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Toyota Tundra Owner Experiences



  • fischdafischda Posts: 272
    We have a Sienna, too. Great van! I parked on the streets in Arlington, and the truck was a pain. But now that I'm separating and going to settle down, I'm looking forward to driving a truck again. Went deer hunting this Fall and travelled inthe Sienna - but went to the farm in dad-in-law's pickup.

    I tried my sons booster seat in the back of the Tundra and it was fine. I have to try daughter's child seat because it's bigger and will stick out even further if the seat back doesn't recline.
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    Siennas in the field and farm are one of the signs of the apocalypse.

    Duckshooter... I'm quite jealous. When you get back, give me a call because goose season is looking like it might be productive in a couple of weeks.

    Fischda, if you want to come along, shoot me an e-mail at I hunt out past Warrenton and we do have a fair number of resident geese and plenty of places to hide a Tundra.
  • fischdafischda Posts: 272
    I bought my Sienna from your dealer! Don't have the Tundra yet, but thanks for the invite. I'm moving soon, so I'll have to pass on the goose, and live off my venison. I have a Sienna-related question, which I'll post in Sienna problems...
  • f1julesf1jules Posts: 288
    I'm green with envy...I love duck, smack smack smack.

    I already own the truck. The kid is on the way so I guess I'll just have to make due. I'm certainly not about to go and trade in the Tundra because the back seat has no rake. We'll make it work. Besides, that's what the BMW is for. It has four doors and would be easy to get a child seat in and out of.
  • Hi, I am new to this board, actually I have been reading it and others for over a year. Love the fistfights!

    I bought a 2001 Tundra V-8 Limited last May. 4x2, snugtop cap, Hollandia sunroof, bedliner, and bug shield. I put American Racing chrome wheels in place of the stock wheels. I think they are 16's or 17's. The new wheels really stand out on the Thunder Gray. Changed the stock running boards and installed Westins (either in chrome or stainless- I can't remember). I also removed all of the badges, with the exception of the v-8 on the grille.

    Recently installed flowmasters- two- sticking out the sides so the fumes don't harm my dogs. Sounds great. Kind of mid level noise. Gives it that throaty sound. Sounds like a serious truck.

    Put the K&N airfilter in a few months ago. I don't know if it is my imagination, or the vrooooom sound of the tailpipes, but the truck seems to have more pickup.

    I traded my 323I for the Tundra because I decided I wanted a truck. I am past being a soccer mom- actually I am a Banker in the Bay Area. Love to go to Home Depot or anywhere and know that I can take anything home. I love going to the dump!

    Now, here's the problem. This truck has more sway than I can believe. I like tight suspension and maybe should have gotten the TRD, but I either didn't know any better, or the color wasn't the one I wanted. I ordered the Hellwig Anti Sway bar and am waiting for 2 more Bilstein HD shocks to arrive before installing. The shocks have been on backorder from ToyotaGuys since October. Now I am waiting for Performance Products to complete the order. They are yellow and blue. Aren't these the same as the TRD shocks?

    I read in Tundra Solutions that the red/blue shocks are better but I can't find them. Does anybody know?

    In the meantime, my back hurts from the sway in the captain's leather seat.

    Let's talk about understated modifications. I am having so much fun with this truck. My teenagers are envious. The only problem with mods is that I have to pay someone to do the installation. I can't even change the oil.

    Things I would still like to do (but probably won't)- raise the truck a little. I like the height of a 4x4. Install a carpet bedliner. The drop in looks so unfinished under the SnugTop.

    Get some kind of grocery holder in the back. I have to climb in the back to retrieve the items that fall all over the place.

    Sorry for the long post. It was time for me to join in. Nice meeting all of you.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    are you waiting on the front bilsteins by chance. I waited 2 months for the fronts for my silverado. The bilstein HD are really good shocks
  • Yep, the front ones. Do you know the difference between the yellow/blue and the blue/red? What did you get? Is the squishy suspension unique to the Tundra?
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    mine are yellow shocks with a light blue boot. I dont have a tundra i have a silverado. I had the stock Z71 tenneco shocks. I wanted a sitffer ride. The bilsteins make it feel more like a truck
  • Will stiffer shocks make the truck ride higher? And did you add a sway bar to the rear of the silverado?
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Will stiffer shocks make the truck ride higher?

