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1st Gen. VS 2nd Gen. Tacoma struts!!!

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by '02TRD, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. Dec 7, 2010 at 9:17 PM
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    '02TRD

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    seen quite a few pictures of 2nd gen front struts snapped on here and got to looking at the differences between the 1st and 2nd gen front struts. Why the different design???

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    took these pics from another thread, but all second gen struts snapped in the questioned location. (i realize the poster of these pics claimed they all were due to running spacer lifts causing the extra stress to the strut, but i have not seen any first gen struts like this)

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  2. Dec 7, 2010 at 9:22 PM
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    you stole my collection lol. But yea it does look like a weak point, but quality aftermarket threaded body coilovers (besides toytec) replace this with a thicker shaft.
     
  3. Dec 7, 2010 at 9:30 PM
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    yah ive seen a lot of coil over set ups that seem to be a lot better design but the factory, billstein 5100s, skyjackers, and im sure other popular 2nd gen aftermarket struts follow the same design. i was just wondering why. seems DUMB to me, plus im bored!!
     
  4. Dec 8, 2010 at 5:07 AM
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    Just throwing out some thoughts here....

    It might have a lot to do with the overall length of the setups & the valving involved in the shocks.

    If you look at the pictures, the distance between the strut eyelet and the bottom of the coil seat on the 1st gens is shorter than the 2nd gens but the valving (fat part) of the strut looks to be the same length. Also, if you notice....the 1st gen coils have 9 windings while the 2nd gen coils only have 7. The 1st gen coils are longer which would explain why the coil seat is lower.
    By the way, your bottom 3 pictures are XXXXX

    Here's more pictures of 1st gen struts:
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  5. Feb 17, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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    other then the length.... are they the same fit top and bottom ???
     
  6. Feb 17, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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    I believe the pattern at the top is a little bit different. I measured and drew up the pattern to make top plate spacers, it was a while back but I think they were a little different
     
  7. Feb 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM
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  8. Feb 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM
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    i was asking cause i wanted to fit some on my truck, sense i have a 6 inch lift i figured the length wouldnt have been a big deal, but if it slightly different then bummer, well if i can get one from someone around here ill see and compare them both. thanks
     
  9. Feb 22, 2013 at 10:34 PM
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    The only reason they went with that strut on the second gen is to clear the cv axle.
     
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