so, here is what i have now:
- Toytec Ultimate kit with coils set at about 3", silver springs, 2" add a leaf, 5100's on rear, axle shims, front diff drop, sway bar relocator
- Total Chaos upper control arms
- Moto Metal 955b, 16x8, 0 offset, 4.5 backspace
- Mickey Thompson MTZ's, 285/75/16
- Marlin Crawler rock sliders
- Body mount chop
- CB -Uniden 520XL with firestick NGP antenna
- Tinted windows at 30%
- Illuminated 4x4 switch
- Lighted cup holders
- Hi-Lift jack
- Diff breather mod
- CV boot mod
- Shorty antenna by AntennaX
- Tailgate "lock"
- Tacoma World sticker (its super aerodynamic and adds 20 mpg )
Darren Castine at Twizted Engineering did a fantastic job on my truck. he runs a small shop in broomfield and can do ANY work you desire, from custom fabrication, to bolt on lifts, engine rebuilds, or fully custom rock crawlers. anything that you desire, he can build. if you are in the denver/boulder area, i highly recommend him. you can find him at:
555 Alter St Unit 15-B
Broomfield, CO 80020
303 410 0804
sooo... on to the pics...
here is the stock truck before the lift
here it is now
the tires dont stick out too far from the fenders. i chose the 16x8 rims to keep the tires in more than the 17x9's would.
the sliders stick out to be almost flush with the fenders.
i chose the mickey thompson MTZ's because i wanted an agressive tire, but that also have some siping for the winters here. also, these 285's are a D load range so they are lighter than many other 285's which are typically an E load range.
weld on sliders
i chose the toytec ultimate kit because it was just easy to have everything i needed included in 1 kit. also, because darren is an authorized dealer and installer for Toytec.
this is a before pic of the body mount and the plastic inner fender well.
this is the after pic of the body mount chop and trimming on the inner fender well. you can also see that the inside of the fender was trimmed too.
this is how the front of the inner fender well was trimmed. darren didnt actually cut it away, he instead folded the access up and strapped it all together with zip ties. this kept the plastic ridged so it wont flop around.
here is the underside of the front inner fender well. you can see how the access is folded up and tied together. its a good idea, but i hope that over time, the holes and zip ties dont tear or brake.
here is a pic of the CV joints/boots before the lift
here is the CV joint/boot after the lift. the angle isnt too bad. it looks like some of the fins are touching, so i hope they dont wear too bad.
this is the clearance at the body mount at full lock
looking up from underneath of the body mount with the tire at full lock. the tire probably wouldnt have rubbed under normal driving, but trimming it guarantees that no rubbing will happen while off road.
front inner fender well at full lock.
another view of how the front fender well is strapped up
tire at full lock.
Rocky Mounts bicycle mount
illuminated 4x4 switch
lighted cup holders
diff breather mod
CV boot mod
Shorty antenna by AntennaX
Tacoma World sticker
comments about the lift and tires:
- i am very pleased with the lift and tires. i am so glad that i did it. its a completely different truck.
- the ride feels so much more solid. on the stock tires and suspension, the back end would jitter and hop over bumps, railroad tracks, etc, but now, it just rolls over eveything without extra movement.
- the truck also feels heavier... if that makes sence. i guess its from the added weight of the rims and tires. the truck feels planted to the ground.
- i do feel a difference in the gas and brake pedal. it does take a bit more to get rolling and a bit more to stop. i matched the scanguage with my gps and it looks like i might cut 50 miles off a tank of gas (400 miles to 350 miles), but its worth it
- the tires arent too loud on the street either. interestingly, the loudest they get is between 45 and 55 mph. above 60 and 70 mph, the wind noise seems louder than the tires.
- darren was able to get the alignment perfect. there is no wandering. the truck tracks straight. i do feel more response (than stock) in the stereing wheel, but i think thats more from the size of the tires rather than from any bump steer.
- i do have an ever so slight vibration at 5mph when talking off from a stop. and i mean very slight. sometimes i dont feel it. other than that, there are absolutely NO vibrations. not under acceleration, deceleration, or at any other speed. the 5mph vibration is carrier bearing, but i dont even think its worth it to mess with a drop for it.
- with the truck at stock, i was starting to get some axle wrap, but with the 2" ALL, the axle wrap is totally gone.