I have an 04 Tacoma dbl 4x4 trd with a Snugtop shell and have 75,000 miles on it. I bought this a little over 2 1/2 years ago knowing the suspension sucked but I had no money to replace it. Last year, my rear shocks started leaking so I replaced them with Bilstein 5125's (BE5-6252-H5 8" travel, & BE5-6253-H5 8.5" travel).
For the past week or so, I've had to empty a house for someone who is currently sitting in jail and had to pull a large and heavy 16' enclosed trailer around. My truck was pretty spongy and I was worried the whole time about possibly breaking something or making something worse. Luckly nothing happened.
I currently have enough money set aside to replace my whole suspension so I think it's time to do so. I would like to replace my tires and do the brake upgrade but might have to wait depending on what I spend. I want to do this right so I need all the help and suggestions you can give. I would like a small lift and gain extra hualing capacity. Nothing too wild. I live in a rural area with a lot of dirt roads with washboards and go hunting in the mountins.
I've been looking at getting the OME kit from Wheelers. It comes with rear shocks so should I replace my Bilsteins with the Ome's? What about getting that d6xl Extra leaf set that they sell. Will it give me too much of a rake? I don't want my leaf's to sag or anything with my shell or pulling a camper or trailer around. Looks like the kit doesn't include the rear brake proportioning valve relocate kit so I guess I need that too. Anything else?
What about just leaving my Bilsteins in the back and getting the dakars and extra leaf for the rear? Are the Bilsteins long enough? For the front maybe Ome 881's (are 882's too tall?) and some Bilsteins or the Ome shocks? Do I need uca's? Too many choices.