1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Adjusting coilovers without removing

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by DarthBane, Mar 30, 2019.

  1. Mar 30, 2019 at 7:41 AM
    #1
    DarthBane

    DarthBane [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2009
    Member:
    #24655
    Messages:
    60
    Gender:
    Male
    Toronto, ON Canada
    Vehicle:
    07 SR5
    hi guys.
    I had a set of “adjustable” Elka shocks installed on my 07 Taco last week. Comparing to the Toytec 2.0 Boss kit I had, previous, they are amazing. I should have done this from day one. Anyhow, I want about 1” more lift (I believe they are pre loaded for around 1.5-2.0”).

    I tried to turn the collar but it won’t budge when it’s fully jacked up. Apparently I will need to remove them and have the springs compressed on a spring compressor and then adjust the collar accordingly.

    Is there a “portable” compressor that I can use to relieve the tension such that I can spin the collar while still on the truck?

    Thx

    DF715106-F161-42DB-938E-CBDEF3904587.jpg
    CE01B516-2DAF-40D5-B41A-61A9CA0343A6.jpg
    7358B0EB-1BCF-4A0C-99F4-EE5E21E751E7.jpg
     
    13txtaco likes this.
  2. Mar 30, 2019 at 7:43 AM
    #2
    boostedka

    boostedka Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2011
    Member:
    #64367
    Messages:
    5,060
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    James
    NM
    Vehicle:
    2004 4Runner
    Did you loosen up that pinch bolt as well? Also, spraying some lube on the threads helps make it easier as well

    @jberry813
     
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2019
  3. Mar 30, 2019 at 7:45 AM
    #3
    *TRD*

    *TRD* Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2016
    Member:
    #174188
    Messages:
    212
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ryan
    Carson, Ca
  4. Mar 30, 2019 at 7:56 AM
    #4
    DarthBane

    DarthBane [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2009
    Member:
    #24655
    Messages:
    60
    Gender:
    Male
    Toronto, ON Canada
    Vehicle:
    07 SR5

    Yes, I did loosen the bolt. I called the manufacturer (they are located in Quebec) and they said the pressure/friction will make it nearly impossible to adjust without compressors. I don’t really want to remove them if I can. Ugh

    The CO were purchased from Downsouth Motorsports , but Toyec and a few others carry them now. Build quality are amazing and more durable than others for harsh Canadian winters. Kings , as an example, “corrode” quite a bit up here with the salted roads (I live inToronto )
     
  5. Mar 30, 2019 at 7:58 AM
    #5
    DarthBane

    DarthBane [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2009
    Member:
    #24655
    Messages:
    60
    Gender:
    Male
    Toronto, ON Canada
    Vehicle:
    07 SR5
  6. Mar 30, 2019 at 8:05 AM
    #6
    Shortman5

    Shortman5 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2013
    Member:
    #100952
    Messages:
    2,145
    Gender:
    Male
    ..
    Vehicle:
    Supercharged TRD
    TRD S/C, ADS coilovers.
    First time I’ve seen ELKA on a Tacoma. Why these and not any other the other popular brands on here?
     
  7. Mar 30, 2019 at 8:16 AM
    #7
    DarthBane

    DarthBane [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2009
    Member:
    #24655
    Messages:
    60
    Gender:
    Male
    Toronto, ON Canada
    Vehicle:
    07 SR5
    They are rebuildable, rebound adjustable (high/low speed) with a simple click of the two adjustment knobs, and less prone to corrosion from what I’ve read. Elka is pretty popular in the ATV racing community and perhaps more importantly, I wanted to buy Canadian ‍♂️. I know it was a leap of faith, but I’m very very happy with them so far in terms of ride quality.

    Rides over these Toronto potholes with ease and is exactly the ride I always wanted. The closest I can compare to is the buttery ride one experiences in a Ford Raptor.

    Mind you, I also installed a set of Archive Hammer hangers recently as well, so that could be part of it. But the Elka customer service has been superb.
     
