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purchase tacoma stock or already lifted?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by mountnflyer, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. Nov 24, 2010 at 12:58 PM
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    mountnflyer

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    Hi,
    I'm going to buy a 1rst gen. I've looked at dozens of trucks and it seems that the ones that already have been lifted are significantly cheaper than stock tacomas of same year and mileage. Is this because a badly done lift can cause problems? Or is it because the assumption is that they've been rode hard? If I buy one with 3"revtek or 4"procomp and I have issues with them, can these lifts be undone fairly easily? Or is it better to just buy a stock truck and lift it myself after studying the info on this site?
    Thanks in advance for any advice.
    -Randy
     
  2. Nov 24, 2010 at 1:01 PM
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    98tacoma27

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    Welcome to the site Randy.
     
  3. Nov 24, 2010 at 1:06 PM
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    Welcome to Beater-ville!
    by lifting the truck yourself, you know it's done right and you also see how all the compenents work together
     
  4. Nov 24, 2010 at 2:52 PM
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    bjmoose

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    I'll disagree. It's typically cheaper to buy an already lifted truck.

    And so many lifted trucks never leave the pavement that "it was used hard" doesn't carry a lot of weight either.

    Would it be better to buy a lifted truck with Icons and TC UCAs, or buy a stock truck and put a revtek spacer lift on yourself? Well, you'd take the Icon truck, unless it was in bad condition.

    However, you need to do your homework. It's not an excuse to avoid learning about lift technology. You'd need to do that if you were doing it yourself anyway, right? Once you've read up on it, you'll be able to look at the lifted truck and see what components were used and whether the job was done well.
     
  5. Nov 24, 2010 at 2:56 PM
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    Stock and lift. You need to know how to work on yer truck anyway.
     
  6. Nov 24, 2010 at 3:57 PM
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    Buying a lifted truck is worse than buying a used truck. YOu don't know where its been, how it was used, nor how the stuff was installed. I've seen way too many people buy lifted rigs only to find hack jobs & headaches.
     
  7. Nov 24, 2010 at 3:59 PM
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    Buy it stock and have some fun..!
     
  8. Nov 24, 2010 at 4:02 PM
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    I think it doesn't matter either way to be honest. I know peeps that have bought stock only to find out that the frame was bent because the previous owner took it to the trail and beat the crap out of it. It depends on the previous owner and knowing what you are getting into. Do your research FIRST, then look for a truck. If you find one that is lifted, at a good price, investigate it. You will be equipped to identify issues with the lift and be able to ask the right questions to the previous owner.

    Another suggestion: You might want to take pics of the setup and solicit advice from all the fine members on this forum BEFORE you buy.
     
  9. Nov 25, 2010 at 7:22 AM
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    x2, we'd be happy to help you identify if it's a quality lift or a half-assed pile 'o crap. :thumbsup:
     
  10. Nov 25, 2010 at 7:24 AM
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    I do all the work on my own vehicles. I don't trust other people. Even if it is cheaper to buy a lifted truck, I wouldn't do it.
     
  11. Nov 25, 2010 at 7:27 AM
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    buy stock and lift yourself. that way you get it how you want it and you learn lots by researching.
     
  12. Nov 25, 2010 at 8:52 AM
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    Thank you guys so much for the advice! Decision made. If by chance anyone happens to know of a stock double cab, 6 cyl, TRD, 1rst gen for sale within 400mi of sw Colorado please let me know...They must be pretty sought after because I don't see many for sale and the dealers so far don't seem to want to work with me on price at all...
    In the mean time I have a lot more reading to do here. This sight is great!
    Thanks again, Randy
     
  13. Nov 25, 2010 at 9:11 AM
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    If you buy a truck with it already lifted I would recommend buying one that doesn't have the lift kit that cut your brackets off for the LCA. If you know what I mean!
     
  14. Nov 25, 2010 at 9:26 AM
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    just inspect it and if it looks to be in good shape then go for it. its kinda like girls...unless you find a virgin...they all have been ridden a few times. as long as they are disease free and are in good shape then go for the ride.
     
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