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lift inquiries

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by crazyjeys, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. Mar 16, 2010 at 4:41 PM
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    crazyjeys

    crazyjeys [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hi TW gurus, i'm thinking of lifting my truck with the toytech lift kits but after reading some of the reviews, i need some clarification on one thing, if i do a 3 inch lift, will it mess up my alignment? would i need to buy an aftermarket UCA? how about if i just do a 2.5in lift? is it going to be the same?
     
  2. Mar 16, 2010 at 4:51 PM
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    Farmboyfab

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    You will need a new alignment after any frontend ride height change. With 2.5" you are safe with running stock upper control arms...start pushing 3" and you really need a new UCA to avoid premature wear/failure of the upper balljoint.
     
  3. Mar 16, 2010 at 4:53 PM
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    A 2.5 to 3" lift will cause the Caster angle to be a little low. Not a tire wear issue, but will make the vehicle tend to wander on the highway. Some people don't mind it and then some get the aftermarket UCAs. What lift are you thinking of getting? I can set you up with the toytec products or with something else as well.
     
  4. Mar 16, 2010 at 4:54 PM
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    3 inch lift in back 1 1/2 front. 31' mesa A/T's. Alpine deck, alpine speakers, l5 kicker solo baric sub
    i have a 2.5 lift up front. no need for allignment, no weaving, straight as an arrow!
     
  5. Mar 16, 2010 at 6:18 PM
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    thanks farmaboyfab...

    if i install a 2.5in lift upfront will it level my truck or do i need a 1 inch lift at the back?

    yotadan: i'm thinking of getting from toytec... would a 2.5in spacer cause any trouble or difference in ride?

    bgdeer1: what kind of lift kit did you use?
     
  6. Mar 16, 2010 at 6:27 PM
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    ETaco23

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    If you want to just do a 2.5" I would reccomend the bilstein 5100's. There an adjustable shock. And You would be nose high at that hight, so I think a 1.5" lift for the rear would level you nicely.
    But dont get spacer's!!! they will ride ruff and you wont like it.
     
  7. Mar 16, 2010 at 6:29 PM
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    colinb17

    colinb17 If at first you don't succeed, don't try skydiving

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    i have a 2.5 in lift up front and only the tsb springs in the rear. i'm a little nose high, and look like a retard when i have weight in the bed. i just ordered a 1.5 in AAL easrlier today. a 1 in block would be just about perfectly level you out with 2.5 up front. if you ever haul or tow i'd saw go with the 1.5 in AAL.

    also, 2.5 inches up front starts to get you into a grey area in terms of alignment. yes, an alignment will get you within spec with stock UCAs, but it will not be great. more than likely your caster and camber will be off. camber can cause tire wear, and caster can cause steering wheel vibrations. with 2.5 inches of lift, my alignment is in spec but deffinately off of what is ideal, so i plan on getting a new set of UCAs soon fwiw.
     
  8. Mar 16, 2010 at 6:29 PM
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    And the spacer lifts tend to wear your springs out quicker causing sagging in the front. And even with a 3" lift, you should be fine with your allignment and tire wear.

    But yeah, I would get an allignment done after any lift is done...
     
  9. Mar 16, 2010 at 7:52 PM
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    DTRD

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    I need a recomendation on a full leaf spring replacement for a 1997 excab V6 4x4 after ordering the Toytec ultimate lift 3" kit. My springs are dead.

    Thanks gurus:D
     
  10. Mar 16, 2010 at 7:54 PM
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    Go to wheelersoffroad.com
    They have great leaf springs. A 4 leaf pack for stock hight and a 5 leaf for 1.5" lift.
     
  11. Mar 17, 2010 at 5:12 PM
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    DTRD

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    I got a message from toytec. They have a set of 3" lift springs but this will put my bed setting higher with there ultimate lift kit which is 3" max.
    Still stumped:confused:

     
  12. Mar 17, 2010 at 5:25 PM
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    your rear will be about 1" higher with 3" in the rear and front. But with 3" front 2" rear your truck will be level.
    Thats what they mean.
     
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