Hello folks, welcome to my Tundra build! This thread is not only about the build up of a 2008 Tundra for do it all service, but hopefully to show others that the 2nd gen Tundra may be a good choice for their expedition travels - possibly even for the round the world types. I'll try to hit on the pros and cons of the truck along the way. I'm encouraging others to join in this thread with info, pics, criticisms etc.
First should probably the basic pros.
The biggy is that Tundra is heavily based on the latest generation 200 series Land Cruiser. Many wear and tear parts are proving to be interchangable between the two models despite having different part numbers. Wheel bearings, spindle/knuckle, sensors, seals, gaskets, filters... more to come I'm sure.
Although the truck rates for 1/2 ton service, most wear and tear items are quite oversized for this intended service. This is typical Toyota style for the Land Cruiser and thus the Tundra. Massive wheel bearings, huge 14" brakes, big axle shafts, U Joints and more.
Here are some good examples showing component size. The front wheel bearing, Tundra on the left, Ford Superduty on the right.
Rear 10.5" Differential next to a 9.5" Land Cruiser.
I'll type more later, for now here is a picture of my truck as it sits.