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Icon coilover question????

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by ETaco23, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:04 PM
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    ETaco23

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    I just Installed my Icon ext. travel coilovers, and was just adjusting them. And I noticed I had to go up to 2" of thread showing on the drivers side to get it to 3" of lift, and the passenger side only 1.5" of threads are showing......

    I know about the taco lean, But a .5" of thread difference is crazy!
    Are these coilovers a 2:1 ratio? (.5"=1" lift)
    Or not?

    Oh! and I did drive it around before re-measuring.:rolleyes:

    Thanks for any insight to this....
     
  2. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:07 PM
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    malander

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    0.5" doesnt really surprise me. Mine leaned by more then that before I put a top plate spacer on the driver side. Your coilovers are a "1:2" ratio as are all front end lifts for the tacoma
     
  3. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:11 PM
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    ETaco23

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    Could I do a 1/2" top plate spacer on the drivers side and a 1/4" one on the passenger?

    Or do one just on the drivers side?
     
  4. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:16 PM
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    jandrews

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    Mine needs about a 3/8ths difference from side to side to be levelish from the taco lean...in other words, driver has about 3/8ths more thread showing.

    The 2:1 ratio is a factor of the control arm articulation geometry, not the type of coilover.

    As long as both sides are within 1/4", call it good.

    I would NOT add a spacer. Dicks up the point of getting adjustable coilovers in the first place.



    Also: Pro Tip: LUBE THE ADJUSTMENT COLLAR AND THREADS. REGULARLY. You'll thank yourself next time you need to tweak them.
     
  5. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:18 PM
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    k. but thats a good idea to do a top plate spacer on the drivers side.. But is it safe or a good thing to do?
     
  6. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:19 PM
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    Safe? Maybe. Good? No.

    Just adjust them offset and be happy. What's the issue here?
     
  7. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:23 PM
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    I just think it would be nice to have both side close to the same preload, instead of one side being stiffer then the other... But if its not that big of deal. Then im fine with how it is.
     
  8. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:25 PM
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    I seriously doubt you're going to notice any difference that matters.

    May I recommend some aftermarket bumpstops to complete your cushy front-end ride?
     
  9. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:29 PM
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    Nah! I think I wil be fine with the stock ones for now....

    Are you running a sway bar Jandrews?
    I just put mine back on bc of the onroad body roll. But I noticed it felt better over bumps without it.
     
  10. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:31 PM
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    God no. That thing came off, I went for one test drive in between suspension adjustments, and it hasn't been back near my truck since.
     
  11. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:34 PM
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    lol..... I think i may keep mine on, bc I dont do much off roading...
     
  12. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:59 PM
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    Yeah my coilovers where about a .5 inch different because of the lean.
     
  13. Mar 31, 2011 at 7:08 PM
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    ^Cool! thanks for the post, thats what I want to hear. :)

    How much thread do you have showing on the drivers side?
     
  14. Mar 31, 2011 at 10:26 PM
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    So who can tell me if its bad to put a top plate spacer on the Icons?

    Say 1/2" driver side 1/4" passenger....
    Is there any negative effects?
     
  15. Mar 31, 2011 at 10:27 PM
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    just crank up the preload a little if you want the lift.
     
  16. Mar 31, 2011 at 10:31 PM
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    Im trying to decrease the preload on the springs to soften up the ride. But I dont want to do it if it could damage ball joints ect.
     
  17. Apr 1, 2011 at 2:21 AM
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    What kinda lube you be talking bout?
     
  18. Apr 1, 2011 at 4:24 AM
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    The teflon stuff for the uniballs works fine for that purpose too.
     
  19. Apr 1, 2011 at 5:11 AM
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    Cool thanks man! Ill do that, heck i cant see it hurting anything.
     
  20. Apr 1, 2011 at 7:18 AM
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    I ordered a 1/4" top plate spacer for the driver side. So that the coilover doesnt have so much preload.
     
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