Toyota Tundra Lift Kit Review: Toytec 3″ Lift Kit

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Toytec Lifts produces lift kits, leveling kits, and other suspension accessories exclusively for Toyota trucks and SUVs. Based just outside of Denver, Colorado, ToyTec tests all of their products on Toyota vehicles that travel rugged trails in the Colorado Rockies. We found Toytec’s website and decided to review their 3″ Toyota Tundra lift kit. Our review includes a Tundra lift kit installation guide and video.

When the new Tundra was introduced, after market product manufacturers like ToyTec had very little time to design and manufacture a kit that would work with the all-new suspension. ToyTec’s engineering team collaborated with dealerships in Colorado and North Carolina to measure, design, and test their 3″ lift kit design as soon as the Tundra came out. Once the measurements were made, parts were machined, and ToyTec’s newest kit was ready for the market. For the most part, ToyTec sells their lift kits to dealerships and four-wheel shops around the country, but the product is available to the general public.

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2007 Tundra CrewMax Comparison: With and without ToyTec Lift Kit. The lifted truck is wearing ProComp 6066 wheels

ToyTec’s kit is designed to raise the front of the Tundra 3″ and the rear 1″, thus leveling the truck while also increasing the height about 1″. The end result is the lifted truck looks better, is level, and can accommodate a much larger set of wheels and tires. The vehicle we witnessed installation on had 305/55 R20’s (about 33″ in diameter), but other trucks with the kit have had tires as large as 35″ in diameter. As always, before choosing a kit, check with your local tire shop for fitments.

ToyTec 3The kit includes 3″ spacers for the front (a 2″ and a 1″ combined), 1″ blocks for the rear, and a 1″ differential drop kit to restore the angle of the front axles and ball joints to factory specifications. Because ToyTec designed their kit to match factory angles, there are no long-term effects with the installation of their kit.

The key components in the kit, the front spacers, are CNC-machined 6061 aluminum. Aluminum was chosen because it is strong but still light-weight. Aluminum also does not require post-installation adjustment, making it superior to many kits that use urethane material for their spacers. Since the spacers are machined aluminum, ToyTec guarantees a lifetime of use with all of their kits — regardless of wear and tear. Doug Gosh, owner of ToyTec Lifts, told us that ToyTec offers a lifetime warranty on all of their products but “(they)haven’t had to replace one kit yet, even on vehicles with over 200,000 miles.” As we’ve said before, we like kits with metal parts instead of plastic because they tend to last a lot longer and don’t require adjustment. (See our Tundra Leveling Kit guide for an example of urethane wear.)

Installation of the kit is straightforward, and a short summary of the 3″ Tundra Lift Kit Installation is available. There’s also a short video (see below). However, as we have suggested in the past, installing a leveling kit is difficult for most home mechanics to do. This kit, like most other kits, requires the use of both a strut compressor and multiple jack stands, as well as a new alignment, meaning that you’re either going to need to buy or rent some tools and then drive to the shop for an alignment. We suggest you have the kit installed professionally and spend your time on something else.

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Toyota Tundra Lift Kit Installation Video

The 3″ lift kit costs $289 brand new, but TundraHeadquarters readers can receive a discount by using the link below. ToyTec also offers a 2″ leveling kit for the Tundra for $159, with the option of adding the differential drop kit for $29. Again, with the differential drop, the factory suspension is basically un-altered. If ToyTec had not included the differential drop in the 3″ kit, the ball joint and axle angles would exceed factory specs and that could result in premature wear.

Overall, we think the ToyTec 3″ Tundra lift is a good product. We like the lifetime warranty, the use of machined aluminum, and ToyTec’s emphasis on matching the factory axle and ball joint angles. We did notice that during installation that the factory skid guard (not the aluminum skid plates, which are optional) touched the bottom of the differential drop spacers. The installer, Jerrod Jewell of Mountain States Toyota, fixed this by adding some spacers to the bolts that attach the factory skid guard. Also, we think the instruction sheet could use more details. Unless you’re an auto technician, some of the steps might seem confusing.

Bottom-line: The 3″ lift kit from ToyTec uses high-quality materials, is designed with long-term wear in mind, and allows for the installation of tires as big as 35″. We recommend you have your local shop install the kit and that you verify your tires will fit before you purchase the kit.


Both stock and lifted Toyota Tundra, distance from bottom of wheel well to center hub:

Stock front: 21.5″ Stock rear: 24″

Lifted front: 25″ Lifted rear: 25″

Max tire size: 35″ diameter, but be sure to check with local tire shop first.

