First of all, sorry to start yet another 5100 thread, but I've spent 2 hours looking and searching and I still am unsure what to do.
I have ordered 5100's front and rear and intend to install them myself. I'm going to buy a spring compressor since that is cheaper than paying for someone to do it for me and at least I'll learn something.
I'm confused on the issue of aftermarket springs with the front shocks. On the sticky thread it says "Bilstien 5100's This is a great affordable lift kit. These replacement shocks are great to add a few inches to the front of your Tacoma, it is adjustable and have a slightly better valving system than the stock shocks that come with the Tacoma's. (But please take note NO One recommends it to be used in conjunction with after market coils) This may result in damage of your suspension components."
But it seems like a lot of people are doing this. And I wonder if it's better to run the 5100s on the first or 2nd setting with a firmer coil rather than using more preload. Surely a spring works better with less preload doesn't it?
If I was to go this route, I want to lift my truck as high as I can without needing new UCAs, so I was going to lift 2.5in. Is there a coil that can do this either on setting one or two on the 5100's? And would this in fact give a better ride than using the stock spring (TRD OR) set at 2.5? Anyone have any recommendations for brands/models?
Also, do I need to do a diff drop or anything else at 2.5?