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Best AFFORDABLE off road 3" lift

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by elk assassin, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. Aug 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM
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    elk assassin

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    Thanks largely to the info gathered here over the last 3 days or so I purchased a 2008 DC, LB TRD Sport. It has a 3" Revtek lift which did not do very well when I did some very light off-roading while test driving the truck. The ass end of the truck really rattled and just didn't seem to be right while going over washboard and pot holed dirt and gravel roads. Not sure how much of this was the chincy lift vs how much was just how a TRD Sport rides off-road, as this is the only Tacoma I've ever driven.

    Anyway, I'm going to ditch the Revtek lift. My question is what is the most affordable way to get a 3 inch lift while still having good off road capability (light to moderate off road use)? No rock crawling or high speed stuff, just mostly getting to trailheads, hunting and fishing areas on some rocky, washed out and at times a bit nasty forest service trails. Bottom line, tell me everything I need to do to AFFORDABLY lift this truck so that I can utilize it off road and not have a super unpleasant ride or damage anything on the truck. If you've got a rough estimate of what your suggested lift would cost with professional installation that would even be better. Thanks for any input you can give me. Doug Dillingham Ohio CIty, Colorado.
     
  2. Aug 7, 2012 at 1:37 PM
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    DeeKay21

    DeeKay21 Lieutenant Dan.

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    If your looking at getting a descent full suspension lift with professional installation it will cost you around $1K or more depending on the lift kit obviously.
     
  3. Aug 7, 2012 at 3:51 PM
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    tomwilson74

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    I am having my OME lift installed on Monday. Parts and labor is going to be just over $1700. I have read a lot about lifts on this forum and OME is a good choice from what I have read.
     
  4. Aug 7, 2012 at 4:06 PM
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    CayucosTacoma

    CayucosTacoma Just think outside the Yota

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    Ive got billies with eibachs for sale w/ a free AAL. Idk how much install would be. and you would probably want some rear 5100's
     
  5. Aug 7, 2012 at 4:13 PM
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    jandrews

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    How affordable?

    People will tell you a lot of stuff, but until you give us a price point, it's all meaningless.
     
  6. Aug 7, 2012 at 4:13 PM
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    XPOTRPR

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    Pro Comp 3" kits sell for $500 new, everything you need.. Install is easy, or have a shop do it. But you will definitely save money installing on your own. Plus you learn about your Taco. Lol. Im sure there are some members in your area that would be willing to help as well .
     
  7. Aug 7, 2012 at 4:28 PM
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    BAMFTACO

    BAMFTACO Another day another beer

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    I did this lift it was nice for the street but offroad it's way to stiff not bad for the price if your gunna do mild offroad but if your gunna be doing a lot of offroading I would save up your money and do everything right the first time and get a solid mild travel set up
     
  8. Aug 7, 2012 at 5:08 PM
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    Gotcha88

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    I'm getting this set up--hopefully tomorrow:

    From the shop: 5100's all around, Eibach/Toytec coils, 1.5" AAL, = $742

    From Amazon: LR/SP UCA = $407

    Install labor at $135/hr = $540

    From the shop: 285/70r17 Nitto Terra Graps at $220 each, plus $25 each install and $10 TPMS rebuild, alignment $90 = $1102

    From Ebay: 17x9 Eagle 185's = $600

    Sales Tax = $140

    GRAND TOTAL: $3531


    Check this thread out: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/suspension/11590-ongoing-lift-install-price-thread-13.html
     
  9. Aug 7, 2012 at 5:40 PM
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    Thanks for the replies guys. I could throw $1500 at a lift, but that would need to include a proffessional instal cuz I'm no good at tinkering with anything more complicated than a compound bow. What lift falling at or below that price range could I get installed that would be compatible with some moderate off roading on a TRD Sport DC LB?
     
  10. Aug 7, 2012 at 6:09 PM
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    An OME suspension would come in around that price point. Just install it yourself. If you can loosen and tighten bolts, you can install a lift. It's not rocket surgery.
     
  11. Aug 7, 2012 at 6:12 PM
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    Very happy with the OME 885 / Dakar lift on my DCLB 4x4 Sport
     
  12. Aug 7, 2012 at 6:12 PM
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    CayucosTacoma

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    Yeah you save quite a bit doing your own install. The rear shocks and AAL is simple. The front requires a few more tools, but is still pretty easy. Maybe look for a local member who can help in return for some lunch, or something. That way you can learn for future mods
     
  13. Aug 8, 2012 at 5:13 AM
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    Look into a complete OME lift and find some fellow TW members in your area to help with the install, AKA mod day.
     
  15. Aug 8, 2012 at 7:00 AM
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    Bajatacoma

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    This; the rear is easy, for the front just pull the front spring assemblies and take them to a local shop with a coil compressor (shouldn't be much for just the labor).
     

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