Originally Posted by blazer190
Why are you taking the lift off?
I pulled a the lift for a number of reasons. I'm new to Tacomas, but I've been lifting and fixing broken, lifted 4x4's for a long time. Look at the attached pictures.
- First, maybe springs rubbing on control arms is normal for stock Tacomas, but I hope not.
- Second, tires rubbing on control arms shouldn't be normal either. The truck is new to me, so maybe the previous owner had bigger tires on it at some point.
- Third, the rear U bolts are too long. They can be cut off, but IMO long U bolts are just tacky.
- Finally, I'm excited to drive a vehicle that just works, no buggy lift kits, no prematurely worn out parts, no lousy ride.
Speaking of lousy rides pulling the lift kit improved it a little bit. After the alignment was done, I ran a bunch of errands that required city and freeway driving. The ride was a little more compliant, not OMG this is awesome, just a little smoother.
Oh and I did some before and after measurements:
Front spacer and block 1 3/4" Rear lift block 1 1/2"
Ground to the top of the front wheel well
Before 37" After 35" Difference 2"
Ground to the door sill
Before 22 5/8 After 21" Difference 1 5/8"
Ground to the top of the back wheel well
Before 37 3/8" After 36" Difference 1 3/8"
The problems with the lift don't seem worth the little bit of lift it provided.