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Front shock replacement-youtube vid-help please!

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by thinkingman, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. Jan 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM
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    thinkingman

    thinkingman [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Foglights are for fog, not oncoming traffic!
    I've searched everything and read countless pages of threads trying to figure this out.
    This video makes it look so simple....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkVLBOnAifc&feature=related
    This looks too simple.
    Is there other disconnections that they've made that don't appear on the video?
    Anybody used this?
    Thanks.
    Billies on the rear are amazing...hoping same for the fronts.
     
  2. Jan 9, 2012 at 1:01 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    I wouldnt do it that way. Remove the assembly first, then use a spring compressor to remove the spring.
     
  3. Jan 9, 2012 at 1:02 PM
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    Konaborne

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    "this video is for entertainment only. Do not attempt what you are about to see at home"
     
  4. Jan 9, 2012 at 1:04 PM
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    While I haven't used this particular method, I did notice they didn't mention completely removing the front sway bar. When I put my 5100's on, I found the the sway bar got in the way when trying to remove the shock assembly. You could still get it out without removing the sway bar, however it makes it a hell of a lot easier. You'll need to remove the skid plate to get at the two bolts that mount it to the frame. Then you can slide it out from one side of the vehicle.
     
  5. Jan 9, 2012 at 1:16 PM
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    Foglights are for fog, not oncoming traffic!
    So the sway bar was removed in the vid without being mentioned?
    What else did they omit?
     
  6. Jan 9, 2012 at 2:11 PM
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    I didn't see the sway bar in the video.

    I can't really think of anything else they omitted. For shits and giggles, one of these days I'm going to give that method a try and see how well it works. It seems way less time consuming than using spring compressors.

    The thing I did differently when I did my install was, I disconnected the UCA from the knuckle rather than the Lower ball joint from the knuckle that they did in the video. I think either way will achieve the same result.

    When we did an OME install on my buddy's 4runner (which is virtually identical to the taco) we found that it took a blow of a hammer to the Lower ball joint/ knuckle joint to get it to break free even after removing the two bolts. You may or may not run into that issue.
     
  7. Jan 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM
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    What Chris4x4 says, you should use a spring compressor but I used this method this past weekend and it went flawlessly, although when he says raise it an inch or so I would raise it a bit more and I would also make sure your jack raises and lowers very smooth and not "jerk" the lower control arm down after you install the shock & coil. Just an FYI.
     
  8. Jan 9, 2012 at 4:22 PM
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    Ive done it this exact way 3 different times. Ive had no problems with it and its safer to me than using a spring compressor. The sway bar will get in the way but you can still manage.
     
  9. Jan 9, 2012 at 4:25 PM
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    Spring compressors are pretty sketchy, this is a good alternative but I'd take my time as this could be pretty sketcky too!
     
  10. Jan 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM
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    Andrew H What is this "search" you speak of?

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    x2. both ways have their risks.

    be careful either way you do it and dont do anything you're not comfortable doing. safest way for you is to just remove the entire shock/coil and just have a shop do it for you. but ive done it this way on my truck multiple times, have put a lift on a tundra this way, and am going to do it again this friday with another member.
     
  11. Jan 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM
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    make sure you are using a solid floor jack as well, not some piece 1.5ton jack. it is going to have to hold a lot of pressure/tension after the top nut on the stem of the shock is removed.
     
  12. Jan 13, 2012 at 6:53 PM
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    Andrew H What is this "search" you speak of?

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    Tacochaos and I did this method again today to adjust our suspension.

    Took about 45 minutes to adjust his 5100s on both sides of his truck.
     
  13. Jan 13, 2012 at 9:28 PM
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    Foglights are for fog, not oncoming traffic!
    Same as if you jacked the corner on the axle, right?
    I have a Sears steel floorjack...I think it's 2.5 tons.
     
  14. Jan 13, 2012 at 9:39 PM
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    Andrew H What is this "search" you speak of?

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    Huh?
     
  15. Jan 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM
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    I plan on doing it this way.
     
  16. Jan 17, 2012 at 10:35 AM
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    Foglights are for fog, not oncoming traffic!
    This method did not drop the LCA as mentioned in the video.
    I had to take out the struts by unbolting the lower ball joint and loosening the sway bar, unbolting the sway bar end links.
    I don't know what I did wrong but it didn't work.
    Shocks are in...ride is so much smoother than stock.
     
  17. Jan 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM
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    Did you loosen the cams?
     
  18. Jan 18, 2012 at 3:19 PM
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    Andrew H What is this "search" you speak of?

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    See build thread.
    You must not have followed my steps that are in my build thread.
     
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