Hello Tacoma enthusiasts I have a question regarding suspension, specifically the UCAs. I am currently running on my 4wd Access Cab: Icon 2.5 extended travel coilovers up front and Icon remote reservoir shocks in the back with dakar leafs and total chaos uniball UCAs.
The Icons replaced Fox 2.5s that I broke a coil on and despite my best efforts became covered in rust in a short time. I also replaced the uniballs in the total chaos UCAs with FK stainless uniballs.
This truck is a daily driven work truck that sees light to moderate offroad use 5-6 days a week in a lot of mud and rock, specifically clay mud and a good deal of sand in Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee.
The uniballs have a service life that just doesn't make economic sense to have on a truck driven at high miles in mud day in and day out. Replacing them left me out of service while I located a press and added an extra day to what should have been a 1 day leisurely suspension replacement. In short I think I'd be better suited with a sealed balljoint.
When the time comes I am considering replacing my icons with OME mainly due to cost and ease of replacement. I just cannot afford to be out of commission for a week or two while I have shocks rebuilt in California. I'd much rather have some spare shocks on hand and if anything breaks fix it immediately.
My question is, with an OME setup, without any extra lift spacers other than the trim packer to even out the driver's side, is it possible to run the stock UCA, which I still have or do I need to look at a light racing or camburg ball joint?
Does changing the balljoint on the light racing uca require a press? It looks like it's bolted in from pictures.
Is it possible to run a balljoint uca, stock or otherwise, with the extended travel icons? I know they're designed for uniball ucas so I figured I'd ask.
Thanks a bunch.