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Title: Bought the kit, now I have to wait.
Post by: Deer Hunter on December 01, 2015, 11:16:32 pm
So I've got a 1998 Tacoma, 4x4, 5 speed manual, 3.4L V6. It's a great truck, only 150k on the odo.

The suspension is stock from '98, so I decided for Christmas, Santa could send me a new lift kit.

So I got Bilstein 5100's for every corner of the truck, plus a toyota add-a-leaf rear and coil-over lifts for the front.

But I didn't get a new upper control arm.  :banghead :banghead

A UCA set will cost me another $400 easy. So this project has been postponed till the spring. And by that time, I hope to do the work myself. A shop in town offered $700 just in labor to install everything.

I'll eventually get pictures...
Title: Re: Bought the kit, now I have to wait.
Post by: mqondo on December 02, 2015, 12:24:57 am
Toyotas are awesome. Sounds like you'll be having some fun in the spring getting it all put together. :)


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Title: Re: Bought the kit, now I have to wait.
Post by: Deer Hunter on December 02, 2015, 10:05:16 am
It's a great truck. I'm just impatient. Now I've got a bunch of brand new parts sitting in a corner in my living room just mocking me.
Title: Re: Bought the kit, now I have to wait.
Post by: cpaspr on December 02, 2015, 02:37:11 pm
It's a great truck. I'm just impatient. Now I've got a bunch of brand new parts sitting in a corner in my living room just mocking me.

They do that.   :neener
Title: Re: Bought the kit, now I have to wait.
Post by: Mikee5star on December 02, 2015, 06:00:07 pm
Did you buy a kit, or put together your own off of somewhere?  I was looking last night in a couple of places and did not see anything that appealed to me.  I want new suspension so am thinking a small lift is the way to go.  Of course truck parts fund got drained on a tire machine...

I understand about things sitting there mocking you, my 88 4-Runner is calling to me as the other truck is not going in to 4x4...stupid actuators.  I am trying to decide what direction i want to go with my Toyota as it will likely never be a daily driver, unless I want it to be. 
Title: Re: Bought the kit, now I have to wait.
Post by: Deer Hunter on December 02, 2015, 10:41:02 pm
Did you buy a kit, or put together your own off of somewhere?  I was looking last night in a couple of places and did not see anything that appealed to me.  I want new suspension so am thinking a small lift is the way to go.  Of course truck parts fund got drained on a tire machine...

I understand about things sitting there mocking you, my 88 4-Runner is calling to me as the other truck is not going in to 4x4...stupid actuators.  I am trying to decide what direction i want to go with my Toyota as it will likely never be a daily driver, unless I want it to be. 

Mike,

I got it from this site. https://www.toyteclifts.com/

They are in Northglenn, CO.  Just down the road from me.  The particular kit is below.

http://toyteclifts.3dcartstores.com/Bilstein-lift-kit-with-5100-shocks-_p_1137.html
(http://toyteclifts.3dcartstores.com/assets/images/bk9504.jpg)

They put together great kits. I'm sure they could help you out.
Title: Re: Bought the kit, now I have to wait.
Post by: Mikee5star on December 03, 2015, 01:02:51 am
Thanks I will give them a look.
Title: The wait is over
Post by: Deer Hunter on April 05, 2016, 11:12:37 pm
Bad picture, small tires, but the lift kit and new suspension has arrived on my '98 Tacoma.  :thumbup1
Title: Re: Bought the kit, now I have to wait.
Post by: JesseL on April 06, 2016, 12:02:50 am
Schweet.
Title: Re: Bought the kit, now I have to wait.
Post by: Mikee5star on April 06, 2016, 01:51:26 am
Looks good.  Now for some new wheels and tires.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004QL60T4/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=15U24ST3E2VKE&coliid=IKCD68V0RTVUQ  These are what I am thinking about in an appropriate size for my Toy.

http://www.amazon.com/BFGoodrich-All-Terrain-Radial-Tire-31x10-50R15/dp/B00B9ZJKRY/ref=sr_1_cc_9?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1459921515&vehicle=1986-76-1005-968--30-8-8-4748-1785-9-2-1995-198-1-0&sr=1-9-catcorr&ymm=1986%3Atoyota%3A4runner&keywords=bf+goodrich+all+terrain+tires  But these are my favorite all time tires.  Only had one set, bought them used and have not regretted it yet.  I am tempted to move them to one of my other trucks.

