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Lift question - OME Coil verse Spacerlift

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by dcp17420, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. Apr 30, 2010 at 2:20 PM
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    Hello, Im new to the site but love the layout and friendly people. So, i have a question for you people now. I have a 07 DC 4x4 LB tacoma. I currently have a 3" lift. Its a cheap above the coil lift kit. I know that they are bad for the ball joints , and other things. I really want to go with the OME 885's with new shocks. I was wondering if anybody has switched from my cheap lift to the 885's coils? Was the ride any better or worse, and did it handle better or worse? Any help would be great. Thanks in advance. Chad
     
  2. May 2, 2010 at 5:35 PM
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    Any help would be great guys. Thanks, Chad
     
  3. May 2, 2010 at 8:01 PM
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    I can't help you out with the difference between spacers and the OME's. I know I love my OME setup, a little firmer than stock, but corners so much better. I dont think I would get a different lift.
     
  4. May 3, 2010 at 9:02 AM
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    Both will preload the spring since that's how they provide the lift.
     
  5. May 3, 2010 at 10:10 PM
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    how will they preload the spring when they are a completely new spring?
     
  6. May 4, 2010 at 5:49 AM
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    Stiffer spring is preloaded already to provide the lift. Granted it has more compression because its a full spring vs a hockey puck compressing the stock spring.
     
  7. May 4, 2010 at 9:39 AM
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    When you say "above the coil lift" do you mean a preload spacer (which goes between the spring and shock), or a top-plate spacer (which goes above the shock mount)?

    If you have a top plate spacer, it doesn't affect the ride, but will hurt your ball joints etc.

    Preload spacers ride stiffer but don't mess up your geometries as much.
     
  8. May 4, 2010 at 10:33 AM
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    I have the top-plate spacer (which goes above the shock mount)
     
  9. May 4, 2010 at 11:05 AM
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    Then OME setup will be a little bit stiffer, but do way less damage to your truck than the top plate spacer is now.
     
  10. May 4, 2010 at 5:38 PM
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    Thanks guy for the help. I think im going to end up going with the Toytec Coil overs. I like being able to adjust them up or down. Thanks, Chad
     
  11. May 4, 2010 at 5:49 PM
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    The adjusability is definitely a nice option. I have a different brand coil over but it is adjustable too. As springs settle from new and break in they crunch down a bit and at different rates: I adjusted my coils perfectly when I installed them to have all 4 corners the exact same height a couple months ago... already the coils have settled/broken in and are over .25" settled from where they were. Now I just have to go out and twist the collar to the height I want them to get back to level.

    Plus in the future If I decide to increase or decrese my lift it's just a matter of twisting that collar up or down (and an alignment) to get from factory height to 3.5" lift or anywhere inbetween.
     
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    how so? the only thing that may be damaged with a spacer that wont be damaged with ome coils is the stock coils. the angles of your ball joints and everything else will be the same with both.
     
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    I was talking about a top plate spacer though not a coil spacer.

    I search on here for a while about this subject and the overwhelming response was that top plate spacers wear out the ball joints prematurely.
     
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    an ome coil setup will do the same thing, every lift will do the same thing, unless you drop your diff, which doesnt even make that big of a difference.

    no matter how you lift it you are putting your control arms at an angle they werent designed for, which will put your ball joints at an angle they werent designed for.

    Whether you have a spacer lift, coil lift, billies @ 2.5, your going to be doing the exact same thing and causing the same damage.
     
  16. May 5, 2010 at 9:13 AM
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    ^ I am confused why everyone doesn't get a 3" top plate spacer for their lifts then? What's bad about them?
     
  17. May 5, 2010 at 9:17 AM
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    they compress the stock spring, and you are basically just tightening up your suspension to lift the vehicle. with a coil setup that coil that you are installing was designed to be that compressed unlike the stock coil. You are going to get a better ride if you upgrade to a coil setup or billies because you are replacing the components with better ones. Rather than just compressing the stock components.
     
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    Top plate spacers do not compress the spring. Let's make sure we are talking about the same thing here. The spacers I am talking about sit on top of the entire shock assembly. No spring compressor required.
     
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    ya you are right, but it will still put your ball joints at the same angle as any other lift.

    my bad i thought they compressed the spring
     
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