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2.5" Lift or 3" Lift

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by tacomajim5, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. Apr 25, 2010 at 9:54 PM
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    Just trying to get some opinions on which would be better to buy. Some pros and cons of each. I have an 05 tacoma regular cab 6 lug 4wd.
     
  2. Apr 25, 2010 at 9:59 PM
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    Um i say 3" because I have one. I can fit 33s in there it virtually no rubbing
     
  3. Apr 25, 2010 at 10:09 PM
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    Did you have to get UCA's?
     
  4. Apr 25, 2010 at 10:16 PM
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    nope iv got a 08 trd off road with a 3" i love it im eventually guna get a 6" but now i fit 33's i had to do quite a bit of cuting on the finder i did a fair job so it looks stock but also had to have a buddy to the body mount chop on both sides but now its great no rubbing the only thing is my stock billys wouldnt allow for full flex because at a certain point they would be fully extended all i did was buy some toyo-tec nitro 8000 shocks from powerandplay.com just cause my buddy works there and i rather give him my business then anyone else only cost 115 bucks for both and they work great and ride amazing and still arnt fully extended even with flex. i am looking into new uca's but no they are not needed for a 3" lift but anymore then 3"s yes u will need new uca's
     
  5. Apr 25, 2010 at 10:28 PM
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    Thanks for the quick replies. Anyone else got an opinion on this?
     
  6. Apr 25, 2010 at 10:34 PM
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    here is a pick with the 3"lift and rear toyo-tec nitro 8000's and a pic of them the toyotecs as well also the third pic is how it seats with the 33s on it as well

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  7. Apr 25, 2010 at 11:35 PM
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    why is this even a question? its .5" the only difference is that you can clear 33" tires. However, I've seen 33" clear with 2.5"
     
  8. Apr 25, 2010 at 11:49 PM
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    x2....but quite a bit of trimming is involved
     
  9. Apr 25, 2010 at 11:52 PM
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    The reason I asked the question was because I had concerns about needing UCA's, more vibration and stuff like that. I didn't know if one had more problems than the other.
     
  10. Apr 25, 2010 at 11:55 PM
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    3" and above require new UCAs...some guys on here have been able to get close to perfect alignment with out but I call that luck. 99.9% need new UCAs

    Ideal specs are...
    Toe - 0

    Camber - 0

    Caster - 2.4+ to 2.8+ :)
     
  11. Apr 25, 2010 at 11:56 PM
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    just go with the 3" Lift...You'll be glad you did. But on the other hand, are 33s that important to you? Cause they are to me :laugh:
     
  12. Apr 25, 2010 at 11:59 PM
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    So chances are I wouldn't need new UCA's with a 2.5" lift? I don't want 33" tires so the benefit of the extra .5" doesn't bother me. I looked around and UCA's are expensive that is why I ask.
     
  13. Apr 26, 2010 at 12:01 AM
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    Gotcha...you won't need UCAs if you stay under 3" so at 2.5 you'll be golden and plus if you do decide to run 33s down the road you can...it'll just take some trimming to fit em :) Hope that helps bud
     
  14. Apr 26, 2010 at 12:02 AM
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    Thanks dude, I appreciate the help. That was one of the biggest things I wanted answered.
     
  15. Apr 26, 2010 at 12:03 AM
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    Anytime mang :thumbsup:
     
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    i was able to do a 3" with out new uca's but i did have to get an alignment done but my stock uca's work just fine with the 3" and 33"tires
     
  17. Apr 26, 2010 at 9:28 AM
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    I think any lift needs new UCAs I had about 2.25 inches and even though my alignment was within "spec" it was way jacked up. I got new UCA and now my alignment is perfect and can be adjusted to be perfect. I'm at about 3.25 now with very good alignment.

    anything over 2" should have new UCAs
     
  18. Apr 26, 2010 at 12:02 PM
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    i do agree with solus but at the time my wallet only allowed lift but next on the list is an off road bumper then some light weight racing uca's
     
  19. Apr 26, 2010 at 12:42 PM
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    What are some of the symptoms of needing new UCA's if you get a lift?
     
  20. Apr 26, 2010 at 12:46 PM
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    your gonna need new ucas with 2.5 or 3 and the rubbing is almost identical, its only a half inch difference.

    If you want to get a worse ride by adding a spacer lift and get it up 3" go for it

    if you want a better ride then what you have now then get billys at 2.5 and this way you get your lift and new shocks at the same time.
     
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