:

    Something not mentioned anywhere here nor on the instructions is that for the Tundra you need to turn the tie rod ends upside down to compensate for the angle of the shaft. My vehicle warranty was voided because this was not done and caused the steering rack to fail!! I had to dish out another $2987 to get the rack replaced. I wish Low Range had put that in the instructions……although it does look nice, it was NOT worth $299 + $2987!!!!

  106. Cliff says:

    I want to have this leveling kit installed on 2013 CrewMax 2wd. It has solid reviews and I like that it doesn’t change ride quality. The problem I have is with the dealership. They keep saying something about these kits will cause my CV joints to fail and the would not warranty them. I wasn’t aware the 2wd had CV joints. I talked to the service manager and he says the only kit they will warranty is the pro-comp ($1400 installed). Can anybody advise on this? I am a SEMI-competent mechanic so is this something I could tackle in my home garage with a jack, stands, and an impact? I know I will need an alignment but can I do the install? Does anyone have advice for dealing with the dealership?

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