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Pics of my "new" 1st Gen

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by Fly5465, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. Mar 25, 2009 at 5:57 PM
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    Fly5465

    Fly5465 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey all,

    I'm fairly new here and recently bought a 2002 Tacoma 4x4. I like the truck, even though I haven't driven it much yet, its a 4th vehicle, and sits in the garage waiting to be driven. :)

    I have a couple questions and thought I would post a picture.

    My question is, whats the best way to just lift the front so it sits level? I don't off road hard, mostly just trail riding. The only reason I want to raise the front is mainly for looks. So I'm not interested in lifting the whole truck, only the front. I think they look better level, I definitely don't want it higher in the front than the back.

    Its a 2002 TRD 4X4, 5 speed with 68,000 miles. Arizona, no rust truck. It has Wrangler MTR LT265/75R16 tires. It has almost new Rancho RS9000XL shocks on it, so I dont really want to replace the shocks.

    Also, I like the ride so I hope not to change it.

    How much lift would you say my truck needs to sit level?

    Any brand recomendations would be great.

    Thanks
    FLY5465 - Arizona

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  2. Mar 25, 2009 at 6:01 PM
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    TRD4x4858

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  3. Mar 25, 2009 at 6:07 PM
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    Beautiful truck!:cheers:
     
  4. Mar 25, 2009 at 6:09 PM
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    Sure is a great looking truck. and welcome to TW!
     
  5. Mar 25, 2009 at 6:11 PM
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    lift, wheels, tires
    i love your truck man looks greattt :thumbsup:
     
  6. Mar 25, 2009 at 6:14 PM
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    quicksilvertacoma

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    nice truck! level lift it...pro comp makes a good one!
     
  7. Mar 25, 2009 at 6:25 PM
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  8. Mar 25, 2009 at 6:28 PM
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  9. Mar 25, 2009 at 6:30 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

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    thats a pretty sweet ride!

    The easiest way to level it would be to put coil spacers in the front.

    next would be get some bilstien 5100's!
     
  10. Mar 25, 2009 at 6:49 PM
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    nice tacoma!!! welcome to tw also!!!

    get a set of bilstein 5100's for the front.....set at 1.75...........you'll be happy!!;)
     
  11. Mar 25, 2009 at 7:09 PM
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    tacomaman06, wildjerseyfirefighter, Evans381, 98tacoma27, quicksilvertacoma, cole47, oldtacomaguy, fletchaka, TRD4x4858.........................

    Thanks everyone for the nice comments. I really like the 1st gen trucks and looked around a long time until I found a nice one. The last Toyota I owned was a 1981 std cab 4x4 that I bought new. This one brings back memories. :)

    FLY5464
     
  12. Mar 25, 2009 at 7:11 PM
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    Thanks, I'll take look at the pro comp.
     
  13. Mar 25, 2009 at 7:12 PM
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    Thanks for the recomendation, I will take a look at this one too.

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  14. Mar 25, 2009 at 7:14 PM
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    Thanks, but I'm not sure if I want to go with the front Bilsteins? This truck has almost new Rancho RS9000XL's on it. Would it be a good idea to mix front and rear shocks? Or a bad idea?

    Fly5465
     
  15. Mar 25, 2009 at 7:16 PM
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    its a fine idea, they dont have to be the same brand
     
  16. Mar 25, 2009 at 7:27 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    very true.

    not gonna hurt a thing.................the bilsteins are awesome shocks man. you'll love the ride. you can always sell the rancho's here.
     
  17. Mar 25, 2009 at 7:33 PM
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    tacoholic

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    Definitely the cleanest 1st gen I have seen...partially due to the no rain climate of AZ.
     
  18. Mar 25, 2009 at 7:46 PM
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    Thanks man! Your right, we rarely get rain here and vehicles probably do stay a little cleaner. :)

    The biggest problem with vehicles here is if they sit in the direct sun for many long hot summers, it takes its toll on rubber, paint and plastic. Luckily I have a garage and the fact its white, that helps too.

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  19. Mar 25, 2009 at 7:52 PM
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    Thanks TRD4x4858 & tacomaman06.

    Hey another maybe dumb question (or 2?) :confused:

    If I do a spacer lift or top plate spacer, do I have to re-align the front end?

    how about..

    If I do the bilstien shock and set to 1.75" higher, do I have to re-align the front end?

    Thanks again,
    FLY5465
     
  20. Mar 25, 2009 at 7:55 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    it would be a good idea to re align it...Tires are expensive.an alignments semi-cheap
     
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