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Rock Crawling with leveling kit - Assistance required

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Jonyd182, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. Aug 30, 2011 at 10:50 AM
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    Jonyd182

    Jonyd182 [OP] What do you mean I can't go up there...Watch this!

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    Good afternoon TW,

    First post, be gentle.

    I'm currently in the process of remodeling my 1999 Access cab into a more capable rock crawler and I am in need of some suspension help. I've searched the forums and a lot of it is greek to me as I'm not sure of all the pieces in play here.

    Right now I have a 2.5 leveling kit with an aal.

    Wants:
    1. Good travel for rock crawling
    2. Strength to hold up all the steel i'm bolting to the bumpers, sliders, skids
    3. Comfortable/smooth road travel

    Questions:
    1. Should I put in "non" lift shocks/springs and keep leveling kit or scrap the leveling kit all together with a new suspension?
    2. What types of suspensions are suited for rock crawling?

    Overall strength and relability are paramount for my intended uses.

    I know there are some great idea's out there. Lets get them giong!!!!

    Thank you
     
  2. Aug 30, 2011 at 10:56 AM
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    Dark Knight

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  3. Aug 30, 2011 at 10:58 AM
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    Zombie Runner

    Zombie Runner Are these black helicopters for me?

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    remove leveling kit and use as a paperweight. it has no place in rock crawling.
     
  4. Aug 30, 2011 at 11:13 AM
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    Since you sound new to this I vote you get a 3" lift with new suspension, others know more about this than I and they will chime in.
    The Solid Axle Swap is a great idea but I think you learn more by building up to that point and time. Wheel your IFS truck until you max out it and your ability then move to a SAS. Just my $.02
     
  5. Aug 30, 2011 at 11:35 AM
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    This ^

    My OME suspension does well on the rocks. It's a good, reliable, and inexpensive way to get started.
     
  6. Aug 30, 2011 at 12:08 PM
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    Agreed, remove sway bar for maximum wheel travel.
     
  7. Aug 30, 2011 at 12:11 PM
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  8. Aug 30, 2011 at 5:19 PM
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    This. OP you want to play in the rocks? Get armor. Sliders, skids, bumpers. I went with coilovers up front to "level" it out after I got my bumper. I already had sliders and then got skids and a rear bumper. I am still stock in the back but its not hindering me enough to change it.

    Also a locker and some 33s would help.
     
  9. Aug 30, 2011 at 6:42 PM
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    Armor and lockers are the way to go. Then lift/suspension and tires. Shortly after that Gears. After you master all of that and need more do a SAS. Next up would be a truggy of sorts but by is time you'll know what you need and want, and will be teaching us a few things.
     
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