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Old 06-28-2011, 12:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If I put a 3 inch lift kit on my Tacoma how will it effect it?

If I put a 3 inch lift kit on my Tacoma how will it effect it ? I do not use it off the road to much, but when I do, the extra clearance would be nice. Would it hurt the gas mileage, and handleing on the road. They sure look good jacked up a bit...
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Old 06-28-2011, 01:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is it a body lift,or suspension?? Any time you lift any vehicle you hurt your gas mileage due to more air going under the vehicle,added wind resistance of everything underneath...As to handling,yes it will handle differently due to the raised center of gravity,but you can offset that by installing wider wheels,and tires which in turn negatively affects your mpg,but you can offset that by re gearing to a numerically higher(lower)gearing to get back the lost power,and mpg of the tires,and lift...But if you do that,you then lose some top speed as well as escalate engine,and drivetrain wear by spinning every thing faster to compensate...If you add a body lift you really need to either add aftermarket,negative offset wheels(less back spacing),or add wheel spacers to widen the track width to compensate...
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I lifted my Tundra 3" (suspension) and the differences aren't noticeable. I would do it again. The only downside to it is it definitely rides like a truck now.
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The only thing about Lifting you are only lifting the vehicle not the axles. you wouldn't gain very much if any ground clearance at all. the larger tires is the only way you will gain any kind of ground clearance. IMO
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body lifts are no help at all, plus they looks stupid. i installed 33's on my 05' chevy 1/2 ton (had to adjust the torsion bars up all the way) it added some lift and it looked great and it only cost me the price of the tires
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