Front suspension: First generation Tacomas (1995-2004) use a very tall, skinny steering knuckle. The knuckle is attached to the upper and lower control arms via the ball joints. With the use of this taller knuckle, the upper and lower control arms are different sizes. The upper is much shorter than the lower.
Both of the control arms are connected to the frame on the opposite end with metal-sleeved rubber bushings. The body support and suspension damping come courtesy of a coil on strut setup.
The strut assembly is attached to the body at the top with a rubber cushioned metal top plate. The bottom of the strut bolts to the lower control arm utilizing rubber bushing with metal center sleeves.
The sway bar is secured to the body in the center using rubber bushings, and at its ends is connected to the lower control arm with metal end links and rubber bushings.
The second and third-gen trucks (2005-Present) all share the same suspension. This design incorporates a much shorter knuckle and equal length control arms. These control arms also attach to the frame and knuckle with metal-sleeved rubber bushings and ball joints. This setup also uses a coil on strut damper and is attached the same way as the first gen.
The sway bar similarly attaches to the body in the center but attaches to the strut assembly with metal end links and rubber bushings.
Rear Suspension: Early Tacomas utilize a short leaf spring, with the front of the spring attached to the frame, and the rear of the spring connected to a long shackle. The other end of the shackle bolts to the frame. Both ends use rubber bushings with metal center sleeves.
Standard shock absorbers provide cushioning. They attach with rubber and metal bushings between the body and the frame. First-generation trucks were not equipped with a rear sway bar from the factory.
From 2005-on, the trucks use a longer leaf spring and a shorter rear shackle. The spring bolts to the frame in the front. The rear of the leaf again attaches to the shackle, though much shorter. Standard shock absorbers are found here also.
All of these items use the same types of bushings described above. The big difference in the late-model variant is the availability of a rear sway bar. While the sway bar was available for earlier trucks, not all trucks were produced with that option.
All of the more current models are equipped with rear sway bars. The sway bar bolts to the body in the middle using rubber bushings. The ends are connected, via metal end links with rubber bushings, to the frame of the truck.