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1st Gen U bolt flip kit install

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by JLee, May 13, 2011.

  1. May 13, 2011 at 12:12 PM
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    JLee

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    You don't see this install too much on 1st Gen Tacoma's due to the shock mount relocation.
    So here's how I did it now you don't have to do it the way I did you can just use the shock upper mounts and weld new lower mounts to the axle if you like.

    Tools
    1/2 drive socket wrench and a breaker bar (1/2" impact gun and air ratchet are helpful but not required)
    17mm & 19mm sockets (Impact sockets if the Impact gun is used)
    Torque wrench
    Angle grinder with a wire wheel to clean the metal
    Angle locater
    2 Jack stands
    Floor jack
    220v Welder


    Items Needed

    Lower shock mount tabs
    Primer & paint
    PB Blaster (Spray all bolts the day before the install)
    "Upper shock mounts and a cross-member if relocating the uppers"
    U-bolt flip kit
    Grade 8 bolts for the lower shock mounts

    1. Break lug nuts Jack up the truck and support the frame with the jack stands
    2. Take the floor jack and support the the Diff (pumpkin) of the rear axle
    3. Remove wheels
    4. Do this for driver and passenger side
    [​IMG]

    5 Install the U-bolt flip kit as shown and snug down the bolts in a Cris cross pattern. Then take the torque wrench and torque the bolts to 90flbs
    (Note: not all flip kits are alike so it might not be a 19mm nut)
    [​IMG]

    6. Now it's time to install your lower shock mounts.Grind off all pint and rust on the axle where your going to mount your shock. This is where it gets tricky if your just doing the lowers it's simpler just mount the shock in the upper mounts and attach the lower tabs to the shock hold the shock in place keeping the left and right of the shock as close to 90 degrees as possible. Then tack the tabs into place when both sides are tacked and you like the placement check your angles one more time then remove the shocks and burn in the welds. Paint the bare metal and reinstall your shocks. And re-torque the u-bolts after 100~ miles and again after 500 or so
    [​IMG]

    Note: if your keeping the stock mounts then you would want longer shock mounting tabs because the ones i used would put a steeper angle on your shocks.

    Angled Shocks

    There is many ways to do this I went with the rear of the axle because i still drive the truck 90% of the time on the street and wanted it street drivable. but you can mount yours how ever you want.


    If you want to go the route I went do all 4 steps listed above and grind off all the paint from the 3" mark to the 5" mark from your U-bolts. Then grind all the paint off the inside of the frame rails for the cross member install.

    6.1 I placed my cross member just back far enough so the mounting points of the upper shock mounts matched up with the stock rear putting my shock mounts at 30 degrees off the back of the axle. The cross member was constructed out of 2" .120 wall HREW tubing and the mounting locations were 3/16th plate steel 4 pieces cut 2"x1" and 2 cut to 2"x3". the 2x1's were welded to the 2x3 making a U shape then tacked to the cross member as seen in the picture. I did not measure the location of the upper shock mounts. I used the angle locator to find my location i just took the shock tabs and mounted them to the shocks wedged the cross member in place and held the shocks at the angle i wanted. I ended up mounting them 3 1/2" from the U-bolts on the lowers. And the shocks at 30 degrees towards the rear of the axle and 20 degrees angled in. Tack everything in place and check your angles.

    (Note with your axle at full droop when your tacking your shocks check the length of shock tube exposed. You should have at least 2 1/2" of travel left in your shock or you with max them out when you flex. I have not measured the shock to wheel travel of this setup yet but it's not 1" to 1" when I get the measurements I'll update it)



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    7 Once everything is tacked and you re-check all your angles go ahead and burn everything in. After it cools prime and paint all bare metal and re-install your shocks.

    And re-torque the u-bolts after 100~ miles and again after 500 or so

    Finished! [​IMG]

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    I will add instructions on the bump stops when i get some pictures.
     
  2. May 13, 2011 at 12:15 PM
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    707tothe907

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    Awesome write up.
     
  3. May 13, 2011 at 12:18 PM
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    Thanks man Ive been getting a lot of PM's asking how I did mine so i figured I could do a write up and send a link If I'm asked.
     
  4. May 13, 2011 at 12:53 PM
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    Sheepdog

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    I read on your build thread that you're thinking of reangling your shocks so they're l l instead of / \. You still planning on doing that?
     
  5. May 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM
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    Slodgetto

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    Great writ-up man!! :thumbsup:
     
  6. May 13, 2011 at 1:00 PM
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    01Tac0ma

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    Look at build!
    sub'd Good Job JLee, I've been wanting to do something similar just didnt know exactly what!
     
  7. May 13, 2011 at 1:13 PM
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    No that was before I did this i was going to go l l route but I did some more reading and went /\ and love it.
     
  8. May 13, 2011 at 2:06 PM
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    malander

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    Once again it looks great. I'll be getting the flip kit with my expos in the next coupla months :D
     
  9. May 13, 2011 at 2:32 PM
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    I know this might be a dumb question but I seach and all I could find is u bolt flip kit forsake...

    So here's my quesion: what's the benefits of installing a flip kit?
     
  10. May 13, 2011 at 2:36 PM
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    Snowman

    Snowman I have a problem for your solution…

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    And dont forget to retorque the u-bolts after 100~ miles and again after 500 or so. They stretch a bit.
     
  11. May 13, 2011 at 3:29 PM
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  12. May 13, 2011 at 3:38 PM
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    Yes this ^ forgot to mention that I'm adding that [​IMG]
     
  13. May 13, 2011 at 3:57 PM
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    Good write up on your MODS Jerry, but dude you need to clean off that rust scale on undercarriage & hit it hard with some undercoating .unless its just Clay stains I see (possibly this cause I'm old & blind)
     
  14. May 13, 2011 at 4:19 PM
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    Thanks yeah it a mix of clay and rust I've been meaning to get it all off.
     
  15. May 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM
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    JLee, awesome write yet again! Well done~
     
  16. May 13, 2011 at 7:39 PM
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    Great write up!
     
  17. Nov 19, 2012 at 9:05 AM
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    do you think my rear 5100's have enough travel to do this, or should i stick witht he stock config. I have the AP flip kit and @ shock mounts already i just want to make sure i do it right
     
  18. Nov 19, 2012 at 9:27 AM
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    no you'll need the 10'' shock at least since you moving the mounting points..i mean i guess you could bu you'd over extend them..
     
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