We Install Pro Comp's New Tundra Kit
The new fullsize Toyota Tundra with its 5.7L V-8 serves as a solid platform for whatever a pickup truck owner's needs may be. Sporting plenty of oomph to smoke almost any four-wheel-drive pickup off the line, the Tundra simply gets with the program. As such, the rig begs for larger tires. That's why Pro Comp Suspension jumped right on the development of a 6-inch lift kit for the new platform. In the end, Pro Comp would be first to market with two well-thought-out kits-one featuring a simple coilover spacer and the other basically the same kit except with a smooth-riding set of adjustable Pro Comp coilover shocks. We happened to be present the day Dustin Chernoh of DC Customs in Ukiah, California, had his crew begin installing said kit(s) on a local Toyota dealer's truck to see how they compared.
Never one to miss a good opportunity to get the scoop on a new product, we stuck around and watched as the additional 6 inches of clearance took form. Once completed, we took the truck out for a testdrive and even kept in touch with the truck's owner to see how it worked out for him. The results were right in line with what we expected-everything met our expectations, and the truck's owner absolutely loves the new ride. Check out the highlights from the install.
6. Here you can see the beginning of the cutting portion of the installation. The Toyota Tundra has a steel crossmember that ties each framerail into one another under the engine. This member must be removed precisely as instructed by Pro Comp. Removing this section allows the front driveshaft to work with the new location of the front differential assembly. This is arguably the hardest part of the installation process. The instructions show very clearly where to cut the member on each side. However, watching the process made us nervous thinking about cutting up a brand-new truck. No pain, no gain, as they say.