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2nd gen rear shock replacement help

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by silverback, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. Aug 3, 2010 at 5:57 PM
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    silverback

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    I searched for the DIY on this but couldn't find anything. My question is do we have to compress the shock to get it out and in? Or does the new shock just plop right in like a loose whore? We have the truck jacked at the rear axel housing with both tires off. The new shock appears to be fully extended and much longer than the oem shock. Thanks
     
  2. Aug 3, 2010 at 6:01 PM
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    jdkeller

    jdkeller How many words can be fit in this s

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    You jack up the rear, place jack stands under the frame at the rear, then lower the jack til there is no compression. But keep it there. Then it should fit.
     
  3. Aug 3, 2010 at 6:02 PM
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    jdkeller

    jdkeller How many words can be fit in this s

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    What kind of shocks are they?
     
  4. Aug 3, 2010 at 7:29 PM
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    No need to jack the rear or take the tires off. Simply loosen the hardware on the old shocks and remove. Mount the top of the new shock first (obviously) and then compress it into place (by hand) and install the bottom hardware. It can be done in less than 20 mins just lying in your driveway.

    Easy as pie...
     
  5. Aug 3, 2010 at 7:44 PM
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    I just did mine (5100's) a few eeks ago.

    GA
     
  6. Aug 3, 2010 at 8:13 PM
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    Yup... shouldn't have to jack anything... just remove old shock.. compress new one to fit...
     
  7. Aug 4, 2010 at 5:24 PM
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    yea for some reason the first couple times of trying to compress the shock by hand I couldnt do it. after setting the shock upright on the pavement I got it to compress and from there I could do it by hand. I did take the tires off and jack the damn thing up though, already had that part done before the posts. Anyways thanks for your input guys always helpful.
     
  8. Aug 29, 2010 at 5:27 PM
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    blackhawke88

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    is there a trick to tightening the nut on the upper shock mount without the shaft spinning?
     
  9. Aug 29, 2010 at 5:52 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    What kinda shocks are you installing?
     
  10. Aug 29, 2010 at 5:55 PM
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    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

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    ^ 5100s for a friend
     
  11. Aug 29, 2010 at 5:59 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    IIRC, It uses a 5mm hex wrench in the top of the shaft:

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    Insert the wrench, and use an open wrench to tighten it:

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  12. Aug 29, 2010 at 6:00 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    FWIW, Some shocks have the very top of the shaft fit for a small wrench to hold it from turning:

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  13. Aug 29, 2010 at 6:04 PM
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    w8n4mud

    w8n4mud There's a mod for that!

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    You rock Chris. That was the very same thing that got me too when I contacted you (I still feel bad about my timing). Always there!

    Good luck Jason.
     
  14. Aug 29, 2010 at 6:07 PM
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    blackhawke88

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    amazing! thanks! i never would have noticed that hex on top without you telling me
     
  15. Aug 29, 2010 at 6:08 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    Im thinking of making a new post and sticking it....:)
     
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