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Spacer lift resulted in a clunk

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by EvToyRig, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. Sep 25, 2008 at 9:52 PM
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    EvToyRig

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    Anyone notice a light "clunk" from the front end on their yoters after installing a lift? Just lifted the bad SSA and its either upon light breakage at slow speeds or reverse backing out of the garage I notice a new and unique sound I can't find. Tightened everything I could think of and the only thing left on my list is the alignment.

    PS - I wouldn't sell the truck for a smart car anyday. But I would try to run one over given the (safe & unoccupied) opportunity.
     
  2. Sep 26, 2008 at 10:43 AM
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    Jay_bruce

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    Hey,

    Just had that exact same noise. Does it only seem to happen when moving forward or backwards at slow speeds as you brake?

    If so, then I might have your fix-

    Jay
     
  3. Sep 26, 2008 at 11:34 AM
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    Jay, exactly. What's your thoughts pm me. Much appreciated.
     
  4. Sep 26, 2008 at 11:43 AM
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    got the same clunk whats up with it!!!???
     
  5. Sep 26, 2008 at 11:47 AM
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    Zombie Runner

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    same here, i get it when i go from backing up to going forward out of a parking space. sounds like one of my tires is rubbing on plastic...but I know they are not since I have done some trimming.
     
  6. Sep 26, 2008 at 11:50 AM
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    mine does it when i move forward and let off the gas at slow speed
     
  7. Sep 26, 2008 at 11:50 AM
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    Sounds like a driveshaft clunk to me. Remedy with rear axle shims, dropping the carrier bearing slightly, or if you have the $, a 1 piece driveshaft.
     
  8. Sep 26, 2008 at 11:55 AM
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    yes it is definitely the drive shaft i'm hearing. so which is better the shims or carrier bearing drop, both from Toytech
     
  9. Sep 26, 2008 at 11:57 AM
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    Maybe do both if possible do 1 at a time and list your finding here for future members.
     
  10. Sep 26, 2008 at 12:00 PM
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    Shims worked for me. Easy install!:D You can get them from Toytec.
     
  11. Sep 26, 2008 at 12:01 PM
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    I have an improvised carrier bearing drop on my 1st gen. It consists of 2-3 washers added to the 2 bolts that hold up the bearing/driveshaft. It helped. I have no experience with the shims.
     
  12. Sep 26, 2008 at 12:04 PM
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    I installed the shims along with the carrier bearing shims. No troubles here but can't say which one is responsible or if both are needed.
     
  13. Sep 26, 2008 at 12:05 PM
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    I have this as well and I haven't been able to locate it.. It's a metal on metal clank sound from the front end when lightly tapping the brakes going forward and backward. I also hear a rattle from the front end when going over small bumps.

    I have an 06 prerunner and had the spacer lift installed for about a month with no clanks or rattles at all.. But once I replaced the spacers with 5100s and AAL, I started getting the noise in the front.
     
  14. Sep 26, 2008 at 12:05 PM
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    both routes are cheap so i think i might go for the carrier bearing first and see what happens, gona be 2 weeks i'll let yall know
     
  15. Sep 26, 2008 at 1:08 PM
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    Having the same issue, since they are an easy fix, I will do the job myself. What are the Toytec part #'s for the both of them (shims and carrier bearing drop). Will order Monday.
     
  16. Sep 26, 2008 at 1:13 PM
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    does this pertain to 4x2 or 4x4?? if it is for both will this be a must have or buy when you're planning to lift the truck or already lifted the truck since alot of you guys are experiencing the "sound" ??
     
  18. Sep 26, 2008 at 1:24 PM
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    Jay_bruce

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    Here is what the problem and solution was for me.

    Have your front brakes checked. Seems like when the brake pads wear, a small piece of the caliper loosens (towards the inside). My mechanic replaced my pads and resurfaced my fronts and the noise is gone.

    I was freaked that this was a major problem from my 5100 lift, but that was not the case.
     
  19. Sep 26, 2008 at 1:26 PM
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    Dark Knight

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    any 6 lug, use it when lifting but not a must.
     
  20. Sep 26, 2008 at 1:26 PM
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    Thats probably a good idea to get my breaks checked. I'm at 57000 on original breaks.
     
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