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Lift kit safety and concerns on 2wd models

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by tacomaprerunner, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. Jan 6, 2010 at 1:52 PM
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    tacomaprerunner

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    What concerns are there regarding lift kits on 2wd models? I've got an '01 PreRunner double cab, and am wondering if a 3" lift will bring some safety concerns with it. For instance, how is snow handling/performance affected?
     
  2. Jan 6, 2010 at 1:53 PM
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    No difference in terms of safety issues between 4x4 and 4x2.

    EDIT: What lift are you considering?
     
  3. Jan 6, 2010 at 1:55 PM
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    i had that same lift on my truck years ago and i would advise against it. my truck rode like ass. much worse than stock. spacers suck and those are some garbage procomp shocks for the rear. drop a little more $$$ and go with a OME kit. you'll be much happier, trust me. do it right the first time

    here's a much better choice
    http://www.toyteclifts.com/index.ph...ategory_id=63&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=72
     
  5. Jan 6, 2010 at 3:42 PM
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    Def stay away from preloading the shocks as much as possible with the spacers, do springs or new shocks.
     
  6. Jan 6, 2010 at 4:13 PM
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    problem is, i dont have $700 plus shipping to spend. You really that much against the lift kit i'm looking at?
     
  7. Jan 6, 2010 at 4:32 PM
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    Engage Offroad long travel front and rear with some fat tires.
    nothin wrong with preload spacers... they aren't the greatest ride on speed bumps, but they help with upsizing tires...

    preloaded spacers also have a bit more stability than the top load spacers...

    IF you are looking to do a coil spacer lift on a 1st gen, one smart way to go is...

    1. If you are TRD, swap out the front coils with nonTRD coils.
    2. Go with Bilstein HD stock replacement shocks. The valving on them work quite well with preloaded coil lifts.
    3. If you decide to go with an AAL for the rear, make sure its the long AAL. The short AAL is a pain. If you don't drive too much or too hard, a 1.5" to 1.75" shackle on the stock leafs will suffice for a couple years.

    OR

    If you have the right resources, you can go directly into some higher end coilovers and 8 leaf packs used. If you play your cards right, you could find coilovers for $400 to $600 and full leaf packs for $400 to $500...
     
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    yeah man, i was happy with it for about and hour and then regreted it. if $$$ is tight then go with some adj bili 5100's on all 4 corners and an AAL out back. or just keep saving. remember, you get what ya pay for

    http://www.toyteclifts.com/index.ph...ategory_id=63&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=72
     
  9. Jan 6, 2010 at 5:29 PM
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    Ok thanks.

    I'm no mechanic or anything but I know a little...say I we're to go with that kit
    (http://www.toyteclifts.com/index.ph...ategory_id=63&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=72)

    does that come with everything needed?
     
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    Alright...now here's another question...is it even worth lifting a prerunner in the first place?
     
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    Yeah, nothing wrong at all with lifting a prerunner.
     
  12. Jan 6, 2010 at 7:03 PM
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    Engage Offroad long travel front and rear with some fat tires.
    depends what you are using it for...
     
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    Just for everyday stuff and a little mild off roading.

    and besides, you only live once.
     
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    Engage Offroad long travel front and rear with some fat tires.
    what kinda offroading you doin?

    what regional terrain are you in?
     
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    got some property about 45 minutes away. not rough or anything, not even trails. just some open area.

    regional terrain - missouri
     
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    Engage Offroad long travel front and rear with some fat tires.
    sounds pretty mild... you may not even need to lift it... just throw some aggressive tires on it and put the money towards other toys...

    but if you have the money handy, have fun lifting it...
     
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    yup it's extremely mild - really, most people wouldn't call it off roading. The dealer put new tires on when we bought it last month, so i dont think it's worth throwing on some more aggressive tires...at least not yet. you got an opinion on this lift?
    http://www.toyteclifts.com/index.ph...ategory_id=63&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=72
     
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    Engage Offroad long travel front and rear with some fat tires.
    yah the 5100s are a good system to go with...

    you will still need a lift for the rear though... either long AAL or shackles...

    AAL on a first gen is a lil bouncy and shackles flatten leaf springs, so its a matter of picking the lesser of two evils...
     
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    Ok if i did that i'd go with AAL's.

    So basically, it's between that and

    http://www.toyteclifts.com/index.ph...ategory_id=63&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=72
     
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