Please read this first: You are about to read an honest review of an Allpro offroad product. This has been my experience. I did not come here to lie or to scare anyone off from buying Allpro products. The conclusion you come to after reading this review is entirely yours.
Hello everyone. When it comes to the 2nd gen tacomas, there are a lot of products to choose from. When it comes to long travel, there are a few options. I chose Allpro LT due to the good reviews I had heard of it. I like the tubular design of the control arms. Looks decent and strong enough to hold up to the stresses of use.
Kit installed June 2, 2012.
Well they are beefy control arms thats for sure.
The axles and HD steering are big as well.
The install was fairly simple. No modifications needed to get this stuff in, aside from having push out the LCA tabs. The control arms seemed a little too wide, but they did fit after a BFH was brought into the equation.
During the install:
Back on its wheels again:
First text of the articulation. A huge jump over the factory suspension!
After I even'd out the front and by lifting it up a little, it soaks up bumps well. I don't have anywhere around here to jump the truck around here. Only some bumpy roads to test the suspension. And lots of flexy trails to test the suspension.
The steering feels nimble. The trucks handles very well on the road with this suspension. Driving it is a breeze. Can corner hard! And it feels like you've got complete control.
Fast forward to a few October. 8000Km (5000 miles). HD steering is worn out.
-The outer heims on the HD steering are completely screwed from roughly 7000km highway driving, and 1000km offroad.
Still waiting on warranty from allpro to this day.
I replaced the HD steering with factory Toyota tie rods with a tie rod spacer. The have far outlasted the allpro "Heavy Duty" steering.
-At the same time as I replaced the "HD" steering, I noticed slight play in my upper uniballs. I kept an eye on this, thinking it may be normal. These shouldn't be worn out after 5000 miles?
17000KM (10560 Miles)
12.16.2012 Broken my RF axle shaft.
-After a lot of contraversy, Allpro did Warranty this AND the other side. They say limit straps are not needed with this kit. I beg to differ but can't seem to get my point across. The axles were rubbing on the tulip of the CV joint. The shocks are internally limited but they are not limited enough. On full droop it was rubbing. Causing the shaft to fail. Thank you very much to allpro, for warrantying these. Limit straps are required however. Or as allpro suggested, "clearance" my CV. I am not particularly fond of. I will use limit straps. I don't want to weaken my CV's.
Well fast forward to now. 19000KM (11,000 Miles)
-Both upper uniballs are SCREWED. The right lower unsafe to drive on, and the left lower has a bunch of play as well. I am hoping allpro will warranty these. This is way to early for such strong parts to wear out. I have been washing them religiously after wheeling too. They do not have dirt or mud in them for more than a few hours.
-I have also noticed my front springs have sagged, and the ride height has dropped again in the front. Guess I need to crank up the springs again.
I am very dissapointed with this kit. When I spent over 4500 on this suspension, I was expecting to get a good quality kit. Almost every moving part has failed. I am impressed with the articulation it offers, but if I could do it again, no way would I buy this kit again. I can't believe I am having so much trouble. I take good care of this truck, and of the parts I install. I stay up to date with the maintenance. Unfortunately I am not confident with Allpro parts anymore, contrary to the good reviews I have heard about this kit.
1 star is very poor, 5 stars is great.
Reliability/Long lasting *
Vendor customer service ***
Ease of install ****
Again, I am not trying to bash All-pro offroad. This is my honest experience with their product.