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Advantage and Disadvantage of UCA's (Brands)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by ballon78, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. Feb 11, 2009 at 4:52 AM
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    ballon78

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    Come to the conclusion that if i want my truck with 5100's and rear TSB to ever handle good again, with the bf mud terrains that i need UCA's even with the 1.75 lift.

    There are a handfull of companys out there, maybe people can right what they like about each and why.

    I'm leaning towards the Light Racing, only because of the sealed ball joint, i dont do any off roading, so i like the idea of a non open misalignment joint. My truck will never see crazy angles.

    Are there any other UCA's that have traditional ball joints, But still work and get alignment caster/ camber perfect after install?
     
  2. Feb 11, 2009 at 6:22 AM
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    5100's all around, fronts at 1.75". TSB leaf pack + Toytec TSB AAL
    This is a good question. I'm interested to thoughts of those who have aftermarket UCAs as well.
     
  3. Feb 11, 2009 at 6:32 AM
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    chris4x4

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    The Light Raceing UCA has had issues in the past. They say they are fixed as of now. They are a stronger UCA than stock, but the Ball joint is not much different than factory.
    Camburg and Total Chaos are much stronger desigs than the LR. They use a Uniball and, though they are not "Sealed", I havent heard of any issues with it being a problem. The Camburg uses a harder material in their Uniball, and it can lead to becomeing noisey. I have had my TC Under water, and actually had some concrete harden on it, as well as exposed to mud, sand, etc. and it has been unafected. No noise, or unusual wear. With a Uniball UCA, changing the Uniball is as easy as removeing a "C" clip, and pressing the old one out, and pushing a new one in. the Uniballs are "Military Grade" so they are not going to be harmed by exposeure to the elements.
     
  4. Feb 15, 2009 at 8:43 AM
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    Snyperx

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    Might want to add the All Pro UCAs to the list. They seem to have almost identical specs to the TC UCAs. and they are cheaper.
     
  5. Feb 21, 2009 at 3:59 AM
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    I would like to know some opinions on the all-pro's too. i know i have heard of them breaking with hard riding, but what about the around town mall cruiser. are the all-pro rebuildable too? i am not going to be doing much off-roading so what should be better, the Light Racing or the All Pro? Both have a price that catch my eye. ahhh...so many questions and so many different opinions, but i really dont know which one to go with. :help:
     
  6. Feb 21, 2009 at 5:59 AM
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    I havent heard of anyone running All Pro UCA's that didnt complain about them being noisey.
     
  7. Feb 21, 2009 at 6:33 AM
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    i have the light racing just for that reason,dont wheel it or dont plan on it cause its my dd.i have a jeep to play in.like chris said they did have problems with them in the begining but they corrected that so im told.i liked the price as well and very functional to.good luck,i dont think you will go wrong for the lruca.later
     
  8. Feb 21, 2009 at 8:27 AM
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    How long have you had them? Do you like them so far? I am at a point where I am trying to determine what my next upgrade should be. My truck is also my DD, but I plan on doing some mild wheeling with it as well. Nothing to extreme. I would love to get the TC UCAs, but I keep thinking it might be overkill for what I truly need. Also they are close to $700 which is a big turn off for me. So I am trying to decide what matches my needs. I am really having a hard time making up my mind.:help:
     
  9. Feb 21, 2009 at 8:35 AM
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    Well, how long are you gonna or planning on keeping your truck? If for a long time, Get the TC's. Worth the price of admition. ;)
     
  10. Feb 21, 2009 at 9:06 AM
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    I am hoping to have the truck for 200k miles. The thing is will the TC UCAs be a good match for the 5100's at 1.75" or are they not even needed? I have thought about taking them to 2.5" to level the truck out a little more.
     
  11. Feb 21, 2009 at 9:20 AM
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    The TC's will be fine for a 1.75 lift, and if you ever lift it to 2.5, your still covered.
     
  12. Feb 21, 2009 at 10:26 AM
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    I am running TC's on mine, kept the stock ones after the lift and ride was poor. Went to TC and WOW what a difference, no alignment issues again, plus I don't know about the other companies but TC has grease fittings.
    Well worth the funds in my book.
     
  13. Feb 21, 2009 at 11:58 AM
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    Thanks Toku. The TC's seem to be the most popular. Would be nice to have more information on the LR UCAs as well as the All-Pro UCAs since they are close to what I would be willing to spend. $700 for the TC's that are basically going to give me a more precise alignment seems a bit crazy. Wish Wheeler's still had the TC's for $569.:(
     
  15. Feb 21, 2009 at 1:12 PM
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    Give wheelers a call. Im pretty sure that they will give you a discount.
     
  16. Feb 24, 2009 at 7:57 AM
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    I doubt they would discount the TC's from $669 to $569.
     
  17. Feb 24, 2009 at 5:08 PM
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    Never hurts to ask. Tell them Obama sent you. ;)
     
  18. Feb 24, 2009 at 5:26 PM
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    wat?
    since i lifted my CO's and all, I havent had any noise from my AP's. still havent found any tri flow to put on them yet either though
     
  19. Feb 24, 2009 at 5:37 PM
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    Useing PB blaster, you wont have any noise. BUT, It will alow dirt and crap to build in and around the uniball, eventually leading to its destruction.
     
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