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Vibration after lift

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Abes, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Mar 21, 2011 at 7:49 PM
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    I recently lifted my '03 DC and noticed that I have a vibration between 20-30 mph. It's very strange as it only happens during that speed wether slowing down or speeding. I dropped the front diff an 1'' during the lift and got an alignment as well. The tires are brand new and it never did it prior to the lift. It almost feels like its coming from the driveshaft.

    Anyone have something similar happen?
     
  2. Mar 21, 2011 at 10:06 PM
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    What kind of lift do you have? Did you also lift the rear?

    Post lift I had a very similar vibe. I dropped the carrier bearing about .5" and it cleared it up.
     
  3. Mar 22, 2011 at 2:58 PM
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    thats most likely all ya need OP,just to change the pinion angle a degree or so. axle shims or a CB drop will fix you up.
     
  4. Mar 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM
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    Yeah, Im also having this slight vibe around 20. If the carrier bearing is not corrected will it hurt anything? I dont mind the vibe but I dont want anything damaged either.
     
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    ^^^^not sure if it will damage anything,try lowering the cb about 3/8'' see if that helps man. vibes suck.
     
  6. Mar 22, 2011 at 4:45 PM
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    Ok, I will give it a try. Luckily I rarely drive at the speed it vibes at, good thing it doesnt do it at 40 or 50 I would go crazy. hahaha
     
  7. Mar 22, 2011 at 4:50 PM
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    Do the Carrier Bearing drop block first because it only takes about 5-10 minutes to do, that should clear it up. I had a little vibration around 15 mph and the that cleared it up on my 2nd Gen. I would do the shims last if it is persistant because they take a little bit longer to do. You will have to seperate the leaf pack and install the shim and maybe a new longer centering bolt.
     
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    Im assuming theres probably a write up on the carrier bearing drop block, Ill have to check it out. I would rather keep my leafs alone if I could, they can be a pain in the !!!!!! :D
     
  9. Mar 22, 2011 at 5:03 PM
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    no write up but heres some pics

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    Ok thankyou for the pictures guys. So I can try the shims and if it doesnt solve it the block may be my best option. The truck is smooth at all other speeds so I dont know if 80 dollars on a block is worth it, I will probably wait until the front is done and the truck is aligned and then weigh my options. The shims looks like a good plan.
     
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    I actually found the CB bracket to help more and it was easy to install on my 2nd Gen. The shims may or may not solve your problem. Do the CB drop block first.
     
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    Dropping the carrier bearing is by far the simplest and easiest mod I have done to my truck. :rolleyes:
     
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    I just got a 1.50" lift done to my 2011 Tacoma and I am getting a very slight humming/vibration at about 50 to 60 mph. Not sure what this is, never had it before. And , where is the Carrier Bearing if it is the problem, not sure where the bearing is. Thanks in advance!
     
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    Had this after I first installed my original 3" lift. Exact same vibe problems y'all just mentioned.

    Save your time, I have searched this place dry.

    It's not the drive shaft, your CV joints aren't running at stock angles. Your front diff needs to be dropped even more. Fixed my vibes immediately.
     
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    Have you had a front wheel alignment done since doing the lift? The carrier bearing is the center support bearing on your rear driveshaft.

    I would agree that the higher speed vibe is likely in the front end not the rear driveshaft. And on a 1st gen, a diff drop can be an effective solution. Unfortunately for 2nd gens, it is not nearly as effective because of the design of the 2nd gen diff.
     
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