Quick and Easy Off-Road Upgrades
The most popular modification is always a new set of wheels and tires, but to make enough room for the ideal set of rubber, upgrading your truck’s suspension will be necessary. Our factory fresh 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport was no exception. While we didn’t have anything crazy or over the top for the truck, we did want to change up the wheel selection, as well as add a set of more capable, beefier tires. To properly fit the set of nearly 33-inch tires, however, the front suspension would need to be lifted a couple of inches to match the rear. After a few quick phone calls, we were able to put a game plan into place and line up all the parts we’d need for the quick reconstruction.
First, we contacted Crown Suspension in Brea, California, to secure the company’s 2.5-inch front strut spacer leveling kit, which would boost the Tacoma’s front end the perfect height to match the back. The kit itself is extremely budget-friendly and will maintain the truck’s factory ride quality once installed. Crown Suspension’s own Erik “Wolf” Rodriguez extended an invitation to us to bring our ’22 Toyota pickup into the shop for a full installation, which took just less than two hours to complete. We documented Wolf’s work here to show you how you can take care of the job in the comfort of your own garage or driveway.
To take full advantage of that extra space in the front, we contacted Toyo to get fitted with an ideal size of Open Country AT III tires that will deliver both on- and off-road traction and overall performance, even though the truck won’t be traveling too far from paved roads and well-beaten paths. To round off the Tacoma’s much beefier appearance that was quickly forming, the folks at Tire Pros suggested us to browse through KMC’s latest off-road wheel offerings, and the Impact OL wheel in matte black suited the truck just right.
Follow along to see it all come together, and watch as Wolf at Crown Suspension levels the Tacoma’s front end with ease before we end the job at McMahan Tire Service in Anaheim, California, to get the truck’s new wheels and tires dialed for installation.
The end result is a brand new pickup with a much more aggressive look and added real world function that can be used when the mild off-road scenario presents itself. Best of all, the truck was taken care of in a single business day well before dinner, which left us some time to head out to Joshua Tree to explore the desert for the rest of the day.
The most popular modification is always a new set of wheels and tires, but to make enough room for the ideal set of rubber, upgrading your truck’s suspension will be necessary.
The end result is a brand new pickup with a much more aggressive look and added real world function that can be used when the mild off-road scenario presents itself.
McMahan Tire Service