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6" lift problems

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by arrowthrower, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. Dec 21, 2010 at 12:35 PM
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    I have a 2011 DC TRD and love the look of the 3" lift. But seems like too many problems with them. I don't see any problems with the 6" lift. Anyone have the vibration problems or anything negative to say about 6". I would rather pay the extra money for something that will be as realible as the truck.

    And why is so many people down on the spacer? I had one in my 2004 f-150 and couldn't tell any difference in the ride.
     
  2. Dec 21, 2010 at 12:41 PM
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    I love my 6" Pro Comp lift. I would recommend new UCAs though to correct your alignment after you lift it. Worth the money if you do a lot of off roading and need the bigger tires and extra ground clearance.
     
  3. Dec 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM
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    there shouldnt be any probs with a 3" lift if you do it right. 6" on a small truck like a tacoma is overkill IMO
     
  4. Dec 21, 2010 at 12:44 PM
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    yes i have the vibration problem with the 6 inch lift. I where you i would go with the All pro Long travel kit that is the best bang for your buck. Check out Mxpatriot he got the setup. That is more usefull than the 6 inch lift.
     
  5. Dec 21, 2010 at 1:16 PM
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    Do you have a 3" lift? I would rather do one, but I just shelled out $30000 for a new truck. Not excited about messing it up. How much are cv joints? Not much of an offroader either. Just camp, hunt, and mainly street drive. All for looks. Just want a bad ass truck that is also great shape.
     
  6. Dec 21, 2010 at 1:20 PM
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    Unfortunately, vibrations are something to be expected when lifting your truck. By lifting the front end of the truck you are thereby lifting the engine, the transmission, and changing the angle of the driveline. Changing this angle is what causes many people's vibrations. However there are different ways, for both 3" and 6" lifts, to help remedy the vibrations. Such as shims, carrier bearing drops and new driveshafts at the proper length. Just more for you to think about. IMO go with what ever lift your going to like and be happy with. So do research, ask questions, pm guys and get responses to determine what route you would like to go. Do it right the first time. It costs too much money to be impatient.
     
  7. Dec 21, 2010 at 1:24 PM
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    OP: Preunner or 4x4?
     
  8. Dec 21, 2010 at 1:55 PM
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    4X4. What about just leveling the front with a spacer. does that mess anything up?
     
  9. Dec 21, 2010 at 1:59 PM
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  10. Dec 21, 2010 at 2:23 PM
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    This sums it up best, from Camburg's website:

    We get asked this question all the time. “Why are most spacer lifts be bad”? Well spacer lifts can cause a few problems and cost you big dollars to fix. First there are a few different kinds of spacer lifts, there is the kind that just bolts on the top of the existing shock that spaces it down to give lift. The problem that can come from running this kind of spacer is the shock will now be allowed to droop to far downward causing binding and damage to ball joints, 4×4 axle cv’s, and steering joints. The other issue you might have is since the shock is now just pushed down when you bottom out the suspension on or off-road instead of hitting the bumpstops you will just bottom out the shock. This can lead to some hefty damage. The next kind of spacer lift available are the preload spacers. These will usually cause the coil springs to be preloaded to give lift. The side effect to this type of lift is the shock valving is not designed for the extra preload of the spring giving the ride a bad bouncy feel that sometimes feels uncontrolled. And in some cases we have seen the spring coilbind causing damage to the shock and the frame. This is because the spring is designed to move about 1/2 its total length so when you pre-load them they are now compressed to much so near bottom out they will bind before you hit the bumpstops.
     
  11. Dec 22, 2010 at 8:42 AM
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    I sure wish I did 6" I can't tell my truck is even lifted..
     
  13. Dec 23, 2010 at 7:26 AM
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    I just disagree with the lifts that are for "looking" cool. If your not doing any major off roading or rock crawling your stock suspension does fine. I just dont see the use of an off road kit that is meant for street driving. Unless your a mud bogger there is no benifit to "lift" your truck. Look at real trophy trucks. They are not "lifted". They may sit a little higher due to 37" tires but overall they are not lifted. Even for a rock crawler the key to suspension is articulation. How much travel do you gain with a 6" Fabtech lift? None. What happens if you were to slide sideways on the road in your 6" lift? Roll over special. People "lift" their trucks so they can be higher than everyone and try and catch attention. So if your goal is to "look" cool then I guess Fabtech does its job. Seems like a waste of money to me to buy a lift kit that is good for "Just hunting and street driving"
     
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    Thanks for all the post. I believe i will do a 6". Does anyone know any good places in the Western KY area to install? Thanks.
     
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    Who cares if a lift is "just for looking cool"? Lifted truck DO look cool.

    OP- I think you are on the right track if you are looking to get a 6" lift. I lifted mine 2.5" and I wouldn't consider it a "lifted" truck. It more or less looks the way that it should look from the factory. Nice and level and slightly more room in the wheel wells. Anyone that doesn't know I lifted it wouldn't think that it is. If you want your truck to look cool and lifted, definitely go for something more than 3".
    Just my opinion.
     
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    Or you could split the difference and go with the 4.5" drop bracket RCD lift.
     
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    Well I guess if you care that much about what other people think of you then go for it. Maybe im just a desert rat but I could care less what others think my truck "looks" like. Im all about the "actual" performance
     
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    There is nothing wrong with a 3" lift done right with coilovers and deavers, and any 6" will be fine for most street/show guys just keep in mind it will be more expensive in the long run for maintenance and you won't get as much resale out of a 6" lifted truck.
     
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