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Toyota now offering Tacoma TRD Lift Kit as a dealer-installed option

A new lift kit adds inches of ground clearance to the Tacoma.

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The Toyota Tacoma isn't just the best-selling midsize truck sold today, it's also one of the best-selling trucks on the market today. As competition heats up from the Jeep Gladiator, a supremely capable off-road beast, and the Ford Ranger, which recently debuted its new Tremor package, Toyota is introducing a new Tacoma TRD Lift Kit.

The kit is not available nationwide as a dealer-installed option. It provides up to a 2-inch front and 1-inch rear lift on most V6-powered Tacoma 4x4s. The exceptions are Double Cab Long Bed Tacomas and TRD Pro (two-wheel drive and four-cylinder models are also excluded).

It includes monotube Bilstein shocks that are fitted with new TRD red dust boots and "Tuned by TRD" graphics. The front lift is courtesy of a coil spring adjustment on the shock tube. The front shocks deliver an extended rebound stroke, which improves off-road performance.

At the rear, the Bilstein shocks are larger bodied than those traditionally found on the Tacoma. Its larger size allows it to house additional oil volume, which helps dissipate heat and improve damping response. The bigger shock bodies also accommodate larger pistons. Cast-iron spacers give the rear its lift.

The kit has been designed and tested by TRD engineers and is the only one validated to be compatible with the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assist and safety technology.

The Tacoma TRD Lift Kit takes the traditional 9.4 inches of ground clearance the Tacoma offers and boosts that number to 11.1 inches. The kit also improves the approach angle (+3.1 to 32 degrees), breakover angle (+1.6 to 23 degrees), and departure angle (+0.5 to 24 degrees).

Each kit includes a TRD Pro-style front grille, which includes a new Toyota Safety Sense system millimeter-wave sensor (and new camera support bracket) that is designed to precisely fit within the grille to retain the functionality of the TSS system once the kit is installed. Two black bezels are also included. They fill the deleted fog lamps and are designed to complement the grille.

The Tacoma TRD Lift Kit comes with all the necessary hardware for installation and is only offered as a dealer-installed option.

Manufacturer suggested retail pricing for the kit is $1,350 (not including labor, which is estimated at 4-5 hours). The Tacoma TRD Lift Kit is available for all V6-powered 4×4 models,

The Tacoma TRD Lift Kit comes backed by the same warranty as all TRD accessories, which includes a three-year/36,000-mile warranty on parts if it is installed prior to or at the time of the sale, or a one-year/12,000-mile warranty on parts if installed afterward.

For more information, contact your local Toyota dealer.

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How to buy a modified car: Three tips

This is a clean modified truck, but they don't all end up this way.

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Modified cars are a mixed bag. Sometimes, they're incredibly well built and better than the original, but too many times they're only partially finished or end up being rushed as their owners get late-project anxiety. Whatever the case, buying a modified car can be a stressful process if you haven't done your homework ahead of time. The good news is that you can get a good deal on a reasonably well sorted project or modified car, but you'll need to be careful. Looking at used Lexus LXs earlier today, it became clear that there are as many modified vehicles for sale as there are clean examples.

This LX got me thinking about the breakdown between buying a rig and building one. The modifications made by this Lexus' seller are almost exactly what I would do if I were building a light overlanding rig. What could go wrong? I'm still on the fence about the Lexus, but the three topics below will help you make the right decision on buying a modified car.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Even if the mods are well done, you'll want to have the vehicle inspected before you buy.Bring a Trailer

Understand your personal taste

I mentioned the LX470 and how the owner's updates were pretty close to what I'd do with the truck. That's an exception to the rule, because 90 percent of the time I walking away from a sales listing because of modifications, rather than the other way around. If you're hoping to find a tastefully modified car that matches your exact tastes, you could be waiting a while. If you're hoping to sell a modified car, the same is true in reverse. Finding a buyer for your extremely personalized project car may not be the easiest thing you've ever done.

2004 Lexus LX 470 It's a good idea to seek out vehicles in solid shape, regardless of mods.Bring a Trailer

Be aware of condition and quality

This Lexus looks to be well maintained and in good shape. It also doesn't hurt that the LX is one of the most reliable vehicles built by one of the world's most quality-conscious automakers. Even so, it's hard to know what you're getting with this, or any other, modified vehicle. There's a little rust in this image, but the lift kit, wheels, and bumper mods all look good. However, even if the truck looked brand-new, you'd want to get a pre-purchase inspection. An independent mechanic can tell you if there are potential issues that are unrelated to mods, and you'll want to be sure that any modifications are installed properly.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Some mods are more useful than others.Bring a Trailer

Keep an eye on the price

Most people are reasonable when it comes to selling their modified cars, but there are hundreds of "I know what I got" memes on the internet for a reason. Some sellers want to recover every penny of the money they spent customizing their cars. They're convinced that the mods drastically increased the car's value and can't understand why the customized car isn't as attractive to you as it is to them. Tread lightly and be careful not to insult the owner, but it's your job to work toward a reasonable, fair price.

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Honda notified dealers of upcoming supply cuts.

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Honda, like all major automakers today, is truly a global operation. Though it produces plenty of vehicles here in the United States, many of the components it relies on for manufacturing come from elsewhere in the world. That means Honda, like the other auto giants, needs its global supply chain operating smoothly in order to prevent disruption. Unfortunately for Honda dealers and potential customers, disruption is what's about to happen. The automaker recently sent a letter to its dealers, forecasting reduced vehicle supply in the coming weeks.


2021 Honda Ridgeline No. 19 - Honda Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


The dealer letter, posted to the Civic XI forum and fan site, was dated August 25 and confirmed by a dealer upset with the development, according to Automotive News. In the letter, Honda cites the ongoing pandemic and microchip shortages as major factors impacting its production efforts. Total shipments to dealers could be cut by up to 40 percent, but not all models will be affected to the same degree.

The letter noted that supplies of the Pilot and Passport SUVs will hold steady, and shared that production of the Civic hatchback is on schedule. However, the situation is fluid and could change at any time, so there's a chance that timelines could speed up or slack off as necessary.


2022 Honda Pilot Some models will see more cuts than others.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


Honda is just the latest in a long line of automakers struggling to keep pace with demand in the face of several converging global crises. In an effort to keep vehicles rolling out of factories, General Motors has implemented selective feature cuts in some of its new vehicles, such as the removal of engine start/stop tech from some trucks and SUVs. Earlier this month, Ford Motor Company told Mustang Mach-E buyers to expect delays of at least six weeks as it grapples with the chip shortage, and will temporarily reduce production capacity at a few of its plants.

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