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Toyota Tundra FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

10/15/01

Maintained by Steve Yee.  

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Subject:  Table of Contents

0.0 - Disclaimer

0.1 - Purpose of this FAQ
0.2 - Thanks, credits, etc.
0.3 - How do I view this FAQ ?
0.4 - Why did it say "BETA" on this FAQ ?
0.5 - Why are there numbers or the word "All" after each subject line ?

1.0 - What is the Toyota Tundra ?  Specifications, versions, etc.
1.1 - 2000/01 Model year specifications
1.2 - What's different in the 2001 model year Tundras
1.3 - What is the Sequoia ?
1.4 - How Safe is the Tundra ?
1.5 - Is it an import, or is it an American truck ?
1.6 - What is TRD ?
1.7 - What can I get from TRD ?
1.8 - What is this Tundra Double Cab that I am hearing about ?

2.0 - Buying a Tundra	
2.1 - Online
2.2 - Comparisons
2.3 - What does the "Motor Trend Truck of The Year" award mean?
2.4 - What's the difference between Base, SR5, and Limited ?
2.5 - What does 'SR5' mean anyways ?  (Toyota Historical Background)

3.0 - Modifications to the Tundra and general questions answered.
3.1 - Changing the headlight bulbs
3.2 - HID style Headlamps
3.3 - Fix the back seat angle
3.4 - Bed Extender
3.5 - Spray In Bed Liner vs. Drop In Bed Liners
3.6 - K&N Filters, TRD Filters
3.7 - Towing Hitches
3.8 - Jack problems
3.9 - Oil Dipstick: Burrs and length
3.10 - Bug deflectors/paint protection
3.11 - Seat Covers
3.12 - Suspension/Body Lift Kits
3.13 - Lowering Kits
3.14 - Superchargers
3.15 - White or Indiglo(tm) style Gauges
3.16 - Horn add-ons
3.17 - Compass Mirrors
3.18 - Adding a remote to the RS3000 alarm
3.19 - Removing Stickers, emblems, and badges
3.20 - Brush/Light guards/Step Bars
3.21 - Help !  I got dimples on my tailgate !
3.22 - My Tundra is Drooling ! (Coolant spill)
3.23 - I'm stuck with only one Differential !
3.24 - I don't like the small tires on my 4x4 Tundra.  What can I do ?
3.25 - I hate Daytime Running Lamps.  Can I disconnect them ?
3.26 - What is this "clay" stuff?  Does this mean I put a mud mask on my truck?
3.27 - What do I "feed" my Tundra ? (Gas)
3.28 - What is this plastic stuff under my truck ? (Skid Plates)
3.29 - Oil Gauges
3.30 - I'm missing a lock ?  How do I get one ? (Glove Compartment)
3.31 - My Doors are out of control and fling open (or slam shut) on a hill !  
Is there a fix for it ?
3.32 - What is the difference between "hub centric" and "bolt or lug centric" 
rims ?
3.33 - My Cruise Control is running erratically.  What's causing it ?
3.34 - I've seen these mirrors that blink as the turn signal blinks.  What are 
they ?
3.35 - My Air Conditioning isn't blowing cold.  Why is this happening ?
3.36 - Can I fix the two power outlets to stay on when the ignition is off ?
3.37 - Exhaust/Header Upgrades
3.38 - How come my California Tundra is mising horsepower ?
3.39 - My door locks will unlock and my lights will turn on.  Why is this 
happening ?
3.40 - How do I shut off my door beeper ?
3.41 - What are these black "tracks" on the roof of the Tundra ?
3.42 - I hear this noise when I first start to move my Tundra, what is it ?
3.43 - How often do I need to use my 4x4 system ?
3.44 - What are these brown spots on my paint ?
3.45 - Boy...what is that smell ? (Air Conditioning odors)
3.46 - I want some ground shaking bass in my Tundra...how can I do this ?
3.47 - I'd like to get the repair manuals for my Tundra.  Where can I get some 
?
3.48 - My Brake Pedal is squeaking...how can I fix it ?
3.49 - What is this empty black button ?  (Clutch Disengage Switch)
3.50 - What is this tapping sound ?
3.51 - My fabric based tonneau cover keeps flapping around.  Why is that ?
3.52 - Can I get better brakes for the Tundra ?
3.53 - What is a throttle body spacer ?
3.54 - Can I tow a fifth wheel with my Tundra ?
3.55 - My seat belts don't retract.  Why does this happen ?
3.56 - Can I put a snow plow on my Tundra ?
3.57 - Can I pressure wash my engine ?
3.58 - How many crossmembers does the Tundra have, 8 or 9 ?
3.59 - Can I add these clear lamp covers to my Tundra ?
3.60 - How does my 4x4 really work ?
3.61 - How do I adjust my headlights ?
3.62 - Where is my Tachometer ? 
3.63 - Where can I get a new ignition system for my Tundra ?
3.64 - Why does my cargo light shut off when the truck is moving ?
3.65 - I have a leather interior.  What do I clean it with ?
3.66 - How do I make my high beams and fog lamps stay on at the same time ?
3.67 - Is there a nitrous (NO2) kit for the Tundra ?
3.68 - Radio Wire Color Codes
3.69 - Where can I get braided stainless steel brake lines ?
3.70 - What is the difference between the 2002 Stock Limited-Slip Differential 
and the TRD Limited-Slip Differential ? (All)

4.0 - Known Problems
4.1 - Wheel/Tire Slippage
4.2 - Brake problems (TSB Available)
4.3 - Vibration Problems
4.4 - Tire Pressure
4.5 - Oil Dipstick/Oil Levels
4.6 - Bushings
4.7 - Driveline "clunks"
4.8 - Tundra Not Starting ?
4.9 - Door Rattles
4.10 - Arm Rest wear
4.11 - Paint wear
4.12 - Trailer Wiring Harness Problems
4.13 - Rear Brake adjustment problems
4.14 - 4x4 Actuator Rod problem
4.15 - 60/40 Bench Seat TSB
4.16 - Misaligned drive shaft

4.90 - What is a TSB ?
4.91 - What is a recall ?
4.96 - Unlisted Technical Service Bulletins
4.97 - Technical Service Bulletins from the Web
4.98 - Technical Service Bulletins
4.99 - Recalls

5.0 - Where can I find resources ?
5.1 - Web Sites
5.2 - USENET
5.3 - Internet Relay Chat

6.0 - Revision History

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Subject: 0.0 - Disclaimer
All the information contained in this document is provided for the convenience 
of current and prospective Tundra owners.  All information is accurate as well 
as can be reasonably verified.  There are no guarantees or warranties stated or 
implied through the distribution of this information.  Use the information in 
this document at your own risk, and no liability shall be given to the 
author(s), owner(s), or provider(s).  Any damage or loss is the sole 
responsibility of the owner of the vehicle.

