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advice needed for newbie

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by scottymc, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Aug 12, 2010 at 7:22 PM
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    scottymc

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    I just ordered billy 5100/5125s. I also got skyjacker 2.5" leafs. At the highest adjustment the Billys will be at 2.5". My question is can I add top plate spacers up front to help level it out or is this out of the question. I am trying to piece together a quality lift that will give me a great look but will have a good ride quality. I think all I still need to get is a diff drop kit and new U-bolts. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Aug 12, 2010 at 9:57 PM
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    Honestly If I were you, since you got the 5100 adjustables for the front & the 5125's for the rear in addition to a new leaf pack , try setting the 5100's for max height so you have a level truck & drive it for a short time (on road & off) & evaluate really how the ride is before going the spacer route .. just my 2 cents....:cool:
     
  3. Aug 12, 2010 at 10:00 PM
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    Rustyota

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    I'm certain you'll be too high up front to align properly if you have both. Many have problems aligning right at 1.75" up front. Also, at that angle, you'll put substantially more wear on ball joints, etc. That may matter to you or not.

    My $0.02. Good luck and tell us how it goes!
     
  4. Aug 12, 2010 at 10:10 PM
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    If you were a prerunner you could go higher than 2.5 but being a 4x4 you'll be very near the limit of what your CVs and associated boots can handle and survive very long even with the diff drop kit.
     
  5. Aug 12, 2010 at 10:18 PM
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    You guys are right in both instances, the reason I suggested the 5100's at full height is because he has a 2.5" leaf pack for the rear & I didn't catch if he's 4x or pre runner, if 2wd not so much of a problem if 4x ,well as stated alot more angle stress on CV's , I gotta tell ya I'm starting to long for my old solid axle SR5.....:eek:
     
  6. Aug 13, 2010 at 8:07 AM
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    Thanks for the advice. I think I'll hold off on the spacers and just set the billys to max hieght and deal with it being un-level.
     
  7. Aug 13, 2010 at 8:33 AM
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    You can always swap out the rear AAL for a smaller AAL to level it.
     
  8. Aug 13, 2010 at 8:58 AM
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    I have full replacement leaf packs. I wanted to aviod aals because my stock leafs are arching the wrong way.
     
  9. Aug 13, 2010 at 8:47 PM
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    My guess is that everything will settle out a bit with time. Depending on how all that turns out, you may be able to add in the leveling spcaers without a problem.

    My suggestion would be to keep a close watch on your front axle boots. If they are not near to touching together, you may be able to add in a leveling spacer after everything settles out.

    This is one advantage to having adjustable coilovers. :D
     
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