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To lift or not to lift

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by raycie, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. Apr 22, 2010 at 7:39 PM
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    raycie

    raycie [OP] Well-Known Member

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    In need of $$$
    Just curious what people will say..

    Recently changed tires on stock 17" rims to the 265/70/17. Definitely the way to go.. Made a huge improvement to the stock pre-runner sport appearance.

    Again, wanting to be a little different that the other million or so tacomas in hawaii, am thinking of doing a small lift.. The plan would be to do 5100s in the front (set at 1.5) and an aal in the rear. Truck was non-tsb rear, and too many miles even if it was. With the camper on the bed, rear is about 3/4" higher than the front.

    I know that this is a "wimpy" lift by some mindsets.. I know this will not "improve" much of anything, but did decide on the aal rather than a block to improve towing and hauling ability, and the 5100s rather than a spacer for the improved and adjustable shock. I will not be doing a bunch of offroading with this (had some fun with my old '99), again, basically will be doing it for the look..

    Waste of $$?? Shops are quoting between 800-1000 (including alignment) for 5100s in the front and aal in the rear.. before you comment on how much it is.. remember we have "hawaii" prices over here..

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  2. Apr 22, 2010 at 7:40 PM
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    Tillers_Rule

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    Sounds good but do the work yourself if you can, it's really not that hard and will save your about $600
     
  3. Apr 22, 2010 at 7:46 PM
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    MxRacer190

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    Just ordered the same exact setup your looking at lol.

    5100's came today, and 2" AAL's come tuesday next week.

    5100's = $282
    AAL's = $80
    Ubolts = $40

    $400 parts

    Idk labor because I'm going to try to do it myself with some help.
     
  4. Apr 22, 2010 at 7:52 PM
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    skistoy

    skistoy Make mine a Double!

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    TSB - free
    5100 - 199
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    Fully Off-Road capable for less than 900 bucks
    Not looking to rock crawl or anything, so for me - perfect
    And you should see this thing handle in the snow!
     
  5. Apr 22, 2010 at 8:08 PM
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    subhunter

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    The dealership here installs the ready lift kits on the tacomas. 2.75" in the front and 1" in the rear. the kit is $306. I just bought one for my TRD sport, just need to put it on the truck and see if I can fit 285/70/17's on my factory rims.
     
  6. Apr 22, 2010 at 9:21 PM
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    225nontypical

    225nontypical ????????????

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    do the lift you will love it:D
     
  7. Apr 23, 2010 at 2:52 PM
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    raycie

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    Really thought I would hear more people who would be in the "don't waste your $$" camp..

    Looking at some others prices, I guess hawaii isn't that much more.. shop will be charging about 4 bills for the install.. I'm not sure I would trust myself doing the 5100s and the aal..

    Looking for the "easiest" way to get my wife on-board.. do you think she will go for "honey regular maint. says that I have to replace shocks at 45,00 miles" lol...

    Just one more consideration is that we may sell the wife's Murano soon. If the truck is our only vehicle for a while, even a small lift may inhibit access to some garages in town/Waikiki..

    It will get done.. hopefully soon..
     
  8. Apr 23, 2010 at 3:12 PM
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    I went with the 3" Ultimate kit from Toytec and love it. The lift is not too big and you can fit 285's pretty easily. Great ride and looks awesome. I would highly recommend getting new upper control arms with any kit because many have had alignment issues on the stock UCA's after a lift. I went with the Light Racing UCA's and they are great; can get a set for around $450.

    I have had the spacer lifts in the past and I didn't really want to go that route again. IMO the coilover lifts look better and keep the factory ride, but are a little more money. There are no spring compressors to mess with, the Coilovers are Direct Bolt On, and I didn't even need to adjust the ride height after install because the coils were fully assembled and set prior to installation...simple. I did the lift and UCA's myself, but I would recommend a friend to give you a hand.

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  9. Apr 25, 2010 at 4:35 PM
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    Nice. What did you set your 5100's at? How much lift did TSB give you.
     
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