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Upper control arm Q's

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by horwitzs, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. Jun 8, 2011 at 10:38 AM
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    horwitzs

    horwitzs [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Please forgive my ignorance; my prior lift experience is with solid axles.

    I understand why LCAs are necessary for lifts over 3" or so to avoid handling problems.
    Conversely, would handling problems also arise if UCAs are installed on a lift of 2" or less?
    I see they are adjustable... is that for the amount of lift, or alignments (or effectively both at once)?

    Thanks for any help. All I could find searching was info about using them on larger lifts, but if you want to flame my search skills anyway, I have thick skin so bring it on!
     
  2. Jun 8, 2011 at 1:42 PM
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    horwitzs [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I know that.
    I'm wondering the opposite... will you be too far in the opposite direction and have problems if you put the UCAs on a lift that is 2" or less?
    Or is it totally pointless to do so?
     
  3. Jun 8, 2011 at 2:04 PM
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    Thanks PSU.
    I haven't decided yet if I'm going to lift, but if I do it will only be 2".
    I don't want to change the handling of the truck, but it sounds like I can cross the UCAs off the shopping list.
     
  4. Jun 8, 2011 at 2:05 PM
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    TacoFMS

    TacoFMS My turn.

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    what is the main advantage of the uniball style over something like LR UCA? do i just not understand the greatness and power of a uniball?
     
  5. Jun 8, 2011 at 2:12 PM
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    My understanding is that the Uniball allows more down travel than the stock ball joint before it will bind. I am certainly no expert tho.

    Dang. Too slow... what he said^^^
     
  6. Jun 8, 2011 at 2:12 PM
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    TacoFMS My turn.

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    oooooo ok. i can kinda see now. so what if i am looking into getting a set and only occasionally offroad and when i do it is mostly trails with the occasional mud hole. ive also got ome 885's and 90000 shocks up front which would you rec? save money and go with LR or fork out the money and go with a uniball style?
     
  7. Jun 8, 2011 at 2:16 PM
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    bjmoose

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    Yeah, skip the ucas when lifting only 2"

    Check the troubles Nick54 is having getting alignment and rubbing correct.

    One fewer variable to mess with.
     
  8. Jun 8, 2011 at 2:36 PM
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    TacoFMS My turn.

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    o ok thanks PSU. are the LR serviceable? or rebuildable? it kinda looks from what ive seen that they have similar ball joints to the stock UCA's
     
  9. Jun 8, 2011 at 2:56 PM
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    LR has replaceable ball joint.
     
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