Building a Rock Star Tundra – Performance Mods

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This is the second post in a series about the Rock Star Tundra build-out. Be sure to check out the first post if you haven’t seen it already.

2010 Tundra TRD brakes supercharger Magnaflow exhaust

Chris's Tundra with brakes, wheels, tires, suspension, and performance mods - get the full story below

Now that Chris had finally found the right truck, it was time focus on making the stock 5.7 Tundra Crew a better performer. First up – better brakes.

TRD’s big brake kit is everything you could ask for – bigger, cross-drilled rotors with a patented AeroRotor internal vane cooling design. Better brake rotor cooling means that brakes are more resistant to fade, a concern when towing in Colorado’s mountain passes – which Chris is definitely going to do. The big brake kit also includes 6 piston calipers and stainless steel lines, both of which perform better than the factory brake system.

2010 Tundra brake rotor and caliper

The stock brake setup on a new 2010 Tundra

2010 Tundra TRD big brake kit

The cross-drilled rotors and six piston calipers from TRD's Tundra big brake kit

It’s a little-known secret that TRD sources their big brake kits from manufacturer StopTech – you can read all about StopTech’s big brake kits on their website.

Next, it was time to make some suspension enhancements – specifically, a sway bar from TRD and a leveling kit from ToyTec.

Tundra TRD sway bar

TRD's Tundra sway bar reduces body roll in the corners.

TRD’s rear sway bar helps with to reduce body roll during cornering , and the ToyTec leveling kit makes the truck a little more balanced.

With better brakes and handling, the truck is now ready for a TRD supercharger. Remember, Chris had to work hard to find a 2010 Tundra without the flex-fuel option. If he hadn’t found a regular 5.7, the supercharger wouldn’t have been compatible.

2010 Toyota Tundra 5.7

This is what most 2010 5.7L Tundras look like under the hood.

Tundra TRD supercharger installation

Almost ready

2010 Tundra with a TRD supercharger

504 HP and 550 lb-feet of torque in just a few hours later

In addition to the unit itself, the supercharger kit also includes an air intake, an intercooler, new plugs, and bigger injectors. When it’s all said and done, the TRD supercharger adds more than 120 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque to the already powerful 5.7. Because Chris had this kit installed by a Toyota dealership, it’s covered by the standard 5 year, 60k mile powertrain warranty.

According to Chris, the TRD supercharger is “the only way to fly.”

Chris would like to thank Ian Brooks, Mimi Solorzano, and Robert Curley at Findlay Toyota in Flagstaff, Arizona, for installing all these parts.  Chris says that mechanic Bob Curley deserves special thanks:

went out of his way to make sure his installations were top notch and done without damaging the parts I purchased from TRD Sparks…he also took the time to provide me with ‘before & after’ pictures. On top of all this, Bob let me know that someone had filled up the truck with 87 octane gas and that’s a big no-no with Superchargers. The 87 octane was drained out of the tank and refilled with 91 octane the day I came to pick up the truck for the trip back to Colorado Springs. I think he deserves a serious ‘Atta-boy’ above what I personally offered him. Heck, all 3 of them do and the dealership for setting the environment that allowed them to do it.

Update: Chris wanted me to mention a few more notes about his salesperson Ian:

Ian worked with me for months checking on prices, researched and made countless phone calls to make sure certain options and accessories were possible as well as available (you know Toyota doesn’t make it easy), found the truck and coordinated the swap with the California dealership the truck was *supposed* to go to, and he constantly checked on the progress of the work being performed. The man worked his tail off over an extended period of time and he deserves recognition.

After driving his truck home from Flagstaff, Chris had a Magnaflow cat-back exhaust system installed.

2010 Tundra exhaust system 2010 Tundra muffler Stock Tundra exhaust tip

Shots of the stock 2010 Tundra exhaust system – click each picture for a larger view.

Tundra Magnaflow exhaust muffler Tundra Magnaflow exhaust system 2010 Tundra exhaust tip

A cat-back Magnaflow exhaust system on this 2010 Tundra

Now his Tundra is significantly faster, stops and handles better, and sounds pretty mean. The next step? It’s time to get serious about accessories…

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  1. rich says:

    Makes me jealous. Great job! What did this cost? I would be interested in the brake upgrade.

  2. Art64 says:

    You forgot the ARB Locker!!!

