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New To The "LIFT" Scene Need Some Help

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by boyer, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. Feb 7, 2011 at 10:00 AM
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    boyer

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    Hello, Guys. I'm new to all this forum stuff so I'll try to do my best at it.
    So I have a 2003 Tacoma 4x4 Extra Cab and I'm looking to put a 3.5 inch lift on it. I have been looking around and this one seemed to catch my eye.

    http://www.daystarweb.com/productdetail.php?productID=549

    I know there are more lift's out there and I'm open to suggestions as to which lift might be better and why. But as far as this one goes, will I need to buy any after marker shocks such as bilsteins or anything else? Any help is appreciated. Again, I'm new to the lift world/Beef up your truck world, but I'm willing to do my research and make this 100% correct on my first build, but I know there's plenty of experience here.
     
  2. Feb 7, 2011 at 10:31 AM
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    Welcome to Tacoma World. As a genreral rule you want to stay away from things like body lifts and spacer and block lifts. They will usually cause premature wear on other driveline and suspension components. The spacer and block style lifts can be servicable provided you don't do much off roading with your truck. There are a ton of threads on here touting the pros and cons of various lifts. Try taking a look through the suspension threads. What do you plan to do with your truck and what kind of budget are you looking at? This will help people give you better informed responses. Again, welcome to the neighborhood.
     
  3. Feb 7, 2011 at 10:35 AM
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    2.5 inch spacer lift will probably make your ride pretty stiff. Then the 1" body lift is a lot of work for little gain/reward. I would stick to the tried and true methods that are extensively talked about on this site (bilstein+aftermarket springs, coilover, etc.). You'll get pros and cons on every combo, but if you want to do things "right" the first time, I dont think a coil spacer/body lift is the way to go.
     
  4. Feb 7, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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    For the front... all you need is a set of bilsteins (5100's). They're adjustable and you use your stock coils for up to 2.5/3"lift.

    For the rear, get an Add-a-leaf.

    If you want more than 3" of lift, I would recommend looking at the Procomp/Trailmaster 4 or 6" lifts.

    As for the daystar kit - I've installed the front on a tacoma before (not mine).
    http://www.lieblweb.com/daystarlift.html
     
  5. Feb 7, 2011 at 12:59 PM
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    Wow, them Procomp lifts are close to 2k. I do like the fact that it is a 4inch lift. I do alot of off roading so I should consider something pretty heavy duty.
     
  6. Feb 7, 2011 at 4:18 PM
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    if you do alot of wheeling then you should definitly stay clear of any spacer lift, you may have to spend a bit of money but itll be worth it in the end.
     
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