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Old 08-05-2019, 02:50 PM #1
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Going 2.5" Lift... Bilstein alone or 1" spacer plus Bilstein

I decided I'm going to lift the front of my '16 T4RTEP 2.5" to go with a set of Wheeler Off-Road T-13 rear springs which will lift the rear about 1.5". I have a set of Cornfed 1" spacers for the front which I bought a couple years ago and haven't installed yet. I also just received a set of Bilstein 5100 front and rear shocks.

My question is... to get 2.5" up front, should I use the Bilsteins on the 3rd perch or should I put the Bilsteins on the 2nd perch and throw on the 1" spacer?

I would like some opinions. Thank you.
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Old 08-05-2019, 03:08 PM #2
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Why not just pair the new rear springs with Wheelers T1 front springs? Gives you the 2.5" lift you're looking for and the truck will have new springs on all 4corners. Could always sell the spacers on here I'm sure you wouldn't have trouble finding a buyer. Just my .02
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Go with a different rear spring if you want an actual 1.5" rear lift.

The Wheelers T13 rear springs say "approx 1.5" but most people i have read about actually yield less than 1.5" (closer to 1")

I have Wheelers T13 rear springs and OME trim packers which are like .34" and i have a 1.5" rear lift (approx 1.25" with springs alone)



I say set the front at 2.5" and get 1.5" rear springs. (Dobinsons are what i will be replacing the T13's with)
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Yea i would definitely just set the front Bilsteins to 2.5" and use a lift springs in the rear. I am not a fan of spacers and avoid them if i can.
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Why not just pair the new rear springs with Wheelers T1 front springs? Gives you the 2.5" lift you're looking for and the truck will have new springs on all 4corners. Could always sell the spacers on here I'm sure you wouldn't have trouble finding a buyer. Just my .02
I was looking into that. The issue is that I have a HWMS hidden winch mount that I will be installing without the winch for now. I'll add the winch later. My concern about choosing the springs now is that I'm not sure how much total additional weight that I'm adding. I figured the Bilsteins will be sufficient till I figure out what the total additional weight of the HWMS mount and winch add.
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Go with a different rear spring if you want an actual 1.5" rear lift.

The Wheelers T13 rear springs say "approx 1.5" but most people i have read about actually yield less than 1.5" (closer to 1")

I have Wheelers T13 rear springs and OME trim packers which are like .34" and i have a 1.5" rear lift (approx 1.25" with springs alone)



I say set the front at 2.5" and get 1.5" rear springs. (Dobinsons are what i will be replacing the T13's with)
I have the OME trim packer for the drivers side. I'm also not necessarily looking for a full 1.5". If it is a little less. I'm ok with that.
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I have the OME trim packer for the drivers side. I'm also not necessarily looking for a full 1.5". If it is a little less. I'm ok with that.
Are you adding any weight to the rear of the truck?
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Are you adding any weight to the rear of the truck?
Not with bumpers or anything. But almost every weekend we (my 2 boys and I) go camping or biking or something like that. When we load up the 4runner, the additional weight levels out the 4runner.
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I also agree to avoid spacers if possible. They make the ride WAY more harsh, especially around town as a daily....
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2.5 in front needs 1'' to 1.25'' in rear to sit level.....so Bils at max in frt and 1'' Daystar or coil with 1 to 1.25'' rear.
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