    What do you mean? Truck sit up higer?

    If thats what your asking no. I added larger tires and cranked the torsion bars up for that

    No i didnt add a sway bar to the rear. The truck does like to wonder in the wind wonder if that would help?
  • It is an inexpensive mod. Less than $125.00 I will let you know. I need to check to see if I can get larger tires on my wheels. I like the look of the off road tires. Are they inappropriate for daily commuting?
  • A great off-road tire (heck, probably THE best off-road tire) are BF Goodrich's all-terrain TAKOs. I put these on my Tacoma (31 10.5 R15s) when I replaced the truck's original Goodyear Wrangler GSAs, which are an inferior tire as far as off-roading goes. To my surprise, the BFs perform better and are easier to live with on the street as well.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    thats what i got


    kinda loud you can hear em hum.

    Much better handling and overall tire from the stock fstones
  • How does one reconcile taking off perfectly good stuff from a new truck, and spending more money? I am shocked with all of the modifications that I can make. I'm not made of money-maybe I should have known these things before buying? Like a TRD for example? Oh well, it's a hobby and I love cars.
  • I just checked. I have P265/70.....Bridgestone HD tires. I assume I have 16 inch wheels. Are these tires any good? Hard to read in the garage. No white letters. Just black.
  • ndahi12ndahi12 Posts: 235
    Here is the low down.

    I have a 2002 Tundra that I bought a month and a half ago. It is a 4X2 and I wanted to get the limited slip diff on it. Unfortunately I could not find one with the TRD package and the LSD. I did not want to order one because I did not want to miss out on the Toyota special financing. Back on November 10th no one knoew that toyota will extend the financing to the end of december.

    So I got the truck with the regular stock suspension. IT IS VERY MUSHY. I really did not like it. So i ordered the blue/red HD Bilestin. These are even stiffer and more expensive than the blue/yellow Bilestin. The truck has improved enormously from stock. I just love the ride. It is stiff, but not jarring. It takes a dip and does not oscillate like before. Steering feel has improved and you feel in control over all types of rough roads. Before, on rough roads I felt like I did not have control over the truck.

    The blue/red are excellent shocks. They are even better than the blue/yellow. They are also $319.00.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    What are the blue/red bilsteins? Are they the sport suspension ones?

    Are the direct from bilstein or a toyota thing? Never have seen blue/red ones
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    mine were $49.99 each (216 after shipping) from cheapest place other than autozone
  • I checked the Bilstein web site and saw no mention of the blue/red shocks. Should I return the yellow/blue? I hope when you say $319.00 that you mean for 4 of them, not each. Thanks.

    Where can I get the red/blue?
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Also have you looked into the Rancho 9000 series? They have an adjustible 5 settings for firm to soft.

    These shocks come on the new ford FX4's (fullsize offroad pkg). They are also pretty good shocks and you can adjust the ride
  • I assume that the shocks are a total of $319., not each. Where did you get them?

    Anybody else swap their shocks? What about the anti sway bar? The mushy ride is my only complaint about the truck. I have 11,000 miles and the ride is softer now than when I bought it.
  • I like buying stuff. I can't imagine adjusting shocks depending on road conditions. I don't go off road! I drive this thing to work and to the mall. I'm the purchaser that everyone laughs at!
  • Can you clarify the pricing on the red/blue shocks for me?
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    That $319 has to be for all 4. No shock i have ever seen cost that for each.

    I changed my tires at 10K miles and shocks at 21K miles. Overall for $1,000 it was a huge improvement
  • Im gonna look at the tires that you put on your truck. They sound wider and taller than mine.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    just make sure they will fit

    heres a pic of them

  • Thanks for the pic
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    also they are expensive tires. The cheapest you will get them for is $155.99 a piece (bfg set a price and dealers cannot sell below this price)
  • size tire you need. Mine were 31x10.5xR15 and were exactly $113.00 apiece from Discount Tire. But for some reason if you have bigger rims, like 16"s, they will cost you more.
  • What is the difference between a passenger tire and the tires you are talking about?
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