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would you paint your new LR UCA?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 225nontypical, May 12, 2010.

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paint new LR UCA'S

Poll closed Jun 11, 2010.
  1. no leave then alone

    36 vote(s)
    50.0%
  2. yes paint to match other components

    36 vote(s)
    50.0%
  1. May 12, 2010 at 12:24 PM
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    225nontypical

    225nontypical [OP] ????????????

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    so my new UCA showed up today i am a trying to decide if i should paint them, i painted my brake calipers blue and i am thinking of doing the same thing. so would you paint yours?

    so i painted them see below for pictures.
     
  2. May 12, 2010 at 12:26 PM
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    colinb17

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    I contemplated doing them silver just so they'd stand out a little more...but then i remembered how lazy i am....

    i say go for it
     
  3. May 12, 2010 at 12:28 PM
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    I was thinking of painting mine when i get them red along with the brake calipers so yeah i say go for it
     
  4. May 12, 2010 at 12:29 PM
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    singlefin

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    If anything powder coat 'em. I used to live in the PNW, and would think twice before I paint anything with just a rattle can.
     
  5. May 12, 2010 at 12:31 PM
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    225nontypical

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    i have a lot of left over brake caliper paint, it is not rattle can but comes in a kit for the calipers so i figured i would just use that i am not sure how well it will hold up. i would think it should do fine?
     
  6. May 12, 2010 at 12:37 PM
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  7. May 12, 2010 at 1:00 PM
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  8. May 12, 2010 at 1:09 PM
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    I say go for it. I like when people add their own personal touches to their mods. :)
     
  9. May 12, 2010 at 1:15 PM
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  11. May 16, 2010 at 1:07 PM
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    do it and post pics!


    i'm debating on painting mine since some of the paint was chipped from shipping
     
  12. May 16, 2010 at 7:24 PM
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    I left mine alone...Thought about painting em red though
     
  13. May 16, 2010 at 8:07 PM
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    225nontypical

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    i did paint them blue, just like my brake calipers. i installed them and they looked good until i had my alignment done. i installed them at 0 position and all the way out. well i guess my last alignment was adjust all the way out because when they got it on the rack i was at 1.6 camber and 4 caster. the guy ended up prying on the uca's to get them lifted up to adjust them, anyway they got all scratched up. it would have happened to the factory black so now i have to repaint them a little no big deal. what i am more worried about is the alignment. the guy adjusted the driver's side UCA all the bay back and the ball joint a lot, but the passengers side he did not adjust at all??? when i got there i ask them to align it to 0 toe and camber and 2.8 caster. when i left they had it at .5 and .3 camber and 2.3 and 2.9 caster. i told them that is not what i asked for and they said it was perfect, and that you want to have more caster on the right side then the left so it will drive straight because of the slant on most roads??

    i now have a wobble (side to side) in my steering wheel at like 40-60 after that it is smooth. they said that was a tire balancing problem. i did buy a life time alignment from firestone so i am taking it to discount tire in the morning to have it rebalanced and then to firestone to try to make them put it at 0 and 2.8 like i asked for.

    long story short i do not want to repaint them until i know they have it right
     
  14. May 16, 2010 at 8:30 PM
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    sounds like a good plan. diffinately get the specs where you want them...the LR UCAs have so much adjustment, there is no way everything's maxed out. make sure to explain or show them how the caster adjustment works (since camper and caster affect each other). the guys at the shop i went to had a hard time figureing it out untill i went back and showed them. your camber should be better.

    i told them:
    0 camber
    0 toe
    2.4-2.8 caster

    initially they tried to ive it back to me with:
    0 toe (left and right)
    .4 L & .3 R camber
    2.8 L & 3.4 R caster

    they said they had maxed out the adjustments...i told them there was more within the UCAs, went back there, showed them, and then they came back a half hour later with:

    0 toe L & R
    0.1 L & 0.0 R camber
    2.7 L & 2.9 R caster

    drives great now!

    as for your vibration in the steering wheel, it very well may be a ballancing issue. i had a similar vibration @ 60-65 MPH. i rotated the tires, and the vibration went away....i'll be getting the tires that used to be on the front ballanced tomorrow
     
  15. May 17, 2010 at 1:52 PM
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    so here are a couple pictures i will need to touch up one because the alignment guy abused it trying to get the alignment right but no big deal. all in all i like the look it makes the break calipers stand out more. i reused the stock bolts installed backwards so if i have to do this again it will not be a big deal. it took me about 2 1/2 hours to get it done i set them at zero (2 degrees caster) and all the way out on camber. let me know what you think good, or bad.

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  16. May 18, 2010 at 6:13 AM
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    those look great. i did my calipers in red, but i'm digging the blue.
     
  17. May 18, 2010 at 8:27 AM
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    naaa. form follows function. you guys wipe things down under the truck? shock tubes, UCA's?
     
  18. May 18, 2010 at 8:39 AM
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  19. May 18, 2010 at 8:53 AM
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    what he said!!!! i learned a long time ago to check the replacement parts every chance i get to make sure they are tight and where they need to be this means keeping them clean once you are done playing.

    i had a shop replace the 1/2 ton leafs on a ford with 1 ton leafs years ago. i did not check the U bolts and they got loose in the end the axle moved enough to have a bearing come loose and wallow out the case. long story short i had to replace the rear-end 6 months after i had new leafs put on i was young and dumb and i did not check other work or know i needed. now i do and i keep checking it.
     
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