I’m looking for some advice and/or input into my ’10 Tundra Crewmax build. I have read several build threads (including BWJ, Zidaro, Redline) and a dizzying number of discussions of lifts, coilovers, OME, etc.
I would like to clarify a few things before I proceed. So, any input as to what I should consider or any good ‘ol sage advice for a newbie is appreciated .
Here’s where I’m at:
I have driven the truck stock for 3 years (non-TRD). So far, it has gotten the job done. But, I’d like to make some improvements. On the highway, I find the stock suspension to be mushy and can dive into corners, especially when loaded with gear. Offroad, while driving slowly of rocky terrain, the ride can be quite bouncy and can feel uncontrolled.
My Tundra is not a daily driver but, as much as possible, I’d like to preserve the ability to be a daily driver. So, I won’t be doing anything extreme with lifts and tires.
The plan is to lift the front and rear equally. I don’t mind the factory rake. In fact, given some of the complaints about the VSC kicking in on some lifted trucks, I would just as soon leave the rake alone.
I’m currently considering two options:
- Complete OME setup (with rear leafs) – possibly UCAs
- Coilovers (Icon, Camburg, etc) and rear shocks – possibly UCAs
- If I want to start with 1.75” to 2” of lift this seems to be my best option
- Not sure what’s best with the rear…Will new shackles and shocks (combo with coilovers) be a good option here?
- Option 3?
Ideally I don’t think I’ll need/want much more than 1.75” - 2” of lift (but can live with OME’s 2.5”). I probably do not need adjustability (at least not yet). However, adjustability would allow me to keep the lift to 2”. Pricewise, the OMEs seem to be a good option, but I’m concerned that the OME setup will give me 3”+ of lift and may be too harsh for my purposes. But, others (Redline) seemed to like his.
- Lots of dirt/fire roads
- Roads where 4wd is “recommended” and “required” but nothing difficult (I try to be aware of my current abilities or lack thereof )
- Offroad driving will be slow
- I do almost zero fast driving on dirt terrain
- From what I gather, this is where coilovers really shine.
- I drive a lot of highway and paved mountain roads to get to trails, fishing, and camping spots.
- Please excuse my ignorance here: If I’m understanding this correctly, OME’s coils are stiffer than stock and stiffer than what coilover manufacturers offer on their standard setups. Will highway driving and cornering on these roads be improved with the OMEs? However, with OMEs I may not get the improvement on slow rocky terrain that I'm looking for? Will coilovers be good on the slow rocky stuff but just as mushy as the stock suspension? It is likely to be more complex than I’ve laid it out, so please correct me here if I’m misunderstanding something.
Sorry to ramble… Thanks in advance!