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any disadvantages to leveling kit?

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by TacomaGus, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. Jul 5, 2009 at 6:41 PM
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    TacomaGus

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    hey guys i was thinking about doing the ready lift 2" leveling kit on my taco as my next mod cuz i really like how they look after that, but by doing this would it decrease my mpg or make my ride bumpier? I know it says that it will keep your "factory ride" but i want to hear it from some of you guys that have had it done...
     
  2. Jul 5, 2009 at 6:49 PM
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    kevhogaz

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    Everything stays the same as stock, except the front of the truck sits a little higher. Plus, as an added bonus, you can run a bigger tire.
     
  3. Jul 5, 2009 at 7:45 PM
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    what size tire? do you have to get an alignment too?
     
  4. Jul 5, 2009 at 7:56 PM
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    Oh yeah, an alignment is needed. Almost forgot about that. Try and find a guy who knows what he's doing, otherwise your truck will wander all over the place, and possibly pull to one side.

    My truck is aligned to stock specs, and it rides nice, doesn't pull, and doesn't wander.

    I have 265-75-16 (32") tires on mine, with a 3" leveling kit on the front, and an add a leaf in the rear. I wish I would have went with 33 inch tires though. I have the clearance, since I run a tube bumper on the front.
     
  5. Jul 5, 2009 at 7:57 PM
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    idt i need an alingment and i just have the 265/70/R16 tires on and wasn't planning on getting new ones till these ones wore out since i just got them 6 weeks ago. I just want it for looks cuz i like how it is when everything is straight....don't do too much offroading haha
     
  6. Jul 5, 2009 at 8:02 PM
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    If you put in a leveling kit, you'll need an alignment. You'll trash those new tires in no time, if you don't get it aligned.
     
  7. Jul 5, 2009 at 8:05 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Well....it does lengthen the shock/spring, and can cause premature ball joint wear, and/or lead to breakage of the shock if over extended when off roading.
     
  8. Jul 5, 2009 at 8:10 PM
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    I wonder how long it will be before my upper ball joints pop out? I've got 160K on 'em, and they're the original ones. That snap-ring can only take so much!

    If we had work, I'd get those sweet Camburg A-arms and stop worrying about it.
     
  9. Jul 5, 2009 at 8:12 PM
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    Ive seen them go in as little as 5k miles. Ask 06Bluez what can happen on a new Tacoma. ;)
     
  10. Jul 5, 2009 at 8:13 PM
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    ok i didn't understand completely that i had to get an alignment after installation, but the guy i would go to does alignments too so that will help and i guess i'd have to get my headlights adjusted as well
     
  11. Jul 5, 2009 at 8:17 PM
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    Is his truck Red, by any chance? We had a Tacoma towed in that had the upper ball joint ripped out of the control arm. No bueno. Looked like a high pucker situation, as the truck surely went completely out of control.
     
  12. Jul 5, 2009 at 8:19 PM
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    You're basically extending the suspension downwards, which is not where the factory designed the truck to ride. So, you just have to put it back where it belongs. No biggie really, especially if you have a buddy that can do alignments.
     
  13. Jul 5, 2009 at 8:19 PM
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    If you are proficient with a Phillips head screw driver, I would save your self a couple bucks and align them your self. Super easy and it takes all of about 5-10 minutes.

    If you use the search feature, you can find a thread about how to align your head lights. I threw up a .pdf from the FSM a few months ago.
     
  14. Jul 5, 2009 at 8:23 PM
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    When I first read your post, I thought you were talking about the suspension. I've seen some crazy stuff at the shop, but never an alignment with a phillips head!

    As for head lights, you're right. There's really nothing to it, just adjust down to where you want 'em. If you don't touch the left-right screws, you really couldn't mess it up.
     
  15. Jul 5, 2009 at 8:26 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    LMAO!! OMG!! I havent seen a ball joint ripped out yet! :eek: High pucker is an Understatement, Im sure. His truck is Blue.

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    Top Plate spacer, and first time off road.
     
  16. Jul 5, 2009 at 8:27 PM
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    kevhogaz Low Speed, High Drag

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    I would have pulled that spacer out of both sides, and got that warrantied! That must have been a long ride home!
     
  18. Jul 5, 2009 at 8:33 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Kinda unethical, dont ya think? It was towed to the dealer, then to his house, and for some Pizza and a Pepsi, I fixed it. :)
     
  19. Jul 5, 2009 at 8:39 PM
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    Not in my book. I see people get ripped off each and every day. Not only in the shop, but in sales, too. I feel not one bit of symapthy for dealerships. They will rip you off, lie to you, steal from you, and not even bat an eye.

    The number of honest techs is dwindling daily. Every time we take a pay cut to further improve the profitability of the store, we lose another guy to the dark side. It's sad, but it's true. I have about twenty years experience in my field, and every day I try to find a way out of it. I'm too honest, and I can't sleep at night knowing I ripped somebody off. In other words, I don't fit in anymore.
     
  20. Jul 5, 2009 at 8:47 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Good point. Very refreshing to hear that you "Dont fit in". :)
     
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