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Help on choosing a 3 inch lift.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by chvymechanic, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. Jun 12, 2010 at 10:34 PM
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    chvymechanic

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    So, I am looking at getting a 3 inch lift without leveling (I like stock stance). I would like any advise, opinions on what to buy. This truck is my daily driver. I'm just looking for better clearance and the ability to fit 32 inch tires possibly 33's. I would like to maintain a comfortable ride. Also not looking to break the bank.


    Thanks in advance for all the help.
     
  2. Jun 12, 2010 at 10:39 PM
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    without leveling?! Subscribed! I don't even know how this would be possible. Most of the kits I've seen including leveling. It's their highest selling point besides fitting bigger rubber. :)
     
  3. Jun 13, 2010 at 10:02 AM
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    Well, I would be able to fit the same size tires without leveling that I could with leveling. Leveling just lifts the front higher then the rear by about an 1.5 inches, I want to lift the front and rear both 3 inches.
     
  4. Jun 13, 2010 at 10:23 AM
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    i would also like to do this and am trying to decide on how to go about it....subscribed
     
  5. Jun 13, 2010 at 10:24 AM
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    From what I can tell that set up still only lifts the rear 1.5 inches. While lifting the front 3 inches.
     
  7. Jun 13, 2010 at 10:45 AM
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    3in lift, 2in wheel spacers, 16in rims, 32in tires, fully tinted windows and lights, hid headlights, kenwood 994 radio, alpine 1000w amp, Orion HCCA 10.4 sub, with custom box.
    put two sets of leveling blocks and then do the three in the front. then you will have tire clearance but also a lower front than the back
     
  8. Jun 13, 2010 at 10:50 AM
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    Ive got an OME thats pretty decent, Toytec is another good one. Or you could go with bilstien 5100's all around and an AAL.
     
  9. Jun 13, 2010 at 10:50 AM
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    Not sure about the first gens but on my second gen I did this. I have 3" lift from coilovers in front and a 3" leaf pack in the rear. Sits stock just higher. Check my build thread. The ome lift is great. Instead of adding the 1.5" aal just get new 3" leaf packs if they make them.
     
  10. Jun 13, 2010 at 10:52 AM
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    I have bilstein 5100s on my truck set at 2.5 in the front and a toytec AAL in the back With 5100s and i still have about a 1 inch rake. I think it sittes perfict.

    Its hard to tell in the pic.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Jun 13, 2010 at 10:11 PM
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    x2 on the adjustable coilovers. This gives you complete control of the front. There are many options for the rear, from complete spring pack replacement to add-a-leafs to extended shackles. Find to combo that gives you the "3 inches" in the rear, then, with COs you can dial in the exact rake that you want.

    btw: you do not need a 3 inch lift to be able to clear 32" tires.
     
  12. Jun 14, 2010 at 6:00 AM
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    Agreed with these guys... Tom, you gotta just throw billy 5100s up front...then you can adjust it.
     
  13. Jun 14, 2010 at 6:35 AM
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    Hey Boss,

    I have an 05, so the lift may change a little but my thoughts are the same.
    I like the stock stance (rear a little higher than front), and definitely not a fan of front higher than the rear.
    My first thoughts were Bilstein 5100s in front @ 2.5", and 2" AAL in rear.
    Instead of that I am going with a 3" coilover lift, and I think I am going to put 5100 in rear with 2-3" rear AAL.
    I am definitely going with stock TRD OffRoad 16" rims, black powdercoated, with 285/75/16 rubbers.

    As you can see, I want to put a bit of a lift on the truck, but I can't afford to break the bank... the lift will cost less than $1000, and coilovers much better than just upgraded shocks.

    Let me know if you want explanation on anything, or terms....
    When I was a newbie, a lot of stuff went right over my head.

    Cheers
     
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    Was the rear toytec AAL a 1.5"? If so you should be setting perfectly level now.
     
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    Well I came up with this, OME with 883 coils (the 883's without added weight in the front says it will do a 3 inch lift) and the complete leaf pack in the rear that offers a 2.25 inch lift with a one inch lift shackle. Giving me a 3(front) and 3.25(rear) inch lift.

    Thoughts?
     
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    Do you have front axles? Can't tell from your profile. If your truck is a 4x4, 3" of lift in the front will put a lot of pressure on your axle boots. You do not need more that 2.5" to be able to run 285s.
     
  18. Jun 15, 2010 at 1:30 PM
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    Wouldn't a diff drop help relieve some of the pressure?
     
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    It was soppose to be 1.5" but i acually picked the back up about 2.5" some my rear is a little higher.
     
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