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anyone have a 5100 installation guide/instructions

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by w103tws, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. Oct 25, 2010 at 6:55 PM
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    w103tws

    w103tws [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'm gonna be puttin on my new billies in a week or so, but need some directions. I've done a susp lift many years ago, but don't have the faintest idea on how I did it. I was just wondering if someone had a tutorial or directions on how to do this. Thanks
     
  2. Oct 25, 2010 at 6:57 PM
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    TurfTaco

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    There is a sticky on this...but let a shop disassemble the coils and install the new shocks.
     
  3. Oct 25, 2010 at 7:28 PM
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    Completely remove the sway bar.

    Its easy and gives you alot more room to remove the coil/shock assembly.
     
  4. Oct 26, 2010 at 7:46 AM
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    w103tws

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    Well, I have access to a spring compressor, so that part I should be able to do myself.

    I have not been able to find a sticky, or any step by step guide on how to do this. Maybe I'm over thinking this, maybe I should just start taking things apart and figure it out as I go.:notsure:
     
  5. Oct 26, 2010 at 7:49 AM
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  6. Oct 26, 2010 at 7:57 AM
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    Thank you for the link. I'll call around and see if someone will do it for me (cheaply of course)
     
  7. Oct 26, 2010 at 8:02 AM
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    KPT sees what you did there.

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    Compressing the springs isn't really a big deal if you just be careful. Done it on 3 vehicles. An imapct gun makes the job go quicker.
     
  8. Oct 26, 2010 at 8:31 AM
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    This ^
     
  9. Oct 26, 2010 at 8:34 AM
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    You can do it your self safely. I did mine with a spring compressor from harbor freight and at no point was it unsafe. My tacoma was the first time I tried it and did it fine with some friends and the STICKY write up from here took about 3 hours.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/single-action-strut-spring-compressor-43753.html
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    The one I used.
     
  10. Oct 26, 2010 at 8:34 AM
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    you have done it 3 times, but he has never done it and dont know where to start. So I would suggest him get help.
     
  11. Oct 26, 2010 at 10:01 AM
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    This is what I had done to it: Front/Rear Bilistein 5100's; Fronts set at 0.85 w/ Eibach/Toytec Coilovers". Rear Leaf TSB, 20 % tint on front door windows, 5% tint sunstrip on windshield. Dick Cepek DC1's (polished), 265/75/16 Hankook Dynapro ATM, TRD Exhaust. Illuminated 4x4 switch by rcbs204, BHLM, iPod connection to changer connect at head unit. NWTF Front fitted seat covers, Console gear shift area painted black, Theft deterrent tailgate mod, Front mudflaps removed.
    YES!! The first time I removed my stock TRD billies to install my 5100s I didnt remove the sway bar....PITA! When I installed the toytec/eibach springs this weekend, I removed swaybar, and so much easier!
     
  12. Feb 25, 2011 at 12:30 PM
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    So, I'm finally almost ready to do this install, but am wondering about the tie rod end. Is it necessary to separate the ball joint at the end of it, or can I do the installation without messing with it?
     
  13. Feb 25, 2011 at 2:08 PM
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    It will make life easier. Its not bad, I Just did a new front.3 inch with 5100 and new springs with air tools the fronts can be done in an hour or less.
     
  14. Feb 25, 2011 at 3:00 PM
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    If you go to youtube and put in "tacoma lift install" there are a couple of videos of installs with different brands but it'll show you what to do. I just did mine and rented a spring compressor from Autozone for free. Two hands definitely help, and air tools. I didn't remove sway bar.
     
  15. Feb 25, 2011 at 5:28 PM
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    Remove the sway bars. They get in the way. I find it necessary to unbolt ball joints from the tie-rod ends though I did not touch the uca ball joints at all. I also used an impact gun for the spring compressor otherwise, it would be a pain.
     
  16. Feb 26, 2011 at 5:59 AM
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    so, are people taking apart the ball joint on the tie rod and the UCA? Or is it more like only 1 has to come apart, take your choice?
     
  17. Feb 27, 2011 at 7:53 AM
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    I've done this a few times. I don't take the UCA ball joints apart.
     
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