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Front Strut Change 99Taco...

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Remotruker, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. Aug 9, 2009 at 3:37 PM
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    Remotruker

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    Ok, I got some 9000XLs that I need to put on the truck but i don't have spring compressors. Do i need them? I was told by a guy at a wrecking yard that i could just lift the truck by the frame, pull the bolts at the top and bottom and i am good to go. Otherwise i need to rent a tool at autozone or something.

    Anybody confirm either way?
     
  2. Aug 9, 2009 at 3:55 PM
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    TicTacOma

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    Did this guy have all his teeth and extremities?

    Never trust a shop teacher with missing fingers.

    Best and safest plan would be to have a shop that does this stuff on a daily basis do the dirty work for you. Sometimes that money spent is worth it.

    Welcome to TW. I'm pretty sure you get a consensus from a majority of the folks here that this is a professional/semi-professional job.
     
  3. Aug 9, 2009 at 3:56 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    definitely gonna need a spring compressor.....or take the struts off the truck and take them somewhere and get them to swap the shocks out.
     
  4. Aug 9, 2009 at 5:20 PM
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    kroggy

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    x2. By far the safest way to get them switched, but you need a buddy.
     
  5. Aug 9, 2009 at 5:25 PM
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    +3 on the spring compressors.
     
  6. Aug 10, 2009 at 5:59 AM
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    Remotruker

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    Thanks guys, that's what i needed to know. The yard dog must have thought i was talking about the whole assembly. Pulling out the whole assembly looks pretty easy, 3 nuts on top and 1 on the bottom.

    Kroggy- I need a buddy?
     
  7. Aug 10, 2009 at 6:06 AM
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    If your like me, your taco is your only vehicle. Need a buddy to drive you & the parts to the shop so they can switch the coils.
     
  8. Aug 10, 2009 at 6:07 AM
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    the extra set of hands is more then helpful when doing stuff like this. It's all pretty strait forward but a 5 min job with a helping set of hands can turn into a 45 min job by yourself
     
  9. Aug 10, 2009 at 6:07 AM
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    yep that is also true!
     
  10. Aug 10, 2009 at 6:10 AM
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    Do yourself a favor and get a set of ratcheting box wrenches for the top nuts. Sometimes you cannot get a socket on the inner two and it turns in to a bitch using a regular wrench. Other than that, easy job.
     
  11. Aug 10, 2009 at 9:22 AM
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    rednecktaco

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    also spray it down with pb blaster, the day before, and before u start.. if ur 99 is anythinglike my 98...
     
  12. Aug 10, 2009 at 9:27 AM
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    Excellent advice. I did that a few times last week before beginning.
     
  13. Aug 10, 2009 at 2:13 PM
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    x3....did this on mine when i installed my 881 coils and 5100's......makes life alot easier.
     
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