It’s well known that many fans and owners of the full-size Toyota Tundra pickup truck often modify it with fresh wheels, bumpers, and maybe a lift. Except for one thing: Until now, any sort of aftermarket lift modification was not guaranteed to work with the newer Tundra’s equipped Safety Sense active safety technology. Now Toyota is taking care of this by offering its own TRD-engineered, dealer-installed lift mod for the all-new 2022 and 2023 Toyota Tundra which is TSS compatible, like it did last year with the Tacoma. But there is a catch.
Taking notes from the dealer-installed lift kit made available last year for the Tacoma mid-size pickup, the new Tundra kit comes with red TRD-tuned coil springs and Bilstein monotube shocks which feature digressive pistons for improved low-speed body control and high-speed stability. Stronger forged upper control arms up front are sourced from Roush Performance. You’ll also get taller coil springs, new lower knuckles, stabilizer links, outer tie rods and sleeves, bump stops, and extended drive shafts in the front, along with rear spring spacers and extended brake flex hoses.
The result is a 3-inch lift in the front and 2 inches in the back, an approach angle increase from 21 to 26 degrees, departure angle increase from 24 to 25 degrees, and a 2.6-inch increase 0n top of between 8.5- to 9.4-inches of frame ground clearance, depending on powertrain and bed configuration. That’s where we run into a catch for the kit; while confusingly dubbed a “Toyota Racing Development” (TRD) lift, it will not be available on TRD Pro (which gets its own 1.1-inch off-road lift already) nor TRD Sport (which lowers the suspension by 0.5 inches).
You also won’t be able to stack the lift with the Tundra’s available adaptive variable suspension system nor the optional air suspension. So what’s it for? The lift kit will be available on 2022 and newer Tundra iForce and iForce-Max 4×4 trucks sporting either of the available 5.5- or 6.5-foot beds. That should mean that some configurations of the SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794, and Capstone trims are compatible.
The Tundra i-Force features a 3.4L twin-turbo V-6 good for 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque; the i-Force Max builds on that powertrain with a hybrid-electric setup featuring a 36-kilowatt inline permanent magnet synchronous motor along with a 1.87-kWh battery pack, boosting total output to 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque.
The lift is covered by the same 3-year or 36,000 mile warranty as other TRD accessories if ordered with the truck at the time of sale; coverage is only 12 months if you add it later. Toyota says it’s dealer-install only, likely to ensure it actually does work with the Toyota Safety Sense package that includes pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, lane departure warning and lane centering, road sign detection and display, and auto high beams. Toyota is marketing the kit at an MSRP of $3,995 (if you already own the truck) and that doesn’t include the cost of installation (which has to be done at a Toyota service center).
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