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Got a good deal on 2002 4x4. First time truck owner, and I'm quite
happy with the Tacoma. Not quite as ballsy as my Bronco is, but
I definitely feel like I'm riding in more style and class.

It already has Fabtech coil-overs on it, but I can't tell which ones they are,
the 2.5 or 3.5. I tried looking on Fabtech's site but they use the same pic for
both models.

They are the Performance series, blue springs. The springs have a sticker
that says FT2100 on it. Anyone know the size, or perhaps another
way of finding out?

And, how is the amount of lift measured in inches? Does the measurement
begin at the end of the threads on the shockbody or where it mounts to
the A arm up to the spring adjustment nut? If I was to lift it another inch
or so, how much does that screw with the alignment and such? Should I
plan on just ponying up for an alignment anytime adjustments are made?

And, at what height do the CV joints become endangered? I don't plan
on doing any real serious offroading, just occasional low to medium difficulty
trails and beach runs.

And, is there much gain/danger from removing the cat and running just
a muffler? I can get away with such without any worries. Also,
would investing in a 2.5" (I'm assuming 3" would be too big) exhaust
system and a better header be cost effective power wise? I have easy
access to tubing, benders and a welder. Cost probably would be 2 cases of
good beer and the header. Already have the deckplate mod in the plans
in conjunction with the exhaust change/upgrade.

Thanks in advance!
 

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None of the old-timer Tacoma owners can answer these questions? Hmmm?
Must be some of you out there with the knowledge....share it please! ;P
 

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y_an_i_tacoma4x4 said:
Got a good deal on 2002 4x4. First time truck owner, and I'm quite
happy with the Tacoma. Not quite as ballsy as my Bronco is, but
I definitely feel like I'm riding in more style and class.

It already has Fabtech coil-overs on it, but I can't tell which ones they are,
the 2.5 or 3.5. I tried looking on Fabtech's site but they use the same pic for
both models.

They are the Performance series, blue springs. The springs have a sticker
that says FT2100 on it. Anyone know the size, or perhaps another
way of finding out?

And, how is the amount of lift measured in inches? Does the measurement
begin at the end of the threads on the shockbody or where it mounts to
the A arm up to the spring adjustment nut? If I was to lift it another inch
or so, how much does that screw with the alignment and such? Should I
plan on just ponying up for an alignment anytime adjustments are made?

And, at what height do the CV joints become endangered? I don't plan
on doing any real serious offroading, just occasional low to medium difficulty
trails and beach runs.

And, is there much gain/danger from removing the cat and running just
a muffler? I can get away with such without any worries. Also,
would investing in a 2.5" (I'm assuming 3" would be too big) exhaust
system and a better header be cost effective power wise? I have easy
access to tubing, benders and a welder. Cost probably would be 2 cases of
good beer and the header. Already have the deckplate mod in the plans
in conjunction with the exhaust change/upgrade.

Thanks in advance!
Ok, the fabtech dirt logic (which I think you are calling a 2.5) actually is 2.5 because that the diameter of the shock used. The 3.5 is how much lift you get.

Fabtech has three setups for the front end:
basic 3.5 - white shock body, blue springs, aluminium adjustment collar on lower shock body, and uses the stock top plate

performace 3.5 - silver (aluminium, or nickel maybe) rebuildable shock body (2" diameter), blue springs, and I think it has a blue alloy top plate.

dirt logic 2.5 - copy of old style donahoes. 2.5 silver colored shock body, with the adjustment collar at the top, with a blue top plate.

I believe the secret with the CV angles is actually to keep dirt off them. Not to say stay outta the dirt, but just rise them off when you get the chance.

Removing the Cat is not advised as it will have adverse effects on your gas mileage. Deckplate mod is a good starting mod, but to get any more real power outta the 3.4l you need to supercharge with fuel upgrades. But I will let someone more knowledgible than I tell you all about that. I think headers and exhaust will get you somewhere in the range of + 10 to 15 HP.. Yeah, it doesn't really pay off.
 

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stick with stock piping (2.25") unless you supercharge or you'll be losing to much backpressure. with the supercharger you can go up to 2.5". the headers and exhaust will give minimal gains without the supercharger. and even with the supercharger it's a high $/hp ratio for headers
 

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y_an_i_tacoma4x4 said:
Got a good deal on 2002 4x4. First time truck owner, and I'm quite happy with the Tacoma....

Go to fabtech's site... (linky) then click on '0-3.5" Adjustable Coilover System'. It'll pull up a pic of all three Fabtech coilovers.

As atwinda said, the 2.5" refers to the diameter of the shock body, not the amount of lift they'll provide. The 3.5" refers to the amount of possible lift they'll provide. Be forewarned that at 3.5" of lift, your truck will ride like a brick. You cannot use the amount of thread showing to gauge the amount of lift being provided; it varies from truck to truck. It is recommended you get an alignment after any adjustments are made to the lift. So yes, just expect to pony up. There's no set amount of lift that is safe for your CV boots. Some people do fine at 3" of lift, while other people with 2.5" of lift are going thru boots regularly. Again, it varies from truck to truck.
 
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