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Broken Coil Bucket Tower

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Taco_Jordan19, May 13, 2016.

  1. May 13, 2016 at 11:18 PM
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    Hi guys and gals. This is my first post and I'm looking for some help. I have a 2002 Tacoma. The upper coil bucket tower on the passenger side is busted. Completely crowned itself after I went over a speed bump. There's a 3" toy tech lift kit with 33" on it. I'm curious to if anyone's had this issue or knows someone who had this and knows how to fix it or how to go about getting it fixed. Thanks everyone.

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  2. May 13, 2016 at 11:23 PM
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  3. May 13, 2016 at 11:23 PM
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  4. May 13, 2016 at 11:28 PM
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    How fast did you hit that speed bump?

    Looks like the coil is completely bent, you'll likely have to replace the whole coilover.
     
  5. May 13, 2016 at 11:33 PM
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    No faster than 7 mph
     
  6. May 13, 2016 at 11:41 PM
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    Wow that's crazy.

    Have you hit things pretty hard with it before this, ie treated it as if it were a long travel flying truck? If not, it's kinda scary to see that much damage from a speed bump at 7mph.
     
  7. May 13, 2016 at 11:58 PM
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    I've used it on fire trails before but nothing too crazy. It's mainly my daily comuter that has seen fire trails every couple months. The suspension is a little rough so I've always gone slow over bumps to avoid being thrown around in the cab
     
  8. May 14, 2016 at 12:27 AM
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    I guess the stock buckets are just weak af, but that's really bad!

    Total Chaos makes gussets for them, maybe add them when you do the replacement.
     
  9. May 14, 2016 at 3:33 AM
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    looks to me that was breaking for some time.

    Could have had something to do with the lift install who knows at this point

    That side may have been taking most of the impacts in normal driving

    The speed bump was just the last straw .

    Now this is where things get interesting.

    You can go a few ways here it all depends just what you want .

    After this little mishap have you inspected the other side ??

    You can fix the damaged side and hope to come close remember your dealing with the suspension .

    Hard to tell if the spring is really bent or just looks that way in the pictures.

    It all comes down to what is in the truck repair budget
     
  10. May 14, 2016 at 3:40 AM
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    :eek: Have never seen something like this.
    breaking at 7 mph over a speed bump seems a little out of the ordinary.
    I would agree with the poster above that it may have been broken before.
    Did you install the lift?
    Can you give a little history of the truck?
     
  11. May 14, 2016 at 5:57 AM
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    I'm the second owner of the truck and the guy before me babied it and took real good care of her. I keep up to date on maintenance and repairs. I just never thought anything like that could have happened so I never looked. I had the lift installed by a local 4x4 shop. Guy knows what he's doing and has always done good work for me and the people around town. I bought the truck stock about a year and a few months ago. The lift was put on last July. I agree that it has been a problem building up over time with stress fractures and cracks possibly that ended up resulting in this.
     
  12. May 14, 2016 at 7:57 AM
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    Hard to tell at this point but it could just have been a difference in the two front springs

    The question is just what needs to be done to stop the problem from happening again .

    Give the person who installed the lift a call and see if he can do the repairs

    Also ask if he has any clue about the failure ??

    Taking you at your word that your not out jumping the truck for distance

    That side seems to have been taking the brunt of the front end load .

    If the other side is fine!!

    If you have questions feel free to Message me
     
  13. May 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM
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    Did that lift kit come with extended bump stops?
     
  14. May 14, 2016 at 9:05 AM
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    See the difference in color where it cracked. Most of it is rusted and dark so its been cracked for some time. Think this might just be freak incident. The factory buckets can take a decent amount of abuse.
     
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    :eek: I think I need to do a close inspection of my coil buckets.

    @Blackdawg
     
  16. May 14, 2016 at 10:55 AM
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    See @m3bassman they aren't that strong haha

    Mike, that why I have a coil bucket brace bar going in Frank.
     
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    Shit, a little duct tape will fix that right up!!
     
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    So weak that they fail at 7mph??? Dude there's more to the story.
     
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    I'm pretty sure they failed way before that. The speed bump was just the finishing touch.

    I suggest you do a close inspection on yours. Your sig pic suggests you were going slightly more the 7 mph when you hit that speed bump.
     
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    I know my bumpstops carried the load so I don't see a reason why the coil bucket would be impacted. The only reason would be if the coilovers is bottoming out internally before the bump stops do their job. Am I off base in this thinking? The 11ga steel that the coil bucket is made out of should be adequate for the loads it sees. I've inspected my buckets and don't see it as any cause for concern
     

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