Silvia the Silver Slut - 2003 Toyota Tundra

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DP_Ranger

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Got the front end back together 100% tonight minus 4 tack welds on the alignment cams.

New parts list:
Upper and lower arm bushings
Lower arm balljoints with TC double sheer steering tabs
Upper arm uniballs and misalignments, and 5” grade8 7/8” bolt
New Total Chaos coil bucket adapters
Shocks rebuilt
Coil over springs powder coated
Lower spring retainers powder coated
ALL and I mean ALL new hardware, minus upper control arm through-bolt. This includes all lower arm cams/through-bolts/cam nuts.

Fresh powdercoat on the springs and lower retainer. I really should have done a steel-it job on the shocks but time didn’t allow it


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She’ll be back on her weight tomorrow and then pack up and head to glamis 🤙🏼
 
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FasterNU

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umm... you just described how I cut and grind 90% of my stuff. My slight modifications below. hahah

I might’ve had 1 too many sport sodas all morning and I got real ghetto with shanking them. Held the bolt in a shitty pair of Harbor Freight channel locks with my sandals/foot on it and steadied it with my left hand, held a totally worn out and chipped cutoff wheel on the grinder in my right hand, in a dark garage where I can barely see my marks, and went for it. Got them all right on the first try, GREAT SUCCESS 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
 

armrunner

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I legit perked up when I read that also. Hopefully a decent kit at a decent price. Still in air on my Tundra
Ya my BTF kit is maxed out. Camburg race kit seems to be a decent option. Mcm, Total Chaos, BTF are all basically the same. Solo kit is cool too but more money then the Burg kit in the end.
 

the bodj

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Ya my BTF kit is maxed out. Camburg race kit seems to be a decent option. Mcm, Total Chaos, BTF are all basically the same. Solo kit is cool too but more money then the Burg kit in the end.
Biggest limiting factor on these trucks is the steering racks. You can get plenty of droop, but you're going to destroy the rack pretty quickly. I have mine limited to 16.5" to save the rack. I bump when my upper arm contacts the stock wheel well sheet metal. I didn't want to cut that out and have to remount everything, but probably could have gotten another inch of bump
 

armrunner

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Biggest limiting factor on these trucks is the steering racks. You can get plenty of droop, but you're going to destroy the rack pretty quickly. I have mine limited to 16.5" to save the rack. I bump when my upper arm contacts the stock wheel well sheet metal. I didn't want to cut that out and have to remount everything, but probably could have gotten another inch of bump
Agreed! My stock uprights limit alot of things right now. The BTF upper arm using a vertical Uniball (with stock uprights) sucks. The Gen 1 Tundra rack sucks. If the kit you have isnt moved forward 1-2”s you gotta hack half your firewall/wheel well out. Alot of things you gotta do to get away from pulling only 13”s of gnar travel like my kit.
 

DP_Ranger

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I knew I left a big money item off that prep list! Fresh driveshaft, carrier, joints, etc from Drivelines Inc

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And yea what Bodj said. The steering rack is the limiting factor with keeping the front end reliable. They’re good for ~15-16” of travel. Any more than that and you’re going to get real good at replacing them real quick.
 
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