Rancho quickLIFT Leveling-Lift Kit
Rancho is one of the most trusted names in pickup truck suspension systems, and they build a variety of different shock options for the Toyota Tundra. One of their more recent products is the Rancho quickLIFT system, which has been so well received by the aftermarket industry that it actually won the award for “Best New Off-Road/4Wheel Drive Product” at last year’s SEMA show.
How exactly does the Rancho quickLIFT system live up to the hype? The main idea behind quickLIFT is to provide Tundra owners with an easy way to accommodate the bigger tires (as large as 34″) that are better suited for off-road adventures. Since the Tundra comes with a fairly appreciable factory rake, quickLIFT levels out the pickup by lifting the front suspension through the raising of the front coil spring seats, giving owners an additional 2 to 2.5 inches to play with.
Rancho aims to undercut traditional full lift kits in terms of purchase price (only $180) and installation costs with quickLIFT, and part of that involves reusing the stock Tundra springs and mounting plate. The company claims that with the use of a spring compressor and common shop tools it takes no more than two hours to install the kit under the front of the Tundra, which requires removing the strut and replacing it with the quickLIFT product – along with the OEM coil spring.
In addition to allowing for the use of plus-2 size tires and wheels, the Rancho quickLIFT system also claims to beat out spacer kits in terms of ride quality and comfort, thanks to the company’s ability to tune each shock to match the truck it is being installed on. The quickLIFT system additionally features MyRide shock damping tuning capabilities through the use of manual controls mounted on each front unit. Rancho recommends combining the quickLIFT leveling kit system with Rancho RS9000XL shocks at the rear of the Toyota in order to provide for four-corner shock adjustment and the ultimate in a dialed-in ride.
If you want to add a whole new level of ride control to your Tundra, then you can do so by adding the MyRide wireless controller to your quickLIFT / RS9000XL setup. This handheld controller essentially matches the manual adjustment properties found on the Rancho shocks but lets you control their properties on the fly from within your truck. Four pre-sets are included with the MyRide unit (Highway, Sport, Work/Tow/Haul and Off Road) as well as a manual MyRide interface that lets you specifically adjust the damping properties of the system.
The system comes with the battery-powered controller, an air compressor and all of the gaskets and adaptors needed to run the air lines to each corner of the truck. Again, Rancho gives a two hour installation time for experience mechanics to get the MyRide system up and running in the Tundra.
The Rancho quickLIFT system – similar to the Bilstein 5100 leveling kit we evaluated earlier this month – may be a better choice than a spacer kit in terms of cost, ride quality, and ease of installation. Going with RS9000XL shocks at the rear will ensure the best balance between comfort and adjust-ability, thanks to the nine-position shock tuning offered at each wheel (see our article on Tundra shocks for more info).
As for the myRide system, the basic quickLIFT system seems like it should be enough for most truck owners. Hoever, for those who need to rapidly switch between damping settings while transitioning from one type of driving to another, myRide wireless makes for an intriguing option. Keep in mind, however, that when installing an air system on a truck great care must be take to run the lines in such a way that accidental abrasions or impacts are avoided, especially when trail driving. Even the smallest pinprick hole in an air suspension system can cause headaches and unpredictable performance.
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