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Need advice, get smaller tires or re gear to 4.88

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by harl3ygonewiild, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. Apr 16, 2018 at 2:30 PM
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    Friedtacolover

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    my build tread: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/socal-no-shame-poser-build.513084/
    I would definitly not say its night and day dont beleave the hype people say to justify their 2500 gear upgrade. So i have 285/70 falken wildpeaks. I put nitro 4.88’s in and noticed about 15% increase in performance and small decline in gas mileage from what i would describe maybe thats considered night/day? I just love the look of these tires too much to go back to 265’s. I just ordered ovtune so hopefully this makes me satisfied
     
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  2. Apr 16, 2018 at 2:30 PM
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    Gotcha..
     
  3. Apr 16, 2018 at 2:40 PM
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    harl3ygonewiild

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    Nice to hear from some one who re geared. Leaning towards saving the money and just getting smaller tires and trying to sell my larger ones to recoup some money. And if i buy it out maybe then I’ll upgrade and consider gears
     
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  4. Apr 16, 2018 at 2:56 PM
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    my build tread: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/socal-no-shame-poser-build.513084/
    Go into the 4.88 mega thread if u havnt yet
     
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  5. Apr 16, 2018 at 2:58 PM
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    Yeah I’ve read threw it not all of it tho but it seems like everyone who did it says best thing sence sliced bread. Also so mixed mpg claims, some say it helps other says it hurts mpgs. I know for a fact smaller tires will get me better mpg. Averaging 14 now around town
     
  6. Apr 16, 2018 at 4:50 PM
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    You make the bed you lie in. Man up and regear.
     
  7. Apr 16, 2018 at 5:01 PM
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    Just put it back to stock... :-/

    When I was in the dealer last, I was talking to the shop foreman who does all my work, and he said they see a lot of Tacoma's in for ball joints when there is level kit...

    He didn't have to explain to me why, its common knowledge of anyone with mechanical ability..

    9/10 times Toyota will foot the bill for a new set... Even with a level... But once only...

    Apparently some people come into the dealer with the attitude that Toyota has done something wrong....lol


    Some of the places I've seen stock vehicles go is amazing... When you just don't care I suppose...lol


    Like the Blimmy... My old half Blazer half Jimmy with bald tires and clicking CV's.... That sucker sat in the bush for umpteen dozen years at the property..

    And crawled through the mud holes going into the property and scraped over things......lol



    And then the XJ... Which ran off a Jerry can in the back because the gas tank rotted off...

    No lift... Bald tires...

    Craaaawled.....
     
  8. Apr 16, 2018 at 5:13 PM
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    Oh boy... I almost went down the same road before having the non-sense smacked out of me. NO DISRESPECT, it's your truck, you do what makes you happy, but sooner or later we all learn the hard way. There's a saying around here that goes "Buy once, cry once.", meaning if you're going to do something... do it right the first time and don't ever have to deal with it again.

    Spacer lifts are about the equivalent to cutting your spring to lower a car... like someone else already said, it's also the last thing you should be considering on a brand new 30-40k truck.

    Sure... having massive tires that you can't fit without lifting, and your truck struggles to push MAY look cool at first... but after a while, all the negative side effects suddenly make you not give a shit about how much tire you managed to stuff underneath the truck.

    Dude, it sounds like you don't want to keep the truck. Yes, there will be a "Ranger Raptor" on the market soon, if hearing that helps you make up your mind, then call it a day and quit pouring money into this thing. If you ARE going to keep the truck, get yourself a nice set of 33's or maybe 32's, throw away that spacer lift and get yourself a set of Bilsteins, Icons, or Kings!
     
  9. Apr 16, 2018 at 5:22 PM
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    It’s a cheap lift it don’t ride bad it’s a lil stuff but that’s about all. Well worth it if you don’t wanna spend 1000$+ on a lift when all you do is drive on the beach and snow when it comes
     
  10. Apr 16, 2018 at 5:31 PM
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    You do you brotha, if that makes you happy then by all means! Me personally, I'd rather stay at stock height until I've got 700-800 bucks to drop on a quality Bilstein lift with new coils and new leaf springs. I'm guessing the answer is going to be 'no' but hopefully you had the truck fully aligned after doing that to it.
     
  11. Apr 16, 2018 at 5:39 PM
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    7-800 is only going to get you front shocks. A full set is 1500$ atleast. I like the spacers bc they give me enough clearance for bigger tires and bigger tires are what give you the ground clearance
     
  12. Apr 16, 2018 at 5:43 PM
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    Not really... You can do a 5100 setup with AAL for 7-800 easily.
     
  13. Apr 16, 2018 at 5:43 PM
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    Can you post a link
     
  14. Apr 16, 2018 at 5:44 PM
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  15. Apr 16, 2018 at 5:47 PM
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    What options did you go with? Uca? Assembled or not?
     
  16. Apr 16, 2018 at 5:48 PM
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    I don't have 5100s on my truck. @HeadStrong Off-Road could give you some advice and help if you choose to do 5100s though.
     
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  17. Apr 16, 2018 at 5:58 PM
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    I wouldn't put money into re-gearing a new leased truck just to keep those big tires, I'm with the crowd that says lose the spacer lift, sell the big tires and get some nice 265/70-17's.
     
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    Yeah that’s what I’m leaning towards but leaving the 1” spacer in. People might not like it but I do, aside from being a lil stiff that’s my only complaint
     
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  19. Apr 17, 2018 at 9:08 AM
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    decided to go with the smaller tires, hopefully be installed this weekend. as long as it doesnt look too lifted with tiny tires ill leave the spacers in. if i dont like how it looks ill go back to stock. looking forward to getting some pep back and mpg
     
  20. Apr 17, 2018 at 9:21 AM
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    275/70/17 on my truck. Perfect tire imo. With a small lift none of the issues with a 285 people seem to have. No rubbing and no real loss of power that I have noticed. On long trips can still manage 19mpg if im nice to it.
     

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