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Bilstein 5100 install thread

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by rescuek10, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. Sep 20, 2010 at 9:57 PM
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    Ok, so after a couple of hours of searching, I still have yet to find anybody who did an install thread on Billy 5100s on a 1st gen. Can anybody help me out? I just got mine in today, and am planning on installing them and putting on a new set of tires Friday.
     
  2. Sep 20, 2010 at 10:00 PM
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    I just did it Saturday what do you want to know?
     
  3. Sep 20, 2010 at 10:01 PM
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    Haha basically what all I need to take loose in order to get the stock struts out.
     
  4. Sep 20, 2010 at 10:08 PM
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    Ok first thing remove the three 14mm bolts at the top of the strut.
    then remove the bolt holding the sway bar. Now remove the big bolt at the bottom on the shock I think it a 19mm it's might be a 21mm I don't remember. After that the strut should come right out.
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  5. Sep 20, 2010 at 10:09 PM
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    That's what I thought, but I wanted to make sure. Thank you very much!
     
  6. Sep 20, 2010 at 10:10 PM
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    You got it man good luck with the install.
     
  7. Sep 20, 2010 at 10:11 PM
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    You had to remove the sway bar bolt to get to the nut on the lower end of the shock? I didn't on mine as a standard open ended wrench would fit in there just fine and the sway bar really doesn't get in the way. Doesn't hurt anything though, although it might end up being a pain if the nut doesn't come off clean (and ending up twisting the ball forever).
     
  9. Sep 21, 2010 at 4:33 AM
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    I think it could of been done without removing it but we did anyway for more room.
     
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    ummm yeah
    i removed the sway bar and link.....undid the tierod......take old out compress it.....install 5100 into coil......install onto truck by prying down on the LCA and using a spoon tool that is for changing dirtbike tires......torque to spec
     
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    Also I removed the brake line clips so I could move it out of the way
     
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    dont me to thread jack but i got a 5100 question as well. im thinkin about getting those. should i buy all 4 at once or do the rear then front. also should i get new springs for the front?
     
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    You can get new coils if you want. But they are not required. Basically, just need the front 5100s, rear 5100s and an aal.
     
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    If you are only gonna do 2 at once, do the rears first. It won't hurt anything if you can't afford all 4 at one time.
     
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    just changed mine this weekend remove the sway bar disconnected the lower control arm with two nineteen millimeter bolts, made life alot easier... kept the tierod intact...still a pain to remove but a coil compressor helps to get some of the tension off of the spring
     
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    you can do the front without removing the sway bar or tie rod or anything. I used the toyota jack to push down on the UCA from the wheel well to get enough room to get the coil and shock back into position and the lower bolt to line up.
     
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    What are you going to set the 5100 at?
     
  19. Sep 22, 2010 at 12:58 PM
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    I did replace the coils, and did did disconnect the the sway bar link It was a bitch getting the lower shock bolt back in, the sway bar disconnect helped, other than that it was a pretty simple install.
     
  20. Sep 22, 2010 at 3:05 PM
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    alright ill just stick with the stock springs for now. im proably gunna do the rears first. an aal? like a 1in? i have that.
     
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