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Any tips on adjusting 5100 height setting without removing struts from truck??

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by BenWA, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. Dec 13, 2010 at 9:47 PM
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    I want to move from the 0" setting to the .85" setting, so it's not like the coils have to be compressed a huge amount. Is this a relatively straightforward task? Just by looking, seems like it would be a challenge to get two threaded rod style coil compressors on opposite sides of the coil, with the flanges of the shock tower in the way. Any tips??

    p.s., I'm sure there are a million threads about this but nothing relevant turned up in my search.
     
  2. Dec 13, 2010 at 9:55 PM
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    not possible... safely
     
  3. Dec 13, 2010 at 10:00 PM
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    i tried. i failed. its not worth the hassel, its only an extra 15 min per side to take the coils right out. you waste that dinkin around with the coil compressor easily.
     
  4. Dec 13, 2010 at 10:05 PM
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    Okay, well...off they come AGAIN.
    :annoyed:


    I bet I could do it blindfolded this time. Gonna be like the 3rd time in a month.

    Thanx for the replies.
     
  5. Dec 13, 2010 at 10:07 PM
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    sucks.. hope you have lifetime alignment
     
  6. Dec 13, 2010 at 10:11 PM
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    Nope, unfortunately. :( Another $60 down the turlit.
     
  7. Dec 13, 2010 at 10:15 PM
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    bummer dude. make sure you dont have the taco lean before you get it aligned. you might wanna get the spacer in first so you dont waste money getting another alignment again
     
  8. Dec 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM
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    so my taco has the lean, since its a 1/4 inch it actually lifts it a 1/2 inch, is this true.

    if anyone can answer it would be much appericated.

    since its a spacer, i read its bad to stacks lifts, but does this one not count since its such a small lift?

    thanks, anyone, did want to start a new tread so i added to this one.

    might be the wrong thread since its about the 5100's but worth a try,
     
  9. Dec 15, 2010 at 9:58 AM
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    bump for an answer
     
  10. Dec 15, 2010 at 10:01 AM
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    Why have you done this 3 times this month?

    I realize you are doing it a 2nd time to raise it but why did you do it the 3rd time?
     
  11. Dec 15, 2010 at 10:19 AM
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    many people use this small spacer to correct the lean. i doubt it would affect anything.
     
  12. Dec 15, 2010 at 10:20 AM
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    I've seen this done on a Scion, can't vouch for its effectiveness on the Taco.
    Source: http://dpcars.net/scion/sc2.htm

    1. While the truck is on the ground (springs compressed by truck's own weight), wrap a tow strap several times up and down the coils to hold its length.

    2. Jack up the truck. The spring is still in its compressed length, but the shock is extended, giving you [hopefully] enough room to move the spring perch.
     
  13. Dec 15, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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    That sounds logical but VERY dangerous! If your strap breaks or loosens, you could cause damage or loose a finger.

    It's really not too difficult to remove. I agree it's a pain but it's safer.
     
  14. Dec 15, 2010 at 11:08 AM
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    seriously depussified oc to
    buy another set then adjust them ?
     
  15. Dec 15, 2010 at 11:17 AM
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    Could someone explain to me why you need an alignment after pulling a coilover out.
     
  16. Dec 15, 2010 at 11:26 AM
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    You don't necessarily need an alignment after pulling a coilover out. You DO need an alignment after pulling a coilover out and adjusting the height of it.
     
  17. Dec 15, 2010 at 11:26 AM
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    The OP will be adjusting the height of the vehicle which will change the geometry hence the need for an alignment.
     
  18. Dec 15, 2010 at 11:29 AM
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    Ok well that was not stated. Adjusting the height i can see why...although i have gone up and down with mine and just not bothered with it...but i have had mine out like 10 times in the last couple months with no alignment.
     
  19. Dec 15, 2010 at 11:31 AM
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    Firestone lifetime alignment is only $140, and they always have coupons on their site for it. I bought it knowing I would be trying different settings on my 5100's and have used it a few times, and they have been able to align mine fine every time.
     
  20. Dec 15, 2010 at 11:32 AM
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    In the OP: "I want to move from the 0" setting to the .85" setting"
     
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