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Old 08-07-2009, 06:01 AM
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fabtech upper arm and torsions, no rear lift, although a shackle would have made it sit close to level.

.5 inches of lift can vary from truck to truck. The width of your fingernail should not be a make or break.

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Old 08-07-2009, 06:09 AM
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So if i go out into my shop, and look at one of the 3 sets of Toyota solid axles, i'll find that all of them have a magical spring perch on both the bottom AND top?

If he flips the axle upside down, then the filler hole is also upside down as well as the brake system, if that's what your implying.

I know what you're saying about the lug patterns. I was joking about that, it would be pretty dorky to have unmatching lug patterns..
I wasn't implying flipping the axle over. What I was implying is that you don't have to cut the perches off- they can be bought separately and welded on the top. You'd have to do a u-bolt flip on the axle though, but then you could keep the stock length shocks out back.
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okay... let's say you're right: fabtech "performance lift" upper control arms for $100, a pair of torsion bars for $150... that's $250 so far... and then add the cost of shocks: about $100... so $350 for 3.5" lift. ...3.5" is the Fabtech lift without a t-bar crank (I know that: I own and installed one- bought for 400, never installed, and didn't get 4" from the kit with new uppers, torsion bars and add-a-leafs from the kit.) ... and as far as I can recall even Rancho's 2wd lift was 3.5" max.... limited to that because the struts from the frame to the lower control arm adversely affect suspension alignment when lifted above that amount- any higher and the lower control arms are pulled too far forward to allow acceptable alignment angles. So Downey made "2WD Pro-Desert Strut Frame" (you'll have to scroll down to find what I'm talking about) kit.

So we're still 1/2" short of 4" and into it for a minimum of $350 and still haven't lifted the rear yet... and the cheapest option: extended shackles, will only get about 1.5" total lift for about $70, leaving us at $420 spent, .5" short of 4" up front and 2.5" short in the rear so... another $75 for add-a-leafs and we're now at about 3.5" total up front, 3.5" in the rear, but still .5" short of 4" total lift and now spent $495.
damn, you are proud that you got that fabtech lift for $400 arnt you?

anyway, as you can see from travis's pic it IS possible to get the 4'' of lift. also why would you need to lift the rear 4''? it sits higher then the front already unless you like the stink bug look.
but whatever, i have spoken my piece and im sure you will have some kind of come back for it but im over this whole thing.
adams707, i hope you got some useful info from this thread. let me know if you have any other questions that our "expert" hasnt answered.
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Old 08-07-2009, 10:22 AM
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.5 inches of lift can vary from truck to truck. The width of your fingernail should not be a make or break.
Tell that to my wife. I installed the kit and sent her a picture and she complained that the rear was too low. She doesn't like the prerunner look and sometimes uses the truck as a truck. Oh, and 1/2" of lift doesn't vary: 1/2" is 1/2" all the time. If you adjust the t-bars according to Fabtech's instructions you end up with 3.5" lift over "new" stock suspension, not what's sagged due to age. Older, sagging bars can end up with 4" or more lift afterwards. As for the rear, the Fabtech kit comes with add-a-leafs that "might" lift the rear 2.5-3.5" depending on the condition of the original leafs.

Fabtech uppers and bars (made by sway-away), 1.5" lift (3" over stock from ProComp) shackles:


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looks level to me.
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Old 08-07-2009, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Travisfab View Post
looks level to me.
Point made, thanks. It's actually a tad high in the rear (as any truck should be)... but it was nose-high until I installed the shackles.

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Old 08-07-2009, 03:44 PM
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ok well i just wanna say thank you to ALL, i didnt wanna start a big arguement between everyone but i did get ALOT of useful info from this, oh and travis ur truck looks SICK!!! thats exactly the look im going for except with the rear end lifted also, but i want that hood and fenders, so from all this im thinking downey control arms and torsion bars for the front and longer shackles (home-made) for the rear and skyjacker shocks from summit and im well under $500, any problems let me know THANX ALOT TO EVERYONE
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Old 08-08-2009, 08:22 PM
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hey does anyone know what size my axle tube is on my 1989 2wd pick up? or how to measure or find out how big it is
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Take a piece of string and wrap around it then measure the string. Then, since the circumference = PI * the diameter, divide the circumference by PI (3.14159) and you'll get the diameter so they can order the correct perches.
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Shazam!!!!!

http://www.dezertrangers.com/vb/show...66#post1799166



The pic I posted was my old truck, the truck in my avatar is what I am rocking now.
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Old 08-09-2009, 01:13 PM
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cool thanx im trying to set up an account right now but it taking forever i really want them and there hella cheap
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thanx for the measuring tip also but it came out to 2.86 and that dont sound right
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Yeah, 2.86 don't sound right either, but don't forget the truck's an import so may need converted to metric as well.
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Old 08-09-2009, 01:25 PM
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well im welding on new perches so i can put the leafs on top of the axle and all the perches i found are for 3" axle housings so thats why i need to know
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1989 Toyota pickup 2wd lift

So what's a good way to lift a 1989 Toyota pickup to clear 31's? Thanks. Budget around 5-800$
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