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Any benefit adding Fabtech UCAs for 2.5" lift on 1st gen?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by woodygg, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. Apr 21, 2011 at 7:30 AM
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    woodygg

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    I'm lifting my 1st gen a bit...
    Rear: got the 5 pack rear springs (1.5" lift)
    Front: Billy's plus OME springs (2.5" ish lift...). Billy's set to zero.

    I was wondering how much, if any, benefit there would be to adding some fabtech uca's to the front? No real benefit, a little, or a lot? What would be the benefit?

    Asking because I can get some used ones for a reasonable cost, and since I'm going to be in there anyway replacing stuff, better to do it now IF I was to do it.

    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. Apr 21, 2011 at 7:42 AM
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    KBToyota

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    I am in the process of ordering an OME kit. From my research I believe you only NEED UCAs when you are going over 2.5 inches of lift for alignment issues. The new UCAs allow greater adjustment to allow you alignment to be dialed into the correct parameters.
    I have no real experience since I havnt done the install yet. Blind leading the blind.
     
  3. Apr 21, 2011 at 7:46 AM
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    malander

    malander That's some tight butthole

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    You do not need ucas but it is very highly recommended. I have no experience with fabtech and their ucas and honestly I'd like to keep it that way. Look at light racing, camburg, and total chaos for high quality ucas
     
  4. Apr 21, 2011 at 7:46 AM
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    the fabtech UCA's are for 5 lug tacomas... they will not fit or work on a 6 lug 4x4
     
  5. Apr 21, 2011 at 7:51 AM
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    Well, that make quick work of that question!!!

    Thanks
     
  6. Apr 21, 2011 at 7:52 AM
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    Well, apparently they don't work on my 4x4 anyway, but are you saying Fabtech uca's are of lower quality?

    Thanks
     
  7. Apr 21, 2011 at 7:59 AM
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    malander That's some tight butthole

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    All of those companies I listed make them for 6 lug 4x4s. I haven't actually seen a fabtech uca but I'd be very hesitant to use any of their products. There are much higher quality products out there.
     
  8. Apr 21, 2011 at 8:14 AM
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    spindles and uca's are about all thats good from fabtech. dont use their lift coils (5 lug) their "long travel" is ok for a bolt on MILD kit.
     
  9. Apr 21, 2011 at 9:22 AM
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    I have had the 881s and Billies @ zero for abtou 8k miles. It's about 1.75 over stock ride height. My caster is maxed out, and too squirrely for my liking at highways speeds (daily driver). it is a little twitchy and sensitive, and i need to pay full attention to lane position all the time. It has had two alignments; one at a very good shop that I trust on the day of install, and another at Toyota after the LBJ recall. Neither could adjust caster within spec.

    So, now I am looking at the Light Racing UCAs. Cheaper and no maint. compared to other uniball UCAs. And they allos you to dial in caster and camber better.

    But every truck is a bit different. I'd install the suspension first and see how you like it before blowing more cash.
     
  10. Apr 21, 2011 at 9:55 AM
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    TC UCAs are good from what I hear.
     
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