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Old 05-25-2012, 12:31 AM   #1
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Install Order: LR UCAs and 5100s

Just got my LR UCAs in and my 5100s have been waiting patiently. My question is that order I install these in? Remove UCA, then shock? Then install in reverse order? A little advice please. Thanks!
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Might be easier to remove uca, pull shock/coil, then work backwards.

But honestly it doesn't matter.
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Yes, it will actually make it easier to install with the UCA disconnected to the spindle when installing the strut.
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Old 05-25-2012, 06:57 AM   #4
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oh...im also planning on just doing the shock install method where i don't have to remove the coil, but use a jack to keep it compressed while i swap out the shock.
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... Fuck that. Rent a spring compressor. No one here will tell you that that is totally safe.
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oh...im also planning on just doing the shock install method where i don't have to remove the coil, but use a jack to keep it compressed while i swap out the shock.
If you never post again we know why....
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... Fuck that. Rent a spring compressor. No one here will tell you that that is totally safe.
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you guys are FUNNY.
that method works just fine.
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you guys are FUNNY.
that method works just fine.
So does renting a spring compressor. My local autozone charges a deposit that is refunded when its returned. It doesnt even cost anything, I always believe better safe than sorry
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a bunch of people have stated they feel its safer than renting a spring compressor...not true? those people are still the minority?
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a bunch of people have stated they feel its safer than renting a spring compressor...not true? those people are still the minority?
I'd stay away from those hand held coil compressors... I just brought my struts to a shop and my friend did them. Call around and ask if you could get it done on a wall mounted strut compressor at A local shop. Shouldn't cost A lot to get it done.
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I borrowed a spring compressor from Autozone. Worked just fine.
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i've done shocks twice on my tacoma by using the floor jack method and actually felt safer doing it that way over spring compressors.
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1st, I'm not qualified to answer the OP's question
2nd, I'm not qualified to comment on the Spring Compressor / No Spring Compressor Debate.
Nor do I know how to embed a Video.
That being said, here's a Link to a Video posted on TW last November:
video of the no spring compressor method
For those who have not seen it done
I'm posting this with no comment or opinion.


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