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New 265/75-16s, Now I need lift kit

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Kev324, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. Nov 3, 2009 at 11:56 AM
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    Kev324

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    New here, first post. My odometer just hit 50k, and it was time for some new tires. I bought Yokohama Geolander MTs, 265/75-16. The clearance was less than I expected based on my math, but there doesn't appear to be any rubbing, yet. But the bigger tires are a great excuse for a small lift!

    I want something simple and easy to install. I still want a stock ride and feel. 75% of my driving is highway. This is my daily driver.

    After about a day of research, I am thinking of buying this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140353670838&_trksid=p2759.l1259

    What do you guys think?

    The description says if I get an alignment after installation I'll be fine, is it really that simple?

    Also, this will raise the front 2.5". Will I need to lower the front differential? Will this harm the OME shocks?
     
  2. Nov 3, 2009 at 12:08 PM
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    Could you post pics without lift? I'm interested to see what it looks like. Also, that's a spacer lift. :( A lot of people go for bilstein 5100's up front and AAL in the back as the cheaper lift option.

    Also, you mean *OEM* shocks - important distinction, because OME (Old Man Emu) does actually have shocks.
     
  3. Nov 3, 2009 at 4:07 PM
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    First , 2 1/2 inches is not a little lift. Plus not a fan of blocks for a lift.
    The front spacer just pushes you control arms down, so you would be lucky to get it aligned. I have 265/75R16s on my truck. The back has the TSB done which gave it a inch of lift. you could do a AAL ( add a leaf ) also. The front has belstein 5100 adjustable set at .85 inch. so hense, inch in the back, .85 in the front. I was able to get a good alignment and have no vibrations or rubbing at all.

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  4. Nov 3, 2009 at 4:19 PM
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    I am running a lift like that in my truck, exept I have longer shackles in the rear, as opposed to blocks. The lift is a very nice setup. I haven't noticed an rough driving traits that are usaully associated with spacer lifts. I reccomend this lift if your on a tight budget, but if you have some extra money to spare I'd buy some 5100 Billies up front and mabye even in the rear.
     
  5. Nov 4, 2009 at 12:13 PM
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    Thanks for the info guys. The Bilstein 5100's seem like the best option. Has anyone installed these in their garage? Any advice on where to find / rent a spring compressor?

    I'm not a fan of the rear lift blocks either. Tacoman, what shackles do you use?

    Also, how high can you lift the front end before you need to lower the front differential?

    Here is the truck, no lift, riding on 265/75-16s

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Nov 4, 2009 at 12:15 PM
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    Thats a pretty bad ass truck ya got there bud...I liek the tires. Stick w/ the Billy 5100s and you'll be gold!
     
  7. Nov 4, 2009 at 12:49 PM
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    A spring compressor is like $25, might as well just buy one....
     
  8. Nov 4, 2009 at 1:12 PM
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    Eh... You're truck looks pretty sharp as is. If there's no rubbing or other need for a lift. I'd say skip it and invest in some armor.
     
  9. Nov 4, 2009 at 3:03 PM
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    If that were my truck I'd pop for the 5100's and set them at .85 to level the truck.
     
  10. Nov 4, 2009 at 3:08 PM
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    I used shackles that came with the Rough COuntry Lift Kit, after my lift I never dropped the front axle, so I guess you can just leave it, but it puts more stress and wear on your cv axles
     
  11. Nov 4, 2009 at 3:18 PM
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    I agree, that is the best option.... set the front at .85 and get some for the rear too. This will give you a mild lift in the front and give you much better shocks.
     
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