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ANOTHER Lift Question: Spacers vs Billies (1st Gen)

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Ska Himself, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. Jan 27, 2011 at 8:50 AM
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    Ska Himself

    Ska Himself [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have:

    '04 Double Cab 4x4.

    I want:

    2-3" of lift so I can get me some bigger tires.

    I do:

    Use truck to haul dogs, people, gym equipment, light hauling, daily driver, etc.

    I don't:

    Spend my weekends driving through the mountains / hills, climbing over rocks, fording rivers, or doing anything else that may cost me serious $$$ in repairs. I live in the Inland Northwest and I spend 3-4 months every winter doing all the 4x4'ing / Death Racing I need (people around here drive like fucking idiots in the snow - 'specially the North Idaho transplants).

    So - what's the best option for 2-3" of lift? Should I grab 4 Billies and an AAL pack or just slap on some spacers and an AAL and call it good?

    I'm not too concerned about a somewhat stiffer ride given that I'm used to the stiff as a board, concussion inducing suspension of a '97 Chevy Silverado. Granted, I don't want to go back to wearing a helmet and mouthguard when I drive but still - a slightly stiffer ride ain't all that bad.
     
  2. Jan 27, 2011 at 8:55 AM
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    NegroTundra

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    Yes, billy's and AAL. Plenty of info for both options under SEARCH button.
     
  3. Jan 27, 2011 at 9:08 AM
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    Ska Himself

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    You're right - there is a lot of info and I have sifted through a shitload of it.

    But 9/10ths of the time it's "I like this or I like that" vs. "Do this for this technical reason because you'll achieve X, Y, and Z outcome."

    I'm a data nut vs an opinion guy. That's all.
     
  4. Jan 27, 2011 at 9:48 AM
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    brs127s

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    TRD Headers, Aero Turbine AT2525XL Deckplate Mod, TRD tranny cooler, King Coilovers, LR UCAs, Alcan 5 Leaf springs and Bilstein 5100s, Shrockworks front bumper, CBI rear bumper.
    I went with Readylift leveling spacers in the front and 1" rear blocks in the back for my 04 D-cab. I am running 265/75R16 tires now and have no rubbing. I don't do any hardcore offroading, just occasionally when I hunt on the folk's farm. I haul an ATV or a half ton of rock occasionally with no problems.

    I have been happy with it so far. I do have some driveline vibration, and will be adding some 1/4" spacers to drop the carrier bearing this weekend.
     
  5. Jan 27, 2011 at 10:11 AM
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    mikracer

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    How big of a tire do you want to run? I have the 5100's up front set to the middle bar (1" of lift?) on a DC Prerunner and I clear the 265/70/17's on 2nd gen Sport wheels. I think they're about 1" taller than the 265/70/16's. With the Prerunner, there's less weight up front, so height is achieved a little easier.

    I had the same shocks set up on an 02 Xtracab 4x4 and it didnt lift it nearly as much as it did on the Prerunner. I would set the height at max if you want a noticeable lift on a 4x4. I should also note that I left the same springs on (from the 4x4) on both setups. The springs have 180k miles on them and they hold up fine.
     
  6. Jan 27, 2011 at 11:39 AM
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    Ska Himself

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    31's or 32's - nothing major. Just high enough to put a midget's head square in the bumper vs the grill.
     
  7. Jan 27, 2011 at 11:53 AM
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    JLee

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    You don't even really need a lift to run those tires a 265/75/16 is just under 32" and you can run that stock.
     
  8. Jan 27, 2011 at 1:14 PM
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    Ska Himself

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    Well slap my ass and call me Shirley!

    But can I still run over midgets?!?
     
  9. Jan 27, 2011 at 1:20 PM
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    JLee

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    I lost track thousands of dollars ago.

    Oh yeah midgets should be a piece of cake just like a speed bump
     
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