Customizing the 2022 Toyota Tundra

Customizing the 2022 Toyota Tundra

Who wouldn't love to get their hands on a brand new 2022 Tundra? Toyota has outdone itself with this one, making some major improvements over the previous model. But, of course, as any true truck enthusiast knows, the real fun is in customizing and personalizing your vehicle. Read on to see how we took a base model Tundra from basic to badass with a few simple modifications.

Base Model

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.  

2022 Base Model Tundra2022 Base Model Tundra

Lift Kit

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.

3.5 inch lift kit3.5 inch lift kit

Wheels and Tires

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.   

Nitto Trail Grappler, TIS Off-Road 556BANitto Trail Grappler, TIS Off-Road 556BA


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.

SR2 Adjustable Aluminum StepsSR2 Adjustable Aluminum Steps

Bed Cover

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.

Low Profile Hard Tonneau CoverLow Profile Hard Tonneau Cover

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.

lifted 2022 tundralifted 2022 tundra

For more details on the 2022 Tundra build, check out the video on our Youtube channel!

Tags: Toyota, Tundra, 2022,


FPJupiter April 17, 2022

What is the impact of the lift kit on gas mileage?

Rough Country April 19, 2022

We have not monitored that impact on our 3.5-inch lifts; however, feedback so far is that there is minimal change in gas mileage for that kit. Thanks for reading our blog!

David kibitelsky 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

Rough Country April 19, 2022

David, thanks for reading our blog! As of now, we do not carry a rack (roof or bed) for the 2022 Tundra. However, we are working on a rack system for the bed, which will be available down the road. Please keep checking our website for the release!

Brandon R April 20, 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!

Rough Country April 22, 2022

Brandon, while we don't have a lift kit for the new Tundra just yet, our team is working on one. Keep checking back for updates, and thanks for reading our blog!

Dave V May 19, 2022

does this lift work with the air ride on the 1794 edition?

Rough Country May 19, 2022

Dave, Yes, It will work with the 1974. Thanks for reading the Blog!

Lee C May 22, 2022

Will the tire wheel combination work on a stock 2022 TRD Pro?

Rough Country May 24, 2022

Lee , unfortunately, that wheel and tire combination will not work on a stock height Tacoma. Due to the design of the wheel well we would advise using a leveling kit to fit a slightly larger tire. When using a leveling kit to ensure proper tire clearance we would also advise using a positive offset wheel to ensure that no cutting or trimming needs to take place.

Christopher McWilliams May 22, 2022

Who can I get to install this, So I know its done right. Thanks

Rough Country May 23, 2022

Christopher, first, thanks for reading the article! You can find trusted Rough Country dealers to install for you on our webpage. There is a Dealer Locator at the top left of the website or you can find it at the bottom of the page under Company info. You just have to enter the location that you are looking for and a list will pop up for you! If you have any problems finding one on the list, just reach out to our sales team and they will help you with your search.

Jason Santizo May 27, 2022

Was there any trimming or cutting on the truck with those wheels and tires set up

Rough Country 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!

David August 3, 2022

When can we expect a 4-6 inch lift for the 2022 tundra 4x4

Rough Country August 4, 2022

David, thanks for reading the Tundra post! We recently released a 6-inch lift for the '22 Tundra: Check out our website for more Tundra accessories!

Otie Maly August 28, 2022

Where can I get fender flares for a 2022 tundra

Rough Country September 2, 2022

Otie, we have Defender Pocket Fender Flares for the 22 Tundra available online now. Thanks for reading the blog!

Andre August 30, 2022

I love the setup hopefully I can get my done soon.

Rob Gorges 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!!

Rough Country September 19, 2022

Rob, you can get an estimate by pulling a measurement from the center of the wheel to the fender on the truck. Then measure from that line to the fin, and add 3.5". That should get you close to the actual size. Thanks for reading the post!

iLDE December 29, 2022

What’s the offset of the wheels?

Rough Country December 30, 2022

iLde , Thanks for reading about our customized Tundra! This 22 Tundra has Nitto Trail Grapplers in a 35X12.50R20 wrapped around the TIS Off-Road 556BA with a 20MM Offset.

Texas Girl 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?

Rough Country February 7, 2023

Good afternoon! We appreciate you reaching out to us. The offset of the wheel will matter when choosing an aftermarket wheel and the relation to where the tire is placed in the wheel well. Having a higher positive offset will pull the tire into the wheel well where a negative offset will push the tire further outside. The specifications that we suggest on our product page are appropriate fitments that will not cause any contact/rubbing issues. Due to the geometry change when installing this kit we advise a 20x9 with a -12 to +1 offset. 

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