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Help: Advice on how to pry LCA by myself

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by TacomaJPP, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. Mar 14, 2012 at 5:28 PM
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    TacomaJPP

    TacomaJPP [OP] To secure peace, is to prepare for war

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    Installing my Toytec coilover by myself and can't get the LCA pryed down enough to get lower shock bolt in.

    Advice?

    TIA.
     
  2. Mar 14, 2012 at 5:32 PM
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    TrdSurgie

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    connect the shock to the LCA first then to the top
     
  3. Mar 14, 2012 at 5:44 PM
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    TacomaJPP

    TacomaJPP [OP] To secure peace, is to prepare for war

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    Nurrrrrrrr. :D


    Thanks.
     
  4. Mar 14, 2012 at 5:52 PM
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    easy way to do it is to losen the cam bolt a little bit (mark the cams first so if they happen to move you can move it back). once the cam bolt is losened there should be more travel from the LCA downwards
     
  5. Mar 14, 2012 at 6:08 PM
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    TacomaJPP

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    Two cam bolts per LCA, with 2 position indicators each?
     
  6. Mar 14, 2012 at 6:25 PM
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    Loosened. I've just about pryed a mother freaking hernia out. Still not even close.
     
  7. Mar 14, 2012 at 6:30 PM
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    I used a floor jack under the LCA to get it back to the top mount
     
  8. Mar 14, 2012 at 6:31 PM
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    ...too much shit to list.
    You guys work too hard.
    Keep it simple and use the tools you have. :D

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Mar 14, 2012 at 6:31 PM
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    I just got best bite I've had all night and I'm no where near close. Are these compressed too much?

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Mar 14, 2012 at 6:32 PM
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    Tried that and nearly lost a finger. It's worth it, I'll give it another whirl.
     
  11. Mar 14, 2012 at 6:33 PM
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    Whoa turbo. Take ALL the preload out. Makes life much simpler.
     
  12. Mar 14, 2012 at 6:34 PM
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    undo the bottom two bolts holding LCA to spindle
     
  13. Mar 14, 2012 at 6:35 PM
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    You don't have the sway bar still connected by chance do you?
    If so, unbolt the end links. It will allow it to flex more.
     
  14. Mar 14, 2012 at 6:38 PM
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    10-freaking-4. I'm a big boy and couldn't believe I couldn't get this pryed.
     
  15. Mar 14, 2012 at 7:12 PM
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    Take the nut off the spindle on the upper control arm...pound on the control arm and spindle til the joint releases and you'll be able to get the lower control arm down far enough.
     
  16. Mar 14, 2012 at 7:28 PM
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    ^ This is how I did mine as well. Just have to be careful so the jack doesn't come flying off!
     
  17. Mar 14, 2012 at 8:13 PM
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    One side done. I ended up risking my Mensa membership with the upside-down-bottle-jack-of-death method.

    Thanks all.

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