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Old 12-13-2010, 09:47 PM   #1
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Any tips on adjusting 5100 height setting without removing struts from truck??

I want to move from the 0" setting to the .85" setting, so it's not like the coils have to be compressed a huge amount. Is this a relatively straightforward task? Just by looking, seems like it would be a challenge to get two threaded rod style coil compressors on opposite sides of the coil, with the flanges of the shock tower in the way. Any tips??

p.s., I'm sure there are a million threads about this but nothing relevant turned up in my search.
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Old 12-13-2010, 09:55 PM   #2
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i tried. i failed. its not worth the hassel, its only an extra 15 min per side to take the coils right out. you waste that dinkin around with the coil compressor easily.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:05 PM   #4
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Okay, well...off they come AGAIN.



I bet I could do it blindfolded this time. Gonna be like the 3rd time in a month.

Thanx for the replies.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:07 PM   #5
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Okay, well...off they come AGAIN.



I bet I could do it blindfolded this time. Gonna be like the 3rd time in a month.

Thanx for the replies.
sucks.. hope you have lifetime alignment
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:11 PM   #6
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sucks.. hope you have lifetime alignment
Nope, unfortunately. Another $60 down the turlit.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:15 PM   #7
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bummer dude. make sure you dont have the taco lean before you get it aligned. you might wanna get the spacer in first so you dont waste money getting another alignment again
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bummer dude. make sure you dont have the taco lean before you get it aligned. you might wanna get the spacer in first so you dont waste money getting another alignment again

so my taco has the lean, since its a 1/4 inch it actually lifts it a 1/2 inch, is this true.

if anyone can answer it would be much appericated.

since its a spacer, i read its bad to stacks lifts, but does this one not count since its such a small lift?

thanks, anyone, did want to start a new tread so i added to this one.

might be the wrong thread since its about the 5100's but worth a try,
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so my taco has the lean, since its a 1/4 inch it actually lifts it a 1/2 inch, is this true.

if anyone can answer it would be much appericated.

since its a spacer, i read its bad to stacks lifts, but does this one not count since its such a small lift?

thanks, anyone, did want to start a new tread so i added to this one.

might be the wrong thread since its about the 5100's but worth a try,

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Why have you done this 3 times this month?

I realize you are doing it a 2nd time to raise it but why did you do it the 3rd time?
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:19 AM   #11
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many people use this small spacer to correct the lean. i doubt it would affect anything.
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:20 AM   #12
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I've seen this done on a Scion, can't vouch for its effectiveness on the Taco.
Source: http://dpcars.net/scion/sc2.htm

1. While the truck is on the ground (springs compressed by truck's own weight), wrap a tow strap several times up and down the coils to hold its length.

2. Jack up the truck. The spring is still in its compressed length, but the shock is extended, giving you [hopefully] enough room to move the spring perch.
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I've seen this done on a Scion, can't vouch for its effectiveness on the Taco.
Source: http://dpcars.net/scion/sc2.htm

1. While the truck is on the ground (springs compressed by truck's own weight), wrap a tow strap several times up and down the coils to hold its length.

2. Jack up the truck. The spring is still in its compressed length, but the shock is extended, giving you [hopefully] enough room to move the spring perch.
That sounds logical but VERY dangerous! If your strap breaks or loosens, you could cause damage or loose a finger.

It's really not too difficult to remove. I agree it's a pain but it's safer.
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buy another set then adjust them ?
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Could someone explain to me why you need an alignment after pulling a coilover out.
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Could someone explain to me why you need an alignment after pulling a coilover out.
You don't necessarily need an alignment after pulling a coilover out. You DO need an alignment after pulling a coilover out and adjusting the height of it.
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Could someone explain to me why you need an alignment after pulling a coilover out.
The OP will be adjusting the height of the vehicle which will change the geometry hence the need for an alignment.
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Ok well that was not stated. Adjusting the height i can see why...although i have gone up and down with mine and just not bothered with it...but i have had mine out like 10 times in the last couple months with no alignment.
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Nope, unfortunately. Another $60 down the turlit.
Firestone lifetime alignment is only $140, and they always have coupons on their site for it. I bought it knowing I would be trying different settings on my 5100's and have used it a few times, and they have been able to align mine fine every time.
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Ok well that was not stated. Adjusting the height i can see why...although i have gone up and down with mine and just not bothered with it...but i have had mine out like 10 times in the last couple months with no alignment.
In the OP: "I want to move from the 0" setting to the .85" setting"
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