OK Guys. I've looked thru the "BLACK TACO" photo thread and the "Standard Cab" photo thread, and I really like the look of the 3" lifted trucks running the 285/70R17 tires.
More importantly, I was poking around under the front of my (spankin' new, black, std cab) taco, and measuring with a tape measure. Now, I originally bought the truck expecting to keep the stock ride height and tire size - or maybe go just a little oversized on tires, 275/70R16.
But then, like I said, I got down underneath. The ground clearance is about 8.5" and ON PAPER is the same as my old stock '94 F150. But the F150 has that clearance at exactly two spots - under the front diff, and under the rear diff. Everywhere else under the axles, it's 10 or 11 inches.
The tacoma has that clearance side to side under the entire front axle and factory skid plates. So while I was able to roll over a 10 or 11" rock with my F150 as long as I steered to miss the pumpkins, I won't be able to do that with my new Tacoma.
So, now I'm thinking lift. I've got an installer lined up (Les Schwab) picked out a wheel and tire combo that I think'll look good, and enough room on my credit card.
But, I've read with fascinated horror the threads from guys who've lifted Tacomas and Tundras and had the VSC basically freak out, engage way too early, and render the truck unsafe/undrivable.
And, I've scoped out a couple lifted trucks since yesterday, and got up close and personal with the front suspension, and saw all the trimming that's required - both plastic and frame-body-mount. And I'm contemplating doing this on a shiney brand new truck with less than 500 miles on the clock.
So, I'm getting cold feet.
Help me out here guys. I want to hear from folks who've lifted VSC equipped tacomas with no troubles, tales of how much easier it'll be to bound over rocks, ruts, and obstacles on the trail with all that additional clearance, and maybe even see an encouraging "looking good" photo or two. :clap: