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3" lift options on a budget

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by ScubaSteve71, May 20, 2014.

  1. May 20, 2014 at 8:09 PM
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    ScubaSteve71

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    So I've read all the posts about rough country, procomp 5100's etc and I'm still confused. I've never lifted a truck before so I'm a bit clueless. I don't off road, only some trails for hunting in Colorado and the truck is a daily driver...2012 dbl cab sport. I want a 3" lift with 285 70r17's and new rims so I won't need spacers.

    If I go with the 5100's and AAL option (which sounds like the best option) what exactly do I need for this? Are there complete kits and if so where is the best place to buy? Can I do the install myself with help? I'm not trying to spend a lot since I'm buying tires/rims as well. Probably $500 max. I'd appreciate any help.
     
  2. May 20, 2014 at 8:10 PM
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  3. May 21, 2014 at 3:40 AM
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    That kit apparently doesn't fit 2012's. I'm sure they have one though. I won't need a diff drop or extended brake lines with this kit will I? Has anyone installed this themselves? Thx for the reply Jdub
     
  4. May 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM
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    Another option I'm considering is 3" lift, staying with factory rims and putting largest tire possible without putting on spacers. Anybody have feedback on this?
     
  5. May 21, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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    My recommendation:

    5100's with Eibach coils
    UCA's IF going over 2.5" lift
    Wheeler's HD progressive leaf pack
    No diff drop
    CB drop kit

    AAL is just a waste of time and money; learned the hard way and should have gotten the new leaf pack (Dakars) from the beginning.
     
  6. May 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM
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    Mr Salty

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    ^^^^
    This

    I don't totally agree with AALs being shit though. I have been in plenty of trucks with them and they really aren't that bad especially if the existing leafs are sagged. But yeah mini packs (3 leaf AAL) can be better and full packs are the best way to go if you have the funds. Just avoid blocks.
     
  7. Jun 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM
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    Look at my photo gallery. (if i added the photo's right. Lol.) I just installed a 3" Pro Comp lift. I did it myself with the help of my bf. Took longer on the first side then the second (learning curves, i suppose). So far I'm happy with it. Only been about 3 days, but i'm lovin it. Didn't have to extend brake lines or use front diff drop. (read and asked about that, not worth it. CV's are cheaper to replace than the damage the diff drop can cause) My only concern is with my alignment, everyone says stiffer ride, mines opposite. Looser. I had a shop align it, and it still pulled to the left. Looked into the brakes and pulled the extra shim out of drivers side. Not pulling as much, I believe now it's more a bump steer problem. I'll keep ya informed on that one.
     
  8. Oct 22, 2014 at 11:03 PM
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    I am just getting ready to lift my 06 taco and I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with the procomp lift . @Tygerstoy is your truck pretty level with the procomp? And would you buy it again?
     
  9. Oct 22, 2014 at 11:06 PM
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    Yah I've had for 4-5 years now and it's still running terrific. I run 285/70r17's on mine but I had to shave a little bit of the fender.
     
  10. Oct 22, 2014 at 11:20 PM
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    Agreed.

    I have been running a mini leaf 3 pack AAL for a total of 7 leafs in the rear of mine for about 2 years I want to say. Have wheeled the living hell out of the rear end and no sagging or notable wear to the pack whatsoever and still no axle wrap either. :thumbsup: I am still approve on AAL's, but when I suggest them, I highly recommend 3 leaf mini packs.
     
  11. Oct 22, 2014 at 11:24 PM
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    don't wanna bash but yes to this.
     
  12. Oct 23, 2014 at 6:54 AM
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    The 2" lift from Ironman is what I'm going with as I'm also not in a position to drop over 1k just on front coil overs. Got all 4 shocks, coils, and the AAL for right about $700.

    Ironman is a competitor from Australia that is similar to OME. I purposely wanted them as I don't have to worry about CV angles nearly as much in going with a 2" lift.

    It seemed nowhere was selling them in North America until recently. CJC Offroad in California seems to be stocking them now though.
     

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