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Old 07-19-2010, 04:56 PM   #1
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Lift Help, New Tacoma Owner

First off, I love my 2001 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4, after coming from a 2006 Infinit G35 I am a little overwhelmed with all the information I found on here about lifting. I spent the past 2 years figuring out how to drop a car correctly, now I need to know how to lift a truck.

First off, I have new stock shocks in the front, and worn ones in the back, I want to give my truck a 1.75 to 2 inch lift...do I need to replace all four shocks to do a suspension lift?

Can I just get stock shocks in the back and put Bilsteins in the front and get the lift I desired?

Will I have to get new springs all around, will I need upper control arms, and finally...any recommendations from you guys on the build I should put together for my lift and where I should get them from.

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Old 07-19-2010, 05:26 PM   #2
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You can just run 5100s up front with an AAL out back if you want to keep it really simple.
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:44 PM   #3
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You could also get a new set of Old Man Emu springs for the front, they will give you any where from 1-3 inches depending on the spring. You will be amazed at how much better they ride and handle!
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So the OME is springs in the front, while the bilsteins are shocks, is there a difference in ride or adjustability?

also, I have been looking at these AAL, but are they just a spacer on top of the spring on the back? Would it be better, if I need to replace my rear shocks, to just skip the AAL's and put in another set of Bilstein's and get similar results?

Thanks for all the HELP!
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The Old Man Emu springs are not adjustable, there are 4 models to choose from for lift height. I have Old Man Emu 880s and they gave my extra cab, 4 cyl, 4x4 about 1.5 in of lift. The bilstein 5100s are adjustable from 0, 1.75'' or 2.5'' but be aware that the higher you go with them the stiffer the ride, they raise the truck by raising the spring perch. My truck rides and handles a whole lot better with the OME springs than it did stock.
For the rear you will need an add a leaf and a set of shocks, you can go cheaper and get blocks or shackles but they will wear your leaf springs out quicker... The longer add a leafs ride better.
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Great! I just put up an order for rear Bilstein 5100's. Then I am thinking ordering an add a leaf for the rear maybe a 1.5 and then a 881 OME spring with stock shocks in the front....

I am pumped!
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Great! I just put up an order for rear Bilstein 5100's. Then I am thinking ordering an add a leaf for the rear maybe a 1.5 and then a 881 OME spring with stock shocks in the front....

I am pumped!
Great choices.
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That is great info, Thanks alot coming from a fellow NJ Taco! I will check out those links.
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