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Did your 5100s fix the Taco lean?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by flightcancled, May 12, 2010.

  1. May 12, 2010 at 5:55 AM
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    So when my truck sits empty on flat ground it has a 1" lean to the passenger side it stays this way 90% of the time. When I load the back up with 2-300+ pounds of stuff I get a 1/2" lean to the drivers side.

    Seems like the shocks just aren't well matched. I have the SR5 shocks in now and will be replacing them with 5100s and maybe a shim.
     
  2. May 12, 2010 at 6:00 AM
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    I put on a 3" lift with OME 885's up front and rear AAL,s with 5100's all around. I still have the Taco lean but it doesnt bother me though.:p
     
  3. May 12, 2010 at 7:34 AM
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    Shocks likely have no impact on lean. They merely slow and cushion the action of the suspension's movement. They don't support weight - at least they should not. The weight of your truck sits on its springs, and they would cause a lean one way or another.
     
  4. May 12, 2010 at 9:03 AM
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    5100's @ 1.75, still have the lean. Mine is about a half-inch.

    You can fix it with a 1/4" top plate spacer if you like.
     
  5. May 12, 2010 at 9:07 AM
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    im just double checking. you said that the lean is on the passenger side? because the taco lean is mainly the drivers side due to the added weight of the tank and the driver. ive not yet heard of anyone having a lean on the passenger side. have you added anything to the front or is it a stock setup?
     
  6. May 12, 2010 at 9:17 AM
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    Chris4x4 put a ~.58"(I think) top plate spacer on my driver side and the truck sits perfectly level.
     
  7. May 12, 2010 at 9:19 AM
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    Nope...I got the lean bad
     
  8. May 16, 2010 at 4:34 AM
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    Yup, I have a reversed taco lean - 1.2" to the passenger side. I've got a set of top plates I can use to correct it though. Thanks for the info!
     
  9. May 16, 2010 at 10:36 AM
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    :eek: are you sure something isn't broken?
     
  10. May 16, 2010 at 10:40 AM
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    Check your passenger side shock assembly. Make sure it is set at the same level or notch as the driver side.
     
  11. May 17, 2010 at 4:09 AM
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    Looked ok yesterday when I did the install. I have no idea what could have been set up differently that could have caused an issue. The SR5 shocks were totally dead however. I could clearly see on my LCAs where they had been hitting the stoppers.

    The 5100s definitely seem to have gone a ways towards fixing the lean. I have to take measurements after an alignment to be sure though. If anything I am now leaning the right way without any spacers.

    Was it just that I did the install alone or is it a bear to get those shocks back in? I was convinced I had screwed myself trying to get the first one in with the shock set at 1.75. I can only imagine if I had gone for 2.5 without a new set of UCAs. I would never have got them in.

    Also I am not seeing the full lift as of yet, only like 1". What gives?
     
  12. May 17, 2010 at 4:59 AM
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    Pics are in my build if you are curious.
     
  13. May 17, 2010 at 6:00 AM
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    That's odd. When I installed mine at 1.75" and took the truck off the jack, I acutally had about 2.5" of lift. It took going over the speed bump in my neighborhood to get them to seat properly and compress to 1.75" of lift. The weight of the truck alone wasn't good enough.

    You installed them on the third ring up right?
     
  14. May 17, 2010 at 9:01 AM
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  15. May 17, 2010 at 9:14 AM
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    Yup I saw the same thing then immediately went off roading once they were on and now they have settled pretty low.

    Good news is I have 2 days before my alingment appointment to nail down my lean and fix it.
     
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