I want to re-do my suspension. Looking for advice on what OME package to order and what to be sure to have included.
I bought my 99 Tacoma with some kind of 3" lift already installed. There are spacers on the front struts and some kind of shocks that are all black. The rear springs have AAL's and Rancho 5150's
I'm not positive but I think the UCA's are stock. They have a black coating that matches all the stock frame/suspension parts.
I have 16" rims and am currently running 265 75 r16.
I like the way my truck takes bumps, but it's pretty wafty on turns.
I'd like to increase my tire size a little but am fine staying where I am at if budget mandates.
I've been looking at theses OME kits:
But those 2 differ some in what is included and the Rocky Road kit also comes with pre-assembled struts. The main differences I am confused about are:
Rocky Road comes with a driveshaft spacer, but Wheeler's makes no mention of it. Is it necessary?
Wheeler's comes with rear greasable shackles but it's an option at Rocky Road. Which is better?
Rocky Road has a 'trim leveling kit' and Wheeler's has a 'front trim packer' What's the difference? Do those refer to spacers in the struts for the full 3" lift, or the trim adjust for the Taco lean?
Rocky has a leaf spring option of heavy duty or medium duty? Whats the real world difference? I have a camper shell and load up with gear for camping. Sometimes a canoe. I don't haul rocks or tow.
Other things I need to know:
-Which front coils/shocks should I get? In the future I'd like to get a good bumper and winch, but it may be a year or more before I can afford it, so I'll probably be driving on this suspension with the stock bumper for now..
-Rocky Road recommends that you remove 1-2 leafs for ideal ride height? Why? I thought I needed an AAL to match the front lift? I'd like to have my rear sit slightly higher than my front.
-Am I going to need new UCA's? If so, which ones?
-If I go with bigger tires, with this lift, will I also need spacers?
-What are the largest tires I can go with without new UCA's. I thought I read 275.
-Do I need to do a diff drop? Or can I get by without it?
-I want the full 3" lift. For that, do I need the pre-load spacers in the front and the AAL's in the back? It's confusing that Rocky Road suggests you need to remove leaves from the pack whereas I thought an AAL would be better.
Thanks for any help. I am a noob, but I'm trying to do this right.