April 11, 2022
We started our transformation by removing the chrome accents. The chrome grille surrounds and sections of the rear bumper did not fit in with the look of the truck. The emblems and trim around the windows are matte black, and the door handles are color coordinated. So, we removed the chrome pieces and sent those to the paint shop to do a color match.
Our next step was to add a 3 ½ inch kit. Everything we needed to get a proper alignment while keeping the factory ride is included in the kit. We have the tubular upper control arms, sway bar relocation brackets, differential relocation brackets, and strut spacers, which gave it the lift in the front. Then we added a rear track bar bracket, shock relocation brackets, and rear coil spacers to the back.
After installing the lift, we moved on to wheels and tires. We went with the Nitto Trail Grappler in a 35X12.50R20 wrapped around the TIS Off-Road 556BA. This is in a nice flat black with Anthracite rock ring in a 20X9, and a 20 mm Offset that match our emblems and wheel well moldings.
Following the wheel and tire upgrade, we tackled the steps. This Tundra did not come with factory steps; however, Toyota did have the bolts in place, making this a simple install. We went with Rough Country's SR2 Adjustable Aluminum Steps. These steps have a nice angular design that flows with the body line of the truck and are in a matte black, which matches up with the emblems and wheels.
Our last install for the day was a Rough Country Low Profile Hard Tonneau Cover. Like the lift kit, the cover comes with all the hardware for easy installation. The 2022 Tundra has a factory cargo management rail where the bed cover clamps and bed rails will attach. The rails for our bedcover have drain ports so that any water that makes its way past the bed cover won't make it into the bed.
With this 2022 Tundra build-up, you can see how subtle changes we made created a dramatic difference. Although the 3 ½ inch kit wasn't a massive lift, it is bigger than a leveling kit and allows us to run 35X12.50 20 tires. The matte black SR2 Step is an aluminum rail step, so you can position each stirrup exactly where you want it, and the angles of the SR2 complement the overall design of the Tundra. Since the chrome grille shell and rear bumper stuck out like a sore thumb, stripping the chrome and having it painted to match the body turned this Tundra into a red and matte black beauty. What are your thoughts on the modifications so far? Should we have gone with matte black on the grille, left it chrome, or do you think matching the body color created a better look? Let us know in the comments what you think about our changes so far.
For more details on the 2022 Tundra build, check out the video on our Youtube channel!
April 17, 2022
What is the impact of the lift kit on gas mileage?
April 19, 2022
what rack is recommended with a hard tri fold cover for a Tundra 2022 sr5 max crew. 5.6 ft bed. Need to carry 2 kayaks... looking for something that works in conjunction with the tri -fold cover. thanks
April 21, 2022
Looks great! Giving me alot of new ideas for my new Tundra Platinum I just picked up. When will 3.5" lift kit be available for the 4x2? I see leveling kit is available but I'm looking for at least a 3" lift on it. Thank you!
May 19, 2022
does this lift work with the air ride on the 1794 edition?
May 22, 2022
Will the tire wheel combination work on a stock 2022 TRD Pro?
May 23, 2022
Who can I get to install this, So I know its done right. Thanks
May 27, 2022
Was there any trimming or cutting on the truck with those wheels and tires set up
June 2, 2022
Thanks for reading the blog, Jason! We did not have to trim or cut when adding the wheel/tire combo. Let us know if you have any other questions!
August 4, 2022
When can we expect a 4-6 inch lift for the 2022 tundra 4x4
August 29, 2022
Where can I get fender flares for a 2022 tundra
August 30, 2022
I love the setup hopefully I can get my done soon.
September 13, 2022
Love the look! With the 3.5" lift and 35 tires, what is the final total height of the truck including the shark fin? Curious if it'll fit in a 7' garage door. Thanks!!
December 29, 2022
What’s the offset of the wheels?
February 7, 2023
I have a 2022 Tundra SR5 and am wanting to get a 3.5 lift I also am purchasing a pair of tires 35x12.50x30 tires. I am not understanding the offset part does that have to do with the rim or tire size or is just something you ask for when your tires are being mounted? I want to keep the factory TRD rims will this cause an issue with rubbing?