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Bilstein 5100 pics?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 270, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. Apr 18, 2010 at 9:35 AM
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    270

    270 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Anybody got any pics of installing 5100s on their truck, like step by step. I couldn't find one in the search.
     
  2. Apr 18, 2010 at 9:37 AM
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  3. Apr 18, 2010 at 9:40 AM
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    Two big pieces of advice. If you dont have a good set of strut compressors, take the shocks to a mechanic to have them done. Make sure the strut saddle is installed correctly. I just installed mine this weekend. got the shop to build the shocks and struts for me noticed today that they put the saddle on wrong and now have to take a day off work and get them to fix it tommorrow.
     
  4. Apr 18, 2010 at 7:06 PM
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    '05 4x4 DC LB SR5 (LSD & Tow Pkg), Timbrens, AAL, 5100s (.85), Owned: 12/3/04 Mods: Fog, Map/Dome Light, Illuminated 4wd Switch, Washable Cabin Air Filter
    Here's a link that actually has pictures:

    http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?t=215551

    And more advice...

    1. You can go to any auto parts store and they'll rent you a strut/spring compressor for free. At Kragen (soon to be O'Reilly here in CA), they have one they rent out. Basically, they sell it to you (it's used) for $49 and then give you a full refund when you bring it back.

    2. Someone mentioned removing the sway bar in the link I provided. I couldn't change them without removing it. I did one side at a time. Remove the front bolts on the bracket holding it to the frame and remove it from the suspension at the wheel (the last point where it mounts and slides through). Then you can move it completely out of the way. When putting the sway bar back together, you may need to put a jack under the other side to lift it a little to raise the sway bar back up to reinstall the bolt through at the wheel (only had to do this on the second wheel because it's the new shocks that will push it down further).

    I've now done this 3 times and removing the sway bar one-side at a time makes it go really fast. I can change them out and modify the 5100 setting in about an hour (using hand tools only and doing it by myself).

    EDIT: I added some more tips to that thread in post #36 on page 3.
     
  5. Apr 18, 2010 at 7:31 PM
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    skistoy

    skistoy Make mine a Double!

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    Ditto on removing the sway bar
    makes it much easier!
     
  6. Apr 19, 2010 at 12:14 AM
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    I didnt remove the sway bar and it was still easy to do
     
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