How to lift a 78 2wd ??

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  1. speede

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    I'm looking to see if anyone out there has lifted the front end on a 78 2wd drive woth out having to add a stright axle,Or if anyone can give some advice on how they think I should do it I got the rear suspension done already. all I need is a front done. The truck was lowered by them cutting the coils. I want to lifted it a lil. More then the stock height. Thanks for your feed back!
     
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    Heres the rear end work I got done ✔
     

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    jetas Grand Toyotaholic

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    Could always space the front subframe from the chassis. Will require modding the steering/wiring/hoses but getting creative with it may simplify it a little
     
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    After giving it some thought im thinking im gonna have to go with a taller coil spring if I could find one! The stock coil is about 12-13inchs tall & 4 1/2 wide if not mybe find some one who could weld up some brackets to put a coil over?
     

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    Travel is going to be your biggest factor, you may be able to get a couple of inches over stock height and then you're maxing out the suspension. You will have to find a way to get more lift than that, easiest thing i can imagine is spacing the subframe and having a drop pitman arm made
     
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    Jetas! Your right ✅ im good with just a few inches over stock thats all I need. I would like to level the front with the back.
     
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    Guna be some trial and error
     
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    How much lift are you wanting? Coil spacers not an option? Still might max out the suspension/steering if you go more than like an inch

    Regarding a subrame lift -- aren't the engine mounts part of the subframe on these trucks? How would you deal with that other than relocating the mounts to the frame?
     
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    Drop the trans mount
     
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    You think everything engine-wise would clearance everything? Exhaust and alternator would be pretty damn close to the frame I'd imagine. Also would have to switch to electric fan I guess.

    I dunno if a longer coil or spacer would work really - on my truck there's not much down-travel left in the suspension before the bottom of the ball joint area hits the bump stop protrusion. Wanna say the tire only drops like maybe 1-2" when I jack it up. For compression, I've got a solid 4"+ before the bump stop would touch.
     
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    "Subframe"?

    Not sure what everyone means by a subframe. These trucks all have a ladder frame to which the engine crossmember is bolted on.

    Why not use a body lift kit after restoring stock front ride height?
     
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    I call it a subframe because its more than just a crossmember considering it contains the front suspension.
     
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    How was the rear lowered?
    I have a set of stock springs in selling.
     

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