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885's+5100s+TC UCA+1/2" top plate spacer increase downtravel?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by c-slak, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. Nov 20, 2009 at 12:36 PM
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    c-slak

    c-slak [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have been thinking about how to economically get a little more travel out of my front suspension. Right now I have 5100's set to 1.75 with toytecs 1/4" top plate spacers. I want to raise the front to accomodate 285/75/16s and still add a little bit of down travel to my setup since I will be losing it by raising the front with the 885's. I was considering adding 1/2" top plate spacers to increase the down travel. I have heard this will cause binding of the factory ball joint and the stock uca can contact the spring. I have also read that the TC UCA gets rid of this problem and adds possible downtravel to the front. Will this combo work? i noticed the front 5100's are about a 1/2 inch longer than the factory front shocks so I am guessing combining those with the 1/2 inch top plate spacer should yield 1" extra down travel over stock. This should mean I will have 2" of down travel and 7" of up travel with the 3" lift in this set up. this seems like an economical alternative to a mid travel coil over setup with uca's. I know it wont be as good but Im pretty broke.:( Not much better but anything over 1" down travel seems like it would be welcome.

    Sorry this might sound confusing but I feel that logically this should work. I do some mid-high speed desert wheeling so I don't want to lose all down travel. Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
  2. Nov 20, 2009 at 12:54 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    Seems my TC's have given about 1" more travel at the wheel.
     
  3. Nov 20, 2009 at 1:00 PM
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    c-slak

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    sweet! I figured I should have just pm'd you about it since you have close to the setup I am looking to do. I already have the 5100's so am planning to stick with them for a while.

    On a side note; how much of a lift did the 885's end up giving you? I have heard 2.5 and 3. I don't want over 3" of lift so the top plate spacer is on my maybe list.
     
  4. Nov 20, 2009 at 1:01 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    Without the top lift enhancers, I have been at 3" lift after they settled in. I IRC, they were about 3.25" right after install.
     
  5. Nov 20, 2009 at 1:02 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    Being as you have the 5100's, you may want to get a 1/4" spacer for the driver side, to account for th eextra weight of the fuel tank, and such.
     
  6. Nov 20, 2009 at 1:41 PM
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    c-slak

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    thanks. I take it the OME shocks are side specific where as the 5100's are not?
     
  7. Nov 20, 2009 at 2:58 PM
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    chris4x4

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    The OME shocks have a "Trim Packer" you use on the shock itself. 5mm adjustments.
     
  8. Nov 20, 2009 at 8:41 PM
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    hey c-slak,

    i just finished building my truck with the exact setup you're asking about (minus the 285's) and love it. let me know if you want any measurements
     
  9. Nov 20, 2009 at 8:48 PM
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