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Dobinson strut assembly question

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016-2023)' started by 23tacotrd, Nov 25, 2023.

  1. Nov 25, 2023 at 7:43 AM
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    So I just received my dobinson lift and the parts are gs59-221 strut with 314 springs reusing factory top mounts sense they have 2800miles. So they came with 12mm spacers separate from the semi assembled strut and we are unsure where they go. I know a normal assembly is strut then dust shield then large washer then bushing then tapered or coned washer then mount then bushing then large washer then locknut where does the 12mm spacer go? The other question is spring orientation. one side is larger and ground flat and the other is slightly narrower and not ground flat, still round at spring end. what is the proper direction the spring goes on strut? Just trying to clarify all this so there is no guess work when I assemble because I can only use lift and shop for a short amount of time. Thank you for your help
     
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    Where did you buy them from, maybe they can help?
     
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    Closed until Monday and wasn’t able to go through it all until after they closed yesterday
     
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    Yeah I found that last night has no mention and doesn’t shows the 12mm spacer
     
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    Don't know of this helps.

    Passenger side

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    Driver side

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    Could it be for driveline extensions for carrier bearing?
     
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    So I ordered the quick ride setup. One box was blocks and u bolts one box was rear shocks one box coil springs one box front struts with washers and bushing in place in proper order then capped and strapped together then 2 12mm spacers zip tied to one strut. Packing slip mentions all boxes and same line as strut and circled (include 2 12mm droop spacers)
     
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    How's that handle? I thought you had to tighten them so much that that bushing expands to the width of the washer?
     
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    It's been like that for 50K miles. No complaints what so ever. I'm not a suspension guru......so I may be doing it wrong :rofl:

    Edit: I just looked at some google pics......theirs are all flatish....so I may need to tighten them up :D
     
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    Photos of said 12mm spacers will be helpful.
     
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    There is no were it could go on the lower control arm rough measurement would be would be 12mm tall 16mm around with 10mm hole. No other packaging in that box. Only other separate packaging is in the rear shock box with different size metal bushings for different applications. Like I said on the listed packing slip it is listed to include 12mm spacers with front struts. The only place it like it could go is in between the dust shield and lower bushing washer
     
  14. Nov 27, 2023 at 4:07 AM
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    I m pretty sure Ive read they go on the strut shaft, I believe on the underside of the "top hat" to shift the shaft down and allow extended travel on the coilover down to the max. Im not sure if your arms will hold you up or not. Have you asked @Crikeymike ?

    Edit: Just read this and it sounds confusing.

    Remove all bushings and washers.
    Install the 12mm sleeve.
    Then reinstall washers and bushings.
     
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    In case this comes up in the future, it adds droop to the strut. It goes on the strut shaft first, then the bushing sequence. It's suggested to be used when the lift height is higher so the strut doesn't top out as easily.

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