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Old 01-15-2013, 03:10 PM   #102
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You don't remove them. They rotate. When you loosen the bolt And move the LCA they may rotate. When you are done just rotate them back to the marks you left. One side of each cam has a place for a wrench to help turn the cam.
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Trying to remove top shaft bolt and the rod it is on which runs through the shock is just turning with it. What do I do?
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There's no hole in the shaft for an Allen wrench on my 2013 Double cab.
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So I took it to a shop to have them installed since I failed. Now this is my problem...

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/sus...olt-shaft.html

I swear it seems like everything I do gets screwed up sometimes.
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:54 AM   #108
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Thanks for the video! Used it last weekend to install some 5100's. Came out great.
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I just added some notes to the video.

Added Torque Specs and some notes regarding removing the sway bar.

Torque Specs:
Shock to LCA: 61 ft./lbs.
Shock shaft to Top Plate: 20 ft./lbs.
Steering Knuckle to Lower Ball Joint Attachment: 118 ft./lbs.
LCA to Alignment Cams on Crossmember: 100 ft./lbs.


Tools Needed:
Floor jack and at least 2 Jack Stands
3/4" (or 19 mm) socket and end wrench for Lower Ball joint attachment bolts, nut from top of shock shaft and LCA alignment cam bolts.
17mm end wrench or socket to remove sway bar link nuts
6mm Allen Wrench to hold sway bar link shaft
Torque Wrench
Small Crescent Wrench (open ended adjustable wrench) to hold top of shock shaft from spinning
1 Green, Sharpie brand, felt tip marker to mark the alignment cams. (color and brand can be changed at your discretion)
Thank you very much for your video. Do you know if these torque values are the same for all 2nd gens? I have a 2010 and just wanted to cover all the bases before doing this. Thanks.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:47 AM   #110
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Thank you very much for your video. Do you know if these torque values are the same for all 2nd gens? I have a 2010 and just wanted to cover all the bases before doing this. Thanks.
These are the same for all second gen. 6 lug.

So you will be fine.
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Thanks again, DDD. Used your you-tube for the second time yesterday. Now have 5100s installed.
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Planning my install of 5100s this weekend was a little worried about it since I am not a wrnecher...I have a friend who is helping out and with all the info and the video it seems like we will be fine...thanks ddd for the write up and the updating of the video and this thread with the torque specs and to everyone else that has tried this and reported back positively...
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No need to remove sway bar

I installed 5100's all around last weekend and didn't have to remove the sway bar. Took me longer than necessary because removing the top nut on the old shock was a pain.
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Thumbs up EZ shock swap

I've been reading this forum for a while, but had to chime in on this way of changing front coil overs. I just finished my fourth swap (2nd truck) and this is BY FAR much easier than screwing around with my spring compressor. 1 1/2 hours from wheels up to wheels down. Never felt any danger during the process, unlike using compressors. Great thread!
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Video looks great, but where is your sway bar? Maybe I just don't see it. For me, it was in the way when installing the longer strut assembly, thanks.
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Saw the above info, so just the sway bar linkage was removed? The part that you hold the center with an allen key or the entire sway bar itself gets removed.?
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:29 AM   #117
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I completely removed the sway bar.

But other people have done it by just disconnecting the links.
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Sway Bar

I just did another Taco since my last post and didn't have to do anything with the sway bar either time. They slid down and away from the bar on both an 07 and an 09.
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Going for it this morning. The guys at Les Shwab tried to talk me out of doing this and bringing the struts into them after I removed them from the truck. This looks way easier. They'll be surprised when I walk in this morning "alive" to get an alignment. Thanks for all the info.
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Done! Finished it in a little more then an hour and that included making a cup of coffee in the middle of it. Did not touch the sway bar linkage at all and found that if you loosen the LCA to frame "just a little" your alignment does not move or very little if any. This is the only way to change out struts on these trucks. Walked into Les Shwab for an alignment and got the when I told them I did the struts without a compressor. Still alive!
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