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New truck, questions on winch controller and suspension

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Sogoku19, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. Mar 15, 2019 at 11:47 AM
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    Sogoku19

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    I just left a truck shop and the lift is only around a 3 as it is. He recommended a leveling kit and switching out the springs as they appear to be quite thick for a Tacoma. He eluded to the possibility of the poor ride quality at highway speeds being caused by poor alignment. I mentioned that I wanted to lose the blocks and spacers and remain at 3” if I could get a better ride quality or go down if I need to. He seems like a super cool guy but he had no problem with blocks in the back and the price was a bit up there for the work.

    So having left there , i honestly don’t know if I’m more confused or less. And I saw a screw in my tire while we were looking at it lol. The search continues...

    As far as the wench and grill goes, I’ll order the controller and test it. Great work on that. I’ll come up with something for the grill, even if I have to make one. Something like that I feel like I can handle.
     
  2. Mar 15, 2019 at 12:03 PM
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    I don't think I've ever seen a 3" lift with balljoint spacers and a drop bracket. I think someone makes a 4" lift with the drop bracket, but not the balljoint spacers. I don't think that mechanic knows how high a stock tacoma is... Those appear to be stock tacoma springs (3 main leafs and an overload leaf) , I don't know what he means by "quite thick for a tacoma."

    You already have a lift on it, and this guy was recommending a "leveling kit"?! So in other words he wants to put *another* lift on it. Yikes. More lift, if anything, will make your issues worse, not better.

    **Don't have that guy work on your truck**

    Depending on what you mean by a "bad ride", that's not an issue with the alignment. You'll get weird steering issues (drifting to one side all the time, etc...) or tire wear problems with a bad alignment, but not a rough ride.

    Another reason a ~3" lift with higher end shocks is all around a better than this type of lift.
     
  3. Mar 15, 2019 at 12:45 PM
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    regular stance Tacoma:

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    lifted 6" Tacoma with larger tires:

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  4. Mar 15, 2019 at 1:24 PM
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    Just because the spacers are 3" doesn't mean that it only lifts it 3". It's usually double that. I think you should find another mechanic.

    I don't think blocks are the worse thing in the world. Brodozers use em all the time with taller blocks than that and they put down a lot more torque than a Tacoma does.
     
  5. Mar 15, 2019 at 1:38 PM
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    They also usually have giant chrome trackbars, and don't go off-roading with them.
     
  6. Mar 15, 2019 at 1:43 PM
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    No track bars on any I've seen in person. Some trucks come from the factory with a 2" block also.
     
  7. Mar 15, 2019 at 1:49 PM
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    Yeah, for a truck to come from the factory with blocks (Dodges, I believe) is laughably lazy engineering (if you can even call it engineering).

    I see track (traction) bars a lot. I hear the chrome ones add like 10hp.

    (google pic)
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  8. Mar 15, 2019 at 3:45 PM
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    Agree it is lazy. I'm pretty sure Ford's come with them as well. No trac bar in the rearwith a Rough Country lift. Roomate had an 11' F350 with that lift.
     
  9. Mar 15, 2019 at 3:57 PM
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    Well yeah, you gotta spend more than $800 on a bro lift kit to get track bars, lol...

    Rough country does make a separate traction bar kit for some trucks tho.
     
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