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Old 09-18-2012, 08:37 PM   #1
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Billy's/Brand new truck/Dead horse thread

Ok guys, so let me start out by saying, I realize this topic has had the s%#@ beat out of it, but I feel like my particular case is slightly different so please don't beat me up to bad on this.
I recently bought a 2012 MGM 4x4 base taco. I currently have about half the money I need for wheels/tires/billys. Going with 265/75/16 duratracs and pro comp 7089s. I know I know, set the billy's at 1.75 and it will all look magestic. Well that was the original plan, but as time goes on and I look forward to getting wheels/tires/billys even more, I feel like I may be dissapointed, so then I considered spending the extra $80 for a 1-1.5" AAL. Keep in mind, this is a brand new truck, under 3500 miles, so I am wanting to keep everything kosher, and in great working order, as I plan on keeping the truck for a long, long time, and don't have any plans for major maintenance in the anywhere close to near future, and do not want to ruin my soon to be brand new $880ish tires. I realize that I am possibly being a little critical for the amount of money I want to spend, I would love to have coilovers and all the cool things, but I don't have the money to spend on it, and I am on a tight budget already.. My concerns with billys at 2.5 is will I be able to align it properly?, how will it ride at 2.5? Will them being set at 2.5 affect the shock life greatly? I dont want a "close enough" alignment, as I previously stated, its a brand new truck. I think I have answered my own question in my head ( go safe, go with 1.75 and keep the back factory, but what fun is that?) P.s., this will be mostly for appearance, don't do a lot of off-roading, but wouldn't hesitate to go down some dirt roads/muddy fields.
So basically, my question is what would you guys with experience suggest from these options.
A.) Billy's front 1.75 stock rear
B.) Billy's front 2.5, 1.5 AAL rear, factory rear shocks
C.) Billy's front 2.5, block for rear?
D.) I'm a dumb@$$ and haven't the slightest clue?! haha

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Old 09-18-2012, 08:41 PM   #2
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go with one of the toytec ultimate lift kits. they come with everything you need for a great set up and great ride. good luck with the decision, its a tough one for sure
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:49 PM   #3
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Thanks snowsk8 but I just can't afford a whole kit right now, plus still under warranty, so not wanting to go extreme
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:09 PM   #4
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it really isn't extreme. did mine while still under warranty (under 10k miles). truck is still under warranty now. just read the part about being mostly for appearance, so, billies at 2.5 up front and aal out back but i would recommend throwing some billies in the rear too for ride comfort. it's only $$$$$$ don't skimp out on your truck, you'll regret it in the end.
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i put billies in the front set at .85. my front end in half inch lower than the back.
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Thanks for the replies guys.
I know goin with 1.75 is how I should do it and it will look level, it's just so tempting knowing I'll have another setting (2.5) I could use to achieve more with $80 additional aal. I just am worried tht I won't align properly or something and shred my new $900 tires. Can you adjust the Billy's on the truck or do they need to come out to switch settings?
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Thanks 757, looks like I should probably just level the front at 1.75 for now until I can afford to lift it properly!
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Get the rear TSB leafs for free, then billies set at 1.75. Looks level, rides great, no issues
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Thanks for the replies guys.
I know goin with 1.75 is how I should do it and it will look level, it's just so tempting knowing I'll have another setting (2.5) I could use to achieve more with $80 additional aal. I just am worried tht I won't align properly or something and shred my new $900 tires.
The part of the alignment that might be out of spec doesn't affect tire wear.
I have a full 3" lift front & back.
My toe & camber (tire wearers) are 0. Castor is close to specs but not in specs and will not cause wear problems (if too far out of spec causes high speed wander & bump steer)
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billies at 1.75 made my taco perfectly level.
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