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Has any one been brave enough to try this

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by nobody4343, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. Feb 1, 2012 at 5:27 PM
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    nobody4343

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  2. Feb 1, 2012 at 5:29 PM
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    any advice on trying this
     
  3. Feb 1, 2012 at 5:32 PM
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    Yea, pay a shop 20 bucks to use their spring compressor and don't risk killing or maiming yourself because you want to cut corners.
     
  4. Feb 1, 2012 at 5:34 PM
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    Andrew H

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    See build thread.
    It worked just fine for me the six or so times I've done it.Here is a write up I did on it, taken from my build thread.

    . Call me ignorant or a moron for doing it this way but it felt a lot more safer and went a lot smoother this way. See below for video made by fellow member "db".

    We used a 3.5 ton floor jack to do this. I wouldn't feel comfortable doing it with anything but heavy-duty floor jack. I also don't know how well this would work with a spacer lift; I don't know if I'd be comfortable trying this way with a spacer lift.

    We loosened the two cam bolts on the LCA, then removed the two bolts going into the knuckle. This causes the LCA to lower so we swung the loose LCA back up to its "normal" position and rested it on top of the floor jack which was raised, then we carefully removed the top middle nut of the shock.

    We slowly and carefully lowered the floor jack which disassembled the shock assembly. Unbolted the lower shock and we were done. We didn't even need to unscrew the outer three nuts on the top plate of the shock.

    When assembling the new coils we just bolted the lower shock into the LCA, lined the shock stem up with the hole in the top plate, jacked it up carefully and slowly, then put the two bolts back into the knuckle so that the pressure was there and on the floor jack (we didn't want the pressure to be solely on the nut on the stem of the shock, also if you can't get the two bolts into the knuckle, try pulling down on the UCA to get it to line up better), then screwed the top nut back on last.

    I will do a write-up on this sometime in the future with pictures. Maybe even a video of it; so you can either see something go horribly wrong or go incredibly fast and easy.

    Whichever way you choose to do it has its dangers. Keep that in mind and do only what you are comfortable with.
     
  5. Feb 1, 2012 at 5:36 PM
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    i'm just looking at doing different ways i'm gnna put my lift on sometime soon and probably gnna be doing it solo so just trying to look at all possible ways
     
  6. Feb 1, 2012 at 5:41 PM
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    yea i paid $125 for my buddys shop to install them dropped it off in the morning and picked it up that night way easier
     
  7. Feb 1, 2012 at 5:45 PM
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    i can do the work the myself just not sure on how to go about the strut compression\
     
  8. Feb 1, 2012 at 5:48 PM
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    See build thread.
    It's easy. But if you're not comfy with it then don't do this method.

    If anyone livesintucson and needs help with putting a lift on their truck hit me up.
     
  9. Feb 1, 2012 at 5:48 PM
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    I installed the stock coils on stock shocks before i got rid of the last truck using the weight of the truck.
     
  11. Feb 1, 2012 at 5:51 PM
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    Andrew H What is this "search" you speak of?

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    That's what I was thinking
     
  13. Feb 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM
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    I had to do this on a Focus one time because the bolts were seized. It's a lot easier and safer to use spring compressors. Most autozones will loan them to you with their loan a tool program. They are inexpensive to buy.
     
  14. Feb 1, 2012 at 5:54 PM
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    Ya I know how that works use to work there for 3 long years
     
  15. Feb 1, 2012 at 5:56 PM
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    No wayitssafer to use those on these coils. When I first tried using the rented spring compressors the bolts were bending because of the pressure.

    Safest way to really do thisisto drop em offset a shop thathasa floor of wall mounted spring compressor. But ou can still find videos on YouTube of shops shooting springs out into the parking lot using the rinky dink autozone ones.

    The method I use is smooth as hell. Know the risks involved with each method and only do what you feel safe doing,
     
  16. Feb 1, 2012 at 5:59 PM
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    I'm leaning towards it but I don't know if I'll be able to get my truck up high enough to try it
     
  17. Feb 1, 2012 at 6:11 PM
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    cool, will have to try this some day. Looks safe to me
     
  18. Feb 1, 2012 at 6:17 PM
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    I've never done this on a Toyota - I've always used a spring compressor. That said, this doesn't really concern me.

    This is really the only way to remove/replace springs on a modified MacPherson strut vehicle. For example; FOX and SN95 Mustangs. You simply can not fit most types of spring compressors in the tight space around the spring. I've always wrapped a chain around the spring so it can only move about a foot if it were to shoot out. I've done this well over a dozen times with no close calls or accidents.
     
  19. Feb 1, 2012 at 6:17 PM
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    I did it when I installed my lift... it was easy and not a big deal at all.
     
  20. Feb 1, 2012 at 6:23 PM
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    Did it the second time I changed my coil overs. Felt MUCH safer than the auto zone spring compressors
     
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