1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

My Front End Fix-UP! UCA's and.. LBJs?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by 06RadiantRed, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. Mar 3, 2011 at 3:11 PM
    #1
    06RadiantRed

    06RadiantRed [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2010
    Member:
    #47907
    Messages:
    412
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ryan
    CA-Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    2006 Tacoma 4x4 TRD Off Road - RadRed!!
    ICON ext. Travel Coilovers, TC UCAs, Fox 2.0 FJ Rear Shox + 2"AAL rear
    So its time for me to finally go back through my truck after a few months of Post Lift driving.

    Issues:

    -Terrible Pop noise from front end. Did this before lift, but slowly getting worse. Starting to scare me. Does this while: braking, turning, reverse after stopping, going over bumps. Any combination. I do not think its brake pads. Way too loud.

    -Typical steering "wander" when driving on the highway

    -Really bad creaking up front after my last Tahoe trip. When front suspension is compressed while braking

    Plan:

    - Get some Light Racing or Total Chaos UCAs for the wander

    - Lower Ball Joints if I determine somehow that mine are currently bad. Advice on this?

    - Wash then lube anything i can think of up front for the creaking. Thoughts on this? Sway bar?

    Main questions:

    When I get the UCAs and have my front end realigned, I have noticed people request certain numbers for their alignment. How is this determined, or what do I need to know to tell them before I get it done?

    Best way to check your lower ball joints? What else would make a really loud POP noise? Iv read about the brake pads, i dont think that is it. I will check my LCA bolts, but it did this before and after the lift and first alignment, they should have tightened them if they were loose!


    Thanks for taking a read!


    Also, I bought the truck with 64k miles. I'm at 70k now. I don't drive it hard, but not sure about the previous owner.

    The other weekend after a very snowy 60 miles on highway 50.

    snowy.jpg
     
  2. Mar 3, 2011 at 3:59 PM
    #2
    Mxpatriot

    Mxpatriot Busted Knuckles Fabrication

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2009
    Member:
    #26163
    Messages:
    2,766
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Chase
    Vehicle:
    '06 4x4 AP LT
    Money pit.
    Advice: Lift the front end of the truck off the ground and grab each tire and shake. If there is play, figure out where it is coming from and fix it. Obviously ensure the truck is on a very secure set of redundant jackstands.
     
  3. Mar 3, 2011 at 4:12 PM
    #3
    udy2554

    udy2554 NORTHERN RED-NECK

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2010
    Member:
    #46394
    Messages:
    1,874
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    John
    Naples, NY
    Vehicle:
    '06 Tacoma TRD Sport
    Toytec ULK, Light Racing UCA's, OME Dakar rear leaves, ARB Bumper with XRC8 winch, Good Year Duratracs 285/70/17's on 17x9" Level 8 Strike 6's. Leer cap in the winter. Pioneer Double Din with BT, iPod, etc. Boston Acoustic components in all 4 doors with a Sony amp, powered 8" sub. Ultra gauge, Tom Tom...
    Could the popping be coming from binding in the front axle joints?
     
  4. Mar 3, 2011 at 4:33 PM
    #4
    06RadiantRed

    06RadiantRed [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2010
    Member:
    #47907
    Messages:
    412
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ryan
    CA-Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    2006 Tacoma 4x4 TRD Off Road - RadRed!!
    ICON ext. Travel Coilovers, TC UCAs, Fox 2.0 FJ Rear Shox + 2"AAL rear
    I will try this, I feel like it will be hard to get enough pressure on it though.

    Its a good thought, but the fact that is will happen while doing things that should not bind the axle makes me think otherwise. I wont rule it out though, how to check this or can i?
     
  5. Mar 3, 2011 at 7:15 PM
    #5
    black cx

    black cx Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2009
    Member:
    #24476
    Messages:
    528
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Chris
    Bay Area, CA
    Vehicle:
    2010 Tacoma 4x4
    whats your lift setup?
     
