Do you love your Toyota Tundra? Of course, you do!
Everyone knows that Tundra is one of the best trucks on the road. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t do with a bit of modification, right?
For example, due to the large engine and lack of weight in the bed, the front end tends to dip down just a bit. If you add some fog lights, a brush guard, or a winch, then you are really going to see that the front looks lower than the back.
You can easily solve that minor issue with a leveling kit.
But which leveling kit works best?
There are at least two dozen leveling and lift kits on the market for your Tundra. Each kit is made for very specific vehicles.
You don’t want to invest your cash or use less than quality parts on your ride, so how do you pick the best one?
Don’t waste your time or money on those “build your own” leveling kits or YouTube advice. You should invest in the best leveling kit you can afford for a lifetime of good rides.
Let’s take a closer look and see.
Whether you want to level off the front of your vehicle or if you want a nice lift overall, this kit by KSP is a great option.
Note that this fits 2007-2019 Tundra 2 and 4WD but not the Rock Warrior. Always double-check the application before buying to avoid major problems later.
This kit offers a 3-inch lift or leveling on the front and a 2-inch lift on the rear of the vehicle. Using T6 aircraft quality aluminum and extended U-bolts means these spacers are lightweight. They won’t rust, and installation should be fairly straightforward.
This kit comes with a full 30-day refund for any reason and a 24-month free replacement part warranty. That’s really outstanding since I don’t know of any other company that offers this.
I like this kit because the manufacturers have thought of just about everything. It has strut extensions that will help retain that factory ride while still allowing you to add larger tires.
No cutting, no welding, no annoying and time-consuming modifications.
You can use just the front leveling spacers or use the complete kit to give your Tundra that aggressive look.
- Easy install with most people spending about 3 hours total
- Terrific replacement warranty means KSP stands behind their product
- Reasonably priced for a full leveling kit
- A few users complain that the instructions aren’t complete
- Spring compressors are required, which some users were not prepared for
- Some users say that the U-bolts snapped during installation
This is an outstanding leveling kit that will give your Tundra a more aggressive look. This kit will have your Toyota Tundra looking like a tough mother this weekend!
Almost everyone has heard of Rough Country. When it comes to aftermarket accessories, it’s one of the biggest names around. You know they are doing something right.
This kit is made for the 2007-2020 Toyota Tundra. There are a few exceptions, so double-check the application before purchasing.
This kit uses a 3-inch spacer for the front and a 2.5-inch for the rear. Rough Country provides spacers to help you get the exact angle that you want or need. After installing these spacers, you can use up to a 33-inch tire.
That is some real lift friends!
The Rough Country kit also includes skid plate spacers and strut spacers to help maintain that factory ride. No modifications are required. The kit can be removed if you should need to return to the truck to stock specifications.
Rough Country offers a Limited Lifetime warranty, which is great. But you must follow the instructions provided, including inspecting all nuts and bolts after 500 miles and then every 1,000 miles.
You must also have the entire steering, suspension, driveline, and wheel alignment checked by a professional every 3,000 miles.
Without documentation to prove all this, Rough Country may not honor that warranty.
I like this kit because it comes with the shims needed to adjust the height exactly where you want it.
- Provides exactly the amount of lift you want
- Easy to install, everything bolts on
- Limited Lifetime Warranty is great
- Some users say that the instructions were not clear
- The warranty is subject to some very strict inspections
- A few users stated that they were unable to do this work themselves and had to use a professional to install the kit
Overall, this is a great kit. But I have my doubts about that warranty. But if you like Rough Country products, this kit is a real winner.
Best Budget Option
If you want a leveling kit but you find most of them are out of the range of your wallet, you will love these bargain beauties.
These fit 2007-2021 two and four wheel drive Tundra’s, along with 2007-2021 Sequoias. There are a few exceptions so double-check. No, triple check your application before buying to save yourself a whole lot of headaches.
These offer aluminum front strut spacers, along with all the hardware you need to get the job done. The complete instructions make this a pretty straightforward job, with most people saying it takes about 2 hours to complete.
You will need strut spring compressors. If you don’t have them, borrow them, or rent them. They will make the job fast and easy.
You should have your vehicle aligned afterward to ensure that you don’t experience excessive tire wear.
I like this kit because you can’t find this type of quality for the price. The spacers are aluminum, but they are T6 aircraft-grade. They are going to hold up to even your wildest off-road adventure.
- Made from high-quality, aircraft-grade aluminum
- Reasonably priced
- Easy to install for most people
- Some users state that these were more difficult to install than they imagined
- A few users say that the instructions are not clear
If you have any doubts about installation, have a professional do the job for you. These are a terrific choice for a great price. The majority of people feel that this leveling kit was a great value for the money.
Are leveling kits bad for your truck?
No, leveling kits are not bad for your truck.
A quality leveling kit that is properly installed is not only NOT bad for your truck, but it can even be helpful. If you plan on taking your Tundra off-road or if you use a snowplow on the front, it will balance the extra weight.
If your truck is still under warranty, even if it’s an aftermarket warranty, you should check to be sure that adding a leveling kit won’t void any part of the warranty.
Otherwise, you really don’t have much to worry about. I recommend having a professional shop install your leveling kit or lift kit. That way if you need longer shocks or other front suspension modifications, they will do the job right the first time.
Do leveling kits affect ride quality?
No, leveling kits should not affect ride quality. If you use a quality kit and the kit is properly installed it will not affect the ride quality of your truck.
There are a dozen little mistakes that can be made when installing one of these kits. That’s why I do recommend having a professional do it for you.
It might not seem like a big deal when you install the kit. But later on, you will understand why that small modification you made is causing you problems later on.
Unless you were taught by a pro on how to install a leveling kit, you should cough up the cash and get it done right.
What are the cons of a leveling kit?
OK, so you know all the reasons why you want to install a leveling kit and what it can do for you, so now you should know about the cons of doing this, which include:
- Lower fuel economy
- Increased wear on the suspension
- It may void your warranty (or part of the warranty)
- Your truck may experience “death wobble” (an uncontrolled movement of the steering wheel)
- The nose may be too high if you end up towing
- The suspension will need a higher level of maintenance
Other than the lower fuel economy and possible problems when towing, the other issues can be repaired or avoided by installing a quality kit with professional installation.
Will a leveling kit hurt my gas mileage?
The short answer here is yes it will, but in combination with other factors.
You can’t avoid this, but the good news is that it won’t be a devastating amount.
How much will depend on many other factors, such as do you intend to add larger, heavier tires? Do you plan to go off-road? Will you be towing anything? Do you plan on keeping the bed loaded with heavy items? Do you have a lead foot on the gas pedal?
All of the above will make a difference, including the size and weight of the actual installation kit.
For those who need the budget option, the Supreme Suspensions 2.5-inch Leveling Kit will work perfectly for you.
For those who want a more aggressive look or who want to add larger tires, I highly recommend the KSP Leveling Kit.
With a 3-inch front lift and 2-inch rear, you will have plenty of room for those larger tires and wheels. This kit is so easy to install, but you should have the alignment checked afterward. If you have any doubts about using a strut spring compressor, have a professional install this kit for you.
This kit is strong enough to withstand even extreme off-roading and it lifts up the body enough for you to clear most rocks and other obstacles.
KSP has taken care of all the details, offering strut spacers and longer leaf-spring U-bolts so you shouldn’t have to do any modification.
With a full 30-day money-back guarantee, how can you possibly go wrong?