So....I, like everybody on this site it seems, am contemplating doing "stuff" to my truck ( i.e. cap, racks, storage, lights ). Otherwise I guess we wouldn't be on the site, in my case mostly lurking and reading post after post and realizing a lot of whats on here and really out "there" ( in the real world through marketing ) is opinion. But I guess thats how life is right? I tend to learn only from my own mistakes, but when it comes to dropping coin I probably don't have anyway, on pricey items like suspension upgrades I try to do my homework.
So here's where I am now, maybe some of the more "seasoned" taco owners can give some perspective.
- I am drooling over the radflo coilovers or similar setup
- I am however considering and really leaning towards a less expensive option such as the bilsteins or the ome 885 coils with the appropriate shocks
Currently, I have only added a set of Supersprings to the rear leaf pack to aid with carrying loads of gear and loads of "work" stuff. They are so far awesome but did lift the rear around one inch. I had never considered lifting the front at all until this point. Just the inch alone looked awesome to me, however I am running the "doorstop" look currently. So while I can live like this I would feel better with the front lifted up a bit.
With regards to the options, while I am drooling over a high end set of coilovers I realize that for my budget this would be a huge expenditure and maybe not totally justifiable. So while I still may pool the trigger on some very nice, re-buildable coilovers, they are at the top of my wish list but like I said, maybe not a good choice financially.
Next I considered the ome lift from toytec or just getting the front shocks and 885 springs. Lots of good reviews on here, but again, at 700 bucks for the lift and I think around 500 for the front setup its still a little more than I would like to spend. Although, this option is probably the best for me. A 2" lift would be ideal. I don't want to push the 3" mark and stress the CV joints incredibly or increase the chances of needing UCA's replaced. I know all of this could happen but from what I am reading, staying under that magic 3" number really makes a big difference.
So while I am leaning towards saving for the ome setup. I have also seriously considered either getting the 5100's for the front and adjusting to 1.75" or 2.5", or even going with the fronts and rear from Downsouth Motorsports as the cost would still be less than the OME lift or just the front setup. And seeing as how I am ok with the looks of my added inch in the rear, an AAL of 1.5 or 2" probably wouldn't be worth the extra coin. So...........if I go the billy route, my concern currently would be with the long term reliability of the Bilstein 5100 adjustables, and the Bilstein's in general ( if I consider the rear ). I have read a few write-ups, one the recent install thread ( very good review ), but most seem to comment on the short term...as in "just installed and love them" or "I have run them for a few months and love them". I wanted to see if there were any guys who have run them for a year or more.
And as if this post has not been "wordy" enough. One last thought/question. I know the high-end coilovers are the best choice off-road, but between the ome setup and the bilsteins how do they compare? Would the Bilsteins hold up to some light off-roading or were they really designed to make the truck look good?
Like most on here, I am thinking long and hard and trying to make the right choice the first time. The suspension is next something I plan on investing in multiple times.
If anyone made it this far through the post, let me know what you think! Thanks.