Kit installation time: Varies depending upon experience. Expect a local shop to charge 3-5 hours of labor (including alignment).

Warranty: Lifetime warranty on all parts. Because the kit was designed to match factory specs, no warranty implication with Toyota.

For more information about other ToyTec Lift products, visit

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  3. Jay says:

    Nice setup…looks like something that medium to advanced home mechanic could do in the garage. Just be sure to get that alignment as tires are not cheap.

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  5. Ernie says:

    Are there any future plans for any higher lifts from ToyTec?

  6. admin says:

    Yes. They told us they were designing a coil-over setup that would be 4″.

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  8. Todd says:

    I carry a slide in camper in the bed of my ’07 tundra with a dry weight of 1320 pounds. Once I add my camping gear and myself, I am usually right at the max limit for payload. I beefed up the rear end with “Supersprings”. My question is, Is this kit acceptable to use on a truck which is frequently carrying around 1700 lbs.?

  9. admin says:

    The kit is absolutely acceptable for use on a truck that is constantly loaded. But it’s important to remember that the helper springs included in the kit aren’t designed to dramatically increase your truck’s payload capacity. At best, the helper springs will add a couple hundred pounds of capacity. So long as you’re not overloading the truck, the kit will work just fine.

  10. Darin says:

    I was wondering what are the wheels/tires used in the photos

  11. Scott S. says:

    Toytek vs. Revtek? Any feedback? My dealer uses Revtek.

  12. admin says:

    Scott — we have no knowledge of the Revtek kit, but most likely it’s fine. Check the forums for a thread about “Revtek”.

  13. Rick says:

    Just took the toytec lift out of my 07′ tundra for a couple of reasons. the first reason is it only lifted font about 2.5″ at first then sagged to 2.25″! Emailed them with the concern, all they could tell me was that it was installed wrong! Second it road way too firm for New England roads this time of year! Installed the Daystar 3″ kit an actually got about 3.5″ of lift along with much easier installation of the lift! Looks much better & will definetly be able to run 35’s now!!!

  14. admin says:

    Rick – odd that you experienced spring sag. Some people swear that it happens, but all the data and stats I’ve seen show that sag doesn’t occur (in fact, I’ve been told by quite a few people spring sag is impossible). I’m not a very smart engineer (I have an engineering degree but I don’t use it), but I’m thinking the steel would need a LOT of force or time to sag.

    Nonetheless, you aren’t the first person to say that sag has occurred.

    As for the ride, sorry to hear you had a bad experience with the ToyTec. That is one disadvantage to their kit. We didn’t notice it much on our test vehicle, but we didn’t drive in NE in the winter either.

    Thanks for commenting.

  15. patrick says:

    What rims are used in the comparison picture?

  16. Pete Mottishaw says:

    After doing some searching around I found the wheels that are in the picture. They are Pro Comp #6066’s and are specifically made for the Tundras 5x150mm bolt pattern. They run about $350 a wheel at your local shop.

  17. Pete Mottishaw says:

    After doing a little searching I found that the wheels in the picture are the pro comp 6066’s. They’re made specifically for the Tundra’s 5x150mm bolt pattern and are available at major wheel shops for around $350 a piece.

  18. Mark says:

    Just got my 3 inch lift kit. Any suggestions on wheels and tires? Should I leave the factory wheels and tires on until they wear out?

  19. admin says:

    Mark – Leaving the stock rims and tires on makes sense, but you’ll probably get more for them on trade-in now than you will later. Either way, you can’t loose.

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  21. Tony says:

    with the 3 lift kit installed on my 2008 Toyota Tundta double cab,
    Can i install 35 inch wheels? do there have to be any other changes gears etc ?

  22. Tony – 35″ wheels should fit, but it depends on the exact brand of tire and wheel. A tire shop is better equipped to answer that question that we are. As for changing the gears, check out this post:

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  24. Chris Benner says:

    Will this kit fit the 06 Tundra Double Cab 2wd (with TRD Off Road package?)

  25. Chris – This specific kit is only for the 07 and up, but ToyTec has a kit for your truck.

  26. mike says:

    I was wondering how much my MPG would decrease with this lift and 33 inch tires. I was told the lift doesn’t change he MPG, it was the larger tires.

  27. Marcus says:

    I want to get the 3″ lift kit but do I need to also get longer shocks? I want to lift my truck to take 305 tires but I dont want to have to buy a whole new suspension. Also, the review doesn’t mention the option of extra leaf for the rear… how will that affect the ride and payload capability?

