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What size spacer? (to lift front 2 inches)

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by AirbossGordo, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. Mar 21, 2012 at 1:56 PM
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    What size spacer do I use to level out my 2001?

    Front is sitting exactly 2 inches lower in the front than in the rear.

    Help the newbie here, please!

    Gordo
     
  2. Mar 21, 2012 at 1:58 PM
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    I should have asked this two weeks before I installed a couple of quick struts, not after.
     
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    A two inch spacer will raise two inches? What's all the stuff I read about the lift being greater than the size of the spacer due to the geometry of the suspension? I read somewhere a one inch will raise it more than one inch, a two inch will... etc.

    I race Camaro's and fly planes, lifting trucks is new to me.
     
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    You would want something called a "2 inch spacer". The spacer itsself, however, will only be about 1" thick. And you should not stack a spacer on top of those quick lift shocks. Don't combine any lifts that end up netting you more than 3" in the front.
     
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    That's the part that was confusing to me. For a two inch net "leveling," install a one inch spacer. Got it. Not looking for lots of lift, just leveling it out. Struts are brand new Monroe struts (great price couldn't pass it up - free) so it won't be a problem taking it all out.... not like it was taking the old 120,000 mile struts out.

    Any other suspension issues to address with a two inch lift? Besides an alignment?
     
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    Ohhh they are just Monroe shocks. When you said "quick struts" I assumed you were referring to Rancho QuickLift shocks, which provide lift.

    You won't find anyone who advertises the actual spacer thickness, they are all advertised as the amount of lift they provide, on average.
     
  8. Mar 21, 2012 at 2:35 PM
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    Thanks, KPT. Much appreciated. After reading so much about it, I decided I needed to talk to someone it.

    I had seen spacers that said '1" spacer' and I'd seen them advertised as '1" inch LIFT' and neither addressed the issue is net lift or actual thickness of the spacer.

    Time to shop now.

    Thanks,
    Gordo
     
  9. Mar 21, 2012 at 2:59 PM
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    Differential drop needed with two inches of lift?

    Should I go steel or billet aluminum on the spacers?
     
  10. Mar 21, 2012 at 3:17 PM
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    get a 2" spacer and do get the diff drop, i think they are good on 1st gens
     
  11. Mar 21, 2012 at 3:38 PM
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    What's involved in installing a diff drop? Any links to how-to?
     
  12. Mar 27, 2012 at 8:44 AM
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    i got the 2 inch spacer
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  13. Mar 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM
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    Why a spacer?
     
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