much thanks to the op for the inspiration to do this suspension upgrade. here are a few notes:
- 884 and dakar pack gave me about 2.5" in the first week. did the ome/dakar upgrade not quite 2 weeks ago. will measure again in a few weeks.
- started out with 20 1/4" (hub to fender) in front and 22" in the rear. this is with the TSB AAL. ended up with 22 1/2" in front and 23 5/8" in the rear. still have a slight rake, which i like.
- didn't want to upgrade the ucas, since i've heard most people didn't have trouble with 2.5" lifts and alignment. word of advice - upgrade the ucas.
-- post alignment specs: toe .02/.02, caster 1.42/1.27, camber .55/.53
-- although these are in tacoma specs, they are not ideal.
-- i need a caster of 2 (for better tracking) and camber of 0 for even tire wear.
-- with a camber of .55, the positive camber is obvious from the front. tire wear as well.
-- ordered icon
tubular ucas, will put them on wednesday, and will have to get another alignment.
- the ride...fantastic. it was a night/day difference after putting on the ome 884 and dakar pack. the truck actually rode smoother than stock (minus the vibes, which i'll address later). bumps disappeared and the tires actually ride over obstacles, instead of hopping over them and then bottoming out. it's a noticeable difference, especially on the trails. i did some light wheeling to try and settle them in some more. it was a joy to ride on some new suspension - i don't know how i ever did it with my stock setup.
- vibes. judging from all the chatter about vibes on late model tacos, i can probably say that i'm experiencing the expected shudders and vibes from changing the dynamics of the ride. i get a slight shudder on takeoff, between 3-5mph. the next set of slight vibes comes around 16-20 mph, then disappear completely up to 90mph. these are vibes i can live with. i do feel tire vibrations coming from the alignment issue mentioned above. with such a positive camber (even in specs), the stock ucas don't allow for any more adjustment. the lcas are pushed out at the max - the only thing keeping me from zeroing out the alignment are the stock ucas. with a lift, you can make some sacrifices. lower your caster and you can probably get some camber adjustment. this shop wanted to increase caster as much as they could and sacrifice camber and still keep it within specs. with aftermarket ucas, you have more room to adjust. i wish i would have gone with the ucas in the first place. now i've done an extra alignment instead of spending that extra money on other additions to the truck.
- here are pictures of the before/after. looks just as awesome as the op's truck, even with stock tires. this is my dd, and i do some light wheeling. i got a dbl cab for my gear and family, including dog in the camper. i'll wear these tires out and will end up with one size larger in the bfg ats.
i had to horizontally flip the before picture to match the after picture.
you can see pooch in the camper. notice the slight rake. actually looks fine with the stock sized tires (michelin ltx2).