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Need advice on keeping / removing lift kit

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by jminn8086, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. Aug 9, 2009 at 7:22 PM
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    jminn8086

    jminn8086 [OP] New Member

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    Folks,

    I have a dilemma that I'd like folks on this forum to weigh in on.

    A year ago I installed a 3 inch Tuff Country lift kit (coil over) with longer rear shocks and the brake modification. At this time, I also installed larger mud terrain tires.

    Since making those modifications, my truck handling on the road has gotten significantly worse. Any ripple, pothole or irregularity in the road is transmitted and the ride is extremely harsh compared to stock.

    Unfortunately, it's not better off-road as it's so stiff that any journey off the pavement is unpleasant even if it's a forest service or gravel road with washboard.

    Has anyone has a similar experience with the Tuff Country lift? Is my only option to go back to stock? I can't drive the truck long term with it bucking on or off-road.

    Thanks
     
  2. Aug 9, 2009 at 7:24 PM
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    tacomaman06

    tacomaman06 Carolina Alliance: Lead, follow, or get the hell o Thor

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    take the lift off and sell it and get a toytec lift....coils up front/aal for the rear. and get ome shocks.....should make the ride tons better. just a thought anyway.
     
  3. Aug 9, 2009 at 7:31 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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  4. Aug 9, 2009 at 7:39 PM
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    rutherk1

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    I would take the lift off and add some stuff to help enhance the factory setup. I have never been a fan of spacers. It's just the wrong way to do it. Toyota paid engineers good money to come up with all those steering and driveline angles that throwing some metal spacers up front throws everything out of whack.

    I'd go back stock and put your money in some front lockers, skid plates, power adders. IMO it's money well spent in comparison.
     
  5. Aug 9, 2009 at 7:40 PM
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    Colton

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    I'd take it off, and go with an OME setup. Rides like butter compared to spacers/your setup. :)
     
  6. Aug 9, 2009 at 9:12 PM
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    jminn8086

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    Thanks guys ... while not excited about the prospect I was leaning heavily in this direction unless someone had a fix ...
     
  7. Aug 9, 2009 at 9:46 PM
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    SC4333

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    About the only fix is more $$$. Do it right the first time, and be done with it.

    Don't worry though I, and many others, have been through your same predicament. Yes it sucks, but your truck will thank you in the end.
     
  8. Aug 9, 2009 at 10:29 PM
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    mpleitez

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    He's right!!( about doing it right ) but i'd go with ICON but again that's what i'm running:)
     
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