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Lift is Awesome Offroad

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by crx7, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. Jun 6, 2018 at 7:48 PM
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    crx7

    crx7 [OP] 1997 FZJ80 Triple Locked

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    So, I recently added a lot of weight to my truck with Flippac camper, bed storage, sink, and water. Thus super sagging:

    Found leaf springs were broken on both sides in the back and riding on overloads permanently, thus I put on TSB springs I picked up for $50. Didn't fix it, still sagging on the overload with the TSBs. Thus I figured with the amount of weight I had a 2" Wheeler's add a leaf would fix it. It did and more. Thus needed to level the front a bit so I put in some OME 884's I got here for $90ish shipped. The result:

    Above pic is fully loaded with all camping gear, water, storage, and sink.

    Even with stock cheap skinny tires, truck looks better and rides much much better on the road. Been a few weeks and finally got it off road. Wow, no more hitting bump stops, truck just rolls with the bumps. Rides so much easier, smoother, with no bottoming out.

    Point is I didn't realize lifts actually help a lot off roading, I thought it was just for clearance, but the increased suspension travel with my already upgraded shocks is a big big improvement. Posting as I just don't see this discussed much. Mostly people talk about how many inches their truck is off the ground and what it looks like, without much comments on performance.
     
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  2. Jun 6, 2018 at 10:05 PM
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    Kidoh1

    Kidoh1 Well-Known Member

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    5100s all around. OME 887. HS AAL
    Definitely made a difference for me as well. First time I went offroad, I had 5100s set at 1.75”. Thought the ride was a little rough, but not too bad. Then went to OMEs and it was a significant difference in comfort. Much better.
     
  3. Jun 7, 2018 at 5:07 AM
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    llamasmurf

    llamasmurf Snow Wheeling Aficionado

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    Build thread lists all the things :D
    I agree 100% with you OP, I thought my truck was good off road stock.

    Then put all upgraded suspension, which allowed bigger tires. :spy:

    I wasnt even off roading before, the truck is totally different, so much more capable now.

    :bananadance:

    One thing my truck does though, is hit the bump stops a bit more than I want. I installed Timbren Active Off Road Bumpstops with U-bolt flip. I did not really pay attention when looking at the bumpstops, they are MUCH taller than the stock ones. I have less clearance for suspension travel before hitting them, but they are multi stage bumpstops so maybe they should be hitting more often as they are part of the full suspension. I am unsure on this part. :cookiemonster:
     
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  4. Jun 7, 2018 at 7:51 PM
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    crx7

    crx7 [OP] 1997 FZJ80 Triple Locked

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    I am very tempted to get bigger tires now, but that's like a grand and the truck came with new tires only 9k miles ago. I'd like either some 265/75/16s or 255/85/16s.
     

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