Originally Posted by Che
Upcountry, I noticed you're in Seattle. Where do you go for performance mods for your truck? Who do you know that's local that you'd trust to install the OME lift and get the shims right in the back?
I strongly suggest doind as much of the work yourself or being as closely involved as possible, having a concrete understanding of the truck and its moving parts is essential with a modified vehicle for the purpose of safety and for the purpose of cost. I have modified vehicles before, and i learned as kid in my dads shop where he builds classic hot rods - so I felt comfortable with it. I did all the work myself except the front coil over assemby (you need a hydraulic press). If you buy a coilover setup from Wheelers or Toytec they can send the coilover assembly pre-pressed, and it litterally is just a swap out of the stock coilover strut assemble, which requires some muscle to get out (or a big rock bar).
There used to be a shop on the Eastside in Kirkland called Eastside Custom Truck, I beleive they moved to Port Angeles. I think there is a shop in Kent, but cant remember the name. I know 4Wheel Parts
in Lynwood selld AND installs lifts for Tacomas.
Of special note, the ARB (who owns and sells Old Man Emu - OME) main office is down in Renton. They make qaulity lifts and parts that even Toyota sells out of their parts departments now (I can buy OME or ARB at the dealer now), I suggest calling up their main office and going down there and talking to them and looking at some of the vehicles they have on display in the parking lot. They dont have a showroom but they have some pretty sweet tricked out vehicles and can go over the different types of lift kist and off road upgrades. Having these guys here in Seattle is a great benefit as a resourse and becuase you can avoid paying shipping on some of the bigger items like bull bar bumpers....just pick it up at the wharehose where it ships from! Save $100+!!
After about a year of owning the truck I convinced myself that it was OKAY to start to modify a perfectly good under warranty truck (make sure you read the Magnuson Moss Act: http://www.impalaclub.com/naisso/magmoss.htm
I just paid it off a few months ago, so now it is game-on.
Current mods I have done (while I was paying off the truck at $565 a month):
Front suspension mods:
15MM top plate
Light racing uca
Rear Suspension mods:
extended brake lines
AR Mojave Teflon Black Wheels
Fiberglass camper shell
Max legal tint
Hilift mounted in bed
OME 886 with wheelers off-road
10 mm top plate (Plan to order from Wheelers offroad next month)
Allpro expedition leaf packs and U-bolt flip kit (Just got delivery yesterday)
SPOD Source and dash switches (Sitting in my house, need to install)
Lighting upgrades (HID and Halogen - need to order after SPOD install)
ARB bull bar bumper and 9,000# winch(Santa? Please? I've been good !!!)
ATO skids (After the above)