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About To Buy My New Suspension Lift Need Advice Please

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by brandnewcolony, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. Dec 29, 2010 at 12:25 PM
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    brandnewcolony

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    Hey guys I've searched and searched and haven't found exactly the info I need before I pull the trigger on these parts.

    Im going with all four 5100's (front set at 0) and OME 882's but what inch AAL do yal recommend to make the stance look even/level? At first I was set on a 3" AAL because of the amount it should settle. However now I am thinking of going with a 2.5" (I dont want the back to be too much higher than the front) but cant find a set to buy, all I see available are 1.5" and 2".
    Will 3" AAL raise the rear to high
    Any help would be very much appreciated, Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Dec 29, 2010 at 2:18 PM
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    I think 2'' should do it!
     
  3. Dec 29, 2010 at 2:24 PM
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    YEA I JUST TALKED TO DAN AT WHEELERS AND HE SAID A 2" AAL SHOULD LEVEL IT OUT NICELY.
     
  4. Dec 29, 2010 at 2:28 PM
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    That's if your leafs aren't sagging to much. i have 5100's and Eibachs set at 0 and a 2" AAL out back and the rear sits almost 2" lower then the front. I'm 86ing the AAL and installing AllPro Expos.
     
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    Well crap that sucks do you suggest a 3" AAL? Or a 2" AAL and 2" lift shackle?
     
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    Well if your leaf pack is shot i would replace the whole pack. It's going to cost about 400 bucks or more for leafs with a lift but it will better in the long run. A AAL and shackles will run you about 200 and your leaf pack will continue to sag. So i would just fork out the money for new leafs then trying to do it half assed and have to replace the leaf in 6 months to a year.
     
  7. Dec 29, 2010 at 2:51 PM
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    here's a pic of my leaf springs do you think they need to be replaced?

    photo-1.jpg
     
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    Jlee you also have a cap which def lowers the rear some. Also I think the eibachs give you more lift than the OME 882's
     
  9. Dec 29, 2010 at 5:22 PM
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    your leaves don't look great, but are better than mine when I threw my 2" aal in. I would say go 3" and expect it to settle some. if it doesn't drive around with some weight in the bed for a while and see if that helps
     
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    I just don't know exactly how much lift I will gain from the 882's that would really help me decide what inch AAL to get
     
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    FYI....the 882's will ride rough without some gear on the front of your rig. You have a winch bumper or something? I'm doin 881's with a westin brush guard and netted 1.75 after settling. I have 2" fabtech AAL's in back with a shell and there is a slight rake (nose down). Perfect for my application.

    Your leafs look fine, stick an AAL in there and get rid of those aftermarket shackles (did you realize those shackles are not OEM??). I don;t think dropping coin on a new leaf pack is warranted for you yet. But, only you can make that decision. Good luck, post pics!
     
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    Thanks for the great info NegroTundra. I plan on getting a winch after the lift and I have a brush guard on right now. I know I'll have to get some stock height shackles. I'm running a coil spacer lift up front and a 2 inch shackle out back, it's a horrible ride. Do you think the fabtech 2" AAL are better than the Toytec 2" AAL?
     
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    fwiw im running 883 coils and think the rides fine with no added weight. the 882's will settle some with a winch
     
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    IMHO, an AAL is an AAL. I wouldn't really recommend anything from Fabtech (my truck came with a fabtech lift and it sucked), but for extra leafs, I don;t think manufacturer matters. Length and arch are the two factors that matter, along with shot peening etc., which will give indication of metal longetivity. Ive heard toytech aal's ride nice because they are longer, wheelers ride stiffer because they are shorter, it's all personnal preference.
     
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    Sweet! So just so I understand correctly when you say your truck has a slight rake, it's a little higher in the rear right? sort of like the stock ride height?
     
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    Could someone explain this to me? I was under the impression that 883's were for 05+. But I do see that ToyTec has them listed for 1st gens. Is this simply a discrepancy in nomenclature for OME coils b/w wheelers and toytec? I know wheelers is consistent with OME's website..so i"m thinking ToyTec is wrong..:confused:
     
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    After all the research I've done I was pretty sure the 880's, 881's, and 882's were the only OME springs available for the 1st gens so I'm pretty confused too
     
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