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View Poll Results: Which lift/wheel tire combo and give reasons and pics if you have them
3" leveling kit 4 20.00%
4.5" BDS or 4.5" Rough Country 3 15.00%
5" Zone 1 5.00%
6" Rough Country or Other 6" 3 15.00%
7" BDS 6 30.00%
Other Choice not listed 3 15.00%
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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HELP... Lift kit 2011 CrewMax suggestions

Hey all I've decided to lift my Tundra CrewMax next month. It's a 2011 Spruce Mica TRD SR5. I really want this lift to come out looking good, be reliable, and ride pretty close to stock. Please give me some suggestions, or things to think about. I've searched and read until I just gave up and wanted my own thread for my personal preferences.

My truck is a family vehicle, and I have a 2 year old to put in it, so I'm not sure a 7" will be ok lol... I also daily drive this thing. I need the kit to be something I am not gonna have to worry about with rubbing, or failing.

I had originally thought about a 4.5" BDS, 4.5" Rough Country, or 5" Zone, but I'm not sure if I'd be completely happy and could spend 50.00 more and get a 6" Kit from the same company. How hard is a 6" to live with on a daily basis? Right now I am still thinking 4.5 or 5 would be better for me and my family. My wife is 5'3" and I am 6'0" and like I said we have to put a 2 year old in the back. We do have a 2011 Forester too though lol... but we love riding the Tundra and take it on 300 mile round trips a few times a year.

The wheels will be 20X9 (dunno if I could do 20x10) I honestly don't know what offset, backspacing, etc will work with what, but I want to do a325/60/20. Like I said I don't want to worry about rubbing either. The wheels I was looking at are BMF SOTA's and they have a 5.5" backspacing. I am also open to more wheel suggestions. I want black, or black with machined though. I don't want it sticking out too far, but like I said I don't want rubbing either.

Tire's I'm not 100% on either. My thoughts were Toyo Open Country MT's, or Nitto Terra Grapplers. I want to kinda keep the same MPG. I know I'll lose alil, but don't want to lose a whole lot. Also I want a good ride, and a tire that's gonna last a long time.

I do not off-road the truck at all, and it'll see mostly backroads, and interstate driving for trips. I will pull a 4000lb camper, and a 2000lb boat sometimes.

Another question... I plan on keeping this truck for the next 10 years lol... but if I don't make it and the 2014 Tundra is super awesome....How hard is it to take these kits back off if I wanted to take it back to stock?

If you guys could please help me pick everything I would be greatful. I know cars, but not had a truck with a lift before and need help.
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I can't offer anything on the 4.5-6" lifts, but if you are interested in that range, I say do it right the first time and go 6. I'd love to have a 6" lift, but that kills a lot of things for me (3 and 4 year old climbing in, parking in garage, carwashes, little bit of a reach to get things out of the bed, etc.).

I had a 3/1 on mine, and its perfect. I can still fit in everything (garages, carwashes, etc.), my kids can climb in, and I can grab things out of my bed with ease. I also had 34" tires on it, but you can fit 35's. Now I have a 3/0 (removed the 1" block from the back), and 33" tires. For me, its perfect. I've got 25k miles on spacer lifts for the front with 0 issues. As far as returning to stock, you can leave a level kit it (3" in front or less) and still put stock wheels and tires on and not have to worry about anything. Once you go 4.5"+, you are going to have some costs involved with removing it. I know you didn't ask about 3" stuff, but just figured id throw it out there as an alternative option.
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Im just going with the easy 2" leveling kit. 3/1 would be nice but short on work and too much time spent at school lately. $300 installed at les schwab and they warranty it. pretty simple but effective just like the 3/1 would be!
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I can't offer anything on the 4.5-6" lifts, but if you are interested in that range, I say do it right the first time and go 6. I'd love to have a 6" lift, but that kills a lot of things for me (3 and 4 year old climbing in, parking in garage, carwashes, little bit of a reach to get things out of the bed, etc.).

