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Running Stock or with a Lift?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by provofan, Dec 6, 2013.

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To lift or not to lift?

Poll closed Jan 5, 2014.
  1. Keep it stock

    29 vote(s)
    20.0%
  2. Lift it for the looks

    35 vote(s)
    24.1%
  3. Lift it for the off road improvement

    81 vote(s)
    55.9%
  1. Raceline08

    Raceline08 Well-Known Member

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    front Billies, 885x coils, taco lean spacer, TC UCA'S, Magnaflow 22" OME Dakars, Billy 110 rear's, B.A.M.F CMC, custom made E-locker guard
    Lift it baby!

    Thanks,
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  2. provofan

    provofan [OP] Well-Known Member

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    What is the best $1000 lift out there?
     
  3. Raceline08

    Raceline08 Well-Known Member

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    Oh here we go again.:facepalm: (so many options)
    J/k;)

    Thanks,

    Brett
     
  4. Vigo

    Vigo geev um!

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    Toytec ULK, Bilstein 5100s, DeMello sliders, Superbumps, and some other stuff...
    I think that if you feel the need to post a thread for others to convince you to lift your truck, you probably won't need it or be happy with spending the $$$. The tacomas are pretty capable in stock trim, so if that's all you need for what you use it for, why waste the $? Just go have fun with it, because I the end, that's all that matters.

    I lifted a little for approach and departure angles, high centering, and to fit larger tires. But I still scrape the front skid, tow hitch and the frame, so I imagine I'd be even worse off without the lift. I spent around $1800 on lift related components. To me, its was worth it and the truck looks better to me as well!
     
  5. JLee50

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    Bingo.
     
  6. flatblack

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    I actually don't want to lift my truck, because of the potential component headaches caused by angle changes

    However, I do want to get a heavy bumper; so, as bambi and honda accords won't do much more than cause surface scratches, if I T-bone one of them
    I also want to add more than 35lbs of weight in my bed without negatively arching the leafs

    I've yet to find stronger front coils that won't lift the front (well, there's preloaded Toytecs that can be set at 0")
    Could probably find a much stronger leaf pack or add some leafs with lifting the rear little to none

    So, if you plan on doing those things, OP, a (competent) lift should benefit you there too
     
  7. 1TUFFTRD

    1TUFFTRD WTF

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    Because kings pull bitches.
     
  8. JLee50

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    I'm sure Alcan could hook you up with a custom leaf pack to do exactly what you're looking for. I was very happy with my Alcan springs on my last truck.
     
  9. Tacorriendo

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    Front lift, ride rite air bags, side steps, rear camera switch.
    For this same reason. My trip to the ranch at 25mph takes a long time with stock suspension. Now with 885's upfront, and 5100's all around and firestone airbags, my trip at 55-60mph is a lot shorter! Now it feels like if I'm floating on air while zooming thru dirt roads.
     
  10. Fiend13

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    I lifted mine so I could fit 33's and have more clearance. I do a lot of camping it's easier to go down the trails to get to the campsites with it being lifted. Plus, the area I use to take my dirtbike to had a pretty rocky drive and my frame would slightly scrape in some areas so the lift also took care of that problem.
     
  11. stitch

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    I was thinking about purchasing OME lift for my first gen cause it an all around lift with good parts. I only chose this lift cause when I was looking for replacement for factory, it was about $800 so I figured an extra 200 or 300 bucks wouldn't hurt.
     
  12. Chepo

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    I haven't lifted my truck yet... But something I'm gonna tell you is that I've been in many places where those 3" would have helped a lot...

    Now, if you think that lifting the truck 3" will not help you with clearance it is because maybe you are thinking that you have a Solid Axle in the front... For gaining clearance in Solid Axles you would only have to change tires...

    With IFS, which is the system that your truck uses, you can obtain clearance by upgrading the suspension (only in the front):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f98u4_jhU0w

    Sytfu510's ORI struts... you see how you gain some inches in the front?

    If you are still thinking that the lift won't help, don't buy it... Until you need it!
     
  13. provofan

    provofan [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Good to know, great visual
     
  14. provofan

    provofan [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I am leaning to either OME 885 and Nitro or Biistien 5100 with Eibach from Toytec. Both with AAL
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2013
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    I had the 884s (same spring rate as 885s, just a tad shorter) with the nitros, and bilstens and an aal in the rear on my last truck. I was very happy with it.
     
