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Front spacers / leveling kit

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Flyfisherman, Feb 18, 2017.

  1. Feb 18, 2017 at 5:40 AM
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    Flyfisherman

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    Putting a 2 inch leveing kit on my 03 Tacoma. The back blocks are 2 inch thick. Why is the front spacers, above the struts only a 1 inch thick. Just making sure I got the right set up. thanks
     
  2. Feb 18, 2017 at 5:57 AM
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    just what I need to do what I want
    Kelly-
    In the front you get twice the lift from a spacer eg: 1" spacer =2" lift.
    For the rear it is 1:1.
    If you are just after the "off-road look", or $ is tight this is fine. But do know that if you wheel hard you could damage your front struts by bottoming them out. Also adding a 2" block to the back will increase axle wrap, damaging your leafs. Plenty of threads on here, the search button is your friend.
     
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  3. Feb 18, 2017 at 6:03 AM
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    Thanks Mike. Really don't do the hard wheeling thing. Just wanting a better look. The lift helps when the girlfriend is gettin in the truck too. oh fyi, I'm on the local EMS truck today, just noticed your star of life on the profile. Kelly
     
  4. Feb 18, 2017 at 5:28 PM
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    Yeah its the geometry of the front end components that create the reason why you get almost double the lift from a givin size of spacer...
     
  5. Feb 19, 2017 at 1:30 AM
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    I used a 3" spacer lift ,be sure you install the diff drop ,and i recommend the shackle lift for rear over the blocks it works better and is simple to install
     
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  6. Feb 19, 2017 at 4:10 AM
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    2" shackle and 2" lift bracket for brake proportion valve

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  8. May 27, 2023 at 7:47 PM
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    Hello all,
    With those shackels on the rear, does the ehxaust hit on the passenger side ? Mine rubs the chrome T.P.
    I have an 02 Prerunner 2 w/d and am thinking of going back to the origianls, (shackles), and just replace the front spacers to level out the truck.
    Riding 265/75/16 on stock rims.
    Anyone tell me what size spacers I will need in the front.
     
  9. May 27, 2023 at 10:56 PM
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    ... what?

    You currently have some sort of spacer lift (front) + shackle lift (rear), and it's causing the exhaust pipe to hit the passenger leaf spring. right?

    We cannot possibly tell you what spacer you need- that's insane.

    And your current solution is to remove the shackle to reduce the rear lift, and try to match the front?

    What are your priorities?

    Do you need the lift for off roading?

    I'm guessing not if you're willing to ditch the lift.

    Is the exhaust tip more important to you than the lift?

    Personally, I'd just cut the exhaust tip off so it doesn't hit the leaf spring. I did that 22 years ago and haven't looked back since.
     
  10. May 28, 2023 at 8:11 AM
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    That last picture really makes it look like your leafs are way flattened out, AKA you need some fresh leaf springs.
     
  12. May 28, 2023 at 9:44 AM
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    I had the same issue. PO had installed 2" shackles and must have rerouted the tailpipe. When the time came to install the Walker cat-back system, it would not fit due to leaf spring interference with the tailpipe.
    My solution was to install ProComp 2" add-a-leaf. My shackles have 2 different mounting heights. Re installed the to the OEM position. No more clearence issues.
     
  13. May 28, 2023 at 10:14 AM
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    Thanks for the reply. I think I'm going to reinstall the factory shackles and replace the front 1.5" spacers with 1" spacers. Maybe that will level it out and no contact will be made from my leaf springs and the TP
     
  14. May 28, 2023 at 12:54 PM
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    They make an exhaust relocation bracket. I don’t have any experience with it though. I cut my tailpipe right as it goes over the axle 39324AEB-79A8-4E9A-ACF0-52E4B7545D3B.jpg
     
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  15. May 28, 2023 at 3:26 PM
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    If you go back to factory shackles and factory coilovers the truck will be level :confused: (unless your suspension is shot and needs to be replaced entirely, which is likely considering the age of the truck).

    If you remove the lift shackles you will need to reduce the front lift by that same amount to keep it level. But again, we can't tell you what that is. You just need to pull the shackles and measure where it sits.
     

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