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Off Road Suspension Lift Help

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by ButterTart, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. Apr 20, 2019 at 8:27 PM
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    ButterTart

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    I'm a total newb to suspension systems and lifts. I have attempted to google and read the suspension forum but the majority of it goes over my head. I have a 2017 Tacoma TRD Offroad 4wd with a 3"F/2"R Readylift SST Lift Kit running on 295 55R20 Nitto Ridge Grapplers. I got the lift purely for aesthetic purposes but have done some off roading in them. I enjoyed the off roading so much that I would like to invest in a complete suspension system. I would really like to increase my lift height by an additional inch if possible to ride a little higher. I've been looking at the following packages:

    ICON

    Toytec

    King

    BDS

    I have no clue as to the different stages. I'm not going to be doing major rock crawling but want a system i can leisurely off road in without damaging my taco. Please help and please keep the snarky GOOGLE it / search the forums remarks to yourself. I have looked and again, i am very new to all of this and beseech your wisdom.

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    I live in San Antonio, TX and would like to stay within a 4-5k budget including install. I'd prefer to have a shop do the work as most will warranty the work. If i can get it for well under my budget, i would be most grateful. Also, if you have a recommendation for a suspension system, please link it in the reply so I can take a look at it. Thank you.
     
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  2. Apr 20, 2019 at 8:31 PM
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    doorsidedown

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    Lift is overrated vs performance brother.
     
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  3. Apr 20, 2019 at 8:34 PM
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    ICON8 Lift -285s. upTOPoverland rack.
    Icon won’t go wrong. And it is solid as an on road choice as well because of the digressive shock engineering.

    Your height requirements of 4 inches changes the game however. If you can live with 3 high performance you have lots of choices.

    Icon 8:
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  4. Apr 20, 2019 at 8:34 PM
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    I appreciate that but could you elaborate? What would be better performance?
     
  5. Apr 20, 2019 at 8:37 PM
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    Save your money, buy a good set of coilovers and never look back.

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  6. Apr 20, 2019 at 8:37 PM
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    Whats the difference in the stages? I have no idea what stage i would need. Also the BDS is 4", are they any good? Their warranty looks pretty solid.
     
  7. Apr 20, 2019 at 8:38 PM
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    I’m just saying if you want more lift (4+ inches) then you’ll be looking at other style lifts that are mostly aesthetic. 3” is about the tip top before you get into drop bracket lifts.
     
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    This ^^^
     
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  9. Apr 20, 2019 at 8:39 PM
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    Or this.

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  10. Apr 20, 2019 at 8:39 PM
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    Would you be able to add a link to that? Thank you
     
  11. Apr 20, 2019 at 8:40 PM
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    I'd like to stay within a 4-5K, including install, budget. Is that doable?
     
  12. Apr 20, 2019 at 8:42 PM
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    That is a drop bracket lift, requires cutting the frame to drop the front diff. Very difficult to reverse if needed and no extra clearance or performance from it. Stick with 3 inches below.
    Each kit has different components to it is all. Minimum is
    Front shock/coil over rear shocks, new leaf pack, new upper control arms, new u bolts, dims, carrier bearing spacer
    Reservoir, bypasses, and the like are not really needed. You may need extended brake lines.
     
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    Where are you located? $4-5k buys a nice setup, but even nicer if you can get a few guys over for pizza/beer and a mod day to install all your stuff without paying a shop...
     
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    :drool:
     
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    4 to 5 GRAND. Hell you will have a real nice setup for that amount. I did FOX 2.0s and upper arms for about a grand.

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    2400 for the kings
    800 for the leaf pack
    600 to 800 for uca
    Ubolts and brake lines around 250
     
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    What's the best low maintenance performance coilovers or do all need to be rebuilt after a certain time period?
     
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    They all need rebuilt with exception of the bilstein 5100 and old man emu., they are just throw away. Not sure if the 6112s are rebuildable
     
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    I got 43K miles on my FOX 2.0s before they started to seep from the seal on the drivers side.
     
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    How close to the ocean do you live? Thinking about salt air casualties.
     

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