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    Currently I am stock and the biggest improvement I have gotten so far was from more aggressive and slightly larger tires. I know on my last trip would have been SOL with stock tires. I was driving behind a lead truck that had a lift and on spots that he made it through without hitting anything, I hit my rear bumper and exhaust pretty damn hard.

    I also have been in trucks that are now mid-travel just by having good shocks and upgraded UCA's. I have seen these trucks handle terrain at 40-50mph where if I did the same in my stock truck I would probably break something, or just have a very painful ride bottoming out my bump stops. That being said if I continue to wheel as much as I have done in the past few months my next investment is sliders, then lift.
     
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    this was like sitting on the psychiatrists couch for me, 2012 quad cab, 4X4, long bed, wanting mostly looks, struggling to keep my stock ride. I do the beaches for surf and kiting, and flat land mud for hunting, so don't need but want the lift. You have me thinking I want to maybe just get leveling kit and go up 2 on tires, wheels, call it a day, then get better lighting. still on the fence but enjoyed the thread.
     
  18. Canazes9

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    Pine Canyon in Big Bend National Park this Thanksgiving. Washboard gravel road (big rain storm came through days before). Traveling 25-35mph, could have easily gone faster but was concerned about possible other vehicle traffic on the road (didn't want to frighten anyone). My 70+ year old parents were in the 4Runner with me, weren't uncomfortable, weren't bothered at all - look at the video from around 57 seconds to 1:10....

    Icon low lift suspension, didn't install it to get a lift. Running stock sized Mickey Thompson MTZ's...

    http://www.toyota-4runner.org/5th-gen-t4rs/147258-no-low-lift-icon-suspension.html

    http://youtu.be/gDtTms_AmxM

    I will be upgrading the suspension on my Tacomas...

    David
     
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    Stock are tires are 31" if I remember correctly. If you want to go up 2" in tires then you will need a 3" lift along with some trimming in the wheel wells and a cab mount chop...just a heads up. You can fit 32" tires on stock suspension with minor to no trimming.
     
  20. Ahshiet

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    Set #1 16x10 ion alloy wheel 31x12.5 super swampers Set#2 17x9 KMC Diesel black 305/65/17 M/T ATZ baja Set#3 TRD offroad wheels painted wrinkle black with H/T tire 275/70/16 Set#4 Weld racing 16x12 Typhoon with 305/70/16 BF KO tires Set#5 Weld racing 16.5x12 36x16 fun country Set#6 TRD rugged edition wheels 305/75/16 baja claws Set#7 16x10 procomp steel "beadlooks" 33x12.50 TSL Boggers Spider track spacers in front Wet Okole black seat covers fronts with pockets,back and armrest HIDs high Lexus projector fogs h11 hid 3500k Toyota bed mat black trd exhaust Fujita intake black Xrunner badges carbon fiber door sills Alpine double din 2 8" bazookas (modded) 2 Alpine type-r 8's in tubes Rockford fosgate 1500w silverstar blinker bulbs front and back Led lic plate bulbs Led dome light Led map lights Black eBay headlights VHT night shade tails and 3rd brake light Custom made rear fog lights(next to 3rd brake light) Sticker bombed bed walls and pass. A-pill
    Lifted with 2.5" Leeper coilovers with toytech shim spacer total chaos UCA and diff drop up front
    Rear is 2" slant block and fabtech AAL 2" and fox smooth body shocks
    And all of that rolling on some 315/75/16=35"s Baja claws mounted on TRD rugged edition wheels
    Not the best setup but it works great ground clearance and overall truck height still fits in low parking structures and under trees I can even have my 10'x34" stand up surf paddle board on the toyota roof rack with the skeg facing up and still clear my garage door

    Total cost of lift out of my pocket is almost $800 total chaos arms was a gift and the fox shocks was free cause ugly chrome

    Total cost of wheels I straight traded my old bald super swampers with spray painted 16x10 ion wheels I got for a deal years ago on Craig's for the TRD rugged wheels with stock tires and bought the 315/75/16 Mickey Thompson Baja Claw tires from a friend he posted on IG for $300 tires was like brand new never went offroad
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