Any and all modifications will likely cause a vehicle to behave differently 
than the stock vehicle - some modifications may significantly increase your 
risk when driving the vehicle or be dangerous in certain driving conditions and 
situations. Use your brain and good judgement when engaging in any activity or 
making any modifications. Do not take unwise risks, consult a certified 
professional if you are not sure of something.  Ensure you have all the 
necessary materials, tools, and anything else required to perform the 
process(es) that are listed here in the FAQ or on links listed in the FAQ.. 

Subject: 0.1 - Purpose of the FAQ
The purpose of this FAQ is to help Toyota Tundra owners be aware of known 
answers to popular questions in regards to the Toyota Tundra.  This FAQ was 
first written in August of 2000, and is maintained by Steve Yee 
(sgyee@sprynet.com).

Subject: 0.2 - Thanks, credits, etc.
I would like to exclusively thank the following sites for information that has 
been reproduced in this FAQ, either verbatim or paraphrased.

Toyota Motor Corp, USA.  www.toyota.com
Tundra Solutions. www.tundrasolutions.com
Big Toy Trucks - www.bigtoytrucks.com
USENET Forums - alt.autos.toyota, alt.autos.toyota.trucks
Marshall Brain's HowStuffWorks.com - www.howstuffworks.com

All information listed in this FAQ have come from sources listed in section 5.1 
of this FAQ.

Subject: 0.3 - How do I view this FAQ ?

This FAQ was written using the most powerful of Word Processors ever created 
for public consumption:  Microsoft Windows Notepad.  Please utilize Notepad or 
some other sort of Text Editing software with Word Wrap On.  This document has 
been tested and written using a window size of 640x480 pixels in a Windows 2000 
Advanced Server Terminal Environment.

Subject: 0.4 - Why did this FAQ say "BETA" on it ?

This FAQ was in a Beta form until the FAQ received approval for release in the 
news.answers and alt.answers newsgroups.  As of Sunday, Feb. 11, this FAQ was 
approved for general submission into the alt.answers and news.answers 
newsgroups.

Subject: 0.5 - Why are there numbers or the word "All" after each subject line 
?

The reasoning for this is to show which model year Tundra this modification 
applies to.  Some apply only for Model Year 2000, 2001, or All Tundra model 
years.

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Subject: 1.0 - What is the Toyota Tundra ?

History - The Toyota Tundra is Toyota Motor Corporation's second attempt at 
producing a full size truck for the American marketplace.  It's predecessor is 
the Toyota T-100.  (The T-100 never really took off in the American market due 
to two primary reasons:  A V6 Engine was the biggest you could get, and the 
truck was not made in America, so it was subject to heavy import tariffs.)

Prototypes of the Tundra was released to Toyota Motorsports particpants (PPI 
Racing with Ivan Stewart, and Rod Millen Motorsports) in 1998, starting rumor 
mills worldwide as to the possible replacement of the T-100.  It first began as 
an engine upgrade to the existing T-100 racing variant from a V6 to a V8.

Publically introduced in it's closest current form at various motor shows from 
1998 to 1999, the Toyota Tundra was originally called the "T-150".  Caught in a 
blizzard of bad press from both Ford Motor Corporation (who thought it would 
confuse people with the F150) and automotive critics, the name was changed to 
Tundra.  To read an article on the T-150 and see pictures of a concept T-150, 
the New England TTORA (Tacoma Territory Off Roader's Association) has a copy of 
the article at http://webm3233.ntx.net/putnam/ttora/junk/t150.htm .

The 2000 and 2001 model year Tundras are half ton, full size pickups.  They can 
be purchased in the following combinations:

2dr 4x2 Regular Cab Base 
2dr 4x2 Access Cab SR5 
4dr 4x2 Access Cab SR5 V8 
4dr 4x2 Access Cab LTD V8 
2dr 4x4 Regular Cab SR5 
2dr 4x4 Regular Cab SR5 V8 
4dr 4x4 Access Cab SR5 
4dr 4x4 Access Cab SR5 V8 
4dr 4x4 Access Cab LTD V8 

All Tundras share the same frame and wheelbase, therefore, only a limited 
number of configurations are available compared to other manufacturers.  There 
are no larger configurations with heaver payload capacity.

Subject: 1.1 - 2000/01 Model Year Specifications

This comes from the Toyota Motor Corporation web page at www.toyota.com

Regular Cab (4x2 only)
Engine
3.4-liter DOHC 24-valve EFI V6 

Transmission
5-speed manual overdrive - standard
4-speed electronically controlled transmission (ECT)

STANDARD FEATURES
* Aerodynamic multi-reflector halogen headlamps with auto-off feature 
* High Solar Energy-Absorbing (HSEA) glass 
* Dual black outside mirrors 
* Painted front bumper and grille 
* Rear center high-mount stop lamp (CHMSL) with integrated cargo lamp 
* Locking fuel filler door with cap holder 
* Removable locking tailgate 
* P245/70R16 tires on steel wheels 
* Fabric bench seat with vertically adjustable headrests and fold-down center 
armrest 
* Driver and front passenger air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) with 
passenger-side cutoff switch2 
* Cut-pile carpeting 
* Speedometer, LCD odometer with twin tripmeters, fuel level and coolant 
temperature gauges 
* Dual cup holders 
* Driver and passenger sun visors 
* Mist-cycle windshield wipers 
* Dual 12-volt auxiliary power outlets 
* Digital quartz clock 
* Deluxe AM/FM ETR/Cassette with 4 speakers 

Regular Cab SR5 (4x4 only)
Engine
4.7-liter DOHC 32-valve EFI i-Force V8 

Transmission
4-speed electronically controlled transmission (ECT) 

Additional Standard Features (in addition to/in place of Regular Cab features) 
* Chrome body side molding insert, grille, and front and rear bumpers 
* Color-keyed outside door handles 
* P245/70R16 tires on styled steel wheels 
* Front and rear mudguards 
* Variable intermittent windshield wipers 
* Cruise control 
* Tachometer 
* Driver and passenger sun visors with extensions 
* Touch-Select 4-wheel-drive system 
* Defroster-linked CFC-free air conditioning 
* Tilt steering wheel 
* Deluxe AM/FM ETR/Cassette with 4 speakers 

Access Cab SR5
Engine
3.4-liter DOHC 24-valve EFI V6
4.7-liter DOHC 32-valve EFI i-Force V8 - available 

Transmission
5-speed manual overdrive - standard on V6, not available with i-Force V8
4-speed electronically controlled transmission (ECT) - available with V6, 
standard with i-Force V8 

Additional Standard Features (in addition to/in place of Regular Cab SR5 
features) 
* Tilt-out rear quarter windows with privacy glass 
* Front fabric 60/40 split-bench seat with vertically adjustable headrests and 
fold-down center console armrest with dual cup holders (automatic models) 
* Front fabric captain's chairs with vertically adjustable headrests (manual 
models) 
* Rear 60/40 split-bench with vertically adjustable headrests and fold-down 
center armrest with dual cup holders 
* 4WDemand 4-wheel-drive system (V6 4WD models) 
* Touch-Select 4-wheel-drive system (V8 4WD models) 

