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If you have after-market coil-overs and stock UCA's...

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by The_Dude, May 7, 2010.

  1. May 7, 2010 at 6:11 PM
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    The_Dude

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    I lifted my truck a while back ago by just installing Donahoe's (Icon) all around and an add-a-leaf kit in the back. Looked great, but the ride was stiff and I just thought that was my fate for messing with the suspension. Not to mention that with the lift I wasn't able to properly align the front which just snowballs down the line. Last weekend a buddy and I installed UCA's from Total Chaos...makes a huge difference in the ride. I can't believe I didn't put them in sooner. So, if you have the lift already and are looking for another place to dump some cash in the Tacoma...pick up a set of Total Chaos arms. Also, with the arms installed, alignment shouldn't be an issue either, but I haven't taken it in yet.

    JP

    Also, thanks to Chris4x4 who had to hold my hand during the install process and of course, to TW.
     
  2. May 7, 2010 at 6:17 PM
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    chris4x4

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  3. May 7, 2010 at 6:19 PM
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    how high did you have your coilovers set to?
     
  4. May 7, 2010 at 6:23 PM
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    ^ 2.5
     
  5. May 7, 2010 at 8:17 PM
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    I have similar concerns. Just installed SAW 2.0s. I'm at about +2.5 and couldn't get a decent caster number (.87 left and .97 right). Their experienced guy told me it was because I had taken all of the rake out that toyota had designed in. Hah!

    I can't say I dislike my front end ride now. Anything is better than the stock TRD springs and shocks. Overall the truck is riding and driving much better now but I am concerned long term whether aftermarket UCAs might offer better alignment numbers and so forth.

    What year is your truck? Is it a Prerunner or a 4x4?
     
  6. May 7, 2010 at 10:24 PM
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    Defenantly made a difference in my ride! My allignment was off, and after awhile I started to have wondering issues. So I descided to get the TC UCA's. And right after Install, I noticed the front felt more Plush, like it moved/cycled better then before. So I would have to say that there a great thing to invest in. :thumbsup:
     
  7. May 7, 2010 at 10:26 PM
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    I agree...installing UCAs helped out a lot. I love them and you are right a lot smoother.
     
  8. May 7, 2010 at 10:26 PM
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    do you think the ligh racing UCAs would help making a plusher ride? I want UCA's but cant bring myself to spend $700 on a pair
     
  9. May 7, 2010 at 11:13 PM
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    Im sure they will help, but you wont get the articulation that TC's and others have, bc there still a Ball-joint and not a Uni-ball. But they will help with allignment and may help with a smoother ride.
     
  10. May 7, 2010 at 11:16 PM
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    That's is why I went with the Uniball
     
  11. May 7, 2010 at 11:41 PM
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  12. May 7, 2010 at 11:48 PM
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    I'm really looking forward to getting mine aligned so more info will come on that later but my truck is a '99 4x4.
     
  13. May 8, 2010 at 12:13 AM
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    mikesdoublecab

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    yah, you really only want to invest that if you are planning to keep the truck for a long time and not planning to upgrade your suspension down the road...

    there isn't much of a market for used aftermarket direct replacement UCAs for first gen tacos...
     
  14. May 8, 2010 at 9:18 PM
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    Evan, what kind of caster numbers were you able to attain after installing the TCs? Do you still have that info?

    I've noticed that I do still have a bit more 'wander' than I was used to compared with the stock setup. If it gets worse, I will not be happy.

    I will be very interested to see what kind of improvements you get. Were your caster numbers similar to mine without aftermarket UCAs?

    Comparing results with 2nd gens and 1st gen prerunners doesn't seem to help with 1st gen 4x4s. Thanks for the feedback guys.
     
  15. May 8, 2010 at 9:26 PM
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    Sorry man! I dont have that info anymore... But I know they got it way closer to stock. and it feels alot better! :)
     
  16. May 8, 2010 at 9:28 PM
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    Looks like I need to add TC UCAs to my mods list. :eek:
     
  17. May 8, 2010 at 9:33 PM
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    I almost didnt get them, But I knew I was gana keep my truck for a very long time and I wanted my allignment dead on. And not have issues later on with uneven tire wear and what want... So its good investment in the long run I think.
     
  18. May 8, 2010 at 9:40 PM
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    When I decided to go ahead with the lift, it was with the understanding that this is a long term commitment to the truck. So going the next step with TCs make sense in that regard.

    There are several uniball type UCAs available, why did you choose Total Chaos as opposed to some of the others?
     
  19. May 8, 2010 at 9:47 PM
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    Bc at the time I heard that the TC's were/are quieter then others. And were recomended by more people. But mine do make some noise when going over speed bumps and what not, but it really doesnt bother me. Just have to make sure to lube up the bushings really good before install.
     
  20. May 8, 2010 at 9:57 PM
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    Did you get yours from Wheelers Offroad?
     
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