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Daystar Leveled

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Evans381, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. Mar 14, 2009 at 5:23 PM
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    Evans381

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    Just went to 4 wheel parts today in Norcross because I was tired of my truck setting lower in the front than the back, so I bought a Daystar spacer leveling kit. I kno I kno spacers are bad but its just temporary. And I dont do any wheeling, so I dont think they'll break or make the ride much worse. Theyre just for the looks. I got new wheels and tires for XMas and without a lift only 275/55/r20's would fit. Surprisingly there is barely any scrubbing but I just thought I'd let my Terra Grapplers wear down a bit and then I'll go with the 33's with the 3' Toytec I want. This will do for now. I was wondering do I need an alignment or not?
     
  2. Mar 14, 2009 at 5:38 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Yes...You will need an alignment.
     
  3. Mar 14, 2009 at 5:39 PM
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    Yes you will need one. Damn chris beat me to it!!!
     
  4. Mar 14, 2009 at 5:50 PM
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    no pics yet. you prolly wont even be able to tell a difference. but does anyone suggest where i should set the camber and caster?
     
  5. Mar 14, 2009 at 5:52 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Camber = 0*
    Caster = 2.5*
    Toe = 0*
     
  6. Mar 14, 2009 at 5:53 PM
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    Thanks Chris.
     
  7. Mar 14, 2009 at 5:55 PM
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    yw. :)
     
  8. Mar 14, 2009 at 6:00 PM
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    My 386 is working well today...:)
     
  9. Mar 14, 2009 at 8:38 PM
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    Thought you may like that...:D
     
  10. Mar 14, 2009 at 10:16 PM
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    yup - I'm no Mechanic: Questions

    1. Is a Spacer and a Leveling kit the same thing?

    2. Why do some say a spacer kit is no good. I noticed my local dealer puts them on some of their 2009 Tacomas.

    3. I burnt all my cash on my Tacoma - If I go with a leveling kit - what kind of problems am I looking at when I hit the dirt/mud/snow, etc?

    Thanks in advanced for any help or comments.
     
  11. Mar 15, 2009 at 5:50 AM
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    Most "leveling Kits" use a spacer of some sort. Top load or Top Plate spacers can cause your ball joints to wear out faster, while a Preload spacer (one that is inserted into the shock/spring assembly) preloads your spring, and can lead to a harsh ride.
     
  12. Mar 15, 2009 at 7:45 AM
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    Thanks Chris - I really appreciate the reply.
    Looks like I should save and invest in real suspension lift like the Toytec. Sounds like this is the best solution for ride, reliability and future maintenance.
     
  13. Mar 15, 2009 at 7:54 AM
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    Yeah...You may want to consider OME also....They are affordable, and very durable.
     
  14. Mar 15, 2009 at 8:17 AM
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    Thanks again Chris. Looks like it time to start saving. I'm skipping the spacer/leveling stuff and going straight to a real suspension kit. I'm going to have the dealer install to "Maintain My Warranty"..... ya ya.... its expensive but - piece of mind is everything.
     
  15. Mar 15, 2009 at 8:19 AM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    Just so you know, Haveing a dealer install it vs. any other install, wont affect your warrenty. Maybe if you live near some other members, they can all help to install it for/with you? Save some hard earned cash. :)
     
  16. Mar 15, 2009 at 9:34 AM
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    By the way I realized that the Daystar kit is a top plate spacer. (no coil compression required) that should be a hell of a lot better than a coil spacer right? Its just like a ReadyLift kit. It maintains your factory ride. Its polyeurethane too. Seein as I do no wheeling this kit should be perfect and have no negative side effects. IMO
     
  17. Mar 15, 2009 at 9:41 AM
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    Top plate spacers can wear out your ball joints much faster. As they lengthen the shock/spring assembly to give lift, you run the risk of over extending the shocks, which can break them, and give you the oppertunity to see your truck on the back of a tow truck.
     
  18. Mar 15, 2009 at 9:53 AM
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    Like I said I do no wheeling. So do you see them breaking with everyday street driving?
     
  19. Mar 15, 2009 at 10:15 AM
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    chris4x4

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    Well, If you hit a speed bump too hard, they could. They WILL wear out your ball joints pretty quick, regardless of wheeling or not. 06Bluez balljoints were shot within 5000 miles with his spacer lift.
     
  20. Mar 15, 2009 at 12:26 PM
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    Dumb question... I have a wide perception on ball joints. Elaborate. There at the ends of the struts right? and on the upper a arm?? What if I get ball joint extensions or some better quality after market ball joints?
     
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