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How To Lift a Toyota Tacoma

A Toyota Tacoma suspension lift involves raising the entire suspension system of the vehicle to increase ground clearance, allowing for better off-road capabilities and the option to fit larger tires. Here are the basic steps for a suspension lift on a Toyota Tacoma:


  1. Gather Necessary Materials:

    • Suspension lift kit: This includes components like taller coil springs or strut spacers, longer shocks, and other necessary hardware.
    • Jack stands and hydraulic jack.
    • Wrenches, sockets, and other basic hand tools.
    • Torque wrench for tightening bolts to manufacturer specifications.
    • Wheel chocks for safety.
  2. Preparation:

    • Park the Tacoma on a flat, level surface and engage the parking brake.
    • Loosen the lug nuts on the wheels, but don't remove them entirely.
    • Use a hydraulic jack to lift the front of the vehicle, placing it securely on jack stands.
  3. Remove Front Wheels:

    • Finish removing the loosened lug nuts and take off the front wheels.
  4. Front Suspension Components:

    • Follow the instructions provided with your specific suspension lift kit to disassemble the front suspension components. This may involve removing the shocks, struts, coil springs, and other related parts.
  5. Install New Components:

    • Install the new components from the lift kit, which could include taller coil springs, strut spacers, and longer shocks. Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.
  6. Tighten Bolts to Manufacturer Specifications:

    • Use a torque wrench to ensure that all bolts are tightened to the specifications provided in the lift kit instructions.
  7. Reassemble Front Suspension:

    • Put back together the front suspension components, ensuring everything is properly aligned and secured.
  8. Reinstall Front Wheels:

    • Carefully put the front wheels back on and hand-tighten the lug nuts.
  9. Lower the Front of the Vehicle:

    • Remove the jack stands and slowly lower the front of the vehicle using the hydraulic jack.
  10. Repeat for the Rear:

    • Follow similar steps for the rear suspension, including lifting the rear of the vehicle, removing the wheels, and installing the lift kit components.
  11. Double Check Everything:

    • Ensure that all components are properly installed, aligned, and tightened. This is crucial for safety and performance.
  12. Test Drive and Alignment:

    • Take the Tacoma for a test drive, paying attention to how it handles and checking for any unusual noises. It's also recommended to get a professional alignment to ensure everything is in spec.

Please note that this is a general overview and the specific steps and components required may vary depending on the lift kit you choose and the model year of your Toyota Tacoma. Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions provided with your lift kit for the most accurate and detailed guidance. If you're unsure or uncomfortable with any part of the process, it's best to consult a professional mechanic or automotive shop.

Suspension Lifts for Tacoma: