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Seeking General Advice for Lifting Stock 05 SR5

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Wicked Rebel, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. Jul 10, 2010 at 8:19 PM
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    Wicked Rebel

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    Just got a black 2005 Tacoma V6 Double Cab SR5 4x4. Completely stock except for a toneau cover. Looking to lift it somewhere b/w 3-6 inches. I like the look of the 6" lift w/ 35's for this truck. Is it possible to install a 3" suspension lift and then come back and add a 2 or 3" body lift as well? If so are there any critical parts or things I'll have to do/adjust for that size lift? I don't plan on doing any serious off-roading/rock climbing at this point (my wallet isn't that big), just looking to put some height on her for a more agressive stance. I'm all ears, Let me know what you think! Thanks
     
  2. Jul 10, 2010 at 8:22 PM
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    6 inch fabtech lift. Don't do a body lift and get some nice tires otherwise the lift looks weird
     
  3. Jul 10, 2010 at 8:23 PM
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    It's not good to stack lifts. I would save some cash and get a rcd 4.5" lift. It's the best lift for our trucks(IMO)

    Welcome to TW!
     
  4. Jul 10, 2010 at 8:23 PM
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    3" lift imo. I don't really like drop bracket lifts. Best lift would be long travel, but would cost you to much.
     
  5. Jul 10, 2010 at 8:56 PM
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    Personally I'd skip on the body lift I had a pretty bad experience when I used a 3 inch body lift on my Nissan Frontier. It had all kinds of issues from hoses to wiring and not to mention it started making all kinds of funky noises but then again its a Nissan. Thats why I drive a Toyota now.:D
     
  6. Jul 10, 2010 at 10:21 PM
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    I appreciate the advice. I think I'm leaning towards the 6" Fabtech suspension lift. Most likely will put 33" tires on 18s. If I buy the lift kit online somewhere, will I have everything I need and be road ready after installation? Or would there be more things to purchace or adjust on the actual truck ie differential drop, alignment, etc..?
     
  7. Jul 10, 2010 at 10:25 PM
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    I have a 4.5" RCD lift with 33" tires... its a drop bracket lift... look at my build for pics
     
  8. Jul 11, 2010 at 9:59 AM
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    The first thing I would do is to make sure that you know what you want to do with your truck. Is it for looks? Is it for off-roading? Is it for racing in the desert? Is it for Mall Crawling? Is it a Dune Jumper? Is it a weekend camping thing?

    In my opinion, the biggest difference is how much will the shocks get a workout? Do you go for $200 shocks or $2000 shocks? I know many that have burned off the decals of shocks in the matter of a couple of 1000 miles! That will result in a piss poor set up in the long run.

    Good luck
     
  10. Jul 11, 2010 at 12:32 PM
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    For all intents and purposes, this is just going to be basically for looks. I live in a rural area, and the truck would occasionally see a little bit of mud/driving through fields, etc. We get the occasional snow storm in the winter. But I wouldn't plan on any extreme off-roading, certainly not any desert racing or anything like that. I have a 14' Aluminum Jon Boat, which would most likely be the heaviest thing I'd be towing, probably a max of 10 times a year. Just looking to give the truck a little more aggressive look....Thanks for the responses
     
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    Good! Then your options are wide open! :)
     
  12. Jul 11, 2010 at 1:56 PM
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    Good to know! So what is my best bet for a 3" suspension lift? I'm definitely a noob when it comes to this kinda stuff. Basically I'm trying to figure out exactly what I need to buy to get the truck up a little higher, considering I don't need anything crazy for extreme off roading. Is a lift kit the best way to go? and if so, will that include everything I need for all 4 corners of the truck?
     
  13. Jul 11, 2010 at 2:03 PM
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    I came to this forum with the same questions about lifting my truck. Most of the information you are seeking can be found by searching - that's what I did. I read all of the threads that I could find on the subject, as many of the topics, opinions, and things to look out for are already covered. I think this will be faster for you then waiting on responses to your thread. You will also get more information. Also, read a lot of build threads if you can. A lot of people on this forum have lifted their trucks, and will discuss the lift they chose and why in their build thread.

    The following links are good places to start:

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/suspension/11282-tacoma-lift-faq-guide-read.html

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/40470-ucas-alignment.html

    I hope you find what you are looking for.
     
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