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Bilstein Lift from Headstrong

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Rustytaco71, Dec 16, 2017.

  1. Dec 16, 2017 at 3:33 PM
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    Rustytaco71

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    Anybody running the lift kit from headstrong that features the bilsteins? If so what springs and what is being ran in the rear? Also, would UCA’s be something to look at with this kit?Looking at calling on Monday to order it! Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
     
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  2. Dec 16, 2017 at 3:51 PM
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    ChemDawg

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    When you call marie at @HeadStrong Off-Road just exsplain what you expect out of the truck/lift and they will hook you up.
     
  3. Dec 16, 2017 at 3:57 PM
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    ChadsPride

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    Skip the AALs and get Dakars.
     
  4. Dec 16, 2017 at 4:00 PM
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    OnHartung'sRoad

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    With Headstrong Off-road (Marie’s) recommendations, I went with 5100’s and a Deaver single leaf- She recommended that route based on my having BFG 265/75/16’s, and occasionally towing up to 4000 lbs, and loading with camping gear, rocks, etc., along with 4w driving. My front 5100’s were set at 1.25”, and the rears at 0 with about 1.5” added from the AAL. I also kept my overload leaf intact. Marie as HS was very helpful! Couldn’t be happier!

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  5. Dec 16, 2017 at 4:07 PM
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    Tacoaric

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    Out of curiosity, why is there no love for Deavers around here?
     
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  6. Dec 16, 2017 at 4:17 PM
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    ChadsPride

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    Plenty of members run them.
     
  7. Dec 16, 2017 at 4:57 PM
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    MikeR585

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    OP - Just talk to Marie before you order. One quick conversation with her will steer you in a better direction than a bunch of opinions on here could. Good luck - and post pics!
     
  8. Dec 16, 2017 at 4:59 PM
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    Atrox1529

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    Bilstein 5100s w/887 coils. 4Runner TRD Pro wheels. 255/75r17 Hankook Dynapro AT-m tires. Leer topper. RCI Rock sliders. Prinsu rack. Southern Style Offroad bumper
    Just had mine installed today. 5100s w/887 coils. Deaver single AAL in back. The 887s netted me about 2.75" but I expect them to settle. Not sure what i got in back because still have take-off tires and rims and stock suspension in bed. Rides really good though.

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  9. Dec 19, 2017 at 5:49 AM
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    That height looks perfect in my book! What size tires?
     
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    Bilstein 5100s w/887 coils. 4Runner TRD Pro wheels. 255/75r17 Hankook Dynapro AT-m tires. Leer topper. RCI Rock sliders. Prinsu rack. Southern Style Offroad bumper
    Thanks. Tires are 255/75r17 Dynapro AT-m. They come in at about 32".
     
  11. Dec 19, 2017 at 5:58 AM
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    Haha, no wonder I like it, those are what I'm planning on too. Already have some SR8's waiting in the garage. Thanks!
     
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  12. Dec 19, 2017 at 6:08 AM
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    the rear looks sick with just the single aal. i have a single plus 1"block ready to go
     
  13. Dec 19, 2017 at 5:45 PM
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    Thank you so much for the recommendations ya'll! :cheers::thumbsup::D
     
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    265/70/17 BF Goodrich K02, OEM 17" 4Runner Trail Wheels, Bilstein 5100's, OME 887 coils, single Deaver rear AAL, Plasti dipped black front bumper cover and badges. TRD pro grill, trd auto shift knob, truxport roll up bed cover, painted red front calipers, tinted front windows, vital 2-way auto remote start. Hood scoop LED light bar. Bumper Auxbeem 32” LED light bar with Caliraised brackets. Infinity reference speaker upgrade with dynomat. 1.25 spidertrax wheel spacers. Supernova V.4 LED low beam H11 bulbs.
    265/70/17 BF Goodrich K02, OEM 17" Sport wheels, Bilstein 5100's, OME 887 coils, single Deaver rear AAL.

    Thank You again headstrong Marie!

    7000+ miles later and love the set up.

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  15. Dec 20, 2017 at 4:59 AM
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    jsinnard

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    @vprgts and @Atrox1529

    Are either of you running aftermarket UCAs with the 887 springs?
     
  16. Dec 20, 2017 at 5:01 AM
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    2nd Gen here but I'm running the 5100s on zero setting + 887 coils + SPC Light Racing UCAs up front with extended travel 5100s + dakars in back. Ordered through @HeadStrong Off-Road . Rides just like stock if not slightly better. 3" up front and 4" in back.
     
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  17. Dec 20, 2017 at 8:09 AM
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    Yep. LR UCAs. Can't say whether or not I needed them but everything came out great so no regrets.
     
  18. Dec 20, 2017 at 10:18 AM
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    Super duper clean looking truck you have there!!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing and again for your business!
     
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    Why did you guys go with Deavers AAL instead of a full leaf pack like Dakar, especially if your hauling a lot of weight? Isn't the week point of the AAL setup the original OEM leafs?
     
  20. Dec 20, 2017 at 11:43 AM
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    I wouldn’t call it the weak point, here’s what I got regarding AAL’s and weight capacity and ride quality from Headstrong (they sell both types):

    “The single AAL is both thicker and arched more than the initial leaf in the 3 leaf AAL. Though the 3 leaf AAL has more steel overall, the first leaf in the mini pack does not engage as quickly as the single AAL does. In fact the single AAL is arched to a point where it re-arches the existing factory packs upon assembly and thus engages immediately. The 3 leaf AAL has less arch and complies with the arch of the factory packs. So although the first leaf in the 3 leaf AAL will provide some support with the smaller bumps, it won't provide as much as the single AAL will, which translates to a slightly stiffer on-road ride. And as far as the 2nd and 3rd leafs in the 3 leaf AAL, these will only come into play until the factory packs are flexed far enough to engage them. This will happen more so over the bigger bumps or when off-roading. The single leaf provides approx. 1.5"-2" of lift and the 3-leaf provides approx. 1.5" of lift with the factory overload removed and approx. 2" with it retained. The overload does provide function, for when you are over load, so removing it or retaining it can depend on what you use your truck for. If you find yourself hauling or towing a decent amount of weight you may want to keep the overload in to keep the factory pack and add-a-leaf from overflexing. Now the performance and capabilities of any of the add-a-leafs still do rely on the factory leaf pack and its capabilities and wareability.
    Basically, from the feedback I have, the single leaf provides a stiffer ride quality but better initial support of consistent weight and the 3-leaf provides a better ride quality and as more of the leafs are engaged then the weight support comes into play.”
     
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