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View Poll Results: Install the 5100's on my own or pay a shop?
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Old 11-20-2008, 08:51 AM   #1
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Self-Install 5100's?

I am debating whether when I order my 5100's to install them myself. I want to but I really don't want to screw up. Just convince me one way or the other. I have done a few things on my own like debadge the truck and halo lights but I still don't know if I am ready to take this on. Answer the question as if it was your truck please.
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Old 11-20-2008, 08:53 AM   #2
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Get the springs mounted on the shock by a local shop and do the rest yourself. Its not bad, just depends on how wrench savvy you are. but In the end I always want to do installs myself.
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Old 11-20-2008, 09:01 AM   #3
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Get the springs mounted on the shock by a local shop and do the rest yourself. Its not bad, just depends on how wrench savvy you are. but In the end I always want to do installs myself.
+1! Don't try to compress the springs yourself. Take it to a shop - minimal cost (cost me $40). But, the rest you can do yourself. It's super simple!

You just need a way to get to/from the shop to get your springs compressed since you won't be able to drive without your front suspension...
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Didnt have tools or time to install so thats why i had someone install for me
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Old 11-20-2008, 09:09 AM   #5
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Didnt have tools or time to install so thats why i had someone install for me
That could be a barrier, although you don't really need any specialty tools. I had to get a couple of things, but from memory, you need:

torque bar to break loose some torqued components
torque wrench to re-tourque everything when reassembled
19MM socket for the bottom nut of the strut
21MM socket for the bottom bolt of the strut
14MM socket for the three nuts on the top of the shock tower
12MM socket for the skid plate removal
14MM socket for the swaybar brackets

I think this is all I used. You might need more sizes if you decide to remove/replace the UCAs, but I think these are all I needed. There might have been a 23MM socket needed too, but don't remember...
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Old 11-20-2008, 09:27 AM   #6
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dude i put on my toytec lift kit with a freind and it was a pain. If you dont have an impact gun then dont try it. I went a got the rent a tool from advanced to compress the coil springs and it was not a good time.
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true but i live in an apartment i would get shit if i worked on my truck putting my light bar on raised eyebrows
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Old 11-20-2008, 09:35 AM   #8
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dude i put on my toytec lift kit with a freind and it was a pain. If you dont have an impact gun then dont try it. I went a got the rent a tool from advanced to compress the coil springs and it was not a good time.
I guess each person's experience is different. Mine wasn't hard, it just took a long time. About 8 hours, but we goofed off a bit... However, that 8 hours was worth the $200-$300 I saved by having someone else install it (if it could be done that cheap). I also got a set of spring compressors and tried to do that myself, but gave up after about 5 minutes and when the bolts started to bend . So, that I took somewhere to have done.

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true but i live in an apartment i would get shit if i worked on my truck putting my light bar on raised eyebrows
I also live in an apartment with an underground garage. Luckily, they haven't said anything to me yet - knock on wood.... When I installed my lift, I asked the guy parked next to me if he would park outside that night so I could use both spots. But, the hard (somewhat messy) stuff is done. All I have left to do in my truck is all inside stuff now.
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Old 11-20-2008, 02:44 PM   #9
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install them yourself........rear are easy. for the fronts....take the coil assy. out and take it to a shop and get them to swap the shocks out for ya. it'll save you some $$$!
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install the rear yourself, have shop do the front!
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true but i live in an apartment i would get shit if i worked on my truck putting my light bar on raised eyebrows
Can you use Miramar's Auto Hobby Shop?
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I could of but it was timing was going to ocotillo that weekend school and work kept me busy.
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Old 11-20-2008, 04:48 PM   #13
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my shop did it for 150, including greasing the front and rotating my tires -
I drive 25 - 30 K a year and for me, it's not worth it
to do anything even oil changes myself
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I am debating whether when I order my 5100's to install them myself. I want to but I really don't want to screw up. Just convince me one way or the other. I have done a few things on my own like debadge the truck and halo lights but I still don't know if I am ready to take this on. Answer the question as if it was your truck please.
I asked a similar question in a different thread. As of right now, I'm gonna ask the dealer to install the front shocks (5100s) when they do the rear leaf spring TSB- Mine is a non TRD and the TSB calls for replacing all four shocks. I called and the service manager at Annapolis Toyota and he said it should not be a problem. Hopefully the tech that does the TSB will set the fronts at 1.75" like I want. I would also like to get the 4 Blisteins they provide with the TSB as extras for future use (or ebay)- I wonder if they'd give them to me.

If you haven't had the rear TSB done, you may want to ask the dealer as above. Plus you get a free alignment out of it...
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I say do it yourself. You have to get your hands dirty to call her yours.
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Old 11-20-2008, 05:53 PM   #17
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I say do it yourself. You have to get your hands dirty to call her yours.
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+1... I feel so much more attached to mine now...
AGREED!
Do it your self. It will give you confidance, and you will be encouraged to tackle other things down the line, saveing you money, and allowing you to do more mods.
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Old 11-20-2008, 05:56 PM   #18
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AGREED!
Do it your self. It will give you confidance, and you will be encouraged to tackle other things down the line, saveing you money, and allowing you to do more mods.
As I said in another thread, now that I've done the suspension, I want to start tearing apart a motor, learn how it works and put it back together...

It's addicting!

So, if you don't have a lot of money, then maybe you SHOULD have someone else do it... Probably cheaper than therapy.
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Old 11-20-2008, 06:03 PM   #19
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As I said in another thread, now that I've done the suspension, I want to start tearing apart a motor, learn how it works and put it back together...
Thats how I learned.
Hint: Dont tear apart the motor which is going to be needed to get you to work the next day.
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I'll be doing this myself as well (actually with a brother-in-law who is a mechanic).

How do we know the specs of what to torque everything back down to? Or do you just put a little muscle in to it?
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