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3" and 6" lift ride quality poll

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by hookedontronics, Jul 1, 2010.

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How does you lift ride drive and handle compared to stock

Poll closed Jul 31, 2010.
  1. I have a 6" fabtech lift and the ride is great

    18.2%
  2. I have a 6" fabtech lift and the ride is not so great

    2.3%
  3. I have a 6" procomp lift and the ride is great

    13.6%
  4. I have a 6" procomp lift and the ride is not so great

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. I have a 3" toytech ultimate lift and the ride is great

    52.3%
  6. I have a 3" toytech ultimate lift and the ride is not so great

    13.6%
  1. Jul 1, 2010 at 6:30 PM
    #1
    hookedontronics

    hookedontronics [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have a 2010, dc off road 4x4. Well it's come time to order my lift and while I was pretty set on a toytec 3" ultimate lift and some 32s now I'm strongly thinking about going for a 6" lift and some 33s. Why the change of mind? I got a nice unexpected bonus from work and greybeauty's truck has always stood out as they best looking second gen IMO.
    My main concern is I do not want to sacrifice ride quality as I am currenly putting about 2500 miles on my truck a month. Mostly to and from work, about 90 miles a day, however I will be moving next month and should be about 5 miles from work. This truck is my daily driver, and I don't want it to ride like it's on rails. I've driven trucks with a 6+" fabtech lift before and they've driven like they were stock but I want some input as to what you guys are experiencing with your tacos. I'd also consider a 4.5" lift from rcd but I do not believe they make one that is comparable with vsc, please correct me if I am wrong.

    Let me know what you guys think and what you are running for a lift and how it handles as well as any parts you may have needed to stop the vibes or anything.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Jul 1, 2010 at 8:39 PM
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    Blue

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    ^ those are both yours??
     
  3. Jul 1, 2010 at 9:05 PM
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    :eek: well if one of them ever needs a new home let me know ;)
     
  4. Jul 1, 2010 at 9:51 PM
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    hookedontronics

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    Well after researching all night I'm down to either a 3" ultimate lift or emu lift. I really wanted to go 6" or even 4.5" but after reading all the install manuals I am just not too crazy about cutting the frame of my truck seeing how it has less than 5000 miles on it. Maybe if I bought it used I'd consider it. It's a bummer but the 3" lift should still give it a good look.

    If anyone knows of a 4.5 or 6" lift that does not require cutting the frame let me know, I'm here to learn and make an informed decission before I purchase.
     
  5. Jul 1, 2010 at 9:57 PM
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    o cool! they just re opened mammoth because a nice sized fire went through there last fall
     
  6. Jul 1, 2010 at 9:58 PM
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    I think he means cutting the cross-member...

    That being said, for a 4x4 there are no options other than cutting the crossmember for over 3'' of lift, IIRC.
     
  7. Jul 1, 2010 at 10:05 PM
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    hookedontronics

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    X-member
     
  8. Jul 1, 2010 at 11:22 PM
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    The reason you need to cut the crossmember is because of the front driveshaft.

    The ride quality will be better in a DB lift than a 3" lift. (The 3" lift takes up most of the suspension down travel)
    But there are so many factors that go into handling quality; that both can ride great or handle like crap!
    Just depends on how you build it! (Do either right; and you'll be happy)

    Do it "half ass" and you'll be hating life!

    If you're already considering a 6" lift? Sack up and do it! Or in time seeing all the other Tacoma's with a 6" lift will drive you nutz!

    It will just cost you grief and money later when you upgrade.
     
  9. Jul 2, 2010 at 8:55 AM
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    hookedontronics

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    I hear ya but i think i am going to do the emu kit for the 850- it'll run me and run that till my warranty runs out in a year or two. People seem to be very pleased with the kit and it looks like it covers all basis in terms of ride quality. Then i will probably go with a 6". I just can't imagine cutting out the x-member only two months into owning it. I can wait a year or two.
     
  10. Jul 2, 2010 at 9:12 AM
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  11. Jul 2, 2010 at 10:36 AM
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    Remember the $600 for the UCA's. Anytime you do a 3" lift, you'd want a set of UCA's to keep the handling quality.

    Good Luck!
     
  12. Jul 2, 2010 at 11:27 AM
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    I say Icon ext. travel CO. They ride awsome, and they are rebuildable. I have my set to 2.5 in in the front no rubbing and no cutting. I run 275 65 R17s bfgs. Perfect tire for this lift....big enough for offroading and still maintian good MPG. About to load some new pics so you can take a look.
     
  13. Jul 2, 2010 at 12:26 PM
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    I had the toytec ULK and it was fine till I adjusted it and started blowing CV boots. I switched to the RCD and love it. It rides 100 times better than the Toytec. I had the same feelings about cutting the frame on a new 09, but don't sweat it. You would love the RCD kit.
     
  14. Jul 3, 2010 at 4:58 PM
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    I have a 6 in Fabtech with Dirtlogic coilovers and a set of Light Racing UCAs and well the ride is perfect. I have to agree with Toku, you really need to make this investment right from the beginning. I had OME suspension with 884 coils and it was great till it sagged real bad like 3 months later. Thats a lot of money to invest for something that sags quickly. After that i invested in 5100s and loved it but the ride was kinda rough. Finally upgraded to the 6 inch and i love but you must set it right and you enjoy the heck out of it. And as for the frame cutting its no big deal, its quite easy, I used a Saw Zaw(is that right) and a grinding wheel and a rinky dink welder ( im not great at welding) and welded the plates in place and bam-done. Its perfectly fine and harms the truck in no way. The DB supports the front differential quite well, almost better than factory. Just do it, you wont regret it. Plus 3 inch is cool but 6 inch is awesome and just as capable as a 3 inch. Or even the 4 inch RCD is pretty cool looking, but for the 2300 or so you would spend on a 6 inch with coilovers its way better IMO, plus they are rebuildable. Just my 2 cents, to each their own and to the best wishes in your decision making process for your truck.
     
  15. Jul 23, 2010 at 5:48 AM
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    6 in pro comp lift with 35in Toyos. Rides really nice for a lifted truck. The cross member isn't that big of a deal. Some of your ride quality issues would also come from tire selection imo. All of your options are better than stock :)
     
  16. Jul 23, 2010 at 5:59 AM
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    which 6" lifts are compatable with vsc?
     
  17. Jul 23, 2010 at 8:34 AM
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    4 wheel parts has the lift kit compatible for the vsc, give them a call to see which model it is and do some research to find the best price on it. I think 4wheelparts.com is a little pricey....Good Luck!
     
  18. Jul 24, 2010 at 11:36 AM
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    How much $ you want to lay out for tires with a work bonus now and how much you can lay out for tires in two years might be different. Keep that in mind, also.
     
  19. Jul 25, 2010 at 5:42 PM
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    FYI... I have a 2009 Tacoma w/ VSC and been doing my homework on lifts for a long ass time. :)

    The only 6 inch capable w VSC is only the ProComp. I will be getting the level 2 w/ CO but using Blistin 5100 shocks for the rear and 2.75 OME leaf pack so I dont have to use the 3 inch block. :)
     
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