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    Default Hello from Eastern Ma

    Hi all!

    Just found this place while searched for offroading trails and joined up. I plan on doing the self guided trans nh trail over the summer if I can find a willing buddy with a 4x4!

    I just bought a 19' tacoma off road and Im excited to get out. Old truck was a F350 6.0. big difference!

    Ive been researching lift kits for the new truck. Looking for something mild. So far Im leaning towards OME 887 with bilstein 5100s and a 3 leaf progressive AAL on the rear.
    https://www.headstrongoffroad.com/st...16BK-1%29.html


    -steve

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    welcome to exploringnh Steve .You have found a amazing site with tons of like minded people. Lots of them wheel Toyota's,so before long will should be getting all kinds of input. once mud seasons goes, they will be events posted
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    Hello and welcome Steve!

    I really like Bilstein 5100's, especially for their rustproofness up here in the "salt-belt". OME seems to make really good products, albeit a little pricey. However I personally am not a big fan of AAL's, as I prefer a softer ride with more flex and articulation, but to each their own.

    I wanted a Super Duty myself, but the size for off-roading, and the fuel mileage kept me away I guess. You will find the Toy Tacos fit better width wise on all the typical Jeep trails up here.

    Enjoy!!
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    Thanks for the welcome guys! Glad I found this place. Lots of like minded people here. I'm looking forward to joining some group rides.

    Steve

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    Welcome Steve,
    I had an 09 Tacoma 4 door long bed at 1st i had the Bilsteins and i went to OME with an add a leaf in the back and the 886' coils, i switched to 887's when i added skid plates,a plate bumper and a winch, 886's will make the front end sag with all the weight added.
    If you plan on doing doing that stuff 887's are fine, but without that stuff i feel like it sits too high and on a side note i use to wheel the hell out of it and was never disappointed.

    Denis
    2015 Rubicon

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    Welcome to ENH Steve. I had a 2017 Tacoma TRD Off road and did a lot of wheeling with the group last year. Lots of great roads to explore. My truck got totaled back in November. I now have a 19 same model, that I am in the process of adding modifications to. Looking forward to more wheeling this season. Im also in Mass, if you ever want to head up north to do some wheeling let me know.
    Kevin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dryvah View Post
    Hi all!

    Just found this place while searched for offroading trails and joined up. I plan on doing the self guided trans nh trail over the summer if I can find a willing buddy with a 4x4!

    I just bought a 19' tacoma off road and Im excited to get out. Old truck was a F350 6.0. big difference!

    Ive been researching lift kits for the new truck. Looking for something mild. So far Im leaning towards OME 887 with bilstein 5100s and a 3 leaf progressive AAL on the rear.
    https://www.headstrongoffroad.com/st...16BK-1%29.html


    -steve
    Hi and welcome! Headstrong is an awesome company. Contact them directly and they will help you with you decisions. Mary knows literally everything about lifting Tacos. When choosing a lift, think about what kind of wheeling and build you will be doing. Will you be getting a bumper and winch? If so, the 887s might be too springy if you have a V6 and you may need to bump up to 886s. AALs are a great choice unless you are going to use a cab - in which case I would suggest buying a new OME leaf pack. So that lift should give you between 2.5 and 3+ inches of lift (depending on your trucks weight in various places). Be ready for the possibility of chasing driveline vibrations. Some folks get away with none, but others have to shim the rear axle, flip carrier bearings, etc. Anyhow, have fun and post up pics!
    "I hope you get hit by a goose, right in the sway bar!" -anon

    2015 Tacoma Access 4-banger (aka 'Scratchy') -> 255/85r16 ST Maxx, FJC wheels, 3" OME 887s/full dakar pack, CBI sliders and full skids, Pelfreybilt Hybrid bumper, ****tybilt 9.5 XRC winch, sway bar go by bye, ARB on-board air, many many zip-tie
    1989 Ford Bronco II (aka 'Babe the Blue Pig') -> 31x10.5r15 Cheap ATs, 1.5" lift (RC coils/shocks and WULF shackles), 2.9l hamster-power

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubicon View Post
    Hello and welcome Steve!

    I really like Bilstein 5100's, especially for their rustproofness up here in the "salt-belt". OME seems to make really good products, albeit a little pricey. However I personally am not a big fan of AAL's, as I prefer a softer ride with more flex and articulation, but to each their own.

    I wanted a Super Duty myself, but the size for off-roading, and the fuel mileage kept me away I guess. You will find the Toy Tacos fit better width wise on all the typical Jeep trails up here.

    Enjoy!!
    05 SUPERDUTY REG CAB LONG BED

    BODY WIDTH - 79.9"
    LENGTH - 226.4"
    WHEELBASE -
    137.0"
    GROUND CLEARANCE - 8.1"

    2019 TACOMA DOUBLE CAB SR5
    BODY WIDTH -
    74.4"
    LENGTH - 225.5"
    WHEEL BASE - 140"
    GROUND CLEARANCE - 9"

    body width is not much different.

    I wheel my 94 f350 and its even closer to Tacoma and beats it in some dimensions....

    Love the tacomas though! I wish I had one too!


    Last edited by FSHJNKY; 04-22-2019 at 02:25 PM.

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    not sure why my post posted the way it did above sorry guys!

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    Hi, Steve. I also just joined up to the site and am from Ma.

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    Hey guys.

    Finally got around to installing the lift. Check it out.


    Its sitting a bit nose high. Im hoping the OME 887s settle a bit. I was told they would.
    I'm still considering a new hd leaf pack. The cap + tools/gear might be too heavy got the aal.

    Can anyone recommend an alignment shop in my neck? I stopped at Sullivan today and they told me they can't work on a lifted vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevo1288 View Post
    not sure why my post posted the way it did above sorry guys!
    Fixed it for you.
    Paul (FSHJNKY)

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    Where in MA are you located?

    I think the reason some places won't align lifted vehicles is that the factory specs TECHNICALLY only apply to stock height vehicles and they don't want to take on the liability if it doesn't handle correctly. Personally, I've aligned my Jeep since forever with a tape measure for toe and an angle finder for caster, but yeah the IFS on your truck is quite a bit more complex than a solid front axle.
    '99 TJ, 5.9L Magnum V8, Atlas-4, Waggy 44s, Custom link susp F/R, 37" Pitbulls, etc etc etc, OMG what happened to all of my money?
    She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid. I've made a lot of special modifications myself.

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    , 2" spacer lift on 30's, 'The Beater'

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    Great looking truck!

    I would recommend Ratchets Offroad in Pelham, NH (Southern NH). They are a supporting vendor of ours and do alignments on lifted vehicles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FreakinJeep View Post
    Where in MA are you located?

    I think the reason some places won't align lifted vehicles is that the factory specs TECHNICALLY only apply to stock height vehicles and they don't want to take on the liability if it doesn't handle correctly. Personally, I've aligned my Jeep since forever with a tape measure for toe and an angle finder for caster, but yeah the IFS on your truck is quite a bit more complex than a solid front axle.
    Im on the North Shore.
    I used to align my f350 in the driveway with string and a laser. You're right, solid axles are definitely easier. Im going to leave this one to a pro.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jeepin View Post
    Great looking truck!
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeepin View Post
    I would recommend Ratchets Offroad in Pelham, NH (Southern NH). They are a supporting vendor of ours and do alignments on lifted vehicles.


    Thanks for the recommendation! I'll give them a call. Maybe I can make a trip up that way.
    Last edited by dryvah; 04-22-2019 at 05:49 PM.

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