03-09-2002, 07:39 PM
ok, so the 3" 4" seems to be the way to drop it.
so should i just flip the frt ball joints as i have been told here,
or should i spend money on the djm 3/4 kit?
should the shocks be replaced when doing this?
seems like the front shouldn't change
can't picture in my mind if the rear should change or not...
also have some questions about wheels in the tire wheel section..
seems like 17x7 is the common size.
does anyone have pics of a reg cab taco lowered 3/4 with 17's?
i know there are a lot of pics on here but not sure of how some people actualled lowered theres or the size of the wheel.
blah blah blah
03-09-2002, 07:46 PM
the djm kit is kind of unnecassary unless you plan on going lower than 3" up front, they give you longer control arms up top which helps to correct negative camber when you go low, but with just the 3" from ball joint flip, you can get back to factory specs with an alignment (which you must get immediately after finishing the drop) I'm sure you'll have no problem finding a pic fitting that description on here http://www.CustomTacos.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/smile.gif
03-09-2002, 07:49 PM
From what I understand you will not NEED new shocks after lowering your truck as you mentioned but replacing them will lowered shocks will stiffen the suspension a bit and give a better ride. That's what how I understand it.
03-09-2002, 07:50 PM
some people just don't have their profiles filled out correctly or at all. (seems like all sites are like that)
when you going to drop your taco?
03-09-2002, 07:52 PM
how low is your truck?
how did you do your's?
03-09-2002, 08:05 PM
I don't think the DJM is neccessary even though i got it. I'd just buy the new bolts, spacers, and nuts to flips the joints it's almost the same, nothing alignment can't fix and get the 4" angled blocks from DJM. Getinng those damn bushing off the stock arm were a pain and took me forever cause I didn't have a press to press them out. Anyone know people from DJM? if you do see if they can develope that upper arm mount/connector and sell it with the kit cause it took me about 8 hours to knock out bushings out of the stock arms and put in the DJM arms.
03-09-2002, 08:18 PM
My truck has yet to be lowered. I want to do a 2/3 but can't afford it yet. I could go with the 3/4 for now since it doesn't cost much to get blocks...but then again I would need an alignment.
Once OGSpacePimp does his 3/4 (BJ flip and blocks) I'll see if it looks like something I wanna do. He said he'll take plenty of picks.
03-09-2002, 08:21 PM
is your truck an ext cab or standard?
03-09-2002, 08:24 PM
mine is a 95 regular cab.
in your pics your truck looks lowered
just dontaed and ordered a sticker from customtacos.....
03-09-2002, 08:25 PM
I'll be doing mine next weekend, my blocks should be here on Mon or maybe Tuesday, I'll post pics as soon as I have it done. But I won't have any wheel size for you to check out, I'm still on my stocks for now, and I'm an x-cab, which usually look lower to me, I don't know if there was any different suspension used between the 2 or not. You don't have to buy different sized shocks, the lenght between mounts will stay the same, but you will probably want some stiffer ones eventually, I'm going to run with my stock shocks for a bit, but plan to install some Toxic shocks shortly down the road.
03-09-2002, 08:29 PM
ill be waiting to see the pics..
wish you lived closer, i would come over and drink beer and take pictures for the web site, so that you could consentrate (sp) on working, and not have to stop to take pics.
just donated to the site and bought a customsofttaco sticker.
03-09-2002, 08:32 PM
Hah, that'd be nice...actually a guy I work with is giving me a hand, he's got air-tools! save me some elbow grease, I've heard the ball joint bracket bolts are pretty tough to get off....plus he's got jacks stands and floor jacks, plenty of extra stuff I don't have laying around. Don't worry I'll be able to get pics.
03-09-2002, 08:36 PM
i had a lot of experience taking apart the front suspension on the 2wd tacos in 97' or so. when we had the recall for the suspension support weld brackets.
At that time that was one of the most serious recalls toyota had.
had a stop sell on all the 2wd on the lot. we had like 30 or so sitting out back that couldn't be sold untill we did the suspension update.
thats been awhile
just dontaed and bought a custom taco sticker
03-09-2002, 08:41 PM
My truck looks lower in the pic because I edited it just for fun.
It's a '95 std cb 2wd 5spd
03-09-2002, 08:45 PM
hell, i thought it was lowered...
guess i can let the air out of my tires and take a pic of my taco...
take all 4 wheels off, set the frame on the ground, then roll the wheels under the body and take a few quick shots......
i thought it was dropped kevin
03-09-2002, 08:48 PM
Your attachment didn't show....probably too big...there is a 100k file size limit.
03-09-2002, 08:50 PM
i was just looking for another taco pic, but couldn't find one.
it was just another motorcycle pic.
03-09-2002, 09:58 PM
<I===== djm 3/4 with 17's.........
you will need shocks or the ride will be mushy. true the front dont need any shocks because it retains factory spec's but you still need stiffer shocks like say bilstiens. if not handling will feel like crap.
03-09-2002, 10:35 PM
I RECCOMMEND a 14oz. sledge hammer to punch those bolts out of the tension rod that's the hardest part and you'll need a drill and a 9/16" drill bit to drill bigger holes on the tension rod for the new bolts. look at the attachment...here's a pic of my bro's truck with flipped joints and 3" blocks AND IT'S THe SAME COLOR!!
03-09-2002, 10:38 PM
Looks nice. Any other pics of your bro's truck? Possibly a side shot?
03-09-2002, 10:39 PM
your bro's truck looks nice. does he post here?
03-09-2002, 10:40 PM
here u go! oh yeah those are 18's which i'm rolling on right now cause his truck is in the shop
03-09-2002, 10:41 PM
where did he get those taillights? did he paint them himself? how was it done? i've been looking for some taillights like those.
03-09-2002, 10:43 PM
he doesn't post but he will be soon...he's baggin on me being on the site all the time...he's just waiting on his truck he's doing a 97+ headlight (98+ 4x4 grille and 95-97 bumper/valance) conversion it'll kinda look like mpels truck but and ext. cab
03-09-2002, 10:44 PM
he got clear ones and painted them with the hobby paints testes to be exact the clear candy apple red dye with a clear coat. looks nice....almost stock.
03-10-2002, 12:53 AM
do you have any side shots of your truck you'd share with me? and is the 3/4 All you have??
03-10-2002, 03:41 AM
hey it.... check out my pics in the gallery... i have the ball joints flipped with 4" blocks on 16s
03-10-2002, 10:07 AM
i have those spindle relocaters from chassis tech,which flips the lower ball joint....can i flip the upper ball joint and get more drop?
03-15-2002, 11:13 AM
flipping the top joint doesn't necessarily give you more of a drop the reason u do it on the djm kit is to help with alignment and treadwear. I wouldn't reccomend flipping the top joints on stock arms....it looks unsafe and unstable to me.
it did to me too, so i bought bolts that were long enough to pass thru the top and bottom of the upper control arm
03-15-2002, 06:07 PM
what size bolt did u get?