2007 Toyota Tundra Buildup - Big Looks From Bolt-Ons

Customizing A '07 Tundra The Easy Way

Dan Ward
Jul 1, 2010
Contributors: Mark Barbee
Photographers: Mark Barbee
Budget is a hot word right now with money being tighter than ever, and spending your hard-earned dollars on your truck has to be an educated purchase with parts you know will perform at a high level. We've experienced both good and bad advice on internet forums, but nothing beats trial and error. Fortunately for you, we're your crash test dummies. We install dozens of parts on a variety of trucks every month and when it came time to customize an '07 Toyota Tundra, we wanted every part to be an upgrade from what we took off. That is easy to do, but what we set out to do was keep as much money in our wallet as possible-that is not such an easy task. For this month's Fantastic Four, we focused on good looks, added capability, and more power for as much bang for the buck as you can squeeze out of four simple bolt-ons. The end solution provided us proof that, without breaking the bank, you can upgrade your truck and make it your own.
Photo 2/26   |   After
Airaid is a leader in cool air intakes, and their prices are very competitive, so it was a no-brainer for us to order a new intake for our stock 4.7L V-8. To keep cost as low as we could, an order was placed to Magnaflow for a single-inlet/dual-outlet muffler and then we took the muffler for a custom exhaust to be made at Pro Muffler, in Peoria, Arizona. This saved us a few bucks and allowed us to build the system to our design. For suspension, we contacted BMF for its latest leveling kit that raises the front end 2.4 inches and is made out of aircraft-grade 6061-T6 aluminum. Tires of choice were 33-inch Toyo M/T muds and to make this Tundra stand out at any jobsite or office parking lot, we ordered a set of BMF S.E.R.E. wheels in Death Metal Black. These wheels are unlike any on the market and instantly transformed our Tundra from dealer-lot to mosh pit with the cock of a pistol hammer. Check out how we only spent $4,000 and easily turned this Toyota into a respectable driver.
Photo 3/26   |   Before
FROM THE DRIVER SEAT
After a short 6 hours, the Tundra went from showroom stock, to street bruiser with the simple addition of several bolt-ons (shown here with a new, black billet grille). The BMF leveling kit was easy to install and besides the need for a coil compressor, it was a breeze to install. As always, the Airaid intake went on with no problems and the exhaust has a nice, deep rumble to it. What really did the custom trick were the new BMF S.E.R.E. wheels and Toyo tires. Now the Toyota looks like it's always pissed off and it not-so-subtlety urges people to move out of the way. That's just the way we like it.
YOU QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Time Spent Working: 6 Hours
Degree Of Difficulty: Beginner
(with the exception of the exhaust welding)
Tools Needed:
Assorted metric sockets and wrenches, prybar, jack, jack-stands, torque wrench
Parts Used:
Airaid cold air intake 510-213 $349.95
BMF 2.4-inch leveling kit for Tundra LTO-9200 $289.00
BMF S.E.R.E. 20x9-inch wheels in Black Death Metal $450.00 (each)
Toyo Open Country M/T 33x12.50R20 tires $392
TOTAL: $4,006.95
(prices from bmfwheels.com, summitracing.com, and superbuytires.com)

2015 Toyota Tundra Specifications

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Fair Market Price $27,480
MSRP $28,510
Editors' Overall Rating
Mileage 15 City / 19 Highway
Engine 4.6L V8
Horse Power 310 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 327 ft lb of torque @ 3,400 rpm
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Sources

BMF Wheels
Orange, CA 92867
888-313-2580
www.bmfwheels.com
Toyo Tires
800-442-8696
www.toyotires.com
Airaid
Phoenix, AZ 85050
800-498-6951
http://www.airaid.com
Mark Barbee
Phoenix, AZ
623-451-0221
www.markbarbee.com
Pro Muffler
Peoria, AZ 85382
623-876-9660

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