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Am I going to regret this?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by brandonpturner, Mar 13, 2017.

  1. Mar 13, 2017 at 10:54 AM
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    brandonpturner

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    If you don't mind being jolted at every bump no. If you appreciate a smooth ride yes
     
  3. Mar 13, 2017 at 10:56 AM
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    If you're staying in pavement and very little/minor off-roading and by off-roading I mean the occasional dirt road then you'll be fine. It will be a rougher ride though. I'd spacers on my old frontier and when I got my Tacoma I made sure not to go that route with how I drive and what I use my truck for. I was running bilstein 5100's and it's nice. I did just order some fox 2.5 coilovers though for a better ride in trails.
     
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  4. Mar 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM
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  5. Mar 13, 2017 at 11:20 AM
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    Extended travel coilovers and uniball upper controls arms will fix that problem. You only have so much travel up and down, you lift the truck 2-3" and you gain height but lose the down travel. Those lift spacers might advertise "no loss of down travel" or some BS but you're still limited because your upper and lower control arms can only go so far.
    I ran the 5100's set at 2.5" for several years, never had a problem with them on or offroad. I never looked into the actual numbers, but it might be 1" of shaft length for down travel however with how the suspension works, at the wheel you will have more down travel.
     
  7. Mar 13, 2017 at 11:31 AM
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  8. Mar 13, 2017 at 12:06 PM
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    It may look fine. But it sucks, the ride sucks. Don't be cheap. You bought a $25,000++ truck and you want the cheapest lift??? Spacer lifts suck.
     
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  9. Mar 13, 2017 at 1:10 PM
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    I keep hearing this, but this doesn't change the spring rate at all. It's not going between the spring and the strut. It just pushes the arms down. So this doesn't make any sense.
     
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    youre putting extra pressure on the shock itself when a spacer is put on, you are much more likely to have a failure, i.e. bottom shock bracket breaking, if you are going off road with it. However, if you are travelling only the occasional dirt roads and paved roads, a spacer lift should suffice. The ride quality is much lower quality than with a proper coilover set up. That being said, if you want a spacer lift, at least look at the rough country or toytec one, where the spacer itself is made out of a solid piece of aluminum, and not a crappy piece of steel poorly welded together. My brother runs a spacer lift (rough country) and has not had an issue yet.
     
  11. Mar 13, 2017 at 1:15 PM
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    Yeah I believe that's incorrect. Probably 1" of shaft travel. I've had them on mine for 30k and it spends a lot of time on the farm. No issues.

    Spacers are never the answer. You got a $30000 truck. Don't be cheap.
     
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    I did a spacer lift to see if I wanted the truck higher. Linked great, ride stuff and wandered. So, when tax time came I got a real lift to finish the job. You have a great looking truck. It doesn't seem like it will have an affect. It does. I'm jot a physics expert. Just been where you are going... Maybe @Headstrong will come in and help you with answers as well. Great vendor, full of knowledge. Good luck, keep reading, learning before you bite the bullet on a lift.
     
  13. Mar 13, 2017 at 3:29 PM
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    I've ran several different top mount spacer lifts on several different vehicles and never noticed a stiff ride and never had any type of failures in tens of thousands of miles. I've heard the same from many other people who have or had a spacer lift. My brother literally takes his Tacoma off-road everyday with a 2" spacer lift and hasn't broken anything in the front suspension. YMMV :notsure:
     
  14. Mar 13, 2017 at 8:36 PM
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    Yeah man. This is exactly what my buddy says and he builds custom trophy trucks / fabs one-off suspension setups. He's run spacers on his Tacos over the years without issue. I really just meant to find out if the selections I made were ok or if there was a better one I should choose around the same cost. I can't tell what here is accurate testing or here say. I don't want to poopoo anything, but I also don't want to avoid a possibly solid solution because others who might not know, said it's crap.

    @ovrebo1
     
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  15. Mar 13, 2017 at 8:39 PM
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    You hit one hard pothole with those things on or off road, and you can kiss your front end suspension on that side or worst case scenario (both) goodbye.
     
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    In the end you do what you want. It's your truck. From my experience of having spacers on my frontier, I would never run them again. I did it for just enough lift to go down trails with my dirtbike so I could take my bike out to the dunes. After about 6 trips of that I had to replace my shocks. That happened twice. I got rid of the spacers and never had a problem with my shocks again. I just kept scraping on the trail. I had a bad experience and would hate for someone to as well. That's why I'm against them. But there are other who don't have a single problem.
     
  17. Mar 13, 2017 at 8:46 PM
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    Lol false.

    Don't just make up stories because you want to fit in with internet buddies.

    Even the biggest spacer haters know that statement is false.
     
  18. Mar 13, 2017 at 8:48 PM
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    I didn't want to say it, but yeah. That sounds like BS. :/
     
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    Haha, they don't make your shocks that sensitive. Lol
     
  20. Mar 13, 2017 at 8:52 PM
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    Okay. You think what you want. You and your internet buddies.
     

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