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quick lift question

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by subtleshift, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. Feb 17, 2011 at 5:34 PM
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    question is simply if you lift > 2.5" do you need to purchase uca's as to not mess up other suspension components?

    My plan was:

    5100s @ 2.5" w/ stock springs
    5100s in rear
    stock leafs (unless after the 2.5" lift it has too much rake)

    is this a bad setup?
    what problems will I run into front and rear with this setup?
     
  2. Feb 17, 2011 at 5:36 PM
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    this is purely anecdotal, but i was running essentially that same setup:

    5100s @ 2.5" w/stock springs
    5100s in the rear
    toytec long AAL in the rear

    and really liked the ride. it had fairly noticeable forward rake though -- something like 2". but i didn't need uca's. i was still able to get the alignment fairly close.

    i would recommend this set up on a budget.
     
  3. Feb 17, 2011 at 5:38 PM
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    also, i did develop some slight vibrations at freeway speeds, but then installed 3-degree axle shims which moved the vibrations to between 40-55. not super bad, but somewhat noticeable.

    not sure truck-to-truck how much of the same you'll experience, but i thought i'd mention it.
     
  4. Feb 17, 2011 at 5:39 PM
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    ^^ thanks brotha!

    when you say fairly close do you mean ideally it should be better or its totally fine?

    I dont wanna cheap out and then spend twice as much to fix it down the road ya know!
     
  5. Feb 17, 2011 at 5:41 PM
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    oh hey btw...also if I read it correctly prerunners/trd trucks don't require a diff drop right?
     
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    the tech was able to get everything within spec (or dangerously close to it), but i had to sacrifice some caster for toe. i can dig up my alignment sheet if you'd like. it drove fine, and i didn't have any issues with the uca hitting the coils or anything like that.

    i had it like that for 8 months. i just last weekend installed new light racing ucas and eibach coils though so now i'm dead-on on alignment. ride's a bit rougher though, but i'm planning on getting an elite offroad plate bumper so that should even things out. :)
     
  7. Feb 17, 2011 at 5:44 PM
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    correct. you don't have a front diff to drop so... not necessary! :thumbsup:

    edit: well, it's just prerunners, trd or not, that don't require it. any 4x4 can make use of one.
     
  8. Feb 17, 2011 at 5:55 PM
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    ohhh gottya! thanks man...

    well I think I've figured out what I'm gonna do first and then after a lil while of saving maybe throw some uca's on just to make sure its all perfect!

    btw...your truck looks sick with the eibachs...are your billies set to 0 now?
     
  9. Feb 17, 2011 at 5:58 PM
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    damn...I was reading about when springs are bad, now I'm thinking I might just have to save a fat wad of cash and go all out with billies, eibachs, and ucas all at once...maybe new leafs ... dont really wanna do an aal prefer a whole new setup!
     
  10. Feb 17, 2011 at 6:02 PM
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    thanks, man! yep, billies at 0" with the eibach coils.
     
  11. Feb 17, 2011 at 6:04 PM
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    eh, i dunno... my leafs were pretty flat before i threw the aal on there. it made a tremendous difference and at only ~$100 it was pretty cost-effective. the uca's are nice to let you get your alignment spot-on though! there's a GB for the light racing ones that's going through feb. 28 if you do end up going that direction. you'll have to research ball-joint vs. uniballs and make your own decision there though :) way too much info out there. lol
     
  12. Feb 17, 2011 at 7:29 PM
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    will do! thanks for all the help
     
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