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Leveling a 3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma is a simple way to make the vehicle look more visually appealing. There is something about lifting the front end and making level with the rear that balances the truck out. This kit is simple to install, and doesn’t take any specialty tools.

Detailed Step by Step write up: Coming Soon

Leveling Kit:

Cheap Rear Shocks:

The Rear Shocks I am going to go with:

Other Items you might need:
Diff Drop:
Sway Bar Brackets:
Drive Shaft Spacer:
Extended Brake Lines:

Tools Used in this Video:
GEARWRENCH 3/8 Digital Torque Wrench:
GEARWRENCH 12 Ratcheting Wrench Set, 16 Piece Metric:
GEARWRENCH 1/2 Drive Ratchet Long Handle (24″):

00:00 Intro
01:26 Removing the Front Strut
03:15 Disconnecting the Ball Joint
04:22 Removal of Sway Bar
05:11 Pulling out Strut
05:50 Installing Front Spacer
08:38 Re-Installing Front Suspension
11:35 Rear Suspension
12:54 Removing U-Bolts
14:23 Installing Rear Spacer
16:16 Re-Installing Rear Suspension
18:58 Before/After – Close

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  • Couple of questions…..
    The fender opening is the same size as before the lift and the wheel still goes up and down. This increased clearance, how?
    Was anything included in the kit to space the bump stop down to prevent the strut from bottoming out?
    Were the control arm bushings loosened at ride height and retorqued to prevent them from being under tension all the time?
    Were you able to align the truck to stock specs with the stock upper control arms?

  • If you undo the two bolts at the bottom of the Spindle (instead of the ball joint at the top) you don’t have to undo the abs and brake lines from the spindle or the sway bar. A lot easier

  • Your videos are always so good!
    Really appreciate your thoroughness, and the camera angles are spot on.
    For this lift and the lift you did on the 2nd gen (both look sick), you didn’t mention taco lean. Is the whole 1/4” front-driver side spacer not necessary in your opinion?
    Keep up the great work!