When the owner of this '08 Toyota Tundra told us his plans for using it as a family camping vehicle as well as a parts hauler for his business, we knew we had to step up and help him with a Fantastic Four. Normally we'd opt for a lowering kit on a 2WD vehicle, but the camping aspect made us look in the opposite direction. With such a long wheelbase and puny stock tires, the breakover angle of this truck was sad. Just pulling out of a steep driveway would have hung this Tundra's undercarriage up, which definitely wouldn't cut it when it came to driving off the beaten path to campsites.

We decided on RCD's newest lift kit, recently developed for the Tundra, because it uses awesome Bilstein shocks and rugged powdercoated components that would let this Tundra go where it wouldn't have dared to go before. We brought the Tundra to RCD's facility in El Cajon where Phil Damon installed the kit. Phil already had some experience with the kit; he is after all, the engineer who developed it. To complement the new truck design and added capability, we ordered a set of 18-inch Dick Cepek Torque wheels and mounted them inside Dick Cepek Fun Country-II 305/70R18 tires. The industrial/machined look of the wheels perfectly match the ruggedness of Dick Cepek's aggressive all-terrain tire. With the extra tire and wheel diameter we'd need all the extra power we could pull out of the 4.7L V-8 so we headed to South County Auto Body, in Lake Forest, California, where the K&N intake and JBA exhaust were installed.

The owner only had two complaints about the truck's transformation, well actually one complaint about two different aspects of the build. Both the K&N intake and the Dick Cepek tires were louder than the factory items they replaced. No real surprise there, since the factory tires wore a highway tread, but going from a brand-new truck that's quiet, to being able to hear the engine and tires is the tradeoff for the added performance and capability. Ride quality is excellent with the RCD kit and the Bilstein shocks were a perfect match for the Tundra.


Degree Of Difficulty: High. Not particularly difficult, but without a spring compressor you'd be stuck. Also, knowledge of the Toyota's stability control system is necessary to keep from throwing trouble codes.

Tools Used:
Sockets and wrenches, cutoff wheel, spring compressor

Parts Used:
Dick Cepek Radial F-C II 305/70R18 $316.96
Dick Cepek 18x8.5 Torque wheels 1088403 $217.95
K&N 63-Series cool air intake 4.7L $356.79
JBA 40-9003 stainless exhaust $399.99
RCD Tundra 4-6-inch lift kit 10-47407 $2,425.00

Total: $5,321.42
(Not including tax, shipping, or labor)

JBA Exhaust
440 E. Arrow Highway
San Dimas
CA  91773
K&N Engineering, Inc.
1455 Citrus Street
CA  92507
South County Auto Body
25081 Front Street
Lake Forest
CA  92630
Race Car Dynamics, Inc.
1900 Weld Blvd
El Cajon
CA  92020
Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels
4600 Prosper Drive
OH  44224
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