I had a 3/1 on mine, and its perfect. I can still fit in everything (garages, carwashes, etc.), my kids can climb in, and I can grab things out of my bed with ease. I also had 34" tires on it, but you can fit 35's. Now I have a 3/0 (removed the 1" block from the back), and 33" tires. For me, its perfect. I've got 25k miles on spacer lifts for the front with 0 issues. As far as returning to stock, you can leave a level kit it (3" in front or less) and still put stock wheels and tires on and not have to worry about anything. Once you go 4.5"+, you are going to have some costs involved with removing it. I know you didn't ask about 3" stuff, but just figured id throw it out there as an alternative option.
thought about that too... i need to measure my garage. thanks for the input
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Im just going with the easy 2" leveling kit. 3/1 would be nice but short on work and too much time spent at school lately. $300 installed at les schwab and they warranty it. pretty simple but effective just like the 3/1 would be!
i dunno my wife says she likes the 4.5... my buddy has a 3/1 and it does look good too
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It's a pretty big price diff. for an extra 1-1.4" up front.
If I won the lottery I would do something big, but realistically the 3" with 33's in my mind is a lot more practical.
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I say do 6" and be done with it. I have a pregnant wife and two little boys (2&5) and they LOVE the truck lifted but you are going to have to add some power steps to your lift . I had the lift for A week without any steps but its a Pita with kids. The wife told me no way I was gonna spend a thousand bucks on stupid steps, ....Lmao, boy did she change her mind quick. She even showed me the best deal online that she could find. After the steps its like i don't even have a lift as far as getting in & out goes. You won't regret lifting it either beleive me, Tundras are pretty rare lifted and I live in Socal....even grandmas lift their Cadillacs here lol.
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I'd go with a good set of coilovers to level the front and be done with it. I love my lift but I lifted it while I was gone, just got home 2 days ago and have yet to install a car seat so I can put my little man in the back. I also refuse to put step bars on it so we usually just end up taking the wife's Crewmax when we go out.
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I have had the 3/1 Truxx kit, and the 5110's alone and with spacers. However, if I was going to do this all over, I would get the OME HD springs and raise the front 3.5" and keep my add-a-leaf for the extra pay load. Rides awesome, and raises it in my opinion the right amount to still be convenient.
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thanks for the replies... mine does have the stainless OEM steps so that would help getting in and out. keep the replies coming.

EDIT: Added Poll to this thread... give lift opinion, wheel/tire combo opinion, and show pics if you have them
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I looking at the 7" BDS kit. I don't have any kids but I do 2 100lb dogs that I already have to pick up to put in the back seat, so I will just have to lift them higher. My wife is 5'1" and has a little difficulty getting in now without steps so i'm hoping she does like Fishin's wife did. My main concern is doing like so many others have done on here and settling for less the first time only to spend extra money doing it right the second time. I think you will be ok with a second vehicle, we drive my wife's Highlander a lot also.
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yeah I'm leaning towards 4.5 or 6" definitely, just don't think i'd be happy in the long run with a 3"(need to borrow my buddies 3" with 34's and see what i think lol)... so leaning more so the 6" now with some 35's, but i'll still be looking at these replies for a bit. I am gonna plan on doing the lift in the next 3 to 4 weeks
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I have the 6" inch lift from pro comp (stage 1) and when first taking the truck for a test drive I was amazed at the ride comfort, so was the wife. Having the fold away step rails was a necessity as I have a 3yr old to put in a car seat and this would be impossible without step rails.


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are the Rough Country kits any good? or should i stick with SkyJacker, or Pro Comp or BDS? My truck also has the TRD Skidplate under the front... am I gonna still be able to keep it?
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Not as many guys run the skyjacker or rough country on tundras.... I would say Pro Comp or BDS more than anything.
If you want say 5" get the Zone (same manufacturer different name w/o skidplate) for around $1400ish. Then if you want more lift order the preload shims from BDS for I think it's another 2" of lift.
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