First post here so be gentle. I've searched and read a million posts and am looking at a minimal 2-inch lift for my bone stock Taco. The choice between adding a leaf vs a complete leaf set, such as the Dakar (Emu) or Ironman has me mildly confused.
I want a minimal lift for use with stock tire size. I'll add sliders, skid plates and bumpers at some point, but I want to avoid the vibe issues and I'm not looking to up the tire size. A mild lift with better suspension and some armor will get me on the trails I need to use.
I sold my well built 1996 80-series Land Cruiser a few months ago, and bought an '08 Taco DC SB, bone stock, 8,000 miles, with a TRD package including rear locker, supercharger and TRD exhaust. I've had it for 5 months (19,000 miles now) and I think it will be a good platform for a new build. Its taken some getting used to coming from an 80 Series Cruiser, but that's another topic. The 80 had 4 coils, and I built that with an Emu suspension to run 285s. I haven't had a leaf spring suspension since my '87 4Runner.
I'm not impressed with the TRD suspension. I've used Emu on my last few rigs, but the Ironman is in the running because it's a little less height than the Emu. This may or may not make much difference, the Emu 885s/Dakar leaves would be my other option. I'd not opposed to buying UCAs at the same time but it seems with those two options, and stock tire size, I don't have to.
This forum has been very helpful, I've spent the last 7 years on IH8MUD under the name mainemike in the 80 series forum. I'm in Central PA now, and immersing myself in TacoWorld as I start this new project.
So, back to my original question: Why would one consider adding leaves instead of buying a whole new leaf pack?
Thanks for the knowledge!