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Is a lift worth the risk

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by rhowell, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. Dec 20, 2011 at 1:53 PM
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    rhowell

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    I keep hearing of so many issues with lifting these trucks. I would love to lift mine but not if it is going to screw things up.
     
  2. Dec 20, 2011 at 1:54 PM
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    chadderkdawg

    chadderkdawg Don't ask questions you don't want the answer to..

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    What issues?
     
  3. Dec 20, 2011 at 1:55 PM
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    Aw9d

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    Better question to ask is do you really need a lift?
     
  4. Dec 20, 2011 at 1:55 PM
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    RV7Garage

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    For every issue you hear of, there have to be at least twice that many that have zero problems. Do the lift, you will definitely learn something along the way, and you will be making it your own.
     
  5. Dec 20, 2011 at 1:55 PM
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    whippersnapper02

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    Most issues are with the diff bearing on 4wd trucks.
     
  6. Dec 20, 2011 at 2:00 PM
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    chadderkdawg

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    I have the worst kind of lift and still have zero problems....
     
  7. Dec 20, 2011 at 2:01 PM
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    rhowell

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    I have 4x4 short box. Want to go with the bilstein 5100's and new UCA with AAL in the rear.

    I keep hear about vibration issues with the majority of lifts.

    It seems like there is no 'right way', but more like hit or miss.
     
  8. Dec 20, 2011 at 2:02 PM
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    chadderkdawg

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    You're doing it the right way, if you have a vibration, isolate it, and fix it.
     
  9. Dec 20, 2011 at 2:04 PM
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    I just put in a small lift without any problems. I did my research here on TW and Tacoma HQ. It has been my observation that those who are thorough in their research and modifications have no troubles. Those trying to cut corners have often had to add mods after their initial attempt.

    I have definitely learned about my truck by going through the process...and I am stoked about the results!
     
  10. Dec 20, 2011 at 2:07 PM
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    I would say that is a wise choice


     
  11. Dec 20, 2011 at 2:13 PM
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    Pugga

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    x2, I would ask the same question. If you want 0 issues, no mystery vibes and no chance of them, keep it stock.
     
  12. Dec 20, 2011 at 2:21 PM
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    I want a lift to make this truck more my own. All I have ever owned has been chevrolet cavalier's. Now that I have a great job and a family I feel like rewarding myself by finally having a vehicle that I actually 'want' to put some money into.
     
  13. Dec 20, 2011 at 2:25 PM
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    Understandable. The higher the lift, the more potential issues you could have. I went with 5100's all around, a 1.5" AAL out back and Eibach coils up front. I retained the stock UCA's and 0 issues. Old Man Emu kits are priced well and have a great reputation. Anything over 2" you should at least start to think about new UCA's, over 2.5" and you should definitely get new UCA's IMO.
     
  14. Dec 20, 2011 at 2:30 PM
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    Don't lift it.


    It's too risky

    :p
     
  15. Dec 20, 2011 at 2:33 PM
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    So how much of a lift did you get from that set up. Did you set yours at 1.5"
     
  16. Dec 20, 2011 at 2:35 PM
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    If you do it right the only added risks are an increase chance of rolling over if you take a turn to fast which you shouldn't be doing anyway in a truck.
     
  17. Dec 20, 2011 at 2:36 PM
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    Pretty close, maybe a tiny bit over 1.5" up front. The AAL I used was Icon's 1.5" 3-leaf AAL and they tell you to remove the factory overload leaf and leave it out when you install it. I'm at 2" in the rear because I left the factory overload leaf in place but I carry a fiberglass shell and tools around all day and wanted to be able to tow/haul without really squatting so this set-up worked well for me.
     
  18. Dec 20, 2011 at 2:37 PM
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    Good foresight. Way to risky. :rolleyes:
     
  19. Dec 20, 2011 at 2:38 PM
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    OK, I see, this is a bucket list item.
    You're in, dude.

    Do Pugga's lift.
     
  20. Dec 20, 2011 at 2:38 PM
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    I have the OME 3" lift with Dakar rear leaf kit, stock UCAS's and no problems with vibration or alignment. Truck rides great & no issues - I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
    Like another poster said - do it right the first time and you'll have no issues.
     
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