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Comprehensive 5-lug 2nd gen lowering info.

Discussion in 'Street Trucks' started by ryanjboutin, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. Nov 18, 2012 at 7:42 AM
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    Yes.

    Night and day difference from XR suspension and base model suspension.
     
  2. Nov 19, 2012 at 6:11 PM
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    Alright I found the QA1 on paradise racing but I am unsure of which ones to get. Is there a specific part number I can search?
     
  3. Nov 19, 2012 at 7:55 PM
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    TS703 for 18 way.

    TS701 (I think) for 12 way.
     
  4. Nov 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM
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    Hmm, I searched the site with that part number and it didn't pull up anything, I will try again or maybe I will just call up after I get off work.
     
  5. Nov 20, 2012 at 9:26 AM
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    Yeah, it's best to just call and ask for Luis.

    Tell him you have a lowered Tacoma, and he'll take care of the rest.

    Sometimes it can be difficult to get ahold of him because he does race internationally.
     
  6. Nov 21, 2012 at 8:33 PM
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    wheres the best place to get the bilstiens? Are they easy to install?
     
  7. Nov 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM
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    www.magauto.com

    They're easy if you've ever replaced a shock. lol
     
  8. Nov 25, 2012 at 6:17 PM
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    Nice reference hell of a coverage of the dropping method. If anyone needs drop spacers let me know.
     
  9. Dec 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM
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    Some info that might be helpful to add to the already super-helpful 1st post in this thread... ;)

    The part number for the MOOG ball joints for a 2005-2011 base model Tacoma is as follows. I'm assuming nothing has changed for 2012-2013?:
    DJM now sells their lowering kits with the ball joints already pressed in. I don't know what brand they use, but the photos show that they are grease-able. Considering DJM only charges <$100 more for kits that include the ball joints, that's a money and time saver if you're not going to use your OEM ball joints:
    I'd so like to go the route of getting the front control arm kit with the joints already pressed-in, but I'm thinking that having the control arms sand blasted and powder coated might be a good idea since the DJM finish has a tendency to flake-off pretty quickly (in my experience).
     
  10. Dec 29, 2012 at 1:15 PM
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    Big thread on xru about powder flaking and 1st gen fatigue/failure on the calmax arms. Just got my set, plan on beefing them up and repowder coating them.
     
  11. Jan 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM
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    I'm a little confused here... why would a truck see a 0.5" drop due to shocks? Why would a shock help correct the "Tacoma lean"? The weight of the truck is resting on the leaf springs, not the shocks. Am I missing something? :confused:

    I would think that in order to correct the lean, one would have to use different sized lowering blocks.

    I'm guessing the one shock is longer than the other to help the shock better control the heavier side of the vehicle (gas tank and driver), but I don't think it has much to do with ride height.
     
  12. Jan 17, 2013 at 12:30 PM
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    The longer shock compensates for the driver's side due to driver's weight and gas tank, correct.

    The Billies are shorter than the base model Tokico black shocks, that's why you'll have a difference in ride height.
     
  13. Jan 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM
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    Pasted to first post.
     
  14. Jan 31, 2013 at 3:26 PM
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    You forgot the Hellwig rear sway bars. :(
     
  15. Jan 31, 2013 at 3:29 PM
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    Swaybars don't have much to do with lowering a truck ;) "Suspension performance modifications" would probably be another topic.
     
  16. Jan 31, 2013 at 3:36 PM
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    Reread Ryan's posts.
     
  17. Jan 31, 2013 at 3:41 PM
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    Ah... I see... he ventured into the performance area in his own post by mentioning the XII Performance sway bars. Gotcha. ;)
     
  18. Jan 31, 2013 at 4:11 PM
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    I have the QA1s installed and my rear driver's side is slightly higher than the passenger's at about an inch. Is that because they are both the same in length? BTW, where can I find the part number on these shocks?
     
  19. Jan 31, 2013 at 6:24 PM
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    Turn the shocks all the way down, jump up & down in the bed, then turn them back up. This kind of distributes the fluid through the valves and evens things out.
    Take note of how many clicks it takes to turn down. If they differ, that's why you had the height difference.

    18 way adjustable that we use is TS703 or TS704. As far I can tell from the QA1 site, the only difference is price.

    I don't recall the 12 way adjustable part number.
     
  20. Feb 23, 2013 at 10:35 AM
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    great write up i need those spacers ill be using this a lot
     
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