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Front shocks?!!! (HELP!!)

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by hillinsan, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. Dec 10, 2011 at 9:55 PM
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    hillinsan

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    So I just bought my first Tacoma, its a 2001 4x4 trd. My front shocks are bad and I bought Bilstein 5100's and when I went to replace them, the first shock I went to remove gave me trouble so Im stuck until I get parts. The 3 bolts on the strut mount on top are rusted badly and the 3rd that I was working on loosened for about 5 turns and then the bolt turned with the nut and is stuck like that. Where can I get the replacement peice with the bult "lugs" so I can continure with the upgrade. Not really sure if its a strut mount or what you call it. Any help is very much appreciated.. Thanks Kenny
     
  2. Dec 10, 2011 at 10:00 PM
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    I used grade 8 bolts and they work very well....just cut them off and do that or you will have to buy that whole top plate assm.

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  3. Dec 10, 2011 at 10:00 PM
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    i meant cut off that one and take out the others
     
  4. Dec 10, 2011 at 10:02 PM
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    pics will help us!! a grinder is your friend sometimes, so is a torch, and... crap i forgot what that stuff is called that you spray on and it eats all the rust away and helps you get the nuts off.. hopefully someone else can chime in
     
  5. Dec 10, 2011 at 10:09 PM
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    Where would I get the whole top plate assm.? Would I have to go through Toyota for that or can I find an after market one?
     
  6. Dec 10, 2011 at 10:10 PM
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    doesnt the 5100s come with it??
     
  7. Dec 10, 2011 at 10:12 PM
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    there is a plate on the bottom, but on top theres just the rod and a nut. Not the top plate with bolts.
     
  8. Dec 10, 2011 at 10:15 PM
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    can you post some pics please?

    im tired and sick so maybe my brain isnt working lol
     
  9. Dec 10, 2011 at 10:24 PM
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    no the 5100s dont have the top plate unless you get the coil over package. no i do not belive you can find it somewhere else other than toyota. this happenend to me and thats why i just used some grade 8 bolts...works perfect
     
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    Try here. I think they call it Strut Top Plate/Upper Coil Support

    http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/9504tacomasuspmisc.htm
     
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    Thanks for the help guys!!
     
  13. Dec 11, 2011 at 8:43 AM
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    PB Blaster. Depending on how bad the rust is, though, cutting and replacing may be the better option.
     
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