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Going back to stock...Losing 6" DB kit. Yes, it CAN be done!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Coolidge, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. Apr 23, 2010 at 9:34 AM
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    Coolidge

    Coolidge [OP] Well-Known Member

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    King coilovers frt +3". Bilstein 5100 shocks rear w/AAL, K&N FIPK, Magnablow exhaust, Billet grill, clear corner lights, Sony stereo, JBL, Sub etc.
    As some of you may know, Im getting rid of the POS TM 6" drop bracket lift on my gen 1 (03 Pre Runner 2wd) 9 out of 10 people have told me "It cant be done" Well, it can. Work started yesterday:
    Parts:
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    The crossmember will be cut/trimmed here @ factory seam:
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    The truck will be trimmed/prepped same spot:
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    These are were measurements are taken w/tram gauge.
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    More to come
    Thursday 4/21/2010:
    The "fun" has begun:
    Prep/clean frame
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    Kit is gone
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    POS TM struts BLOWN/leaking:
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    as it was, and never will be again :)
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    Its going quite well....
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    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v25/Guyster/crash2_10_2010027
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    $hit Kit:
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    Man, I "hope" its straight! lol :D :welder:
    3:00pm same day. Going back together....
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  2. Apr 23, 2010 at 9:35 AM
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    derekabraham

    derekabraham Living vicariously through everybody

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  3. Apr 23, 2010 at 9:36 AM
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    derekabraham

    derekabraham Living vicariously through everybody

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    Is your King shock bent? It looks bent in a few pictures... :confused:
     
  4. Apr 23, 2010 at 9:42 AM
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    sirsaechao

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    I was always under the impression that Prerunner's don't require the cutting of the xmember thus allowing you to be able to go back to stock?
     
  5. Apr 23, 2010 at 9:45 AM
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    No, the top bracket is seperate, and swivels. There is a thru bolt you cant see in pics. Basically that shock will work on many trucks. You just have to get the correct top bracket for your apllication. Not bent
     
  6. Apr 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM
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    derekabraham

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    Got it. :thumbsup:
     
  7. Apr 23, 2010 at 9:49 AM
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    King coilovers frt +3". Bilstein 5100 shocks rear w/AAL, K&N FIPK, Magnablow exhaust, Billet grill, clear corner lights, Sony stereo, JBL, Sub etc.
    Yes, this true if Fabtech kit is used, but this was the POS Trailmaster kit. It requires cutting #2 crossmember on both 2wd & 4wd. The TM kit also eliminates UCA's adding a 2nd strut(!) in its place. Its a TERRIBLE lift kit.
    Im working on the rear today. Losing the 2.5" blocks, but keeping the AAL's. Hoping the Bilsteins will work OK too. My 315's are getting swapped for 285's today as well
     
  8. Apr 23, 2010 at 10:13 AM
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    whippersnapper02

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    When I had my Ranger and was looking for a lift Trailmaster offered a kit. It used ball joint spacers.:eek:

    Looks like you have good welding skills so it should turn out just fine.
     
  9. Apr 23, 2010 at 11:55 AM
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    steve o 77

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    sweet. Definitely a lot of work for the previous owner's mistake.
     
  10. Apr 23, 2010 at 12:33 PM
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    Just like I told you. Trail Disaster not Master.
     
  11. Apr 23, 2010 at 1:47 PM
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    nelson18matt

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    Nice man, your gonna be so much happier. those TM kits are terrifying. what a horrible design.

    what are your future plans? mid travel kit all around?
     
  12. Apr 23, 2010 at 5:13 PM
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    OK, Im done!! Truck is at alignment now. I'll have it back to me Sat AM. Will get pics then.
     
  13. Apr 23, 2010 at 5:18 PM
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    Good job. I never liked the 6" lifts on the 1st gens. The AAL shold work good with 5100s. Thats what i have and it sitts level.
     
  14. Apr 24, 2010 at 12:06 AM
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    Damn that is one weird ass suspension design, it looks so half-ass. Trailmaster must've hired all the grade D engineers, lol.
     
  15. Apr 24, 2010 at 10:31 AM
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    Just back from alignment. Heres a complete pic. Same wheels, no spacers, 285's instead of 35's. Best off, no more DB kit
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    Hytenor: Align specs before
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    Align specs after:
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  16. Feb 16, 2011 at 4:28 PM
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    Finally, another DB hater :D Nice work man!1
     
  17. Dec 28, 2011 at 7:12 PM
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    Great to know i have another option with this lift. Wonder if anyone has gone from a trailmaster to a fabtech or similar DB lift...
     
  18. Dec 28, 2011 at 7:21 PM
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    Yeah, I love shit like that. People seem to forget that metal can be both cut and welded. Or that fabricators can be paid to produce items, such as crossmembers, to custom specifications.

    "Can't be done" on here means "isn't bolt-on".


    Nice work.
     
  19. Dec 28, 2011 at 7:23 PM
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    Good job!!

    That looked like it required a lot of head scratching!
     
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    Ever cross your mind to SAS while you already had all that crap cut out?
     
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