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alluminum versus polyurethane

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by mudjunkie, May 20, 2009.

  1. May 20, 2009 at 7:24 PM
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    looking into a spacer lift for the truck, dont know which to get a polyurethane or an alluninum spacer. doing about 3 inches
     
  2. May 20, 2009 at 7:26 PM
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    oh and the alluminum is the block that goes above to coil and shock assembly
     
  3. May 20, 2009 at 7:26 PM
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    I ran an aluminum one on mine and did well, poly spacer tend to wear down and sag
     
  4. May 20, 2009 at 7:27 PM
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    did you get a bumpy ride
     
  5. May 20, 2009 at 7:47 PM
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    Not really, only thing i noticed was that it swayed more than stock, other than that wasnt too bad
     
  6. May 20, 2009 at 7:55 PM
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    3 inches sounds like a lot for a spacer lift. why not get bilstein 5100s for like $200 and lift it 2.75 inches. :confused:
     
  7. May 21, 2009 at 3:51 AM
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    I'd stay away from a spacer kit that goes above the coil assembly.
     
  8. May 21, 2009 at 4:00 AM
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    ^^^ +2.......but, if you insist, I have daystar spacers with your name on them, cheap cheap. PM for pics/paypal addy.
     
  9. May 21, 2009 at 4:28 AM
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  10. May 21, 2009 at 2:03 PM
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    janster why do you suggest i stay a way from the lift
     
  11. May 22, 2009 at 11:40 AM
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    Actually I have the same crap lift in whatever flavor you want. I never used either, went the right way with 5100s. I have the cast ones for top of strut or the poly for inside the strut. Cheap cheap for whoever wants them or I'll just tho them up in the pay it forward thread. Damn, glad I saw this again cause I was needing something to put up after I take something from there. Spacers coming soon to a free thread near you! Just pay shipping.
     
  12. May 22, 2009 at 11:42 AM
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    Because it extends the strut assembly length & slowly (or not) fucks your ball joints to death by making them extend beyond their normal range of movement. (if offroading much at all) If just poser mall crawler then probably no problems...I said probably.
     
  13. May 22, 2009 at 11:44 AM
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    It lengthens the shock/spring assembly, causing your balljoints to wear out, and can lead to breakage of your shocks if off roading..
     
  14. May 22, 2009 at 11:53 AM
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    Those guys already answered it nicely.

    As already mentioned, if you don't offroad...you're probably fine.

    Offroading causes lots of suspension travel and that's where the problems can occur.
     
  15. May 23, 2009 at 1:07 PM
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    ordered the bilsteins finally broke down once i fix my engine and figure out whats wfrong ill put them on with the new tires
     
  16. May 24, 2009 at 9:34 AM
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    I would agree that is a lot for spacers.. one inch aluminum blocks are ok for back. even two...
     
  17. May 24, 2009 at 11:39 AM
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    I had the 2 inch aluminum spacer on my 01 tacoma and it broke the cv join blew the shock and stressed the upper ball joint.
     
  18. May 24, 2009 at 1:41 PM
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    either if you go spacer or new struts they both extend the control arms and wear the ball joints. so i dont see any problem with the spacer idea.
     
  19. May 24, 2009 at 1:59 PM
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    They dont extend the control arms. CA's are fixed in length. Top Plate spacers lengthen the shock/spring combo, thus overextending ball joints, and the shocks. Pre load spacers, or coil springs are "Captive", there for not adding length to the assembly, but rather giveing lift by changing the spring rate.
     
  20. May 24, 2009 at 2:20 PM
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    but if they arent giving it lift to the assembly then how is it considered lifted
     
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