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front shock replacement

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by shift96, May 15, 2010.

  1. shift96

    shift96 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So I have a hydraulic press in my garage and am wondering if I can use it to change my front shocks on my 01 Tacoma. Anyone here ever use a press to do this?
     
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    What sort of hydraulic press? You'll definitely need a pair of spring compressors to remove the shocks from the coils springs though.
     
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    I bet you could fab up a rig to hold it and use the press.

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/suspension/92519-ome-install-starts-tomorrow.html

    Just make sure you can control the speed when you release the pressure on the hydraulic jack.

    Here is a very simple rig I put together and used it to change out a good number of shocks. It is in the pics in the link above scroll down the thread a bit to see them.
     
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    shift96 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Cool thankyou. I can control the speed on my press. I can get it to release very slowly
     
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    shift96 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Looking at your pics I actually like that setup you have better. I may try that. I have a setup similiar to that from when I changed out shock springs in my old Harley Softail.
     
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    The allthread rod is expendable as it gets messed up after a few runs throuth the riser clamp.
    I am still using the same rod but I had to use the vise grips to hold it this time.

    The riser clamp is used in piping systems when passing pipe through floors in multi story applications.
    That one is a 2" IPS or 2 1/2" O.D. pipe clamp.
    I drilled the extra set of holes in the wings to keep the 5/8" allthread in place.

    Add a couple 90 degree unistrut brackets and a 1/2" bolt and thats it.
     
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    where did you get the pipe clamps? Home Depot?
     
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    I don't think home depot carries them
    I would look for a plumbing supply shop.
    They are more of a commercial kind of item.
     
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