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Lift recomendation for 2000 Taco, Old Man EMU?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by scout, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. Apr 25, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    scout [OP] New Member

    Apr 16, 2008
    Near Austin Texas
    2000 Tacoma ext cab 4x4, v6
    None, yet.

    I am new to this forum but I’ve been a long time Toyota truck enthusiast. I owned a 93 Toyota truck, 97 Toyota Tacoma and now I have a 2000 Tacoma. I had a nightmare experience with my 97 taco when I decided the stock suspension needed upgrading. As many taco owners have experienced the rear leafs are cheesy and hauling anything can bottom out the suspension. Well, I purchase a set of springs from Performance Products and upon installation I had severe vibrations at about 20 mph and 55/60 mph. I could not remedy the problem and ultimately changed to stock springs again. Then I re-arched and added a leaf to the rear springs. That worked no vibrations and my truck could actually haul a substantial load.

    Wellwith that story told, now I have the 2000 taco; the springs have gone south and I was wondering if there are better options, now. I have looked at Wheelers off-Road and they have some promising solutions. They have some lifts that fix the rear springs and provide 1 1/2" to 2" lift. Additionally if I went that route, I would likely bring the front up by an equal amount, with the coil springs.

    Has anyone tried their Old Man Emu lifts, or have other recommendations?

  2. Apr 26, 2008 at 4:19 AM

    Janster Old & Forgetful

    Mar 25, 2007
    First Name:
    Lancaster, PA
    2016 GMC Canyon SLT w/ LineX and....
    I had a set of OME 881 coils on my 96 tacoma. It's been so long but I think they lifted the truck like 2". I don't have anything bad to say about them - other than they're a bit more 'pricey' than other lifts. The ride was nice and smooth and the OME struts worked nicely too. That was many many years ago that I installed them (like...2002 or something).

    The big rage of today's tacomas are the 5100's - have you seen or researched on these yet?
  3. Apr 26, 2008 at 9:11 AM

    RoadKill Northern Alliance: padawan

    Apr 1, 2008
    North of the border
    First gen 4x4
    285x70x17 offset rims+ 1.5 spacers, rear Timbrens + 3 inch lift add a leaf, Sway-a-way coilovers + camburg control arms, Fender flares (2.5 inch), clear lights, headers, sliders, roll bar
    I wonder if anyone of you noticed that on 1rst gen trucks, the differential seems not centered in the wheel well. This becomes more obvious when using bigger tires.
    I have done this mod to correct and also provide a 2" lift to the rear.
    First, I added a leaf to suspenssion, second to bottom, i beleive it was a 48", drilled at 26" (better mesure on your own truck before)
    these cost me 25$ each @ suspenssion garage.
    I also installed a pair of timbrens while being there.

    For the back lift, I made these:

    It can all be made at reasonnable costs and it nicely centers with a lift
    for the front I am using, until I buy new shock, a set a leveling, 2 1/2 spacer from e-bay for 80$ (I have changed the supplied studs for better since they are not graded and need to be torked real good)

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