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Uca question post lift installation

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Stevelewey852, Oct 1, 2020.

  1. Oct 1, 2020 at 8:41 AM
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    I had a 3” spacer lift with tubular uca’s installed and there is such a steep angle on the control arm the boot won’t seat on the ball joint. There is also almost no clearance between the spring coil and uca. Doesn’t seem right...
    It seems as if the spindle needs to be extended but I can’t find that option for a 4x4
    Truck is a 2009 trd sport with oem bilsteins with old man emu springs.
    Please help!!

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  2. Oct 1, 2020 at 8:44 AM
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    You pics of the top of the shock tower?
     
  3. Oct 1, 2020 at 8:45 AM
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    Too much lift, SPC's might give you that room but its too must push on the strut.
     
  4. Oct 1, 2020 at 8:46 AM
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    you have a spacer and ome springs? you probably have like 5 inches of lift right now.

    remove that black metal piece thats on top of your shock.
     
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    Which OME Spring is that?
     
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    Struts and springs are oem length
     
  8. Oct 1, 2020 at 8:51 AM
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    so you have old man emo springs or not?
     
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    Oh boy who installed this for you?
     
  11. Oct 1, 2020 at 8:56 AM
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    A buddy in his shop.
    I’ve only drove it like 15 miles
     
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    Can you also take a picture of the lower spring seat as well please?
     
  13. Oct 1, 2020 at 9:00 AM
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    The 885s are providing almost 3" of lift on their own. They're also not a good pair for the factory shocks. You have a couple paths forward.

    • Remove the old man emu coils and put factory coils on. Leave the spacer up top.
    • Put in a bilstein 5100 shock with the old man emu coil. Remove the spacer up top.
    You are currently at WAY too much lift, hence the zero down travel and your UCA resting on the coil. Something has to change.
     
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    I may have miss read the application of them OME coils. I thought they was OEM length
     
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    What kind of shop does your buddy own?
     
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    Not quite. On the plus side, you're halfway there to a decent front end set-up. I highly recommend getting some 5100s, putting the 885s on and ditching the spacer. It'll ride great and keep you at a normal lift.
     
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    This is what you want. Shop and call around to make sure they're actually in stock before you buy. Also in the interim, remove that spacer ASAP if you plan to continue driving around.
     
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    Lol My buddy’s shop is a little small town shop and usually works on your grandmas cars. Doesnt typically install lifts ‍♂️.
    I am welder by trade (actually welding trainer) so no real mechanic skills on my end
    I appreciate all of your help so quickly!
    I also live learning stuff!! Thanks so much!
    I’ll prolly get the adjustable shocks and get rid of the spacer
     
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    That's what we're here for brother. We all have to start somewhere and you did the right thing by asking the question. If you do get the 5100, leave the c-clip as low as it'll go. The bottom mount is what's adjustable (by the c-clip).
     
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