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Upgrading TRD Sport suspension for a better ride?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by mangosmoothie, Jul 14, 2021.

  1. Sep 22, 2021 at 8:29 PM
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    ohcaltexscar

    ohcaltexscar Out of Huckleberry Licorice…

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    I think you’re good, it’s hard not to question yourself with a big purchase like this.
    If it doesn’t work out, hey lesson learned right?
     
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  2. Sep 22, 2021 at 8:31 PM
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    mangosmoothie [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Exactly. unless I can physically drive a truck the exact weight, with exact suspension setup i want to compare, on the exact trails, back to back, I’ll never be able to not question myself.
     
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  3. Sep 22, 2021 at 8:33 PM
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    I have heard on this crazy website called tacomaworld that if you don't run ICON stage 5 and cut to fit 35's and get a roof top tent your truck is just a corolla in disguise......

    RC has been around for a while, it is entirely possible these are products that will make you very happy :) I just like to stick to what is better known, but that doesn't mean it is better for you.
     
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  4. Sep 22, 2021 at 8:56 PM
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    mangosmoothie [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I fully understand this is a dice roll. And fully get why some (most?) of the RC stuff is hot garbage.
     
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  5. Oct 2, 2021 at 6:31 PM
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    New uca seem to have really helped down travel. I’ll get a better pic later. But one side is done!!

    I asked a local fb group what people used for jacks and they called me a moron. Still not sure what the right way to do it is. I refuse to go under the lca. And a jack under 2 pieces of 4x4 is barely enough

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  6. Oct 2, 2021 at 6:33 PM
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    Larry Dangerfield JUST DO IT

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    Stock....for now.
    This guy right here: Many of us on here have it and love it.
     
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  7. Oct 2, 2021 at 7:07 PM
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    Thought about this instead
     
  8. Oct 2, 2021 at 7:15 PM
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    Larry Dangerfield

    Larry Dangerfield JUST DO IT

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    That definitely would work too. The only reason I linked the one I did is that one is considered heavy duty and says it is built for 5000 plus lift cycles which I figured should last me forever or at least a real long time.
     
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  9. Oct 2, 2021 at 7:26 PM
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    I guess I just need to measure the height I need with my setup and go with the highest rated that gets the wheels off the ground
     
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  10. Oct 3, 2021 at 1:01 PM
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    Great success. Exactly what I hoped for. Much better ride off road. Still fine on road with no sway bar on click 3 (there are 8 clicks #1 being softest) again I have nothing to compare to outside of the stock sport suspension but this is definitely better.

    I did have to re tighten the uca bolt. It came loose. I started to hear like a bell sound on the trail lol. The washer was acting like one. Luckily I brought some wrenches with me so no problem. Checked the torque on everything else after I got home and nothing else got loose. I’ll attribute it to install error :rofl:

    I’ll try to get an alignment week after next. I’ll throw the numbers up so we can see how these UCAs do.

    overall I’m very impressed with these rough country parts esp for the price.

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  11. Oct 3, 2021 at 2:48 PM
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    So I have actually personally owned a few different sets on my 2nd gen. I have gone from stock TRD sport suspension, to Billy 5100s, then Fox 2.0 Resi, and now Elka 2.5 DSC (long story short, shock seals don't like -40 winters and neither does my wallet). I also have gone from stock leafs, to AAL to now ARB Dakar medium duty. I do still have the 5100s on the front with the eibach 620 coils. The shocks are meh (actually one has been clicking for years), but the coils ride nice. They are next on chopping block to get swapped to Elkas, but shit aint cheap in Canada and I've been told "our wedding is more important than truck parts". So I have half and half 5100/Elka for now, but the rear is what really makes the difference anyway.

    I research the shit out of everything before (and after:anonymous:) I buy so I've basically become a suspension expert over the years. Id be happy to answer questions.
     
  12. Nov 11, 2021 at 7:10 AM
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    Any updates on the RC stuff? Thoughts good or bad.
     
  13. Aug 17, 2022 at 9:05 AM
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  14. Sep 16, 2022 at 9:18 PM
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    Rumor has it he flip his truck after rough country install and that is why he has not responded yet on updates, currently under investigation
     
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  15. Sep 16, 2022 at 9:55 PM
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    Skid plates and sliders that's it.
    Just a thought... I realize you are discussing a serious suspension upgrade. But I upgraded my 07 sport to 2022 offroad and instantly hated it. The sport shocks actually absorb more but perform less rigorously then even the offroad. If your upgrading the sport suspension because you think it feels rough, you are probably making it worse by stiffening everything..

    I might be totally wrong here. But that's how it sounded.

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  16. Sep 21, 2022 at 11:12 PM
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    For what it’s worth:
    I bought a 2021 Sport
    Got the v1 TRD lift kit and Icon AAL, dealer would not install with AAL instead of lift blocks.
    Put TRD 5100’s from lift kit on with OME 888 springs and Icon AAL.
    Squatty.
    Got Billy 5160’s for rear and put overload springs back on.
    Less squatty.
    Got Deaver Stage 3’s.
    Truck looks rad, but super firm rear with no load (rack, gear, water, RTT).
    Got sad about poor suspension decisions.
    Ordered Fox Performance Elites for all 4 corners. Eagerly awaiting their arrival.

    I hate and successfully avoided this particular reality for a while, but when it comes to suspension, you get what you pay for. On the other hand, some people are better at being happy with what they’ve got than I am.
     
  17. Sep 22, 2022 at 7:13 PM
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    Were you able to add a leaf plus the 2 inch block with the u bolts originally for the block or had to upgrade
     
  18. Sep 23, 2022 at 2:31 AM
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    I never tried, wanted to avoid axle roll on my tiny sport diff.
     

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