V8 Access Cab Limited
Engine
4.7-liter DOHC 32-valve EFI i-Force V8 

Transmission
4-speed electronically controlled transmission (ECT) - standard

Additional Standard Features (in addition to/in place of Access Cab SR5 
features)
* Color-keyed fender flares with integrated mudguards, front bumper and body 
side molding 
* Fog lamps 
* Power color-keyed exterior mirrors 
* Sliding rear window with privacy glass 
* P265/70R16 tires on 5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels 
* Power windows and door locks 
* Lighting Package 
* Illuminated driver and passenger dual sun visors with extensions 
* Touch-Select 4-wheel-drive system (4WD models) 
* Deluxe 3-in-1 AM/FM ETR/Cassette/CD with 6 speakers 

Regular Cab Options (4x2 only)
* All-Weather Guard Package - heavy-duty battery, starter, heater and anti-chip 
paint 
* Fog lamps 
* 4-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) - includes Daytime Running Lights 
(DRL) 
* Full wheel covers 
* Mudguards 
* Sliding rear window 
* Painted rear bumper 
* Tilt steering wheel - includes variable intermittent windshield wipers 
* Defroster-linked CFC-free air conditioning 
* Delete Package option - replaces fabric seats and cut-pile carpeting with 
vinyl 

Access Cab SR5 Options
* All-Weather Guard Package - heavy-duty battery, starter, heater 
* Fog lamps 
* 4-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) - includes Daytime Running Lights 
(DRL) 
* Styled steel wheels with P265/70R16 tires and chrome wheel arch molding 
* Styled steel wheels with P265/70R16 tires and black fender flares with 
integrated mudguards 
* 3-spoke aluminum alloy wheels with P245/70R16 tires 
* 5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels with P265/70R16 tires and chrome wheel arch 
molding 
* 5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels with P265/70R16 tires and black fender flares 
with integrated mudguards 
* TRD Off-Road Package  - off-road tuned suspension, 
Bilstein(r) shock absorbers, BFGoodrich P265/70R16 tires on 5-spoke aluminum 
alloy wheels, black fender flares with integrated mudguards and fog lamps 
* Captain's chairs (automatic models, standard on manual models) 
* Convenience Package - power windows and door locks, chrome power mirrors, 
cruise control (standard on V8), driver and passenger dual sun visors with 
vanity 
mirror, Lighting Package and sliding rear window with privacy glass 
* Style Package (V8 4x2 model only) - 3-spoke aluminum alloy wheels with 
P245/70R16 tires and captain's chairs 
* Deluxe 3-in-1 AM/FM ETR/Cassette/CD with 6 speakers 

V8 Access Cab Limited Options
* All-Weather Guard Package - heavy-duty battery, starter, heater 
* 4-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) - includes Daytime Running Lights 
(DRL) 
* Captain's chairs 
* Leather Trim Package - includes leather-trimmed captain's chairs with power 
adjustable driver seat and wood-grain-style interior trim 
* TRD Off-Road Package  - off-road tuned suspension, Bilstein 
(r) shock absorbers, BFGoodrich P265/70R16 tires on 5-spoke aluminum alloy 
wheels 
* Premium 3-in-1 AM/FM ETR/Cassette/6-disc CD changer with 6 speakers 

SAFETY FEATURES
* Driver and front outboard passenger air bag Supplemental Restraint System 
(SRS)2 with passenger air bag cutoff switch 
* 3-point ALR/ELR seatbelts in all outboard positions (driver seatbelt with ELR 
only) with front outboard passenger seatbelt reminder light 
* 2-point center lap belt on front bench and split-bench seats (all models) and 
rear split-bench seats (Access Cab models) 
* Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters 
* Adjustable front outboard seatbelt anchors 
* Vertically adjustable headrests in all outboard positions 
* Energy-absorbing steering column 
* Ladder frame with impact-absorbing front structure 
* Side-impact door beams 
* Rear center high-mount stop lamp (CHMSL) 
* Available 4-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), includes Daytime Running 
Lights (DRL) 

ACCESSORIES 
* Front-end mask 
* Running boards 
* Bed mat 
* Bedliner 
* Soft tonneau cover 
* Bed cargo net 
* Spare tire lock 
* Towing accessories (hitch, wire harness) 
* Wheel locks 
* Air conditioning (V6 models only) 
* Cab cargo net (for Regular Cab models) 
* Carpeted floor mats 
* Sport floor mats 
* Toyota Vehicle Intrusion Protection (VIP) RS3000 Security System 
* CD deck 
* 6-disc in-dash CD changer 


Subject: 1.2 - What's different in the 2001 and 2002 model year Tundras ?

According to the postings at www.tundrasolutions.com, the following changes 
will be available for the 2001 model year Tundras:

New standard bed-rail caps for all Access Cabs

Tailgate Cap in the regular bed PU. Improves the truck's appearance and 
protects the bed finish.

Painted rear bumper on 4x2 BASE models standard, so now all Tundras will have a 
standard rear bumper.

V6 models are now built with upgraded alternators (from 70 AMP to 80AMP) and 
all V6 Tundras will all have 50 State emissions. 

There is also a new full color-keyed package available on the Limited models 
(front grille surround, front bumper, lower valance, and rear bumper). 

SR5's available with premium 3-in-one 6-disc in dash changer (like 2000 Limited 
EJ codes). 

OF (offroad package cars) can be ordered on a 2WD SR5 now.  (This means that 
there will be a PreRunner type package for the Tundras, just like the Tacomas.  
Ed.)

Two new exterior colors available: silver sky metallic and desert sand metallic 
(deleted are platinum metallic, golden sand, and autumn red mica). 

MSRP increases an average of 1.7 - 2.0%. 

Option pricing changes are minimal due to the introduction of "value packages" 
for certain models. 

"Destination Charge" on the MSRP is renamed: "Delivery, Processing, and 
Handling Fee".

According to some 2001 Tundra owners, the rear seat also has additional padding 
for a slightly improved seat angle.

The 2002 Tundra has some minor color changes, and the Limited Slip Differential 
option (code LD) will be available for SR5's as a standard option without ABS.  
Code LD can be combined with other options if you factory order it.

Subject: 1.3 - What is the Sequoia ?

The Toyota Sequoia is a Sport Utility Vehicle that will be based on the Tundra 
frame.  Originally shown in various automotive shows in 1999 and 2000, the 
Sequoia will be larger than the 4Runner, and is roughly the same size as the 
Land Cruiser.  Average Retail List will be around $35000.  The Land Cruiser 
will still be around as the "ultimate" Toyota SUV, however, due to it's 
all-wheel drive and it's reputation.  Toyota has mentioned that it will not 
discontinue the Land Cruiser to make way for the Sequoia.  At this time, there 
is no planned Toyota Racing Development Package for 4x2 or 4x4 Sequoias.

