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5100's or 3" spacer: which is a better investment?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 1one1, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. Jun 19, 2010 at 5:16 AM
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    1one1

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    Hello all. New to TW as a matter of fact this is my first post! anyhow looking to get a small lift but after reading some threads im left wordering which is a better bet for me. I do fairly light offroading and am just looking for a little extra clearance. Just trying to decide what I should throw my money at since a local dealer has em both in stock. So whats it gunna be the billies or toytec 3" spacer kit? your input would greatly be appreciated.

    btw- anyone know if i could clear 285/70/17 on the stocks with the billies set at 2.0 or so? with spacers? any pics of a set up like this? thanks again Tacoma family!!!
     
  2. Jun 19, 2010 at 5:28 AM
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    AvsFanTRD

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    Welcome to TW. Go with the Billies and avoid spacers unless it is strictly used for mall crawling
     
  3. Jun 19, 2010 at 5:35 AM
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    No comparison...5100s
     
  4. Jun 19, 2010 at 5:45 AM
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  5. Jun 19, 2010 at 5:48 AM
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    Welcome to TW!

    Like everyone else said, the 5100's are the best for the buck.
     
  6. Jun 19, 2010 at 6:04 AM
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  7. Jun 19, 2010 at 7:49 AM
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    I say get spacers, they make me feel better about my truck.
     
  8. Jun 19, 2010 at 7:51 AM
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    5100's
     
  9. Jun 19, 2010 at 7:51 AM
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    i just put 285/70/17 on my first gen, after i lifted 2.5" via ome 881 coils and billy's...and i had to use 1.25" spidertrax spacers, and beat down/grind the pinch weld.

    the rims i used were 4.5 bs and 0 offset.

    just my experience
     
  10. Jun 19, 2010 at 2:56 PM
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    thanks for your input but everyone is saying no comparison... what makes them such a better investment? I know i wont get as much lift out of them but is there a downside to running them at max height?Is it bad to run them at 2.5? thanks again and keep the info coming! I can slowly feel myself becoming more educated! :p
     
  11. Jun 19, 2010 at 3:25 PM
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    The lift you get from the 5100's is essentially the same thing as installing a spacer... the spring is compressed (or pre-loaded) to raise the ride-height.

    A spacer lift is used with your stock shocks (if you only get a spacer and don't upgrade shocks too), so you will likely have a harsher ride, since the shocks aren't really intended to handle the stiffer, pre-loaded spring.

    The difference (and additional benefit of the 5100s) is the much better quality shock that is valved for a heavier duty spring (or a pre-loaded spring)... so it rides a little better and will last longer.
     
  12. Jun 19, 2010 at 6:45 PM
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    If you run them at 2.5, you'll most likely want to get some aftermarket UCA's. I think some people run them at that height with stock UCA's without any real issues though. Someone else might have better info on that :)
     
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