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1/2" coilover spacer install

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by riwall, Jul 27, 2019.

  1. Jul 27, 2019 at 8:55 PM
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    riwall

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    Just finished up installing my eBay special 1/2" spacers. Ended up with just over an inch of lift up front which put the truck dead level.
    This kit included lower profile nylock nuts Instead of longer studs. I couldn't find a thread detailing installation so I figured I'd put one together.

    I had to remove the following in order to get the coilover to drop enough:
    Swaybar end links (on both sides simultaneously) and loosen the brackets to allow the swaybar to rotate down enough to clear the coil.

    Lower coilover bolt and two lower ball joint bolts:

    Loosen the lower control arm bolts (after marking the current cam positions):

    Support the lower control arm with a jack and allow it to lower in a controlled fashion.

    Finally remove the three upper coilover retaining nuts:

    The entire coilover will now drop down enough to slide the spacer over the studs. Raise the coilover back into the upper mount and secure with the new nuts. I used a little loctite since the studs just barely made it through the nylon of the nuts.

    I put the alignment cams back to the factory positions and took the truck to get aligned. Camber and caster were actually both still within spec, toe needed a slight adjustment though.

    For sure not a high end lift but not bad for a couple hours work and a total cost of $27
     
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  2. Jul 27, 2019 at 8:58 PM
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    JKO1998

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    I think I would find new studs
     
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  3. Jul 27, 2019 at 10:22 PM
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    MtnFisher

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  4. Jul 27, 2019 at 11:00 PM
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    If you can’t see the thread above the nut, it is not safe. Not trolling, being dead serious.

    Your safety and others safety is reason behind my post.
     
  5. Jul 27, 2019 at 11:01 PM
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    Dr. Emmett Brown

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    Studs are way too short to put a 1/2" thick spacer on top and expect to be able to put a nut on it. In your picture the nylon portion of the nut hasn't even begun to reach the threads. This is crazy unsafe. I would take it off.

    All 1/2" thick spacers I've seen on various websites have ALWAYS stated that longer studs are absolutely necessary!!
     
  6. Jul 27, 2019 at 11:07 PM
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    MESO

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    No washers, not even full thread engagement. No way Jose
     

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