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Issues after lift on 2010 DCab 4WD!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by shawns, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. Dec 16, 2009 at 8:57 PM
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    shawns

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    Here is my original post about my truck, lift, tires, etc.
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/56798-my-new-2010-dcab-4wd-lifted-255-85-16-a.html

    Recap.. 2010 DCab 4wd TRD with Toytec 3" front spacer lift and aal in rear running 255/85/16 Cooper Discoverer tires.

    First off noticed the rear shocks were topping out bad. Added 5100 in rear with out the stud extenders and they are still topping out. Guess I should add the extenders.

    Also had slight vibration from driveshaft after lift. Nothing terrible but noticeable. Added 3 degree shims from Toytec and seemed to be better until towing my utility trailer with hunting golfcart. Did not get worse with towing before shims. WIll remove shims soon.

    I also have the sloppy "wobbly" steering feel when going over small bumps and ruts. Feels like the front left tire is flailing around. I understand it is not, but thats how it feels. Read that its due to slack in the steering shaft. Very disappointed about this if its as common as I've read.

    Understand, I only use my truck offroad at my hunting lease. Not out giving it hell or anything. Just traveling around the lease.

    Considering doing away with front spacers and rear aal and go with 5100's up front set to around 1.5 or 2 inches up front and go with 1.5 aal in rear. May have to step down on tires size if i do this and go with 265/75/16s.

    Any suggestions or feedback would be appreciated.
     
  2. Dec 16, 2009 at 9:12 PM
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    yotarob2005

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    Yeah, I had a spacer lift on my last taco, It was terrible.

    1. Git rid of the shims

    2. get the front 5100's for $200 & ditch the spacers.

    3. thank me tommorow :D

    j/k man, sorry you have had such a hard time, It will get better, the 5100's ride great. They are just as good if not better than stock, even while towing. I only have mine at 1.75", but I have no play or wobble in mt steering wheel, it feels plenty solid. Good luck.
     
  3. Dec 16, 2009 at 9:20 PM
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    I have the wobbly feel in my steering also.
    You need to get aftermarket UCA's (upper control arms) to get the proper alignment.

    The 2 brands that I know of are Total Chaos and Light Racing.
    The Total chaos run in the neighbourhood of 700$ and the light racing ones are 500$.
    Fat bobs garage ( fatbobsgarage.com ) is having a sale on the light racing ones for like 390 bucks.

    I'm not sure if he sells them for the 2010's though.
    I don't know if the 08/09 uca's will work on the 010's.

    Hope this helps.
     
  4. Dec 16, 2009 at 9:22 PM
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    ummmm.... If its the UCA's you're talking about, you should NOT be 'WOBBLY'. Nothing should EVER be wobbly. Wobbly implies with every rotation of the tire, something is 'moving around'. Is this your case or does it just feel wierd because you're at the top of the caster. I got used to it ages ago and it doesn't bother me, can't justify 700 freakin dollars for UCAs. The cost is just plainly outrageous, sorry they can keep their ripoff prices.
     
  6. Dec 17, 2009 at 5:09 AM
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    Concur with ditch the spacer lift and get the 5100s. Keep aftermarket UCAs in the back of your mind.
    If you have loose steering feel in ruts it's probably your tires tracking the ruts and stuff do too crappy alignment. At a full three inches of lift your alignment is out of spec I'm pretty sure.
     
  8. Dec 17, 2009 at 9:04 AM
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    Camburg is another brand for UCA's, go with the uni-ball over stock ball joint if you off road more often.

    You can pick up Bilstein 5100 from wheelers for $175 right now.
     
  9. Dec 17, 2009 at 9:08 AM
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    ditch the spacers and go 5100's at 1.75 and aal or tsb. You will have a nice level truck without alignment problems.
     
  10. Dec 17, 2009 at 9:15 AM
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    The loose feeling is prob due to an alignment issue. The "wobbling" feeling could be a balancing issue with the rims and tires. I just put XD Hoss's and 265/70/17 Michelin LTX A/T 2's on, along with 5100s set at 1.75.

    I had it aligned and it fixed the floating problem. But i still had a vibration and shaking problem through the steering wheel. Apparently the guy that installed my wheels and tires didnt balance it properly. I went and it took it some where else and they got it all zero'd out. Rides nice and firm now! :)
     
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