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5100 install at home

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Kdawwwg, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. Apr 22, 2010 at 6:29 AM
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    can it be done without the tool that compresses the spring
    im hopeing at full droop the spring wont have much pressure
     
  2. Apr 22, 2010 at 6:30 AM
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    when you say full droop you mean setting them to "0"??

    i would think that YES no matter what you're gonna need a spring compressor (you can rent them)
     
  3. Apr 22, 2010 at 6:33 AM
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    You need a spring compressor.
     
  4. Apr 22, 2010 at 6:49 AM
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    not unless your strong enough to monkey paw them off
     
  6. Apr 22, 2010 at 7:11 AM
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    ok will rent tool
    thanks
     
  7. Apr 22, 2010 at 7:26 AM
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    Air tools help as well. Racheting the spring compressor by hand is a massive pain in the ass.
     
  8. Apr 22, 2010 at 7:31 AM
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    i just put them on and yes you do need a compressor. I suggest getting at least 3 of them. One for each side and an extra just in case. Its a pain in the ass. The impact driver could only do so much, so for the rest of the compressing i used a huge breaker bar. The breaker bar was much faster at compressing. It took about 2 hours to do mine. Have fun and be careful.
     
  9. Apr 22, 2010 at 7:56 AM
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    Why would you need 3 spring compressors? You only replace one shock at a time. :confused:

    Unless you have a group of about 4 people helping you.

    Also, sounds like you need a stronger impact gun.
     
  10. Apr 22, 2010 at 8:26 AM
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    He is prolly talking about the gheyy spring compressors that may break. So he suggest 3. Two on the spring and one extra incase one breaks. You always want at least 2 spring compressors on the spring incase one fails.
     
  11. Apr 22, 2010 at 8:53 AM
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    Yep agreed. I powerful 1/2" impact gun makes quick work of compressing and de-compressing the springs with the compressor. also lubing the threads of the compressor up helps it compress a little smoother.

    I have these spring compressors and used them on numerous occasions for years without any hint of failure.

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  12. Apr 22, 2010 at 9:19 AM
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  13. Apr 22, 2010 at 10:29 AM
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    Yeah you will definitely need those compressors. Like these other guys said even though its a pain 3 would be better on each spring. I did mine in the walmart parking lot with rented ACE compressors. 2 compressors on these springs was pretty sketchy to say the least as they started flexing in towards the spring. Anyway its a really fun and easy install me and a buddy did it in about 3 hours on my college kid budget :D
     
  14. Apr 22, 2010 at 12:10 PM
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    The key with using two compressors is the not tighten too much at a time on either side. Alternate tightening and make sure they are placed exactly opposite of each other. Also make sure you alternate which direction they are, for mine (pictured above) I put the dual claw on the top of one side and the dual claw of the other on the bottom of the other side. Gives me a nice even/balanced force applied to either side
     
  15. Apr 22, 2010 at 12:59 PM
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    Just use two and use a safety cable (similar to ones used on garage doors) and do NOT point towards yourself! This really should only be done by an experianced tech in my honest opinion
     
  16. Apr 22, 2010 at 1:07 PM
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    You MUST use a spring compressor and an impact gun will make the job a lot easier when compressing the springs. Any impact gun that is half way worth a shit will get the job done without a problem, contrary to a post above.
     
  17. Apr 22, 2010 at 1:12 PM
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    just put mine on, i took the springs to pepboys for 40 bucks they switched them in 15 min! plus i did all four by myself for the most part.
     
  18. Apr 22, 2010 at 2:45 PM
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    I just re-read your post and I misunderstood originally. I thought you meant he should get 3 SETS (of 2) spring compressors. I had pictured spring compressors all over the place!
     
  19. Apr 22, 2010 at 2:47 PM
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    EDIT: oops I see now $40 I'm blind sorry
     
  20. Apr 22, 2010 at 3:25 PM
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    Ohhh gotcha. I could see how you read that wrong.
     
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