Performance Lowering for Toyota Tacomas - Basic Instinct

Performance Lowering for Tacomas

Mike Alexander
Dec 1, 2003
Photographers: Calin Head
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We know it's nearly impossible to 'bag and body drop your brand-new mini as soon as you buy it, and even so, not everyone's ready to dive in that deep right off the bat. You have to start somewhere, and we know just the right combination to give your new Tacoma an altered appearance without breaking the bank.
First things first, you have to start out with quality components so that they'll stand the test of time. No, this isn't an ultra-low lowering kit we're installing, but it will definitely improve the handling and cornering characteristics of a stock Tacoma. At the same time, you'll lessen the amount of wheel gap between the fenders and the tires, which always helps to improve the appearance of any truck. This upgrade begins up front with 2-inch lowered coil springs from Eibach, which gives us a modest drop but leaves much of the truck's suspension travel intact and will allow the use of the original Tokico shocks. Out back, we opted for a pair of 3-inch dropped composite leaf springs from Flex-A-Form.
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Before lowering, we experienced too much wheel hop in cornering situations, and once the progressive suspension was installed, the annoying hop went away - for good. Once we were down enough to clean up the wheel-to-fender gap a bit and give us improved cornering ability, we still needed one final touch: custom wheels and new low-profile tires. We were provided a set of 18x7.5-inch Hurricane wheels and 245/40R18 BFGoodrich tires to make this final change. The install gave us the right looks, the right handling, and it definitely won't kill your bank account. Follow along as Sleeper Suspension shows us how easy this setup was to install. For more information, contact the companies listed in the source box to get your new Taco' looking sweet and handling like a slot car.

Sources

Eibach Springs Inc.
Irvine, CA 92614
www.eibach.com
Sleeper Suspension Design
La Verne, CA 91750
Flex-A-Form
Anderson, SC 29621
www.flex-a-form.com
HP Wheels
Miami, FL 33172
www.hpracing.com

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