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New lift using Tundra rear shocks.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by creedler, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Aug 17, 2011 at 2:13 PM
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    creedler

    creedler [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for all your help DSM and Toytec, I would recommend using either company. Truck specs: 2010 taco, access cab sr5, NO rear tsb, 285/70/17 Dick Cepek Tires, matte black Raceline Raptors. Here are the parts used:

    From DSM:

    Bilstein 5100's front &
    Bilstein 5100's Rear '99-06 Tundra fro 2"-3" Lift part # RCD-BE5-B110-T5

    From Toytec:

    Toytec/Eibach front coils.
    Light racing uca's.
    Front 1/4 spacer to fix driver side lean.

    Parts used from old fatbobsgarage.com spacer lift:

    2in leaf
    Front diff. drop kit
    U Bolts.

    Overall I'm very happy with the performance of the lift on and off road. Drives a lot better than the spacer lift. The rear shocks are very smooth and make the truck have a slight rake. However with the added weight from my canopy (when I put it on again after I paint it) the truck sits almost level. one side note: I had to use a floor jack to compress the rear shocks to install them.

    My only concern was the removal of the factory UCA in the first picture you can see me holding up the UCA bolt. Did Toyota put my bolts in backwards? You can see the discoloration of the sheet metal where I had to bend it to remove the bolt. When installing my Light Racing UCA's I simply put the bolt in from the other end. That should be fine correct? Has anyone else had this issue removing factory UCA's? If so did you cut the bolt, bend the sheet metal, etc. etc.?

    Here are some pictures of cv angles, a little baby flex, and some installing shots.

    Let me know how everything looks or if you have any questions!

    Max

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  2. Aug 17, 2011 at 2:32 PM
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    creedler

    creedler [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Damn I didn't even think of greasing. I cleaned everything throughly though. The whole process was a learning experience to me. I'll grease them up soon.
     
  3. Dec 31, 2011 at 4:46 AM
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    Darth Tater

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    I am new to Tacos, not Toyotas. I am running a 2.5" toytec front spacer lift, and the rear non TSB AAL. Are you using the Tundra shocks on both ends or just the rear? Do you think it would be possible to thow a set of these under the back of my Taco? I am curious, I use my truck to tow, haul, and off road occasionally. Any info would be helpful.
    Darth
     
  4. Jan 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM
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    What is a TSB?

    I get AAL (Add-A-Leaf). What I can gather about TSB is that it's something the dealer has to do, it might even be a fix or an upgrade of the rear suspension. Is it just another set of stock leaf springs? I just can't figure it out. Acronyms man. :notsure:

    Thanks in advance for answering newb questions. Respect!
     
  5. Jan 1, 2012 at 2:14 PM
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    TSB = Tech Service Bulletin
    There are many but the one you speak of is the Suspension TSB.

    Background....
    US Tacos are deigned to haul "air" because that's what most of them haul.
    If you try to haul a max load it will hit the bumpstops. Some owners complained of a "harsh ride when loaded" and Toyota developed the Suspension TSB.

    They take off the 2+1 spring packs and replace with a 3+1 pack. Some models get new shocks as well.
    You must have the correct model and be less that 36K or 3 years to qualify.

    The TSB springs are better then stock but they're not the end all, do all.
     
  6. Jan 1, 2012 at 2:17 PM
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    i wonder why the Valving is so stiff on the 5100's, I collapsed my foxes with no difficulty to install them?
     
  8. Jan 2, 2012 at 8:22 AM
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    wait you said it was extremely difficult??
     
  9. Jan 2, 2012 at 2:02 PM
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    When you go to the dealership, you need to be inside the 36/36 and you need to say "harsh ride when loaded" Depending on the dealership, they may or may not give you crap about this. I noticed it on my 06 when I had a four wheeler in the back of the truck. The three spring packs will bottom out when you put anything really heavy in the bed. Some dealerships will help you out, and some will try and talk you out of getting the springs. There is a whole thread devoted to this.
    Here is some info:
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/110700-2011-tsb-leaf-spring.html
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2n...ome-help-me-figure-out-how-2-get-qaulift.html

    Hope this helps.
    If you are out of the 36/36, they probably won't help you, depends on the service manager. I ended up going with a Toytec rear AAL. It helped a lot.
     
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