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FD Harrison 04-11-2012 03:33 PM

Best modifications
Alright here is the deal. I will admit I am not the best when it comes to the whole technical jargon. After I finally get this truck paid off this year is when the modifications begin! :D

-Modifications looking to do-

1.) Whole suspension lift- I am looking at toytec or OME. I will admit that I not going to do any serious off-roading. If I ever do, it would be something mild. This is really for looks.
2.) Leer 100R Cap
3.) New headlights
4.) ARB bumper
5.) Window tint

I am just seeking advice as I know many of you on here is much more knowledgeable and experienced then I in this department. This is kinda going to be save for a bit and modify on the way budget. I just need to figure what and get prices first.

WVToyota3214 04-29-2012 08:43 PM

My buddy has an arb bumper and the thing is a tank man. Its a
Great bumper ready for wench and that thin could run over a cow and not hurt it we hit a deer the other day doing about 35 40 mph and it was just a little**ping** plus it looks badass he paid 850$ for his but that was about a year ago so don't really know the price range now

FD Harrison 04-30-2012 06:38 AM

Thats awesome. how fimilar are you on suspensions? Its something that I have been pondering for a few weeks. I am still alittle uncertain if OME is the best way to go.

4Wheelin4Banger 05-02-2012 01:01 AM

Get the shocks and springs that were designed to go together OME. Watch the video.

Suspension systems, especially when referring to 4WDs, are extremely complex. Determining the right solution for each 4WD requires special attention to many factors, with weight being the most critical. Old Man Emu 4x4 suspension by ARB approaches this in a unique way.
This relationship between vehicle weight and suspension is where Old Man Emu gets its name - the emu is a large Australian flightless bird, when it runs, its powerful legs absorb most of the impact, allowing it to move over all types of terrain while its body remains virtually motionless. This is what Old Man Emu strives to achieve with its range of fully integrated 4x4 shocks and suspension systems. Old Man Emu suspension systems include carefully matched spring and shock combinations engineered to improve vehicle ride, handling and control under various loads.
A single suspension lift kit system designed to suit a multitude of users simply isn't practical, as each user's preferences will dictate how the vehicle is outfitted and used. Despite these differences, most aftermarket 4x4 suspension systems are only available in a single configuration, with suspension lift height often being your only option.
At OME, instead of merely offering a suspension lift kit that's little more than a compilation of parts aimed at raising your truck's height, we offer a range of tuned and matched integrated systems, each offering varying degrees of comfort, load carrying capability & control characteristics. The components are designed by ARB with an unrelenting, no compromise approach.
Shock absorbers and springs for each new vehicle start off as prototypes, and are tested and modified in a variety of terrains and with varying loads. These trials and modifications can take weeks of testing in order to ensure the best possible combination for each application.
We test and modify, test and modify and continue to do so for as long as it takes to ensure each shock and spring combination is ideally suited to a vehicle, its varying weights, the driver's suspension lift requirements and the terrain it'll encounter.

FD Harrison 05-07-2012 01:52 PM

Sold lol Since I have been researching suspension lifts. A few questions have come up. 1.) I haven't noticed yet thou is the topic of re-gearing. Would I have to regear with a lift? 2.) Should I wait and have the ARB bumper installed at once? 3.) For a 2-2.5 inch lift, Do you think I need UCA and a diff. drop?

2004TacomaSR5 05-07-2012 04:39 PM

You're gonna lift it and not even use it properly? Might as well put the money toward a URD supercharger instead!

FD Harrison 05-08-2012 05:39 AM

See thats why I am asking. Right now I am not going to be off-roading too much since there is nothing out my way. If I dont have to regear now then I will hold off. I know I wanna lift it but I only want to do it once.

4Wheelin4Banger 05-08-2012 07:41 AM

Regearing is for the size of tires you might want to put on it after the lift. How big are you thinking of going?

FD Harrison 05-09-2012 06:24 AM

BF Goodrich KM2 M/T 255/85/16 is what I was thinking of getting.

4Wheelin4Banger 05-09-2012 08:56 AM

That's what I run when wheeling (works great & I love them). I still run the stock Dungflops for my 280 mile/week commute.
Depending on what you use your Taco for you might want to regear for that size or get a new set of wheels for them and only use them when wheeling like I do. I picked up a set of 1st Gen TRDs for $100 off a local 4x4 forum.
Mine with 3" lift from OME 885s & Dakars with 255/85/16 BFG KM2s on 1st Gen TRDs.

FD Harrison 05-09-2012 09:03 AM

Say with your lift, did you do a diff drop? Did you need to have UCA installed?

4Wheelin4Banger 05-09-2012 09:25 AM

^ No & no. Caster is not in spec but it drives fine & caster doesn't effect tire wear.

FD Harrison 05-09-2012 12:41 PM

What do you mean by caster? Sorry I am not that technically knowledgable when it comes to trucks.

4Wheelin4Banger 05-09-2012 12:57 PM

Toe looking from above Good l l Bad / \ or \ / 0 is best
Camber looking from the front Good l l Bad / \ or \ / 0 is best
Castoer is the angle from vertical the upper & lower ball joint on the spindle are. 2.4 to 3 is best.

gozar 05-09-2012 01:13 PM


Originally Posted by FD Harrison (Post 4901286)

1.) Whole suspension lift- I am looking at toytec or OME. I will admit that I not going to do any serious off-roading. If I ever do, it would be something mild. This is really for looks.

Not being critical here... just trying to understand, so I thought I'd comment.
You're thinking about spending a decent sum of money, which would actually decrease the performance of your vehicle for its intended use. Note that I said, "for its intended use".

Your truck will be heavier, not corner as well and get worse gas mileage.
But it will look cool.

Really really really - not trying to be a jerk or make a value judgement or anything like that, but just curious about how people think.

FD Harrison 05-10-2012 05:38 AM

I understand that is a side effect of going with the lift kit. I figure I only want to spend money on everything once. I plan on keeping/driving the thing till it dies. Eventually I would not mind going camping outwest eventually. Thats all.

AzogSS 05-10-2012 05:49 AM


Originally Posted by 2011TacomaSR5 (Post 5052817)
You're gonna lift it and not even use it properly? Might as well put the money toward a URD supercharger instead!

If the OP plans on installing an ARB he will have to beef up the suspension anyways. My vote is ARB/OME.

FD Harrison 05-11-2012 08:40 AM

OP? I cant say I ever heard of that before. Is that the set up you run?

TacoFMS 05-11-2012 08:53 AM

you are the OP(original poster)

FD Harrison 05-11-2012 09:55 AM

Ah I gotcha! Thank you! Duh lol

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