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Low Range Offroad 3'' lift kit

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by MachoTaco10, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. Feb 28, 2010 at 6:02 PM
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    MachoTaco10

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    http://http://www.lowrangeoffroad.com/tacoma.htm

    Am I
    the only one with this kit on here? There is quite a lot of talk on here about how spacer lifts are garbage and make the ride terrible. Well I have the low range offroad kit, and I have to say the ride feels exactly the same as stock.

    The kit seems to be of very high quality and the spacer is the style the sits above the coil for lift unlike the toy tec and rev tek spacer that pre loads the coil for a harsher ride. it also came with a diff drop kit to keep the stock geometry or at least pretty damn close. The rear is only a 1'' block but has 3/4 taper to keep your drive shaft angle straight.

    long story short I know full leaf packs and icon coil overs are the best, but those looking for a budget lift...I have to say check out LRO.
     
  2. Feb 28, 2010 at 6:45 PM
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    I have it and love it. Have had it about a year with no issues.
    -Al
     
  3. Feb 28, 2010 at 6:58 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Those Top Plate spacers can make your shocks do this:

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Feb 28, 2010 at 7:00 PM
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    oofy15354 Proud Tundra *****

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    link takes me to a stock webpage with popups


    just me?
     
  5. Feb 28, 2010 at 7:07 PM
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    not really sure how this could happen, as it is not preloading anything with thr LRO kit. Its essentially just taking the whole assembly and making it 3'' longer.a spacer such as toytec is adding increased stress on a coil thus prssing down on its connecting point to the LCA which is the bilstein strut.

    maybe some hardcore wheelin
     
  6. Feb 28, 2010 at 7:10 PM
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    dude, don't question chris4x4's authoritaaaaayyy. everyone knows this :rolleyes:
     
  7. Feb 28, 2010 at 7:15 PM
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    his "authority' is respected, this particular subject is being questioned sonssss
     
  8. Feb 28, 2010 at 7:15 PM
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    i know i know i keed i keed :D
     
  9. Feb 28, 2010 at 7:29 PM
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    yeah I was looking at that kit seems like a good one for a .spacer lift. Hey Chris do you think you cold go a bit more in depth on what happened to your shock in the above picture... I'm really interested.
     
  10. Feb 28, 2010 at 7:32 PM
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    Simple explanation... When the stock coil over is unmodified, the suspension will bottom out on the bump stops before the shock bottoms out. Put a top spacer on and now the coil over will bottom out long before the suspension does.

    A spacer lift that preloads the spring is actually better because the coil over is not relocated and will allow the suspension to work as designed. The drawback is of coarse a crappy ride.

    Sorry Chris for answering your question... Feel free to add to my simplistic explanation.

    I personally do not like spacer lifts, but if the lift is only for looks and the truck is not subjected to suspension jarring bumps, they are fine for some people. My setup is for looks but it can also handle trails and bumps. It is not a desert pre-runner, there are way better components for that....

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Feb 28, 2010 at 7:32 PM
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    only way spacer does not preload the coils in on the drop bracket kits like 6"procomp stage 1 kit
     
  12. Feb 28, 2010 at 7:36 PM
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    i know the LRO kit for the tundra actually comes with new bumpstops not sure for the tacoma kit.

    a spacer kit is just fine for a little trail riding, grocery getting, and commuting. just gives you a beefier stance, throw some bigger meats on on it and good to go.

    in fact my dodge ram with a spacer lift was taken offroad quite regulary and beaten to sh*t and nothing ever broke...but you just never know
     
  13. Feb 28, 2010 at 7:39 PM
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    ever rode in a truck to compare it to?....ya my truck before the lift. rides the same bro
     
  14. Feb 28, 2010 at 7:42 PM
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    That spacer is making the OEM shock/spring assembly longer than the geometry was engineered for. Thus causeing an "Over travel" situation when going over a bump, causeing the shock to want to extend further than what the upper control arm will allow. When this happens, the energy from the rebonding shock will cause the lower part of the shock to break.
     
  15. Feb 28, 2010 at 7:47 PM
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    :eek:
     
  16. Feb 28, 2010 at 7:49 PM
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    Thanks, the pic was taken when I did the install. The truck was only a month old then.
     
  17. Feb 28, 2010 at 7:49 PM
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    Even though, a Pre load spacer is increasing the spring rate, its still no longer than the OEM assembly.

    Its not my truck. A Member on here decided to go off road, hit 1 hole, and broke his shock. He was running a Top Plate spacer lift.

    A Top plate spacer doesnt pre load the spring, just makes the assembly longer.
     
  18. Apr 1, 2010 at 2:17 PM
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    The is a direct advertisement I copied from low range. I have the low range leveling kit. It has works well for me. I am not a safe queen. I use what I have.

    [​IMG]

    even with my suspension full extended....my shock/strut is not.

    -Al
     
  19. Apr 1, 2010 at 2:27 PM
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  20. Apr 1, 2010 at 3:32 PM
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    good man, good to see somebody standing up for the lro kit
     
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