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Lift kit vs. Level kit

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Lotus, Nov 17, 2020.

  1. Nov 17, 2020 at 9:10 PM
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    Lotus

    Lotus [OP] New Member

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    Hello Everyone,


    I am new to the trucking scene, I have just recently acquired a 2009 Tacoma access cab 4x4. I am in need of advice regarding raising the truck by adding a lift kit or a leveling kit. I know nothing about trucks and the majority of the research that I have done, the terminology is lost on me and is overwhelming with all the thing to consider. I am looking to raise it by 2 - 3 inches (enough to eventually add bigger tires, like 32 or 33). I do not plan on going off-roading (maybe a couple times to see how it is). Honestly, I am doing it for the looks (I know it sounds dumb, but ive always loved how lifted trucks looked and wanted to do it to mine).


    I'm more concerned about if I do add either one, how would that affect other components? Would I need additional parts aside from the kit? Would it cause things to wear quicker? Fuel economy? I really don't want to mess up my first truck. But also, pricing is a factor because I really do not want to drop a lot of money (like 2k or more) might consider not doing it if it's too expensive.


    I have seen that there have been past threads regarding this topic, but I wanted to make a new one since all those were from 2010ish and would like it if anyone who has done either to weigh in and tell me their experience with them over the years.


    The only kit/ installation video I've seen is the Rough Country 3" lift kit. But I'm not sure if it's considered good. The price seems good though and doable to install myself.
     
  2. Nov 17, 2020 at 9:17 PM
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    BaywatchDV

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  3. Nov 17, 2020 at 9:38 PM
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    ^YUP, can't go wrong with that setup to start

    What’s your budget? I feel like that might help get some good answers for you on here
     
  4. Nov 17, 2020 at 9:45 PM
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    Agree with all the above, for the most part. If you want to go any further you better get your life together
     
  6. Nov 18, 2020 at 3:52 PM
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    I was hoping to not spend more than 1,200.
     
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  8. Nov 18, 2020 at 5:55 PM
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    OME front spring such as 883, 884, etc.
    AAL in rear
    5100 shocks all around

    Done
     
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  9. Nov 18, 2020 at 6:26 PM
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    Tires: 35/11.5/17 Toyo AT3s Wheels: FN FX Pro Gunmetal 17s with TRD center caps Zinc Metallic lettering. Yukon 4.30 gears with TruTrac Front Suspension: OME 887 w/5100s Freedom Offroad UCAs n Superbumps Rear: Dakar Mediums Bilstien 5125s Ubolt flip n Superbumps Headlights: Selfmade Retrofits URD shortshift kit Airaid CAI No name throttle controller
    Do NOT buy a spacer lift kit, they are hot garbage.
    I started off with Bilstien 5100s on the stock coil at the highest setting in the front and an 2" AAL in the back.
    Did it work fine?Sure
    If I had to do it all over again I would just spend a little more rand do it right from the start as I have it now.
    OME 887 coils on 5100s (rides much better than max preloaded) with Freedom Offroad UCAs.
    As soon as I get my FN FX Pros I'm ordering a Dakar leaf pack and some longer Bilstien 5125s to accommodate them.
    So for about $1400 in parts you can have a sweet "budget" setup with a quality 3" lift.

    Front Bilstien 5100s about $220
    OME 887 coils $200
    Freedom Offroad UCAs $330
    Dakar EL095R $450
    Rear Bilstien 5125s $200

    Not absolutely necessary but I'd also go ahead replace your body mount bushings(energy suspension) along with new bumpstops and a Ubolt flip.
     
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  10. Nov 18, 2020 at 6:30 PM
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    This. ^ For $1200, you should be able to accomplish all of this and then some.
     

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