Hardcore Toyota Tacoma Suspension Options
Long-Travel IFS and SAS
By Kevin Blumer, Photography by Courtesy of the Manufacturers, Kevin Blumer, Phil Howell
Camburg’s long-travel kit for the ’05-to-’12 Tacoma adds 3.5 inches of track width per side. The lower control arms are made from plate steel, while the uppers are a traditional tubular design. Both upper and lower ball joints are replaced with 1.25-inch uniballs yielding strength and wheel travel benefits. The lower control arms pivot on one-inch uniballs instead of bushings, making the control arms less prone to deflection during hard cornering or over rugged terrain. Steering options include extending the stock tie rods or completely replacing the tie rods with a clevis-and-rod end system. This system fits both two-and four-wheel-drive models. Fiberglass fenders are required.
There’s a Camburg long-travel kit for the ’96-to-’04 first-generation six-lug Tacomas, too. This kit widens the truck’s stance 3.5 inches per side and also requires fiberglass fenders. The lower control arms pivot on one-inch uniballs, and you’ll also find a one-inch uniball in place of the stock upper ball joint at the steering knuckle. You can use Tundra CV axles to replace your stock Tacoma shorties. Run this kit with a coilover only, or add a hydraulic bumpstop and a bypass shock for ultimate control in the rough.
By Kevin Blumer
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