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what should i do?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by awickedbeast, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. Oct 1, 2011 at 11:27 AM
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    awickedbeast

    awickedbeast [OP] awickedbeast

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    My truck is a 2008 access cab tacoma trd, with billy 5100s set at 1.75. I had a 2" toytec aal installed. I made a mistake when ordering the aal, I wanted a 1.5 aal. Now my truck has an unlevel stance, lots of rake. So after reading on here about 5100s, aals, springs etc. im a little confused. I would like to know what would be my best choice to level up my truck. I do appreciate any and all help.

    Should I remove the 2" aal and replace it with a 1.5"aal? or...
    Should I take a chance and set my front shocks to 2.5 and hope that it rides ok and that I am one of the lucky ones that dont need ucas? or another option would be to set my shocks at .85 and get some eibach springs. Can the tacomaworld community help me decide how to level my truck in the best way. Once again I do thank you all for your help.
     
  2. Oct 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM
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    pudge151

    pudge151 Well-Known Member

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    best ride would prob be the eibach springs. i wish i had done that instead of the billies. you could also sell you 2" AAL here and buy a 1.5"
     
  3. Oct 1, 2011 at 2:08 PM
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    SR54x4

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    i could be wrong, but i think by getting the eibachs you run the risk of needing new ucas. how long have you had the 2" aal on for? sometimes they settly down after a month or two and you might like the look then
     
  4. Oct 2, 2011 at 11:32 AM
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    awickedbeast

    awickedbeast [OP] awickedbeast

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    Thanks Pudge and SR54X4 for your help. I have had the 2" aal on the truck since spring. I am trying to add a pic so you can see what I am talking about. Thanks again for your help.

    450.jpg
     
  5. Oct 2, 2011 at 11:37 AM
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    TRDBandit

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    I have the 2" toytec aal installed with a 3" spacer up front. stock uca's and toytec said I wouldnt need new ones unless I go higher than 3"

    Im sure it added a true 3" of front. If not, then just shy of 3"
    [​IMG]
     
  6. Oct 2, 2011 at 11:51 AM
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    awickedbeast

    awickedbeast [OP] awickedbeast

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    Nice pic Trdbandit, truck looks good. Thank you.
     
  7. Oct 2, 2011 at 11:58 AM
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    TMW

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    You can either change the 5100s or replace the 2" AAL with a 1.5" or have the 2" heated and take some of the arch out.
     
  8. Oct 2, 2011 at 2:45 PM
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    tacojpklx

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    I'd say leave it alone - looks like a functional truck. I never got the leveled look/nose high look anyway. Maybe it's a midwest regional thing, but a truck that sags and squats in the back under load is just embarrassing.
     
  9. Oct 2, 2011 at 4:52 PM
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    SCSPerformance

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    most economical option if you can do the labor yourself:

    free - change the setting on the bilsteins to top setting and see how you like the ride. if it rides fine to you, get an alignment.

    ~$79 + shipping - swap out the 2" aal for some 1.5" aal.

    ~$150 + shipping - leave the 2" aal alone and swap out the stock springs for some eibachs.
     
  10. Oct 3, 2011 at 9:18 AM
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    awickedbeast [OP] awickedbeast

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    Thank you all. Good looking trucks for sure. Thanks again for all of the replys.
     
  11. Oct 3, 2011 at 9:22 AM
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    97yota4wd

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    if money is an issue, i would raise the front to 2.5. if not get the eibachs and set the front at .85
     
  12. Oct 3, 2011 at 9:27 AM
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    I think it looks fine dude. I wouldn't change anything. If you're self conscious about it, get a tool box and put a few 50lb sand bags in it. [​IMG]

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  13. Oct 3, 2011 at 9:33 AM
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    Or OME 885s and set at 0.0
    I got full 3" lift front & back with 885s on OME shocks and Dakars. Love the ride on & off road. Stock UCAs
     
  14. Oct 4, 2011 at 10:05 AM
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    awickedbeast

    awickedbeast [OP] awickedbeast

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    Thank you all for your help. When i find the time, I will raise my front shocks to 2.5 and see how it goes. If it goes well, I will get an alighment and post a pic and let you all know. If i take the spring upgrade, adjust shocks down, and a realignment, I will post a pic then. Thank you all.
     
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