Project Tundra: Assembling the Ultimate Off Road Drop In Suspension!

Installation of the kit is fairly simple. First, you support the diff, then remove the bolts holding the diff mount to the subframe.

The diff is lowered.

The spacers are placed between the subframe and the differential mounts lowering it. The longer bolts are installed to secure the diff.

Now the differential is lowered and the CV angularity is greatly improved.   Really the ground clearance is not affected very much. The truck is raised about 2.5 inches from stock and the diff only dropped one inch.

Now spacers are put in the back skid plate rearward bolts. This is on the right side of the skid plate.

This is the left-side skidplate spacer.  Longer bolts are used here as well. Now the skid plate clears the diff.


  1. Such an awesome shop truck. If I still lived in california I would love to have you work on my regular cab Taco work truck. Currently sitting pretty with a Ute flat bed, bilstein trd pro spec dampers, OME leaf pack, & lightweight scs wheels, and corbeau GTS2 seats to avoid scoliosis. Suspension is good enough but still leaves a bit to be desired

  2. I used to sell those trucks. I was always surprised how much people would pay for a used Taco, when they could get a Tundra. They were paying more for the old Tacos than the new ones. I never understood that, at all. Especially, considering the E-diff and traction modes.

    1. The tacoma was more practical and easier on the wallet for many folks. First gen tacomas have a cult following and not everyone is on the wagon with the pricier new tacomas. What’s not impressive is the gas mileage on the newer tacomas and tundras lol.

      1. That’s interesting. I never knew why people loved the old Tacos. I guess technology isn’t everything for some people. Truly disappointing about the fuel economy, though.

        The one thing that is impressive is the auto loans they have these days, which are basically mini-mortgages. I know it’s a bit of a scam, though. It gets you to buy something that you really can’t afford.

    2. I went with a Tacoma because of the size. Full-size trucks are too damn big. A Tacoma is pretty much the smallest thing you can get nowadays. If someone offered a compact truck I would have gone that way but they’re all deader than the dinosaurs.

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