  8. Mar 30, 2019 at 3:35 PM
    #8
    boostedka

    boostedka Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2011
    Member:
    #64367
    Messages:
    5,060
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    James
    NM
    Vehicle:
    2004 4Runner
    jberry813 likes this.
  9. Mar 31, 2019 at 6:11 AM
    #9
    jstemp

    jstemp Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2018
    Member:
    #260306
    Messages:
    306
    Gender:
    Male
    Wisconsin
    Vehicle:
    2020 DCSB Offroad MT, OV Tuned
    This is what I use, works well. I have to remove my Fox shocks to adjust also. After doing it a few times now it only takes me about 30 min for both sides after the truck is jacked up and tires off.
     
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2019
  10. Apr 1, 2019 at 8:52 AM
    #10
    Icon_Adrian

    Icon_Adrian Well-Known Member Vendor

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2018
    Member:
    #240838
    Messages:
    181
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adrian
    Riverside CA
    Vehicle:
    2004 Tacoma Pre-Runner
    Icon Bypasses & Coilovers Long Travel Front & Rear Supercharged 3.4L
    If you'd like to explore another option before removing the unit completely, I recommend a lubricant of some sort. The adjuster nut and coil seat do have have a lot of friction due the amount of surface area. Some WD-40 or guild way oil that can work it way down in the threads comes in handy. The adjuster nut, spring, and coil seat all rotate together so the coil seat if often overlooked.

    Here is where you'd want to spray:
    Above the adjuster nut and in the slit of the adjuster & the top of the rodend from inside the coil seat.
    Capture_WD.jpg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKUUmbhUrpg
    Wipe away any excess after your done with the adjustment to insure it dose not attract debris.
    If that's not enough then as you and otheres have mentioned, a spring compressor will be needed.
     
  11. May 25, 2019 at 9:11 PM
    #11
    ace96

    ace96 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2010
    Member:
    #42591
    Messages:
    2,952
    Gender:
    Male
    Western KY
    Vehicle:
    '11 SWB DC TRD SPORT
    AVS bug deflector, Weathertech digital fit floor mats, TRD skid plate w/ Sockmonkey decal, SOS Cocept sliders w/ Line-x, Pioneer 3500, Hybrid Audio Technology Mirus 6X9s & 6.5s, back up cam mod, Wet Okoles-front & rear, TRD exhaust, 17X9 XD Spy w/ Falken Wildpeaks, Avid light bar

    Can you compare the two different shocks?
     
  12. May 26, 2019 at 2:45 PM
    #12
    Rd62

    Rd62 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 16, 2018
    Member:
    #253683
    Messages:
    366
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2014 DCLB TRD Sport
    You've used this successfully on Fox Coilovers?

    I have 2.5's and would like to adjust mine as they settled about an inch after installing.

    I rented a compressor from Autozone but it was a different style and didnt really fit or work.

    I'd be interested in the exact process you use.

    Thanks!
     
