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What you need to know about lifting a 2016 Tacoma - Presented by Toytec Lifts

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Toytec Lifts, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. Feb 5, 2018 at 7:33 PM
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    To be honest, it is my first tacoma and didnt know much about them. I wanted one with leather seats and the only ones that offer it i believe are the limited and pro’s. I hate all the chrome the limited has and really liked the cement grey. Didnt really know much about the suspension it came with. So in other words im screwed and have to replace the whole suspension?!
     
  2. Feb 6, 2018 at 1:30 AM
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    I feel you brother. No matter which way you go you still have a great truck. Welcome to TW and good luck.
     
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  3. Feb 6, 2018 at 5:00 AM
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    For what it’s worth, upgrading your suspension is a good thing and with the pro, at least you get to recoup the cost unlike the other models where the stock suspension is now scrap.
     
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  4. Feb 6, 2018 at 6:28 AM
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    Thanks for the feedback. I change my mind by the hour as far as which kit to get. One minute I convince myself that I will be fine buying the kit at Kmart for $58 and the next minute I’m convinced that I “need” the King kit for $58,000
     
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  5. Feb 6, 2018 at 10:29 AM
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    I say go big if you plan on keeping your truck for a long time. Any of the vendors on here will probably give you a great deal. Since we are on the toytec thread, maybe you should hit them up and see since they do carry Kings.
     
  6. Feb 8, 2018 at 10:55 PM
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    I’ve been reading into getting the Toytec 2.5’s with resi’s (in the rear) total chaos UCA and darkar pack for th extra load. I usually tow a 22ft boat on the weekends about 60mi round trip. Light to mod off roading but 70-80% paved highway. What kind of adjustment needs to be done to make the total chaos work with the toytec 2.5’s? Also should I just save some cash and go with bilstein 5112/6150 combo ? Thanks I’m advance.
     
  7. Feb 9, 2018 at 4:59 AM
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    I don’t think you need to adjust anything on the UCAs with a lift. The alignment tech will take care of that. I can’t speak for the toytec 2.5, but the 6112/5160 with Dakar’s is a really nice setup. That’s what I’m running and I’m really happy with it. If both front C/O are 2.5” diameter, they will probably be comparable in overall performance, honestly. I’d go with whichever you find a good deal on. I had a toytec C/O lift on my 2015 and it rode great. My only complaint was the rear add a leaf. Never again. Also, I have the medium leaf pack, you may want to consider the heavy one if you tow that often.
     
  8. Feb 9, 2018 at 5:51 AM
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    I have the toytech performance 2.5 kit and upgraded to the reservoir shocks (front) and the performance spring pack in the rear. It does ride firmer than stock. If you plan on going with larger tires at any time I would replace the UCA's if not stay with the stocks. I went with the SPC UCA's they have a large amount of adjustment for the lost caster. Good. Luck!
     
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  9. Feb 9, 2018 at 6:53 AM
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    There will be no need to adjust anything on to make the Chaos arms work with that kit.


    Shoot me a pm and we can chat about the different options and figure out what is best for you!


    Thanks

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  10. Feb 9, 2018 at 7:24 AM
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    I am new to this and my brain is smoking from reading so much. I have a 16 double cab TRD offroad. I have not bought a lift yet but awhile back I bought some Tuff Country UCA's I got for a really good price at the time just so I would have them when I get a lift. They are the cheaper ones with the regular ball joint in them. Other than they are a lot more beefy than my stock ones they kind of look the same. Did I waste my money? Will they still help with alignment?
     
  11. Feb 11, 2018 at 7:03 AM
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    I bought a 4x4 because I ride in beach sand a few times a year and for extra traction at boat ramps. I live in Florida. I plan to put camper top on for keeping luggage dry on trips and for mountain bike security for when I ride after work. The only trails my truck may ever see is a gravel road to a cabin in the mountains.

    I know the camper will sag my rear end. I used an aal on my last truck (tundra) to compensate. I know if I do the same I will need to lift the front 2 inches to level the truck.

    I will be spending a lot on the camper and need an economical lift option. I don't think I really need a fancy lift for how I use my truck. I'm debating either an over the strut spacer or a puck. Which is a better ride for an already too stuff 2018 off road suspension and safer? Thoughts? Are these really that bad for someone in my situation?
     
  12. Feb 11, 2018 at 7:10 AM
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    Check out the firestone ride rite airbags. They sound like they'd fit your needs perfectly. Then you won't need to touch the front
     
  13. Feb 11, 2018 at 7:17 AM
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    When dealing with my last truck the local 4x4 shop recommended against airbags for constant load requirements like a camper. I like the look of a small lift too. My tundra had a 4inch tuff country lift that ended up causing me a lot of problems, but this tacoma seems like a car in comparison and could use a little help.
     
  14. Feb 11, 2018 at 7:26 AM
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    I have similar. 880-06-418 and 985-26-118.

    Did Dakar pack in rear too.

    No diff drop. Don't do it.

    Yes to the carrier bearing spacer.

    I bought ext. brake lines but haven't installed them as the stock lines were plenty long.

    I have needle bearing vibe. Do the ECGS bearing replacement while you do the lift.
     
  15. Feb 11, 2018 at 7:43 AM
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    Did they say why that's a bad idea? A lot of members on here run airbags and really like them.
     
  16. Feb 11, 2018 at 8:16 AM
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    They said constant pressure means more wear and tear and they will wear out and start leaking within a few years and need replacing.
     
  17. Feb 11, 2018 at 8:19 AM
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    @inesshell runs these and has constant pressure in them I believe. I'll let him chime in with his experience.

    Unless you plan on doing a proper lift up front to match the rear (i.e. not a spacer) then these would definitely be the better option.

    Otherwise OME dakars would be great for your rear, but then would need something up front to match. It's pretty easy to go down the rabbit hole.
     
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  18. Feb 11, 2018 at 8:35 AM
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    From reading through all these threads over the past month, it seems that a spacer lift isn't a problem unless you plan to do serious off roading. Is this not true? They seem to be very popular. Would I like a $1200-$3500 lift? Sure! Do I need one? It seems that many don't think so.
     
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  19. Feb 11, 2018 at 9:16 AM
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    Many? Many want to do things on the cheap, which is ok its their money but just adding length to a coil over is not the best way to make your truck as close to the factory specs. If all you are concerned with is leveling your vehicle then I think spacers are acceptable but if you want to use them to lift, make room for future upgrades or larger tire then they may create problems later on. If the spacer cause wear issues you are back to replacing the coil overs and other wear items anyway! Just my two cents, I personally like doing upgrades the correct way and not spend money to fix the problems that weren't done the right way the first time. Yes it does cost more up front!
     
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  20. Feb 11, 2018 at 9:39 AM
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    I'm not argueing that's it's great or better than more expensive kits. Quite the opposite. It will make the truck less capable off road. I know that. But for someone who has no plans of going any larger than maybe one tire size (which works with no lift, right?) and no plans for serious off roading other than soft sand, do you really think it's cost effective to spend more on another system for 2 inches in the front? If we are talking about premature wear on ball joints, driveline, etc then that is another story. If there are any issues with these please set me straight.
     

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