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Universal joints seem to be binding...

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by OSUjake, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. Mar 8, 2010 at 6:33 AM
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    OSUjake

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    I just put on a Toytec 3" lift on my 02 Taco TRD 4X4 Ext Cab. The people who put it on, didn't put the leaf springs in the rear. I seem to be getting binding on the universal joint, especially backing up. Can anyone help me on this problem? I talked to a Toyota Dealer and they don't think they can help me.
     
  2. Mar 8, 2010 at 6:36 AM
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    drew02a

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    If you lifted the front and not the rear, it shouldn't affect the rear drive shaft.
     
  3. Mar 8, 2010 at 7:00 AM
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    There is a big bar on the rear leaf springs, but I don't know if it came with the toyota or someone added it on...
     
  4. Mar 8, 2010 at 7:02 AM
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    Picture?
     
  5. Mar 8, 2010 at 7:11 AM
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    x2 :popcorn:
     
  6. Mar 8, 2010 at 7:16 AM
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    This straight bar is about inch thick and tapered on each end and it's about 2 - 3 ' long. It's sitting on the bottom of the leaf springs.
     
  7. Mar 8, 2010 at 7:31 AM
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    That would be an AAL. That is part of the rear lift.
     
  8. Mar 8, 2010 at 7:33 AM
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    Do they look like the bottom pieces?
     
  9. Mar 8, 2010 at 7:48 AM
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    yes, but it seems to be straight...
     
  10. Mar 8, 2010 at 7:51 AM
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    I think the UV joints are binding and it doesn't roll very good at all and it seems like the hand brake is on, especially when I have it reverse.
     
  11. Mar 8, 2010 at 7:59 AM
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    sounds like the bar is your overload spring
     
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    I'd jack the rear up by the bumper and let the rear drop out fully and spin the tires and see what happens. u-joints shouldn't be binding at 3" of lift.
     
  13. Mar 8, 2010 at 8:08 AM
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    Maybe they were in marginal shape to begin with and are acting up now that the drive angle has changed?

    Replacing the U-Joints is cheap especially if you do it yourself.
     
  14. Mar 8, 2010 at 9:34 AM
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    x2 the u-joint has probably gone bad mine have and are making really bad noises.
     
  15. Mar 8, 2010 at 9:36 AM
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    Could also just be too high of an angle. If new U-Joints don't solve the problem, the next thing to try will be getting a CV drive shaft and angling up your rear diff with shims.
     
  16. Mar 8, 2010 at 10:29 AM
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    I went to Chux Trux and they said the round front motor mounts shims need to be installed. That should relieve the UV binding...... Thanks everyone, Dave
     
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