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Front End Problem

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by stucoma05, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. Jun 30, 2010 at 6:25 AM
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    stucoma05

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    I have a 1999 Toyota Tacoma 2.7L Standard Cab. My front end snapped at both of my ball joints, and my CV axle was ripped out yesterday. My suspension is really rough as it is, I was wondering if anyone had any advice on fixing my front end, should i put it back OEM, or would it be better to go ahead and upgrade my front end.

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    - 3 inch body lift
    -35 inch tires on 16inch rims
    - 2 1/2 inch coil spacers w/ add a leafs in the back
     
  2. Jun 30, 2010 at 6:35 AM
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    Sorry about that i updated my post.
     
  3. Jun 30, 2010 at 6:41 AM
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    Upgrade it, and by that I mean lose the spacers. Did you happen to jump it?
     
  4. Jun 30, 2010 at 6:45 AM
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    Im not sure what you mean by jump it, but i was going 65 mph and hit a bump. So you think i should lose the spacers, and replace all the parts OEM? Would the spacers cause my suspension to feel stiff?
     
  5. Jun 30, 2010 at 7:16 AM
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    Yes, and they may be what caused the damage. It may be difficult to find OEM UCAs. I would suggest getting Camburg or Light Racing or even Total Choas UCAs, a set of Billy 5100s with a 1/4" top plate spacer. The ride will be a lot smoother. There are also higher end coilovers available that won't require the top plate spacer for the full 3".
     
  6. Jun 30, 2010 at 7:29 AM
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    Also would you recomend a Differential Drop for my situation?
     
  7. Jun 30, 2010 at 7:41 AM
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    It certainly won't hurt. Go for it.
     
  8. Jun 30, 2010 at 9:43 AM
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    thanks for all your help, i will be posting the status/results.
     
  9. Jun 30, 2010 at 11:54 AM
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    1995-2004 Toyota Tacoma - Bilstein 5100 Series Leveling Strut / Shock (Adjustable 0" to 2.5" FRONT Lift)

    Im looking at these for my front end, and it says strut/shock and i know a strut is a combination of different suspension parts, so does this item replace the shock and the coil?
     
  10. Jun 30, 2010 at 11:57 AM
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    It only replaces the shock. You reuse your stock coil. Check these vendors out

    www.wheelersoffroad.com
    www.toyteclifts.com
    www.downsouthmotorsports.com

    All are registered vendors on the site and have OUTSTANDING customer service. Toytec has a member discount also.
     
  11. Jun 30, 2010 at 8:11 PM
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