A Launch-Ready Front Suspension For The Tundra From Camburg
There's always room for improvement when it comes to our trucks. Every aspect, be it the powertrain, braking system, or suspension, can be made to work better for any driving environment or style. With the right modifications, the Toyota Tundra becomes a capable off-road assault vehicle able to roost through a medium-sized set of whoops in a single bound.
In this article, we'll be outfitting an '03 Toyota Tundra with Camburg Engineering's new IFS system. The system replaces the complete front suspension with a fabricated set of control arms, Sway-A-Way coilover shocks, and Sway-A-Way air bumpstops. The new suspension will lift the truck as much as 5 inches, thanks to the adjustable coilover shocks, and cycles nearly 1 foot of travel on trucks equipped with 33-inch tires. It will do the same with 35-inch tires after modifications are made to the firewall and inner fenderwells.
Our truck was outfitted with a set of 35-inch-diameter BFGoodrich Baja T/A radial tires and 17-inch-diameter, polished-aluminum Walker Evans bead-lock wheels. On the pavement and with the new suspension and wheels in place, the truck drove much the same as a stock Tundra, but with a slightly stiffer and more confident feel. The front suspension actually rides better on the pavement than it did with the stock parts, thanks to a stiffer spring rate that keeps the truck from nose-diving through the corners. Aside from that, though, the truck steered just like stock, and body roll was only slightly exaggerated from not having the front antisway bar in place (there isn't room to reinstall it with the new suspension). We were more interested in the off-road manners, though, and the new parts delivered in spades. Through medium-sized whoops and ditches, the suspension worked well, soaking up everything in its path and keeping the front tires in contact with the dirt for maximum traction.
Check out the photos of the new-and-improved front suspension, and keep an eye out for the next step in making a good truck even better when we completely revamp the rear suspension of this Tundra in an upcoming issue of OFF-ROAD.