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Leveling kit on stock wheels/tires? Want to hear your thoughts

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Gunnar_19, Dec 7, 2018 at 12:09 AM.

  1. Dec 7, 2018 at 12:09 AM
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    Gunnar_19

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    So my new truck (19 dcsb or mt) is due sometime next week from the San Antonio plant, and I don't plan on building it until sometime next year. That being said, would a leveling kit look weird on the stock wheel/tire setup? I assume there would be a noticeable gap in the front especially with the somewhat tame tires the Tacomas come with. I like the idea of leveling the truck out, but I wonder since I plan to lift it and put new tires/wheels on it down the road if a ,leveling kit would be beneficial? Thanks for all replies in advance!

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  2. Dec 7, 2018 at 3:29 AM
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    Riotfunk

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    You'll be fine, just do it. Can only go so high in a leveling kit
     
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    I’m a gen 2 and did a level two years ago. I did have to go with a larger tire due to the stock tires looking to small. I am planning on lifting sometime in the near future. Level is a nice bridge till you are ready to lift in my opinion.
     
  4. Dec 7, 2018 at 3:50 AM
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    Comatose

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    Leveling it is only going to make it look different, whether or not it looks good is up to you.
     
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    IMO you're better off lifting the front with some Bilsteins. With a spacer lift you can wear components out prematurely and cost yourself more money in the long run.

    Bare in mind, if you level, when you put a load in the rear it will give you brolean. (lower in rear than front)
     
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    How? Give me some facts to back this up.
     
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    I guess to each his own, but I never understood the desire to level a truck. IMO a slight rake is how a "Truck" should stand with and empty bed. Once you use it as a truck, (i.e. put something in the bed or tow something) you are level. Start with a perfectly level truck and you'll be star gazing when you put it to work. Now I'll admit, a good deal of the time I drive around with an empty bed with the rear riding 1.5" higher than the front, but I like that. But, it's your vehicle and you should have it the way YOU want it.
     
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  8. Dec 7, 2018 at 7:31 AM
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    Clearwater Bill

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    The only thing leveling ever benefits is looks. While looks are nice, function is better. OE rake is there for a reason.

    To me, taller tires are needed to complete the look.

    Using correct fitting wheels you can run full 33's on your truck with no lift at all if you are willing to run a 255 tire.

    Great for some folks, not so much for others. How you use the truck really should dictate the type and size tires you install.
     
  9. Dec 7, 2018 at 7:45 AM
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    cowsquatch67

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    2.25 inch front level kit. Nothing in the rear. Stock wheels and tires. Going to do a 1 inch block lift in the rear soon. When funds allow, new tires; Ridge Grapplers, Duratracs, Discoverer Maxx ST, Open Country etc. Probably 265-75-16 or maybe 285's if I can get away with it...
     
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  10. Dec 7, 2018 at 8:22 AM
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    Spacer lifts change you suspension geometry without giving your more travel. It can wear out the ball joins in your control arms. I don't claim to be a suspension expert, but I can tell you after installing my own front coilovers I can attest to understanding the ball joint issue.
     
  11. Dec 7, 2018 at 11:35 AM
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  12. Dec 7, 2018 at 1:17 PM
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    Please explain to me the difference between the effects of a top plate spacer and the blisteins you recommended.
     
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    Here's the stock size on a 2.5 inch lift all around. Doesn't look too bad in my opinion. It was also on fresh dakar rears, so the back end is REALLY high in this pic.

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