So I decided to go ahead and install by bilstein 5100's (on stock TRD coils) in my truck this week, and I ran into an issue. On the way home I heard a clunking noise coming from the driver side. I checked it out when I got home and noticed about a 1/4" gap on the strut rod between the waser, and the top nut.
I took the whole assembly out of the truck and took it to a local body shop, and they swapped the new struts onto my old coils for me (They have a bench mount compressor). It's a friend of mine and he didn't charge me so I don't want to call back and complain, but it seems like it's missing a bushing. Is there supposed to be 2 bushings up top? Maybe there was supposed to be one under the top hat? I didn't get a chance to see the old ones disassembled so I have no clue what the bushing /washer arrangement is.
There is only a gap on the drivers side, and the passenger side looks normal, so what happened?
Also, are my spring perches on upside down?
I'll attach pics of both sides for reference.