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Hey guys. I'm trying to put together a shopping list of items that I'll need to lift my truck a bit. I'm not going to be doing any serious offroading at this time, as this is my daily driver. However, I'd like to lift it enough to give it a more aggressive look and stance.

So, after reading through some of the posts here, and listening to several opinions, I've put together the following list. Please let me know your thoughts on the following items.

Xterra Front Lift Coils

Daystar 2" SL (Do I still need to install the spacers if I install the AC coils?)

Timbren Front and Rear Kits

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Will the front and rear be balanced out with this combination of parts?
Will I be able to fit a 295/75R16 or 305/70R16 with this lift? (obviously on aftermarket rims) I'd go with BFG AT's.
Can I still use the stock Bilsteins that came on the truck, or will I need to change those out?

And, of course, I'm looking to get the Shrockworks front bumper and sliders at some point, as well. So, the truck will really look BA. :)
 

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With that combo your going to have 4.5 up front and only 1.5 rear. Your going to need the aal. Also youll need tc arms and you will still hit the coil bucket. Alot of people on here are running that setup.
 

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you want the AC coils. you want the Daystar shackles.
You dont want to have the AC coils with the daystar spacers up front unless you want to get into serious complications later down the road.

My advice is buy both kits because Daystar doesnt sell shackles and spacers separately. just dont install the Daystar spacers. Get the Timbrens they work.

And no the 295/75 or 305/70 wont fit. And yes you will need to replace the rear shocks and you should also extend the brake lines
 

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I don't know if you will get more confuse with contradictory answers, but if you're going only for the looks, you don't need to change your rear shocks. They will limit your down travel but you don't need more down travel if you won't wheel it. With the stock shock you don't need to extend your brake lines.
 

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Thanks for the info, gentlemen.

SO, I won't install the spacers up front. I'll install the AC coils, and Daystar Shackles. Will the truck be uneven - the front higher than the back - with this setup? And what tires could I throw underneath - just the 285/75R16's? And, if I do replace the rear shocks, what is the part # for longer Bilsteins?
 

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Dont know the Bilstein part number but tomorrow im getting ranchos i can give you that part number. The truck will be even with that set up, and yes 285/75 are the biggest tire you want to go with that setup.
 

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Offroad said:
I don't know if you will get more confuse with contradictory answers, but if you're going only for the looks, you don't need to change your rear shocks. They will limit your down travel but you don't need more down travel if you won't wheel it. With the stock shock you don't need to extend your brake lines.
With the aftermarket shocks, how much does the brake line need to be extended?

edit: NM, saw the brake lines on 4x4parts
 

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Bringing back an old post of mine because I'm hoping to start buying the parts for my lift.

Since Daystar doesn't sell their shackles separate from the spacers, should I go with the Calmini shackles? As much as I've heard all the stories about their customer service, I used to have a set of their shackles on my old '02. I've been comparing pictures, and the Daystar's seem beefier. I know they're also greasable.

What do you guys think - Daystar or Calmini? $300 or $60?

 

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People seem to be happy with the Daystar shackles and they are greasable. I'd get the Daystar kit and sell just the front spacer (here, XOC or ebay) and recover some money. I have the stock shackles and AAL and I like the firmer ride.

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I think I hijacked the Daystar lift, so I'm going to post here in my original thread.

I'm going to get the AC 2" setup - coils and shackles. This question is for Dan G. Dan, this past weekened, I was with the Nexterra gang installing a 2" bodylift on one of the trucks. We all started talking about my truck and the lift I'm going to put in. One of the guys mentioned your name, and said that he had followed a story of yours on Xterrafirma (I believe) when you installed your AC coils. Did you have a problem with a rented coil compressor? Was it not strong enough to compress the AC coils? Will I really need to go to a shop to have them installed?

Not to copy you, Sexterra, but I'm hopefully going to end up with the setup you have:

AC coils up front, AC shackles in the rear, and 285/75/16 BFG All terrains
And I might just consider that rear Shrock bumper without the tire carrier. We'll see.
 

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I installed the AC coils by hand. I have quite a bit of experience with compressing coils and the AC coils are quite stiff, but not totally undoable by hand. What you will run into is that the stock used is too thick to close the locking pins on most hand compressors. Also, once on the shock, the coils are so close together that you have a hard time getting the compressors off. Once I figured out the trick to it, I could do it in a matter of a minute or two, but it took me a good 20 minutes to get the first one off.

Just remember, compressing springs can be dangerous. Use caution and common sense.
 

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It cost me $200 to have my coils installed and the X aligned. roughly $130 for the coil install.

For me personally it was the easiest and safest wasy to install the coils. It was well worth it as it was all done in under 3 hours and I didn't have to curse once.

Just my 2 cents.
 

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Walrus said:
mtdewmike:

Look at this thread I started - I talked about how I did it with loaning out 2 sets of spring compressors.

http://thenewx.org/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=1683
Cool, thanks! I forgot about that thread. I'm a little confused about the coils still (could be because I'm still half asleep), but I'll look it over a few more times. Some of the guys in Nexterra said they could help out installing them.
 

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3 inch body AC coils rear AAL and daystar shackle

Could you fit some bigger tires that 33's (285/75/R16's) running a 3 inch body lift, AC coils and AAl with a daystar shackle?
 

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mtdewmike said:
Hey guys. I'm trying to put together a shopping list of items that I'll need to lift my truck a bit. I'm not going to be doing any serious offroading at this time, as this is my daily driver. However, I'd like to lift it enough to give it a more aggressive look and stance.

So, after reading through some of the posts here, and listening to several opinions, I've put together the following list. Please let me know your thoughts on the following items.

Xterra Front Lift Coils

Daystar 2" SL (Do I still need to install the spacers if I install the AC coils?)

Timbren Front and Rear Kits

Questions
Will the front and rear be balanced out with this combination of parts?
Will I be able to fit a 295/75R16 or 305/70R16 with this lift? (obviously on aftermarket rims) I'd go with BFG AT's.
Can I still use the stock Bilsteins that came on the truck, or will I need to change those out?

And, of course, I'm looking to get the Shrockworks front bumper and sliders at some point, as well. So, the truck will really look BA. :)
If 285/75/R16 fit i don't see why 305/70/R16 wouldn't. The tires have the same height the 305 is just wider. The tire might stick out of the fender a bit but height wise it should fit.
 

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Correct, similar height, but the width also causes rubbing. With the 285/75r16 it's the outside of the tire that rubs during turn. If the tire was wider it would rub worse.
 

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Measurements stable at 36.25" front and 37.25" back. That is an even 2.75" lift front and back.
So, your combination of AC coils and AAL's gave you just about 3" of lift. Is that with a winch bumper? I wonder if the coil/shackle combo will do the same. I'll have to wait and see!
 
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