Originally Posted by Cwpick76
Didn't see a midtravel thread. Wasnt sure if long travel was the option. I understand that I would need to replace pretty much all of OEM suspension. but wasn't sure about what I need to save some money up to buy. and any help with reliable brands of aftermarket would be great. also if there are any particular specs i need to take into account when buying upgrades would be helpful.
I am not looking for full race spec or anything like that (unless I need to). I want to build a parts list to start working on an upgrade until i have a full set of what I need.
I'm by no means a knowledgeable person on Tacoma suspensions, but this is an overview of what I've picked up from a few months on TW.
Mid Travel with BS Thread
- There's a LOT of information in there, but it isn't always easy to find what you're after. I subscribed mainly to follow along. Try seaching that thread for ideas.
2nd Gen. Builds
- Start cruising through these to get a feel for what you like, what modifications will allow you to do what you want to do, etc. People are usually happy to answer questions in their build threads, and many have detailed information, like DIYs and parts lists. For example, here's the parts list for my mid travel suspension
My mid travel setup is actually fairly mild compared to many, but it should be fine for me. Before tires, I'll have a little over $3k in the suspension. There are less expensive, very capable options that may also meet your needs, such as an OME, Bilstein, or other setup.
is a whole different world, with amazing amounts of money spent to build amazingly capable trucks. LT trucks can make high speed desert runs through terrain that's beat anything else to death, and they can make very impressive jumps in the dunes. They aren't the most practical vehicles for daily drivers, and if you get into LT, you'll get used to making repairs. If you read an LT build thread, you'll see what I mean. Done right, LT will cost several thousand in parts and a take lot of labor. While an MT suspension can largely be a bolt-on install, LT will require a fair amount of welding to reinforce a lot of areas, along with other custom work.
Take your time and you'll find the right answer for you.