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6" discontinued trailmaster lift help!

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by harleygirl1413, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. Jan 24, 2011 at 4:27 PM
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    harleygirl1413

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    I Need help!!
    I have a 96 tacoma. had the 6" trailmaster lift put on 12 years ago. Have gone through 3 broken struts now. Went to get my 3rd one replaced, come to find out that they have discontued this lift and I cannot find a new strut for it. I believe it is the strut, its the one on the outside, closest to the tire. Does anyone know where i might find one, if not, what are my options? are there any aftermarket struts that may fit?
     
  2. Jan 24, 2011 at 5:48 PM
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    Whitfield

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    Yes I can help. I'll try to redirect you to two threads one of which I wrote the info you are seeking yesterday.

    You are seeking a pair of 89-91 VW golf cartridge struts. Gotta be replacment cartridge style ~ not non replacment. Non replacment with the sheet metal body and lower flange for spindle bolt are the more common.

    These struts will then need to be machined to fit the upper strut bearing. At this point the strut will be abou 3/4" shorter then the TM 6" strut. Theirfore I lowered my strut bearing plate with spacers about 3/4".

    See bottom of page 3
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st-gen-tacomas/134358-big-lift-small-tires-3.html

    See Bottom of page 1
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st-gen-tacomas/87891-my-99-x-cab-rebuild-build-thread.html
     
  3. Jan 24, 2011 at 5:58 PM
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  4. Jan 24, 2011 at 5:59 PM
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    Matic

    Matic The "OFG" Baby!!!

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  5. Jan 24, 2011 at 6:04 PM
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    Matic

    Matic The "OFG" Baby!!!

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  6. Jan 24, 2011 at 6:17 PM
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    Whitfield

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    Thanks Matic ~ now that you mention it, I believe I did the inversion mod and then used spacers.

    KYB's for under $40 each ~

    Bilstien HD's for $120 ea.

    http://www.europartsdirect.com/epc-items.asp



    OR

    http://www.partsgeek.com/catalog/1989/volkswagen/golf/suspension/strut_insert.html

    Bilstein HD Strut Insert - Front

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    Retail Price: $144.50
    Your Price: $97.94
    Quantity:


    Part Number: W0133-1605589
    Notes: Use with externally threaded struts.
    Product Remark: Heavy Duty
    Position: Front
    Availability: In Stock
     
  7. Jan 24, 2011 at 7:41 PM
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    Thanks a ton!! doesnt look to bad to fix...for a girl! lol! thanks again guys!:D
     
  8. Jun 18, 2016 at 6:41 PM
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    Any bad experience with this braket here it holds the second strut

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  9. May 25, 2017 at 12:28 PM
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    Soo this is an old but still pretty decent Trailmaster 4" lift kit. It's on my 1998 Toyota Tacoma ext Cab 5speed manual with the 3.4L V6 4x4. I've replaced the ball joint on the driver side and the cv axle (due to the shitty ball joint). She's up and running now. Need to mess with the rack and pinion possibly the intermediate shaft. But FIRST! I need to address this dumbass "Secondary strut/upper control arm delete" and get this bullshit replaced. Unfortunately with my luck they don't manufacture or sell them anymore because they are faulty. I'm going to fix it now and play with it. But when it fails I'm swapping it. It's currently IFS but she will be SAS after my pockets get a little fuller.. anyway. I'd like to go the cheaper route of solving replacing my upper strut assembly considering I've invested quite the chunk of change so far. Shoot me a message if you know what's up! Save me! Get the yota goin'! Thanks for reading my novel. Also I just bought the 1985-1993 VW golf KYB strut inserts just need to get them machined tonight then install them would like it if you guys gave me pointers?? IMG_4462.jpg IMG_4467.jpg IMG_4469.jpg image.jpg
     
  10. May 29, 2017 at 10:42 PM
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    Ebay ~ $3.99 ea. or not. I don't believe VW's use them.


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  11. May 29, 2017 at 10:59 PM
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    They'd probably help keep shit out of the shock cartridge. Thanks man. Probably rock the pink ones...
     
  12. Jul 23, 2018 at 9:28 AM
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    What did you end up doing with this? I am in the same boat and am really hoping not to have to replace the whole kit. The strut on mine is blown.
     
  13. Feb 24, 2019 at 10:36 AM
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    Hello Any answers on this subject i bought my truck two weeks ago with this lift and now it sits in my driveway with the strut laying out of the mount both struts and mounts are Shot !! Looking for some options on how to fix ? You can loosen the bolts and throw a VW strut inside of that ?
     
  14. Feb 25, 2019 at 12:23 PM
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    Hey. people said it is possible to put in the vw strut. I ordered one and had a guy try to put it in but he said it didn't fit. I ended up getting a new kit for my truck. I put a lot of time into finding a cheaper solution but had no luck
     
  15. Feb 25, 2019 at 1:34 PM
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    I hear ya what kit did you go with?
     
  16. Feb 25, 2019 at 1:58 PM
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  17. Feb 25, 2019 at 1:59 PM
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    The ride isn't great on rough roads but I couldn't find anyone to revert it back to stock and then put something else in.
     
  18. Feb 26, 2019 at 4:42 PM
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    What part of the strut needs to be machined ? What strut mount is it ? The vw golf 91 strut mounts look like only 2 bolt when it is a 3 bolt . .. So to install you take off the 3 or 4 top bolts from the secondary strut and insert the vw cartridge ? And then you attach the mount underneath instead of on top ? I really do appreciate the help!
     
  19. Apr 20, 2021 at 6:48 PM
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    Same problem and not sure where to go?
    Replace both struts and keep replacing or convert looks like a nightmare.
    Got the VW strut info but can i put a 5100 Bilstein in on a 6" lift?
    Some one said to put a 1st gen tundra strut in?

    Please Help!
     
  20. Apr 20, 2021 at 6:57 PM
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    Mr Clark.

    I went with the new Fabtech lift kit. Not Cheap but nobody was willing to return it to stock and then do something else. I did try the VW shock but it was a no go. I don't know if you can put a 5100 bilstein on it. Sorry dude, i feel your pain.
     

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