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Total Chaos Tacoma Video – Great Illustration of Long-Travel Suspension At Work

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If you find the concept of lift kits and suspension systems to be confusing (and if our ultimate guide to Tacoma lift kits doesn’t help), you might want to watch this video:

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Pay particularly close attention to the video between 31 and 34 seconds…it’s a great way to see:

  • How tire/wheel travel is cushioned by the spring and how rebound is dampened by the shocks
  • How the upper and lower control arms function in relation to the tire/wheel
  • How the CV axles flex with the entire setup

The big picture here is that a top-quality suspension setup can do anything.

One other note: if you want to know how a shock can be tuned to¬†accommodate¬†this kind of punishment – and still preserve damping at high speed – be sure to read this article about King’s internal bypass shocks. There’s a nice video that explains why a bypass shock is needed for this type of off-road use.

What’s Installed On This 2005 Toyota Tacoma

Front Suspension:

Rear Suspension/Axle:

  • Total Chaos 4 Link
  • Total Chaos 49.5″ Long Trailing Arms
  • Currie 9″ Axle Housing
  • Inland Empire Driveline
  • Wilwood Disc Brakes
  • 2.5″ Fox Coilover Shocks
  • 3.0″ Fox Bypass Shocks
  • 2.0″ Fox Hydraulic/Air Bumpstops


  • 4.0L DOHC 1GR-FE V6 VVT-i
  • K&N Air Filter
  • Doug Thorley Header
  • Dynomax Muffler


  • Full 4130 Chromoly Cage
  • Mastercraft Pro Seats
  • Mastercraft Harnesses & Window Nets
  • Momo Steering Wheel


  • Glassworks Unlimited Front Fiberglass
  • Hannemann Fiberglass Bedsides