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Old 05-11-2011, 08:44 AM   #1
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Need advice on lifting my truck!

I have a 2001 Toyota Tacoma, I just got the truck a while back stock and I really want to lift it! It's a 4 cylinder 5 lug... I'm wondering how I can go about lifting it, what lift kits are available for me since I want to lift it at least 2.5 inches, I would greatly appreciate any help since I don't know too much about lifting!?
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http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/sus...lift-kits.html

you can try to use the search function on the site
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/sus...-lift-kit.html

stolen from netmonkey.... from here..http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/toy...tech-lift.html

dont get spacer lifts.
the bilstien 5100's are the cheapest (0.85", 1.75", and 2.5" lift)
the OME lift is next in cost (replaces the stock coils and shocks - 2.5" lift).
the toytec coils are probably next in cost (1-3" lift).

you will need a lift option for the rear. typical solution is the add a leafs with the 5100's.

at 3" you really should get after market upper control arms that add in camber.

the toytec ultimate lift kit inlcudes everything for a 3" lift except the UCA's
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http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/sus...lift-kits.html

you can try to use the search function on the site
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/sus...-lift-kit.html

stolen from netmonkey.... from here..http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/toy...tech-lift.html

dont get spacer lifts.
the bilstien 5100's are the cheapest (0.85", 1.75", and 2.5" lift)
the OME lift is next in cost (replaces the stock coils and shocks - 2.5" lift).
the toytec coils are probably next in cost (1-3" lift).

you will need a lift option for the rear. typical solution is the add a leafs with the 5100's.

at 3" you really should get after market upper control arms that add in camber.

the toytec ultimate lift kit inlcudes everything for a 3" lift except the UCA's
Can I install the bilstien 5100 shocks with my stock coils?
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Can I install the bilstien 5100 shocks with my stock coils?
yes
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Old 05-11-2011, 02:39 PM   #5
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Thanks man I appreciate it.. I was lost
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ive got an 06 and i just lifted my truck 2.5 inches with 5100s and 1.5 AAL in the back and everything is stock except the shocks and it only cost around $300
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ive got an 06 and i just lifted my truck 2.5 inches with 5100s and 1.5 AAL in the back and everything is stock except the shocks and it only cost around $300
that's exactly what I want to do and that's a pretty good price I thought it would be more expensive... Did you get them installed or did you install them yourself? I was worried i would need new coils, I didn't know that you could install them with the stock coils.
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that's exactly what I want to do and that's a pretty good price I thought it would be more expensive... Did you get them installed or did you install them yourself? I was worried i would need new coils, I didn't know that you could install them with the stock coils.

installing the AAL's are really easy, but taking apart the coils can be a pain. you can rent a spring compressor and do it yourself, but if you dont want to muscle with the compressor, you can take the coils to a shop and they can compress the spring and put on the new shocks. (they might charge $30 for each coil?)

here is a pic of a set of compressors on a coil. when you crank them down, the screws can bend really bad and there is a risk of them popping off which could be very painful.



dont forget to get an alignment after you lift your truck.

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installing the AAL's are really easy, but taking apart the coils can be a pain. you can rent a spring compressor and do it yourself, but if you dont want to muscle with the compressor, you can take the coils to a shop and they can compress the spring and put on the new shocks. (they might charge $30 for each coil?)

here is a pic of a set of compressors on a coil. when you crank them down, the screws can bend really bad and there is a risk of them popping off which could be very painful.



dont forget to get an alignment after you lift your truck.

good luck
Thanks buddy I appreciate your help.. this helped alot
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Not sure what lifts are out ther for the 4 bangers but lift if you like. If you do it right it will have minimal negative effects on the truck. It will be a bit more top heavy but it is a truck not a Porsche so your shouldn't be trying to take corners at high speed anyway.
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My recommendation is DON'T. Unless this is a vehicle that you will be using primarily OFF ROAD, the lift will do a lot of harm (driveability, reliability, convenience, etc.) and won't do you any good.

If you are seriously doing this to go off road, then good luck to you, but be certain that you think through the REAL BENEFITS (if any) before you go dumping money into it.
dont plan on going to high just some lift... I dont like it so low
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Anyone know how much it would cost to have to have place install my bilstiens? they will be used with the stock coils.
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I have a 2001 Toyota Tacoma, I just got the truck a while back stock and I really want to lift it! It's a 4 cylinder 5 lug... I'm wondering how I can go about lifting it, what lift kits are available for me since I want to lift it at least 2.5 inches, I would greatly appreciate any help since I don't know too much about lifting!?
None of the lifts recamended will work on your truck since you have a 5 lug. Your options are limited. I'd go to the 5 lug section and talk with them. Your limited in options I.e. spacer lifts unless you want to drop some serious coin.
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