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Clunking noise after spacer lift, upper ball joint hitting spring

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 96 tacomaPtown, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. Jul 21, 2010 at 12:13 AM
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    96 tacomaPtown

    96 tacomaPtown [OP] Well-Known Member

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    When ever I go over speed bumbs or over rocks I hear a clunking noise from my front end. I found my Upper ball joint boot ripped and grease on my spring. I have a spacer lift and am thinking that is the problem with my front end and need to upgrade to coil overs. Is anyone else having this issue or did alignment or Bushings help. If it is the problem I warn anyone of purchasing spacer lifts. especially if You DO actually take your truck off road. Please Reply Thanks.
     
  2. Jul 21, 2010 at 1:15 AM
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    Manlaan

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    I had spacers before I upgraded and never had the issue you're describing with yours. I had 2" spacers with stock coils, stock UCA, and stock ball joints. What are you running?

    If you didn't do an alignment after your spacer lift, you really should. Its never a bad idea to get it checked anytime steering or suspension is changed, specially with a lift.
     
  3. Jul 21, 2010 at 1:55 AM
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    taco19

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    i got your exact problem. here's what you do, crawl under your front end of your truck, look under the stock skid plate( the black one) and where you installed the round spacer, it lowered an arm witch now probably rubs on the skid plate mount with you go over bumps. simply take your stock skid plate off and prime the metal and grind it down so its flat. Toyota did it to mine, 100 bucks...
     
  4. Jul 21, 2010 at 2:20 AM
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    You'll have more issues to come with spacers...you should upgrade to a new strut or coilover imo
     
  5. Jul 24, 2010 at 11:58 AM
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    donaldwagner

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    my friend had the same problem, you need preloaded spacers, no other solution
     
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