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Need advice: would you get UCA's?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by MRW, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. Mar 14, 2012 at 8:06 PM
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    MRW

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    Hey guys,

    So I just got my truck aligned with the new suspension installed, which includes the following:

    Billstein 5100 shock
    Eiback coil spring
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    Toytec 1/4" taco lean spacer


    I'm getting about 2.7 inches of lift and after the alignment truck runs smooth and straight. I had the plans of buying some total chaos or camburg UCA's for looks and function, but looking at my results I feel like I should waste the extra 500-700 to buy them and installation.

    Here is my results, any advice or feedback on whether I should get some UCA's or not?

    Please keep in mind I dont go off roading at all! Lol

    I'm on a mobile device so can't copy paste URL until i get to a pc

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  2. Mar 14, 2012 at 8:11 PM
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    if anything you should go with the light racing UCAs, they are affordable and do the job but you really dont need them. you answered your own question by saying it drives straight and stuff. for you the TC/Camburg ones will be no different than the light racing ones except that they will squeak and need maintenance
     
  3. Mar 14, 2012 at 8:19 PM
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    Thanks. I guess I really hate how the suspension looks right now with the stock UCA's. I love the TC and cam burg look! But would not get the most of them
     
  4. Mar 14, 2012 at 8:20 PM
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    camburg makes balljoint ucas that look sick and theyre like 350 i believe, those would work just fine as well and look better than the light racing ones. i just remembered about those haha, i would get that. Light racing looks stock:rolleyes:
     
  5. Mar 14, 2012 at 8:30 PM
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    I plan on getting UCS's when i get my toytec 3" ult. I was thinking of getting total chaos UCS's
     
  6. Mar 14, 2012 at 8:34 PM
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    I'd say go with some aftermarket ones just to be safe if you have the funds. Even though you dont off-road a lot, just the extra extension on the stock ones all the time from the lift just doesnt seem right.
     
  7. Mar 14, 2012 at 9:07 PM
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    I also forgot to mention I have Firestone lifetime alignment so I can go in whenever to get it aligned, which might defeat the purpose of getting aftermarket UCA since I don't off road?
     
  8. Mar 14, 2012 at 9:14 PM
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    I'd say still go with some aftermarket UCA's then you can still go back every once in a while and get the alignment checked.
     
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    so the LR's require more maintenance and squeak? curious cuz I too will be grabbing some new UCAs next month. my tire wear is way off. WAS gonna get the LR's but maybe i wont.
     
  10. Mar 14, 2012 at 9:20 PM
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    No the LR ones require less maintenance. The ones with the ball joints require more maintenance.
     
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    sorry, no i meant the uniball UCAs squeak and require maintenance. the balljoint ones are fine:cool:
     
  12. Mar 14, 2012 at 9:25 PM
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    LR uses balljoints too. as far as a i know the uniball UCAs require all the maintenance and what not
     
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    wait..... wut? lol

    also, since its thread related and could help the OP.. the difference between ball joint and uniball? IIRC the uniball has more travel/articulation but can hit your coil? the ball joint is the opposite? im looking for new UCA's as well and am running a basic 3" kit. no pre running or anything for me. more slow crawling, trails, occasional sand dunes. what type would be best.. on a budget mind you.
     
  14. Mar 15, 2012 at 5:14 AM
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    The Uniball UCA's are the ones that require a lot more maintenance and could develop a squeek.

    The Light Racing and Camburg Ball joint UCA's are not serviceable and have a sealed ball joint.

    The Uniballs will allow for better articulation and I believe the Camburgs have a known problem of hitting the coil on occassion. I don't recall hearing about issues with any of the other uniball UCA's hitting the coils.

    If you're on a budget, you really can't beat the LR UCAs. If you do go with a uniball and live somewhere that sees a lot of salt either from the ocean or salted roads, go for the stainless steel uniballs so they don't pit on you.

    OP, if your alignment is within spec and you think it drives fine, I don't see why you'd spend the money on UCAs unless you needed the articulation for off roading.
     
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    Only the new camburg 1.25" uniball UCAs tend to rub on some coilovers. They're 1" Ucas are fine
     
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    Thanks for the correction, I forgot Camburg had 2 versions of their uniballs :eek:
     
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    Thanks guys that cleard it up. I need them cuz my tires are like this: \ / obviously not to that extreme but you get the point. thats camber right? I know what toe is but Ive always gotten confused by caster and camber. I'm hoping its also why my truck vibrates sometimes, especially during breaking. The wheel shutters like a mad man.
     
  18. Mar 15, 2012 at 7:21 AM
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    Yes, that's camber. Your tires are like that because the shop sacrificed some camber to gain more caster adjustment. Aftermarket UCA's would be a good investment for you!
     
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    Sweet thanks. Yeah, the tire wear is horrid. lol. I'll probably go with LR UCAs then. Any chance that's the reason for my vibes?
     
  20. Mar 15, 2012 at 7:27 AM
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    It could be. Aggressive tires can cause vibrations, I wouldn't swear to it though. Your rotors could be slightly warped also, causing vibrations when you brake hard.
     
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