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Old 02-16-2012, 08:18 AM   #1
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The time has come to rebuild my 2001 DC "correctly". I bought my Taco in August "11 and unfortunately didn't know what to look for when buying a lifted truck. I knew I wanted a DC Taco and only paid $8200 so I think I did ok.

The kid I bought the truck from told me the lift was "all suspension"-that couldn't be further from the truth. Turns out it has a 3' BL and 2' spacer lift in the front. I got duped because I didn't know any better but atleast now I get to pull it apart and have some fun.

I got my tax return and decided to undo what the previous owner did. I ordered the following parts:

Allpro leaf pack
Toytec/Eibach springs
5100/5125 Billys
B.A.M.F BPV bracket
Energy body mounts
Extended SS brake lines

All parts have arrived and I will most likely be starting the work this Sunday.

Here is my truck as of now. Currently running 33x12.5x15 but that might change depending on the rubbing issues I have after all of the work is done. I don't know who would ever want a body lift-it rides like shit and feel like it's pretty unsafe.





A couple days after I bought it...
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:09 AM   #2
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subbed...get lots of pics of the BL removal...mines coming off within the next month

And are you sure thats a 3'' BL? Looks like a 2''...did you measure the pucks?
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:14 AM   #3
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X2 Looks like a 2" BL to me too. Let us know the stock body mount bolts lengths too
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:53 AM   #4
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Yeah I just went out and measured it.. its definately 3. I wish it wasn't, it would have been a lot easier to achieve the same lift with the parts I have.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:03 PM   #5
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Looks like I hit a small snag. Need new u-bolts-I'm call 4Wheelsparts tomorrow and hope they have some in stock.
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:53 PM   #6
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I have the same All pro springs and Eibachs, but i havent put the springs on yet. Curious to how level you will sit. Also what length Ubolts are you getting?
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:30 PM   #7
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Got the 5100's in and man what a pain in the ass! I still have the BL on but I'll post some pics soon.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:30 PM   #8
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I apologize for not getting pics up sooner but my schedule is pretty hectic.

So I started installing the new suspension on Sunday around 11 am. I started on the back because I assumed it would be harder than the front. I could not have been more wrong! I installed the new leafs, shocks and brake lines with my buddy in about an hour and a half (with power tools of course). It went smooth and without a hitch.

Next I moved on to the front and that's where the fun began. I didn't quite understand how spacer lifts worked but I found out pretty quick. I assumed that the spacer still retained the stock "top hat"-it did not. Luckily there is a salvage yard open on Sundays so I took off to see if they had a Tacoma. They did but it had been raped to hell-on my way out I asked if they had a 4-Runner around the same year and I'm glad I did. I got what I needed and started back on the install.

I've always worked on lowered vehicles and I must say that lifting a truck is a very different animal. I had a lot of trouble getting the struts to fit back in but I attribute most of that to me getting tired and not thinking it through. I gave up late Sunday evening and finished up Monday.

I got an alignment and man what a difference. All of the old struts would compress but wouldn't decompress. They were shot-it was such a rough ride and I'm really loving it now. I didn't get any pictures while doing the suspension install but here are some after shots. Keep in mind the truck still has the BL until this weekend so it's pretty far up there.

***I will be taking pics of the BL removal.







And..... I blew up a ball joint.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:38 PM   #9
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how did that happen with the ball joint?
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I was trying to remove it because I couldn't get the strut back in with a ball joint remover/pickle fork. I fucked the boot up and still didn't get the ball joint out. Honestly I was already tired and frustrated and should have just walked away instead of making a dumb choice and screwing up the ball joint.
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Your truck looks much better already. Aside from the ball joint it looks like you're doing well!!!
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Did you keep the stock shackles? How much lift did you get in the back. Im curious because i have the same Eibach/5100 setup in the front and i bought the All pro standard 3" springs. Im on blocks right now but wondering if your sitting level?
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Truck looks good man. Cant wait to see it without the BL.
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Did you keep the stock shackles? How much lift did you get in the back. Im curious because i have the same Eibach/5100 setup in the front and i bought the All pro standard 3" springs. Im on blocks right now but wondering if your sitting level?
To answer your previous question the leafs use the stock length u-bolts. Yeah I'm running the stock shackles and it seems slighlty raked but mostly level. I really like the stance a lot but I wanted it to be a little higher in the back and really wasn't going for level...

