Greetings everyone. My name's Joe and I'm brand new to this forum and I want your opinion on a Toytec lift kit I am looking at. I'll make this as short as I can. I have a 98 TRD Limited 4x4 Tacoma Access Cab 3.4 L truck with about 276,000 miles on it now. I'm the original owner of the truck and all of the suspension is still original with the exception of the shocks being replaced about 150,000 miles ago. After all the miles, she's ready for some TLC. My lower ball joints finally need replacement and my suspension is also super bouncy and soft right now to a point where it's like you're on a damn boat after a bad lunch. With all that said, I got some initial pricing on and I'm considering a Toytec Ultimate Lift Kit with the 600 lb front coils, 5100 Bilsteins, and the add a leaf for the back. I'm concerned most about what the ride, tracking, and overall driving quality will be after the Toytec lift is installed. I do mostly highway driving and just a little off road stuff. I mainly want a good, smooth, somewhat firm ride and for the truck to not be hard to drive on longer drives. If any of you have direct experience with the same or similar truck as mine with a Toytec or a better quality full lift kit, let me know about your experience. * If there are any of you in or near St Louis, MO who have this kit on your Tacoma and you'd be willing to give me a short test ride, let me know. I'll pay for your gas or dinner or drinks are on me if you can! Message me if possible.
Thanks to anyone who can give me your 2 cents on this. Buying the stock suspension new appears to me more expensive than this Toytec lift is actually, so to me, the Toytec kit seems to be the way to go and I can save a few $ over the stock parts?
Here is Toytec's description of the lift kit I am looking at.
Ultimate lift package for 95.5-2004 Tacoma
Our engineers selected these products for a complete lift for your Tacoma. This kit offers the best ride and performance on and off road.
TAFCS---600 ToyTec/Bilstein Adjustable coilovers featuring Bilstein 5100 maintenance free shocks, adjustable from 0 to 3 1/2" lift.
Fully assembled front bolt on lift, no spring compressor required. (spanner wrench included for adjustment).
3 different coils available 500 LB coils (for 4cyl and std cab models only)
600lb coils will handle additional front weight on all models
HD 650lb coils should not be used without 200 LBS additional front weight from aftermarket accessories (Heavy bumper and or winch)
Preset 2 1/2" to 3" lift. No spring compressor needed; fully assembled for a bolt on front lift.
TAC-DR - Front Diff drop kit
TAC-AL - ToyTec Rear 2" lift "long" add-a-leafs featuring anti friction pads for quiet ride or choose from shackles or complete rear springs