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Selecting a mild lift (TRD Baja TX Pro + Icon AAL)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by crashnburn80, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. Mar 22, 2019 at 8:39 PM
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    I wouldn't think it is much of an 'upgrade' per say, so much as an inexpensive refresh (using low mile take offs) with a 1" front lift. It is basically the same as the 2nd gen setup but 1" taller in the front, though I am unfamiliar if they changed the front spring rates at all. I have seen a few 3rd Gen trucks upgrade to the Baja suspension off the 2nd gen trucks though.
     
  2. Mar 23, 2019 at 10:50 AM
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    Yeah. In hindsight, that's what I should have done. I was working too fast and didn't think that through... :anonymous:

    Pretty sure. I was pretty conscious of the direction required for the AALs. I will remeasure to verify when I get home in a couple of weeks

    Thanks. I am going to enjoy it while it lasts.:fingerscrossed:

    Guess now I need to verify the direction on the AAL and then probably decide what I want to do with the spring pack after I take that clip off of the AAL. Its there for a reason, just don't know what real need/risk is of the spring pack twisting out of alignment. Probably need to reweld the clips or find someone with an OL they are looking to offload.
     
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  3. Apr 4, 2019 at 12:46 PM
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    Are these everything I need to install my Baja TX suspension? I got my kit from eBay, it's new but in an open box. The resi bracket bags are not opened, so I assume they are complete. I opened the other bag because there was a small hole in it, so I wanted to show the contents easier. I didn't picture the spring mounts, both of them were included.
     
  4. Apr 4, 2019 at 12:47 PM
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    Here's the pic, oops.upload_2019-4-4_13-45-48.jpg
     
  5. Apr 4, 2019 at 1:21 PM
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    I believe that looks like everything.
     
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    Thanks!

    You mentioned in a post that you would probably clear coat shocks if you was to do it again. I’ve been looking at different options but not sure what would be best. What would you use?
     
  7. Apr 4, 2019 at 2:42 PM
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    Either that or fluid film them/ the whole frame after install. Guess it kinda depends on if you live in the salt belt or not.. fluid film will be cheaper and easier, but make a bigger mess.
     
  8. Apr 4, 2019 at 2:49 PM
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    I’m planning on using Fluid Film too. I live in Utah, which is not nearly as bad as the Salt Belt States but there is still a substantial amount of salt used during the winter. Thanks for your input.
     
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  9. Apr 4, 2019 at 3:21 PM
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    I would look at using something like Rustoleum clear. Careful to not hit the shock shaft. I did fluid film, it lasted a while but they now have minor surface corrosion. Reapplying is a pain with the shock inside the coil, so the apply once and done before install is more appealing IMO.
     
  10. Apr 4, 2019 at 6:41 PM
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    I was looking at a Crekote product that’s made for aluminum, although it would require sanding down to bare aluminum, which would require removing the shock labels to do it correctly.
    Another possibility is toon-brite which is a marine product which is easier to apply.
    I agree that trying to do anything with the shock body after springs are installed would not be easy, if not impossible.
    Being a Type A personality (perfectionist) is very difficult at times, lol.
    It’s amazingly annoying how easy these shocks corrode. Although Fox and King are worse from what I’ve researched.
     
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  11. May 5, 2019 at 6:56 PM
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    Wanted to say thanx crashnburn80. Been on tacoma world for years. Finally bought a tacoma with low miles and I was willing to put some money into. For my first lift and after reading this thread I went with the baja lift and 265/75/16s. Took longer than I thought to install but was well worth it. Installed it fri and had a chance to do some light of roading today. Nice improvement especially on the highway. 20190329_145142.jpg
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    After
     
  12. May 16, 2019 at 8:59 PM
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    Hmm. Light contact mark at the sticker from what looks like the swaybar bolt.

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    Adjusting the UCAs yet again.
     
  13. May 16, 2019 at 9:17 PM
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    Stupid moment. I thought it was strange my tires started contacting the fender liner, but wanted to adjust them back before this weekends multi-day wheeling trip. Fender liner was not mounted properly after the last go around of the fog installs was the actual issue after cross checking other side. Resetting UCA back to the previous position, adjusting them back away from the shock a bit, and fixing fender liner. :anonymous:
     
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    I'm hoping to install my Baja lift next week, do I need to provide the alignment shop with alignment specs for this lift? Also, can I get the alignment done with the stock wheels or should I get my new wheels on prior to alignment?
     
  15. Aug 9, 2019 at 11:58 PM
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    Alignment specs are stock, so you do not need to provide any additional specs. Wheels should not affect alignment, so it shouldn't matter. But the OCD side of me always likes to get it done after everything is fully set up.
     
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    I installed my Baja suspension and Icon AAL a couple days ago. I clear coated the shock bodies (crashnburn80 idea in initial post) with Eastwood's 2K Aerospray Matte clear, 2 component spray paint in hope to prevent corrosion. I removed the overload spring.

    Before and after measurements (from hub center line to fender) (1/2 tank of gas)

    Before:
    LF 20"
    RF 20 1/2"
    LR 22"
    RR 22"

    After:
    LF 22 3/8"
    RF 22 1/2"
    LR 23"
    RR 23"

    I was thinking the front end looked a little high in my garage but the pic I posted here looks like there is a slight rake, what do you guys think?

    I didn't adjust the alignment after the install, I plan on getting my new wheels and tires mounted next week (my Taco isn't my daily driver) and an alignment at a local shop here. After a few hundred miles I'll take it out of town to a highly rated shop that only does alignments. They said to have the new wheels and tires on the truck when I bring it in, since the new wheels offset isn't stock. I didn't want to drive it over 30 miles on the interstate without alignment done (maybe I'm overly cautious, I don't know).

    After installing the suspension I test drove it 25 miles and I'm very impressed with the improvement over my stock TRD Sport suspension. Less nose dive, corners better, feels more solid and absorbs off road terrain much better.

    Those stock struts look pretty damn weak next to the Baja struts.

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  17. Aug 23, 2019 at 10:23 PM
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    Looks sharp! If the front hasn't settled after a few days you could pro the overloads in the rear to get just a little more rake if desired. I'll be curios to know how the shock bodies hold up with the clear coat over time.
     
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    Thanks, and again thank you for all the great information/knowledge you have shared with us. I'll post updates on how the shock bodies do with the clear coat.

    Here are pics after the alignment and wheels installed.

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  19. Sep 17, 2019 at 2:37 PM
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    I have a few hundred miles on my truck since installing the Baja suspension. When I was under the truck today I noticed the passenger side sway bar doesn't have much clearance. The right side has plenty. I haven't heard anything hitting, is this a problem? I don't remember the clearance being so tight when I installed it. The sway bar looks centered.

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  20. Sep 17, 2019 at 2:52 PM
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    That does look awfully close. Mite seem closer cause of angle of pic. I just went out and checked mine and the passenger side is definetly closer because of the setup for "tacolean". I can put a finger between the sway bar and shock. I have about 12000 miles on mine now with no rubbing andno issues.
     
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