Originally Posted by trdr6
...I want to lift my truck 3 inches but I absolutely do not want to suffer vibrations or steering problems. After reading everything on this forum, it seems that the Toytec
ULK with the addition of TC UCA's is the way to go if I want to do it right. The questions is, can I get the look and the ride without putting up this kind of cash. I'm not really sure why spacer lifts catch such a bad rap if your not really ever going to use your lift for what its intended for, unless the ride is really affected.
But, you have to decide what's your PRIMARY driving consideration?
Is it 1. The look of the 3" with 285s?
Or is it 2: avoiding problems with your truck?
More than half the folks who lift to 3" experience driveline vibrations, and some get expensive front differential problem related vibrations (typically not covered by warranty)
About 20% of folks who lift to 3" get problems with the VSC (vehicle stability control, and also not covered by warranty.)
100% of folks who lift to 3" can't align the truck perfectly unless they also spend the buckage to put on UCAs. (For some of us, that's OK. I've got the tire-wear variables: toe and camber, set optimally, at the expense of running caster around zero. That changes how the truck drives a little, but I'm happy with it for now, and currently see no need to put on the UCAs to get my caster back.)
Ride is subjective, but folks who say that a lifted truck rides "better" than a stock truck are folks who seem to rank a "stiff" ride as "better" than a "plush" ride.
So, what's most important to you?
If you're determined to get that 3" look and want to spend the least amount of coin, then as long as you're willing to DIY, you can pick up a used Revtek spacer lift with AAL from the for-sale section of TacomaWorld for less than $200, and install it yourself. You'll still need to pay for an alignment job. If you're happy with the result - dandy. Get your wheels and tires, trim plastic as necessary, and you're done. EDIT: If you're NOT a DIYer, Les Schwab can install the same thing new, including alignment, for under $700. Make no mistake, many folks are happy with this setup!
If you want a "lower risk of problems" option, get bilstein 5100s, set them to 1.75 (NOT 2.5"!) in the front, along with a 1.5" AAL in the back. This slightly lower lift will align correctly, and has much lower chance of VSC, differential, excessively stiff ride, and CV boot wear issues. Then go with 265/75R16 tires. That's still an aggressive, larger-than-stock, off-road look, and will still improve your performance down those hunting roads.
You might read some posts that tell you "they wish they'd done it right the first time." I disagree. Once you're modding away from stock, "right" becomes highly subjective, and it is only by following the path of modification that you ultimately discover what "right" is for you personally.
Your money, your sweat-equity, your choices. No whining.