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03 Tacoma Suspension Question

I've seen a few of these questions pop up now and then and all the drama/heat it brings but i've never really seen an answer on it, guess it's my turn to ask now..Is it possible/what's the best way to lower the stock height of the 4x4 Tacoma? I'm not looking to slam my 4wd but would like to see if it's possible to get it to stock 2wd height. Before all the buy a 2wd etc, i bought it cause it was an amazing deal. I've used 4x4 twice since i've owned it for a really heavy snow to get out of my drive way and then off it went. I built a custom show bike and would like to get the truck lower to throw it in the bed to haul places.

Changing rims/tires, shocks/springs/leafs etc. is any of that able to achieve the height/look of the 2nd picture?


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Re: 03 Tacoma Suspension Question

(1) Welcome to CT!

(2) I'll be blunt and to the point ... Nope, it can't happen - not unless you're willing to invest in a lot of custom surgery and fabrication that will end up costing a lot more than the truck is worth (and probably reducing its carry capacity for haulling your show bike).

The 6-lug (4X4; PreRunner) suspension is a whole different setup from the 5-lug (2WD mini) setup. These differences run all the way down to the frames and attachment points.

If you were to want to preserve the 4WD capability, the whole transfer case / front driveline stuff would need to be heavily modified just to make room for the general drop.

Even if you'd be satisfied just to drop the 4X4 a couple of inches with different springs, etc., there'd be a lot of tweaking necessary to keep the front driveline.

Even if you'd start with a 6-lug 2WD PreRunner, there'd be a limit to how far you could lower it without getting into frankenstein fabrication / mods.

You indicated you expected the "cheaper to swap it out for a 2WD mini" advice, so I won't push that angle (though it's still the fact of the matter).

Your best and most economical option is to shift your focus and work on ramps (whatever) for getting your show bike into the bed of the 4X4 you already have.

That's it in a nutshell.

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Re: 03 Tacoma Suspension Question

I was kinda thinking that'd be the case but wanted to double check as the only threads i ever saw like this were people wanting to slam 4wd trucks and not bring them to 2wd height range. Looks like i'll be throwing the truck up for sale while i keep an eye out for some 2wd deals. Thanks again.
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