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Leveled the truck today... 1.5" spacer kit

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by floridaoccifer, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. Jun 15, 2010 at 8:12 AM
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    floridaoccifer

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    After looking around I found an aluminum spacer kit that would correct the 1.5" difference I had between front and rear. Here are a few images of the process...

    I painted the raw aluminum spacers black with engine paint (I don't like seeing the shiny metal spacer).

    The front end is sitting a little higher right now but from what is in the paperwork this is normal prior to having it settle completely.

    Overall this was a 3hr job with plenty of breaks in between :D

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  2. Jun 15, 2010 at 8:33 AM
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    T0LLPHR33

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    S1N C1TY...(from Hilo, HI)...
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    looks pretty good...nice job...:D
     
  3. Jun 15, 2010 at 9:13 AM
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    I'm thinking a top-plate spacer won't settle at all. All you did was make the shock/spring assembly longer. There's nothing to "break in" so to speak.
     
  4. Jun 15, 2010 at 9:49 AM
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    like KPT said, there is no settle. I had the Pro-Comp leveling kit on mine prior to the
    5100's, no settling because there is nothing to settle, you are just making the ass'y longer. Makes the truck look better tho! I like it!!
     
  5. Jun 15, 2010 at 10:05 AM
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    ok would something like this be what you need to also correct taco-lean?
     
  6. Jun 15, 2010 at 10:45 AM
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    No, because it lifts the truck the same amount on each side.

    To correct the taco lean you need adjustable coilovers or a single 1/4" top plate spacer.
     
  7. Jun 15, 2010 at 10:50 AM
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    +1
     
  8. Jun 15, 2010 at 10:50 AM
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    so would this be ideal for wanting to eliminate some rub?
     
  9. Jun 15, 2010 at 10:54 AM
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    Could you be more specific? What size tires do have or want to go to? Stock rims?

    Lifting will reduce rubbing, but so will differently backspaced wheels or wheel spacers.
     
  10. Jun 15, 2010 at 12:45 PM
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    Hmmm, well then I feel I have been mislead on this kit! I was off by 1.5" from back to front and now after final assembly the back is at 22" from center to fender and the front is now 23"... Numbers prior were 20.5 and 22...

    What gives?
     
  11. Jun 15, 2010 at 1:10 PM
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    Can you post a link to the kit?

    Did the kit advertise 1.5" of lift, or is the spacer itself 1.5" thick?

    Because of how the suspension is set up, if the spacer is 1.5" thick, you will get around 3" of lift.

    Think of it like a level or a see saw. Increasing the height of the fulcrum in the center by some amount will lift the end of the see saw a lot more.

    Did what I just said make any sense at all? I wish I could draw it....hard to describe in words
     
  12. Jun 15, 2010 at 1:10 PM
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    That looks more than 1.5" of lift. The spacer may be 1.5" thick but it kinda looks like 3" of lift
     
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    Viper remote start alarm 2.5" Spacer in front, 1.5" spacer in rear, rear TSB performed N-Fab Nerf bars 16" x 8" Vision Warrior wheels 265/75/16 Dura Trac tires
  14. Jun 15, 2010 at 1:12 PM
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    Haha ktp beat me to it. But I think he's correct
     
  15. Jun 15, 2010 at 1:16 PM
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    Here is the description...

    Toyota Tacoma 1.5" Leveling Kit
    2005-2010 4x4 & 4x2 Models (6-LUG)

    This leveling kit offers you an affordable, yet durable and reliable, method of leveling out your Tacoma. The truck comes from the factory ~1.5" higher in the back than in the front. This easy to install kit will "raise" the front end of the truck by ~1.5", allowing for extra clearance, a overall better look to the truck and the opportunity to but those tires you want on there, without adding the whole body lift kit.


    • Precision CNC machined, down to less than 1/1000 of an inch, out of solid T-6061 aluminum, not multiple pieces welded together and powdercoated to hide flaws, like some other brands.
    • Studs are rated at 58,000 psi !!! Not cheap, welded in Home Depot/Lowe's bolts like some sellers.
    • Comes with all the hardware and detailed instructions needed for easy installation. No spring compressor required for install.
    • IN STOCK, ready to ship by a fellow Tacoma owner.
    • Super fast (99.9% of the time same day) shipping at below cost prices.
    • Excellent customer service, event after the sale, unlike some sellers.


    I met with the guy when I purchased it (local seller / machinist) and he is also on the forums (not sure of his user name but I shot him an email).
     
  16. Jun 15, 2010 at 1:18 PM
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    Wow...looks great. I found some that come anadized black..velocity offroad fyi
     
  17. Jun 15, 2010 at 1:19 PM
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    Hmm I would measure it when you can to see how thick it is....For around 1.5" of lift, you would want the spacer to be ~0.75 inches thick (see my post above)
     
  18. Jun 15, 2010 at 1:23 PM
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    Well the spacer is much greater than .75"

    Anyone wanna tell me what I need to do next since I just got a 2.5" lift kit? (what wheel adjustments need to be made now?????)
     
  19. Jun 15, 2010 at 1:31 PM
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    Alignment for sure. Tire and wheel size/selection is up to u. Most will tell u not to go larger than a 285 series tire or you'll be cuttin alot
     
  20. Jun 15, 2010 at 1:34 PM
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    Well I am going tire shopping this coming Friday and I have a great deal on the Firestone Destination A/T (x4 mounted, balanced) for just under $500 (265/70/16)...

    But now I wonder if I should bump up that size a bit...

    I just wanted the truck to sit level and now it appears I may need to raise the rear a notch :-(
     
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