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Need some direction with my build

Discussion in 'Long Travel Suspension' started by Socalrunner, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. Jan 4, 2011 at 10:30 PM
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    Socalrunner

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    Ok i just recently bought a 2011 double cab tacoma. My plan is to eventually go Lt front and rear. For the mean time should i go with a mid travel set up or should i skip that step all together. I was also thinking of Doing LT in the rear with a midtravel upfront and rock that for a year or so to save up for the front. Anyways what is everyones view on this. Thanks for the help in advance.
     
  2. Jan 4, 2011 at 10:35 PM
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    If your intent is to go LT then just save up till you get the LT done. Doing a lift in the interim is just a wast of money IMHO. Plus the Tacomas are pretty capable stock to get you through. Of course it is your money so do what you want with it but that is what I would do.
     
  3. Jan 5, 2011 at 7:00 AM
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    Since you know the end result you want, don't do interim mods. If anything, LT the rear first. You'll love the ride!

    What products do you have your eye on? Defined Engineering's rear setup is pretty sweet and can be installed with minimal welding. Kinda wish it was available when I was first building my truck.
    http://www.definedengineering.com/products.html
     
  4. Jan 5, 2011 at 7:30 AM
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    just cut to the chase and go straight to the dark side

    def go with the defined eng rear SUA kit. great product and an unbeatable price

    you could mid trav the front and LT the rear and still have plenty of fun, just go with a TC/ camburg UCA and a resi front shock
     
  5. Jan 5, 2011 at 7:52 AM
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    All really good points ^^^^^^

    Before you ever go beat on it I would gusset motor mounts, coil over buckets, alignment cams, spindles etc. Your going to have a brand new platform and you can start by keeping it straight. You dont want to have deal with frame damage later as your putting on new parts.

    Then LT the rear. Talk to lots of people and see what they like dislike about their rear LT kits. Plan long term for your truck. Dont put a 2.0 14" travel shock in there if you plan on putting a 3.0x16" shock in there within a few years. Whatever you do just dont do things three times like most of us have me included. Deaver stock length 1.5" lift 10 leaf packs are $600 you will never get back.

    Dream what parts you want and then slowly put them on. Dont compromise just to get a part a few months earlier than what you really wanted.

    You can always go to meets and park your truck until its built. Im sure you can hop into another truck in the meantime.

    Last point is research, research, research. Its a lot of coin to blow if you dont know what you are buying. Also the cheapest shop is not always the best shop.
     
  6. Jan 5, 2011 at 5:32 PM
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    Thanks for the tips. So far what i have in mind is engage front LT with there race spindles. Either engage bedsaver cage or a dmz cage. Im not to sure what i want for leafs in the rear.
     
  7. Jan 6, 2011 at 8:49 AM
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    What kinda of parts should i be keeping my eye out for. So when i see a deal ill jump on it.
     
  8. Jan 6, 2011 at 9:01 AM
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    Giant Motorsports offers a bolt-in bedcage if you're interested in taking that route.

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    http://giantmotorsports.com/content/view/84/43/
     
  9. Jan 6, 2011 at 10:19 AM
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    Keep it stock. Buy a used, already built truck and tow it. Or buy a four seat Polaris RZR.

    $30,000 truck + $15,000 in mods is a hell of a lot to risk. Remember that insurance does not normally cover off road accidents.

    You will thank me. Trust me. I love my truck, but I should've bought a Polaris RZR.
     
  10. Jan 6, 2011 at 11:04 AM
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    I was thinking that too^^^ i was pondering selling my suzuki samurai buy a first gen already built and do a for looks lift on this.
     
  11. Jan 6, 2011 at 11:54 AM
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    Caging it down the road? Dont do a perimeter bed cage. You will rip it out to tie in all the rear tube work properly.

    Not a bad idea at all. Its not fun destroying a new truck. Well it is but kind of dumb. :D I kind of wish I had a built 93 Toyota and a Tundra to tow it with.
     
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    That's why i bought my 86' :D
     
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    lol get a play truck, like a yota or first gen and tow it out
     
  14. Jan 7, 2011 at 3:46 PM
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    I wish i had done my rear before my front. Def go with the Engage rear, its a great kit, drove it straight to the desert after it was done and was thrilled with the results.
     
  15. Jan 10, 2011 at 9:48 PM
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    I like engage just not the way the cage they have looks. But i guess that doesnt matter as long as it built strong haha
     
  16. Feb 4, 2011 at 8:15 PM
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    How many inches of travel should i shoot for in the rear?
     
  17. Feb 5, 2011 at 9:36 AM
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    It depends on the leaf pack. Most 2nd gens are going with the Allpro 50T pack or deaver H70. Not sure if that is the right number for deaver. Either way you'll get a solid 18" of travel and ride height is found based on how you set up your suspension. You have a ton of options for LT. Engage seems to give you the highest ride height. DMZ looks nice and soft. While Giant looks like a middle ground effective. I'd ask people on forums like TTORA Customtacos or Dezertrangers to give you opions of what they think of the kit. Even on here are a ton a 2nd gen builds. Bed cage is up to your imagination! You could run shocks outside your frame which gets you good stability in the rear. Search around on the forums to get an idea of what you like your truck to look like.
     
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    Ok here is what i have come up with so far. Mid travel with icon coilovers with camburg UCA. For the rear definded engineering springunder with engage bedsaver and king 16 2.0 resi's. How does that sound?
     
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    Midtravel up front is great until/if you decide to go LT in front. The Defined Engineering kit is solid so good choice. I haven't ever seen a truck with Engage bedsaver so no comment. I would fork out the extra few $$ for a 2.5" shock rather than a 2.0.
     
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    having ridden in aaron's truck plenty before the rear LT the difference was night and day. Sure the front soaked up impact well but when the rear flies into the air you lose all that control you once had. It seems like the weight keeps the front on the ground no matter what you do. So as long as the front can take the hits (like straycat's truck) a rear LT first would make a world of difference.
     
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