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Old 12-30-2012, 04:09 PM   #1
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Should I lift my 4x4 truck a little?

I love my latest new toy. The stance is just a little too 2wd ish for me. This pic actually makes it look taller than it is. There is about 3" between the tops of the tires and the fenders. I'm thinking about a 2 1/2 lift. (Glasswife might not even notice.)
I've had big lifts in other pickups and Suburbans when I was younger. None of them caused any problems. I thought that at 50 I might just have grown up a bit. One week of ownership and I'm itching to do something to it.

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Old 12-30-2012, 04:22 PM   #2
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I believe those Tacos are easy to put a mild lift on, without detrimental effects.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:24 PM   #3
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:26 PM   #4
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A friend of mine just put a leveling kit on his Tacoma and it looked pretty nice.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:33 PM   #5
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Do something really original - tear off those ugly tacked on fender flares, put on some smaller wheels and tires, and lower it a little.

The whole 'every 4x4 must be impossible to load shit in an out of' fad is ridiculous.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:45 PM   #6
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While I can see some value in a leveling kit, lifting a truck that doesn't need to be lifted is dumb. Unless you are trying to establish clearance for bigger tires, the effects of lifting are negative.

I will be lifting my jeep to fit 35's, but have seriously considered just putting on flat fenders to lift it less or not at all.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:58 PM   #7
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Do something really original - tear off those ugly tacked on fender flares, put on some smaller wheels and tires, and lower it a little.

The whole 'every 4x4 must be impossible to load shit in an out of' fad is ridiculous.
If you're over 5'5" you should be able to deal with a 2-3" lift on that truck
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Why? For looks?
And less gas mileage?
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:36 PM   #9
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And less gas mileage?
As usual I posted before reading the entire thread. I'd be interested to see how much, if any, your mileage suffers. I'd fear around 10%. Looks nice though.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:44 PM   #10
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:55 PM   #11
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I just installed a 2" leveling kit in my Titan. Unless you know what it looked like before you'd never notice. I notice though and it's 100% better in my opinion. I also removed the factory nerf bars/running boards. They were held on by some anemic nuts and bolts and were at a very bad level. That visually lifted the truck a few inches without costing a penny or a bit of usability. It's your truck, do with it what YOU want to. I like the look of a nice level 4X4, still very useful and tuned to the owners taste without going overboard.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:01 PM   #12
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I just installed a 2" leveling kit in my Titan. I notice though and it's 100% better in my opinion. That visually lifted the truck a few inches without costing a penny or a bit of usability. It's your truck, do with it what YOU want to. I like the look of a nice level 4X4, still very useful and tuned to the owners taste without going overboard.
Your truck looks just right to me. I've also leveled a few trucks. I agree, it looks better plus gives better ground clearance. Earlier today I had to drive through 16 inches of snow to get to our plow truck at our vacation rental. Half way through I was worried if I was going to get hung up on compacted snow under the truck. The front skid plate was packing it pretty good.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:59 PM   #13
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I just installed a 2" leveling kit in my Titan. Unless you know what it looked like before you'd never notice. I notice though and it's 100% better in my opinion. I also removed the factory nerf bars/running boards. They were held on by some anemic nuts and bolts and were at a very bad level. That visually lifted the truck a few inches without costing a penny or a bit of usability. It's your truck, do with it what YOU want to. I like the look of a nice level 4X4, still very useful and tuned to the owners taste without going overboard.
Do you notice any difference of the "lift over" for the tail gate? The height of the tail gate drives me a little. It's when loading bikes.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:57 AM   #14
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Do you notice any difference of the "lift over" for the tail gate? The height of the tail gate drives me a little. It's when loading bikes.
It's only been a few days since installing the kit and the only thing I've put in the truck is a bunch of cardboard to take to recycling. I lifted the front only with a 2" spacer on top of the strut. Since I did nothing to the rear, I'm guessing (only guessing) that the rear axle is the fulcrum and it actually lowered the tailgate somewhere around 1/4". I haven't really noticed anything different with the truck except for the 2" bigger gap between the top of the tire and the fender opening.

The day I bought it.


How it looks now.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:16 PM   #15
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It's only been a few days since installing the kit and the only thing I've put in the truck is a bunch of cardboard to take to recycling. I lifted the front only with a 2" spacer on top of the strut. Since I did nothing to the rear, I'm guessing (only guessing) that the rear axle is the fulcrum and it actually lowered the tailgate somewhere around 1/4". I haven't really noticed anything different with the truck except for the 2" bigger gap between the top of the tire and the fender opening.

The day I bought it.


How it looks now.
Alright...thanks so much. The primary reason for me considering a leveling kit would be lowering the tail gate, you probably saved me $300 (with the alignment)
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