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Old 12-06-2007, 01:10 PM   #1
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Front Lift Spacers?

Today I machined a pair of steel 1/8" spacers to give my 16x8 wheels the
space they needed to clear the brake calipers.
I would like to raise the front of the truck a couple of inches, just to level
it up. Could someone tell me where to get these spacers?
Or show me some pictures, tell me how thick they should be and I'll make some if they are steel. 08 Reg cab 2.7 5 speed 4x4 SR5
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all the ones i've seen have been either aluminum billet or poly, but i dont see y steel wouldnt work. there are a few different kinds on ebay, but u can check the toytec, procomp, fabtec, and other sites that have them as well.
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Old 12-06-2007, 07:07 PM   #3
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Will a 1" thick spacer raise the truck more than 1"? If so, how much more?
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i'd seriously doubt it...if u got the rear tsb done and u wanted to level it out completely, i'd do a 2.5"...if no rear tsb, then i'd go 1.5"
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I bought my Daystar spacers here (http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/tacoma.htm) and I'm very happy with them. Although they are only 1.25" the truck looks level to me. This guy (http://www.customtacos.com/forum/sho...ht=Wheeler%27s) bought the same spacers and his truck also looks level. As for steel in the suspension I wouldn't reccomend it, get polyurethane.
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Will a 1" thick spacer raise the truck more than 1"? If so, how much more?
Front spacers will be HALF as thick as the lift it'll give you.

For instance - a spacer that is 1/2" thick will give you 1" of lift.
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Front spacers will be HALF as thick as the lift it'll give you.

For instance - a spacer that is 1/2" thick will give you 1" of lift.
the ones i got were thicker than 1.25" to get my 2.5" of lift...i'll have to measure them in the morning when i get home to double check...

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i am going to do the math for you. if the spring is stock and the spacer is 1 inch the lift shoud be 1 inch. If you ar running shackles in the rear the lift is half of the new shackle length. this also applys to the front if you are in a older taco. ( not advisable in the front, with leaf springs )
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i am going to do the math for you. if the spring is stock and the spacer is 1 inch the lift shoud be 1 inch. If you ar running shackles in the rear the lift is half of the new shackle length. this also applys to the front if you are in a older taco. ( not advisable in the front, with leaf springs )
The topic is about front lift spacers.........not leaf spring spacers.
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the ones i got were thicker than 1.25" to get my 2.5" of lift...i'll have to measure them in the morning when i get home to double check...
It's about half....and that's because the coil assembly is mounted in the middle of the lower a-arm (fulcrum - so to speak).
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ok, well i measured the spacers this morning...there's a .75" spacer above the coils, but below the shock mount...and the spacer above the shock mount is slightly over 1"
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how hard is to install front lift spacers, and would you need any special tools?
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Not too hard. You'll need some jack stands and a decent jack- you can actually use the emergency jack just for lifting onto the jack stands. You'll also need a coil compressor which you can buy or rent at Autozone and a metric tool kit with a 19MM socket (if I remember correctly) and smaller. It took me abut 5-6 hours working alone to do front and back Toytec lift. The hardest part IMO is compressing the coils- more of a PITA than anything else and not really difficult.
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MotorKopf,
I am guessing that you put your spacer under the upper coil support plate
(reason for spring compression). Do you think a 1 1/2" spacer on top of the
support plate (not having to remove the spring) would be ok?

I just looked this project over this morning, it lookes to me like the front stabalizer will have to be removed along with taking the tie rod ends loose in
order to get the shock and spring out. Is this what you had to do?
Thanks everyone for all your help!!
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Bill- I did put the large spacer under the plate, but also a small spacer above the plate. I'm not sure if you could put a large spacer above- I just followed the directions. You'd need much larger plate bolts also. It might be that it would be too long to get into the A-arm as you suggested. As it was, it was pretty tight so that's probably the case.

Yes you should remove the sway bar, but that's really pretty easy. Once you disconnect the bottom of the shock (to the A-arm) and the top of the shock to the upper mount, put some leverage on the A-arm and the whole shock assembly will slide out. If I remember right, you'll want to swing the shock forward once the bottom has been un-wedged from the A-arm. Hope that helps.

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