Originally Posted by TRDSPORTtaco
Umm here is a tip.
1. Put truck on jack stands
2. Remove wheel
3. Remove brush guard
4. Unbolt sway bar (loosen on opposite side of what you are working on)
5. Loosen top strut nuts (not the center)
6. I find it easier to separate the upper ball joint to allow more down travel of lower control arm)
7. One strut is no longer compressed loosen and remove lower strut bolt
8. Remove top 3 strut nuts
9. Remove strut from truck
10. Replace strut with new one or newly modified one
11. Reverse steps starting at 8 and go back to 1.
It's kinda tricky if you don't undo the upper control arm. Anyhow those are the exact same steps I follow. Except I have TC upper control arms so undoing the UCA's is a piece of cake.
Good luck! Be safe!
Alright i think i see why you said to disconnect the sway bar and loosen the upper ball joint, even though the idiot who wrote the service manual didn't suggest that. my buddy got home from a night of clubbin at 5:30 and him and I spent the last hour trying to force the lower strut knuckle in to place so that the bolt would line up. I didn't try the sway bar, but i took out the pin and nut for the upper ball joint that connects the two a-arms, but it didn't do anything. it was as if some phantom force was still holding it connected. is there something besides the large nut that holds it togethor? I really need to know before i try the next side.
My friend and I finally managed to force the bolt in. However, we put the bolt in backwards. the service manual shows the bolt head facing the cv boot, and the nut facing forward.... Do you think it's a big deal that we put it in backwards?
man i cant beleive it's 7am already... im gonna have to wake up at 10 to do the next side. I have work in the evening.