  6. Mar 3, 2011 at 10:20 PM
    #6
    06RadiantRed

    06RadiantRed [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2010
    Member:
    #47907
    Messages:
    412
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ryan
    CA-Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    2006 Tacoma 4x4 TRD Off Road - RadRed!!
    ICON ext. Travel Coilovers, TC UCAs, Fox 2.0 FJ Rear Shox + 2"AAL rear
    I have a basic toytec 3" lift. the 884 springs with AALs in the rear
     
  7. Mar 4, 2011 at 12:23 AM
    #7
    06RadiantRed

    06RadiantRed [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2010
    Member:
    #47907
    Messages:
    412
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ryan
    CA-Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    2006 Tacoma 4x4 TRD Off Road - RadRed!!
    ICON ext. Travel Coilovers, TC UCAs, Fox 2.0 FJ Rear Shox + 2"AAL rear
    I have actually just replaced both wheel bearings in the last few thousand miles. The noise is one very large pop. I can feel it in my feet when they are on the floor.
     
  8. Mar 4, 2011 at 12:35 AM
    #8
    S.B.

    S.B. Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2009
    Member:
    #18838
    Messages:
    3,562
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Sean
    SD, CA Now in Colorado Springs, CO
    Vehicle:
    08 Taco 4x4 TRD OffRoad Rugged Trail
    SAW 2.0s, Wheeler's 3-leaf AAL, On Board Air, 255/85/16 Cooper Discover S/T, CBI Sliders, Built right UCAs, 6" Harbor Freight Lights (converted to HIDs), KC Slim Lights.
    Make sure all of your suspension bolts are tight. To check the LCA ball joint: Try to make the wheel (when truck is off the ground) and see if there is play in it, or you could check it by removing the 2 bolts the hold it to the LCA and move it around to feel if it rough. Make sure you torque it to spec (step 3 of pics, this is from the FSM) I also put some lock-tight on the bolts, because it looked like there was some from the factory and it can't hurt.
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Mar 4, 2011 at 6:33 PM
    #9
    06RadiantRed

    06RadiantRed [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2010
    Member:
    #47907
    Messages:
    412
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ryan
    CA-Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    2006 Tacoma 4x4 TRD Off Road - RadRed!!
    ICON ext. Travel Coilovers, TC UCAs, Fox 2.0 FJ Rear Shox + 2"AAL rear
    Ill recheck all of this over this weekend, thanks. Iv had the front end partially apart about 6 times now to replace CVs and the damn needle bearing on the driver side. So it shouldnt be the lower bolts but i cant remember checking the upper ball joint bolt there.


    I think im going with the Total Chaos arms, just sold my stock wheels so i have some extra cash to throw towards them. About the alignment, do I need to ask/say anything special for them to get this right? I usually just go to Wheelworks here in CA... if thats good or bad i dont really know. They have always done an OK job.
     
  10. Mar 7, 2011 at 1:51 AM
    #10
    06RadiantRed

    06RadiantRed [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2010
    Member:
    #47907
    Messages:
    412
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ryan
    CA-Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    2006 Tacoma 4x4 TRD Off Road - RadRed!!
    ICON ext. Travel Coilovers, TC UCAs, Fox 2.0 FJ Rear Shox + 2"AAL rear
    Good news!

    Got a chance today to check it over. The problem was the lower rear control arm bolts, they were both loose.. Only a few footpounds on them. Cranked both of those down, and everything seems to be good. I had my dad drive a few feet, jam on the brakes. Then reverse and step on them again. When it would pop, i could actually see the rear bolt on the back end of the right side LCA shifting up and down. It was wet here today so that seems to have quieted the creaky noise for now, but i think it was also coming from the LCA rear joint as well. Thanks for the suggestions guys, really appreciate it!

    Now to buy some UCAs. Which ones? TCs look great but i cant figure out if its worth the extra cost over the LR. Hmmm I'm sure this one has been debated a few hundred times.
     
  11. Mar 10, 2011 at 2:09 PM
    #11
    06RadiantRed

    06RadiantRed [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2010
    Member:
    #47907
    Messages:
    412
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ryan
    CA-Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    2006 Tacoma 4x4 TRD Off Road - RadRed!!
    ICON ext. Travel Coilovers, TC UCAs, Fox 2.0 FJ Rear Shox + 2"AAL rear
    Well i found that sweet Group Buy from Metal Tech 4x4, decided to get my TC UCAs from there, and somehow got a set of extended travel ICON coil-overs for the front as well. I dont know what happened! They make it way too easy to buy things on the internet these days haha.

    Should i wait to install the UCAs until i get the ICONs? They were shipped separate, 3 weeks out for the ICONS because of back order. I know i need to get an alignment after the UCAs, not sure if the new coil-overs will have any effect worth waiting is all.
     
To Top