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AAL Install ?? How did you support the frame?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by House Doc, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. Jan 28, 2011 at 8:08 AM
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    House Doc

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    I am installing an OME 3" lift on my son's 07 DC TRD Prerunner.
    I got the front suspension done without too much of a problem.
    I started the rear AAL last night and had an issue. I jacked it up via the pumpkin/differential, Placed the jack stands on the frame about mid way of the rear door just before it makes the turn in the frame. When I lowered the jack to let everything rest on the jack stands, the tires came all the way back down to the floor. The tires are 275/70/16's.
    The only idea I can think of is to take the tires off while the axle is jacked up high. I don't really want to do this for safety as well as maybe not having enough drop left to lower the axle to work on the springs.
    Am I missing a concept or what did you do to get the AAL on?
    The floor jack I am using has a 19 1/2 inch lift.
    Thanks in advance,
    Steve
     
  2. Jan 28, 2011 at 8:09 AM
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    chris4x4

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    After you lift the rear of the truck, support the frame with jackstands. You may have to set them on some 4x8 blocks off wood, if they dont have the reach to lift it high enough. Then, remove the tires, and you should be fine.
     
  3. Jan 28, 2011 at 8:14 AM
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    Not sure if this is how everyone else did it but what I did was use jackstands to support the actual truck. I got the ones from harbor freight for a 6 ton and those had more than enough room to put me high enough up. Then I used the floor jack to raise and lower and basically hold the axel. I had an additional set of smaller 3 ton jackstands that I used to hold the axel in place but found them not really useful. It was easier just to use the floor jack and rotate as needed.

    Oh 1 think that I also made sure and do was put my spare tire under the opposite side of the axel that I was working on, this way if anything happened it would not rip off the break lines or fall to far.
     
  4. Jan 28, 2011 at 8:44 AM
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    Many thanks for the suggestions/reassurance it needed to go much higher. The front conversion went so well I guess I was expecting to do the rear with 1 hand sitting on a stool:)
    Steve
     
  5. Jan 28, 2011 at 8:57 AM
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    I ran in to the same false confidence. I did the front with another member on here and though the back would take an hour tops, then once I got in full on, I changed my mind lol.

    Good luck on the install though, its worth the time it will look amazing!
     
  6. Jan 28, 2011 at 8:58 AM
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    x2...thats what we did
     
  7. Jan 31, 2011 at 11:47 AM
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    I jacked up the rear by the differential, removed the wheels, put jack stand under the axles at their lowest setting and let the truck down. Then I put a 4x4 under the trailer hitch and raised the body/frame to separate the springs from the axle.
     
  8. Jan 31, 2011 at 1:09 PM
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    I got the job completed yesterday. I to 6 pcs of 3/4 plywood 12" X 12" and stacked them together. I made one for each side. Rested the jack stands on top of them. Height came out a bit over 4". It worked out great
     
  9. Jan 31, 2011 at 1:13 PM
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    Good deal. I asked you in another thread what part of Alabama you are from?
     
  10. Jul 5, 2012 at 7:05 PM
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    I took the tires off when I needed to bring the axle to full droop to replace the shocks. Also, if you attempt to install the U-bolt flip kit, the U-bolts are much easier to wrench on without the tires in the way.
     
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