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5100's install...woops!

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Veccster, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. Sep 19, 2010 at 8:24 AM
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    Veccster

    Veccster [OP] bass turds

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    So I bought new 5100's for my 2009 Tacoma DC TRD SPORT. I wanted to raise the front 1.75". So I recruited the help of my brother-in-law to help (he rebuilds old cars).

    First, we were a bit shocked to see that the tie rod and sway bar both needed removed. Then, we were shocked to see how much rust was under there - especially for a 2009. The cotter pins came out in pieces!

    So it took several hours to get everything apart and get the backs installed - which was fairly easy. Then, we drove to a friends house to compress the coils. Got back, put everything together and cleaned up all the tools.

    Then, as I was putting the old shocks in my truck, it hit me....we missed a washer! There was one washer still on one of the front shocks. It was this part...

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    Worse yet...we didn't know which side it came from (drivers or pass). After an educated guess (looked like more threads were showing at the top of the shock), we disassembled the drivers, drove back to the friends house, compressed it apart and reassembled with the missing washer - and it was the correct side.

    Got everything back together and she looks GREAT!!! All in all, it took 9 hours to do the install. Though that includes lunch, some beers and a few hours of bullshitting. Not sure if the washer would have mattered but I'm glad we did it right!

    That's my story...pictures to come when the new tires are on (next week).
     
  2. Sep 19, 2010 at 8:30 AM
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    toyo freak

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  3. Sep 19, 2010 at 8:31 AM
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    steve o 77

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    Well now your really good at it lol. What kind of compressor did you use?
     
  4. Sep 19, 2010 at 5:56 PM
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    Tim A

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    Well at least you didn't say f it and go without the washer, which could be tempting.
     
  5. Sep 20, 2010 at 4:49 AM
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    It was terribly tempting to give up and go without the washer. It was a hot day and we were exhausted.

    I used a wall-mounted compressor. It was VERY simple to use and seemed safe. Had a guard that comes down incase the spring released.

    And my truck is perfectly level at 1.75" and the rear TSB. I'll snap a pic later today of it on level ground but the better pics will come when I get new skins later this week (probably Bridgestone Revo's).
     
  6. Sep 20, 2010 at 5:08 AM
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    AvsFanTRD

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    We came close to leaving that washer off on my passangers side as well. Thankfully I caught it before we tightened it up on the truck. Granted it had to be pulled back off and compressed and taken apart. But when you have the air powered tools and a big wall mounted compressor it still didn't take us more than an hour to do the whole thing.
     
  7. Sep 20, 2010 at 5:14 AM
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