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Lots of suspension questions.

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by bmf4069, Sep 15, 2018 at 3:43 PM.

  1. Sep 15, 2018 at 3:43 PM
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    I'm pretty sure I need every bushing in every part of the suspension and steering systems replaced. EVERY bushing. I can't find a complete kit or list of all the bushings I may need. Where can I find that? And should control arms or ball joints be done too? I got a few pics from under the truck. And how do the bilstein 5100s work? How do they lift the front end? And does it change any of the rebound length by extending the shock? And why are they better than the spacers for leveling? I went through 12 pages on here but couldn't find why and how they work or why spacers suck. I was thinking of the toytec space kit with the drop thingy.

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  2. Sep 15, 2018 at 5:36 PM
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    Professional Hand Model Fred Brookes

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    Here is what I had done by (4wheel Parts) about 3 months ago:

    New billy 5100’s (set at one up from stock height)
    New lower ball joints (oem toy)
    New lower control arms (oem toy)
    New cam bolts (after markets)
    New front brake pads and rotors (after markets)
    Full alignment with printout (tires seem toed in more than ever but I like it)
    New front sway links installed onto original bar (old ones rusted off) kept same bushings

    They did a very good job. Truck rides sporty and is ‘tight’ again. No more squeaky bushings. Gained a little extra height even in the back with the new shocks. I’m not into the full heavy lift look and wanted to just get the front nose up a bit but not ‘level’. I like a little rake.

    The front shocks kept the original springs. I do not feel any negative change. The lift is maybe 1/2” to an inch max. Rear lifted about the same (even though some say its not suppose to!) as it takes more cranks to get the trailer hitch hooked.

    Toyota.parts.com was cheaper on the lower control arms and ball joints than the ‘after market’ stuff they tried to sell me. I prefer to keep things original than start funking things up that snowball into other problems.

    I kept the original tie rods and upper ball joints as they were deemed not needing replacement and in good shape. Hope this helps! Its expensive, but well worth it to have someone else do it in my case. I did have to square up the rear leafs which were ‘splayed’ a bit prior to the work. After the work, I think the additional rear height made them splay a bit more. I squared them up and put on some 2.5 u-bolts from auto store.

    Overall, the ride is slightly firm sporty. Towing is very nice and stable. Side to side action feels strong.
     
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  3. Sep 15, 2018 at 6:08 PM
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    Yeah, my ride is squishy at best. It feels like worn shocks but they're new. And it rolls like 70s Cadillac in turns. Just soft soft soft. And I noticed my leafs were splayed out too. And it squeaks, whines, groans, and grinds.
     
  4. Sep 15, 2018 at 6:15 PM
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    Professional Hand Model Fred Brookes

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    Yeah bud. Time for a redo. You can follow that same template as above with the work I did. She will feel new and alive again! Not sure about the grinding noise though.

    Is your swaybar connected?
     
  5. Sep 15, 2018 at 6:18 PM
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    Yeah, but I think the end link bushings are toast. Pretty sure the grinding is the wheel bearings chewing their way out.
     
  6. Sep 16, 2018 at 8:45 AM
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    Most parts you can buy wherever but for the lower and upper ball joints I recommend Toyota. Too much at stake to go cheap.
     

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