Engine components and driveline components will be similar to the Tundra.  The 
Sequoia shares some of the same sheet metal (hood, front doors, front quarter 
panels, etc) with the Tundra.  The Sequoia does have a more active drivetrain, 
complete with slip detection and traction control.  The Sequoia also has 4 
wheel disc brakes.

Be aware that some dealerships at this time of writing may and can charge up to 
$10,000 extra for a Sequoia due to demand.

Subject: 1.4 - How Safe is the Tundra ?

Pretty safe for a full size Truck.  According to the National Transportation 
Safety Board, the Tundra gets a four out of five star rating for the driver, 
the passenger gets a three out of five star rating.  

The ratings are generated from a test in which a real Access Cab Tundra was 
crashed into a fixed barrier (it's a concrete wall) at 35MPH.  The test dummies 
inside the Tundra are then taken out, and insturmentation inside the test 
dummies are then analyzed as to how hard the crash was to the occupants.

The star rating denotes that the driver will have a 11-20% chance of a serious 
injury, and the passenger will have a 21-35% chance of a serious injury (the 
2001 has equal ratings for driver and passenger of 11-20%).  The ratings take 
into account the following items:

- Probability of a head injury
- Probability of a femur (leg) fracture
- Probability of a chest injury

On 6/4/01, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the Tundra the 
safest full sized light truck.  The IIHS uses a 40mph offset crash test, which 
is different from the test that the NTSB uses.

For more information, view the NTSB web site at www.ntsb.gov, or the IIHS at 
www.hwysafety.org.

Subject: 1.5 - Is it an import, or is it an American truck ?

The Tundra's engine parts and some other parts are probably the only thing that 
is assembled in Japan.  The truck itself is assembled in a new multi-million 
dollar facility in Princeton, Indiana.  According to Toyota's web site, the 
engine is produced in West Virginia and will be produced in a new facility 
somewhere else in the United States.

The reasoning for assembling the truck in the United States is two-fold.  One 
is to avoid the large import tariffs that occur when you import something from 
Japan.  BMW did something similar to make their new X-series SUV, and 
Mercedes-Benz (now DaimlerChrysler) did the same thing to make their ML320/420 
series.  The second is to appeal to American buyers, who are one of the most 
loyal truck buyers in the world.  The "Buy American" statement can now be 
applied to the Tundra.

Subject: 1.6 - What is TRD ?

TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development.  They are a semi-independent design, 
engineering, production, and marketing arm of Toyota.  Working hand in hand 
with Toyota Motorsports, TRD produces and distributes parts that can be added 
to your Toyota vehicle that increases the performance, handling, looks, etc of 
any Toyota vehicle.

Many vehicles, the Tundra included, come from the Toyota factory or distributor 
port with some of these TRD Parts installed.

There are three offshoots of TRD.  One is L-Tuned, a specific arm of TRD that 
handles nothing but Lexus modifications.  Lexus is the luxury arm of Toyota 
Motor Corporation.  The other is Kazuma, which is the professional racing parts 
distribution arm of TRD.  The third is TRD Sport Parts, which is the "common" 
TRD Parts distribution arm.

One big side benefit to TRD parts is that if you purchase TRD parts and have a 
dealer install them, the parts will be covered under the balance of your 
manufacturer's warranty.

You can reach TRD at www.trdusa.com.  Kazuma can be found at 
www.kazumaparts.com.  TRD Sport Parts can be found at www.trdsportparts.com.  
L-Tuned can be found at www.l-tuned.com.

Subject: 1.7 - What can I get from TRD ?

Listed below is a list of what you can add to your Tundra.  This list was 
compiled from www.kazumaparts.com and www.trdsportparts.com .  Descriptions are 
posted where available.

Limited Slip Differential:
00647-41301-100 LSD, Tundra, T100, Tacoma V6, 8" R.G.  Eaton Design & Mfg., 
Carbon Fiber Clutch Discs  NEW $700.00 
00647-40101-202 Truck & 4Runner Shim(t=0.1mm) for LSD 00647-41301-200 		
		4.00

Engine Performance / Appearance:
00602-12108-001  Toyota Tundra  2000  Oil Cap  TRD Oil Filler Cap, Aluminum, 
Screw-On, TRD Japan style  $46.99  
    Show your dedication to Toyota performance with a TRD billet-style aluminum 
oil cap. 
00602-12108-002  Toyota Tundra  2000  Oil Cap  TRD Oil Filler Cap, Aluminum, 
Screw-On, TRD Japan style  $46.99  
    Show your dedication to Toyota performance with a TRD billet-style aluminum 
oil cap. 
00642-17801-002  Toyota Tundra  2000  Air Filter  High Flow Air Filter  $77.99  
    TRD Air Filters are exact drop-in replacements for stock air filter 
elements. TRD filters provide lower resistance to airflow than stock filters 
resulting in increased engine performance.
00642-90915-001  Toyota Tundra  2000  Oil Filter  High-Performance Oil Filter  
$20.99  
    Super-filter helps protect engine by trapping more grit and grime.
00602-17620-201  Tundra SVZFE V6  2000  TRD Supercharger  $3,136.99  

Body Performance / Appearance:
00602-52000-200  Toyota Tundra  2000  Individual Components  Fender Flares, 
Unpainted Matte Finish  $427.99  
    Muscular fender flares add an aggressive look while providing greater 
coverage for wider tires. Made of tough OEM-grade plastic, flares are offered 
in unpainted black matte finish. 
00602-52000-201  Toyota Tundra  2000  Individual Components  Fender Flares, 
Painted to Match Factory Colors  $627.99  
    Muscular fender flares add an aggressive look while providing greater 
coverage for wider tires. Made of tough OEM-grade plastic, flares are available 
in black, red and white. Other factory colors available on special order. Allow 
10 weeks for delivery.)
00602-52505-000  Toyota Tundra  2000  Body Kit  Ivan Stewart Signature Edition 
Body Kit NEW  $1,999.95 
    Monochromatic body package includes stylish front bumper treatment with 
laser-cut grille surround and charcoal mesh insert. Fender flares, mirror 
covers and signature edition graphics/emblems also included.
00602-42601-EMB  Toyota  ALL    Individual Components  TRD External Badge Set 
(3 included)  $24.99  

Brakes:
None at this time

Chasis/Suspension:
00602-48500-100  Toyota  Tundra 2000  Shocks  Shock Set (4)  $389.95  
    Improve on-road handling and off-road ride with TRD's fade-resistant 
nitrogen-charged shocks.
00602-48500-101  Toyota  Tundra 2000  Shocks  Shock Set (4)  $389.95  
    Improve on-road handling and off-road ride with TRD's fade-resistant 
nitrogen-charged shocks.

