Hello! I’m looking for some insight specific to my build. I am #693 DeBock, and expecting my camper very soon. I’m posting here because I feel like theres a lot of great minds here with similar ideas. Tacomaworld has been pretty flooded in my research and since we all have the same camper and most of us have tacomas maybe a few of us are in a similar boat. I do not have a thorough understanding of suspension components so please bear with me.
About my truck: 2019 Tacoma TRD OR - DCSB MT. It has skid plates and sliders and soon the GFC. Ive already had too much bed sag on the last trip around the US (September-December). For that trip I was fully loaded and had decked drawers. The drawers are gone now to save weight but they do weigh almost as much as the GFC. I may upgrade front (likely aluminum) and back bumpers (steel) eventually but don’t feel like I need to. I am on stock tires and the pro 16" wheels. At the same time as suspension I will also be putting on on 285/75/16 A/T or Mud Terrain’s.
About me: I like to keep things simple, especially with the truck. I’m always on the move and “living” in the truck for extended periods of time (commonly weeks to months). I usually just sleep in the dirt so the ease of use with the GFC will change my life and for me be quite luxurious in comparison. I spend about half of the year in South America already (mostly Chile). The other half up here where I base in California. The idea with buying the truck was to have a reliable and safe vehicle that I can take anywhere. But Alaska to Patagonia and eventually back to California is the dream. I realize how big of a commitment it will be when I do take it south of the US (which is likely two years out at minimum). I worry that it’s flashy, especially in some countries but it wont be shiny forever and I am a pretty confident and safe traveler. I want to be as self sufficient as possible anywhere I am, so I’m keeping that in mind for anything done to the truck. Any work moving away from stock should be reliable and simple. My work is photography which adds a lot of additional gear to the truck and I’m also constantly loaded with surfing and climbing gear plus the kitchen, food and water tanks. I will usually just have one passenger when fully loaded. I like to get off the beaten path and want to maintain a capable vehicle but will not be intentionally seeking out rocks or tough trails. I don’t want to get stuck or push the vehicles limits unnecessarily and prefer just get out there and explore.
What suspension should I go with and why? I have been looking at Icon and I like how kits are made with parts that are all designed together and work well with each other. It is very expensive but I don’t mind spending more to get it right if thats whats best. It does seem like overkill and everyone who I speak with about Icon suggest the upper stages. I certainly don’t know what stage to go with or if I need all that and the adjustability of the upper stages. Just want to get it right for the weight of the camper and get a better ride. I’m open to other companies and really just looking for what is tried and true. I want to get it on and get out and enjoy it. I know a lot of us are never content and will mess with it endlessly, including myself, but Id like to get it right for my intended use and call it good which Is why I went so in depth about my personal use. Thanks in advance!