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Vibration help

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by PaidtoPlay08, Nov 21, 2020.

  1. Nov 21, 2020 at 7:11 AM
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    PaidtoPlay08

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    I have a 2008 double cab tacoma 4.0 V6. Went from complete stock with no problems to a 3" lift. Fox 2.5 coilovers, Fox 2.0 rear shocks with res., Dakar medium duty leaf pack, SPC UCAS. I LOVE this lift. It rides like night and day. I got about 3" exactly in the rear and 2.5" in the front of lift.

    Immediately after this lift I took it to get an alignment to firestone because they were the only ones not booked up. On the way to firestone i had relatively small vibrations starting at 10mph, dying down then again and 20mph to about 30 ish mph. No vibrations at highway speeds. After alignment it still vibrated the same. Installed CB drop spacer that was 1/4". Still same vibrations. Took it back to firestone because they did a shitty alignment job and it was pulling to the right. Alignment got better after second time, Still vibrations.

    Took it to another shop to double check everything. They said everything looked good and they believe i am getting vibrations because of my tires. They said since I lifted it, everything is stretched out and I can feel imperfections in my tires more. To be honest I have had the vehicle a year and rotated the tires maybe once or twice. Less than I should. I have put 20K miles on it.

    Is the tire theory an accurate assumption that could cause vibration? I asked my friend who works as the lead mechanic at a dealership if this is true and he said it could be. Everyone I have talked to also states that I should not be getting any vibrations with only a 3" lift. Any help would be nice. Thanks guys.
     
  2. Nov 21, 2020 at 7:12 AM
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    Does the vibration go away when you shift into 4WD?
     
  3. Nov 21, 2020 at 7:19 AM
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    an out of aligned truck will not cause a vibe, drive line and tires will. a drive line vibe usually comes in at lower speeds like a bad u joint for instants, and will have a higher pitch because the rotation is faster that wheel speed, how bad is the vibe? does it shake the steering wheel? or in the seat?
     
  4. Nov 21, 2020 at 7:26 AM
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    Negative. I tried that actually and it is the same in 4wd.
     
  5. Nov 21, 2020 at 7:33 AM
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    This happened after you installed the lift?
     
  6. Nov 21, 2020 at 7:39 AM
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    Vibration does not shake the steering wheel or the seat at all. When i accelerate, it vibrates at those speeds. about 10mph, slightly goes away, then from about 15-20 is the worst going away again and about 30 disappearing pretty much. Same when I slow down getting worse the slower i get. It's not a BAD vibration, but you can definitely notice it.
     
  7. Nov 21, 2020 at 7:40 AM
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    What size tires are you running and what gears are you using?
     
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  8. Nov 21, 2020 at 7:40 AM
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    Yes. After installation. However I had a shop check over everything and they said it looked good. Should I get another opinion?
     
  9. Nov 21, 2020 at 7:41 AM
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    I have stock 265/70/R16 All terrain tires that came on the vehicle bought at 74K a year ago. Stock gears/Auto trans
     
  10. Nov 21, 2020 at 7:42 AM
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    it may be from the front drive axles at higher angle and you are noticing it more. being that it's on accel suggest it's drive line, assuming it goes away if you let off the accel?
     
  11. Nov 21, 2020 at 7:45 AM
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    Does not go away upon letting off the accelerator. In fact when i gun it, there is less vibration. The slower i accelerate the more i feel the vibration. giving it gas at those speeds or just rolling at those speeds, it still vibrates.
     
  12. Nov 21, 2020 at 7:48 AM
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    I get a mild vibration upon slow acceleration, might just be normal. Maybe take it to another shop to get a second opinion
     
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    i would suggest it
     
  14. Nov 21, 2020 at 7:59 AM
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    Yeah maybe I will do that because this is definitely not normal and didn't happen before. It was also suggested to switch tires with someone to see if that makes it go away before i buy new ones.
     
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    That’s a great idea!
    Solve your after lift driveline vibration kit.
     
  19. Nov 21, 2020 at 11:49 AM
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    Anything over 2 inch's in lift,and have fun with vibes forever.
     
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  20. Nov 21, 2020 at 12:38 PM
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    That's what people say about 3" too so not really sure I agree. I believe this is actually a common problem I just need to pinpoint it.
     

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