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Need help with shock length!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by zippo88, Dec 24, 2018.

  1. Dec 24, 2018 at 2:42 PM
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    zippo88

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    I've purchased a lift kit for my taco.
    I'm aiming to achieve a 3" lift.
    4 wheel parts put together a kit for me and I'm looking at the extended and compressed numbers for the shocks they provided me and I don't think I'll be getting the amount of flex I'm hoping for.

    Front:
    Fox 880-06-418
    2.5 coil-over shocks
    SPC upper control arms

    Rear:
    Fox 985-26-117
    Smooth body 2.0 shocks
    Icon rxt leaf pack 51101

    After looking at my compressed and extended numbers it looks like I'm not going to have much flex. Im not wanting to go long travel, since I don't have intentions of buying Lower control arms or fiberglass fenders.
    Looking online. There's similar shocks, but in extended travel. I feel that that is the best route if I'm aiming for 3 inches of lift. Looks like people running the setup I've purchased are at stock height or running a 2" lift at max.
    I would like some input before I install these parts
    Merry Christmas guys and girls!
     
  2. Dec 24, 2018 at 2:49 PM
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    Here are the alternate fox shocks I was looking at to run a 3 inch lift.

    Front:
    Fox 880-02-953
    2.5 coil-over

    Rear:
    Fox 985-26-118
    Smooth body 2.0 shocks
     
  3. Jan 16, 2019 at 8:29 PM
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  4. Jan 16, 2019 at 8:35 PM
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    JaCado

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    If you are 4wd then stay around 2 to 2.5 on the lift or you will need a drop bracket
    If 2wd look raise it as high as you want.
    Extended travel only gives about a extra 1 inch of travel.
    You will need to cycle the suspension to get proper length shocks and to get bump stops correct.
    Question..... why 4 whl parts??????
     
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  5. Jan 16, 2019 at 8:37 PM
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    What is the standard Tacoma 4wd extended travel cool over length? 8”?
     
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  6. Jan 16, 2019 at 8:40 PM
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    JaCado

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    I believe so if 2nd gen. Maybe 9 or 10 if 3rd gen. I know my stocks on my 17 had a ton of down travel. Never measured though.
     
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  7. Jan 18, 2019 at 10:11 AM
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    Any recommendations as far as bump stops go? I ended up installing the Fox 985-26-117 and icon rtx option 2 in the rear. Now I'm considering a u bolt flip and some super bumps to replace the stock pyramid style bump stop. I've heard that not having adequate spacers under your bump stop may cause damage to your shocks if they can bottom out
     
  8. Jan 18, 2019 at 10:16 AM
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    The super bumps or timbrens
     
  9. Jan 18, 2019 at 10:24 AM
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    Since I had such a long wait time to get my parts through 4wp(purchased early October, received late December) I'll definitely hesitate to deal with them in the future.. I'm located in Coquitlam BC so there's a few other options as far as offroad parts distributors go. I've since dealt with BCC and nsor, very friendly and quick responses from both.
     
  10. Jan 18, 2019 at 10:30 AM
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    4wheel parts was the worst shop ive ever dealt with, I bought my 885s through them cause they had the best price and the guy was convinced that 885s don't work with 5100s... never again
     
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  11. Jan 18, 2019 at 10:30 AM
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    You mentioned earlier that you wouldn't lift a 4wd Tacoma (I have a 4wd sport) any higher than 2.5". Is that because of CV angles? I'm assuming I should install a diff drop kit.. Would you recommend the ECGs bushing to replace the driver side needle bearing.

    I was aiming for 3 inches since I have 285s
    Thought it would help eliminate rub as much as possible.
     
  12. Jan 18, 2019 at 10:34 AM
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    mines lifted exactly 3 inches in the front, I had to do the ecgs bearing. skipped the diff drop cause idgaf and no one actually uses that shit unless you want to catch your carrier on a rock a rip your front end off
     
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  13. Jan 18, 2019 at 10:39 AM
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    and fyi lift height doesn't always solve your rubbing issues, its more your wheel specs that's going to cause rubbing, more aggressive offset more your changing your scrub radius which leads to more rubbing. I didn't rub with stock wheels. I rub like a whore with scs wheels.
     
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  14. Jan 18, 2019 at 10:57 AM
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  15. Jan 18, 2019 at 10:58 AM
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    I'm a welder by trade so I'm not too concerned if I have to do a CMC and flatten out that pinch weld.
     

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