Exhaust Systems:
00602-17400-017  Toyota Tundra  2000  Cat-Back  Single Cat-Back Exhaust System, 
Stainless Steel  $631.99  
    Rust-resistant stainless steel muffler provides an increase of 3-4 
rear-wheel hp and a deep, throaty tone. Using your truck's attachment points, 
muffler bolts on without cutting or bending.
00602-17400-018  Toyota Tundra  2000  Cat-Back  Dual Cat-Back Exhaust System, 
Stainless Steel  $759.99  
    Rust-resistant stainless steel muffler provides an increase of 3-4 
rear-wheel hp and a deep, throaty tone. Using your truck's attachment points, 
muffler bolts on without cutting or bending.
00602-17141-009  Toyota Tundra  2000  Headers  Headers, Stainless Steel  
$849.95  
    By providing a smoother path for exhaust gases, TRD's V6 headers increase 
power to a gain of 14-16 hp. Made of rust-resistant stainless steel, TRD 
headers feature a cast, one-piece flange for a perfect fit. Smog legal when 
equipped with O2 sensor.

Interior Appearance:
00602-35000-001  Toyota Tundra  2000  Miscellaneous  4-Piece Floor Mat Set  
$74.99  
00602-35000-100  Toyota Tundra  2000  Miscellaneous  2-Piece Floor Mat Set  
$45.99  

Performance Packages:
00602-40000-400  Toyota Tundra  2000    Pkg, Ivan Stewart Tundra, Access Cab, 
2000, with wheel/tire set NEW  Call
    Includes monochromatic body package, high-performance shocks, off-road 
wheel/tire set and exclusive signature edition graphics. TRD floormats and 
special Ivan Stewart signature interior badge also included.
00602-40000-401  Toyota Tundra  2000    Pkg, Ivan Stewart Tundra, Access Cab, 
2000, w/o wheel/tire set NEW  Call    
    Includes monochromatic body package, high-performance shocks and exclusive 
signature edition graphics. TRD floormats and special Ivan Stewart signature 
interior badge also included.
00602-40000-410  Toyota Tundra  2000    Pkg, Ivan Stewart Tundra, Regular Cab, 
2000, with wheel/tire set NEW  Call    
    Includes monochromatic body package, high-performance shocks, off-road 
wheel/tire set and exclusive signature edition graphics. TRD floormats and 
special Ivan Stewart signature interior badge also included.
00602-40000-411  Toyota Tundra  2000    Pkg, Ivan Stewart Tundra, Regular Cab, 
2000, w/o wheel/tire set NEW  Call    
    Includes monochromatic body package, high-performance shocks and exclusive 
signature edition graphics. TRD floormats and special Ivan Stewart signature 
interior badge also included.

Wheel/Tire:
00602-42600-401  Toyota Tundra  2000    Wheel/Tire/Lugs/Locks Set -- Mounted & 
Balanced  $1,799.95  

Subject: 1.8 - What is this Tundra Double Cab that I am hearing about ?

The Tundra Double Cab is similar in concept to the Tacoma Double Cab that was 
introduced in the 2001 Model Year.  Slated for possible release in 2003 (for 
the 2004 model year), the Tundra Double Cab is still in the conceptual stage.  
Various sources within the Toyota Internet Community (thanks to Dianne Whitmire 
from Carson Toyota for the information !) have confirmed that this version of 
Tundra will exist soon.

The FAQ will release details about the Tundra Double Cab as they become 
available.

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Subject: 2.0 - Buying a Tundra

Buying any vehicle is a personal process that this FAQ will not get into very 
much.  Some buyers may have their own personal Toyota dealership that they have 
a relationship with, others may choose to do so online.

Also, some packages may not be available in some regions.  Be aware that what 
you find and price on the internet may not actually be available in your area.

Subject: 2.1 - Online Purchases

You can purchase a Tundra over the Internet in most states.  Please be aware 
that if you live in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, 
Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Virgina, and Wisconsin, you cannot purchase any 
vehicle over the Internet.  In Maryland, Virginia, Iowa, and Mississippi, you 
can lease a vehicle over the Internet.  Again, your mileage may vary in this 
case.

Subject: 2.2 - Comparisons

There has been numerous discussions as to whether or not the Tundra is a "full 
size truck".  Many automobile magazines can't decide on this either, since Car 
and Driver compares the Tundra with the Dodge Dakota, while Motor Trend, 
Automobile Magazine, and Road and Track lumps the Tundra with the Chevy/GMC 
1500, Dodge Ram 1500, and Ford F150.  

GMC's 2000/2001 product literature directly compares the Tundra against the GMC 
1500 Extended Cab, and both GMC and Ford are specificially targeting the Tundra 
in their ads, so obviously the some of the competition considers it a full size 
truck !

In a realistic, dimensioned based sense, the Tundra is roughly 95% of the size 
of the Chevy/GMC, Dodge Ram 1500, and Ford F150, and is about 4-5% larger than 
the T-100.  It's towing and other capabilities are the same as the mentioned 
trucks in the same class, so in the minds of most people, the Tundra is really 
a full size truck.  In most states, the Tundra is registered in the same class 
as the aforementioned trucks.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Insurance Institute for 
Highway Safety also consider the Tundra a full sized truck.

This discussion has caused flame wars in quite a few online forums, including 
www.f150online.com, Edmunds Town Hall, and www.ls1.com.  

Subject: 2.3 - What does the 2000 Motor Trend Truck of the Year award really 
mean ?

To tell the truth: Absolutely Nothing.  Motor Trend has a tendency to give the 
Truck of The Year award to the manufacturer who does something really 
innovative with their model line.  This includes styling changes (read, 
exterior sheet metal), major engine changes, best value, or major driveline 
changes.  

Each of the major manufacturers have won the same award recently.  Dodge won 
when they did their "Peterbilt" style design, Ford won when they introduced the 
new style F150, and so did Chevy/GMC when they redid the C/K 1500 series in 
1999 and the 2500HD in 2001.

Subject: 2.4 - What's the difference between Base, SR5, and Limited ?

Base - Base is exactly that. It's the no-frills version of the Tundra, ususally 
equipped with a V6, manual transmission, and has some decent options like Air 
Conditioning.

SR5 - This is the most flexible version.  You can go as low or as high in terms 
of the options as you want.  Most SR5's are found either as 4x4 single cab 
longbeds, 4x2 Access Cab Shortbeds, or 4x4 Access Cab Shortbeds.  Most have V8 
engines.

Limited - This is the top of the line.  Most are Access Cabs with either 4x4 or 
4x2 suspensions, V8 engines, and leather bucket seats.

Subject: 2.5 - What does SR5 mean anyways ?  (Toyota Historical Background)

In the latter part of the 1970's, the SR5 connotation denoted an option code 
for the HiLux series of trucks, similar to what the Z71 option code currently 
means for an upgraded Chevy or GMC pickup or Tahoe/Yukon.  Originally released 
around 1975, the 'S' denoted Sport, 'R' denoted the RN motor code, and '5' 
denoted the 5-speed transmission.  It quickly caught on and the SR5 connotation 
passed onto the Corolla and then onto other Toyota car models.  Even though the 
HiLux name was dropped in 1979 for the United States market, it is still used 
today elsewhere in the world as the name for a Tacoma-like pickup and/or the 
4Runner, depending on the market.  

