After installing and testing our Icon Vehicle Dynamics Stage 10 plus suspension in previous chapters of our Project Tundra build, we were super impressed with how well it performed, the question was could we do better? We wanted to strengthen our suspension, in general, to prevent bending and breaking things away from civilization and to pick up some performance. We didn’t want to turn our shop truck and tow vehicle into a pre-runner as well so that ruled out long travel conversions. We would settle for a mid-travel system with reliability and practicality. So we replaced our Icon 2.5 shocks with their flagship 3.0 internal bypass shock in the front with heavy-duty lower control arms, knuckles, and tie rods from Dirt King Fabrication, Camburg Engineering, and Coachbuilders.
The first step in our installation was to remove the hub dustcap. The dustcap is on very tightly from the factory and it took some tapping with a small chisel and prying to get it off. You might damage this part getting it off so you may want to consider getting some spares before you start.
Once the dustcap is off you remove the hub nut.
To remove the hub, we had to use a gear puller. It was on very tightly from the factory.
Next, we removed the ball joint retainer from the knuckle.