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1998 SR5 4x4:_________3 or 6 inch lift?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by gatrapper, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Sep 6, 2011 at 1:12 PM
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    Hey Y'all,

    Got a completely stock 1998 SR5 4x4. Im guessing after 13 years the truck probably needs new shocks, coils, and leafs. The truck is a daily driver that I use for college commuting 4 days a week. The other 3 days Im driving all over the woods, swamps, etc working and hunting. I plan on getting another Tacoma once out of college and keeping this one for my hunting rig.

    I keep looking at everyones builds and I am jealous. I see some trucks that look awesome with a 3 inch, yet others look great with a 6 inch lift.

    I know 0 about all this stuff and as I stated in previous posts I am gradually learning.

    What are y'alls thoughts on the lift? Also who would you recommend or what would you recommend for a lift?

    I have been looking at the EMU lift 2 inch lift kits, but still uncertain on the coils. I plan on putting an after market bumper and winch on at somepoint, just don't know the time frame of when.

    Do they make specific 6 inch kits or do I have to combine 2 kits to make it?

    Sorry for the long winded post and thanks for the help.

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  2. Sep 6, 2011 at 1:16 PM
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    6" lifts are separate from the 2" lift kits

    6" lifts use a drop bracket that lowers the whole bottom of the suspension i guess you could say, so it doesn't really give you that much more clearance directly under your truck cuz the drop bracket is where the stock height is, although the bigger tires lift you up some.

    a 2 or 3" lift kit give you the clearance directly under the truck and you can fit some 33" tires giving you another inch or so of clearance. These kits are also cheaper cuz you can get a new set of coils like the EMU kit you mentioned or put a spacer on top or new coilovers which is the best option in my opinion.
     
  3. Sep 6, 2011 at 1:17 PM
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    Go 3". id say go with the OME complete kit with 883 coils
     
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    ^^^
    This.

    How much wheeling do you plan to do, and how much are you willing to spend?

    IMHO, I like 3" lifts on 1st gens and 6"+ on 2nd gens.
     
  5. Sep 6, 2011 at 1:21 PM
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    here is a drop bracket 6" lift as it looks under the truck - you can see it basically puts the bottom of the suspension down lower which doesnt really give you much offroad advantage other than bigger tires and less high-centering, but many things can hit the DB lift
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  7. Sep 6, 2011 at 1:31 PM
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    I want functionality more than looks. I have no problem spending the money to get a great product, thats why I have been looking at the EMU kit.

    Im not climbing mountains and sand dunes, but I am going through swamps, ponds, rivers, over rocky terrain, fields, etc.

    Just want to have something that is going to last and not be complete crap.

    There are two EMU kits Im looking at:
    http://www.autoanything.com/suspens...px?green=e81fb231-2917-4441-a7ed-f4aab45ef653

    http://www.autoanything.com/suspension-systems/77A5935A3754851.aspx?kc=ffsku

    What one is the better of the two? Also is there another place that might be cheaper than Autoanything?
     
  8. Sep 6, 2011 at 1:37 PM
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    I think those are both great if its in your price range, remember when you do this you'll probly want some new bigger tires and maybe rims so there is another 1200-1500. If you aren't going too extreme i would get some new coilovers or some bilstein 5100s in front and maybe an add a leaf in rear or try to find a cheaper used leafpack for the rear
     
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    The best functionality and performance you're going to get with a 3" is going to come from high end coilovers paired with a new leaf pack and longer rear shocks.

    If it's within your price range, check out kings or fox coilovers
     
  10. Sep 6, 2011 at 1:55 PM
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    So just get new coilovers and leafs?
     
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    You'll want shocks as well. Also probably need a longer rear brake line and relocate your bpv with a cheap little bracket.
     
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    The VERY BEST setup for 3"=

    Coilovers w/ new UCAs to keep stock alignment specs (UCA optional)
    New leaf pack w/ longer shocks. (resi shocks are the most popular)

    some wheels and tires and armor and your truck will go anywhere:D
     
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    Y'all have any links to this stuff? I am so lost lol.
     
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    What are UCAs?
     
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    the upper control arms: not really needed but nice, they are the bottom link i posted.. . i have never heard of anyone ruining their stock ones so you would probably be fine with stock there. .
     
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