Hey all. I've got a '12 4wd tacoma dcsb. Long travel seems awesome to have, living in socal(I've spectated at a couple of baja races), but I sure as hell don't want to just rip into my truck just yet, you know it being new and all. I'm definitely going to go with the MT setup and maybe graduate to LT. that said, how does this look in terms of order of upgrading?
The following is just a hypothetical timeline:
1. bilstein 5100's all around, plus OME 885s up front, and UCAs
2. defined engineering SUA
3. shock hoops, coil bucket gussets, lca gussets(cam gussets?), spindle gussets
4. long travel kit, CO's
5. engine cage and/or bedcage
4 and 5 maybe be switched in order.
my questions are, is it worthwhile to beef up the the suspension parts/frame before actually installing the long travel kit(gussets)?
also, for bedcages, I see a lot of variation on these in terms of shock placement. some shocks are mounted toward the cab, while some are almost upright. what are the differences in performance on these? with the shocks mounted towards the cab, are the shocks typically beefier and longer to allow more travel/softer ride? would it be a vice versa situation with the shocks mounted almost vertical: decent travel, with a smaller shock body?
thanks in advance