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BDS 6 inch Lift.

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Hollyhonda82, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. Oct 26, 2012 at 5:37 AM
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    So I bit the bullet and bought a 6 inch BDS lift for my taco. I also got a set of 315/70 R17s to go with it. Im running stock FJ crusier rims right now from the first or second year they were out. Ive been reading that you need 4.5in back spacing. I know enough about all this to get myself in trouble. So are my current rims gonna work? And if not I saw a pair by fuel I liked. What offset or back spacing do i look for when ordering? Also if anyone else has done a BDS kit how hard is the install? Are there any problem areas post install to look out for? Im reading about this shudder in first gear kinda got me spooked.

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  2. Oct 26, 2012 at 5:49 AM
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    The install is fairly involved, and it requires cutting out your stock front crossmemeber. If you are fairly good with tools, you could try the install with yourself and a friend, but most have a shop install it.

    The FJ wheels are between 4.5 and 4.75 backspacing from what I found in a quick google search.
     
  3. Oct 26, 2012 at 5:51 AM
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    Your current rims (with "0" offset) are going to cause your new tires to rub. If you like the looks of your fj wheels and want to save some coin, you can install wheel spacers that mount between your wheel and axle to give some added clearance. I just put 18" xd wheels with 4.5" backspacing on my taco and the 35's fit in perfectly with just minor trimming.
    As far as post-lift shutters, I installed a 6" pro comp on my 2012 last week and fortunately have zero issues. It seems to be one of those "hit or miss" situations. If you get shutters, there are a few steps to start taking.. First (and probably cheapest) you can install a cb drop kit, to decrease the angle of your rear drive shaft. Then you could consider axle shims, and if you are still having driveline vibrations you might look into a solid driveshaft.
    Or, you could find a local customs guy and have them install the lift for around $500 and get a warranty on their work (the guy that did mine gave me a 50,000mi warranty).
    Hope this helps!
    Oh and by the way, once you see that 6" lift with your 315's, your adrenaline takes over and you forget about vibrations for a minute!
     
  4. Oct 26, 2012 at 5:53 AM
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    Where did you get your info that the FJ wheels are zero offset?

    And if they are zero offset, they would be 4.25" backspacing since they are 7.5" wide. So they would more than clear the requirement.
     
  5. Oct 26, 2012 at 6:03 AM
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    Poor choice of words, by "zero" i meant "factory" and i assumed that were the same backspacing as the wheels that came off of the taco. Posted without research, my bad. lol
     
  6. Oct 26, 2012 at 6:25 AM
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    Thanks for all the input guys. Im pumped about the lift, can't fing wait until its on and done. Ill post some pics after the yota is complete.
     
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    The website says you have to run 18's or larger has anyone run this lift with stock 17's and wheel spacers?
     
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    Yes, I would recommend spidertax 1.25" wheel spacers. It can be done
     
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    I installed the lift myself with just your basic tools. Just take your time when doing so. The reason they recommend 18" wheels is because you mount the tierod the opposite way on the new spindle. You will probably have to run spacers if sticking with a 17" wheel. Glad to see more people getting the bds lifts.
     
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    Bringing back the thread. Were you able to run 17" rims? The kit specifies that you need 18"? I am wondering because 17 is wayyyy better than 18 for a laundry list of reasons
     
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    Bringing back the thread again for an answer!
     
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    The OP was last seen Oct of '12, when he made these two posts. Don't think you'll be getting the answer from him..............
     
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    You can run a 17" rim. You must have 17x9 and have -38 offset and 3.5 backspacing. I am trying to test other specs once I take off my swaybar. I am buying new tires so I might run 17s once I wear this set down. But I have done research thanks to @Blacktacoma23. I am trying to find guys who will lend me their wheel to do test fitting. PM me and I can get back to you. Sway bar is coming off next month, along with other things including bump stops. You can refer to the 6" fabtech, procomp and more thread. Just look it up, all us DB guys are in there. Free of LT harassment. Lol. So that is your answer. By the way, method makes wheels of that spec but only in beadlock.
     
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    SCS might have some wheels with the specs you need. I tested both 17x9 and 17x10 4.5BS and it was too close. Hech even my current wheels of 3.5BS are pretty close too but worth it to ditch spacers imo.
     
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    That's the thing.... I already bought wheels and spacers. 17x8 with 4.5 bs. I just kind of assumed this would work, but then I read a thread saying that the 17 inch rim would not clear the upper ball joint even with a spacer
     
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    So did it work?
     
  17. Jun 12, 2016 at 9:50 AM
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    Haven't installed. Lift will be here Wednesday. Just don't want to start the install and then realize that I'm screwed. Most people say that the reason you need the 18 inch rim is to clear the tie rod not the ball joint. I have emailed bds support but waiting on a reply
     
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    So disconnect the sway bar, I am doing that before I try 17s. BDS will say it isn't possible. But it is. I called and asked the same thing. They just want to cover their ass incase you sue. If you call, ask if the warranty skid plates after you beat the piss out of it
     
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