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Body lift? No $

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Phearson, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. Oct 9, 2011 at 9:27 AM
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    Phearson

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    Ok so im about to get new tires/rims on my tacoma. Its a 96 sr5 and i dont wheel it. I feel like my dumbass would mess something up. So i dont have alot of money and i was thinking if just a 3' lift will be tacky? or to much? any pictures please post. Any other lifts that are cheap? Thanks
     
  2. Oct 9, 2011 at 10:29 AM
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    well usually you get what you pay for. if you don't wheel it, it shouldn't be a problem but lots of people on here dislike the BL's. i personally don't dislike them, but it's really a personal choice. if you just want to fit the tires, it should work fine.
     
  3. Oct 9, 2011 at 11:38 AM
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    BL's are terrible. But if you aren't wheeling and just mall crawling then they aren't bad. However, i still wouldn't get a 3'' one. That would look super tacky. Get a spacer lift(i can't believe i am recommending spacers to someone) it'll look better. Or get a combination of the tow.
     
  4. Oct 9, 2011 at 11:42 AM
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    I hate to sound like a dad here, when I am only 24, but...can I ask why you are researching lifts after you already bought the rims/tires?

    Are you lifting it to clear them? If so, then I say you went about it backwards and you should wait to install the rims/tires until you have more money to put into the lift.

    However, if you are dead set on going this route then the cheapest way to lift it are spacers or a body lift, as already mentioned, and out of those two, I hate to say it (I feel your pain Blackdawg) but I'd go with the spacers...

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  5. Oct 9, 2011 at 11:49 AM
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    I know..saying that goes against all my morals on lifts lol

    And i agree with the goin backwards thing as well..
     
  6. Oct 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM
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    I havnt bought the tires yet i just want a small lift so I wanted some opinions
     
  7. Oct 9, 2011 at 11:58 AM
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    Im buying my lift after my wheels and tires... I did it because tire prices are getting stupid and I gotta buy all the parts eventually. I have all of mine researched though
     
  8. Oct 9, 2011 at 11:59 AM
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    What are your plans for the truck?

    Again, I don't mean to sound like a dad (mainly because the odds of you being older than me are high), but if I were you, I'd plan it out a little first.

    Typically, if you're going to end up lifting the truck, you would want to get that figured out first and then match the rims/tires to it. Versus getting the rims/tires you want and then lifting it.

    Do you have a pic of your truck as it sits now? If we can see the truck and get an idea of what you are going for, we can probably guide you the right direction.

    Hope that helps,

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  9. Oct 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM
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    That makes sense because I know from reading your previous threads/posts that you have thought about all of it.

    It just seems the OP was trying to rush into a lift and tire combo without really having any idea where he was going to go with it.

    I can't wait to see your truck after the lift and tires, by the way. :thumbsup:

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  10. Oct 9, 2011 at 12:14 PM
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    Body lifts are terrible, period. Even if you don't plan on wheeling, they make the truck look like crap, ride like crap, and make the truck unsafe. I can't wait to take mine off (previous owner).

    Go w/ suspension lift spacers, and blocks in the rear is you are on a budget. DO NOT GET A BODY LIFT.

    Bilstein 5100 front shocks are only $170 a pair and lift the truck up to 2.5''. IMO, thats nothing to save up to do a lift right. And they will make the truck ride great compared to a spacer. Then you can run a block in the rear. Or save a tiny bit more and use an add-a-leaf.

    But if you are on a strict budget and its spacers vs. body lift. Get the spacers. Body lifts are the creation of the devil.
     
  11. Oct 9, 2011 at 12:39 PM
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    Haha yeah, I would agree with you about OP rushing into it a bit...

    And I finally got my build thread up and running, so if you subscribe onto there, you'll be one of the first to find out! I have a feeling it won't be until about May though. I have at least a good winter's usable life in the equipment that I have now.
     
  12. Oct 9, 2011 at 1:02 PM
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    Scribed.

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    you gotta pay to play. youre just gonna pay more when shit fucks up cause you decided to be a cheapskate. you cant afford it, save up till you can.
     
  14. Oct 9, 2011 at 5:35 PM
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    If you get a body lift on your truck... a small kitten will die.

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  15. Oct 9, 2011 at 6:45 PM
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    It's been said already but...

    NO body lift. Period. End of story. If you get one, then baby kittens will die and a tornado will come destroy your truck.

    I would caution against spacers. I had them on my first truck (from the previous owner) and they rode like shit. I eventually replaced them with OME coils and shocks, and now I run King coilovers. A pair of 5100s are not much more expensive than a spacer lift anyways, and you will see a much better ride, not to mention less grief from us TW members;)...we care about our trucks.

    For the rear, there are several cheaper options:
    -Blocks (been mentioned) seem ok, but I have not had them so I can't relate. I would say they probably are similar to spacers.
    -AAL: These are well tested by TW members and provides a lift, a bit more hauling capacity, and strength to the weak OEM leafs. They also make the ride in the back a bit harsher though.
    -Extended shackles: You can also just buy shackles that are 1.5-2" longer than the OEM ones. I had these on my first truck (also from prev. owner), and I didn't have any extra complaints from OEM. The springs are weak regardless and I ended up breaking a couple leafs because I hauled so much stuff around for work.

    I now use Kings up front, and OME springs, OME shocks, greasable shackles in the rear. My truck rides like a dream, but that setup costs over $2k new.

    Cliffs notes: No BL/Spacers. Get 5100s from DSM (won't regret it). Rear: Shackles or AAL >> Blocks. If you can't afford it now, wait until later. Since you won't be wheeling then you can wait anyways.

    Cheers.
     
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