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Why is a Readylift 2.25" spacer lift crap?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by Leggo, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. Dec 19, 2010 at 3:47 PM
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    Leggo

    Leggo [OP] slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

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    I put one in my truck just level out the body a little. I don't off road like a madman or anything but keep hearing how the leveling kits are crap. I have the trd sport with bilstein shocks OEM. Why is this a bad set up?
     
  2. Dec 19, 2010 at 4:10 PM
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    If you are happy with it then it doesn't matter.
     
  3. Dec 19, 2010 at 4:17 PM
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    Becasue you just limited shock up travel and not the suspension. YOur shock will bottom out under full compression and parts break.
     
  4. Dec 19, 2010 at 4:30 PM
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    Leggo [OP] slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

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    thanx, thats what I wanted to hear. Logical reasons for a different set up. While I don't push it to hard, I should be ok. If I plan on having some real fun I should think about an upgrade. Thanx again
     
  5. Dec 19, 2010 at 4:38 PM
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    I had the readylift spacer and rear block kit on my 07 4x4 and hated it:mad:, Then I upgraded to the toytec ULK:D:D:D
     
  6. Dec 20, 2010 at 3:58 AM
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    Wattapunk Stay lifted my friends !

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    Rough ride with spacers would be a beat down for most. Might as well try to upgrade now if you can before you wear the suspension parts down even further.
     
  7. Dec 20, 2010 at 4:23 AM
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    Because the suspension now has to articulate further to hit the bumpstops when you bottom out, however you did not lengthen the shock travel...so now the shock will bottom out before the LCA hits the bump stop.
     
  8. Jul 25, 2011 at 9:38 AM
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    Hope I can resuscitate the thread.

    I just received a quote for rims\tires from a local SoCal shop for my 2011 Taco DC SB:

    18x9 XD Addict all black
    275/65r18 or 275/70r18 Nitto Terra Grappler
    Installation and balancing
    Readylift 2.25 spacer kit
    Lug Nut kit
    Tax
    Total OTD: $1700


    Now that I've read your comments I'm worried about using ReadyLift. I took the comments here and shared them with the shop and they had this to say:

    There are cases on some vehicles where it could take the shocks to bottom out on full articulation…these customers elect not to change there shocks to a longer one.

    But, you have struts and the extensions are mounted on top…so you don’t affect the OE strut.

    Just my 2 cents…. Btw…almost all the leveling products are made the same….so any issues you would have with R/L will more than likely have with the others.


    Does anyone know if what this guy is saying is accurate? Anyone running Readylift spacers on a 2011?
     
  9. Jul 25, 2011 at 9:47 AM
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    I have this on my 05 4cyl 2wd, I do not do any off roading. This kit is fine and I have no problems, reguardless of the slightly reduced ride comfort this kit has been win for me. One day when I have the money i'd like to go all out with the suspension but its fine for now.
     
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    I lost track thousands of dollars ago.

    It is almost imposable for the shock to bottom out on a Coil over shock the coil will stop the shock from bottoming out. You are right kinda it's the coil that will fully compress before the LCA hits the bump stop not the shock. That's why spacer lifts are not good off road because when you articulate your coil will fully compress before you hit the bump stop causing stress on the shock and with hard hits the shock can snap.
     
  11. Jul 25, 2011 at 9:59 AM
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    Here's a good read.
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/suspension/91867-top-plate-spacer-lift.html

    And some good eye candy. This is what can happen with a spacer lift.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Jul 25, 2011 at 11:52 AM
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  13. Jul 25, 2011 at 12:31 PM
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    Lot's of people use a spacer. But if you do a lot of off roading it is better to go with the 5100 shocks. There is a Bilstein app that someone posted under suspensions and lifts and look for Bilstein 5100 numbers that explains the difference. Well worth reading to understand and why.
     
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