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chris4x4 08-29-2010 06:21 PM

Second gen rear shock install...
 
When installing the rear shocks on a second gen, its a pretty easy procedure. No jacking of the truck, removal of the tires, etc. You need a 17mm box wrench, 5mm hex wrench (or 5mm open wrench...Depending on the shock), and 17mm socket.

Remove the lower shock mounting bolt and nut.
Remove the top 17mm nut.

Remove the old shock., then re install the new one.

Now...How to hold the shaft from spinning:

Some shocks have a 5mm hex hole in the top of the shock shaft:

http://www.tacomaworld.com/gallery/d...m/CIMG1302.JPG

While others are made for a 5 mm open wrench to fit:

http://www.tacomaworld.com/gallery/d...m/CIMG1305.JPG

In either case, use the appropriate wrench, along with an open wrench and tighten to 15 lbs-ft torque:

http://www.tacomaworld.com/gallery/d...m/CIMG1303.JPG

http://www.tacomaworld.com/gallery/d...m/CIMG1304.JPG

http://www.tacomaworld.com/gallery/d...m/CIMG1306.JPG

The lower shock mounting bolt is torqued to 74 lb-ft.

w8n4mud 08-29-2010 06:26 PM

:thumbsup:
I'll know that for next time.
If you could only have seen me the day of. :facepalm:

chris4x4 08-29-2010 06:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by w8n4mud (Post 2117938)
:thumbsup:
I'll know that for next time.
If you could only have seen me the day of. :facepalm:

LOL! I imagine! Ive been there too :o

crf69 09-03-2010 04:01 PM

doing this now.....fronts will be on tuesday

Kelson 09-29-2010 04:21 AM

fyi for 5-Lug trucks your will most likely need to take off the wheel and put the truck up on stands, unless you're less than 4' tall and hella skinny.

pinktaco808 09-29-2010 10:31 PM

or slammed

05tacoSPORT 10-27-2010 10:15 AM

5100s are on the back porch. :D looks like a hour job

bnavin 01-03-2011 10:18 AM

only tighten to 15 lbs-ft torque on top?

chris4x4 01-03-2011 12:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bnavin (Post 2556483)
only tighten to 15 lbs-ft torque on top?

Yup.

kram 01-10-2011 04:52 PM

Thanks for the write up. I just did this and it took about 30 minutes. I'd seen other instructions on the net that showed the wheels off and all kinds of uneccessary crap. Glad I found this.

I can't believe how much smoother the 5100s are over the stock TRD OR shocks. Went for a high speed rip on a rough dirt road behind my place and it greatly reduces chatter and increases traction. You can see when you pull the old shocks out how much skinnier they are and subsequently how much less oil would be in them, so it's no wonder the 5100s perform better. Got a guy installing my fronts on Wednesday, so I'm really stoked to feel it then, especially since I'm ditching a spacer lift in the process.

FTB530 01-26-2011 12:00 AM

I have never changed my shocks on my 2005 Taco,any suggestions on types and/or brands i should look at,i do very little off roading,thanks for any advice,since i found this website i have been doing some of my own work,plugs today,tommarrow the differentials and if i get realy brave i might trey to change the tranny oil.

jdkeller 01-26-2011 12:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FTB530 (Post 2650452)
I have never changed my shocks on my 2005 Taco,any suggestions on types and/or brands i should look at,i do very little off roading,thanks for any advice,since i found this website i have been doing some of my own work,plugs today,tommarrow the differentials and if i get realy brave i might trey to change the tranny oil.

Bilstein 5100's front and rears are your best bang for your buck.

FTB530 01-26-2011 10:55 AM

Thanks JD i will check into these.

FTB530 01-26-2011 11:07 AM

JD i looked at your build ,nice job,ill be happy to get more of my maintainance done and get a shell on mine,thanks for the info on the shocks,,im really glad i found this forum.

jdkeller 01-26-2011 11:46 AM

No problem. Thanks for the compliments. Let us know how it goes.

FTB530 02-15-2011 12:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jdkeller (Post 2650460)
Bilstein 5100's front and rears are your best bang for your buck.

Those Blistens are a little pricey for me,might have to go see my freind Les Schwabb lol

jdkeller 02-15-2011 12:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FTB530 (Post 2740796)
Those Blistens are a little pricey for me,might have to go see my freind Les Schwabb lol

You can pick up a set of lightly used stock trd shocks on here for dirt cheap. That's another option.

jdkeller 03-02-2011 05:53 PM

Try some liquid wrench. Then take a breaker bar and go as much as you can without messing anything up.

jdkeller 03-02-2011 06:17 PM

Has that nut and bolt ever been off before?

Pugga 03-26-2011 09:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chris4x4 (Post 2117917)
While others are made for a 5 mm open wrench to fit:

http://www.tacomaworld.com/gallery/d...m/CIMG1305.JPG

Just replaced my stock Bilsteins with 5100's :yay:
My stock Bilsteins had the 5 mm wrench at the top so I've got a quick question about removing them, or how they were supposed to be removed... I got to the top of the stud, could no longer keep the 5 mm wrench on top of the stud but still had threads to undo on the nut. I ended up just using a hack saw and cutting the stud but there's got to be a better way to get the shocks off... I did try using channel locks on the shock itself but couldn't get enough grip. Just curious how you're supposed to get them off without destroying the shock.


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