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Got any tips on making strut spacer install as smooth as possible?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Marksgrampa153, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. Mar 23, 2010 at 4:02 PM
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    Marksgrampa153

    Marksgrampa153 [OP] Joe Pac

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    so i just got a 3" spacer for the front/ add-a-leaf for the back/front diff drop and im pretty sure the leaf and front diff are gonna be easy...i feel like that strut tho, is gonna be a biatch...any tips on easing the install???:confused:
     
  2. Mar 23, 2010 at 4:06 PM
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    haha i did it. Jackstands, floor jack and a buddy to help it should go by pretty smooth. I actually had a harder time doing the ad a leaf then the front spacers.
     
  3. Mar 23, 2010 at 4:20 PM
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    Marksgrampa153 [OP] Joe Pac

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    what made the leaf installation difficult?
     
  4. Mar 23, 2010 at 4:23 PM
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    well i didnt have the correct tools i guess. I couldnt get them all lined up perfectly, and i was the only one doing it. It was a pain in the ass.

    The thing thats difficult about the front is actually getting the spacer on the top. Thats why 2 people are needed to make it easier.
     
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    yea same here the struts were the easy part! The add a leaf is a B*tch
     
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    Drop the Sway bar completely. Gives you a lot more flexibility to move it out of the way to get the strut assembly out.
     
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    i took my sway bar off anyways haha. adds a little more flex to the truck.
     
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    my fear with the leaf spring part is the break lines gettin stretched or yanked, etc. etc. ......i got a bunch of c clamps and jack stands

    definatly takin the sway bar out while i do the front
     
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    AAL. use those c-clamps and locked those two top leafs together. that way the holes for the centering pin do not move. way easier to line up two holes. load leaf, and new AAL, to the ONE hole of the two top leafs. you let them all come apart without the c-clamps and you will be lining up 4 holes. it is hell. we didnt lower the axle that low. just enough. we lifted the top two leafs with a strategically placed ratchet strap. no danger to the brake lines.
     
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    for the struts -a really strong/long pry bar will help alot. disconnect the sway bar end links. loosen the lca bolts. should slide out. might have to disconnect the tie rod.
    the AAL, if u have a few jacks its better, like a standing one and a floor jack (nascar style). use the standing one for the chassis and the floor jack - use it under the axle. get it high enough so the axle can hang freely (be careful of lines). after removing ubolts loosen center pin leaf nut --be very careful will spring back. i think u can get the idea. as u lower the jack on the axle the spring should start to hang free and u can proceed.
     
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    thank you all for the excellent advice...think il use this forum instead of the instructions haha
     
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    just use a coil compressor!
     
  13. Apr 7, 2010 at 3:28 PM
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    thank you all for the tips and tricks...lift is in and looks hot. been installed for a few weeks, just havent had a chance to get on here and tell yall...Pry bar for the lower control arm and a small jack stand to hold up the rotor. A few C-clamps for the leafs...the biggest pain in the ass for me the WHOLE assembly process was something stupid(as always) , re-connecting the lower ball joint bracket/housing because of the new distance away it was, other than that it was a breeze!!
     
  14. Apr 7, 2010 at 3:54 PM
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    Best advice ever. It makes moving that coilover around so much easier.
     
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    I also did this! It isn't hard to do this at all! 4 bolts and it swings down
     
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    take how ever long you think it will take you, then add an hour or two. Just go slow and make sure everything gets done right.

    Make sure you follow torque specs too.
     
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