Camburg Engineering’s Toyota Long-Travel Suspension KitPosted in Product Reviews on May 27, 2014
When Camburg Engineering first opened their doors more than 15 years ago, their original goal was to offer their products and services to the best off-road teams in the industry. Jerry Zaiden and Jason Campbell had years of off-road racing and manufacturing experience in this niche market, so their services were deemed valuable. To reach a broader market, though, the duo decided to use their skills to produce top-of-the-line off-road suspension components, with a production-style approach. The pair was successful with their new business strategy, and now Camburg is widely known for its high-end suspension kits. So, if you’re in the market for a new 6-inch crossmember lift kit, you’re out of luck. However, if you’re looking for a long-travel or performance kit for your truck, they can certainly help you out.
One of the newest additions to Camburg’s product lineup is the Toyota Tacoma two- and four-wheel drive long-travel kit. This LT kit is also the same for the Toyota’s FJ and 4-Runner models, and is similar to the Toyota Tundra. In this kit, you’ll find upper and lower uniball A-arms, a lower uniball spindle adapter, brake lines, limit straps, steering extensions, coilover mounts, and all the hardware needed to produce the 15 inches of travel this kit provides. Plus, this system is offered with numerous performance upgrades to allow the upmost comfort for any off-road terrain you want to tackle.
“Our long-travel kits are different from the other kits on the market because we use a much larger uniball,” says Zaiden. “For our Toyota Tacoma kit, we found a 1-inch uniball was not big enough because it would cause a lot of binding issues. So, we got rid of the binding with the larger 1.25-inch uniball. By doing so, we gained a lot more strength. The size of the uniball and the bolts that go through the center are larger. Plus, you gain a lot more travel with a larger uniball, and we don’t have to push our kits out ridiculously wide to gain that travel.”
To add to the overall strength of the upper and lower uniballs, Camburg elected to use NAS (National Aerospace Standard) 12-point bolts for the upper and lower uniballs. Hardware like this costs a pretty penny but will hold up to the demands of off-road driving. All the uniball spacers are stainless steel and heat treated, too.
To get rid of the lower factory ball joint incorporated into the stock Toyota Tacoma spindle, Camburg developed a .75-inch machined lower adapter, which houses a 1.25-inch uniball and mounts directly to the bottom of the spindle.
Another significant difference with Camburg’s Toyota Tacoma LT kit: “Almost every kit out there still uses a urethane bushing for the lower A-arm pivot, whereas we use a one-inch uniball,” explains Zaiden. “The trucks are aligned from the lower arm. So, if you have to adjust camber and caster, and if have to move the front pivot in and the rear pivot out, you’re not going to fit a square bushing in a square hole crooked. The spacers in our 1-inch uniball allow 25 to 30 degrees of change, way more than you need to align the truck.”
The upper arms are also upgradeable. The uppers pivot on urethane bushings, but for additional cost, you can purchase ones with rod-end joints, allowing more adjustability.
As you can see, the lower A-arm construction is fully boxed and the gussets add to the overall design strength. The front of the lower arm is swept back a bit to allow rock deflection while out in rough terrain.
Camburg also offers a kit in a four-wheel drive application. “It has 4340 heat-treated and powdercoated axles,” says Zaiden. “We use all of the factory boots and CV joints but still get full articulation. The way we machine our axles, you don’t get any binding from the axles or CVs. Overall, you get 14 inches of travel with the Tacoma, and 15 inches with the Tundra.”
Camburg takes great pride in is the quality of their welds. “I don’t think anyone could even compete with our welding,” says Zaiden. “Everything is done single pass and there’s no starting and stopping, unless it a whole new weld joint. We use all Miller welding equipment, which helps a lot. It’s a lot more consistent.”
The Toyota long-travel kit is also 100-percent bolt on, depending on which options you run. If you want to keep your LT kit more on the mild side, you have no worries. However, if you want to run limit straps and bypasses, you’re looking at some minor fab work.