Removing the front shocks/springs on the second gen Tacoma is a pretty easy task. You will need a small assortment of basic hand tools.
Metric sockets (1/4" & 3/8"): 17mm, 19mm, 14mm
3/8" ratchet wrench
1/4" ratchet wrench
14mm ratcheting open/box wrench
19mm open wrench
Needle nose pliers.
Torque for the 3 top nuts is: 47 ft-lbs
Lower shock bolt/nut: 61 ft-lbs
Sway bar nut: 52 ft-lbs
First, jack up the front of the truck and remove both front tires:
Then, remove the 17mm swaybar end link:
Then, remove the 19mm castle nut holding the upper ball joint to the spindle. You will need to use the needle nose pliers to remove the retaining wire. Once this is removed, wire or zip tie the spindle so as to not let it pull or put tension on the brake lines:
Then, you want to remove the 3 14mm nuts on the top plate. DO NOT REMOVE THE CENTER NUT.
Then, remove the 19mm lower shock mount bolt, and nut. You may need to tap this bolt out, once the nut is removed:
Then, Remove the shock/spring assembly:
Reinstall the lift or coilover of your choice in the reverse order.
I accidentaly deleted the pics, so until I can get new ones use these links: