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One of the best features of the Toyota Tacoma (aside from its reliability), is that it has superb off-roading capabilities.
And by adding a lift, you get even better off-roading capabilities that improve everything from ground clearance to approach and departure angles to the fording depth it can handle when crossing rivers.
A lifted Tacoma also looks awesome, for what that’s worth… With all that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best Toyota Tacoma Lift Kits to help you narrow your search for the best option for you.
Best Leveling Kit for the Tacoma: KSP 3” Front Strut Spacer
If you don’t need a lift but want a leveled look for your 2005-2019 Tacoma, the KSP 3-inch front strut spacer will give you the look you want on a budget. At just $45.99, this leveling kit gives you a lot of bang for your buck as it raises the front end of the Tacoma by a healthy three inches. The spacers are made from aircraft-grade aluminum billet and come with 10.9 grade solid bolts. The spacers are also powder coated black to improve corrosion resistance. This KSP leveling kit comes with a 30-day refund and two years’ free replacement parts as well.
Best Budget Toyota Tacoma Lift Kit: Rough Country 3-Inch Lift Kit
At just under $300, it’s hard to beat this Rough Country 3-inch lift kit for your Tacoma if money is tight. But just because it’s inexpensive doesn’t mean that this lift kit skimps on the features… You get premium N3 shock absorbers, a Billet suspension system, and purchasers have noted that it’s easy to install. Add to that a lifetime replacement warranty (except for the shocks and struts, which have a three-year warranty) and you have the makings of an awesome lift without spending too much money.
Another Budget Toyota Tacoma Lift Kit: TORCH 3″ Full Lift Kit
This 3-inch lift kit from Torch will run you about $135, which makes it highly affordable. It will fit any 6-lug model from 2005-2021, and includes a differential drop kit, front strut spacers, 2-inch rear tapered lift blocks, and extended U-bolts and hardware. Since this is a bolt-on kit and it comes with easy-to-follow instructions, you might be able to add the kit yourself if you have some DIY mechanic in you! You get three inches of lift in front and back for a nice lifted look. And since the kit comes with a lifetime warranty, you get long-term peace of mind.
Best Mid-Range Toyota Tacoma Lift Kit: WULF 3″ Front 3″ Rear Lift Kit
If you want to lift the front and rear by the same amount, this WULF kit, which is about $440, will give you three inches in the front and the rear. The kit contains 3-inch front strut spacers, a differential drop kit, 3-inch rear blocks, and WULF rear shocks. You can also opt for 1-inch, 1.5-inch, and 2-inch rear blocks. The kit is compatible with 6-lug 2WD or 4WD Tacomas from 2005-2020, although it does not fit TRD PRO models. Likewise, when installing the kit on a 2018 model with Toyota Safety Sense, you might get an error code. Toyota has not released a software update to fix the issue as of yet.
Best Leveling Lift Kit for the Toyota Tacoma: WULF 3.5″ Front 2″ Rear Leveling Lift Kit
If you want a lift kit and a leveling kit in one package, you might consider this WULF leveling lift kit as a good option. At $1,250, it’s the most expensive option on this list. This kit is compatible with 2005-2015 Tacomas with a six-lug bolt pattern. It will fit both 2WD and 4WD Tacomas. Up front you get strut spacers, WULF upper control arms, and adjustable Bilstein lift struts, among other goodies. In back, you get Add-A-Leafs with isolator pads, protective shock dust boots, and Bilstein shocks.
The result is a 3.5-inch lift in the front and a 2-inch lift in back. Really, no matter which of these Toyota Tacoma lift kits you choose, you’ll get a product that comes with everything you need for install, and since many of them have a lifetime warranty, you get good peace of mind as well. Just remember that a lift kit isn’t the only off-roading and overlanding accessory that’s worth your money. Having accessories like a dual battery system, a winch, loads of recovery gear, and so forth is also necessary. Stay tuned for future articles on other top accessories for the Tacoma so you can fill out your off-roading or overlanding kit.