Donahoe Racing came out with a sweet Uniball Billet Upper Control Arm setup for Toyota Tacoma's. Check out how the install went and how it performed on the trail.
With a rear optional locker combined with a good wheelbase a stock Toyota truck is a pretty capable trail rig. However, one of the drawbacks is the front independent suspension. While providing a nice ride on the road, it lacks a decent suspension travel for the trail. In steps Donahoe Racing with a line of products to address that exact problem. One of them is a new control arm with a Uniball setup to replace the old ball joint system. This is stronger and allows for more flex. Since this truck already had their Extended Travel Performance Coil over Shock, it needed the new upper control arms to take the most advantage of the system.
Here's what we got in the box. Both control arms, the new Uniball Joints, dust covers, and a set of instructions. The new upper control arm is a work of art. It just looks good sitting there. We laid it on top of the arm still in the truck and you can see a massive difference in beef right off. It was going to look great on the truck. You can also see the heim joints on the end of the arm so there is no bindage anywhere.
Well it looks nice but does it work? We headed out to find out. We found some deep ruts up one of the local trails and started flexing things out. The first thing we noticed was that we were not having very much luck getting a tire in the air in the usual spots. Getting one hung used to not be a problem. We finally found a hole big enough. All the old spots didn't have it anymore. Well here it is! We got the suspension to cycle through its full range of motion. We measured a good 13" plus of travel at the tire!
It was a whole new truck. We played around a bit and the extra suspension travel on the front end made a big difference. Spots where the truck could get big air now either there was no air or a tire barely left the ground. One spot we did get about a foot or air where before the truck would nose up into the sky. So if you really want to wake up the front suspension on your truck check out what Donahoe Racing has to offer at www.donahoeracing.com!