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Im not sure i quite understand this...but say i have a 3.5" fabtech basic lift kit...can i swap out the fabtech shocks for OME's and get an additional 2" of lift for a total of 5-5-1/2 inches of suspension lift? or am i misunderstanding this...thanks
 

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TexasTRD said:
Im not sure i quite understand this...but say i have a 3.5" fabtech basic lift kit...can i swap out the fabtech shocks for OME's and get an additional 2" of lift for a total of 5-5-1/2 inches of suspension lift? or am i misunderstanding this...thanks
short and sweet... no you can't. I believe what you're thinking is a situation where you have one of the lifts that drop the diff, a-arm mounting position etc. i.e. fabtech 6" pro comp 4" tough country 5" etc. with those lifts you can add an adjustable height coilover like fabtechs, king or SAWs and achieve the results you describe in your question.
 

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TexasTRD said:
Im not sure i quite understand this...but say i have a 3.5" fabtech basic lift kit...can i swap out the fabtech shocks for OME's and get an additional 2" of lift for a total of 5-5-1/2 inches of suspension lift? or am i misunderstanding this...thanks
You're misunderstanding. You can run the fabtech 3.5" basic coilovers OR the OME coils and shocks (the OME system is purchased as separate parts), but you cannot combine the two.

Shocks don't provide lift. The coils in a coilover system provide the lift, while the shocks provide the dampening.

The maximum total suspension lift available for Tacomas, without going with a drop-bracket lift (such as the Fabtech 6", TrailMaster 6", Tuff Country 5", or Pro-Comp 4") is roughly 3.5". While there are many 3" coil spacer suspension lifts available, most lift manufacturers recommend staying closer to 2"-2.5".

Fabtech's claim of 3.5" of lift with their "basic" and "performance" coilovers is simply clever marketing. People like yourself who are new to off-roading or suspension lifts see Fabtech advertise 3.5" of lift and think they are getting a great deal for a bigger lift than other manufacturers. In reality, with 3.5" of coilover lift, your truck's ride and handling will suffer considerably. It will ride very harsh, and you will have very little downtravel left at that height. So basically, if you hit a pothole or similar obstacle, your tire will only be able to drop a short distance (around an inch or two) before bottoming out on the shock. Not only is that a rather uncomfortable feeling (again, very harsh), but it can damage the shock and cause it to fail prematurely, or adversely affect other suspension components.

If you want more than 3" of suspension lift, you'll want to start looking at the drop-bracket kits I mentioned above.
 

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synovus said:
You're misunderstanding. You can run the fabtech 3.5" basic coilovers OR the OME coils and shocks (the OME system is purchased as separate parts), but you cannot combine the two.

Shocks don't provide lift. The coils in a coilover system provide the lift, while the shocks provide the dampening.

The maximum total suspension lift available for Tacomas, without going with a drop-bracket lift (such as the Fabtech 6", TrailMaster 6", Tuff Country 5", or Pro-Comp 4") is roughly 3.5". While there are many 3" coil spacer suspension lifts available, most lift manufacturers recommend staying closer to 2"-2.5".

Fabtech's claim of 3.5" of lift with their "basic" and "performance" coilovers is simply clever marketing. People like yourself who are new to off-roading or suspension lifts see Fabtech advertise 3.5" of lift and think they are getting a great deal for a bigger lift than other manufacturers. In reality, with 3.5" of coilover lift, your truck's ride and handling will suffer considerably. It will ride very harsh, and you will have very little downtravel left at that height. So basically, if you hit a pothole or similar obstacle, your tire will only be able to drop a short distance (around an inch or two) before bottoming out on the shock. Not only is that a rather uncomfortable feeling (again, very harsh), but it can damage the shock and cause it to fail prematurely, or adversely affect other suspension components.

If you want more than 3" of suspension lift, you'll want to start looking at the drop-bracket kits I mentioned above.
what he said.
 

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I thought coilovers improved the trucks ride quality compared to a stock taco. Not make it worse. Its still better then a spacer lift right?
 

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ACA.Taco said:
I thought coilovers improved the trucks ride quality compared to a stock taco. Not make it worse. Its still better then a spacer lift right?
It depends. They can make it ride better, but they can also make it worse (if they're providing too much lift, for example). Chances are they'll ride better than a spacer lift, but it's not necessarily always that way.
 
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