A couple of the guys at Ballistic have 1st gen Tacomas and we decided to use their trucks as test mules for a +3.5 long travel setup. The guys here wanted to build an extremely tough kit that would stand up to continual abuse. After lots of hours of design we came up with an extremely strong lower arm design.
The arm is boxed and internally braced (the other side of the arm will have a cross brace as well). The shock tabs weld to the bottom and top of the arm to distribute the load over the top and bottom of the arm instead of just the top. We'll be using a 1" uniball on the top arm and a Ballistic custom uniball to replace the stock lower ball joint. The arm mounts to the frame with poly bushings. The entire arm is laser cut and hand finished. We still have some testing to do and we need to build the upper arm but we thought we would see what you guys thought of the lower arm and the overall design.
Here are some pictures:
The test mule is a first gen extended cab with a dcab bed (the frame has been shortened 13") and a turbocharged 3rz. We'll get some pictures of the test mule up as well.
We're looking forward to hearing some of your feedback and we'll keep this thread updated with progress of the build.