95.5-04 five lug suspension is all identical, with the exception of 95.5-97 leaf springs being 4" shorter than 98-04. Important when doing leaf spring mods, like looking for hard to find 3" drop Chassistech leafs, or using 4x4 leafs.
Websites get the year spans wrong all the time, and Belltech lists their coils for 96-02 V6 or something crazy like that. They fit all 95.5-04 trucks, but extra cabs get the full 2" drop from them while standard cabs only get about 1" due to the weight difference of the trucks.
Things to know...Chassistech doesn't make drop leafs for 95.5-04 trucks anymore, but 95.5-97 Tacoma can use Belltech drop leafs offered for 89-95 Toyota p/u since they're the same length. I just measured YankeeTaco72's pretaco leafs the other day.
The 2 most popular coils offered are Belltech and Chassistech, Eibach quit making them.
Keep your overall tire height in the 25" or less range.
Here are drop methods and parts available.
Quality shocks that are firm are always recommended
3 most popular shocks
KYB Monomax ($50 something per shock)
KYB GasAjust ($40 something per shock)
Pro Comp Toxic ($30 something per shock)
#1. no b/j flip, coils & blocks (usually 2" coils and stock leafs w/ 2-3" blocks)
Mild Drop for aggressive driving
#1. no b/j flip, QA1 front coilover conversion & stock leafs w/blocks (usually 2-3" blocks)
#2. no b/j flip, QA1 front coilover conversion & 4x4 leafs w/all 3 leafs & overload.
usually ball joint flip & stock leafs w/blocks.
The foundation of all drops.
My favorite because it gets rid of all tire/fender gap, doesn't require any special mods other than a c-notch and rear fender trimming, and the leaf spring hangers on the frame don't hit on stuff too often.
#1. ball joint flip & 2" coil & 3" block with 3" leaf mod (either stock 5 lug pack w/leaf removed, 4x4 pack w/leaf removed, or hard to find Chassistech drop leafs) c-notch
#2. ball joint flip & QA1 conversion & 3" block with 3" leaf mod (either stock 5 lug pack w/leaf removed, 4x4 pack w/leaf removed, or hard to find Chassistech drop leafs) c-notch
6/7 Drop & beyond
longer upper control arms
front inner fender modification
cross member notching (requires removing the bed)
rear fender trimming
have to be in the 3" range
can be stock ones that have been cut
can be aftermarket that have been cut
b/j flip, 3" coils, (or QA1 coilovers) leaf spring mod (3") and 4" blocks.