Just a few thoughts I'm having regarding the different lifts that are popular, and not so popular among tacomaworld
Spacer lifts get a lot of bad talk, I understand why..
this explains it better than I can..
then there is an in coil spacer...
Now arguably the most popular lift for these trucks is bilstein 5100's, and often eibach coils.
So the 5100 is a longer shock, therefore there shouldn't be any damage at full droop, I'm not sure if it compensates for the loss in up travel, but I don't think it does.
basically without the eibach coils, when set at 2.5'' the bilstein shocks is doing the exact same thing as an in coil spacer, regardless of whether it's at the top of the coil (spacer) or the bottom (5100's) it's just compressing the coil to lift the truck, so other than the shocks being longer and a bigger/ stronger shock, is there any advantage? seems to me that both decrease ride quality and have the same side effects. (I have experienced 5100's with stock coils @ 2.5, the ride quality sucked.)
I'm not sure how the eibach comes into play as compared to spacers, but to me it seems like the only issue with an above coil spacer is the possible damage at full droop because the stock shocks are too short. this can be fixed with the longer 5100 shocks.
Would we not be better off getting 5100's set at 0 with stock coils and using an above coil spacer to get the desired lift? that way we get the longer, bigger stronger shock that can handle the full droop, don't have to compress the coils whatsoever, and get to retain stock ride quality, or better with the 5100's. seems like we're just using a stiff coil and compressing it to get the desired lift, but unless you are running a steel front bumper, are the stiffer coils needed?
I'm no expert, these are just some things I have been thinking and wanted to get some thoughts on. sorry it's so long, I hope to hear some good feedback here!