- What is an alignment?
- Why you need an alignment
- What is Camber, Caster & Toe?
- How adjustments are made for an alignment
- Cam Tab Adjusters
- Why is a UCA needed when lifting your Tacoma?
- How much lift before UCA is needed?
- Ideal alignment setup for a lifted Tacoma
How much caster do you need?
Toyota has a range of recommendations depending on year & model. We found those to be a low of 1.2 degrees of caster (2017 Tacoma) and a high of 3.9 degrees (2005 4Runner). Based on our experience Tacoma’s & 4Runners drive the nicest with 2.0 ~ 4.0 degrees of caster and are able to keep the tire reasonably far forward in the fender.
How much camber do you need?
Toyota has a range of camber recommendations depending on model & year. We found those measurements to be a low of -0.6 deg of camber (2005 4Runner) and a high of 1.3 degrees of camber (2017 Tacoma). Negative camber provides better cornering stability on and off-road. Positive camber provides a lighter steering feel, but causes poor tire wear. For off-road vehicles we prefer a more neutral camber of -0.5 to +0.8 deg.
How to get tire far forward in the fender
- Front cam all the way in
- Rear cam all the way out
- Minimum caster
Fitting larger tires on a Tacoma or 4Runner will require an aftermarket upper control arm and in some case may need fender trimming or cab mount chop. Not all upper control arms are designed the same, so some may offer better clearance for larger tires. Due to the wide variety of tire size, wheel offsets and control arm design it’s hard to guarantee a specific package will work perfectly.
The most common tire & wheel combo we’ve experienced: 285/70/17 with 4.5″ back spacing on the wheels