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Old 06-19-2008, 05:35 PM   #1
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Advice on picking a lift

Im new to the lifting of trucks and Im looking to lift my truck 3 inches. I have searched this forum and others alike and I have got many different opinions on different lifts and pricing. I want a nice level lift of some sort. I just read this...

http://www.customtacos.com/tech/index.php?article=137

Which gave me a lot of good information. I don't have tons of money to spend on this but I want to make sure I don't buy into a bunch of work down to road. The spacers seemed to be what I was leaning towards more but I still do not have much of an idea.

My Taco is a 2005 Access Cab 2wd. Any help would be appreciated and if you have any other ideas, Im open to anything. Thank you all for your help!
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Do you want it level or lifted?

Whats your budget and how do you use the truck?
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Old 06-19-2008, 05:38 PM   #3
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What are you looking for? Looks? Off roading? Spacers are good for looks. Coils springs are better for street/off raod. Coil overs are best for off road, and good for street. WIth a 3" lift you may also want to consider some UCA's that correct for the loss of caster when lifting.
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Old 06-19-2008, 05:45 PM   #4
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I want it to be more leveled and not having the front be pointing up. From the prices I have seen my budget I would say is around $1000 but it would depend on what would work best for me.

I don't go off roading much at all. Just the dirt road with some small ruts in is about how far I go. I do more around town driving. Thanks for the help
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check the link right above 05TacoTRD sig pic. good info there.
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Are there any Coil Over Lift kits in particular that I should look into?

Edit: From reading other threads on this forum it seems to me that the Toytec Coilover Kit seems to be the best.

http://www.toyteclifts.com/0507tacocart.html

(Second item down on the page I think is the right one)

If I were to purchase that and get a local shop to instal it, I would get the 3 inch lift and the truck would be level correct?
And it has several options to pick from for the kit. Which one would be the best to choose? I don't really understand what they mean by some of that information. And would I need anything else on the truck besides that kit?

Sorry for all the questions, but thanks for all of your help.
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Old 06-19-2008, 08:02 PM   #7
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Since you don't off road, a coil over set up would be extreme over kill.

If all you want is level, get some Bilstien 5100s. They will lift the front of your truck up to 2.5" and only cost $269. They are also a huge improvement in ride.

If you still want more height, then I would get a OME coil lift ($300) up front and Alcan leaf pack ($600) in the rear.
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If I were to get the coilovers that I had the link to above, how much do you think it would be to get them installed? I know the price will vary heavily but if anyone has an approximate price it would be helpful.
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when I was searching to get my lift I found that the cost of instillation was the same as pruchasing the lift. Lift costed 460 bucks and the install was gonna be 400. I asked if they were crazy. I just couldn't see it taking that long to do or being that darn expensive. So I did it myself. I believe in your case you may be better off with the 5100's they will allow you to level your truck, it will be cheaper and you should get a nicer ride.
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I was looking for a lift not too long ago and I really didn't want to spend too much money. The folks here at TW were very helpful. I don't offroad much, but I wanted a lift for looks and bigger tires.

I opted for the 3" ToyTec lift with black spacers and rear AALs. I also got the differential drop kit and rear shims. Total cost was $300. I was going to do the install myself, but didn't have the spring compression tools and I had a small garage...well, to be honest, I was just lazy. Installation was $350 with alignment.

I am very happy with the results. Ride is kind of like stock, but a little stiffer. I have an 08 TRD Sport Double Cab Shortbed 4x4. You can check out my pics in my gallery to get an idea of what the lift did.
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You can rent the spring compressors and autozone or O'riley's. Here you leave a 25 dollar deposit which you get back in full upon returning the compressors. Thats great, couldn't believe it was actually free.
Dang it! Now I wished I wasn't so lazy. I could have used the $350 on a bull bar. Oh well...live and learn.
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Banchi, you got the 3" Lift - Front Coil Spacers from Toytec right?

Im almost leaning towards getting the spacers now and the AAL's in the back.
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Banchi, you got the 3" Lift - Front Coil Spacers from Toytec right?

Im almost leaning towards getting the spacers now and the AAL's in the back.
Hey Pat,

No, I actually have the black anodized spacers and AALs - yes, the 3" ToyTec. I would do the spacers and AALs as you described, just like I did. You'll be very happy with it, and you save some money, too.

Good luck, and let's see some pics when you get it done!
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You bought the spacers from Toytec right?
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You bought the spacers from Toytec right?
Yup, just buy the kit that they offer. The actual 3" lift kit is part number TAC3-05-AL, front differential drop kit is TAC-DR-05, and rear shims TT-RS. Call ToyTec and ask for Kirk, if he is around - any of their techs are great and very helpful. Also, when you order the kit, make sure you ask for the black anodized spacers...they look a lot better than the silver IMHO.

The actual 3" lift kit comes with the spacers, the AALs, and the hardware needed. I recommend also getting both the drop kit and the shims.

I didn't have to pay for shipping since I live in Colorado and ToyTec is only about 20 minutes away.
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I think that is exactly what I will do. Thank you all for your help. I know it will take a bit for me to get the parts and have them installed but when I do Ill post up some pictures. Thanks!
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I think that is exactly what I will do. Thank you all for your help. I know it will take a bit for me to get the parts and have them installed but when I do Ill post up some pictures. Thanks!
Anytime! Good luck!
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I just called TAG Motorsports which is a local truck shop that does lifts in the San Diego area and the tech told me that the AAL's wouldn't really be necessary for the lift. I thought that was interesting. He told me the truck would sit just about level also.
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truck would shit just about level also.
Hmmmm......May need to take it to the dealer fot that!
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