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Specific suspension/tire combo questions

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by jwicker, May 17, 2011.

  1. May 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    jwicker [OP] Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Southern Indiana
    2003 Lunar Mist Double Cab 4x4
    ARB shell
    I know, I know...search the forum.... but... it seems that every post I find has something specific that I don't have or want....so I'm taking a chance on a new thread.

    2003 Double Cab TRD 4x4 V6 Auto
    All stock: suspension, wheels, 265/70/16's, shocks, etc.
    Fiberglass camper top (that's likely coming off soon).
    90% onroad. The minor offroading i do I on our farm and camping (sometimes a little muddy).

    What I want to do:
    Put Hankook 285/75/16 Dynapro MTs on stock Toyota wheels.
    Keep a nice soft ride without inflicting too much premature wear and tear.
    Would like to get about 3" of total lift above stock (to clear tires and upgrade to a more aggressive look)
    Would like to add wheel spacers to kick the tires out a bit. (Maybe 1/2")

    My questions:
    Will the Hankook MTs be noisy at highway speeds?
    Will I actually get good life out of the MTs with 90% onroad driving?
    Will my mileage go to crap? (getting approx 16.5 mpg now in town and 19 on interstate.)
    What are my options for clearing the 33" 285s with DIY lift components?
    I will likely have to do tires first - then lift. Is that even possible (rubbing) for daily driving for a few weeks?

    My budget for ALL lift parts is around $350.
    I will be doing all of the labor except front end alignment unless I find a super cheap place for install.
    I am not opposed to cutting/hammering pinch welds, plastic, etc.

    Pictures as it sits now can be found here:

    Thanks in advance !

  2. May 17, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Rippin101 Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2008
    First Name:
    Jax Beach, FL
    2014 TRD Sport 4x4
    -Nitto G2 265/70/17 -Level 8 MK6 Wheels -Katzkin Leather Black on Black -BHLM -Weathertech -Extang Solid Fold -Bedlight LEDs -TRD Skid
    Lots of good questions. I'd like to see knowledgable answers as well :popcorn:
  3. May 17, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Tacomanator Boiling denim and bangin whores

    Jul 25, 2010
    First Name:
    Clam Slammer
    Southern Cali
    King 2.5" extended travel coilovers with compression adjusters, Camburg UCA's, King 2.5" rear shocks, TRD 1st gen CAI.
    all those questions have been asked before. Do more research bud.

    I will tell you that those tires have a nice hum on the highway. I have the same ones, but in a 32".
  4. May 17, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    mikracer Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2010
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    2009 DCSB | TRD Sport 4x4
    Expect your gas mileage in town to go way down. Also expect your truck to be a dog with those tires. You can run those tires, but you wont be able to turn lock to lock without some serious rubbing. I would wait the couple of weeks until you get your lift done before putting those tires on. Any MT tire will be considerably louder than a non MT tire. If you're used to driving with them, then it shouldnt be an issue, but if you expect a quiet ride, you will be dissapointed.
  5. May 17, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    shitroc Master of War

    Oct 14, 2009
    First Name:
    New Brunswick, Canada
    2002 Tacoma TRD 4X4
    Listed in sig.......
    Do the lift first then the tires,for 350$ your choices of lift are definitly limited but bilstein 5100 would be your best bang for your buck or dare I say a spacerlift which are cheaper way of gettin your truck in the air. You'll definitly get a loss in mpg by about 1 or 2 I'd say.the smallest wheel spacer u can get is 1/4", a 1/2" one will leave u with no threads to grab.
  6. May 17, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    Blackdawg Dr. Frankenstein

    Dec 31, 2010
    First Name:
    Wyoming/St. Louis
    The Trifecta.
    BFG KM2 33x12.5 tires, Wheelers Type B rims, Allpro 1.5'' Wheel spacers w/extended thread lug nuts 2 Alpine 10'' Type Xs 2 Kicker 6X9s 4 Sony 5 1/4s Pioneer 4100 HU Sway bar removed 4 Hella 500 HIDs Frankenstein Leaf packs 1'' lift shackles Eibach coils 5100s front 10'' 5150s rear BAMF BPV bracket Deckplate mod Elite Front bumper Magnaflow 14'' muffler Elite Off Road Rear bumper with Tire gate with jerry can and fold down table, BAMF sliders, Custom Homemade Bed, rack/roof rack, CVT Mt. Shasta Roof Top Tent, 20lb CO2 tank, BAMF diff skid custom front skid, GM CS144 140 amp alternator Blitzpro 21s HAWK side LEDs Blitzpro Custom made side mirror lights, LightForce 240 Blitz llights, Piaa 510 ION fogs, XRC8 Winch w/in cab controls,
    Yeaaaa save up more money man..

    You dont want a spacer lift, you will just want to change later as they just increase you stock suspension wear.

    Look up OME lifts or the bilstein 5100s with OME coils or eibach coils with a toyo tech AAL. These are very popular on this sight and very well proven. They will also help with the ride of your truck and get you the lift you want. Please dont get a spacer lift, you just end up switchin to a real suspension lift later anyways when you have to replace you stock suspension because the spacers wore out your stock setup. And spacers do increase the wear on your suspension(ask me how i know ;) )

    as for the wheel spacers you should look at spidermaxx 1.5'' or Allpro 1.25''/1.5''/2'' spacers. These with kick out the tires like you want as well as help get rid of some of the rubing with the large tires.

    Welcome to Tacomaworld. I am sad to inform you that this site just makes you spend more and more money on your Taco! :p

    So start saving up your money! 350 for suspension is not enough..

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