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really trying to figure out how to fix taco lean issues...

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by weimar97, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. Apr 30, 2010 at 7:23 AM
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    weimar97

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    I've got a 2001 PreRunner and have a bit of taco lean that I'd like to get rid of. It appears that the previous owner tried to get rid of the lean by putting plastic blocks in the coil and they obviously no longer work.

    Also, I've recently put on new tires (265/75R16) and have some rubbing issues when turning.

    I'd like to remedy the rubbing issue as well as the taco lean. Even after reading tons of threads on this website (as well as others), I'm not exactly clear on which path to take to fix these issues.

    Will the purchase of 5100 shocks for the fronts resolve both of these problems or is there something else I need to do as well? Thanks for any assistance you might offer....
     
  2. Apr 30, 2010 at 7:24 AM
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  3. Apr 30, 2010 at 7:38 AM
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    billys would probably work but have fun getting them anytime soon,they are backordered everywhere. you could replace the front coils and put a trim packer kit on to fix the lean???
     
  4. Apr 30, 2010 at 7:40 AM
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    KPT sees what you did there.

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    1/4" top plate spacer on the drivers side will work.

    I have 5100's and still have the lean.

    EDIT: Not sure if it's the same for a 1st gen though.
     
  5. Apr 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM
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    Diagnosing the root cause of the lean can be complicated.

    For example, the lean may be most noticable on the front of your truck but it may not be a direct result of only the front springs. A saging back spring can cause the opposite front corner to lift.

    I just finished installing new springs on all 4 corners partially in an effort to address this same 'taco lean' issue. I put adjustable coilover shocks on the front so I could get precise control over how much lift I have plus remove the lean I had in the front.

    The good news is that my front is now very level. No more lean. :yay: The bad news is, the back still has a 'lean', or at least one back corner is about a half an inch higher than the other back corner. It appears that the only way to get rid of it is to put weight on that back corner and then take a little lift out of the opposite front corner. :eek:

    I can get it to look level with about 180 lbs of strategically placed sand bags.
     
  6. May 1, 2010 at 10:46 AM
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    fortunately my lean is not horrible like some say but it's definitely noticeable. The lean, coupled with the tire rubbing, is started to bother me - which is why I am trying to figure out how to fix it.

    Thus far, I am under the impression that a 1/4" plate on the driver's front corner along with Bilstein 5100 shocks in the fronts would likely be the answer I'm looking for. Do I need to replace the coils while I'm at it?
     
  7. May 1, 2010 at 8:44 PM
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    I think you are on the right track with the spacer. Though it mnay take more than just the spacer.

    Doing the same thing to both sides is not going to 'fix' the issue.
     
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