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Leveling kit advice

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Tony-Tacoma-5121, Oct 6, 2021.

  1. Oct 6, 2021 at 6:48 AM
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    Tony-Tacoma-5121

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    I'm new to suspension mods and stuff, but I would like to install a Supreme Suspensions Full Leveling kit, and I have a couple of questions:

    1) Is it better for me to have both front and rear ends raised from stock by 2" or should I use another recommended setup? 2WD, ground clearance would be nice.

    2) Is there anything else that I need to do besides an alignment (regarding buying the kit)?

    Either a kit with brake relocator brackets:
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    $155 Supreme Suspensions - Full Lift Kit for 1995-2004 Toyota Tacoma 2" Front Lift Strut Spacers + 2" Rear Lift Tapered Blocks + Square Bend U-Bolts + Brake Line Relocator Bracket 2WD 4WD (Black)
    https://www.amazon.com/Supreme-Suspensions-Aircraft-Spacers-Relocator/dp/B00VF412P2?th=1


    Or without them: https://supremesuspensions.com/prod...nsion-lift-kit-2wd-4wd?variant=31239204143184

    3) Can I use stock shocks and springs with this setup (budget) and will it reduce tire rubbing (265/70/R16s)?

    Any advice/recommendations are welcome and much appreciated.
     
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    In my experience, with varying trucks by varying manufacturers in the past, I've never really liked the ride quality of spacer kits. Weird vibrations, premature shock degrade, and even failure. I've got an Eibach kit on order that is a suspension lift not a spacer. Also ordered a mini leaf pack for the rear that goes onto the stock leaf pack. From everything I've read it should ride and handle well, and get me up to 2.5" of lift in the front. Hoping that's the case! I've got a 3rd gen Tacoma I'm waiting on delivery of, from my understanding most suspension components are the same. Hope that helps!
     
  3. Oct 6, 2021 at 12:09 PM
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    Tony-Tacoma-5121

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    Thank you. If I were to get something similar, how much would it cost me? On a small budget. I’d also like to keep it level on both ends, not just squatting the truck, no more than 2”. What is your opinion on that and are there any other elements that need to be replaced?
     
  4. Oct 6, 2021 at 12:17 PM
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    So technically you don't need rear leafs from what I've been told to just level the truck out. Not sure what level would be for you, considering it varies from person to person. I paid $650 for just the eibachs pro truck lift. Front and rear shocks. Fronts are adjustable and include new springs. The made in the USA and million mile warranty was appealing to me. I went with them mostly because I came from the car world, and have used their springs and sway bars in the past. I've heard the Bilstein 5100 set up will get you level too. I was quoted $450 for front and rear shocks, but they reuse your factory springs.
     
  5. Oct 6, 2021 at 12:21 PM
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    That would be nice to reuse the stock shocks. Also, it’d be nice if there are options. I don’t want a squatted truck (sorry if being a noob).
     
  6. Oct 6, 2021 at 12:38 PM
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    Unfortunately I can't fully help you out, just trying to pass on the info I've gotten myself. Hopefully someone else who is more knowledgeable can chime in and help you out! If anything I can give you the shop name that helped me in my decisions!
     
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    Sure, any advice is much appreciated
     
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    I found Rogue Offroad from a google search when I was looking. They had their number at the bottom of their site so I gave them a call.
     
  9. Oct 6, 2021 at 12:51 PM
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    Thank you. Do they have shops in Texas?
     
  10. Oct 6, 2021 at 12:53 PM
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    Not sure but I know they can ship. That's where I ordered my eibach kit from, and they're going to ship it out to me.
     
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    Nice! Thanks for the advice!
     
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    Any further advice is appreciated. Waiting on replies.
     
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    1) Is it better for me to have both front and rear ends raised from stock by 2" or should I use another recommended setup? 2WD, ground clearance would be nice.

    - Pretty much all trucks have a rake to it. The front is purposely lower than the back. When a load gets put on the back, it would make it even and but not squat. A leveling kit takes that away and makes it leveled which would make it squat when a load is applied. The spacers and blocks you showed will lift the truck up. The front spacers will be bigger than the back to lift and level (leveling kit). Again, any load may show the truck squatting. I believe 3inches will be a fine balance without hurting any geometry of other components. Stock tires are about 31 inches. Going to 33’s along with the leveling kit will help with clearance but it’s minute. I personally have TRD pros on 285/ 70 R17 and have no rub. Anything bigger you will have to start messaging inner fenders with heat or cutting. Hopefully not.

    2) Is there anything else that I need to do besides an alignment (regarding buying the kit)?

    alignment is a must when you start moving parts even tho they go into the same holes. When you lift your truck, you will change the look of your truck. If your running stock tires it “may” seem odd and smaller especially if your taco is next to a more proportional taco with its tire.

    nothing else needed if your just adding a leveling kit.
     
  14. Oct 12, 2021 at 3:45 AM
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    Additionally, once you put the spacers on, your ride may feel a tad bit different. Obviously, spacers are for the looks and not for performance but it does do the trick if your on budget. Hope all this helps.

    i bought mine used and it came with block and spacers already.
    Hope this helps.

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  15. Oct 12, 2021 at 7:32 PM
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    Thank you. Much appreciated. I just want to install the leveling kit.
    I didn’t know about the lean/rake, thank you for that.
    In that case, in terms of how much I lift it, I’d rather have it no more than 2 inches at both front and rear of the truck, mainly because I don’t want to raise my center of gravity too much.

    The biggest issue I want to get rid of right now is tire rub on the inside of the front fenders. I’m going to be running 16x7 TRD Off-Road OEM hex rims with 265/70/R16 Goodyear Wranglers. Stock size.

    Now, there are variations of this leveling kit that include options such as a brake valve re-locator bracket or pinion alignment shims. Should I go with the standard leveling kit (comes with the re-locator bracket) or do I need to add the pinion alignment shims mentioned above?

    Waiting on answers.
     
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2021

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