  28. Marcus – I can’t speak to your tires fitting under the lift – every tire is a little different and if you’re using aftermarket rims, well it’s just better to test tires and wheels out before you buy. As for longer shocks, no, you won’t need them. The stock shocks are fine. Adding the leaf to the rear is going to make your truck ride rough, so unless you’re always hauling weight around in the back, skip the helper leaf.

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  30. Thadd says:

    I have 24″ rims on my crewmax with a 35 series tire, will the 3″ lift allow me to put a 45series tire on it. I dont think the hieght is a problem, im more concern with the turning radius

  31. Thadd – No idea. Can’t speak to that with any authority – has your tire shop offered to help you?

  32. Thadd says:

    a little, he told me that a 40 series can fit. But I talk to another well known truck accessory place in the area, and they told me that the 3″ lift would give me what im trying to get.

  33. Kevin says:

    I am trying to find the best front leveling kit for my 2004 2×4 double cab SR5 Tundra? I have been told it would be best to put “coilovers” on because I have 102,000 miles? I am putting on larger tires, I currently have the Texas Edition 20′ stock rims and the tires that they put on before I purchased were way to small for the truck. I am not intending on offroading, but I would like to semi retain the nice ride that I have now. I have also heard that leveling kits can mess up your CV boots? Any recommendations would be helpful, because I do not want to put a ton of money into this truck.

  34. Kevin – Leveling kits can mess up your CV joints, but a well-designed leveling kit from a reputable company won’t hurt anything. The trouble is when people use a cheap kit (or fabricate their own). Leveling kits don’t add enough lift to hurt the CV joints – they only have 2″ of lift, which is well within the limits of the design. Well designed leveling kits don’t change the angle of the joint enough to hurt. You can buy a coil-over kit, but it will be 4 times as much as a leveling kit. Since you’re not going to off-road, and since you’re only looking for an enhancement, it seems like coil-overs might be overkill. Having said that, you might need new shocks anyways… As far as ride is concerned, the leveling kits sold by ToyTec, Truxxx, and others don’t impact the ride enough to make a difference. I would suggest you look at your front shocks, and based on whether or not you need to replace them (and how much that costs), you’ll know what to buy next.

  35. John Francoeur says:

    Jason, have you had any experience with the Ready Lift leveling kits?

  36. Jason says:

    John – No, but I’ve never heard anything bad about them. I’m sure they’re quite good.

  37. Luke Jarvis says:

    I am buying a 2010 Toyota crewmax platinum, and I am installing a 3/1 leveling kit, dual exhaust and bigger tires. I am still using the same rims (old tires 275 55r 20) with tires size of 33 12,5 20. Do I need to fix/change the speedometer or anything else? Is this a good idea to install these items and what other problems may occur?

  38. Jason says:

    Luke – The speedo will be off slightly, but not so much that you can’t adjust. In a perfect world, you would fix it, but most of the people I know don’t worry about it – there’s very little downside to a 5% speedo inaccuracy. Just remember, the speedo reads slow…

  39. Darius says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for the great review. Got the ToyTec 3/1 leveling kit installed and it looks great. Not to mention the ride feels the same to me….smooth as stock ride. One suggestion is to get it installed by an experienced mechanic….it will save you a headache.

  40. dan says:

    i bought this lift kit like two yrs ago but at the time i was moving, so i didn’t have the chance to install it. As time passed i upgraded my tundra with other mods and forgot about my lift kit… Last week i was in the attic and i found it but to my surprise the box was open and my bolts were gone… do you guys know what kind and size of bolts this kit has… maybe i could find them at an auto-part place instead of ordering them…
    im eager to get this install asap lol…
    thanx n hope to hear from you guys soon… love ur site by the way, great reviews and news….


  41. Jason says:

    dan – I’m sure Toytec will sell you the bolts you need for a fair price – they’re made to spec.

  42. sam says:

    what is the largets size tire i can put on the stock wheels on a ’08 SR5 TRD? i live in New England should i bother with a kit in the first place

  43. Jason says:

    sam – 33″ are common on trucks with leveling kits, 35″ on trucks with 3″ lift kits are possible (only you might have to trim the skid plat).

    As to whether or not you should mess with it, I’m not sure. There’s no long-term downside really…so why not?

  44. Greg says:

    What wheels are on the Lifted Tundra in this article?

  45. Jason says:

    Greg – Procomp 6066 wheels.

  46. Greg says:

    Thanks. I love they way they look. Now I just have to sell off my old T-100 to fund a set for the Tundra.

