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First lift: Will this fit?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Brandon283, Aug 20, 2016.

  1. Aug 20, 2016 at 3:18 PM
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    Brandon283

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    I've got a few things in my 4wheelparts cart and want to make sure they fit my taco before I order. I've got a 2010 2WD TRD Sport

    Daystar 2.5 Inch Suspension System Lift Kit KT09120BK
    http://www.4wheelparts.com/Suspensi...aspx?t_c=1&t_s=38&t_pt=3533&t_pn=DAYKT09120BK

    Bilstein 36mm Monotube Shock Absorber 24-239370
    http://www.4wheelparts.com/Suspensi...aspx?t_c=1&t_s=90&t_pt=3306&t_pn=BIL24-239370

    This gives me the 2.5" in the front and 1" in the rear I'm looking for and I won't have to worry about the stock shocks up-travel and down-travel issues. Coming from the stock height, I'm hoping to level it out as well. I'm hoping this will allow me to run 33x10.8 tires with a little trimming which I'll have to learn how to do, but I'm sure I can find 32" if I need to.

    I'm just trying to make sure all of this is correct as this is my first truck and lift I've ever done. Is there anything I've forgotten, or will all of this work?
     
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    Don't do this. Adding a spacer is already bad, but with this, you'll also be downgrading shocks.

    Buy Bilstein 5100s and AAL in the rear. No spacers. No blocks.
     
  3. Aug 20, 2016 at 3:26 PM
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    Those shocks are 5100's, no? It doesn't say it in the title but it does in the overview, right?

    I'd rather have an AAL but it doesn't offer it in 1" anywhere that I can find
     
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    Nothing wrong with a spacer lift- You can check my signature on my lift to see what are the considerations- however if I were going to be replacing my shocks with the 5100's I would certainly consider looking at the options that this shock can give you with its adjustable perch- AAL's are great too over the blocks, I made my own set up form a junk yard but they are certainly available.
     
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    Don't do this lift. Just my opinion.
     
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    Yep, agree with do it once, do it right. Suspension and tires pretty much is what your vehicle is, spend here and you will know where your money went, you'll feel it every time you get behind the wheel. Try and get the OME kit if you can, it's definitely worth it. Add some BF Goodrich KO2's and you'll definitely be pleased.
     
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    What are you going to do with the truck?

    Spacers are an inexpensive solution for looks. Real (billies or better) coil overs and springs in the back give you more capability.
     
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    That's the thing, I really don't think I'll be doing anything crazy with her. It's really just my commuter. I might hit a little dirt but it'll be slow knowing it's not a full suspension lift. This should be fine then, no?
     
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    I did a spacer lift on my 4cyl Prerunner. Ordered my kit locally from 4wheelparts. 2.5" spacer might be pushing it for the factory upper control arms. I went with Procomps 2.25" leveling kit in the front and an AAL for the rear (still haven't had time to install this one, the truck is sitting with a slight bro lean). Comparing the daystar spacers to the Procomp ones, the Procomp spacers are a simpler, higher quality install. Not saying the daystars are bad, but the Procomp ones might be one to look at. I also agree with an AAL over a leaf block.

    As far as quality, it rides the same. I've owned several Supra's and MR2's running simple spring and shock kits to full Coilovers; HKS, Stance, BC...so I'm used to variances in ride quality. With the spacer on the Tacoma I didn't notice much difference, if any in ride. However, I wouldn't trust it to do any adventurous off-roading, especially with the reduced travel in the front.

    Here's my Tacoma with just the 2.25" spacer in the front
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    I had a spacer lift for a couple years, now I have a full mid-travel setup (icons, Dirt King upper and lower control arms and Dakars in the back).

    For a DD and going onto a bad forest service road, the spacers were fine. Can I do more with my new setup? Absolutely, but I'm not going to join the spacers are bad camp.

    I would say though, that a set of Bilstien coil overs and a AAL are worth a very hard look. If that's within your budget I'd go that route, as you have more options than a spacer kit, and you're less likely to break something if you get I to a little more than you bargained for on a trail.

    AE
     
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    There are going to be some pros and cons to both a spacer lift and a coil lift, that's why I recommend coilovers. Since yours is only a daily driver you could essentially go with either without any real issue. The reason I would go with the coils instead of spacers is that your not only getting your lift, but you're getting new coils also. If you're just looking for a cheap quick lift for a commuter, go ahead with the spacers, it'll be fine.
     
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    Either will cost you down travel. Spacers also limit up travel, so your shock becomes the bumpstop, instead of the actual bump stop. If you use it hard this will cause the shock to break. No one bothers to do a BP stop relocation on a spacer lift, although you could.
     
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    If you even bottom out the shock, bad things will happen.

    Take a look at this link...
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/2nd-gen-tacoma-shock-info-compilation.232447/

    The stock shock collapsed is 17.1" while the fox extended travel coil overs are 17.6". I've measured before and the fox is about as long as you can get away with. The bump stop is at about the same position as the shock mount on the Lower control arm, a little further inboard acutally. If you were to use the Daystar spacers which I believe are 1.25" (just an example) you should add roughly about .75" or a little less to the bump stops.

    Even if it is your DD it doesn't matter, crappy stuff is crappy. Handling, ride quality, and everything is affected by your vehicles suspension, why put stuff on that will make your truck worse than if you left it alone? Spacers raise your CG, make other parts wear out faster, and reduce your travel numbers, simple as that. Blocks move your axle away from the spring and create a lever that allows the axle to move around more under acceleration and braking. Get the OME kit, it's about $1100 from Wheeler's Offroad and some BF goodrich KO2's, there's a reason it's the #1 rated all terrain on tire rack, and you will be very pleased whether you are on road, off road, pulling a trailer, or just about anything else you might be doing with your truck.
     
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    You're right. However, a 300$ spacer/block kit is still more capability than 99% if people will ever use.
     
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    I would rather leave the truck stock than pay $300 to make my truck worse personally.
     
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    Let the spacer lift bashing begin- rides worse, unsafe, crappy lift, limit travel- all false. All of these debunked in my lift link in my signature. Is there better options yes but lets dispense with the misinformation. As a leveling kit or mild lift they are an affordable option and meet the end user needs of many owners.
     
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