Tundrainsider’s Long Travel Tundra Build
One of the great things about online communities is that some of the most interesting vehicle builds are documented and discussed on the message boards that play such an important role in tying together people with the same interests and passions. While browsing the TundraGeeks.com forum, we recently came across an impressive long travel Tundra project posted by user Tundrainsider.
The blueprint for the build was a 2008 Toyota Tundra Crewmax Limited pickup. Tundrainsider’s first step was to install a ProComp Stage II lift kit in order to accommodate 35-inch off-road tires. It wasn’t long, however, before he felt the need to push into new territory with the truck and go down the long travel suspension route in order to give his Tundra an edge on the trail.
Tundrainsider’s build wasn’t just slapped together – a great deal of planning went into designing a suspension setup that would bring out the best in the Tundra’s chassis and help it overcome a wide range of off-road obstacles. The kit he ended up choosing was the Camburg Long Travel that offers as much as 16 inches of wheel travel. Camburg claims that this same kit was used by TRD and Nitto when putting together Tundra show trucks for SEMA.
The kit also includes upper and lower control arms, lower 1.5-inch Uniball adapters and all of the brake lines, steering extenders and shock mounts that are needed to accommodate the installation. The Camburg setup additionally comes with coilover shocks and Dual-Rate springs, although Tundrainsider elected to go with Deaver leaf springs and SAW triple bypass shocks front and rear.
The Camburg installation was a bit more involved than normal due to the fact that Tundrainsider’s previous ProComp lift kit required him to alter the frame of his truck. He also choose to create a custom bumper and skid plate that maintained the look of the stock bumper, although fiberglass front and rear clip replaced the factory units. The Tundra’s chassis bracing was also replaced with beefier steel tubing. The wheels were replaced with 17-inch Walker Evans BeadLocks running 37-inch rubber, and a number of other interesting esthetic upgrades and changes were made all around.
The end result of Tundrainsider’s project long travel Tundra is part trophy truck and part street machine, but the sum of the package makes it ideal for the high speed off-road runs that the setup was designed for. This type of ingenuity and hard work is impressive to say the least, and the Tundra community is lucky to have members like Tundrainsider who are willing to step into unknown territory and expand the knowledge base for all Tundra enthusiasts.
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