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going in circles... lift/level for daily driver 2004

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by UTTaco93, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. Jan 1, 2011 at 7:30 PM
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    UTTaco93

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    have a double cab 2004 that I use as my daily driver... i may at some point take it out on the trail or mud or just rough roads but nothing extreme... i want to get a little bit of lift and bigger tires (not to big to affect my GAS mileage to much).... What do you all recommend? I am thinking of a toyotec lift:
    http://www.toyteclifts.com/index.ph...tegory_id=120&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=72

    or mabye a Bilstein 5100: http://downsouthmotorsports.com/i-1...acoma-pre-runner-4wd-pre-load-adjustable.html

    What do you all think if it is my daily driver? I live in the DFW area and at some point want to add bigger tires outside of what I have 265...on stock rims... Plan on getting some matte black rims in the 2011 spring time... Any recommendations on that with some MT tires.... I have some BF AT tire right now and don't know what would be the difference in ride/comfort if it's a daily driver...

    Thanks for all your input.. I know I can search (as I have but can't seem to find a concise summary post).....
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  2. Jan 1, 2011 at 7:34 PM
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    moto932

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    lifting and bigger tires will affect your mpg's. mine is my dd as well and as much as i off road, i cant justify lifting the truck. i am going to level it with the 5100's whenever i get around to putting them on. as far as a bigger tire, you can run a 32 inch tire stock, with very minor rubbing. bigger tire means more weight, which hurts mpg's a little too. hope this helps
     
  3. Jan 1, 2011 at 7:55 PM
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    UTTaco93

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    thanks moto932....tYeah that is what I was afraid of too. Maybe leveling is what I should go for. Would 5100 or 5125 be best for a DD?? I was planning on 5100 but have heard conflicting opinions... DownSouthMotorSports has a good set :)

    what do you all think between BF, Toyo and Procomp MT? 32 on a stock lift (maybe if I get the 5100 Bilstein?).
     
  4. Jan 1, 2011 at 8:43 PM
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    i say billy 5100's with either 5100's or 5150's in the rear depending on whatchya want, a progressive aal if your not getting new springs and some 265/75/16 duratracs if you stay with 16 inch rims or some 32/11.5/15 if you decide on new rims
     
  5. Jan 2, 2011 at 8:02 AM
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    I installed 881's and 5100's, @ 0.. all the way around and no noticeable decrease in mpg,stock tires.
     
  6. Jan 2, 2011 at 8:15 AM
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    My truck with adj.5100 in the middle setting,rear has stock leaves with 5125 shocks.
    If it is going to be a daily driver don't go with anything larger than 265/75/16.unless you re-gear.
    I'm still getting 18 mpg with this set up.

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  7. Jan 2, 2011 at 8:19 AM
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    I lost track thousands of dollars ago.
    I would just go with 5100s all around the 5125s are for 3" lifts or more. Your going to lose 'MPGs with bigger tires so I would stay with a smaller tire like a 32"
     
  8. Jan 2, 2011 at 8:25 AM
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    Well I don't know about that I have 33x12.5s and I only have a little power loss going up hill and I'm getting 16 to 17 MPGs on the HW.
     
  9. Jan 2, 2011 at 8:31 AM
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    I just leveled mine with the Bilstein 5100's. Love the look. I have 265/75r16's. My theory was that I could level it and if a few years down the road I want a bigger lift, I could jack up the 5100's higher and put in an AAL. Here are before and after pics based on stock tires w/o level and 265's with level.

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  10. Jan 2, 2011 at 8:50 AM
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    I have ran 32 and 33 on my truck and could tell a huge difference between the two..I also have 33's on my 4-runner and it is a pig.
    Do you ever pull a trailer with your truck..?

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  11. Jan 2, 2011 at 10:46 AM
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    Will probably go 5100. Anything else needed if I get them? Plan on doing this in a week or two in the garage... Will go with 32 tires in the spring after my current BF AT wear out....
     
  12. Jan 2, 2011 at 10:48 AM
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    Nothing else needed. That's the beauty of it. Just have to have a spring compressor for the install.
     
  13. Jan 2, 2011 at 12:24 PM
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    do you have a spring compressor if you are planning on doing this yourself?
     
  14. Jan 2, 2011 at 1:20 PM
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    I don't but I was gonna check the local autozone to see if they rent them or can let me borrow one... I wouldn't think it would be to complicated...I guess, thoughts?
     
  15. Jan 2, 2011 at 2:33 PM
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    i think they have them to rent. i dont think it would be very complicated. i might rent one or take them a shop to have them swap out the coils for a few extra bucks.
     
  16. Jan 2, 2011 at 2:34 PM
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    I rented a spring compressor from auto zone. It's a lot easier to use with an air impact wrench.
     
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    I ended up taking mine to a shop. Just a point of reference, I found out the hard way there's not much savings from you taking the shocks off the truck and taking them to a shop to swap the coils verses just taking the truck to the shop and letting them do it all. I found it only save about $40. When you figure the time running around and actually doing your part of the work, it's not worth it. Found that out when I was doing the shocks on my car a couple years ago.
     
  18. Jan 2, 2011 at 4:22 PM
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    ^ I was only chaged $35 to have the shop swap shocks when I brought them the coilovers. They said if they had been on the truck they woulda charged close to $100. So I suppose it depends who you deal with. For me, even $40 difference would be worth it!
     
  19. Jan 3, 2011 at 12:40 PM
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    ok. just talked to DSMS and they said to go with 5100 up front and 5125 on rear... plus to order bushing for front from toyotec... I guess that is my plan.
     
  20. Jan 7, 2011 at 11:27 AM
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    What setting should i put the Belsteins 5100 upfront? Stock, 1" or 2.5". I got the 5125 for the rear and plan on taking it in to a local shop to get them installed. I want to level it to matchup with how the rear will look...

    Thanks for the advice all....
     

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