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Old 01-09-2011, 12:36 PM   #1
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How to beef up my ifs

Im gonna buy the ToyTech ultimate lift kit for my 2010 Taco. All I hear from my friends is how weak my stock ifs is. So I was wondering if anyone could tell me what should be on my priority list for beefing up my ifs. The last thing i want is to be stranded on a trail in the middle of now where. Sorry if a similar thread had already been posted, I couldn't find it.
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Welcome! Yea the ifs isnt very reliable, thats why many reccomend doing a sas ( solid axle swap). its expensive, but by beefing up stock ifs, you a really sugar coating a turd. Research SAS
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There are plenty of threads in the suspension section. It starts to boil down to your intended use then preference.

You could go all out bat shit crazy out the gate and instead get Icon/Fox resis all around instead of TULK. 5100s are usually fine for most. UCAs are good to upgrade for clearance/alignment/strength issues. You can get on Total Chaos for those as well as spindle gussets. Sounds like a decent start to me and Welcome
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??? Are you reffering to how weak the IFS in general (mechanically-cv axles etc) or just shocks/struts and similar
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Im gonna buy the ToyTech ultimate lift kit for my 2010 Taco. All I hear from my friends is how weak my stock ifs is. So I was wondering if anyone could tell me what should be on my priority list for beefing up my ifs. The last thing i want is to be stranded on a trail in the middle of now where. Sorry if a similar thread had already been posted, I couldn't find it.
They are probably exaggerating on how weak it is. If you get aftermarket UCA's along with the lift, it will be pretty damn tough. As long as you know the truck's limits, you can do some crazy stuff with the ifs. But like another poster said, a solid axle would be way stronger, but also way overkill if your just doing trails and stuff.
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I wouldnt spend cash to beef it up if you dont plan to use it and break it in the first place.
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Welcome to TW. Which thread do you want us to answer:

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/sus...up-my-ifs.html
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Welcome! Yea the ifs isnt very reliable, thats why many reccomend doing a sas ( solid axle swap). its expensive, but by beefing up stock ifs, you a really sugar coating a turd. Research SAS
ughhh, it's completely reliable, unless your stressing the cv axles a lot.
I've had a lift on my ifs for a while now, and not had a single issue.

OP, I don't thin you need to beef up the front end too much, new coilovers and uca's will be more than enough!
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Im asking about both mechanically and shocks and struts.
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Old 01-09-2011, 01:14 PM   #10
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Sorry about double posting this. I didnt see the first post come up so I posted it again.
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Hey there neighbor!
The IFS is more then enough for the Trails in our area, and is plenty tough. SAS is just over kill and way too spendy to do.
If you plan to do offroading regularly then I would just do a mid travel set-up in the front.
Icon ext. travel coilovers and TC UCA's. and maybe also remove the sway bar for some more travel.
Thats the route I want to go, bc these RadFlo's arent that great travel wise.....

Hope that helps ya!
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Im asking about both mechanically and shocks and struts.
Mechanically, nothing.

Shocks? High-end,extended travel coil overs, designed to be used with new upper control arms that use uniballs instead of ball joints.

For example Total Chaos upper arms and King extended travel coilovers.

Thats it. You will get 0-2.5" of lift, anything more will cause you to tear a CV boot and then destroy your front suspension.

Nothing else to be done short of a $10,000+ long travel suspension set up.
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You could always add the spindle gussets, LCA skids, "Lower Control Arm Cam Tab Gussets", and carry a spare cv assembly and tools to swap it out. There are guys on here running 315s and wheel hard on the stock IFS, you'll be fine. I'd focus more on armor and recovery.
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