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front lift input/advice please

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by nickbean, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. Jun 17, 2012 at 9:30 AM
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    nickbean

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    I jumped through all the Toyota hoops and had the dealer do the TSB on my rear leafs. Now my truck is RAKED something fierce. I did measurements and now the back sits exactly 3 inches higher than the front. Here is what I'm trying to decide between. So advice and pointers would be appreciated. 90% of my time is spent on road driving- weak I know.:( But here is what I'm trying to decide between.

    Bilstein 5100s set at 1.75. But I'm confused, with stock spring set up will I be able to achieve the full 1.75 inches of lift? I know the rear will settle over time and I still want the rear to be slightly higher than the front. Shooting for 1 inch or so. Of course I would have to do an alignment and such. I found new 5100s on sale with free shipping for $180.

    Or do a coil spring spacer from a reputable company?

    I'm leaning towards the bilsteins but I'm not going to upgrade anything else like coils or ucas. I'm currently running 265/75/16 and plan on staying at that size.

    I know there are posts that will answer my question, but with so many posts its hard to search and narrow it down to what I need to know exactly. You guys are good with your responses so I thought this might be quicker.

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Jun 17, 2012 at 9:40 AM
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    ROGU3 PR3DATOR

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    I don't know much about 5100s but it sounds to me like a simple spacer is all you really need. I had a hell bent steel spacer on my 05 for a while. Should almost level the truck. That said, its probably better to just upgrade the suspension via the 5100s. But since I know nothing about 5100s other than that they are popular, I don't know if they are coils and shocks or just the shocks. hopefully someone who knows chimes in soon. Best of luck.
     
  3. Jun 17, 2012 at 9:48 AM
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    BuzzardsGottaEat

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    Sounds like 5100 @ 1.75 will leave the front 1.25 lower than the rear leaving room for it to settle and be close to the inch difference you want. Go for it.
     
  4. Jun 17, 2012 at 10:16 AM
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    I'm running 5100's set @ 2.5 w/ the factory springs in front and the factory tsb done in rear. The ride improvement over the factory bilsteins is amazing. Don't bother with a spacer. get the 5100's. Check out my pics with my black rims. that's after the 5100's installed.
     
  5. Jun 17, 2012 at 7:07 PM
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    nice, i like it. do you have any alignment issues with it set at 2.5? did you install them yourself?
     
  6. Jun 17, 2012 at 8:22 PM
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    Never run a spacer. Get the 5100's on stock springs, or better yet the 5100's with Eibachs.
     
  7. Jun 17, 2012 at 8:26 PM
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    Typical is to run the billies at 1.75 to be a very slight rake with TSB rear. IF you go 2.5 you will be higher in front in a short time. Some like that bro lean though.

    They are going to settle for sure. If you ever tow or haul anything they will drop a good bit.

    If you want to get the back to settle a bit put about 250 pounds in the bed for a couple of weeks.
     
  8. Jun 18, 2012 at 5:01 AM
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    Truck was out of alignment but not by much. I figured I would need an alignment going into the installation. I had a local shop do it here that specializes if lifts and off road accessories. They hit me up for $200 to install 5100's, trim wheel wells, and mount up the bigger wheels. If you're planning on putting bigger wheels and tires on ie. 285/70/17 m/t's like mine, you'll need to set them @ 2.5 for clearance but if you're going with a 265 series a/t tire you should be fine @ 1.75.:D
     
  9. Jun 18, 2012 at 9:32 AM
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    Thanks, gonna stay with the 265 series. I think I've made up my mind and going to go with the 5100's set at 1.75. Thanks for the input. I'll post pics once I get it going.
     

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