Since the 2022 Tundra is brand spanking new not a lot of people are doing modifications just yet, but publisher Tim Esterdahl has a friend at Rough Country and was able to travel there recently to have a leveling kit and some tubular step bars added to his Tundra. Check out the 2022 Tundra Rough Country modifications video to watch the process, get a tour of the plant and see the before and after.
Rough Country is based in Dyersburg, Tennessee, and is a leading supplier of off-road parts and accessories like leveling kits, lifts, shocks and stabilizers, winches, side-steps and more. They even make some non-vehicle products like coolers and tents to help you enjoy your off-road or overland adventure once you reach your destination. If you’ve never seen a truck outfitted by Rough Country you’ve missed out and today you’re in for a treat.
So just what modifications did Tim choose to have done to his new Tundra? The first thing he wanted was a leveling kit to make the truck look more, well, level. A lot of trucks that come straight from the factory are a little lower in the front. This of course levels out once you put some weight in the bed or pull a trailer, but if you aren’t towing or hauling often you’re left with a truck that looks slanted and a lot of people don’t care for that stance. A leveling kit is a quick and cost-effective way to fix this and Tim says the kit cost him about $160. If you’re wondering about the change in fuel economy after this modification Tim goes over that in his video. It’s minimal, but it’s something you should know if you’re looking at leveling your truck.
Another quick modification that can make a big difference is adding steps or running boards to a truck that didn’t come with them. In this case, Tim chose a touch steel tubular nerf step which not only makes entry and exit easier, it adds a tough look to the truck. Yes, the step does reduce the truck’s ground clearance a bit but it’s pretty solid and should handle a few bumps here and there. The tubular nerf bars for the 2022 Tundra aren’t on sale just yet, but guessing from the last model year’s pricing, these should run around $400.
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