ToyTec 3″ Tundra Lift Kit Review Update

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Once ToyTec had a chance to reflect on our review, they made a couple of adjustments to their kit.

First, they’ve added some machined skid-plate spacers so that the skid plate does not touch the front differential after the diff has been dropped 1″ (the front diff is dropped to preserve the factory axle and ball joint angles).

ToyTec Tundra Lift Kit Skid Plate Spacers

New skid plate spacers

Second, ToyTec has updated their instructions to be a little more user-friendly. However, ToyTec did remind us that they recommend professional installation due to the specialty parts needed to complete the lift and the benefit that experience will bring to the install. As we’ve said before, for $200-$300 you can the kit installed AND get the truck aligned.

Read our full ToyTec 3″ Tundra Lift Kit Review and our ToyTec 3″ Lift Kit Installation Guide to learn more.

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  1. Kenny says:

    I have the 3″ toytec lift on my 2004 Tundra. Mine has a add a leaf instead of the block. It took about 4 hrs to install with a spring compressor and 2 Hyd jacks. I am no mechanic but have mechanical abiblities. It looks great except one side is 1″ lower in the back than the other. Any solutions? I can’t find any differences between to two sides. Visually you can’t tell but I put a tape measure on it!

  2. admin says:

    Is it the front end that is off? If so, one of the coils could have been put in incorrectly. That would explain the diff.

  3. dave says:

    i purchased a toytec 3″ kit had a mechanic put it in and now the truck does not sit level drivers side sits 1″ lower that the passenger took it back to the shop they looked at it and said there is nothing they could have done wrong it is noticable especialy in the back end it is about 2″ unlevel in the back could i maybe have a bad shock help

  4. admin says:

    That certainly doesn’t sound right…was the mechanic able to offer an explanation? That seems like it should be a pretty obvious problem. I would take it back to the mechanic and ask him to figure it out.

  5. dave says:

    i have an 07 tundra double cab with a toytec lift the truck was sitting unlevel about 1″ drivers front end lower and about 2″ drivers side rear lower no one could figure it out turns out the mechanic had the springs in the wrong place he insisted that he had changed nothing but i compaired the coulor codes on the springs with other tundras and mine was the only one different i made the mechanic change the springs around though he insisted they were right the truck leveled out but it still is uneven in the front about 1/4 of an inch wondering if anyone elses tundra is unlevel wonder if the spring was damaged or compressed to much what do you thing the wheell alignment guys also said that my camber is completly maxed and does need to go a little more is that normal

  6. Dave – It sounds like you should drive your truck to a new mechanic ASAP. I wouldn’t believe another word they tell you at that shop.

  7. shawn says:

    my camber is also maxed out and could go a little farther, but i now have 10,000 miles on it and have no tire wear trouble. i wish someone would build a 4″ lift . i want to put on 35’s but i do not want a 6″ lift. any suggestions?

  8. DAN BITTNER says:


  9. Dan – It depends on the tires and rims, but most people have no trouble getting 33’s to fit. Your local tire shop can help you figure it out.

  10. frank says:

    Why and when do you need to install a 1″ diff. drop when lifting front for 4×4? What if you just want to install a 1″ strut spacer, do you still need to install the diff. drop? Last, has anyone experience vibration problems when braking on 2004 double cabs 4.7l 4×4 tundras?

  11. Frank – The 1″ diff drop is a good idea when you add more than 2″ of lift to the front end – it helps reduce the ball joint angles and bring them back closer to spec.

  12. frank says:

    Any suggestions where to purchase an upgrade disc rotor and brake pad for my 2004 double cab tundra. Need to replace the OEM parts due to vibration when braking.

  13. Frank – We wrote some articles about after-market brake rotors and pads that you might find useful (see below), but I’m thinking that you might not need replacements. Has the shop offered to regrind the OEM rotors, or are they just too worn?

  14. frank says:

    Jason, thanks for the links, but based on inputs from other Tundra owners and my own personnal experience there seems to be a design failure with the OEM brake rotor. Turning the rotors are only a TEMP. fix to a problem that I believe needs to be addressed by Toyota Corp. My vibration braking problem did’nt start happening until after 36,000 miles. Once again, thanks you for your input.

  15. Frank – No problem. Let me know if you come up with something.

  16. frank says:

    Jason – Got dealer to install new upgraded rotor and vibration problem cleared. Toyota Service has an upgraded part that seems to be thicker than the original rotor that the Tundra comes with.

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