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Selecting a mild lift (TRD Baja TX Pro + Icon AAL)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by crashnburn80, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. Aug 10, 2015 at 8:48 PM
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    crashnburn80

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    Yes, installed with the brake line extension bracket, that I initially overlooked.

    After 2 days on the trail and 70 miles of off-road testing, the AAL did not make contact with the OEM leaf clamps despite the close clearance. Also the driver side AAL clamp bolt never contacted the gas tank skid.

    I put the setup through its paces. First of all, high speed poorly maintained FS roads were amazing. I'd cringe when I hit some ruts/puddle holes at speed only to have the truck absorb them like they were not even there. Lower speed volcanic rock rubble were handled well, though my Jeep Wrangler with OME handled it smoother. Playing on the rocks I appreciated the better control of the slightly stiffer Baja setup. I do like the sportier street ride of the Baja vs OME being more comfort oriented, based on my Wrangler (yes, not apples to apples, but it is the direct experience I have).

    On a side note testing out A-trac I was relatively impressed. Climbs where my friends gen1 trd struggled with the rear locker engaged my truck was able to accomplish without the locker, not that A-trac didn't struggle and I thought about hitting the bailout diff lock but it pulled through without. Also tried out HDC, not as preferable IMO as a manual and 1st gear, but a good second option for us guys with an auto. The noises that A-trac and HDC make are quite concerning, but reading about that ahead of time I was prepared for the abs chaos.

    Overall very happy with the setup, but need sliders to not sweat on the rocks as much.
     
  2. Aug 10, 2015 at 10:26 PM
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    Looks great. Are those the 17" Tundra TRD wheels?
     
  3. Aug 10, 2015 at 10:30 PM
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  4. Aug 27, 2015 at 9:15 PM
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    Had the chance to park next to a stock AC TRD off-road today, even in MGM. I snapped some pics for easy side by side comparison before and after Baja lift + tires.

    IMG_3704.jpg IMG_3705.jpg IMG_3707 (1).jpg IMG_3708.jpg
     
  5. Aug 28, 2015 at 1:21 AM
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    Nice. I did the same thing except I also added air bags and cradles for towing my boat. The suspension is really great all around, makes driving on the street much better as well.
     
  6. Aug 28, 2015 at 2:03 AM
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    just a few things.
    Nice I think I'm going to be going this route as well. Soon I hope....
     
  7. Aug 28, 2015 at 5:31 AM
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    I like the setup including the rims, my all time favorite rims from Toyota :thumbsup:
     
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    Nice write up OP. Truck looks great. Thanks for the info and the pics. :thumbsup:
     
  9. Sep 17, 2015 at 5:56 AM
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    Does the Baja come from the factory with a different leaf pack versus a stock 4x4 taco? Just trying to figure out the rear as the OEM Baja looks to sit nice and level and if I'm installing the same PTR13-35120 kit the OP installed, is AAL necessary to get the same stance as the OEM Baja...
     
  10. Sep 17, 2015 at 7:02 AM
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    same exact springs as the rest of em. the 3+1 leaf pack.
     
  11. Sep 17, 2015 at 10:24 AM
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    As mentioned above, the Baja runs the stock heavier leaf pack which is 3 leafs plus the overload bar on the bottom. Some trucks only have 2 leafs plus the overload, these are known as the TSB leafs as they tend to have all sorts of issues.

    I ran the AAL in addition to my 3 leaf because I wanted to maintain the rake so when I put stuff in the bed I am not nose high (which would happen if you are level unloaded), but more importantly I felt the stock leafs were too soft. I'd sit on the tailgate and the rear end would sag a couple inches. I wanted a firmer more controlled ride.
     
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    This is my reason also for running an AAL. Keeping rake on a truck makes it still useful!

    Also as a note, any 6lug tacoma manufactured after the end of October 2014 has a 3+1 leaf pack, regardless of package or configuration.
     
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    Thanks for the great information and pictures. This is exactly the route I want to take.
     
  14. Sep 18, 2015 at 7:48 AM
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    Truck looks great man really enjoyed your right up and comparison pictures. This is the route I think I want to go now as my truck is a daily driver and see's the woods every other weekend for camping. I don't do any extreme offroading. Just looking to keep or improve on my current ride and lift 2-3 inches after reading this it will be 2 inches of lift.
     
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    Thanks everyone for the compliments.

    This doesn't just maintain the ride, it drastically improves the ride over stock. It rides more like a sporty car on the street rather than a pickup truck, while also feeling more controlled on the trail.
     
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    My 2013 has the 3+1 rear leafs, I have ordered the Baja kit and will install it over the next few weeks and report back the stance and ride, I'm not planning any changes to the rear for now. My truck does have some extra weight in the front, so I will be interested to see how it sits.
     
  17. Sep 21, 2015 at 9:47 AM
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    How much extra weight do you have? The 650lb coils should handle increased weight nicely. I haven't driven it with the Baja kit installed and no AAL in the rear, but it would seem to me the front and rear would not be an odd balance, with significantly stiffer coils up front (550lb stock vs 650lb Baja) and no change to the rear. Although it did come from the factory that way. Depending on your front load maybe it would balance out decently.
     
  18. Sep 27, 2015 at 6:52 PM
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    Nice write up, thank you for sharing!
     
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    Did you have to install longer brake lines with this setup?
     

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