Note: Some other historical information shows that the Corolla had the "SR5" 
designation first, then it was passed on to the HiLux series.  The majority of 
historical information seems to promote the HiLux first, then the Corolla, 
rather than vice-versa.

Today, the SR5 generally denotes a specifc Toyota trim level, with a more 
sporty look and wide flexibility for options.

(Thanks to Dianne Whitmire at Carson Toyota as well as ToyotaOffRoad.com for 
the historial information.)

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Subject: 3.0 - Modifications to the Tundra and general questions answered

The Toyota Tundra is not exactly a vehicle that has an abundance of 
modifications right now, mainly due to the fact that there are only 200,000 or 
so Tundras in use now.  Listed below are some of the more common modifications 
that are available for the Tundra.  Some modifications are owner installed, 
others need the services of a shop.

Also listed are answers to some common questions posed by some owners on forums 
like USENET, Yahoo!, and TundraSolutions.

Subject: 3.1 - Changing the headlight/fog lamp bulbs (All)

This modification is quite easy to do.  The Tundra is equipped with headlights 
that use a standard 55 Watt H4 Halogen Bulb.  To some, the stock bulbs need to 
be replaced.  

You can replace the stock H4 bulb with another manfacturer's H4 bulb.  
Sylvania, PIAA, and others all produce a replacement bulb.

Please be aware that you should not exceed the specified wattage of the stock 
bulb.  Some Tundra owners have been able to replace the stock bulb with an 80 
watt bulb with no ill effects.  However, it is not recommended to do so without 
being aware that you may need to upgrade the wiring harness and or headlight 
assembly.

Replacement headlight assemblies are $170 each from the dealer.  If you melt 
one, it may be an expensive replacement.

The stock fog lamps are a standard 9006 halogen bulb that uses a bayonet type 
twist mount.  You can use any 51 watt bulb that is 9006 compatible.

Subject: 3.2 - HID Style Headlamps (All)

Some owners wish to replace their lights with a HID (High Intensity Discharge) 
Xenon kit.  True HID kits will require you to rewire your headlamps but can use 
the existing reflector assembly.  

Two companies produce HID kits for the H4 series bulbs.  One word of warning : 
You may lose your high beams.  (Lexus, Mercedes, and other manufacturers that 
use HID bulbs mix a standard halogen bulb for high beams in their reflector 
assemblies.)

American Products Company sells a true HID system that uses the stock assembly 
with a H4 type mounting.  The website is at http://www.4apc.net/HID.htm. 
American Products Company does not sell direct to the public.  The H4 kit from 
APC can be purchased for $799 from Street Beat in Phoenix.  Their phone number 
is 602-254-4332.

A website called HIDLights.com also is selling (and they are on a clearance 
sale) their H4 kit for $825.  You can reach them at www.hidlights.com.

A Canadian company has begun to sell true HID High/Low beam conversion kits.  
The cost for the H4 system is $1329.  The website is at 
http://www.hitechimportlighting.com/bellofhid.htm . 

Subject: 3.3 - Fixing the back seat angle (All)

One of the biggest complaints with the Tundra is the lack of angle on the rear 
seat in Access Cab configurations.  Listed below is a solution found on a 
Toyota Tundra Owner's web site at www.tundrasolutions.com.   The posting is 
taken from the forum verbatim.  Be aware that parts and UPC codes can and will 
change.

"Well, this has been posted before, but I'll list my complete part list, 
instructions, and the URL from this message board that first discussed this. 

Here's the exact part list that compiled: 

Go to Pep Boys and get this:
- End Link Bushings, part # 0-52582-00609. $8.99. The Phoenix area Pep Boys 
quit carrying bolt hardware, so I had to go to Home Depot for the rest.... 

Go to Home Depot and get this: 
- Quantity (4), Hex Bolt, Metric. Pitch 1.25 8mm-1.25x40mm B Zinc. UPC # 
30699-40748 
- Quantity (4), Flat Washer, 8mmx1.25, UPC # 30699-36338 
- Quantity (4), Lock Washer, 8mmx1.25. This one did not have a UPC code. If you 
can't get them, 5/16th Lock Washers will also work. 

The pitch is VERY important. If you cannot match them at Home Depot, get the 
bolts somewhere else ! 

Lift both seats bottoms on the back seat of your Tundra. Look at the gap 
between the carpeted area of your floor and the bottom of the seat back 
cushion. You will see four black bolt heads in a #12 Metric size spaced roughly 
on the left third and right third of the seat bottom. 

Get a Metric Socket Set. Make sure you have at least a 5" extender (or use two 
extenders). Take a #12 metric socket, and remove either the two bolts on the 
driver's side or the passenger side (and only two !!). 

Get the longer bolt. Holding the head of the longer bolt in your left hand, 
place a lock washer, then a flat washer down the shaft of the bolt. Take a 
bushing, pull your seat back forward from the bottom, place the bushing into 
the space between the back wall of the truck sheet metal and the seat back 
frame. Make sure that the conical side of the bushing faces forward. Line up 
the hole of the bushing with the bolt holes, and then insert the bolt. 

Turn the bolt down with your fingers for at least 3 turns. Repeat this 
procedure with the other open mount. Go to the opposite side and follow the 
steps above. I noticed that if I only did two, it was easier to mount. 

After installing all 4, tighten all 4 bolts using a metric # 13 socket. You are 
now done ! Lower your seat bottoms, and sit in the back. You'll notice a 
difference in how the seat back fits against your lower back."

Editor's Note : Some people have reported using slightly longer bushings (1.5") 
to get a better seat angle.  Other people have reported that you can get four 
shock absorber bushings for $2.99 at any Pep Boys, and have substituted these 
for the sway bar bushings.  Your mileage may vary on this modification.  

Subject: 3.4 - Bed Extender (All)

Many of you have seen the "bed extender" that has been available for the Ford 
F150 SuperCrew, Nissan Frontier 4-Door, and other shorter-than-short bed 
trucks.  

There is one available for the Tundra (and other full sized trucks) as well.  
Dealers can carry this add-on and can charge up to $250 for this extender.  AMP 
Research is the manufacturer, but does not sell direct to the public.  (Their 
address is www.amp-research.com.) You can purchase this extender from the 
distributors for around $185.  The URL for the one of the distributors 
(AutoStyles) is: http://autostyles.com/truckbedextender.htm.  If you cannot 
find a distributor, contact your Toyota dealership or Steel Horse Automotive at 
www.steelhorseautomotive.com.

The extender is mounted to a bracket, which in turn is mounted to the rear tie 
downs bolts.  The tie down bolts are replaced with longer ones to facilitate 
the installation of the bracket.  The bracket kit has a part number of 
PT329-34101, and will say "Tundra Bracket Kit" on the box.

Be aware that you do need to purchase the smaller truck version of the bed 
extender.  This is due to the fact that the height of the Tundra's truck bed is 
not as deep as the ones from Chevy/GMC, Dodge, and Ford.  The smaller truck 
version is adjustable to the width of the Tundra's bed width.

