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My 1st Gen needs your help with a little lift

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by shoeless, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. shoeless

    shoeless [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I know….there are multiple threads on this already….which is why Im confused.
    Ive been researching endlessly but still don't know what I should get.
    I am coming from a VW that only needed a good set of coil overs to improve handling so Im really lost with what is best here.

    Thinking Ill just need ~2" of lift or so. Truck is a 03 DC Prerunner, so it won't be seeing many rocks. Some easy trails and camping use will be its primary terrain(other than daily driving). Looking to fit a set of 265/75 Duratracs.

    From what Ive gathered, Im leaning towards the Eibach/Bilstein setup.
    5100s front & rear
    Eibach springs up front

    But Im lost on an AAL or new leaf pack. What would be best to level everything out?
    Is there anything Im missing?
    Looks like wheelers has the best prices on most stuff. Any other suggestions?

    Thanks for any help. I know this topic has been beat to death.
     
  2. PcBuilder14

    PcBuilder14 Well-Known Member

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    Suspension: Front - Bilstein 5100's/Eibach coils Rear - All Pro Expo Leafs/Rear Icon Remote Reservoir Shocks Wheels & Tires: 33x12.50x15 KM2's/Summit Racing 85 Black 8 Series Wheels/15x8/3.75" Backspacing [U]Armor:[/U] - [URL="http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/relentless-fabrication/152694-just-released-re
    First off, with the Eibach/Bilstein setup up front you will get over 3" of lift. The Eibach coils are rated for 620lbs. But that's what I'm running and I have no issues with it.

    I currently have an add-a-leaf in the rear, but mine have sagged again because I've flexed it so much. So I have a new set of leafs waiting to be installed. If you don't haul heavy loads and don't plan to flex the rear all the time, then there is nothing wrong with an add-a-leaf. I ran one on my 96 for over a year with no sagging issues.

    As for other things you will need, I recommend new u-bolts.

    Here's a list of what I recommend...

    I want to say the total cost of my lift ran me about $550 for all of this...
    Shocks
    Coils
    Add-a-leaf
    u-bolts
     
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    If you want 2" lift. Take a look at the Old Man Emu coils
     
  4. PcBuilder14

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    Yes, if you prefer to not have that much lift then OME is a great option as well. I recommend the 881 coils and no top plate spacers to keep you under 3" of lift.

    If you have the extra cash, go for the new leaf springs as well. Unless you plan on carrying heavy loads. Then I recommend some different leafs.

    http://toyteclifts.3dcartstores.com/Old-Man-Emu-Tacoma-suspension_p_225.html
     
  5. shoeless

    shoeless [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I don't need to be at 2"….3" would be fine. Just figured it would up my costs a bit and be unnecessary for my needs.
    From my research, Ive gathered the OME stuff is good, and many seem to like theirs, but the ride suffers a bit. I could be wrong though….
     
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    shoeless [OP] Well-Known Member

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    And I won't be hauling anything too heavy or doing much flexing.
    A camper shell is a possibility though.
    An AAL would be ok then?
     
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    Your ride will improve whether you go with OME or Eibach/Bilstein over stock.

    The Eibachs tend to be more stiff, but very stable.

    OME is softer but still provides a much better ride over stock.

    An add-a-leaf should do you fine then. :thumbsup:
     
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    shoeless [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the advice.
    How does your AAL ride? The site says it's rough.
     
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    shoeless [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So, I had a look under the truck today and noticed the leafs were nearly flat. Is this normal for stock or are they worn out?
     
  10. PcBuilder14

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    Suspension: Front - Bilstein 5100's/Eibach coils Rear - All Pro Expo Leafs/Rear Icon Remote Reservoir Shocks Wheels & Tires: 33x12.50x15 KM2's/Summit Racing 85 Black 8 Series Wheels/15x8/3.75" Backspacing [U]Armor:[/U] - [URL="http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/relentless-fabrication/152694-just-released-re
    Mine was pretty much flat as well. After that many miles they all do that.
     
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