Submitted on 2011/04/03 at 4:10 pm
I have a 2004 Toyota Tacoma base cab 2 wd that is stock and I want to lower the rear end about 2-3 inches and would like to know if I will need to replace the shocks. Also will the ride be stiffer. Is there a kit I can install front and rear that will have a quality ride?
Submitted on 2011/04/06 at 1:43 pm
You can lower your Tacoma a few inches with lowering blocks and keep your factory shocks. They are mounted to your leaf spring mounting plate and the length doesn’t change when you lower the rear! If you want to bring both the front and back down we have either a 3″ front / 3″rear or a 3″ front / 4″ rear kit made specifically for your 04 Tacoma. Check them out at the DJM Factory Store.
You get a choice for a level or a slight forward rake depending on you personal style. If you need to replace shocks, doing it when you lower is a very good idea, and using the Calmax SuperShox will optimize performance and ride quality.
Submitted on 2011/04/06 at 6:05 pm
Can I expect the ride to be stiff and bouncy with the installation of a lowering kit? Will the removal of the bottom leaf spring help the ride ?
Submitted on 2011/04/06 at 8:08 pm
Great Question Dave,
Because your not changing you springs (front or rear) you spring rates (ride quality) doesn’t
change. Typically what harms ride quality is the loss of travel. There is a magic point where the ride is ok and you lower the truck a tiny bit more and the ride quality becomes tough to live with. Our kits for the Tacoma are mild drops and ride great!
Removing leaf springs changes the design of the spring. If is it an overload spring you remove and the axle is under the leaf you will get a drop equal to the thickness of the leaf you removed and you’ll notice no difference in ride unless you load the truck enough to deflect the leaf spring to the point where the overload would have started to work. Removing a main leaf will lower the truck in an unknown way and almost always results in a undesirable ride.