  47. Jason (Admin) says:

    Greg – Selling that old T100 shouldn’t be a problem – they’re very popular.

  48. Jorge says:

    Jason, I couldn´t make my mind on which leveling kit to buy Low Range or Toytec. Either one will be installed by a pro, and I really don´t think spending time off road. The priority for me would be the one that leaves me we the same driving sensation as my stock truck and the one that makes less impact on related parts. Should I go 3¨or 2.5¨, and do I need a Differential Drop kit if I end up buying the 2.5 lift kit from Toytec. Tks

  49. Jason (Admin) says:

    Jorge – I like them both, but if you’re looking for a leveling kit I think you might want to check out the Bilstein 5100 leveling shocks or the Rancho quickLIFT kit. Kits from ToyTec and Low-Range cost about the same amount of money, but they don’t come with a new pair of shocks like the Bilstein and Rancho kits.

    Of course, a diff. drop is a great idea, and that’s not something sold by Rancho or Bilstein, so I can see going with ToyTec or Low Range…sorry I can’t be more helpful! 🙂


    Bilstein 5100:

  50. Jorge says:

    Tks. for the advice Jason. I live in Miami and upon your advice will buy the Bilstein 5100 leveling shocks from Shockwarehouse but they have two parts for the front option: F4-BE5-E428-H0 and F4-BE5-6929-H1 (they seems quite different but can´t figure out the one I need, any suggestion???). For rear option they have F4-BE5-E429-H0. I´ve only need to lift the front up to 2.5 inches max, no need for a lift on the rear. Bearing in mind that it´s a 4×4, should I keep thinking on the Diff. Drop Kit, and if so what kit would you recommend. Tks

  51. Jason (Admin) says:

    Jorge – ToyTec sells diff. drop kits separately, and they make good quality stuff. As for part numbers…no idea. That’s a phone call to the people you’re buying from. 🙂

  52. Andy says:

    I have a stock 2010 Tundra Crewmax 4X4 that I want to put 20″ (+14mm offset) Ballistic Wizard Wheels on with some 305/50R20 Cooper Zeon LTZ tires. Due to this particular offset and tire width, which size leveling kit do you think would give me just enough room to allow the tires to function properly without scrubbing? This tire height is only 32″ tall so I did not want there to be more space in the wheel well than the tire needs to function properly. I just do not want the lift to be too high and make the tire look small in the wheel well. I wanted to stay with the 305/50 as opposed to the 305/55 (33″ tire) due to the increased cost in the 305/55 (over $100 more per tire for only another 1″ in overall diameter).
    Would you recommend the 2 inch leveling kit or the 3 inch leveling kit to obtain the best look for my setup?
    Thank you,

  53. Jason (Admin) says:

    Andy – I think the issue with a 305/50 tire isn’t the leveling kit height so much as it is the width. I think you’ll see tire rub.

    In any case, a leveling kit isn’t necessary to fit a 32″ tall tire. The stock tires are 32″ tall.

  54. Chad says:

    What wheels are those on the lifted Tundra? Does anyone know what kind they are.

  55. Jason (Admin) says:

    Chad – Another person asked the same question a few comments above…ProComp 6066 rims.

  56. Giasone' says:

    I am having a difficult time choosing between Toytec 3″ Lift kit and Low Range 3″. They seem about the same. Tundraheadquarter states that the difference is only between an in-coil spacer lift design and an above coil lift design. What is the difference between the two? Should it have any bearing on choice? Furthermore, a similar question was asked about whether to choose Toytec or Low Range, why did you recommend Bilstein or Rancho instead?

  57. Jason (Admin) says:

    Giasone – The answer to your question about above-coil vs. in-coil is best explained here:

    Also, I don’t recall saying that I would recommend the Rancho or Bilstein leveling kits over the 3″ kits from ToyTec and LRO. I do remember saying that, if you’re just looking for a leveling kit, I would go in that direction. The cost is lower and the price includes new shocks…seems like a pretty good deal to me.

    HOWEVER, a leveling kit and a 3″ lift kit are not the same.

  58. Giasone' says:

    hanks for the that link, it is very informative. Especially if you don’t know much to begin with about trucks and this subject(like myself).

    Can you please explain to me the difference between leveling kits (i am assuming those are the rancho/bilstein) and lift kits (toytec/LRO)? Don’t the toytec/LRO kits that raise 3″ front & 1″ back ultimately level the truck, so therefore, is it considering lifting or leveling when its all said and done? I am probably going to go Low Range Lift Kit 3″, howwever, what other vital information should I need to know when lifting the my truck that I probably won’t/don’t know about?

