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3" Front Lift Spacer Differences....

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by mikenredding, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. mikenredding

    mikenredding [OP] Member

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    Hi, Does anyone know or can tell me What the difference is between the different 3" front shock spacers out there are? For example, some require a spring compressor and some, just bolt on top of the spring and don't compress the spring any further.. I was just curiousas to which was the better way to go? Thanks
     
  2. mikenredding

    mikenredding [OP] Member

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  3. Janster

    Janster Old & Forgetful

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    You're best bet is to get spacers that go within the coil assembly (requires spring compressor).
    As seen in this picture:
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    Hard to explain - but when you put the spacer INSIDE with the coils (as seen above), the upper A-arm remains in its original location. This is better for your upper balljoints and clearance (see below).

    When you put the spacer ontop the assembly, you lower the entire suspension components & upper a-arm (which is obvious). However - I've known (from years past) that the coil spring can come in contact with the steering knuckle as well as put your upper balljoints under a great amount of stress.

    Here's some good sites to read:
    http://www.customtacos.com/tech/index.php?article=137
    and
    http://www.ttora.com/wiki/index.php/Understanding_Front_Tacoma_Lifts
     
  4. Toy4Life

    Toy4Life 668: The Neighbor of the Beast

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    I've heard the bolt on top variety can cause problems, but I have nothing to back that up. I have the ones that are in the strut assembly and have no complaints. I have a Toytec, http://www.toyteclifts.com/, they are popular here. There are also Poly spacers vs. metal ones. I've heard the poly spacers can compress over time.
     
  5. L_Jackson

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    i have the toytec and i'm happy with it... i don't go offroad so i don't know anything about bottoming out, i just lifted it cuz i like the look..... very happy with it!
     
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