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fabtech 3.5" lift questions

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by tacojunkie, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. Mar 17, 2011 at 4:48 PM
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    tacojunkie

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    just finished installing the 3.5 on my 2wd pre. the fronts are at about 3 now and the front is higher than the rear i ordered replacement shackles that will add about 1.5" to the rear to correct this but why does the fronts extend higher than the rears .with the add a leaf i cannot see a way to adjust the rear any higher than the leaf allows. has any one else had this issue? am i doing the right thing by changing the shackles? any advice would be appreciated. thanks.
     
  2. Mar 17, 2011 at 4:52 PM
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    nelson18matt

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    wait, what?

    the fabtech lift spindles are for 5 lug trucks... not 6 lug prerunners...

    pics now please
     
  3. Mar 17, 2011 at 4:54 PM
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    tacomakid96

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    I think he has coilovers?
     
  4. Mar 17, 2011 at 4:58 PM
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    ah, i'm sure your right. i forgot they made coilovers for the 6 lugs

    good call

    OP: if the front coilovers are giving you 3" of lift then you have the coil compressed too much. the truck is going to ride like crap and your gonna have very little down travel on the suspension.

    lower the preload down some this will solve front and rear leveling problem as well as improve ride quality and performance
     
  5. Mar 17, 2011 at 5:00 PM
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    hes talking about the coilovers. i used to run them. I bought the truck with them cranked as far up as the would go and an add a leaf also and the truck sat a little higher in the front. if you are looking for a level stance i would just crank them down instead of getting the shackles to lift the back more. the coilovers ride A LOT better when u let the tension out of the springs.
     
  6. Mar 17, 2011 at 5:01 PM
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    hahahah i like the way u think
     
  7. Mar 17, 2011 at 5:02 PM
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    great minds, think alike...:D
     
  8. Mar 17, 2011 at 5:16 PM
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    i will lower them a little and see but here are the pics. i also measured while i was out there i only have the fronts at 2.5

    truck1 002.jpg
    truck1 003.jpg
    truck1 005.jpg
     
  9. Mar 18, 2011 at 12:53 PM
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    I have the same setup and the ride is kinda crappy. Very very veryyy stiff.

    I personally dont have a problem with it, but most people who get into my truck are
    always complaining lol.

    Whenever I go off roading though, it does help the tire rubbing since im running 33's
     
  10. Mar 18, 2011 at 1:53 PM
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    When I sold mine to my buddy he cranked his down to only 2 inches of lift and his truck rode great. Cranking them down even the slightest bit really improves your ride a lot.
     
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