For wheels I like Dick Cepak, and black looks great with red paint.  http://www.amazon.com/Dick-Cepek-Blackout-Wheel-Finish/dp/B00SYN1EKA/ref=sr_1_11?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1459921689&sr=1-11&keywords=dick+cepek+wheels

Of course it is hard to go wrong with Micky Thompson wheels.  http://www.amazon.com/Mickey-Thompson-Classic-Machined-Finish/dp/B00JRI4C46/ref=pd_sim_sbs_293_3?ie=UTF8&dpID=51BFfX1r8eL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=0WA4BP146H8PH48F4J4V
Title: Re: Bought the kit, now I have to wait.
Post by: Deer Hunter on April 06, 2016, 05:19:11 pm
I don't think I'm putting anymore money into it as of right now. Not in a position, with a year left in my Chemical Engineering program.

And I'll be running these wheels for as long as I can. It limits my tire options, but I'm looking to replace the tires in about a year or a year and a half.

The next thing I'll probably be doing to this truck is spark plugs in another 20k miles, and in another 30 or 40k miles I'll be doing a rebuild to replace the lower diaphram and some valve gaskets.
Title: Re: Bought the kit, now I have to wait.
Post by: Mikee5star on April 06, 2016, 10:55:35 pm
I get the wait and not wanting to put more money into vehicles...I was dreaming and looking on YOUR dime.  My 4runner has turned into my daily driver.  I do need newer suspension, so thanks for the link.  I am thinking about a modest lift and new shocks will make a world of difference in my ride quality.  I think I have three sets of tires, other than what is on the truck, but all mismatched and one set is under my parts truck.  And the ones on the truck are in need of balancing which is a pain in the ass when you are driving daily, and working a second job.
Title: Re: Bought the kit, now I have to wait.
Post by: JesseL on April 08, 2016, 12:35:38 pm
My 4Runner is going to be needing some suspension love eventually. I don't run into clearance issues too often though and the tires I'm running are big enough, so I think that some bumpers and sliders are probably going to get the priority.

Title: Re: Bought the kit, now I have to wait.
Post by: Deer Hunter on April 08, 2016, 02:46:17 pm
That's a '99 right? Great vehicle. Had a girlfriend who's had her's since high school.

The bilstein kit I have is stiff, but the ride is nice if a little springy. It'll settle out here soon though. I ran into some clearance issues while camping but that's mainly due to my tiny tires.

Mike, the 4Runner is a fantastic vehicle. And this thing, while not a daily driver (I bike everywhere), is my only vehicle.

The real project will be my 1995 Chevy.
Title: Re: Bought the kit, now I have to wait.
Post by: JesseL on April 08, 2016, 04:28:42 pm
Yep, 99 Limited.

It's got the multimode transfer case (2Hi, AWD, 4Hi, and 4Lo) and the electric rear locker. I've gotten it stuck a couple times, but I had to work at it.
Title: Re: Bought the kit, now I have to wait.
Post by: Deer Hunter on May 31, 2016, 04:34:51 pm
Had some backroads that needed exploring on the western side of the reservoir.
Title: Re: Bought the kit, now I have to wait.
Post by: Mikee5star on June 01, 2016, 12:19:06 am
Nice.

I did not go with ToyoTech as I chose to not go with a lift.  I did do most of the front end last weekend on a '92 Toyota.   :bash  Pay someone to do ball joints.  Not fun to do in a gravel driveway, unless you like laying in the dirt.