The 2012 truck came equipped with the 16 “TRD off road” wheels /BF Goodrich P265/70-16 combo at 31 inches tall. The 2010 truck came with 17” TRD Sport wheels /265/65-17 Bridgestones Combo at 30.5 inches tall. These measurements are from the Tire Rack website.
When comparing the two, the ride height is significantly different. In fact, my sons 2007 Base Model originally equipped with steel 16 inch wheels, but now fitted with 17” Sport alloys, looks to sit at least an inch or two higher than my 2012.
For those of you who have installed a lift kit, please make recommendations for a kit I can install in my garage that will give me the 2 inches back. Not looking to have to drop the front diff or the carrier bearing. I just want something simple to get my height back.
Second part of the question is regarding the rear leaf springs. They seem awfully weak for a 4x4 truck. I took a camping trip this weekend and with the bed loaded with the tent, totes for camping equipment, coolers for food, and a hitch hauler with maybe 100lbs of firewood, the frame would bottom out on the bump stops on moderate dips. I also noticed that when pulling my 17ft aluminum boat the same occurs. On the 2010 I had this wasn’t an issue.
Having said all that, please make recommendations for a lift kit that could address this issue as well. I assume new rear springs would be in order as opposed to lift blocks.
Thanks in advance for any help,