I have read all the different threads about suspensions and continue to see guys selling one spring or shock for another because it didn’t do that they wanted it to do, yada, yada, yada. I have a few questions and am looking for some ideas and suggestions.
First off. I had a ’94 Toyota truck, which was the absolute best built vehicle I have ever owned and would still have it if my daughter didn’t roll it. I installed a Downey suspension system under the truck. It stiffened the ride probably 50% and raised the truck maybe 1 ½”. I loved the stiffer, more precise handling with the new suspension.
Here we go with the new truck. I have a ’12 standard cab, 4wd, 4 cylinder, manual transmission Tacoma. Love the truck, hate the ride. It has a Cadillac ride (which I hate), the front end (steering linkage I think) make a lot of noise and it wanders every so often. I have read many of the posts regarding suspensions and have a few comments and questions. It seems like a lot of guys are selling aftermarket suspension parts to buy something else. Why? No research prior to the buy? Poor explanation by the manufacturer? I don’t know.
Aftermarket parts: I am installing BAMF Rock Sliders. Not so much for the rock slider aspect but more the “your” door will get dented if you open it into my truck aspect. I am also adding a Relentless plate rear bumper with receiver hitch and a Relentless plate front bumper with a Summit 8k winch and both bumpers will be sprayed with Line-X.
My goals: I would like to raise the truck as little as possible. The max I would like to go would be 1 ½”. I would like to stiffen the suspension at least 50% and increase the load carrying capacity as well. So, here are some thoughts.
Rear suspension: I am looking at OME Dakar rear leafs and Sport shocks and then adding a set of Firestone Ride Rites for the extra carrying capacity when it is needed.
Front Suspension: Here’s where the confusion comes in. I am thinking about the OME 885’s with Sport shocks and then replacing the UCA’s to reduce the wandering in the front end. My understanding is that I will get about 2”+ of lift on this particular truck. Now here’s where it get’s weird. As the coils are under compression anyway why can’t I come around the springs until I have reduced the height of the spring 1” and cut them off? Wouldn’t that reduce the ride height? It would most probably stiffen the ride if anything, which would be ok by me.
So, thoughts? Remember the goal I am trying to get to. As little lift as possible, stiffer ride, added load carrying capacity. Thanks guys