So I got the shocks and springs installed yesterday.
Height gain: I am in a DC SB and after the install, it seems I still have a bit of rake which may be ok since I am adding a shell soon. I'm letting things settle, but I should be able to snap a few pictures this weekend. I did add the trim spacer as well.
Ride quality: Amazing! I love this ride, so much more stable feeling, soaks up the bumps and the front end doesn't dive under breaking. I took the truck through a windy canyon road last night and I immediately noticed how much more control I had and how much easier it was to drive in general. It handled the canyon really well, felt very in control. This was with stock tires. No vibrations or shimmies, just the rear bed hop, but reduced. I did get my ATs installed, ride is even better now of course, but haven't driven too far, I'll redo the canyon run tonight to see the difference.
Cost: I got all but the rears through Toytec
, got the rears locally for close to the same price from 4wheel as Toytec was momentarily backordered.
Going forward: I still have it in my head a bit that the 883 is going to be a bit too short, so if it is, then I'll go to the 884 and work on something with the rear end height.
I'm planning on working on a solution that will help me lose the overload spring and still have some stability in the rear. I don't like the hop from the unloaded ride. With the shell I'll gain some relief, but I still think I'll work on something that will smooth things out even more.
I'll be researching UCAs more as I understand installing something like the light racing UCA will bring some more stable steering and will help lose the factory wander that exists regardless of your setup.
For the record, I am planning on using the truck as my DD, which is very little, and for road trips to snowboard, camp, hike, MTB, etc... I do some light off-roading, mostly to just to get out into the wilderness. I came from driving a GS430 for almost 6 years so ride quality has become important to me. Most of the time I owned the Lexus, it was lowered on Tein CS V2.0 with 20's and 295 series rears. The ride was unbelievable, comparable to stock but with a bit more road feel, it just wasn't very versatile. Canyon runs in that car will be missed, but a mid-60s Mustang is on the horizon.
I hope this has been helpful. I'll start a build thread in the next few days, I'll add more pics and such.