I've lurked the forums for quite a while. Never had a Tacoma, but did have an 04 Tundra that I loved to death. My father in law bought it from me to replace his aged 95 Tacoma (which Ive always wanted). After a few months of owning the tundra he ended up giving me the tacoma. I'm now a proud taco owner! Its a 95 Xtra Cab, 3.4L, 4wd, locking hubs and all factory. It has around 250k on it. He is the original owner and was very, very good about maint. I've got paperwork for everything, all the way down to every set of tires ever put on her. This is going to be my "play" truck. Because of its high mileage, I fully intend on rebuilding the engine and tranny in the next 6-12months, more of a preventative thing more than anything. It runs and drives great.
First things first, I want to beef up the suspension. It NEEDS new leaf packs in the back. They are definitely worn. The shocks are also worn a bit. I would like to do the leafs and shocks all at the same time. I'm not really looking to jack it way up, but I would like to lift it up a little bit, mainly to put a little bigger tire on, maybe 33's. I don't want to have to worry about extending brake lines or anything like that, so I'm thinking (based on reading the forums) I need to stay around 2". Any thoughts from the seasoned gurus around here? I'm also leaning towards billy 5100's all the way around. I would like to hear everyones thoughts on some good leafs to pair up with the 5100's, considering I want to stay around 2" lift (maybe 2.5 if you think thats a safe route). Money is definitely a factor right now, as I need to save up to do the engine rebuild. But I do want to hit the trails with some friends in the mean time so I'm ready to do the suspension, and do it right. I'm no expert in this area, but I'm learning quick and really appreciate any advice/tips/info you guys can offer me. Thanks!
BTW anyone in the North AL / South TN area?