  3. And the Flux Capacitor

  4. Jason says:

    rich – I hear that. I have no idea how much this truck is going to cost when it’s all over, but it’s a lot. The MSRP on that brake kit from your local Toyota dealer is about $2700. Knowing Chris, he got a deal, but that’s still a big investment.

  5. Jason says:

    Art64 – LOL! I’m sure Chris considered it.
    Jeremy – It’s right next to the blinker fluid filler inlet.

  6. greg says:

    So what’s the purpose of the truck? Show, speed or tow?

  7. Chris says:

    In a word: Functionality.

    I can go anywhere or tow anything on or off-road, as fast as I want to, in great comfort and style, AND look pretty damn good every mile I’m doing it. ;- )

  8. Mickey says:

    It sure does Chris. Very Nice.

  9. Beezwax says:

    looking good… I’d LOVE a set of StopTech brakes!!!

  10. greg says:

    Thanks Jason!

  11. Ian says:

    Awesome job in finding the truck you wanted! I just don’t understand Toyota!!! Why the heck would you develop a supercharger that cannot be used with a flex fuel engine!!!???! THEN discontinue the sale of the non-fles fuel engine to the majority of states across the country???!!! I just don’t understand….

  12. Jason says:

    Greg – You’re welcome!

    As of today, we’re no longer tolerating negative comments on featured vehicles. If you can’t say anything nice, just don’t say anything at all. (Again, on featured trucks only).

  13. kent says:

    with the leveling kit did you raise or lower the truck?

  14. Chris says:

    Rich: Call Jaime or Ken at on that brake kit unless Jason has a link you can use here. Don’t forget your delivery price and it may cost less if you’re going to have your Toyota dealer install it in shipping it directly to them. They’re great brakes and you can work a pretty good deal.(If you’re towing heavy, I believe they’re not an option, you need them on the front.)

    Beezwax: Contact Ken at StopTech if you’re looking for the rear brake parts. They will not sell you a kit because they believe that’s intruding on Toyota’s gig even though he says they won’t be offering it as a TRD…Yea, go figure.

    If you have a Tundra that takes the same parts as mine, here are the rear part numbers you’ll need;

    Rotors (drilled) 128.44157L/R
    Pads 309.13040
    SS Lines: 950.44519

    If not, just ask Ken.

    Kent: I only leveled the truck. Meaning I raised the from by 2.5 inches. (I definitely bought the differential drop kit so the angle was lowered back to stock specs.)

  15. Chris says:

    Kent! I gave you the wrong name. Speak with Erik.

  16. nick says:

    Hi, I was just wondering what size tires and rims you have on that tundra.

  17. Jason says:

    Nick – Check the first post for the answer to that question.

  18. nick says:

    Hi Jason i checked the first post and i didn’t see any specs on the rims and tires, im kind of curious on what size those rims and tires are because they look really nice with that lift kit. If you had that info i would really appreciate it. Thanks

    • Jason says:

      Nick – Sorry dude – I lied. I thought I put that in. Those are forged 20″ Alcoa’s with Michelin MS2 tires. I’m not sure about the size of the tires, but I’m guess they’re about 33″

  19. Jim says:

    Thanks Jason for the pics and write up.

    I for bought a 2010 5.7L Tundra with FlexFuel. 🙁

    Is there any hope for me in the super charger department?

    I’ve seen in other forums where someone claims to have super chagered FlexFuel but, without pics and proof …

    What it worst is that I’m stationed overseas and any work that has to be done is by me and without proof, I can’t be tearing into my truck.

  20. Jason says:

    Jim – I don’t think so…the trick is that the engine computer needs to be reprogrammed, and I don’t think Toyota can do it. I’ve never met anyone that’s tried, but for what it’s worth Toyota has a big capital letter disclosure in the parts description for the supercharger. It says “NOT FOR FLEX FUEL ENGINES.”

    I think someone could rig it, but I don’t know that it’s a good idea.

  21. Jim says:

    Thanks Jason for your response.

    I blame myself and the salesman, me for not doing the research, the salesman for not fully disclosing everything.

  22. Chad says:

    Chris what did it cost you to have Toyota install the Supercharger and the rest of the equipment? Sounds around 10k?

  23. Jason (Admin) says:

    Chad – It was well north of $10k.

  24. Sean says:

    Very nice looking truck. Are those factory running boards on your truck? They are exactly the type I am looking for to install on my ’12 Tundra Crewmax. I prefer the look of those to nerf bars but have not had much luck finding a good quality set.

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