This is my first post, but I've been lurking and reading for quite a while. I've given a lot of thought about lifting my truck, and wanted to run it by those of you with more experience. I've used the search and I've found answers to most of my questions, but wanted to run my thought process and reasoning by you all for input.
My Truck: 2008, Indigo Ink, Double Cab 4x4 SR5; 265/75-16 BFG AT's on stock wheels.
My Driving: 95% on-road; 5% what most would consider "light off-roading" with the hope of bumping that percent up over time as well as adding some more serious off-roading.
What I am Looking For: A well designed lift which will improve both on and off-road performance of the truck; allow me to run 33's on my next set of rubber, and look good - without causing excessive wear and tear on other parts of the vehicle. I realize modifying the suspension impacts wear on the vehicle, but I don't want too shorten the life of the truck.
My Thinking: A full OME lift with 885 coils, Nitrocharger Sport 90000 shocks and Trim Packer for the front; OME Dakar Leaf Spring pack (with bushings and U-bolts) and OME shocks in the rear.
This should give me about 2-1/2" on the front (without top-plate spacers) which should be okay for the CVs and should give me 2-1/2" to 2-3/4" in the rear, along with increase carrying capacity. Correct? Then wrap it up with an alignment.
I would not initially purchase the front differential drop, or UCA's.
I'm thinking I would go ahead and buy the rear axle shims with the lift as they are cheap and seem to be the first step in solving any driveline vibrations. Additionally, the carrier bearing drop is cheap and may be worth purchasing from the beginning "just in case". If I have vibrations after installing the shims, I would then try the carrier bearing drop. If that still doesn't do it, it seems like a 1-piece driveshaft is the answer.
If my CV angles are too high, or the boots begin to wear, a front diff drop may help with the angles and wear (with the understanding that it only drops one side of the diff thus causing potential clearance and/or oil issues). I understand any impact front doing this will be minor.
If I have difficulty hitting the best alignment specs, particularly for camber and caster after lifting, I could at a later time, purchase and install a set of UCA's - thinking Light Racing UCA's due to price and because they are sealed. Installing these should help me get my alignment to desired specs if the factory UCA's aren't up to the task.
1 - Have I selected what you would consider an appropriate lift for my truck and what I am looking to achieve?
2 - Is my thinking about the axles shim, carrier bearing drop, and front diff drop correct?
3 - Should I just save up until I can afford UCA's and install them from the beginning - or would you recommend I take the "wait and see" approach?
4 - Will adding the top-plate spacers for the 885's definitely be too much for the CV's?
5 - Would this lift cause any clearance issues with the stock wheels that I currently am not experiencing on the factory suspension?
Thank you all for your help and for taking the time to read my post!