2011 Toyota Tundra
The 2011 Toyota Tundra is a full size pickup with strong V8 powertrains and available in two trim levels with three cab styles, three wheelbases and three bed lengths. New for 2011 is an upgrade for the base V6 engine that comes standard on rear-drive regular and double cabs. Now with variable valve timing, this 4.0L V6 is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission and produces an additional 34 horses for a total of 270 horsepower and 278lb-ft of torque. Optional on these configs and standard on long-bed, CrewMax or 4WD Tundras is the 4.6L V8 producing 310 horsepower and 327ft-lb of torque. Finally, standard on the Limited trim and optional on all other models is a 5.7L V8 capable of 381 horsepower and 401ft-lb of torque paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The max tow capacity of a Tundra with the 5.7L V8 and available tow package is 10,400lbs.
Breathe in New Life
A new aftermarket intake system can open up an older engine, helping to improve throttle response and performance and can contribute towards kicking out a few extra ponies too. A cold air intake will replace the more restrictive factory airbox with a high flow filter assembly, helping your engine to breathe more effectively. Depending on the make & manufacturer, with a cold air intake system, air flow can increase by up to 51% over the stock setup. A cold air intake will include a reusable air filter made from cotton gauze or a synthetic material. Some systems may also feature an oiled filter but the functionality is fundamentally the same, they capture and prevent microparticles and contaminants from entering the engine. An oiled filter will require slightly more maintenance than a dry filter, but both are more cost effective than the paper filters on stock machines that require interval replacement. Its worthwhile to note though that drier climates with a lot of air pollution are better served by a dry filter, or just bear in mind that with an oil filter regular maintenance will need to be just that more regular. A cold air intake system is a simple bolt on installation and most kits will indicate whether they require a custom tune in order to function properly. If you do purchase a new intake system that states no tune required, should you get one anyway? If you’re looking for the maximum in possible gains, then yes, as a custom tune will further enhance the overall performance of the system.
Revitalize your Cabin
Given that the 2011 Tundra’s interior design is carried over from 2007, when the generation was first introduced, the cabin on your decade-young workhorse is now probably overdue for a bit of a spruce up. A common rule of thumb is to start with what you use on a regular basis, and with a wide range of interior accessories available for the Tundra, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for. Seat covers can be one the most efficient all-in-one upgrades, as they will hide any existing rips, tears or stains, and can also provide additional newfound style and color contrast (or color match!) with the rest of your interior. Swap out your factory rear view mirror for a new brushed or polished metal option, and door sills can add new aggressive style and extra protection for a budget-friendly price. Sometimes it's the smaller, understated details like a gloss or carbon fiber steering wheel emblem or a new shift handle that can make the most difference.