Please lock your tailgate to prevent the theft of your bed extender.  Your 
extender can be removed, and the locking of the tailgate prevents the bed 
extender from being placed in a "12 O'Clock" position, which allows it to be 
removed from the brackets.

Subject: 3.5 - Spray In Bed Liners vs. Drop In Bed Liners (All)

This is one of those subjects which vary from owner to owner.  This FAQ will 
list the pros and cons of both versions, and Tundra owners can decide from 
there.

Spray In Liners - Pros
- Provides a non-slip surface
- Does not promote rusting or paint wear in all contact points
- Helps retain resale value
- Can be repaired by reapplication

Spray In Liners - Cons
- Can eventually peel off - leaving bare metal behind
- Can be punctured by tools or other sharp instruments
- Must be installed by a dealer or shop
- Dealer or shop will abrade the clearcoat and paint of the bed to make the 
liner material adhere properly

Drop In Liners - Pros
- More durable than spray in liners
- Is harder to puncture through to the bed
- Can be installed by the owner

Drop In Liners - Cons
- Surface is slippery
- Can wear down paint in certain areas
- Rust and dirt accumulates under drop in liner

Subject: 3.6 - K&N Filters, TRD Filters (and other aftermarket filters) (All)

K&N is a well known manufacturer of aftermarket filters that is used by quite a 
few racing teams as well as many performance enthusiasts.  K&N states that if 
you use their filter, you will see an improvement in engine performance.  The 
filters have a million mile warranty and can be cleaned by the owner.  Regular 
maintenance is recommended at every 50,000 miles.  The filter part number for 
the Tundra is 33-2144.  K&N's website can be found at www.knfilters.com 

Installation of the standard K&N Filter is easy.  Pop all 4 retaining clips off 
of the airbox.  Remove the stock Denso air filter.  Replace it with the K&N 
Filter, making sure that the seals are properly fitted to the rim of the 
airbox, and that the deeper part of the filter is pointed down.  Reattach all 4 
retaining clips.

Some people recommend "resetting" the vehicle's computer, and in some severe 
cases, the "Check Engine" light may come on.  If this light does come on, 
perform the following procedure:

1) Disconnect the negative lead to the battery
2) Leave your truck alone for a half hour or longer
3) Reconnect the negative lead to the battery
4) Start the engine
5) Either drive for 10-15 minutes, or leave your vehicle in drive with the 
parking brake on for the same length of time.

There is a series of well known threads on USENET that state that K&N filters 
can damage your Mass Airflow Sensor (MAF).  This has occurred to some USENET 
posters, however, this damage has not happened to any of the author's personal 
vehicles or any of the author's relatives' vehicles as of yet (yes, my 
immediate and some of my extended family all use K&N Filters in most of our 
cars and trucks !).  This damage to the MAF sensor could theoretically occur if 
the filter was over oiled and oil droplets were to contaminate the MAF sensor.

There are other aftermarket filters available.  Some of them do require the 
modification of the air intake.  One of the more popular filter/air intake 
modifications can be purchased from Rod Millen Motorsports.  Rod Millen is a 
race truck driver who races for Toyota in both a Toyota Tundra and Tacoma in 
C.O.R.R. and Pikes Peak racing.  His shop offers many aftermarket products and 
can be found at www.rodmillen.com.

Toyota Racing Development produces both a washable and non-washable filter for 
the Tundra.

Subject: 3.7 - Towing hitches (All)

Towing hitches are available as both a dealer installed option, or as a 
aftermarket option from vendors such as U-Haul and DrawTite.  

There have been reported differences between Dealer Installed hitches, in which 
it is unknown if the hitch is a Class III or Class IV hitch.  In either case, 
you cannot tow more than 5000 pounds without a load distributing harness with a 
Tundra.  

Some owners have stated that they are not able to purchase a Class IV hitch in 
some areas with a Tundra Limited due to the Limited weighing more than the SR5. 
 The ironic thing is that most SR5 Tundras with the 4x4 and TRD packages will 
end up weighing the same as an identical Limited due to the same options 
installed, including the larger tire package.  This doesn't make sense, but in 
some areas, you can't get a Class IV if you buy a Limited because of the 
supposed increase in curb weight.

For Model Year 2000 Tundras: 

There have been reported problems with some varieties of trailer wiring 
harnesses.  In some earlier manufactured Model Year 2000 Tundras, there has 
been reported blowouts of the fuse and wiring relays.  This also can in many 
cases blow out the third brake light or blow out the third brake light wired in 
camper shells.  

In some other cases, there have been reported recalls of wiring harnesses for 
the towing packages in the southeastern United States, specifically Texas, 
Oklahoma, Louisana, Arkansas, and Mississippi.  The defective wire harness was 
produced by a company called "Tekonsha Engineering Company", in which they were 
a wiring harness distributor to Gulf States Toyota.  If you live in the listed 
areas, and you have a wire harness that was dealer installed, you may want to 
check with your dealer to make sure that your wire harness was not part of a 
regional recall.

It is recommended that if you do decide to add to the existing lighting 
package, you should get either a Toyota trailer wiring converter (said to be 
$80 from dealers) or an aftermarket kit.  This kit will plug into the existing 
wire harness, and will be normally installed behind one of the brake lights.  A 
fuse block is also added to the front in the engine compartment.

Both DrawTite and www.bageco.com offer Tundra specific wire harness kits.  The 
Drawtite part number is 18367 for Model Year 2000 Tundras.  For Model Year 2001 
Tundras, the Drawtite part number is 18378.

For Model Year 2001 Tundras:

The Trailer Wiring harnesses are different from the harnesses available to the 
Model Year 2000 Tundras.  For Model Year 2001 Tundras, part numbers for the 
fuse box is 08922-OC810, and 08921-0C810 for the Hitch Converter Kit

For all Model Year Tundras:

Some owners have reported problems with installing Electronic Brake Controllers 
into Tundras as well.  This is partially due to a lack of insight from Toyota 
Engineering, in which they somehow have forgotten to provide connectors to 
facilitate the installation of one inside the cab of the Tundra.  Many owners 
who have done their own installations have tapped into existing wiring sets to 
provide proper power and signalling capabilities for the brake controller.

Subject: 3.8 - Jack Problems (2000)

There has been a minor problem with the parts of the jack not being able to be 
assembled properly.  Some versions of the jack require some minor filing of the 
parts to remove burrs that prevent the jack from being assembled.

Subject: 3.9 - Oil Dipstick: Burrs (2000)

There has been some reports of the oil dipstick having a minor burr that 
prevents it from seating properly in the dipstick tube.  This burr can be filed 
off.

Subject: 3.10 - Bug Deflectors/Paint Protection (All)

There are three aftermarket solutions for bug and paint protection.  One 
involves the standard bug deflector that mounts to the hood using double sided 
tape or bolts.  These can be purchased from most common truck accessory shops.

The second solution uses a unique plastic polymer called ScotchCal  This 
plastic is a film that can be cut to match outlines of vehicle components.  
This can be purchased from X-Pel.  X-Pel can be found at www.xpel.com.

