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UCA Bolt cut and replace

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by urchim, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. Apr 24, 2017 at 5:48 PM
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    urchim

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    I am about to install new ICON UCA's on my 2016 and been looking at the space where i have to pull bolt out, and seems big pain, seen topics that seem to go 50/50 bending and cutting, so my question is instaling the UCA bolt from top to bottom is there issue with that? noticed that spacing towards the cab is much bigger and easier to manuver, any one has any info why would toyota do such idiotic thing and not provide space to remove and install uca arm bolts eaiser?
     
  2. Apr 24, 2017 at 5:55 PM
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    Alba223

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    Installed the bolt the other way on passanger side. No issues at all. Removing the bolt.. was a different story!
     
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    Justinlhc

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    I can't believe people actually cut the bolt and buy a new one instead of just slightly bending the sheet metal. I bet you could bend it out of the way by hand and avoid cutting and replacing it. It doesn't need to move much(2mm??)
     
  4. Apr 24, 2017 at 7:22 PM
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    geekhouse23

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    On 3 out of the 3 Tacoma specific lift installs I have done, slight bending of the sheet metal is needed. Never had to resort to cutting them at all.
     
  5. Apr 24, 2017 at 7:46 PM
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    not sure ether i am not seeing or 2016 is different but it does not look like a slight bent and looks like have to take few things out also on driver side, is 2016 different?
     
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    Drivers side can be bent relatively easy. Passenger side is not even close, it would require major bending. It can be done but cutting the passenger side bolt is much much easier.
     
  7. Apr 24, 2017 at 7:50 PM
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    The 2016 has more sheet metal in the way than a 2nd gen.
     
  8. Mar 11, 2018 at 12:37 PM
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    Workin' on it....
    Did you manage to get the passenger side UCA bolt removed with just bending? Any tricks?
     
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  9. Mar 11, 2018 at 1:30 PM
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    geekhouse23

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    Yes. I did not cut anything. Channel locks and some force. That's all it takes haha
     
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  10. Feb 20, 2019 at 9:29 AM
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    synaps3

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    Just bumping this because it came up as the first search result on google....

    On the SR5 (possibly all 3rd gens), the metal you need to bend for the passenger side bolt for the upper control arm is too thick to easily move. You need to cut the bolt and replace it.

    There's a reservoir there that isn't on other trims, and it's mounted to a plate on top of the sheet metal of the wheel well. The plate and wheel well are fused, so you literally CANNOT bend the sheet metal out of the way on the SR5. Anyone who disagrees is wrong.

    The part you'll need for the Upper Control Arm Bolt for a 2016 Tacoma is 90105-A0095. Hope that helps people searching for this info, it took me 10 minutes to find that part number too. You just install the bolt backwards when reinstalling; there is plenty of clearance that way.
     
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  11. Feb 20, 2019 at 9:35 AM
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    Not sure if it’s SR5 as much as 2nd vs 3rd gen. I helped a buddy do his UCA’s on his ‘16 TRD OR and the sheet metal / fender is way thicker on the 3rd gen than on my 2nd gen. On his we cut the bolt on the passenger side. On my ‘13 TRD OR, some large channel locks and a pry bar were enough to remove and feed the bolt the proper way down.
     
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