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Cheap easy lift?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by DustinSK, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. Aug 20, 2011 at 3:52 PM
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    DustinSK

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    Im sure there is a thread somewhere but at the moment I dont have the time to look. Just wondering if there was a relatively cheap do it yourself lift to put on your tacoma without bringing it to a shop. I have a 02 prerunner xtra cab 2wd and was looking for the cheapest way to add 3-4 inches?
     
  2. Aug 20, 2011 at 3:57 PM
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    top strut spacer. (not a coil spacer)

    blocks in the rear.

    good luck with that setup. it sucks
     
  3. Aug 20, 2011 at 4:09 PM
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    hah so basically any cheap lift sucks.. What would I be looking at if I went to a shop for a 4inch lift? Is it worth it when I have 135,xxx miles?
     
  4. Aug 20, 2011 at 4:23 PM
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    Assuming your shocks are okay, you'd need to buy a new set of coil springs for the front, and a new leaf pack for the back. IIRC new coils are around $180 and a new leaf pack is +$500.

    My suspension is shot, so I'm looking at lifting too.
     
  5. Aug 20, 2011 at 4:26 PM
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    cheap lift ended up paying more in the long run buddy
     
  6. Aug 20, 2011 at 7:08 PM
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    Alright well say new coils and a leaf pack and bought some quality stuff. If I did research and had some buddies over you think an amateur could get it done?
     
  7. Aug 20, 2011 at 7:15 PM
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    I've put about 1,200 into my lift and it rides better than it did stock.

    I got new coilovers and uca's up front, an add a leaf, new shocks and extended brake lines in the rear.

    I also put it on myself. There's write ups on here on how to do everything I did and I just followed those. Just bag and label everything you take off and take your time, it's actually pretty fun IMO.
     
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    Having never done it, I couldn't tell you. Search around TW and try to get a feel for the amount of work and time that will be required.
     
  9. Aug 21, 2011 at 12:29 AM
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    Yeah go with an OME set up, they are affordable and give a good ride,

    and its definitely doable yourself! just pay the fee for them to put the coils on new shocks, or have a shop do it, I did it with the autozone rental
    but I won't do it again, and then yeah its real simple to put the coilover in,

    just have somebody put their weight on the lca to
    push it down
     
  10. Aug 21, 2011 at 12:37 AM
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    haha cheap and suck..ALWAYS go together my friend lol


    Yes its worth it. Putting new fresh parts on and old beat down suspension...ALWAYS better haha Can't ever go wrong with replacing everything with good quality parts.
     
  11. Aug 21, 2011 at 1:40 AM
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    yea OP,

    take this guys word for man. he just got a brand new setup that is legit.

    new leaf packs. coils. and shocks.

    boom.
     
  12. Aug 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM
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    Alright thanks everyone. Ill do some more research and look in to it some more. Thanks guys.
     
  13. Aug 21, 2011 at 12:48 PM
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    A cheap is not "cheap" in end, rather just a band aid with a larger price tag down the road.

    I purchased my truck with a 2.5 inch spacer lift on the front, lengthened shackles in the rear. It rode like crap, dirt roads were miserable and because I have 257,000 on my truck the coils were so worn out the lift only gave me about an inch over stock.

    If you go with a quality strut and coilover you will be so much happier. Not only are you doing the lift the correct way, but you are replacing your entire suspension with new parts thus giving the ride improvement better than ever.

    Anything under 3 inches and lower will only require new coilovers to produce the lift, anything above 3 inches will require new new Upper Control Arms (Not completely positive about spindles? Pre-runner guys can chime in on that one). I see you are a Pre-runner so luckily you won't need a drop bracket for the front differential.

    This is about the cheapest way to correctly lift the truck, front struts and new bushings (You will need them.)

    http://www.toyteclifts.com/index.ph...tegory_id=123&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=72

    http://www.toyteclifts.com/index.ph...tegory_id=123&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=72

    This is is ride adjustable right of the box, so you can run up to 2.5 inches using just the strut. Also, remember that has been engineered for a lift coilover, so if you want a full 3 inches of lift you can always add a coil over and set the strut back to the zero lift position.

    There are greater ways of lifting, this is by all means not the best lift but if it efficient and does the job well. I have no complaints with mine!

    Hope this helps, if you have any other questions feel free to shoot them out there!
     
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    Thanks guys. Do any of you have, well actually Im sure you do, have a 2.5inch lift on your truck that I could see? Im interested in lifting my truck primarily just for looks not really off road performance, after all I have a 2wd anyway. I just want to see how noticeable a 2.5 inch lift would be
     
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    If you have a jack and stands you could lift the truck on a level surface to the height you want it to put a jack stand on it the repeat for all four corners measure it with a measuring tape for height, and find one you like. :thumbsup:
     
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    Spacer lift (Rear end was so worn out it basically wasn't lifted at all)

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    5100's at 2.5 with my factory sagged out coils. (The front only) Rear struts don't provide lift.

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    And finally current shot with the new Coils.

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    It is quite a height difference in person.
     
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    Also remember if you get bigger tires, ride height will be brought from those aswell. Not alot but it does make a difference in look.
     
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    Dang thanks for all the help guys! Okay so feltsphoto for that setup, that has everything included correct? That I would need to do the lift, except for the tools obviously.

    And warhorse I would do that but quick amateur question. Higher the lift the more expensive? Or am I being dumb. Because I was originally thinking 4-5 inch lift but all Im seeing is 2.5 to 3 inch lifts..

    And I already have 31in tires but if I lift next time I need tires Id upgrade to what 33s probably.
     
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