    For example, you’d recommend leveling kits like rancho/bilstein because they are cheaper and include shocks. But, if I go for LRO (or even Toytec for that matter), should I need new shocks since the kit doesn’t come with it? Can the lift kit work on its own without any problems occuring to the truck and its stock shocks or any other stock material?

  59. Jason (Admin) says:

    Giasone’ – The leveling kits just raise the front end 1.5″ to 2.5″ inches.

    You don’t have to buy new shocks when you install a small lift kit (3″ lift kits really only raise the truck 1″) or a leveling kit. However, many people do add new shocks because the truck rides a little better and also handles the bumps better. My suggestion would be to buy new shocks only after you install the kit…unless you’re a heavy off-road user, in which case I wouldn’t suggest anything short of a new set of coilovers for the front and leaf packs for the back.

    Be sure to take another hard look at this article as both of your questions are answered in some form:

  60. rustin says:

    got a Toytec lift on my 09 tundra, love it! got 285/75/18 35″toyo tires only rud when wheel to wheel locked out, not that bad

  61. Mark says:

    I own a 2010 non leveled or lifted Tundra Crew Max 4×4. I was wondering if anyone has put this size tire 305.55.20 on this truck without any rubbing issues?

  62. Branz says:

    I have a 05 4door tundra 4wd and i installed 3″ leveling lift kit from toytec, 3″ front and add a leaf rear. I thought it would be kind of level but still has a slight dip in the front, is there any way i still can lift the front just a little???….

  63. Jason (Admin) says:

    Branz – Nothing I can think of, but the folks at ToyTec are pretty helpful. Try shooting them an email.

  64. blake says:

    what are the dimenson for the kit?

  65. Zach says:

    Are those BFG tires in the photo 305/55/20?

  66. Jason (Admin) says:

    Zach – That sounds right.

  67. southpaw says:

    a little off topic but does anybody know the brand of wheel that is in the pic

  68. Maybe try reading some of the other posts before you ask what type of wheels are in the picture, or read the picture. Jason has gone out of his way on numerous posts to state what type of wheels and tires are in the photo.

    • Jason (Admin) says:

      Thanks. Just for that, I’ll let your blatantly self-promotional link slide. 🙂

  69. Chris says:

    I had the full Toytec coilover kit installed on my 2009 Tundra SR5 4×4 2 weeks ago. Since then, I’ve taken the truck out on a couple of off-road trips here in Colorado. Not only does the truck look better, but it performs much better off-road than it did with the stock equipment. The ride is still very comfortable on the paved roads, but that wishy-washy rock-you-until-you-wanna-puke feeling is gone when driving on gravel roads and “goat trails”. So far I’m very happy with the kit. I recommend it to anyone who plans to off-road their Tundra. Also recommend having the dealer install it. Larry H. Miller Toyota did a great job, and I didn’t have to deal with any headaches at all.

  70. Scott Van Dusen says:

    I got a Tacoma 3in lift kit . I didn’t use it on the Tacoma . Would it fit the Tundra .

  71. Roger says:

    I recently (<500 miles ago) had the Toytec 3/1 professionally installed (local 4×4 center) on my 2011, Tundra – double cab. I also replaced the stock tires with 275/70/18. I have a slight vibration in the front when cold (winter mornings). Seems like something just isn't quite right. After a few miles it seems to stop. Anyone have similar issue?

    • Jimmy says:


      I live in Alaska, have BFG All-Terrains on my Tacoma and Tundra. I thought I was going crazy with noise and slight vibration in the steering wheel when it was cold and when I first started to drive. It would go away after a few minutes on the roadway. Only thing I could come up with was that it was the part of the tire that touched the ground and was frozen flat a little. After tire warmed up a little from going down the road it went away. Didn’t do it when I put it in the shop over night either. Just my 2 cents.

  72. Chad says:

    I bought the Toytech 3″-1″ leveling kit for my 2011 tundra double cab 4×4 truck. Original tire size is 275/65/18
    I would like to order some BFG all terrains
    What size would you recommend with-out tire rub?


  73. 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.

  74. Earl says:

    I just bought a new 2013 4×4,SR5,TRD, Double Cab. I don’t off road much, and don’t have any plans on replacing the wheels with larger ones. Most of what im reading seems to be more aggressive off road scenario’s. What is the best, simplest way to get the truck level and keep the new truck feel?

  75. Austin says:

    Can you add this to a tundra that already has a 6″ lift. Which would make it 9″ in the front and 7″ in the back?? Or would that not be a good idea

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