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How can you tell if your truck has a suspension lift?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Stout890, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. Sep 22, 2011 at 9:37 AM
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    Stout890

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    Ok guys I bought a Tacoma about 5 months ago and iv been trying for the life of me figure out all that has been done to it because the kid who owned it before me knew nothing about it.

    Basically all I can tell so far is that it for sure has a 3" body lift so it makes it a little bit harder than just thinking "well is it taller"... It has Fabtech racing coilovers in the front that have the markings 2100 on the coil spring. The back looks stock to me but the overload spring says "hecho en Mexico" and I put rancho 5100's back there and they fit fine.

    Basically is there a standard way to tell or is it just basically by a trained eye who has experience with a suspension lift?

    Also I'm happy to say I just ordered some KMC enduros and 31" BFG A/T KO so I'll post some pics when there strapped up
    Thanks in advance for your help dudes!
     
  2. Sep 22, 2011 at 9:43 AM
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    Pics would help. It's kind of a trained eye thing. If you are familiar with basic lifting designs, then you know what to look for versus stock. If you had a stock truck for comparison you could go that route too. This for that, if you will.
     
  3. Sep 22, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1316713278.730160.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1316713302.651808.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1316713326.650226.jpg

    I already know it has a 3" body lift. I actually hate the body lift and will be removing it withtin the next month

    Also what is a leveling kit used for?
     
  4. Sep 22, 2011 at 10:54 AM
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    you have a spacer lift in the front for sure, and the rear looks stock based on the number and angle of the leaf springs
     
  5. Sep 22, 2011 at 10:54 AM
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    There looks like there is a spacer up front.

    Edit: mxn beat me!
     
  6. Sep 22, 2011 at 10:55 AM
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    beat you :D
     
  7. Sep 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM
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    So what does a spacer up front do? My truck looks level and not raked up in the front.

    And from looking at the Fabtech website the shocks come with that spacer, it's apart of the shock. Also it states that the shock gives a 2.5 inch lift..maybe that's because of the spacer??
     
  8. Sep 22, 2011 at 11:10 AM
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    yes the spacer ontop is what is adding the lift to your truck. . stock trucks come raked down in the front so that leveled it out basically and then your body lift lifted everything another 3".

    Have you had someone look at taking the BL off? or were you going to do it yourself? might be a hard/annoying job.
     
  9. Sep 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM
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    Any chance of a shackle lift in back? That looks like a pretty big spacer up front. If it's a full 2.5 inches of lift there should be a lean if the rear is completely stock.
     
  10. Sep 22, 2011 at 11:18 AM
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    jason try to get some more pics, like of the whole truck would be good, and some more of the rear. . . but to answer your whole thread. . yes your truck is lifted lol
     
  11. Sep 22, 2011 at 11:24 AM
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    You have a spacer and spring lift up front.
     
  12. Sep 22, 2011 at 11:27 AM
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    it actually looks to me like there isnt a body lift... the inner fender is lined up right with the uca and no gaps between the bed and frame...

    post more pics
     
  13. Sep 22, 2011 at 11:30 AM
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    X2 I didn't see anything at the bed mount either.
     
  14. Sep 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM
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    There is for sure a body lift. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1316716754.880946.jpg
    Notice how low the pumpkin is..ImageUploadedByTapatalk1316716728.693855.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1316716703.878199.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1316716673.616143.jpg

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1316716819.685617.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1316716869.818321.jpg
    In this one you can see the spacer
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1316716931.633090.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1316716960.567594.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1316717004.713504.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1316717073.350726.jpg

    And yeah I plan on removing the body lift myself. With the help of 2 jacks, 2 friends and a case of beer.

    I have an entire thread on body lift removal. It's gonna be tedious deffanitly gonna be frustrating and potentially take 2 days but is all gonna be worth it. Body lifts are retarded.
     
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    Yep, definitely see it now. You've also got extra leafs in there. You've got a combination body/suspension lift.
     
  16. Sep 22, 2011 at 12:19 PM
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    Really? Is that a drop down shackle i have or is that stock? Which one is the extra leaf? How can i tell how much suspension lift i have? And does anyone know if these Fabtech coilovers can be rebuilt? My front tires are wearing on the insides and I don't want to ruin my new tires I just ordered. I'm replacing the ball joints and tie rod ends so I will be getting an alignment as well but iv heard bad shocks can cause inside tire wear. Plus they ride like a shit sandwich and squeak like a rusty bucket going over the slightest bump lol.

    And thanks everyone for helping me figure out this lift.
     
  17. Sep 22, 2011 at 12:24 PM
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    The one above the overload (big bottom one) is an AAL (Add-A-Leaf). It's probably giving you 1.5-2" of lift. From what I see the shackles look stock.

    I'd say you have 1.5" in the rear and 2.5" up front.

    They may ride like shit because of the spacer. That's a common issue with spacer lifts.
     
  18. Sep 22, 2011 at 12:33 PM
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    Looks like stock leafs plus AAL, which is the bottom skinny one sticking out an an angle and not inside the retaining clip like the top three.

    The shackle looks stock.

    Spacer lifts cause shitty ride.

    I would think it is your alignment, probably excessive camber, is causing bad tire wear. Shock absorbers just...absorb shocks, they don't change alignment geometry.

    The stock suspension without mods wears out pretty fast, too.

    How do you use your truck? What is your budget? We can help you spend all your money on new, better stuff.
     
  19. Sep 22, 2011 at 12:35 PM
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    What? "X2" was too hard to type?
     
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