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Poll: UCA upgrade and ride

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by timswheelin, Oct 24, 2009.

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Your 3" Lift (any type) and UCA's: hows your ride?

Poll closed Nov 23, 2009.
  1. Stock UCA's - rides great!

    6 vote(s)
    21.4%
  2. Stock UCA's - not so good a ride, want to upgrade...

    5 vote(s)
    17.9%
  3. Aftermarket UCA's - rides great!

    17 vote(s)
    60.7%
  4. Aftermarket UCA's - should have spent $ on something else...

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Oct 24, 2009 at 2:49 PM
    #1
    timswheelin

    timswheelin [OP] New Member

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    Greetings! My first post here. I have been lurking on the forums for a couple of months contemplating a 3 inch lift and other fun goodies, as well as enjoying reading all the great stuff everyone has to share. I’ve decided to go forward with the 3 inch lift. After tons of thread readings I got really confused because so many people seem to think a UCA replacement is necessary if you don’t want to have a truck that wanders, loose steering, et…

    I have spoken with reps from 4 different manufacturers/retailers who make or sell them and they ALL say that it’s not necessary to replace them with this lift AND have a vehicle that drives/handles correctly and comfortably (now we’re talking light use here, not bottom-dropping serious OR stuff).

    So… why are they NOT trying to sell these when so many people here insist they are highly recommended. Please Post your thoughts and experiences.

    Thanks and glad to be posting! Tim
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    P.S. Totally unscientific and very subjective poll here, but hey, polls are fun right!
     
  2. Oct 24, 2009 at 4:13 PM
    #2
    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    At 3" lift, the alignment is going to be at the max end of the spectrum. For example, Toe may be 0*, but Camber will be close to 1*, and Caster will be below 1*. Sure, your truck will Drive ok. NUT, it will wear tires faster, and be prone to wandering, or bumpsteer. I recomend them, as Being as you spent extra money to buy a Toyota, it would be in the trucks best interest to spend a little more on the suspension and have it be returned back to the geometry in which it was engineered to have.
     
  3. Oct 24, 2009 at 4:15 PM
    #3
    gupster88

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    it way buy far the best buy for me when i bought my LR uca's. my truck rides so much batter and handles a lot better too. aftermarket uca's all the way!
     
  4. Oct 24, 2009 at 4:31 PM
    #4
    straycat241

    straycat241 maXXXed out mid travel

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    if you want some cheap priced uca's Camburg makes balljoint style ones that will save you $$ vs uniball style and they also corect alignment issues that happen when lifting a truck when i first had my truck i had toytec coilovers on my taco and had them cranked up too high and broke the seal on my ball joints
     
  5. Oct 24, 2009 at 5:31 PM
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    SC4333

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    Your poll should probably state ''stock UCAs, how does it handle'', instead of ride. The effect on ride will be minimal, the handling of the truck at highway speeds is where you will feel a drastic difference.
     
  6. Oct 24, 2009 at 6:13 PM
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    timswheelin

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    Thanks for the input. What you've suggested is precisely what i meant so those taking the poll please note that HANDLING is what was meant by RIDE. :)

     
  7. Oct 25, 2009 at 6:07 PM
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    pataco

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    spend the xtra,and do it right.sounds like the lrucas r the ones for u.good luck.
     
  8. Oct 25, 2009 at 6:08 PM
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    THXEY

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    i wouldnt know i have never ridden in a truck with aftermarket ucas soooo my stock ones ride great!
     
  9. Oct 25, 2009 at 11:52 PM
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    rzimm001

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    King 2.5 coilovers w/ resi and adjustable compression. Factory spindles w/ ALLPRO gussets. Total Chaos tower gussets. Energy Poly cab mounts and steering rack mounts. Light Racing UCA's. Glassworks fenders. DMZ bed cage. King 2.5x14 smoothbody remote resi shocks in the rear. Icon progressive add a leaf 1.5" lift. Race radio (2meter). Removed swaybar. Removed front mud flaps. Removed secondary carbon air filter. Magnaflow exhaust. Phram fresh air cabin filter. Sirius satellite radio. HID headlights high/low beam and fog lights. Remote start system. K&N replacement filter, After market stereo with 10" subwoofer, Grillcraft grill, custom fabled roof rack with 7" HID's, TRD seat covers.
    Do it! Big difference in handling characteristics. Well worth the money
     
  10. Oct 26, 2009 at 2:16 AM
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    09tacoLI

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    I have Total Chaos ucas and over a 100mph alot and my truck is straight as an arrow.
     
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