Originally Posted by Pugga
Well damn, now I'm confused... I always referred to the fronts as struts because they do carry the weight of the vehicle and they are required for the vehicle to drive. Now you say no struts, period?!?!
Struts replace the UCA's and upper ball joints, and also do the job of shocks by dampening.
If you remove the front shocks on the tacoma, while it would drop the suspension (due to it being a coil-over setup), the actual suspension still functions as one unit, and articulates the same way it would without a shocks. If the vehicle had a front strut setup, the spindle would no longer be connected to anything at all on the top.
It's not really the shocks that carry the weight on the front of the tacoma, it's the springs. On a coil-over setup though, the spring seat is on the shock itsself, so it is a little confusing.