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Old 05-17-2020, 01:41 AM #1
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895e or not to e?: Rear OME spring anxieties

So this my 06 V8 sport edition. This winter I (barely) completed a xreas delete and front end lift with struts out of a 17 Tacoma TRD pro. All I did to the rear was put 5100s shocks and planned to see what my needs are. I had no expectations for this lift to perform like coil overs but all in all Iíve been pleased and it helps clear my 265/70/17s with a bit more room than stock. Mostly I loved the even level from front to back.

Since then however, I have started to carry most of my tools and things I will need on camping trips all the time. Itís really nice to just fire the truck up and drive where we want to go with minimal packing. Iíve also added the Tepui tent so Iíll get more instagram followers and people will think Iím interesting lol. My plan in the next 60 days is to add a 1/2Ē plywood shelf with a folding table stored, and use front runner boxes as my storage units. All of the above is quite a bit more weight than I started with and Iím ready for some stiffer springs. I live in West Michigan so the tent will come off in the winter months, but the rest of the interior storage will stay. My plan is to have helper airbags for any extra loads like towing and two additional adults, no matter what springs I choose. I did buy the V8 after all right? May as well have a towing option.

I have scoured this forum and read lots of guys who have done the Tacoma swap and gone with OME 895e instead of the 1/2 inch higher and stiffer 895. Iím torn- on the one hand I donít want a huge rake and my front isnít even as high as some pictures Iíve seen guys post. On the other hand, my tent is 125lbs, my calculations (Iím gonna confirm with a scale tomorrow) show me with 100-120 lbs of stuff in the back without all my camping gear, and I will be adding the plywood shelf which will be 70 ish pounds. So I feel justified to do the 895s, but could hear an argument for 895es with Helper bags inflated 7 months out of the year. Either way, I have 11.5 inches clearance from the ground to the bottom of my tow hitch and thatís just not gonna cut it. Any thoughts?

Disclaimer: I know Iím agonizing over a 1/2Ē but I figured Iíd use the community to give me some input.
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I had the same conundrum. 2006 V6. Originally was running 883 and 895e in the rear. I have a plywood set of drawers and some gear that lives in the back full time. Toss in gear and stuff and I was a getting a little droopy in the back. I swapped in the 895 and it sits much better. A little forward rake when in the day to day and level loaded up. A little backwards sag, very little, when fully loaded for a weeklong trip, fuel, water, food etc. My opinion, for the low lift 882 and 895 are the perfect combo.
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That is super helpful thanks. The more Iíve looked the more the 895 makes the most sense. I also plan to have the helper airbags for any extra heavy days or towing. I appreciate your input. Iíll keep the 892s in mind for the front in the future.
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