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suspension suggestions?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by T.J., Jan 7, 2011.

  1. Jan 7, 2011 at 2:47 PM
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    T.J.

    T.J. [OP] Taco Jockey

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    I apologize for the question(s) if they have already been asked but my search efforts didn't work out. With that said, I'm considering a 3" lift for my DC LB PreRunner. My only motivation for this is to be able to put wider tires on. Currently have 265/70/17 on 17x9 wheels. Suspension is all stock with 41k miles.

    With this size tire, I had the rubbing at full turn and trimmed the front fender to give clearance.

    What I'd like to accomplish is a level riding truck where the ride 'quality' is not compromised. I'd like a wider looking stance for the wheels since this truck is long and appears 'narrow' to me with my current set-up.

    Not sure about using wheel spacers, as I think this will cause more rubbing at full turn, so the lift seems to be the option I need.

    While cost is always a factor, any suggestions for the components I'd need to meet my wants is greatly appreciated. Don't want to go broke, but don't want to go cheap, either.

    The truck is not driven off-road, but I do drive long distances occasionally so ride quality is important. I'm not interested in frame spacers. Also, if anyone can tell me what the "cut-off" point is for tire size before a re-gear is needed or suggested?
     
  2. Jan 7, 2011 at 2:55 PM
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    you could go with Bilstein 5100's up front, the .85 wont hurt the ride quality but anything more may stiffen it up

    you could spend some extra on adjustable coilovers

    you will need wheelspacers to get the wider look
     
  3. Jan 7, 2011 at 3:03 PM
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  4. Jan 7, 2011 at 3:07 PM
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    Well you could always go with spindles up front but they aren't cheap and then you have to lift the rear as well for it to be level. However, they will maintain the current ride you have now and they widen the stance up front. Spindles alone with extended brakelines will set you back 1k. You could run Allpros 3'' leaf pack in the rear to help level it out.

    Or I would go with Bilstein 5100's up front for a more mild lift.
     
  5. Jan 7, 2011 at 4:32 PM
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    T.J.

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    So far so good. Thanks. How about the re-gear question? Is there a certain size tire where a re-gear is recommended?

    Based on these suggestions, how wide of a tire could I conceivably run, with or without wheel spacers staying with a 9" wide wheel? Kinda open-ended question, I know, but just looking for a general idea of what I'd gain going with a 3" lift. I see several on here who go with a 285/70/17, but I'd even consider a little wider if it will fit.
     
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