Thanks TacoMX-I'll get plenty of pics for you man. Honestly I don't think the BL will be all that hard. The hardest part will be lifting the body up a little to remove those spacers but I have a secret weapon for that! My friend has a cool air lift, I'll post a pic. Made the suspension worka lot easier.
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So I took the BL off of the cab. I couldn't do the bed because I really needed someone else to lift the bed off but I'm pretty impressed with myself for getting it done. I learned a lot and made some mistakes but in the end it all worked out. I will post pics later and explain how I did it.

New tires tomorrow!
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So I started the body lift removal on Saturday and everything went pretty smooth until the end. It's actually really straight forward and I did it by myself but could only do the cab portion BECAUSE I was by myself. It looks a little funny with the bed being higher but I don't care-I just needed to know if I would rub with the 33x12.50x15's. I don't rub a bit, not even at full lock. The bed lift will be off by Thursday.

I took a few pics but like I said it was really straight forward-if you are slightly mechanically inclined this will be cake. On to the pics with some explainations:

First I looked around to determime what needed to be removed first. There where a few brackets that needed to be removed along with the stock brake line bracket. **I forgot to disconnect the steering extension-this became a major issue, don't be like me!!!
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Stock brake line bracket-there is one on the passenger side also:

The I removed the bumper by disconnecting these lovely brackets:

Next it was on to removing the body lift bolts. The front ones were behind the front bumper:

There is another set in the front floor board:

And there is one more that I did not take a picture of behind the rear seats in the corner.
I highly recommend getting the energy suspension mounts if you are donig this-came with everything and feels really nice. You will need to remove the stock mount/brackets and use Energy's:

I lifted the body by the nerf bars. ***I realize this isn't the safest way to jack up the vehicle but I lived and in no way suggesting you do what I did. Lift the body at your own risk!

I failed to mention that it has been suggested that you remove one side at a time. This is what I did. One issue that I ran into was that I did not see any body alignment marks. I feel like I got mine pretty straight but I have no way to tell really other than eye-balling it.
Taco lean?


Now back to that steering extension. I can admit that sometimes I get ahead of myself and I did for sure in this case. I got everything down and dropped the body down, went to back out and the wheel spun freely. Tires didn't move. I thought shit what did I do?! Looked underneath and saw it... I removed it and for some reason it seemed like the stock steering shaft was about 2 inches too short. I ended up stripping a bolt for a connecting peice and decided to go to the junk yard the next day for that peice.
I went to th junk yard and found my peice but thought hey, while I'm here let me see how hard that whole steering assembly is to extract. It wasn't.. The only problem, or so I thought, was how much they would charge me. I had to get a set of top hats from there and spent $71 on two used rusty struts so I assumed I was fucked here. I licked out and got some chick that didn't know how much to charge me-$24.98. I feel like I got some of the money back they fucked me out of last week.
Enough of that-here is a pic of both parts. The top one is my original, if you look close you can see that it is shorter than the new(used) one.

And here is why. I pushed this up, causing my steering wheel to spin freely and it wouldn;t move back down enough to connect the steering.


I realize this isn't exactly a guide but hopefully my experience will help people in the future that want to attepmt the same proccess.
Since I had no rubbing issues at all I stuck with 33x12.50x15 and ordered some Kuhmo Venture M/T. Got them for $196 a tire (usually $273 at Discount). I'll post more pics when the bed is dropped and tires are on.
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I forgot to mention that if you have an auto the gear selector underneath the truck has can and will need to be adjusted. The bolt needs to be moved towards the rear of the truck or it will come out of gear.

I really don't get why anyone would install a BL. After doing this work and seeing what a BL really is I am extremely opossed. The ride is pretty nuch night and day and it seems extremely dangerous to ride around with a BL.
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Nice! Whats the stock bolt size? And how is the condition of the stock bushings?
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Daniel: Thanks for the pics man, and good to see some insight before I do mine.

I am confused though, why do you need to remove the brake line bracket? I thought the coils in the hard lines for the brakes gave the leeway for the BL?

And no problems with the AC hoses?
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