- ⅜” & ½” Ratchets
- ½”, 9/16”, ¾”, 1 ⅛”, 12mm, 17mm, 19mm Sockets
- ½”, 9/16”, ¾”, ⅞”, 11/16”, 1”, 1 ⅛” Wrenches
- 7/32”, ⅝” Allens
- Flathead Screwdriver
- Side Cutters
- Floor Jack and Jack Stands
- Torque Wrench
- Tape Measure
- Drill & 3/4” Drill Bit
- Power Steering Fluid (Royal Purple Recommended)
- 1. Read all instructions completely and carefully before you begin.
2. Check to make sure the kit is complete and that no parts are missing. If anything is missing, please contact Trail-Gear at (559) 252-4950.
3. Park vehicle on a clean, dry, at, level surface and block the tires so the vehicle can not roll in either direction.
- 1. Before starting installation, take some measurements of your truck so that you can determine proper set up of your
new 3 link kit. Take these measurements at ride height on a level surface. Measure your current wheelbase and front
axle pinion angle. Record the data in the table on the last page of these instructions.
7. With the link brackets tacked on, place the axle under the truck. Position the axle in the desired location, if you want to add some wheel base now is the time. Once wheel base is set, center the axle under the truck.
10. With the axle located fore and aft, and centered, insure the pinion angle is still set properly. You can now install the upper link/panhard combo bracket. With this kit you can choose to place the upper link on either side of the truck. Standard set up is to install the upper link on the driver’s side. This set up will allow complete installation of the kit without moving your gas tank. However, if you are using a front 3 link kit or are planning to install one later it is highly recommended that you install the upper link on the passenger side. This will require the gas tank to be relocated, but will provide optimum set up when combined with the front 3 link. This way both panhard bar’s will be attached to the same side of the frame and will not oppose each other. Install the combo bracket approx. 1 inch to the inside of the lower link bracket, and level to the ground.
The combo bracket will be to the inside, and parallel with the frame. Next you can tack the bungs into the upper link tube tube and install the joints. Now bolt the upper link into the combo bracket. Now “dummy” the upper link bracket on the other end of the link. While holding it in position, mark the bracket location.Remove the bracket from the link, and return to the marked location. Mark where the bolt hole is on the frame. NOTE: Tacoma only - If you're keeping your factory wheel base, the upper link may need to be trimmed to allow the upper link bracket to be placed behind the drive-line support bearing cross-member on extended cab models.