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Old 03-29-2009, 06:30 AM   #22
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Instead of unbolting the ball joint why not just remove the top control arm. Its easier that way which is the way I do it on the 5 lug tacomas when installing a drop kit.
Much easier to remove 1 nut, than to remove the whole UCA. Why go thru extra steps if its not needed.
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Well, We took the stock shocks/springs to Pep Boys to have them swap the new OME 885 springs and Bilstien 5100 shocks. We dropped them off, and left to go assemble Matts new TC UCA's. We needed a different size grease zerk for one of the arms, so we headed back to Pep Boys. We got the parts, hung out for a bit, then, while we were on aisle 9a, my phone rings, it was Pep Boys telling me the shocks were finished. We stroll over to the counter, and the dude says, "Here ya go!" with a big grin on his face. The Top Plates were on crooked, and Im looking at them and notice, that they assembled them without the bushings or washers!!! The service dude, says "Oh...sorry about that, I'll go get it fixed"....I told him I want to go back there and show the dude how to build them....he started to mumble something, but I was already walking back there. So I see this fat ass trying to work the spring compressor, and he asked "whats wrong with them?"....I about LOST IT! I told him "They need to have the bushings installed, washeres, and the spring is installed wrong". The manager was right there, and he looked at the tech and said "You should have known better! How many of these have you done?". Well, I showed both of them how to do it. Matts Top Plate was gouged as the top nut was installed without a bushing or washer, and it was gouging the Top Plate. Idiots. I was pissed.
Chris I am glad you told this story up until that point I was like how the HELL did he change out those springs in the parking lot? My head was spinning. First off wrenching that shit by hand is bad enough, but I was like how did he do the springs, at first I thought he had bought preassembled. WOW ..... now I can reax a little. Great job helping out Packerfan45 and a good "How to" as well. win/win for all. Good job!
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Great write-up,thanks alot guys.....I'm going to tackle this when my Billies arrive.Until then I'm trying to establish who to take the assembly to who can build them without screwing it up.
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:20 AM   #25
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Chris,do you recommend a dab of loctite on those fasteners on reassembly?........Blue?
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:59 AM   #26
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From what I have been hearing you will pay in labor about what you pay for the lift.
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hey those springs provide 2" of lift correct? I already have the billys but have'nt installed them yet. I have the toytec spacer right now and i want to ditch that thing.
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:43 AM   #28
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Sick write up! I still would've smacked the shit out of the tech guy though.
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Old 03-31-2009, 05:19 PM   #29
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Chris,do you recommend a dab of loctite on those fasteners on reassembly?........Blue?
No lock tight. Just torque them down good.

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hey those springs provide 2" of lift correct? I already have the billys but have'nt installed them yet. I have the toytec spacer right now and i want to ditch that thing.
We put the OME 885's and the 10mm lift enhancer on Packerfan's truck. He got just over 3.75" of lift.

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Sick write up! I still would've smacked the shit out of the tech guy though.
I have been debating if I want to go back and smack him.... He should be banned from owning a wrench....if he even knows what one of those are.
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Old 03-31-2009, 08:53 PM   #32
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I installed 5100's last summer on my 07 4X4 Taco.

I did a couple of things differently.

I did not remove any ball joints or control arms. The lower ball joint separates in half; it is held by two bolts. The lower conrol arm bushings did have enough tension to keep the LCA in place, but, having dealt with ball joints on other cars, I found it a lot easier to deal with the LCA than with ball joints.

I swapped the coil springs. I measured the ride height before the install and noticed the driver-side was about .25" lower than the passenger side. Wheeler's Off-Road made the suggestion and it worked!
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good write up! sounds like a classic case of "if you want something done right...."

im a big fan of doing everything myself, so during a coilover install for my WRX, I found a set of cheap spring compressors from sears for 55 bucks that do the trick just fine. not a bad investment for the price.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...pecialty+Tools

that way you dont need to deal with "techs" at pepboys.
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man, now i can see how to do it, i really want to.. but im afraid i will forget something and teh front end fall apart.
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so in order to install my 5100s i just remove the assembly and bring it into a shop to put the 5100s together and set them to the correct height then i just put them back in??
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Let's do it!
After all this BS in the government, Im afraid that I wouldnt stop after a simple "Smack".

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Where did you get that???? How much????

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I installed 5100's last summer on my 07 4X4 Taco.

I did a couple of things differently.

I did not remove any ball joints or control arms. The lower ball joint separates in half; it is held by two bolts. The lower conrol arm bushings did have enough tension to keep the LCA in place, but, having dealt with ball joints on other cars, I found it a lot easier to deal with the LCA than with ball joints.

I swapped the coil springs. I measured the ride height before the install and noticed the driver-side was about .25" lower than the passenger side. Wheeler's Off-Road made the suggestion and it worked!
Thats another way of doing it. I prefer to just get the Upper arm out of the way. Give a little more room to work in there.
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good write up! sounds like a classic case of "if you want something done right...."

im a big fan of doing everything myself, so during a coilover install for my WRX, I found a set of cheap spring compressors from sears for 55 bucks that do the trick just fine. not a bad investment for the price.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...pecialty+Tools

that way you dont need to deal with "techs" at pepboys.
The Tacoma Springs have been known to break and bend the shit out of those types of spring compressors.
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man, now i can see how to do it, i really want to.. but im afraid i will forget something and teh front end fall apart.
After each step, stop and make sure you didnt forget anything. You can do it.
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so in order to install my 5100s i just remove the assembly and bring it into a shop to put the 5100s together and set them to the correct height then i just put them back in??
Yeppo!
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Great write up Chris!
Just in time for me to do mine. I just had the spring TSB done Friday. Hoping to install the lift I purchased from brianincc last month this weekend.
Hmmm, that coil compressor is not a good one to use? What kind would you suggest? Remember I got the 886's from him. THX
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Looks like a nice compressor

Looks like a nice compressor,
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb...106916493.html
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