Lift with new UCAs?

Discussion in '2005 - 2015 Toyota Tacoma' started by meanoltaco14, Dec 27, 2017.

  1. meanoltaco14

    meanoltaco14 Member

    Ok guys go easy on me this is my first time using this app. So what I’m currently running is a rough country spacer lift and to say the least I’m not very happy with it. I’ve been doing my research online and decided to swap it out with an EMU complete lift. The only issue I have with this is that I don’t have enough money to move around to get some new UCAs with it. So I guess my question is would it be unbearable to drive the truck with just the lift and put off on UCAs until later on? Or just order it all at once?
     
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  3. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member


    do it at 1 time unless u fancy buying new front tires, 2.5" is grey area for alignment.
    3" seems to be that erryone needs new uca for proper alignment.
     
  4. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum. Bojangles is right. When you start getting into the 2.5-3” lifts it becomes more difficult to get a good alignment. I have a 3” lift and my local off road shop was able to get a good alignment without new UCA. It’s one of those things to do or not to do. You won’t know until you know. If you have the ability to wait and do it all right the first time I’d do it that way. If you can’t and have to do the swap now you can always add the UCA later. The install cost will be cheaper if you do it all at the same time though.
     
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  5. OP
    meanoltaco14

    meanoltaco14 Member

    Well put. Is there going to be a noticeably better ride quality ditching these strut spacers and going for an EMU lift or not a noticeable change?
     
  6. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Is it an old man emu lift?
     
  7. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    A kit that gains lift from coils, shocks and leafs will be a better ride than use of spacers and blocks.
     
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  8. OP
    meanoltaco14

    meanoltaco14 Member

    Yes
     
  9. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    It will be a much better ride.
     
  10. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    yes, just make sure you get the correct coils........ you dont want heavy duty coils unless you have a winch and steel bumper.
    Contact a supplier and find out what the right coils are for your desired lift and any aftermarket bumper or winch
     
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  11. 4wd

    4wd Well-Known Member

    This is mostly true for 2nd/3rd gens , myself & others with 1st gens fell into the upper limits of specs ,but were achieved without going to new UCA's...
     
  12. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Negative Nancy

    #neverbuyspacers

    Top plate spacers or coil spacers?
     
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  13. OP
    meanoltaco14

    meanoltaco14 Member

    Top plate spacers
     
  14. 4wd

    4wd Well-Known Member

    Top plate,bottom plate ,no plate, ditch the spacers , get a decent ride again...
     
  15. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Negative Nancy

    Hmmm. That shouldn’t have changed the ride unless you are bottoming the shock out. If it was a coil spacer then that would make sense because preloaded makes the coil stiffer.

    Either way I have heard that OME rides pretty good.
     
  16. OP
    meanoltaco14

    meanoltaco14 Member

    Ok so just one more question. If I were to order bilstein 5100s and Toytec coils.. would I be able to reuse my top plates that came with the truck
     
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  17. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    Yes, and make sure to get 1 single 1/4" lean spacer for the drivers side from toytec
     
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  18. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    You know you like the taco lean bro :D
     
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  19. OP
    meanoltaco14

    meanoltaco14 Member

    Good call! Thanks for the help
     
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