  13. May 26, 2019 at 2:53 PM
    #13
    scottalot

    scottalot FooW

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2013
    Member:
    #105349
    Messages:
    124,354
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Stockalot
    SC
    Vehicle:
    2018 tea four arghh Offroad 4x4 White LoveMachine
    Bone stock like Chicken in the Crock Pot .Dakkars,305/70/16 MT's, Extended length Fox Coilovers, Fox RR rear Shocks, Total Chaos UCA's, Dakar Leaf packs, LED Map and Dome, Breather relocate, Slimer from Ghost-busters starut up screen, Vent Visors, LED Pod's on Ditch Brackets soon, Level 8 Strike 6 Wheels, New MT Tars - Fierce Attitude, SOS front bumper -steel, SOS bed rack, LED white marker lights, LED reverse, TRD exhaust, Wheelers Super Bumps up front, SOS sliders bolt on with fill plates, Csjummper2003 White/Amber DTRL and white parking led bulbs, RTT rack basket Sold 2013, sold 2014 Tacoma. All listed stuff was on the '14 Bed Mat, WeatherTech Rain Guards, Ultra Gauge, TW Sticker amongst others, Useless Free OEM Bug Deflector, Flyzeye, OME Kit with 885's and Dakar and Nitro Shocks front and Rear . Tailgate mod, SOS Concepts 1/4" Skid Plate, White LED's interior Dome and Maps, Goodyear Wrangler MTR Kevlar 275/70/17, Wet Okole Seat Covers - full piping in Charcoal Grey, Lamin-X Green Fog light film, 17"x8 -10 offset Level 8 MK6 wheels in Gun Metal Finish, SOS Concepts Sliders W/ Kickout 12/21/14, Stubby antenna, LED reverse lights, lift removed 2/20/15 - making changes and trying to make up my mind
    I’ve adjusted my old foxs with this method: lift and remove wheel with that side on stands. Jack under and arm and relieve some tension. Lube threads and loosen collar nut. Use punch that’s been ground down to fit collar hole snugly and then slide a socket with extension over punch to use for leverage
    It’s a pain and takes a bit but it works and can be done without removing the coilovers from the truck
    You can thank @ahspurlock for the punch method :)
    I was using an Allen wrench that fit and it was a bear to turn

    B024F879-B024-4CF0-835C-0EE8F25E5547.jpg
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2019
    ahspurlock likes this.
  14. May 26, 2019 at 3:11 PM
    #14
    Rd62

    Rd62 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 16, 2018
    Member:
    #253683
    Messages:
    366
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2014 DCLB TRD Sport
    I had a long handle punch but not nearly as long as the setup you pictured. I was leary of backing the Allen screw out too far and causing the collar to jump the threads so I quit while I was ahead.
     
    scottalot likes this.
  15. May 26, 2019 at 3:16 PM
    #15
    scottalot

    scottalot FooW

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2013
    Member:
    #105349
    Messages:
    124,354
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Stockalot
    SC
    Vehicle:
    2018 tea four arghh Offroad 4x4 White LoveMachine
    Bone stock like Chicken in the Crock Pot .Dakkars,305/70/16 MT's, Extended length Fox Coilovers, Fox RR rear Shocks, Total Chaos UCA's, Dakar Leaf packs, LED Map and Dome, Breather relocate, Slimer from Ghost-busters starut up screen, Vent Visors, LED Pod's on Ditch Brackets soon, Level 8 Strike 6 Wheels, New MT Tars - Fierce Attitude, SOS front bumper -steel, SOS bed rack, LED white marker lights, LED reverse, TRD exhaust, Wheelers Super Bumps up front, SOS sliders bolt on with fill plates, Csjummper2003 White/Amber DTRL and white parking led bulbs, RTT rack basket Sold 2013, sold 2014 Tacoma. All listed stuff was on the '14 Bed Mat, WeatherTech Rain Guards, Ultra Gauge, TW Sticker amongst others, Useless Free OEM Bug Deflector, Flyzeye, OME Kit with 885's and Dakar and Nitro Shocks front and Rear . Tailgate mod, SOS Concepts 1/4" Skid Plate, White LED's interior Dome and Maps, Goodyear Wrangler MTR Kevlar 275/70/17, Wet Okole Seat Covers - full piping in Charcoal Grey, Lamin-X Green Fog light film, 17"x8 -10 offset Level 8 MK6 wheels in Gun Metal Finish, SOS Concepts Sliders W/ Kickout 12/21/14, Stubby antenna, LED reverse lights, lift removed 2/20/15 - making changes and trying to make up my mind
    Definitely don’t wanna back that screw out all the way. Just loosen a bit and you’re good.
    They’re a royal pain in the butt to turn and a stiffer 700lb coil makes it worse

    Fwiw- kings have larger threads and are much easier to adjust
     

Products Discussed in

To Top