Truck: 2008 Tacoma v6 extended cab (1/2 rear door) TRD off-road package
Kit: ---TTHA-CK--- Toytec 3" lift with billstein 5100 shocks front & back, toytec/eibac 112620 springs, toytec "top plate spacers," and 2" Add-A-Leaf. (All components listed come with the kit.)
Wheels: 18" XD series Revolver (XD796) I think 18"x9" -12 offset
Tires: 285/60R18 Nitto Terra Grapplers All Terrain
Goal: To fit 18" wheels with large agressive tires on my work truck. I don't offroad much so comfort is the biggest concern.
Opinion: The Toytec 3" kit allowed me to fit my large 285/60r18 tires without cutting/rubbing any components. (The splash guard isn't pictured, but it fits fine.)
Street driving: Huge improvement over stock. The truck doesn't roll in turns. The nose doesn't dip during hard stops. Most pavement driving feels as comfortable as stock. I love them until I hit a speedbump at more than 15mph. The springs are slightly preloaded by the top plate spacers so the shocks don't travel very far. They feel almost solid until you get out into an offroad situation.
Off-road driving: The truck handles like a pro in the desert. The shocks are STIFF. You will not enjoy going slow over bumpy terrain like river beds. You will however love going fast once you get past them . You can bomb through mud and power down soft trails with precision.
Overall: love them.
LONG TERM REVIEW:
Street driving: Unfortunately, I'm experiencing a fair amount of wheel wonder at all speeds. Driving on the freeway requires minor steering adjustments often so that I don't drift out of my lane. I suspect the large tires and heavy 18" rims are the biggest contributors to the problem, though I plan on checking alignment and inspecting the upper control arms too. I believe this is a very common problem any time you put big wheels on a small truck. Most people could live with it but I plan on installing steering stabilizer shocks or the Lightning Racing UCAs.
This kit is still very stiff. The truck bangs through pot holes just like it did the day the Toytech kit was installed. Seriously, I expect the front suspension to bang through bumps because the springs are pre-loaded by the top plate spacers, but even the back of the truck bucks over bumps. The Billstein 5100s are not comfy shocks when set at this height. I might go with underinflated larger (65) profile tires to compensate when my Nittos wear. Its not terrible, but its noisy.
Off-road driving: I hate washboards. It feels like driving a go-kart over bricks. I really must give partial blame to my wheel and tire setup here. Its a street combo. But honestly, I think the top plate spacers are preloading already stiff springs too much. Combining that with high-pressure monotube Bilstein 5100s means full compression to full rebound happens instantly. Many people enjoy this but I'm not a fan. Its not stiff, its wooden. Soft dirt, sand, and even rutted trails are still very nice though. The truck is still very capable and easily out performs my son's 4x4 Ranger. It's a solid set up. Shake-your-teeth-out solid.
Overall: I still can't get over how much nicer it looks than other lifted tacomas. The large silver Toytech springs are very visible above the front tires, I get many compliments. For city driving its an economic and pretty solution. For serious offroading its fine, as long as you don't mind everything in the cabin shaking loose. I'd tell someone else to get the Old Man Emu setup if they wanted comfort or even go full blown coil-over setup with softer springs if they had the money. I won't spend the cash to switch out. I'm in love with it just enough to keep it.