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Archive-name: autos/toyota-faq/tundra-part1 url: www.tundrasolutions.com Copyright: (c) 2000, 2001 by Steve Yee, All rights reserved Posting-frequency: monthly (15th of the month) Last-modified: 15 October 2001 Toyota Tundra FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) 10/15/01 Maintained by Steve Yee. Send comments, suggestions, corrections, and additions to: sgyee@sprynet.com. Copyright Notice and Distribution Permission This FAQ is Copyright (c) 2000, 2001 by Steve Yee, All Rights Reserved This FAQ and the Author are in no way employed by or otherwise has any relation with Toyota Motor Corporation Toyota, Toyota Tundra, and Tundra are trademarks and servicemarks of Toyota Motor Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Indiglo is a registered trademark owned and licensed by Indiglo Corporation. Permission is granted to freely distribute this document in it's entirety via email, usenet posting, BBS, on-line service, or hard copy. Distribution for profit or financial gain is not permitted. Distribution in commercial collections, compilations, or books without express permission from the author is not permitted. Excerpts of the FAQ may be reproduced only if the following copyright notice appears with the excerpt: Toyota Tundra FAQ Copyright (c) 2000, 2001 by Steve Yee. You can retrieve this FAQ in the following ways: Web: www.tundrasolutions.com www.faqs.org FTP: rtfm.mit.edu USENET: alt.autos.toyota alt.autos.toyota.trucks alt.answers news.answers 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 ---- 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. ----- 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. ------ 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.) ----- 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.