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Old 01-01-2011, 07:30 PM   #1
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going in circles... lift/level for daily driver 2004

have a double cab 2004 that I use as my daily driver... i may at some point take it out on the trail or mud or just rough roads but nothing extreme... i want to get a little bit of lift and bigger tires (not to big to affect my GAS mileage to much).... What do you all recommend? I am thinking of a toyotec lift:
http://www.toyteclifts.com/index.php...mart&Itemid=72

or mabye a Bilstein 5100: http://downsouthmotorsports.com/i-13...djustable.html

What do you all think if it is my daily driver? I live in the DFW area and at some point want to add bigger tires outside of what I have 265...on stock rims... Plan on getting some matte black rims in the 2011 spring time... Any recommendations on that with some MT tires.... I have some BF AT tire right now and don't know what would be the difference in ride/comfort if it's a daily driver...

Thanks for all your input.. I know I can search (as I have but can't seem to find a concise summary post).....
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lifting and bigger tires will affect your mpg's. mine is my dd as well and as much as i off road, i cant justify lifting the truck. i am going to level it with the 5100's whenever i get around to putting them on. as far as a bigger tire, you can run a 32 inch tire stock, with very minor rubbing. bigger tire means more weight, which hurts mpg's a little too. hope this helps
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thanks moto932....tYeah that is what I was afraid of too. Maybe leveling is what I should go for. Would 5100 or 5125 be best for a DD?? I was planning on 5100 but have heard conflicting opinions... DownSouthMotorSports has a good set

what do you all think between BF, Toyo and Procomp MT? 32 on a stock lift (maybe if I get the 5100 Bilstein?).
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i say billy 5100's with either 5100's or 5150's in the rear depending on whatchya want, a progressive aal if your not getting new springs and some 265/75/16 duratracs if you stay with 16 inch rims or some 32/11.5/15 if you decide on new rims
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I installed 881's and 5100's, @ 0.. all the way around and no noticeable decrease in mpg,stock tires.
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My truck with adj.5100 in the middle setting,rear has stock leaves with 5125 shocks.
If it is going to be a daily driver don't go with anything larger than 265/75/16.unless you re-gear.
I'm still getting 18 mpg with this set up.
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thanks moto932....tYeah that is what I was afraid of too. Maybe leveling is what I should go for. Would 5100 or 5125 be best for a DD?? I was planning on 5100 but have heard conflicting opinions... DownSouthMotorSports has a good set

what do you all think between BF, Toyo and Procomp MT? 32 on a stock lift (maybe if I get the 5100 Bilstein?).
I would just go with 5100s all around the 5125s are for 3" lifts or more. Your going to lose 'MPGs with bigger tires so I would stay with a smaller tire like a 32"
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My truck with adj.5100 in the middle setting,rear has stock leaves with 5125 shocks.
If it is going to be a daily driver don't go with anything larger than 265/75/16.unless you re-gear.
I'm still getting 18 mpg with this set up.

Well I don't know about that I have 33x12.5s and I only have a little power loss going up hill and I'm getting 16 to 17 MPGs on the HW.
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I just leveled mine with the Bilstein 5100's. Love the look. I have 265/75r16's. My theory was that I could level it and if a few years down the road I want a bigger lift, I could jack up the 5100's higher and put in an AAL. Here are before and after pics based on stock tires w/o level and 265's with level.
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Well I don't know about that I have 33x12.5s and I only have a little power loss going up hill and I'm getting 16 to 17 MPGs on the HW.
I have ran 32 and 33 on my truck and could tell a huge difference between the two..I also have 33's on my 4-runner and it is a pig.
Do you ever pull a trailer with your truck..?
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Will probably go 5100. Anything else needed if I get them? Plan on doing this in a week or two in the garage... Will go with 32 tires in the spring after my current BF AT wear out....
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Nothing else needed. That's the beauty of it. Just have to have a spring compressor for the install.
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Old 01-02-2011, 12:24 PM   #13
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Will probably go 5100. Anything else needed if I get them? Plan on doing this in a week or two in the garage... Will go with 32 tires in the spring after my current BF AT wear out....
do you have a spring compressor if you are planning on doing this yourself?
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I don't but I was gonna check the local autozone to see if they rent them or can let me borrow one... I wouldn't think it would be to complicated...I guess, thoughts?
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i think they have them to rent. i dont think it would be very complicated. i might rent one or take them a shop to have them swap out the coils for a few extra bucks.
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I rented a spring compressor from auto zone. It's a lot easier to use with an air impact wrench.
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I ended up taking mine to a shop. Just a point of reference, I found out the hard way there's not much savings from you taking the shocks off the truck and taking them to a shop to swap the coils verses just taking the truck to the shop and letting them do it all. I found it only save about $40. When you figure the time running around and actually doing your part of the work, it's not worth it. Found that out when I was doing the shocks on my car a couple years ago.
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^ I was only chaged $35 to have the shop swap shocks when I brought them the coilovers. They said if they had been on the truck they woulda charged close to $100. So I suppose it depends who you deal with. For me, even $40 difference would be worth it!
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ok. just talked to DSMS and they said to go with 5100 up front and 5125 on rear... plus to order bushing for front from toyotec... I guess that is my plan.
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What setting should i put the Belsteins 5100 upfront? Stock, 1" or 2.5". I got the 5125 for the rear and plan on taking it in to a local shop to get them installed. I want to level it to matchup with how the rear will look...

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