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Alignment after lift?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by radbowman, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. Mar 25, 2009 at 4:21 PM
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    I am looking to lift my 2002 double cab, at what hieght of lift do you create an issue with front end alignment? I mostly use mine on the road but I hunt, fish etc. and do get off the beaten path.What I don't want to do is lift it, make it unstable and then not like how it drives down the highway. I have read about issues with the CV angles but what about the angle of the steering arms, wouldn't that effect the alignment process?
     
  2. Mar 25, 2009 at 4:23 PM
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    Get an allignment anytime you lift it any height...someone correct me if im wrong!
     
  3. Mar 25, 2009 at 4:56 PM
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    x3 ............ for the CV joints consider a diff drop it helps.
     
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    I have heard that lifting a vehicle in general creates problems with being able get it into proper alignment have you had any issues like that?
     
  7. Mar 25, 2009 at 5:35 PM
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    Some folks have been luck and didn't need anything. Some have installed aftermarket upper control arms to make sure and avoid problems.

    I'll be using UCA's to make sure mine is right.
     
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    Adding UCA's supposed to remedy any alignment problems?
    What I'm thimking is adjusable Coilovers 2 or 3 inches, diff spacers, and AAL 's for the rear.
     
  9. Mar 25, 2009 at 5:59 PM
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    I lifted mine 3 inches and did an alignment because the front toe was slightly off, everything was perfect, didnt even really need it. Also on the first gen Tacomas you dont need the UCA's its a good idea to get them but there not needed :D
     
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    Most common for a lifted vehicle is the caster offset, for the most part the toe and camber stay pretty much in place. If you use a spacer lift/leveling kit alot of times you can get your caster closer buy rotating your coil springs 180 degrees. I don't know if that also works with coil over replacements and so forth, but if you can spin the coils, then they also should be able to help some caster issues as well. I need to do this to my truck, I am retarded on one side and accellerated on another, causing some pull, but this is not a tire wear issue so I have been slow on doing it.
     
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    What is the difference in the 1st and 2nd gen. Tacoma suspension, that would make it so you don't need to replace 1st gen. UCA's with a lift of 2 to 3 inches? Don't mean to be a pain just tryin' to learn something.
     
  12. Mar 25, 2009 at 6:47 PM
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    The UCA design is different on the 2nd gen
     
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    Never heard of rotating your springs to regain lost caster....where did you here this? The caster is determined by the relation of the hub between the upper and lower control arms. As the suspension is pushed down, the top of the spindle is moved forward reduceing caster. Dont think it has anything to do with the spring position.
     
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