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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. Oct 3, 2018 at 3:48 PM
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    DansSr5

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    https://bilsteinlifts.com/shop/toyo...1-rear-5160-lift-kit-2016-2017-toyota-tacoma/

    This site shows 1.5 for the rear
     
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  2. Oct 3, 2018 at 4:00 PM
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    FYI keeping stock rake at 1"

    Stock rake is actually about 1.5"

    I lifted my truck 1.5" in the front and 1" in the rear. Measurements are exactly 1" rake higher in the rear. (I'm running 265/75/16 and my truck would look goofy going any higher with that tire size.) Going 2" in the front and 1.5" in the rear will still get you that 1"

    I did not want to chance having to buy control arms as some who went 2" in the front have weird wandering issues or the needle bearing noise issue.

    I'm happy to report i have non of those issues. Smart to have a little bit of rake. If i park on a slight incline my truck looks like it has major bro-lean....would probably be worse if perfectly level.

    You might want to go with a top plate lean spacer so that you will get full and equal compression on both front struts.

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/posts/18084754/

    Here are some before and after pics.
     
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  3. Oct 3, 2018 at 9:50 PM
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  4. Oct 3, 2018 at 10:19 PM
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    I have an sr5

    For me I found it easier to just measure from the ground (flat surface) to the bottom of the fender. That’s how I got my measurements.

    They were consistent stock, after new tires, and after lift.

    I measured with the parking brake off. You don’t know if a 400lb guy drove it last and used the parking brake before he got out ;). It can skew the results. And in my experience if I put the parking brake on and then step out of the vehicle it gives a false Tacoma lean.

    This false lean if you measure only on the drivers side will look like it only has 1” of rake stock.

    I have zero lean from the factory.

    Hope this helps.

    Take new measurements when you get it home.

    Take the measurements you took before and also from the ground (do both). then figure out what you are going to do next.
     
  5. Oct 16, 2018 at 6:30 AM
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    This thread is great but it's so long at this point. It would be nice to have the options and things to consider for a 1" lift, a 2" lift, 3", 4", 5", and 6"
     
  6. Oct 18, 2018 at 7:34 PM
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    Thank you for this guide
     
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    Me thinks they spend a lot of time measuring alternative “fact”ors. For the Funyun of it!
     
  8. Jan 15, 2019 at 4:37 PM
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    im not sure if its in here but i have an 18 TRD OR. I didnt measure my stock height hub to fender. What is the factory measurement in that area?
     
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    First off, that’s overpriced. Check out Headstrongoffroad or lowrangeoffroad. They are significantly cheaper. I paid $1200 for the entire OME kit from Lowrange when I did it.

    Now for the advice part:

    Having done the OME whole medium kit the only thing I liked was the leaf pack. The shocks are stiff and jarring as hell because they are designed for heavy ass overlanders and not daily driving/trail riding. I also got new UCAs (SPC) and wore out the ball joints in under a year from how stiff the shocks were.

    If I were to do it again I would do the Bilstein 8112’s, 6100/5160’s, or stay stock.

    However, since I was dumb and didnt save a lot for the first lift and just went with OME. After really being pissed and putting up with shattered teeth. I ended up getting a second setup (ADS) and spent a hell of a lot more. Rule of thumb: buy once cry once.

    Stick with the Bilstein they are tried and true for what you are doing. You won’t like the OME compared to the Billies. The Bilstein will be much more comfortable

    If you want to spend over $2k on shocks down the road (only if you are really going to use them) go with something that will take a beating and that you can repair/get serviced if you are capable of doing maintenance and install/uninstall yourself. If not be willing to dish out $300 every time your shocks need servicing and waiting 5-8 days until they come back in the mail.

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    Can you tell which one is the OME shock?
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    I should have just kept my stock stuff on until it wore out then dropped $$$ once. Learn from my mistakes
     
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  12. Jan 16, 2019 at 6:36 AM
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    I went with the OME medium package and also find the leafs great but the ride stiff as hell. The only weight I have added to the front end of the cab are my rock sliders. When I have the cab loaded with gear I sit at almost stock height. The driver side also sagged so much that I’m sitting at 1” of lift with the truck unloaded. Wish I just went with Kings or comparable suspension from the get go.
     
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  13. Jan 17, 2019 at 9:28 PM
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    Suspension lift question - For all those who have installed Bilstein for a 2” lift, is it necessary to AAL to raise the rear as well? Or is AAL just to haul heavy stuff? I’m confused about how the rear lifts work.

    I’m looking at 6112 for the front and possibly 5160 on rears (or something comparable) for my 2018 TRD OR that’s a daily driver and off road quite frequently. Do I need to AAL as well to level the truck or does the 5160 suffice?

    My intent is to get an economical lift so I can add 33” tires as that would make my off pavement runs a little bearable and eventually build with accessories such as bumpers, etc. down the road. I would appreciate any advise especially in regards to how the rear lifts work.
     
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  14. Jan 17, 2019 at 9:45 PM
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    So I just upgraded my suspension about a month ago. I did 5100s all around with your AAL in the rear. I have the front shocks set to the 2" setting but I am still using the stock OR coils and haven't upgraded them (yet). Am I ok running this setup for now until I upgrade the coils?
     
  15. Jan 17, 2019 at 10:21 PM
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    The rear shocks don’t give you ride height. It’s for dampening. You will need to lift the rear and there’s 2 ways, the right way with leaf springs (AAL or new leaf pack), and the frowned upon way, blocks. This will level you out since factory rake is about 1”. AAL that requires removing the overload spring in the OEM leaf pack actually makes the payload lower aka less heavy hauling.
     
  16. Jan 17, 2019 at 10:23 PM
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    You’re ok technically if you’re comfortable with the ride. It’ll be a little more on the stiffer side since it’s on the higher notch. If you get new springs, you can lower the preload and get the same lift height which can improve your ride.
     
  17. Jan 17, 2019 at 11:05 PM
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    So in that case, do I even need to swap my rear original shocks? I could just AAL with 6112 on fronts, correct?
     
  18. Jan 18, 2019 at 4:41 AM
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    Technically yes but you should check to see the travel length you have on the original shocks vs swapping it out. I guess if you’re not planning to offroad at all and don’t mind the ride quality then it wouldn’t matter. I would recommend at least getting the 5100s.
     
  19. Jan 19, 2019 at 6:02 AM
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    Can I use 2 different size lift blocks on the rear? To compensate for the "Taco Lean"....
    The passenger side is around 3/4" higher than the driver side. Can I put a 1.5" block on passenger side and a 2" block on driver side?
     
  20. Jan 19, 2019 at 8:53 AM
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    I’ve been eyeballing the ADS setup you went with. How you liking it so far? Have you had a chance to test it offroad?
     

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