6'' lifted 2005 Tacoma good idea? or bad?

I just recently got a 2005 tacoma extended cab 4X4 (V6) and apparently my girlfriend’s bronco is more manly than my truck (lol)
but anyways, im planning on getting a 6” lift kit on it and i was just wondering if there’s anyone out there that knows what im getting myself into? such as: would it suck on gas milage? would it be good for mudding? what size of tires should i get? where to get all the things i need to lift this sucker? where am i gonna get all the money to get all this stuff? haha o and is there any websites that i can buy certain things like tires and rims or even accessories like grills and headlights?

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3 Responses to 6'' lifted 2005 Tacoma good idea? or bad?

  1. generousT June 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    I’ve been around lifted 4X4’s nearly all of my life and I still don’t see the point. I’ve done plenty of off-road driving to get to fishing and camping sites, so I have some experience, too. Unless you are trailering your truck to the locale of your mudding adventure, driving it on ordinary roads, paved or gravel, is a lot more unstable than it would be without the lift. You see, lifting raises the center of gravity of the vehicle. So, when you turn a corner or swerve, you run a much higher risk of tipping and, ultimately, rolling. It seem that a lot of people think that lifting will make the truck more adept at mudding and off-roading, but I believe that those advantages are illusory. If you take a look at a lifted vehicle, you will see that the axle clearance is the same. Of even more importance is the fact that the brake lines are no farther away from obstacles than without the lift. Believe me, you never want to have to deal with a broken brake line in the wilderness. Same for your differentials. Increasing the diameter of your tires will be more helpful for this problem, however, they will cut down on gas mileage and throw off you odometer and speedometer. You will also have to deal with fender clearance.

    There are many sources of the parts which you will need to do this project. I once undertook a similar modification of a Jeep. You’ll find yourself buying new springs, having mounts fabricated, buying modified steering components, drag plates, relocating the mufflers — on and on. I loved that vehicle, but once I started the work, it was always just $700 away from doing what I wanted it to. After close to $10,000, I just gave it away.

    As alternatives, I’d suggest you consider (1) figuring out why the masculinity of your girlfriend’s Bronco is of any concern to you, (2) finding a new girlfriend who isn’t so focused on her masculinity, or (3) learning some better skills in the romance category, so that you can both bet more into each other (pun intended) and less focused on the phallic symbolism of what you drive.

    Best of luck on you project — both of them, actually.

  2. Michael June 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    Go to 4wheelparts.com they should have all the numbers there to help you make the determination. Don’t forget about your driveline angles. It really sucks to blow a u-joint on the trail.

  3. IT Guy June 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    Too many questions for one answer. If you get a lift kit I would get a suspension lift rather than a body lift if you are going that high. It will be more expensive but worth it. I know a guy that just did a body lift and his truck would sway when going over bumps. It looked ridiculous. If you do lift your truck I would get some good super-swamper tires or at least something a little larger and wider than stock tires. Remember though, if you go too large on your tires your speedometer will no longer be accurate as your revolutions wll change due to the larger diameter. You might want to read up on this some more if you are going to do the work. Good luck.