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A Suspension Upgrade and Few Questions!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by crazytacoman, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. Jun 20, 2019 at 2:01 PM
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    crazytacoman

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    I am going to upgrade my front suspension in the coming weeks.

    Currently, my set-up looks like this

    upload_2019-6-20_15-51-5.jpg

    upload_2019-6-20_15-51-38.jpg

    I am currently thinking about getting new:

    - Spring Coils
    - Upper Control Arms
    - Suspension bushings (I don't know what specific part #'s or what they're even called (I highlighted them in red on the second picture) )
    - Shock absorbers (Bilstein 5100)

    My questions are:


    - From looking at my pictures, what else do you recommend I replace?

    - What brands do you recommend that offer great quality, but not over the top in price?

    - Do I need a specific spring coil pack to go with the bilstein 5100's .. OR could I use these ( ) Eibach 14 coild spring pair for 2.5 ?

    - When replacing the upper control arms, do I need to purchase additional bushings for them?
    I am asking because the picture of the upper control arms I am thinking about include them, but I am not sure. Here is a pic:
    upload_2019-6-20_15-59-30.jpg


    Please let me know. Thanks!
     
  2. Jun 20, 2019 at 2:08 PM
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    The thing you circled is the sway bar end link. In my opinion, Napa makes the best replacements under their Napa Chasis brand for like $30 each. They come with grease zerks and have flats for an 18mm wrench (youll understand why you need these after you get your old ones off).
     
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    Thank you for letting me know!
     
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    Also, make sure you have either a 5 or 6mm allen socket to remove the old ones. Clean out the holes with a pick first to ensure the tool seats all the way in. Removing those guys can sometime be the most annoying part of a front suspension job. And start hosing everything down with PB blaster a few days in advance.
     
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    I didn't even waste my time stripping the Allen head(mine were 6mm) out and trying to remove the previous link ends. Got the angle grinder out and cut them right off after 10 seconds.
     
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    Thanks for letting me know about the lower control arm bushings! I'm not sure whether or not to even replace the one I have, but it is stock, so maybe I will. I'm a bit more concerned with the upper control arm because I believe it gets more "action."

    I recently changed all ball joints (lower, upper, and tie rod)

    So far, the things I need to add according to your comments and above:

    - Control Arm bushings (lower and upper)
    - Sway bar end links (includes the stabilizer links)
    - Sway bar bushings

    I am also thinking of changing:

    - Bump stops
    - Transmission mounts
    - Engine mounts

    I think that's pretty much all you can really do for the front suspension components I think. Let me know of anything else I might change while I'm doing stuff down there. I would rather not have to change anything else, other than brakes(tundra brakes at that :D), for a good while.
     
  9. Jun 20, 2019 at 8:06 PM
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    I would really like to know if I could use the spring coils I mentioned in my original post ( Eibach 14 coil spring pair 2.5 ). I'm pretty interested in these because I've heard great things about them. Just not sure how compatible they would be with the bilstein 5100s.
     

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