I have been searching around on TW for answers and I have learned a lot about suspension but I still have questions and I would appreciate any advise. I plan on becoming an active member on TW, this is a fun community.
I just bought my first truck so that I go trail camping on the weekends and see more of the western states. I have a stock 2009 4x4 DCLB with a camper shell and took it out to Mojave road with a group of friends with raised Jeeps. The stock setup did ok, lightly scraped a few times on the steep whoops (mid hills area), and the diff clearance in the sand made me nervous about hitting large mostly buried rocks. I think the DCLB wheel base is a little more than a foot longer than the 4 door jeep wrangler.
My goal is to get a little more ground clearance and I want a nice ride on-road and off-road. I will mostly be using it on easy to medium desert and mountain trails. I am not trying to do the Rubicon trail.
I am not in a hurry so I wanted to save a little $ and participate in a few Group buys. Looking at the current downsouthmotorsports Group Buy for King OEM Performance Shocks and the upcoming TC UAC GB.
05+ Tacoma Front Coilovers (SKU# 25001-119)
05+ Tacoma Rear shocks (SKU# 25001-121)
Total Chaos Upper Control Arm Kit (TC-96504)
All Pro 1.5" AAL
I am estimating this will cost around $2,900 + Tires
I am going to install everything with the help of my brother. Everything is supposed to be bolt on.
I don't know much about wheel backspacing and which tires to buy, I want to avoid cutting up the truck. Would it be possible to use the stock 17" wheels and (33") 285/70/17s (seems to be a popular size) with these Kings in the front and back paired with TC UACs and 1.5" All Pro AAL?
Does anyone think that this setup will cause tire rubbing? I would rather spend the $ on Sliders and diff armor than new wheels. I read in the lift FAQ that the "The 285's is more for aesthetics and looks rather than serious offroading.".
I am more concerned with performance than looks, especially if smaller tires save me money and provide similar performance.
When you buy suspension components separately rather than as a kit, is all of the necessary mounting hardware included?
I have read that the Front Diff Drop is not worth installing and will not do much to reduce the stress on the CV joints. Why do shops recommend the diff drop? Checkout minute 1:45 in this install video Tacoma ICON/Total Chaos Lift.
Let me know if you think that another setup would be more appropriate, or if their are parts that I am forgetting that I need.