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Which suspension should I choose?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by j10munoz, May 22, 2020.

  1. May 22, 2020 at 1:02 PM
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    j10munoz

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    Hello Everyone!
    I currently own a 2018 Tacoma SR5 and I am looking to upgrade the suspension on it. I have been doing my research and shopping around and I am mainly looking to upgrade the front and rear shocks that will put me at about a 3 in. lift so I will be able to fit some 285's down the line. So far my top choices are Icon Stage 1 Lift Kit and Fox 2.5 Factory Reservoir Shocks. I really enjoy how both suspensions are adjustable so if anyone has any suggestions or tips that would be greatly appreciated! Thank you
     
  2. May 22, 2020 at 1:06 PM
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    What are you trying to achieve with aftermarket suspension

    What terrain are you hitting

    What kind of maintenance are you willing to undertake

    How much are you willing to spend on maintenance (time and money?)

    Who is doing the installation

    What is your budget, including installation if not doing it yourself

    How much weight is your end goal

    Do you tow, if so describe it

    Do you haul, if so describe it

    Would you rather replace or rebuild worn out suspension? If rebuild, who is going to rebuild them for you? How long can you afford to keep your truck on jackstands while they are being rebuilt

    Are you aware of issues that can occur after lifting your truck and are you ready to deal with them
     
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  3. May 22, 2020 at 1:13 PM
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    Terrain: Desert Landscape (Arizona)

    Maintenance: Whatever is needed to keep the truck running great.

    Time and money: Willing to spend up to around $1600 for the suspension itself, looking for good quality not focused on price.

    Installation: Taking it to local shop near me

    Budget: <$1700 if possible

    Weight: Not sure?

    Tow: N/A

    Haul: N/A

    I would rather rebuild warn out suspension and I have other vehicles that can be used if necessary.

    Issues: Yes I am aware of potential issues after lifting my truck.
     
  4. May 22, 2020 at 1:18 PM
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    Definitely hit up @AccuTune Offroad, they can set you up with a tuned fox suspension that will easily outperform off-da-shelf valving that most people end up with.
     
  5. May 22, 2020 at 1:21 PM
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    I forsure will thank you for the help!!
     
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  6. May 22, 2020 at 1:28 PM
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    Happy to help if you're interested in the Fox or King direction. If you have some room to increase that budget we can definitely get you the best of the best. Shoot us a message if you have some questions!
     
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  7. May 22, 2020 at 2:01 PM
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    If you’re willing to do the install yourself, Headstrong sell Bilstein kits in the $1600 range.
     
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  8. May 22, 2020 at 6:33 PM
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    Hold up........
    You took the time to ask him all of those specific questions. Then he takes the time and effort to answer that long list of questions. Then, you just say to talk to AccuTune?

    Your answer is correct by the way. But you could have just said that in the first place.
     
  9. May 22, 2020 at 6:35 PM
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  10. May 22, 2020 at 6:59 PM
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    Exactly, what's the problem?
     
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  12. May 22, 2020 at 7:08 PM
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    Y’all two should fight. Meet up and record it.
     
  13. May 23, 2020 at 1:37 PM
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    I’m here for it any help was appreciated!
     
  14. May 23, 2020 at 1:40 PM
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    You're gonna need leaf springs too OP
    Ya only mentioned shocks
     
  15. May 23, 2020 at 1:45 PM
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    I did not think of that, I thought the oem ones would work. Thank you!
     
  16. May 23, 2020 at 1:47 PM
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    No prob, you're either going to need to add a leaf or replace the leaf pack to lift the rear
     
  17. May 23, 2020 at 2:05 PM
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    Would you recommend one over the other?
     
  18. May 23, 2020 at 3:10 PM
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    Really depends on your budget and how much weight you expect to have in the rear. Adding a leaf is cheaper but you may need to use a grinder during the install, and it doesnt really increase your payload capacity much. It will lift the rear though.
    Headstrong has offers a quality add a leaf.
    For me, because i have a hardshell and a bunch of gear and firewood in the bed of my truck most of the time, when i upgrade my suspension im going to swap the oem pack for an OME leaf pack or dobinsons, im undecided.

    If you’re need a more finely tuned leaf pack you can get a custom one from alcan or deaver but those are obvs expensive.

    Dobinson and OME are about 500 bucks for a pair of leaf packs
     
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    You need to go back to the drawing board and rethink your budget. If your going to tear apart a 30,000 truck you better be prepared to lay out a reasonable amount. I would say tires, suspension, wheels plan on 5,000
     
  20. May 23, 2020 at 6:28 PM
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    Tires and wheels are already done. I’m rocking with 265/70/17 Falken Wildpeaks wrapped in Method NV’s. I have had my truck coming up on a couple years now and am looking for an upgrade in suspension. I don’t need to rethink anything but thanks for the concern
     

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