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Help me justify spending my money for a lift

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by MrGuitarguy, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. Aug 13, 2010 at 7:42 PM
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    MrGuitarguy

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    I've been working and saving all summer to lift my 05 Tacoma DC 2WD Long bed 3 inches. I was pretty sure that the money would make my truck look how I wanted until I came across a thread that showed Long bed lifted Taco's. The thread showed 3',4.5', and 6' lifts. The OP made a comment about how 3' DC Long bed trucks barely looked lifted when having a 3' lift. After viewing pictures he was right. I dont do any off roading, but I did want a versatile lift; that is I like to have the option to be able to do a decent/good trail, but a 6' is too much. I have a 3k Budget, which sounds like a lot but when doing the math its barely enough (Maybe I've been looking in the wrong places?).

    I've been looking at the DB long bed thread religiously, (and I dont want to offend anyone, there are beautiful Taco's there) but I only saw two Taco's that looked the way I wanted them (Sooner021, and DTacoms). I'm pretty sure they had 3' lifts. If it isnt to much to ask could you guys post DC Long beds with 3' lifts, the brands/equipment, and how much you all spent (if you all do not mind). I just want to make sure when its all done my Taco looks the way I want.
    What I planned:
    OME 3' lift-$700
    UCA's-$500
    AT 285/70/17's-$1k
    Konig Countersteers-~$700
    Equals ~$2,900

    [​IMG] ^ My Taco, if it helps.

    TL/DR: Can you guys please post Long Bed with 3' lifts, how much you all spent, and what brands/equipment you used to lift them.

    All help appreciated, and thank you in advance.
     
  2. Aug 13, 2010 at 7:49 PM
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    Since you're a prerunner, you could go with 4'' lift spindles instead. That would eliminate the need for spending 500 on ucas. You'd still have to get rear lift options, which are relatively inexpensive, and extended brake lines and such, but you'd end up at about the same price you are now but with more lift.
     
  3. Aug 13, 2010 at 8:08 PM
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    http://www.camburg.com/?p=452
     
  4. Aug 13, 2010 at 8:22 PM
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    Aren't spindles frowned upon here? Or do I thinking of the wrong thing? How do they look? Would it spindles, wheels+tires? Also what is long travel? I always read that around here.

    All help appreciated.
     
  5. Aug 13, 2010 at 8:24 PM
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    Spindles wheels and tires. That would be the route I would go if I was 2wd
     
  6. Aug 13, 2010 at 8:25 PM
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    No actually it's the opposite. Spindles are a preferred lift for Prerunners because they keep the stock geometry (or so I've been told) and don't require new springs/shocks/UCA's. They are a great way to achieve 4 inches of lift or more, depending on how much you want. Spindles would look great on your truck. If you got the OME kit with the spindles, you'd have 7 inches of lift, which I don't think you want.

    You can get just the spindles/wheels/tires and be at 4" of lift with nothing else, but then you'd need something for the rear.

    As for long travel, a good thread on that can be found here:

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/56245-long-travel-information.html
     
  7. Aug 13, 2010 at 8:27 PM
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    So for the rear would I use a OME AAL?
     
  8. Aug 13, 2010 at 8:29 PM
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    You could use any AAL that would get you the right height.
     
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    yea that would work, you should upgrade the rear shocks too, maybe just the OME shocks from toytec
     
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    You could use that I suppose (others with that actual combo can chime in) but I think an All Pro-Offroad 3" leaf pack or an OME Dakar leaf pack (3") would be a better application. Again, others with these products would be able to provide first hand experience.

    A 2" AAL would be the minimum for the rear that I would go with.
     
  11. Aug 13, 2010 at 8:35 PM
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    Which one is cheaper, the All Pro, or the OME Dakar, and if 2' is minimum, whats maximum.

    I forgot to mention I dont want any rake. I really do not like that look. I'd like it to be all level.
     
  12. Aug 13, 2010 at 8:36 PM
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    2" lift in back will double and get you a total 4" lift, so if you're doing a 4" spindle up front you'll want 2" in back somehow, how you get there is up to you, just dont use blocks
     
  13. Aug 13, 2010 at 8:38 PM
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    Do you have the rear TSB?
     
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    Quite honestly, I dont even know what the TSB entails. To be honest I'm missing of the leaf's in my pack.:( I didn't think it was a big deal since I plan on overhauling my whole suspension; thus this thread. I saved my truck from domestic disputes. I'll post the story when I actually lift the truck.
     
  15. Aug 13, 2010 at 8:58 PM
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    4 leafs in the back equals TSB, but chances are you don't have them.
     
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    Oh. I have two leaf's in the the bracket, and one leaf that's half as long and is not in the bracket. By way this is the first time working on a car, and I'm the only one in my family who has ever modded a truck. So excuse my ignorance.
     
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    personally, i would go w/ the following:

    front:
    camburg 4" spindles - 900 (10% w/ TW discount)
    5100's - 180 (sonny - downsouthmotorsports.com)

    rear:
    OME dakar leafs - ~450 shipped w/ OEM bushings from TRDparts4u.com
    OME nitrocharger rear shocks - 180

    (all prices are way off the top of my head, so may be more/less, but it gives you the rang)

    you will also need ext brake lines f/r, which you can get from a guy here for under 100 for all 4.

    also, concerning tires, price your tires at onlinetires.com, then have america's tire pricematch them..i did this and saved 175 on my nitto TGs..it was almost like getting the 4th tire free!!
     
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    I agree with the 4" or even a 6". The "problem" with the DCLBs is that a 3" lift isn't near as impressive (looks wise) on that long of a truck. A 3" on a regular cab looks pretty big, whereas a 3" on mine (Access cab) is just noticeable from stock, and IMO a 3" on a DCLB still looks like stock height as far as the tires/height in proportion to the body.

    It's like those guys with DCLB full-size trucks, anything less than a 6-8" lift is barely detectable and 35" tires look tiny, but a Suzuki Samurai on 35" tires looks like a little monster truck.

    When looks are the main goal, proportionate (tire size to body size) is the goal IMO; and you need a big enough lift to fit those proportionate tires.
     
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    I agree, but 6' is just to much height and money for me. I'm 5'5'. I'm already jumping in the truck at stock height haha. 4' spindles it is, with 2' AAL's. 285' tiress might not look big enough, but these trucks are not economical as it is, and the big tires doesnt help. That's why I'm somewhat limited to what I want to do.
    Does anyone have any 4' LT DCLB Taco's to post?
     
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