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tough country 3 inch spacer lift or fabtech 3 inch coilover?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by jd17usmc, May 11, 2011.

  1. jd17usmc

    jd17usmc [OP] Well-Known Member

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    i just moved from my 07 black single cab prerunner with 32 mud terrains and a skyjacker leveling kit, to a 2011 black dc 4wd. had the dealership move over the wheels and tires from my old truck to the 2011. but moving the leveling kit was too much of a hassle.

    so i may get another leveling kit for the time being, however i want to eventually go to a 3 inch lift new wheels with offset and bigger tires. my local shop suggests the tough country spacer lift they said they could have it installed and balanced for under $600. but i want to do things right for the long haul and i like the fabtech 3 inch lift. they said it would be around 4 grand to install however. looking for help from anyone on application of the lifts quality opinions and possibly whats the biggest i can go with tires.. id love to squeeze something close to 34s under my truck even if i have to do some cutting. i keep seeing clears 33 an i know thats conservative. just dont know how conservative.. any help would be appreciated, thank you.
     
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    If you paid $4g for a 3" lift to be installed I would have to kick you in the nutz!
     
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    x2 haha ^
     
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    Oh and I used to have the Tough Country 3" spacer lift on stock struts and coils. WORST DECISION EVER MADE!

    I switched to 5100's all around and 885's. That combo was $500. Get a rear AAL for like $100 and install everything in your drive way.

    Do not get a spacer lift.
     
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    OME coils and shocks up front. OME shocks or bilstein 5100 shocks and a new leaf pack or AAL in the rear. Try searching to see what setups people are running.
     
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    Neither option sounds good.

    Look into a set of Bilstein 5100s, if you are on a budget. If not then look into a set of ICON coilvers.
     
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    Fox 2.5 rr coilovers with rear Fox 2.0 piggybacks. 1800 out the door and diy. spacers blow
     
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    Spindle lift with some 5100's and use your stock coils. No need for new uca's. Should be around $1200-$1500. That's what I did. Very happy with the ride.
     
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    OP is 4x4 so he can't get lift spindles.
     
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    x2 I did the same thing
     
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    see thats the problem i saw with both these kits, the fabtech being ridiculously priced... and ive heard spacers are garbage and as soon as you take them off road you have problems.

    what you suggested sounds like the best way to go. and i see guys trucks on here with similar set ups that look like they have a great stance, and love the ride. but im ignorant to all this, was a little apprehensive about piecing together a lift myself. i guess ill do some more research and go with everything you suggested. where will that put me height wise and stance?
     
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    It would help if I knew how to read. Huh?
     
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    Who reads stuff anyways? :D
     
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    its over rated!

    so just with a little research im seeing maybe the way to go is 5100 all around. to level it out and i can add to that with 885s and AAL to eventually get to 3 inches? does the 885s on the 5100s give the 5100s more than 2.5 lift? and with this combo and maybe some cutting could i fit anything close to 34s under it? or is that a pipe dream?
     
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    5100s all round to start out then upgrading as you can is a good idea. With the 885 and the bilstein shocks set at 0 you should be at 2" or so. You should be able to change the settings to get around 3" of lift. You don't want to go over 3" of lift or shit will start breaking and you'll be going through cv axles and boots like crazy. 34s might fit with some major cutting and the right backspaced wheels or wheel spacers.
     
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    thank you. thats the most helpful advice ive gotten so far. im hoping with the 5100 and stock springs for now atleast i can get a level ride. and ive also been told that with the 5100s and 885s i shouldnt ever set the 5100s over 0" or ill start having problems. im looking for a good solution and not to F up my new truck if you know what i mean.
     
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    From what I have read and seen on here, most people wanting to level out their trucks set the 5100's at 1.75" and had the TSB done in the rear.

    I started out with the 5100's, then waited like ohhhhhh 4 days then bought TC upper control arms, then after putting those on I waited like a week before ordering the 885's. So start off with the 5100's and upgrade from there when you can.
     
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    thanks, i think thats prolly what im gonna wanna do. what does changing the upper UCA do for you? is it to help with travel or does it affect ride height? and what does the TSB mean, and ive heard people saying that some dealerships will do it for you and some wont.
     
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