Originally Posted by Pugga
885's will put you at about 2.5" of lift on a V6 Tacoma, you'll get more than that if you put them on a 4 cylinder regular cab.
OP, you've got a lot of types of lifts being thrown around in your original post. If you use just 5100's and stock springs, you can set the 5100's to whatever you wish. Generally 1.75 will level a truck but being that you have a lighter truck, .85 might just get you there. If you use OME springs, keep the 5100's at 0 and let the springs do the lifting. If you go with 884's for now and add an ARB later, you can always kick the 5100's up to .85 or swap out to 885's to counter act the sag from the weight of the bumper. 884's and 885's have the same spring rate (made from the same coil), the 885's are just 1/2" taller.
How much lift are you looking to gain in the end?
Good point Pugga - I might be combining things I don't need here.
ideally, I'd like to stay around 2" max, so somewhere between 1" and 2" is fine. Ideally, I'd level the front and simply upgrade the rear shocks while using the factory leaf springs in back. I think this combo will allow for:
1 - ride comfort I want
2 - load capacity I want
3 - slight benefits offroad
4 - better ride control with upgraded dampers
5 - manage the weight of the ARB front bumper that'll come
Though I am concerned about the stock springs being able to manage the added weight of an ARB bumper effectively when offroad. I'm a conservative driver, but a mass of steel flapping around on weak springs affects a bunch of other stuff the physics gods get a kick out of.
My fall back is to say f*ck it, grab a 2" OME kit with Dakars (maybe) and swap the front diff bearing to help with vibes (should they appear) and grab a Tom Woods one piece driveshaft to help out back (again, if needed).
Front bushing swap in the diff is likely to happen in any event as preventative, but the rest (the full-on OME kit) would be overkill for my actual use of the truck (my desired use would make it all just right, but in reality, I'm trying to keep it real...)