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Level Kit front only help??

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by joshuai371p, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Feb 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM
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    joshuai371p

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    First post here. I just got an 09 Tacoma 4x4 dbl cab. I have 265/70/17 tires OEM. I am thinking of running 285/70/17 which by my calculations is 1 inch bigger than OEM. I went to the tire shop and they tell me I need a lift for the front. Im not really into changing suspension parts and they tell me its only a leveler kit for front only 2.5 inch (http://www.procompusa.com/prodDetail.aspx?partNo=EXP65205&catID=1&subCat=358&ptID=9333&plID=7142). Im nervous about that having major effects on cv shafts, ride, wheel alignment, rub, vibration, looks, etc, etc, etc. Can anybody please help me with advice on whether this is a good thing? Bad thing? Too much trouble for just a tire 1 inch larger? I just dont want it to have a negative effect on my truck. I am not interested in having my truck chopped and modified at this point. Has anybody done just a front leveler before? Any information would be great. Thanks in advance to all posters!
     
  2. Feb 23, 2012 at 10:37 PM
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    You probably have 265/65R17 tires if they're OEM. Why not just step up to a 265/70R17 tire (about 1" taller than stock, give or take -- if you go with an aggressive A/T tread, it will be 1" taller easily) and avoid all the trouble of having to lift anything?

    That size will fit with no rubbing or anything. Do you NEED 285 tires?
     
  3. Feb 24, 2012 at 5:36 AM
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    What is 5100? I think I am going to just stay stock on my suspension at this point. I will have to run a smaller tire than I wanted to but it just seems like its to much trouble and cost.
     
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    What is your actual tire size now. Go look at the sidewall of your tires. Stock is 265/65/17. If you don't want to mess with suspension, go with a set of wheel spacers, like spidertraxx, and get your slightly larger tires put on. The next size up tire from stock is the 265/70/17, you may be able to get away with a lil larger than those with wheel spacers, but no gaurantees. If you do decide to mess with suspension, go with the bilstein 5100 shocks rather than leveling spacers, and set them at 1.75". That should achieve a leveled out ride, it will be a much nicer ride than a spacer, and not much of a price difference, though the 5100's are a much better value than spacers.
     
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