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Front end & Donahoe suspension woes 05 Tacoma

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by COoffRD, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. Dec 17, 2011 at 9:04 PM
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    COoffRD

    COoffRD [OP] ShouldaKeptTheOldOne

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    My '05 Tacoma is used for serious backcountry offroading & I rely on it for work. It has 3" Donohoe Suspension coilovers, another 2" of body lift & 33" mudders. So far I've broken the rod end & the shock shaft, at separate times. I've had 2 total FRONT END reconstructions. Obviously there is a weak link in this system. Anyone out there experiencing similar issues or with any advice?
     
  2. Dec 18, 2011 at 1:40 AM
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    maxamillion2345

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    Sounds odd. What does Icon say?
     
  3. Dec 18, 2011 at 9:58 AM
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    They say they've never had either problem before and without seeing it in person (long drive to CA...) they don't know what to say. They have sent new parts (charging only shipping) but that doesn't help when I'm stranded in the woods with clients. Since it's the 2nd failure of the system I figure there is something inherently wrong with the pairing of this kit and my Tacoma. I'd like to avoid the cost of ripping the whole thing out, but I don't trust it as is.
     
  4. Dec 18, 2011 at 9:59 AM
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    maybe your coilovers are cranked too high?
     
  5. Dec 18, 2011 at 10:37 AM
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    Are you running factory bump rubber in the front? Only thing I can think of that causes this kind of damage is the front suspension bottoming on the shock on the upstroke.

    Is anything hitting the shock at full droop, like the upper control arm or the sway bar?
     
  6. Dec 18, 2011 at 1:56 PM
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    Sounds like coil bind to me. Let's see some pics
     
  7. Dec 18, 2011 at 5:09 PM
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    No but seriously... SAS.
     
  8. Dec 18, 2011 at 5:16 PM
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    Only for leaf spring SAS, otherwise it will be harder on the coilover, since there's a lot more unsprung weight.
     
  9. Dec 18, 2011 at 5:31 PM
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    Sounds like you're bottoming out the shock before the bump stop is making contact.
     
  10. Dec 18, 2011 at 5:36 PM
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    Exactly.. Timbrens bump stops perhaps are needed :D
     
  11. Dec 18, 2011 at 5:37 PM
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    What the Hell do you do for work? Sounds like fun to me.:D
     
  12. Dec 19, 2011 at 2:32 PM
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    I'm running some DRs at a 3" lift and offroad my rig pretty damn hard. I've yet to encounter this issue, but will definitely be keeping an eye on my DRs. Thanks for the heads up, OP.
     
  13. Dec 19, 2011 at 3:14 PM
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    I can vouch for him! He jumps it and beats it up and those DR's have held up very well!:D
     
  14. Dec 19, 2011 at 3:26 PM
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    My Toyoter motor mounts gave out before the DRs did. :p :( :frusty:
     
  15. Dec 19, 2011 at 6:24 PM
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    Thanks for the help. I have also broke both motor mounts and the truck has never left the ground. What other suspensions would you recommend? I have heard good things about total chaos but am not sure I can put chains on with that system.
     
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