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Complete Lift Kit Advice

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by guz, Aug 27, 2018.

  1. Aug 27, 2018 at 4:43 PM
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    guz

    guz [OP] New Member

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    I just got a 2015 Tacoma and was looking in upgrading the suspension on the truck. I have been looking at several kits such as the Fox Level 3 w/ OME Dakar Leaf Packs and Total Chaos UCAS or Icon Stage 3 Suspension Kit w/ Billet UCAS. I don't know what to do any would take any recommendations in which route I should take. Thanks for the help and advice.
     
  2. Aug 27, 2018 at 4:56 PM
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    MattCowsmasher

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    I've had icons while they are great they have had issues with random leaking even new in box, I had no issues with mine. I'd personally go fox if you could swing it kings are where it's at though. The TC control arms will be great so are the dakars.
     
  3. Aug 27, 2018 at 5:06 PM
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  4. Aug 27, 2018 at 5:53 PM
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    Forgot about them those are sexy
     
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  5. Aug 27, 2018 at 10:52 PM
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    It all depends on what type of driving you’ll be doing. If you’ll be mall crawling then a simple Bilstein 5100 set up should do. If you’re the occasional weekend warrior then id look into icon, fox, king or ads.

    Personally I used to have icon & have rode in a fox equipped Tacoma & king surpasses them all. Icon was great when you were hauling ass going 50mph plus on dirt, anything below it rode like complete shit if the rode was bumpy. King is a much more comfortable ride in my opinion.
     
  6. Aug 28, 2018 at 6:19 AM
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    ^ this is the best advice
     
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  7. Sep 3, 2018 at 11:07 AM
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    I think I will be going with King.. They offer the option to get compression adjusters? Is that worth the extra money??
     
  8. Sep 3, 2018 at 12:28 PM
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    I don't normally respond to these types of threads but I do have a little piece of advise. If you're on the fence about brand X vrs brand Y so you opt for the cheaper option knowing full well that down the line you'll be getting the more expensive set-up later on, for whatever reason you have, save your money and get that more expensive option first. Hear me out. Say your cheaper option is 900$ for the full front/rear set-up and the more expensive option is running you around 2500$. These are purely hypothetical numbers mind you. So you purchase the 900$ option and its shipped free to your door and lets say for example that you have the tools and the time and the knowledge on how to install it yourself. Takes you 6 hours on a weekend to install it. You're happy with your purchase and drive it with the intention of getting a few years out of it before trading up with the intention of reselling it. You resell it for 500$, use that towards your original more expensive lift which is now a bit cheaper because its older so now you're eye-balling the next best thing which is, you guessed it, 2500$. You put your 500$ toward it plus the extra 2000$ and you buy your new suspension toy. It arrives free shipping to your door but now you have to spend another 6 hours uninstalling/reinstalling this new lift. So you spent 900$ on the first suspension, sold it for 500$ and you're out 400$ (+6 hours for the initial install). You use the 500$ you earned from the resale towards the initial 2500$ bringing the cost down to 2000$ out of your own money that you have to come up with. Remember that you're still out that initial 400$ from the resale so we add that back into 2000 which brings us back up to 2400$ (this is solely what you have invested in your suspension lift up to this point) now you have to get it installed again, so add that time again. If you cannot install it yourself, you must add the install cost twice, once for the initial, and a second to reinstall the next suspension.

    You may think that because you sold your old lift for 500$ that you're reducing the cost of the new lift by 500$, simple math right? We tend to forget about what we initially purchased the first lift for. This would get added to the total of the second lift outright unless you happened to get lucky and resell it for exactly what you bought it for. Basically this is just food for thought, something to think about. I wish I learned this before I purchased my OME 885 with 90021's and Dakar leaf pack+D29xl. I enjoy this lift, and it suits me just fine currently but I'm now eye balling some Kings with a remote reservoir for both the front and rear. There are a few more players in the suspension market now so I may have to go back to the drawing board. But you get my point. If I was going to sell my current OME set-up, I wont get back what I initially purchased it for so Ill be out the overhead plus the cost of the new suspension. I hope this makes a bit of sense. You can save a bit of money if you buy used/rebuilt from a member on here that may be selling theirs, but when it comes to suspension (this is only my opinion) I like to know the history of the parts before I trust it on my vehicle because God forbid, it breaks in the middle of the trail when I'm miles from civilization. If the guy prior Mobbed the tar out of the suspension and its been used and abused, I wouldn't trust it to get the miles I need out of it.

    TLDR: Buy your first choice of suspension even if its more expensive than what your alternatives are if you intend on reselling and upgrading down the road. It'll save you time and money in the long run.

    -J
     
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  9. Sep 3, 2018 at 12:58 PM
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    1000% correct. In summary, buy once cry once.
     

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