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5100's came in but needing install help

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by debuhr, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. debuhr

    debuhr [OP] Active Member

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    Got my adjustable 5100's for the front and replacing the rear as well. Me and a friend (who knows a lot more about this than i do) attempted doing this ourselfs. After 2 hours (and a lot of cussing), we decided to quit due to the fact that we couldnt even get the back shocks off (we didnt even atttempt the front). I decided to stop by some shops and get some quotes, but they all want more than what i piad for the lift lol. I have read every single forum on here about 5100's and install problems and i dont see many people having this same problem. Ideas? Pointers? And also, how can I even intall the front adjustables without a machine to allow them to fit into the stock coil?
     
  2. BulletToothTony

    BulletToothTony Gold Member

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    Are you putting your stock coils on the 5100's?
     
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    how are you having trouble getting the back shocks off? take the 4 bolts off. 1 on top 1 on bottom of each shock. and pull them off. leave the truck at stock height (dont use a jack) if they dont come off use a little hammer and tap them
     
  4. Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983

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    I had to cut my rear shocks off. The top was too rusted on. I could loosen the nut until I ran out of room to hold the top of the shock to keep it from spinning, then used a hack saw to cut below the nut so they'd come out. The rears shouldn't be giving you that much trouble, they're much, much easier to replace than the fronts.
     
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    you need to hold the bolt that comes out of the top of the shock in place with vice grips or an allen head wrench. then put a wrench on the nut. or else it will spin all day
     
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    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983

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    The stock ones you need to hold the top with a small wrench (I forget what size). But you can't keep the wrench on the top and back the nut off where you're supposed to hold it. I'm guessing that, if rust isn't an issue, they shouldn't spin the entire shock body once they're loosened with the wrenches but the rust on mine was soo bad that it would. I couldn't even hold the shock body with vice grips, it would just spin inside the grips. 5 minutes with a hack saw and the problem was solved :cool:

    The 5100 rears are cut to accept an allen wrench in the top of the stud which is a much better idea in my opinion.
     
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    Ok I tried doing the Allen wrench as well as vice grips on top. Ended up having to pull so hard that it stripped the top of it. So I'm cutting them off. And the front I am using stock coils but haven't got the slightest clue how to get the things in there with having my shocks set at an inch and 3 quarter
     
  8. Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983

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    Do you have a spring compressor? These should help you...
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/suspension/31862-how-front-shock-spring-removal.html

    http://ncttora.com/fsm/05+/data/ilea...a/03900510.pdf

    http://ncttora.com/fsm/05+/data/ilea...6ta/039000.pdf
     
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    I hesitate to assume this...but you are using a spring compressor, right?
     
  10. debuhr

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    no, i dont have a spring compressor. i havent taken them off yet either though. i finally found a shop who is willing to install for 100 dollars. so im thinkin that might be a good idea lol
     
  11. Pugga

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    If they know what they're doing, yes, that's a great idea. You wouldn't get far with the fronts without a spring compressor. Make sure the spring seat is in the correct orientation (the seat should cover the clip if that makes sense). Good luck!
     
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    yes $100 will be worth it
     
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