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Color Code on Front Coil Springs

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by grivera, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. Dec 27, 2008 at 6:51 AM
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    grivera

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    I had the suspension TSB done on my Truck earlier this week. Instead of using the TSB Bilstein shocks, the dealer substituted my 5100s front and rear, set to 1.75. Yesterday, I measured front and rear height of the wheel wells. I measured from the ground centered with the wheel hub, up to the lip of the fender. The P-side (front and rear) is 1/2" higher than the D-side front and rear. I posted this on the suspension forum under an ongoing thread about a different topic and was advised that the dealer may have switched the L an R coil springs which have different load rates (that thread is apparantly dead). The springs are also color coded to indicate which goes where-however, I don't know which color goes where.

    Will someone with an '08 DC 4x4 (v-6) that still has the factory coil springs please look at their springs and tell me what color paint each side has? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Dec 27, 2008 at 9:33 AM
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    i thought i read somwhere on here that tacomas have an uneven passenger and dricer side... not sure tho
     
  3. Dec 27, 2008 at 10:13 AM
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    i just went outside to look and didnt see any paint markings.wheels were straight and didnt have keys. where are they located?i'm going out soon and will look with the wheels turned to see if i can see better.
     
  4. Dec 27, 2008 at 10:20 AM
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    Do you mean uneven ride height from factory?
     
  5. Dec 27, 2008 at 10:23 AM
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    I found a marking on the P-side (which may be on the wrong side). It has blue and grey paint.

    Below are pics of the differnce in height for reference.

    D-Side Front2.jpg
    P-Side Front2.jpg
    P-Side Rear.jpg
    D-Side rear.jpg
     
  6. Dec 28, 2008 at 1:08 PM
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    i have a washed out purple(i think its purple) on my drivers side coil.i cant see one on the passenger side,must be on the inside against the motor side.
     
  7. Dec 28, 2008 at 1:11 PM
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    I went out and looked, and see the same paint mark on both sides. (almost white in color)I would need a picture or better description to find the marks you talk of.
     
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    My Tacoma is that way also with the pass side being 1/2 inch higher then the driver side. I also have a 3 inch lift on mine with 5100's all around. Longhorn told me that 2nd gen Tacoma's are infamous for this so your not the only one. It kind of bugged me at first but you can't really tell.:rolleyes:
    Oh hey, so how much height did you gain in the back after the TSB was done?
     
  9. Dec 29, 2008 at 9:35 AM
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    Grivera, hope these are the colors....

    ok so those are the two sets of colors, just need to know which ones go on which side.
     
  10. Dec 29, 2008 at 9:44 AM
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    DAM!!!! I cant remember, and I had my stock coils on my porch for 6 months!!! :frusty:
     
  11. Dec 29, 2008 at 11:03 AM
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    more components on driver's side....gas tank and driveline parts. the driver's side spring has a slightly higher rate to accomodate the extra weight. sorry, can't remember which side is which color...been a long time since i put the 5100's on. sounds like they switched the springs to me. not that bad of a F-up though...just gotta take em back off and switch sides...no need to break down the strut.
     
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    I only seen the white mark on both mine.....maybe I need to look again????
     
  13. Dec 29, 2008 at 4:18 PM
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    Sorry for the late reply, I just got back from Jersey to catch this thread activity. The blue and gray marks on mine appear like the bottom spring-maybe the gray is actually white?

    It was posted above that I can just swap them. Eventhough that isn't difficult to do, it seems more prudent for me to ascertain which one belpongs on what side. I've also read up on the "Taco Lean" issue. Seems I'm within the acceptable parameters. Thing is, I'm really anal about this type of thing and it will drive me nuts. If the springs are on the correct side, I will probably end up getting a half inch spacer to correct the lean.


    WW_FIREFIGHTER"Oh hey, so how much height did you gain in the back after the TSB was done?"

    It definitely looks higher, although like an ass, I didn't take any meaurements before I took it in. The old pic is in my gallery-the pic below is after:

    Picture 003.jpg
     
  14. Dec 29, 2008 at 4:22 PM
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    Beter comparison shots before and after TSB:

    Before TSB.jpg
    After TSB.jpg
     
  15. Dec 29, 2008 at 4:35 PM
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    You said that you had Taco lean front and rear so In regards to the rear I know that rear TSB leafs ARE left and right side specific. When My dealer installed mine they actually put the springs on the opposite sides. For the longest time I could not figure out why I experienced rear taco lean, while installing my AAL I saw the "RH" and "LH" on top of the spring packs and began thinking maybe something was up. I checked the TSB again and then checked the rest of the suspension components and found that the dealer had indeed made the mistake of installing the springs on the opposite sides the TSB calls for. I made a call and had the springs quickly corrected at no cost. Needless to say that the swap worked and the drivers side sits at the correct level. Check your rear leaf packs, the passenger should have a "RH" stenciled on the top and the drivers side should have an "LH".

    FWIW - I also had taco lean in the front which I used ToyTec's 5100 adjustable coilover kit to correct. Hope this helps. :)
     
  16. Dec 29, 2008 at 5:06 PM
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    Thanks, I'll check again but I believe when I originally looked at the part numbers on the springs versus teh TSB, they were correct. This is a glimmer of hope as the rear is where the most difference is (alnost 3/4").
     
  17. Dec 30, 2008 at 3:01 PM
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    I checked, unfortunately the rear springs are installed on the correct sides...
     
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