Hardcore Toyota Tacoma Suspension Options
Long-Travel IFS and SAS
By Kevin Blumer, Photography by Courtesy of the Manufacturers, Kevin Blumer, Phil Howell
Total Chaos Fabrication
Total Chaos Fabrication offers its’05-’12 Tacoma long-travel kit in two widths: 3.5 inches wider per side and 2 inches wider per side. This photo shows the +3.5 kit. Lower control arms are made from boxed plate, while the uppers are made using tubing. Both upper and lower arms pivot on urethane bushings (Heim-jointed uppers are optional) which transmit less noise and harshness from the control arms into the chassis. Upper and lower uniball conversions are standard. If you’re looking for additional deflection control, you can use T.C.’s optional Nylatron bushings in your lower control arms. Fiberglass fenders are a must. Custom Total Chaos CV axles are inserted into the stock inner and outer CV joints. Total Chaos also offers several upgrades that will strengthen the chassis in conjunction with the long-travel suspension. These included alignment cam tab gussets, coil bucket tower gussets, and steering knuckle gussets.
If you don’t want to go as wide, don’t want to use fiberglass fenders, or are bound by SCORE Class 3 track width rules, then the Total Chaos +2 kit may be for you. The features are practically identical to the +3.5 kit, but in a narrower track width version. The +2 kit is shown on a 5th-generation 4Runner, but this system also fits the ’05-to-’12 Tacoma, the ’07-to-’12 FJ Cruiser, and the ’03-to-’09 4Runner.
Total Chaos offers a system for the ’96-to-’04 first-generation six-lug Tacomas. 4Runner owners of ’96-to-’02 models can also run this system. The T.C. first-gen Tacoma long-travel system adds 3.5 inches of track width per side. Modified Tundra CV axles are used to maintain four-wheel drive and to match the added track width. There are options with both the upper and lower control arms. Choose from bushing pivots and Heim joint pivots for the upper arms, and tubular or boxed-style lower control arms. The upper ball joint is replaced with a one-inch uniball. As with the newer-generation Tacomas, Total Chaos offers steering knuckle gussets, alignment cam tab gussets, and coil bucket tower gussets to prepare your chassis for hard use. Fiberglass fenders? Yes, you’ll need them.
7409 Slater Ave.
5356 E. Pine Avenue
Total Chaos Fabrication
159 North Maple Street #J
All-Pro Off Road
By Kevin Blumer
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