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Should I lift my 2020 Tacoma Pro

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Mjaramillo, Mar 25, 2020.

  1. Mar 26, 2020 at 11:53 AM
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    pochoboy

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    no wonder I see some here opting for the SR5 and building it up
    man, $50k truck with all the nice goodies. Some people just got the money to play and more power to them doing so
     
  2. Mar 26, 2020 at 12:09 PM
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    I see it as a net gain for those of us with offroads. Cheap fox suspensions for us :)
     
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  3. Mar 26, 2020 at 12:34 PM
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    This. Of course.
     
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  4. Mar 26, 2020 at 2:42 PM
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    What's the big difference with off road and pro suspension? Is the pro taller than off road?
     
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  5. Mar 26, 2020 at 3:01 PM
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    One has better shock absorbers.
     
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  6. Mar 26, 2020 at 3:07 PM
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    I have a 2019 DCLB Off Road and installed Pro Fox Shocks F/R. It was 1” lift in front and I used 1\2” blocks rear (temporary) to maintain rake.
    The difference is remarkable. Eliminated nose dive on braking, much more stable at speeds over potholes, tracks and bumps. I have a shell and “stuff” so a bit of added weight to rear.
     
  7. Mar 26, 2020 at 3:17 PM
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    Do they actually provide more body lift (or are they adjustable)? I guess so given you just said they do, but there's a Pro up the street from me and I swear it looks shorter. Probably just a mental trick because I like mine more.
     
  8. Mar 26, 2020 at 7:00 PM
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    no body lift. 1” suspension lift. Non adjustable
     
  9. Mar 26, 2020 at 8:52 PM
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    Get 285/75/16s and call it a day. They don't run on a Pro w/ the stock wheel.
     
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  10. Mar 27, 2020 at 5:54 AM
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    How rough is your Off Roading? Only asking because the few people I know that did a similar thing to their vehicles never used the lift because they weren't willing to bash up their New vehicle on tougher off roading and would've been absolutely fine with their stock suspension for what they were willing to do. Your truck stock can handle mild off roading no problem, especially if you just up the tire size a little which will lift you automatically.
     
  11. Mar 27, 2020 at 5:58 AM
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    What happened?
     
  12. Mar 27, 2020 at 7:44 AM
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    That looks great! I've never heard of a shim lift until I saw an 88 Rotors video yesterday. Is it something like a spacer lift? and does it affect ride quality/offroading capabilities? Tried to google it but I kept finding a million different topics.
     
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    Skinny 33's? Please tell me more!
     
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    I have to agree guys. I took my wife for her 1st ride in my new Pro earlier this week.
    She made the comment."this thing rides better than my Lexus"
     
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    Off road with it first and see what you think you need. This is what I recommend to anyone before upgrading. You may be surprised about how much you like it. Or you’ll find out you need something and feel better about buying it.
     
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    Everyone lumps spacers into the same pile. But many dont realize there are 2 kinds of spacers. Preload spacers that go between the spring and the strut hat, and strut spacers that go between the hat and the perch. One is significantly worse than the other.
     
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    88 rotors is not someone i would go to. They do so much cheap work, adding 285s for all these people to rub on all day long
     
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    285s fit no problem on a Pro with the stock Pro wheels.. no rub. The front mud flaps may rub from what I've heard, but I took them off before I had my tires put on, just incase. Also the spare fits perfectly as well with a 285..

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    Dog hair, metaltech rocksliders, KBVooDoo bed risers, Smittybilt RTT, 3” spacer lift, caliraised ditch lights, amazon rock lights, Skewp
    I was traversing Mojave Road on my epic cross-continental road trip last year, when i blew out my rear shocks. Toyota wouldn’t warranty it (oh how i live toyota service centers) so i opted to lift it, as i’d wanted to after all the scraping at Moab and Engineer Pass anyway.

    Knowing it would take some time, I opted to get it taken care of while i was couch surfing at a friend’s in Tucson. So on my way there, i google map searched some off-road shops, and found one with a bunch of souped up Toyota pictures. Perfect! Right?

    Anyhow, called ‘em, discussed what i wanted, and paid for parts. I’d asked for a 3” spring lift, asked about the common vibration caused by lifting these and they suggested a diff drop, and particularly i demanded that it not rub at max articulation, as i beat the hell out of this truck.

    Drop the truck off and immediately get a bad vibe - none of the google pictures showed that the shop was in it’s own little junkyard. But as i’d already pre-paid for the parts, figured i’d give it a run.

    Pick up the truck a few days later and discover it had all been lifted on blocks - “well, of course it was for the price!” Nevermind our multiple conversations....
    They did at least add some remote resevoir shocks to the rear.
    On the way home it developed a loud squeak in the front - took it back, they looked at it as i rocked the truck for all of thirty seconds and said they couldn’t find it, and it’s probably just a balljoint angry with it’s new position. I drove off, accepting their bullshit and hoping it would sort itself out.

    Shortly after leaving Tucson the classic roar in 2wd developed. When i finally went off-roading again in Maine, it was making horrendous clunking & rattling noises. It was still squeaking too.

    I got it checked out at my machinist buddy’s shop in Cleveland — and discovered a few things.
    1.That the Left front coils were rubbing together causing the squeak - easy wd-40 temp fix
    2.That the clunking was the upper control arm smashing into the spring at max articulation!! & the CV was rubbing the strut tower as well.
    3. That they’d put some preposterous ghetto spacers on the flimsy factory skid plate, which caused delightful rattles on gravel roads
    4. That regardless of the diff drop, i would still need the ECGS bushing
    5. The extended u-bolts they used weren’t treated, and already had begun to rust dramatically
    6. The rear shocks they used were Bilstein 5160s — which are only rated for a 1.5” lift. On my 3” truck. A few months later & they’ve already started leaking, perhaps from the undue stress

    I’m in Alaska, so don’t think i can really pursue any litigation. Best i can do is warn others to be careful what shop they use

    Picture is of the factory blown shocks. They don’t like desert bashing at 116*F

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