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Leveling kit to void warranty?

So I'm gonna install a 2.25" Front leveling kit this weekend and I'm starting to wonder if it will void my certified powertrain warranty or not... I have 20k miles remaining on the warranty. Anyone experience this yet?

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It wont but wouldnt hurt to call the dealership.
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The legality of it is basically the dealer and Toyota have to prove that an aftermarket part caused a failure.

The realism in the situation is and I can't tell people this enough: If you modify anything on your vehicle and need warranty coverage expect push back from most dealers. I have seen everything from cat back exhaust on up get questioned. If a dealer wants to try and get out from under warranty work that will be their first stop. Toyota seems to back its dealers so you don't get much help from them.

If you have the time and money to fight then you will win. If you don't, they will grind you into the mat until they get their way.

Do it. You have protection from the US government and there are lawyers that specialize in it. But be ready for the fight if it comes.

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Guess I need to call warranty and if they say it won't void it, I'll ask for it in writing....

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Ever heard the saying "its easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission".... This situation applies.

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You can always remove if you do need warranty work done.

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If your engine blows up, I doubt they will blame your leveling kit.
If your steering rack blows, you might be in a pickle.

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Oh wait, nevermind...I see your truck is a 2008. Your steering rack won't blow
My '07 has had a level kit of some sort since around 10k miles. I am about to hit 50k miles on it, no issues at all with the suspension. Water pump and drive shaft replaced under warranty...and they didn't deny the warranty repairs because of my leveling kit

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They will actually warranty your rack lifted or not now.

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If your engine blows up, I doubt they will blame your leveling kit.
If your steering rack blows, you might be in a pickle.

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Oh wait, nevermind...I see your truck is a 2008. Your steering rack won't blow
My '07 has had a level kit of some sort since around 10k miles. I am about to hit 50k miles on it, no issues at all with the suspension. Water pump and drive shaft replaced under warranty...and they didn't deny the warranty repairs because of my leveling kit

The drive Shaft is main concern... I've already tried to get it replaced but denied cuz they said nothing was wrong

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You can always remove if you do need warranty work done.
Exactly what I was thinking Red :thumbup:

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I was told when I was shopping for my Tundra by one of the dealer managers that Toyota allows for 3" or less with no effect on the warranty. Others may have a different take, but that's what I was told. Don't have it in writing though.

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Common sense usually prevails...

Running 37" tires and blow out a diff or your transmission...warranty work might be denied.
Made suspension changes then had a failure in your suspension...warranty work might be denied.

Put a 15' lift on your truck on 44's, and your window motor stopped working, I'm pretty sure they will warranty your window motor

Either way, there are TSB's out there for drive shaft replacement, can't believe they are giving you a hard time. Have you printed out the TSB and showed the service department? That's what I did...handed the TSB to the service guy, assuming it would result in them replacing my driveshaft instead of giving me the cold shoulder....I assumed correct

And, I was only 1-2 months away from being out of warranty, so they could have fuq'd me if they wanted to.
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Well I called warranty and the guy told me that most likely it will not effect any warranty claims BUT could not provide this in writing or email. Stated if anything suspension wise was damaged after the leveling kit was installed then yes they would deny it but my coverage dont even cover suspension that conversation was useless...

I'm now debating on whether or not try and get my drive shaft replaced BEFORE I throw the leveling kit on just in case...

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The dealer here has been selling sveral Tundras with a dealer installed level kit and aftermarket rims/ tires. No mention anywhere on the truck/ window sticker/ etc; of any warranty changes/ effect. I did notice an "altered warranty" notice a while back on one Taco that had the SC installed and then the buyer backed out. That was a few years ago, though.

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Angry Don't do it!

I am literally going through this with them right now! Bought a 2011 with 32k miles and put tires, wheels, flares and a 3/1 leveling kit in it. Steering rack blew a month later. Toyota is refusing to cover it under the factory warranty. I've gone round and round with them, the dealership and Rough Country...not getting anywhere with anyone. Thinking of trading the pos....
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