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Old 08-30-2010, 12:08 PM   #1
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got the lift installed but a problem show up

over the weekend i had my brother help me installed the lift kit i just got in. we got the rear installed on saturday. then sunday, we move onto the front.
i went to autozone and pick up a set of the spring compressor to compress the coils onto the bilsteins.
i used the stock top plate with the stock washers and bushings.
bolt it back on and tires and everything.
took it for a test drive and i heard the front making "clanking" noises. i wasnt sure whats causing that so i drove it back home and so to find out we didn't tighten down the preload bolt all the way down to the end. i untighten the 3 bolts holding the whole piece and try to see if it will do down but it didn't. maybe i should have to disassemble the whole springs again and redo it. so what should i do? any suggestions?
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Old 08-30-2010, 12:16 PM   #2
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Looks like you have something with the washers and bushings messed up. Heres what mine look like

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Should probably take it back out and re-do the assembly. Make sure everything is right.
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Looks like you have something with the washers and bushings messed up. Heres what mine look like

Shit Steve didn't we just cover this for someone ? Ok,

1-retainer
2-rubber grommet
3-retainer
4-rubber grommet
5-retainer

6- big nut for holding pre load

Check to make sure the bottom of your coil is properly seated in spring seat. & (I know this sounds dumb ) make sure the seat is facing the right way (not upside down)

The 3 bolts only connect the strut to the strut tower..
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the picture showing is on the passenger side and the driver does the same thing also. after the short driving test, we tighten down the preload bolt on both sides, we did this at night so after we tighten the bolt down we stop for the night. now this morning i check on the driver side it it the gap between the washer on top of the bushing was gone and it was tighten down. but the passenger side is still showing the gap on the picture. i should taken it part again and reassemble it huh? aight then if thats the only way to solve it.
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Shit Steve didn't we just cover this for someone ? Ok,

1-retainer
2-rubber grommet
3-retainer
4-rubber grommet
5-retainer

6- big nut for holding pre load

Check to make sure the bottom of your coil is properly seated in spring seat. & (I know this sounds dumb ) make sure the seat is facing the right way (not upside down)

so that starting from bottom to top right? i saw there is a yellow gold bolt wit a black rubber on the shock shaft too but does that count as one of those steps?
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the picture showing is on the passenger side and the driver does the same thing also. after the short driving test, we tighten down the preload bolt on both sides, we did this at night so after we tighten the bolt down we stop for the night. now this morning i check on the driver side it it the gap between the washer on top of the bushing was gone and it was tighten down. but the passenger side is still showing the gap on the picture. i should taken it part again and reassemble it huh? aight then if thats the only way to solve it.

I see, you have the self adjusting, self tightening pre load kit ... j/k

I dunno man , you def. have some issues going on, from one of your pics I can see it looks like the nut for pre load is bottomed out on threads like your missing a washer , 3-washers (retainers) & 2- grommets per side is what they call for, I think I'd start over & really pay close attention, those are 5100's ?

I'll take a couple pics of mine & post...
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so that starting from bottom to top right? i saw there is a yellow gold bolt wit a black rubber on the shock shaft too but does that count as one of those steps?

Bottom to top is correct
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yes shocks are the 5100s. the top preload are sorta strip because i use hand tight clamp to lock the top and turn the bolt. tomorrow imma gonna have to take off the whole right passenger and redo it again. yes post some pictures so i can see what's going with my setup.
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correct if im wrong, this is how it goes:
1. from bottom to top there are a big bushing that goes on top of the yellow gold nut, and that goes on the new shock shaft under the plate?

2. then on top of the top plate there are only 4 things 2 washers and 2 grommet. is that correct?

so to summary up on top of the plate, washer on plate, big grommet, small grommet and washer and then the preload bolt?
the thing is i didn't take off the shocks and springs, my dad and brother took it off while i was out and then when i came back it was just everywhere so i just put it on what i saw on the floor. i guess i'm missing 2 or 3 things. if this is getting too complicated for me, i'll take it to the shop to have them do it for me.
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correct if im wrong, this is how it goes:
1. from bottom to top there are a big bushing that goes on top of the yellow gold nut, and that goes on the new shock shaft under the plate?

2. then on top of the top plate there are only 4 things 2 washers and 2 grommet. is that correct?

so to summary up on top of the plate, washer on plate, big grommet, small grommet and washer and then the preload bolt?
the thing is i didn't take off the shocks and springs, my dad and brother took it off while i was out and then when i came back it was just everywhere so i just put it on what i saw on the floor. i guess i'm missing 2 or 3 things. if this is getting too complicated for me, i'll take it to the shop to have them do it for me.
I'm aboud 3 beerz short a 12 pak but that sound about right..
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today i took the struts off from the truck and took it to the shop to put on the bushing and washer. and yeah i forgot to put the washer and bushing under the plate while i was compressing the springs from sunday. so took it to the shop, had them remove the coils off of the springs and put the washer and bushing on. paid 20 bucks and took it home got it installed now the front is not even from the driver and passenger side.

whats going on now? driver side is not level with the passenger side? the front wheels are slanted more outwards from top. do i need to do alignment to get them straight again?
i got the ome 881 with bilsteins and 5 leaf packs from wheelers.

truck is a 4 banger with 31 bfg at. steering wheel has no play but alignment is kinda off. with my lifts i think i get about 2.5" which might required alignment?

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here's the pictures of the front end driver side slanted and passenger side higher. front wheels are also toe in at bottom on ground. should i re adjust the springs mount?
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for your camber you should always do a alignment after lift.. but it does look like you could lower it a bit are you using adjustable billy's AND lifted springs? because you should not go over 2.5" lift without doing a diff drop and I wouldnt try to go more than 3-3.5" total lift on stock front suspension

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today i took the struts off from the truck and took it to the shop to put on the bushing and washer. and yeah i forgot to put the washer and bushing under the plate while i was compressing the springs from sunday. so took it to the shop, had them remove the coils off of the springs and put the washer and bushing on. paid 20 bucks and took it home got it installed now the front is not even from the driver and passenger side.

whats going on now? driver side is not level with the passenger side? the front wheels are slanted more outwards from top. do i need to do alignment to get them straight again?
i got the ome 881 with bilsteins and 5 leaf packs from wheelers.

truck is a 4 banger with 31 bfg at. steering wheel has no play but alignment is kinda off. with my lifts i think i get about 2.5" which might required alignment?

edit: will post pictures later
What did you set the Bilstiens at with the 881's? I installed them set @ 0 with 881's ....V6 and got 2 inches of lift. With a 4 banger I would think set to 0 would give you your lift and a good ride as the 4 banger should be lighter.
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for your camber you should always do a alignment after lift.. but it does look like you could lower it a bit are you using adjustable billy's AND lifted springs? because you should not go over 2.5" lift without doing a diff drop and I wouldnt try to go more than 3-3.5" total lift on stock front suspension

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i can't go any lower than 0. no wonder i always think that my grill is so different from the other 96-97 4wd tacoma.
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What did you set the Bilstiens at with the 881's? I installed them set @ 0 with 881's ....V6 and got 2 inches of lift. With a 4 banger I would think set to 0 would give you your lift and a good ride as the 4 banger should be lighter.
i set my bilstiens on 0 with 881 coils. i think it gave the truck bout a 2.5" of lift considering its a 4 banger.
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got a another question, will doing a alignment cure the problem? or get a diff. drop? i read other threads regarding doing the diff. drop some said no some said yes. i don't know. im a noobie to this lifting hobby. anyway, i don't think i can go any lower than already setting the bilstien at 0. dont want to swap the coils too cause too much hassle and time putting into it.
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