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Front end refresh and all new suspension

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Zimm!, May 12, 2020.

  1. May 12, 2020 at 1:49 PM
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    Zimm!

    Zimm! [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, about to order a whole bunch of parts and I wanted to list them and see if you have any recommendations on other things to replace while I'm in there.

    I am at 195,000 miles and I just ordered a complete Old Man Emu suspension kit, and I am going to replace all the front end steering components.

    here is what I am going to order from Toyota:

    Lower Ball Joint Left - 43340-39585
    Lower Ball Joint Right - 43330-39815

    Upper Ball Joint X2 - 43310-39016

    Mount Bolt X4 - 90080-11283 X4
    Adjust Cam X4 - 48409-35050 X4
    LCA Plate X4 - 48452-35020 X4

    Inner Tie Rod X2 - 45503-39075
    Outer Tie Rod Left - 45047-39175
    Outer Tie Rod Right - 45046-39295

    Poly Bushings:
    Power Steering Rack bushings from Energy Suspension
    Sway Bar bushings form Energy
    Tie rod end bushings from energy (they make an octagonal shaped one and a round one, does any one know what the difference is or which ones I should order? or should I just use the rubber ones that come with the new tie rod ends from Toyota?
    Lower Control Arm bushings from Whiteline
    Control Arm Bushing set from Energy (Whiteline doesn't make upper control arm bushings, and I could not find anyone that sells just upper control arm poly bushings, please let me know if you can).

    I am going to lube everything with SuberLube

    any help/recommendations/tips and anything you can supplement me with is greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. May 12, 2020 at 2:01 PM
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    High Noon

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    I did all of that fun stuff recently. Tie rod end bushing has me stumped. Where would it go?

    Buy a tub of Energy Suspension poly grease and use liberal amounts. Good luck not getting any on you. ES UCA bushings are fine. Hopefully you don't have to cut out your LCA's. If you do, be careful.

    I couldn't get the shell out of the LCA's (too rusted) so I used ES bushings instead of WL.
     
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  3. May 12, 2020 at 2:26 PM
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    GQ7227

    GQ7227 mw survivor

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    are you also replacing the steering rack??
    i have the beginnings of a leak in mine i think, will be under observation
     
  4. May 12, 2020 at 3:18 PM
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    Zimm!

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    ya tie rod end bushings don't make sense haha, just looked under my truck and there's definitely no bushings hahah.

    why do you say use energy suspension poly grease? just curious.
     
  5. May 12, 2020 at 3:18 PM
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    Zimm!

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    I don't plan on replacing the rack.
     
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  6. May 12, 2020 at 3:53 PM
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    Mostly because some folks around here were complaining about squeaky poly bushings. Apparently, loading up these bushings with that nasty stuff will prevent it. I did it because I don't want to get back in there.
     
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  7. May 13, 2020 at 7:56 PM
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    xtwillie

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    That's definetly a good place to start. I would definetly go to your local parts store and rent the tool to remove the old ball joints and what not makes life super easy and its free after all said and done. good luck with the lower cams. there is a good video by timmy showing how to remove lower bushings from control arms cause they are no fun
     
  8. Nov 10, 2020 at 9:30 AM
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    Brahms

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    Did you complete this project? I'm about to do the same thing and would like to know if there were any key takeaways? Any unnecessary parts?
     
  9. Nov 12, 2020 at 7:56 AM
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    Zimm!

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    I have not, sorry. but watch Timmy the Toolman's videos on youtube he goes over everything.
     
  10. Nov 12, 2020 at 8:23 AM
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    i just did mine. I got upper and lower BJ and Bilstein 6100 ride height adjustable shocks, and R&P bushing kit and end links. I also just did the tundra 13wl brake upgrade too. stops like a Ferrari now.
     

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