Some Toyota Dealerships will sell the headlight ScotchCal covers in their parts 
department.  

The third solution uses a clone of the ScotchCal product.  Made by 
Avery/Dennison (the label gun makers), their product is called TrimBrite Body 
Guard.  It comes in rolls that are 6" wide by 12" long in either clear or black 
textured.  You can find TrimBrite at www.trimbrite.com .

Subject: 3.11 - Seat Covers (All)

There are now more manufacturers that produces seat covers that directly 
matches the contours of the Tundra seats (both 60/40 split bench and bucket 
fronts, as well as contoured covers for the rear) than previously reported in 
other editions of the FAQ.  One version is similar to the Neoprene covered 
seats found in the Nissan Xterra.  These covers can be purchased from a company 
called Wet Okole, who has offices in both Hawaii and Orange County, CA.  Wet 
Okole produces neoprene based seat covers that are somewhat water repellent and 
can be matched to many color schemes.  Front and rear seats are $250 each. Wet 
Okole can be found at www.wetokole.com.  The only known "flaw" with the Wet 
Okole's are that they prevent the use of the rear seat cupholder.

Automobile Magazine has reported in their November 2000 edition that they have 
installed custom Cordura Plus seat covers that installed into their long term 
test Tundra SR5 Access Cab.  They purchased the set from Overlander Outfitters. 
 Their phone number is 877-SUV-GEAR.  Their website can be found at 
www.overlander.com.  Front and rear seats are $199 each for Cordura Plus covers 
with padding.

Great Covers makes custom formed seat covers for both front buckets and rear 
bench seats for the Tundra Access cab.  Great Covers can be reached at 
303-755-6005, and their website can be found at 
http://www.great-covers.bigstep.com/homepage.html .

Some Toyota dealers are also offering seat covers from local seat cover 
manufacturers.  Please contact your local Toyota Dealer parts department for 
more information.

Subject: 3.12 - Suspension/Body Lift Kits (All)

There are two main ways of suspension lifting the Tundra.  One utilizes a 
spacer from a company called Cornbred.  They produce 1.5 and 2 inch spacers.  
These fit between the suspension arm and the shock/coil combination.  Cornbred 
spacers can be purchased from this web page:  
http://members.aol.com/cornbredsspacers/CornbredsSpacers.html.  Daystar has 
released a Cornbred spacer clone which is in production right now in the 
Phoenix area.

The other method utilizes a replacement of the major suspension components.  
Fabtech and other manufacturers provide various lift kits for the Tundra, 
however, not too many people have lifted their trucks yet due to the fact that 
they are waiting for someone else to do it first (lab experiment ?).  Some 
people have reported problems with early generations of the Fabtech lift kit, 
which had parts rubbing against each other to the point where pieces fell off.  
 Fabtech has fixed some problems and replaced their design with more composite 
based parts, but are still reported to have some problems.

Fabtech can be found at www.fabtechmotorsports.com

Downey Suspension has issued a new coil over kit that includes Bilstein shocks. 
 Since they have no website, you can contact them directly at (562)949-9494

4wheelparts.com offers a body lift kit.  The URL for the lift kit can be found 
at http://www.4wheelparts.com/product2.asp?imseqn=304&occlass=P%2FA&cat=BOD. 

There is a general worry that suspension lifting the Tundra may not be problem 
free.  This is in part to the design of the Tundra's drivetrain components, 
which do not have the latitude that the Tacoma has in lifting the suspension 
and body.

Subject: 3.13 - Lowering Kits (All)

Many owners have used lowering brackets to drop their Tundra at least 2 inches. 
 Also, TRD displayed a lowering kit at the SEMA show in 2000.  It dropped the 
Tundra 4" in the front and 6" in the rear.  More details are to come out for 
this modification.  

Be aware that there is a load sensing valve for the rear brakes.  If there is 
any dropping of the Tundra, this valve needs to be readjusted.  If you have a 
Tundra repair manual, please refer to Volume 2, Section BR-39.

Subject: 3.14 - Superchargers (All)

Toyota Racing Development has been infamous in providing add on supercharger 
kits that bolt on to the existing engines with little to no modifications.  At 
the current time, a Toyota Racing Development supercharger is only available 
for the V6 Tundra engine.  A V8 supercharger may be available soon, due to the 
fact that the V8 engine is similar to the ones used in both the Lexus 
LX/GS400/430, Lexus LX470, and the Toyota Land Cruiser.  The TRD V-8 
Supercharger at the current time is undergoing C.A.R.B. (California Air 
Resources Board) certification with an unknown estimated shipping timeframe.

According to some early posts, the early prototype versions of the TRD V8 
supercharger has had some design problems. People who have talked to TRD 
engineers or testers have mentioned two glaring problems with the proposed TRD 
V-8 Supercharger:

1) The differential is unable to handle the additional torque (too much 
slippage ?)
2) A Limiter may be added to only allow the supercharger to kick in after 2nd 
gear

It has been theorized that the stock differential should be able to handle the 
supercharger.  External tests from various 4x4 magazines show that the Tundra's 
differential and axle has a strength between a Dana 35 and a Dana 44. 

The versions "seen" by Internet posters said that the test supercharger has 
provided up to 400 Horsepower for the stock engine.   Again, this is from what 
is posted on the Internet - Your Mileage May Vary once the real kit comes out.

At the 2000 SEMA show, TRD demonstrated a addon supercharger with a new limited 
slip differential.  To view the specifications, go to 
http://www.pickuptruck.com/html/autoshows/sema2000/toyota/customized/tundrasc.h
tml .

Rod Millen Motorsports has a supercharger kit available for sale now.  Details 
are sketchy, but it seems to be a bolt on kit that utilizes the current engine 
covers.  Pictures can be found at www.rodmillen.com.

The other option to boost your Tundra is to spend $100,000 for a TRD racing 
engine.  This would include a complete engine that would install into your 
Tundra.  The bad part (other than eating up $100,000), is that you will have to 
use racing fuel and not ever pass emissions again.

Subject: 3.15 - White or Indiglo(tm) style Gauges (All)

Some owners have considered modifying their Tundra stock gauges with one that 
is either White faced or contains an Indiglo(tm) blue electroluminescent color 
at night.

NR Automotive has been the only source willing to provide Tundra Gauge 
upgrades.  You can contact them at www.nrauto.com . 

For those of you that are curious as to how the Indiglo(tm) electroluminescent 
process works, here is the explanation from Marshall Brain's (yes, that is his 
real name) web site, www.howstuffworks.com.  The exact URL is 
http://www.howstuffworks.com/question296.htm .

"In an Indiglo watch a very thin panel uses high voltage to energize phosphor 
atoms that produce light. The panel itself is extremely simple. As described in 
the Timex patent (see the first link below), you take a thin glass or plastic 
layer, coat it with a clear conductor, coat that with a very thin layer of 
phosphor, coat the phosphor with a thin plastic and then add another electrode. 

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