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Yotamafia kit or Old Man Emu (suspension/lift)?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by BradleyS, Jul 30, 2022.

  1. Aug 4, 2022 at 5:23 PM
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    sonoran

    sonoran Big Loop

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    Tires: BF Goodrich TA KO2 235/85-16 Matching Spare (in rotation) Rear Suspension: King 2.5 shocks Custom Alcan springs OME greaseable shackles Front Suspension: King 2.5 coil overs Total Chaos UCAs New OEM LCAs Total Chaos Steering knuckle gussets Total Chaos Steering rack bushings Rear Diff: ARB locker (Zuk-Built diff) ARB HD Compressor Rear diff breather extended Armor: Custom full-coverage skid plates Stubbs sliders CBI rear bumper CBI Frame plates Engine: 3RZ Custom over leaf spring exhaust LCE Heavy Flywheel, Pro clutch LCE Stage 1 Head LCE Stage 1 Cams LCE Balance Shaft Delete Bed: Flip-PAC Camper Spray-in bed liner Footman’s loops Canyon Cooler KIST bottle opener Recovery: Custom and very complete tool/service kit including angle grinder and impact HiLift (I know how to use it) and/or Solo skid floor jack depending on trip Glock e-tool (shovel) Strap Interior: Fire Extinguisher Saddle Blanket seat cover Alpine sound Exterior: Anza Headlights WeatherTech wind deflectors “One Less Sprinter” bumper sticker
    I drive a lot of off-road and after 15-years of replacing OME and Bilstein shocks every few years I got Kings on all 4 corners. It’s a financial hit up front but the performance is in a different league! Totally stable on washboards, takes pothole hits at 70MPH, they don’t fade, I can revalve to my liking and rebuild when necessary. They have 40k/mi on them now and still feel fresh.
     
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  2. Aug 4, 2022 at 8:54 PM
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    4xdog

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    My 2003 DC had a previous owner’s lift kit (Bilsteins, SPC control arms, blocks on rear spring U-bolts) and FJ Cruiser 17" wheels when I got it in 2017. I converted to Old Man Emu kit and to the OEM wheels (from my 2001, with BFG A/T 235/85-16). My shop replaced the SPC control arms with aftermarket Moog OEM style because they couldn't get good alignment with the SPC control arms. IIRC. The OME lift kit at about 2" was an inch or so less than the previous owner was running with his setup. The SPC control arms looked pretty well made, I'll note.

    I installed the Old Man Emu OMETACO4HKS kit on the truck I have now. Nitrocharger Sport shocks in the kits today, compared to old Nitrochargers on my earlier OME installs. I'm perfectly fine with the Sports. That particular kit number includes the 2881 heavy front springs and medium rears without extra leaf. There's always some weight over the rear axle; I ran a Mountain Top (Denmark) aluminum tonneau with my first kit, and an ARE canopy with the current truck.

    That particular image of my white 2003 DC was taken at the Wedge Overlook in the San Rafael Swell of central Utah, @BradleyS. My 2002 and 2015 Tacomas, however, have spent plenty of time in New Mexico, and with luck I'll relocate to northern NM over the next two years.
     
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  3. Aug 4, 2022 at 10:07 PM
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    BartMaster1234

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    May I just say I appreciate how well built the drawers are. That looks amazing, almost factory built. Well done.
     
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  4. Aug 5, 2022 at 2:09 AM
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    Lil Puke

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    crumbs between seat cushions, junk in glove box, center console mostly full
    running the 881’s and RA leaf pack. 48lb bumper up front. Canopy, BedSlide, and toolbox on the back end.
     
  5. Aug 6, 2022 at 12:43 PM
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    UncleStan

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    Anyone with the OME setup need to replace their UCA's?
     
  6. Aug 6, 2022 at 5:27 PM
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    4xdog

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    My shop took OFF SPC control arms put on by the previous owner for the lift he was running and went back to OEM style for the OME kit I put on to get proper alignment.

    I put OME on my XJ Cherokee, a previous Gen 1 Tacoma, and my Gen 2 Tacoma -- all with stock upper control arms and all with excellent alignment for the approx 2" lift they all got.


    So I'd say it would be unlikely anyone would need to change stock upper control arms.
     

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