After I got an offer I couldn’t refuse on my 2002 Tundra, I replaced it with this 2006 Double Cab. It is a very similar truck, but with a few notable upgrades. From the factory, this truck uses VVTi for an additional 40 horsepower and has an extra gear in the transmission. Many of the aftermarket components are the same as my last Tundra (Baja Designs light bar, Bakflip tonneau cover, Maxtrax, etc), if it isn’t broke, why fix it? The two areas I wanted to improve were the suspension and the braking. For the brakes, I upgraded to Powerbrake six piston calipers and 12.4-inch rotors in front and swapped a Sequoia axle in the rear with factory disc brakes. For the suspension, I used a 2.5-inch King coilover along with a 2.5-inch, two-tube King bypass shock in front. Out back, spring under Deaver leaf springs were used with an MCM cantilever kit and 3-inch diameter, three-tube King bypass shocks and Light Racing Jounce Shocks that nets 17 inches of wheel travel.
Like the last Tundra, this truck nice enough to drive all day long without getting worn out, but no so nice that I worry about driving it with dirty clothes on after a day in the shop or slinging an axle into the bed. This is my go-to vehicle when I work on the Rebelle Rally each year. The Tundra has also been to Mexico multiple times to chase in the Sonora Rally and Baja 1000, and the suspension allows it to work great without drawing too much attention.
Stock transmission, transfer case, and drivelines
Custom rock sliders
LED headlight conversion