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Will a 4wd lift kit fit a 2wd?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by AZtrkbabe, Mar 25, 2020 at 9:16 PM.

  1. Mar 25, 2020 at 9:16 PM
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    AZtrkbabe

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    I have a 2019 2wd trd off-road Tacoma. Been looking at lift kits (no suspension). Looking at either 2.5 or 3” supremes. Notice that a lot of them say they are 4wd specific. Do these work on a 2wd drive? Thanks
     
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    Yes, all 2016+ tacomas share the same suspension.

    The reason it says 4WD as many kits come with front diff drops, which should be ignored on 2WD and 4WD models.
     
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    There is a difference between 5 lug 2wd and a 6 lug 2wd (PreRunner)
     
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    No such thing as a 5 lug 2016+
     
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    Oh nice.
     
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    Still learning and just curious...can you please explain front diff drops? Thanks for the good info!
     
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    very bad thing. Drops the front differential to “correct” cv angles, but permanently altered the frame and is not necessary
     
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    Last question here. Can I run 33” tires with a 2.5” lift. Or is that 1/2” critical to prevent rubbing? Thank you
     
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    Nope, you've combined a drop bracket lift and a diff-drop. A diff drop is just about $50 worth of hardware that adds some spacers between the diff and the frame to drop the diff however much. A drop bracket lift is a lift that requires removing a cross member and adding a bracket to lift the truck.

    Drop bracket lift: https://www.roughcountry.com/toyota-suspension-lift-kit-74130.html

    Diff drop: https://www.toyteclifts.com/tac-dr-05-front-differential-drop-kit.html
     
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    It depends on what you want to do with your truck. Theoretically you can only run what you can fit without the lift if you want/need full articulation. The rubbing mainly occurs on the cab mount in the back of the wheel well and the pinch weld above it. With the right tires you can fit 33"s without a lift.
     
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    I have a 2.5" lift in the front and 1.5" lift in the rear and have 33" tires.

    I rubbed because of my wheel backspacing which is -25, but with a less aggressive backspace you should be fine.
     
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    Thanks for the great info everyone! Much appreciated!
     
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    thank you, I typically don’t go near those so I didn’t realize there was a difference. Good catch
     
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    That -25 is the offset, not the backspace
     
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    There are no 5 lug 3rd gens...
     
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    Whoops you are correct
     
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    Yes it does, But is not necessary for a 2wd. The only thing a drop bracted kit does is drops the front diff down to help with the CV angles. Just buy some 4 inch lift spindles and some 5100 and set it to the 2 inch lift setting and you'll have the same amount of lift without all the added components or cutting your frame.

    Sorry just read that you are looking for 2.5 to 3inch. As long as you have a non 5 lug it will fit
     
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