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Getting 3" lift need opinions

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TacoFMS, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. Jul 17, 2010 at 9:15 AM
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    TacoFMS

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    Ok, so I'm looking at getting a 3" lift and needed some info from you guys. I know that first off everyone is going to start screaming TOYTEC but I'm not going to be doing any serious offroading. Just some occasional riding on the trails at the hunt club and such. Ive found a lift that I like but dont know much about them. Its a lift from topguncustomz.com and it closely resembles the rough country lift except it comes with bilstein 5100's for the rear. So its 3" upper strut spacers 2" blocks on the rear and a set of 5100's to smooth out the ride. Its $350 shipped to my door. Guess the questions at hand is would this be a good lift for what I'm looking for and is it a good deal. Appreciate the advice in advance.
     
  2. Jul 17, 2010 at 9:20 AM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Your better off saving for a coil lift of some sort. Be it OME, Eibch, or a good coilover.
     
  3. Jul 17, 2010 at 9:31 AM
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    But would the added cost of the coilover actually be worth it when my truck spends 99.99% of its time on road, so as much as i hate to admit it the lift is more for looks?
     
  4. Jul 17, 2010 at 9:35 AM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Well...The blocks in the rear are going to exacerbate axel wrap, possibly causeing the springs to wear out faster. And the spacer, if a top plate style, can cause the shock to over extend, and break if you hit a whoop, or pot hole when off road.

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  5. Jul 17, 2010 at 9:36 AM
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    You can get a quality rear kit from me with steel blocks and quality u-bolts. Stay far away from aluminum blocks if that's what the kit comes with.
     
  6. Jul 17, 2010 at 9:50 AM
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    ok that picture is just nasty, but i admit i drive like a paw paw when my truck leaves pavement so hopefully i wouldnt ever hit anything hard enough to do something like that. can you explain what you mean by axle wrap and how it is exacerbated?
    Beefed whats the deal with aluminum blocks?
     
  7. Jul 17, 2010 at 9:57 AM
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    another question is do you think it would be ok if i went with that kit now and later when i get a lil more money switched the back out to an aal?
     
  8. Jul 17, 2010 at 9:59 AM
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    Aluminum blocks are cheap and not to be trusted. Here are a few pics. I recently found out that even the cast steel blocks are junk and can't be trusted. I doubt you'd ever notice any ill effects from using blocks. The hype is overrated. I've been wheeling hard for 20 years on the same 3" blocks. Check out these 6" monsters I recently made for a TW member, they're nuts. He says the truck rides great, and I think he already has aftermarket leafs. He was smart and spent the $ for fat 9/16" diameter grade 8 u-bolts. ($74.95 u-bolts only) It's too bad Toyota used a inverted shackle setup on the 2nd gen, or you could run some lift shackles and not get the stiff ride from AAL or the expense of aftermarket leafs. Sooner or later guys will realize blocks and u-bolts just aren't a area to skimp on.

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