1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

HELP! New strut too long! Cannot attach lbj!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Blue92, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. Mar 23, 2018 at 3:12 PM
    #1
    Blue92

    Blue92 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2017
    Member:
    #228071
    Messages:
    13,701
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Daniel
    North Carolina
    Vehicle:
    2004 4x4 2.7L
    I am installing my lift this weekend. Billstein 5100 on the 1.3" with moog 81102 coils. In order to get my strut bottom bolt in, I had to disconnect the 4 lbj mounting bolts. I got the strut in, but I cant get the ball joint mount to align with the knuckle. I tried placing a jack under the ball joint, but all this does is raise the truck. Please help. 0323181808b.jpg
     
  2. Mar 23, 2018 at 3:22 PM
    #2
    fxntime

    fxntime Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2015
    Member:
    #167977
    Messages:
    979
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2015 Tacoma off road TRD and 2014 FJC
    Get longer bolts with the correct pitch and pull it up, the remove them one by one and install the correct length ones when you have enough threads to bite and hold. You can use a washer stack if you need to but use the correct length bolts for final assembly. Barring that, can you find a spring compressor that'll work for the springs?
     
  3. Mar 23, 2018 at 3:32 PM
    #3
    Sperrunner

    Sperrunner Respect the International Dibs Law

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2018
    Member:
    #245334
    Messages:
    40,661
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Miguel
    Berkeley, Ca
    Vehicle:
    2016 ford transit
    Wd40, zipties, duck tape, and my hopes and dreams
    Thats alot of rust...
     
  4. Mar 23, 2018 at 3:36 PM
    #4
    jbrandt

    jbrandt ......LOADING

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Member:
    #51038
    Messages:
    14,544
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Justin
    Sacramento, CA
    Vehicle:
    '04 TRD Tacoma 4x4 DC
    Kings, J59's Total Chaos UCAs Custom skids Sticker mod
    wut?!

    You shouldn't have to remove or disconnect the LBJ.

    You need to loosen the cam adjustment bolts on the lower control arms which will allow the whole arm to move down freely. The rubber bushings get bound up if you try to move them down too far because the rubber inside the bushings can't twist that far. Might want to loosen the upper control arm bushings, too...

    You don't have to take the bolts out of anything, just mark the alignment cams before you start so you can get your alignment back the way it was.

    Most will tell you that you'll need to get an alignment done after you lift it, however...
     
  5. Mar 23, 2018 at 4:34 PM
    #5
    Blue92

    Blue92 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2017
    Member:
    #228071
    Messages:
    13,701
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Daniel
    North Carolina
    Vehicle:
    2004 4x4 2.7L
    Alright, i'll loosen the lower cam bolts and give it a try.
     
  6. Mar 23, 2018 at 4:37 PM
    #6
    presta24

    presta24 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2016
    Member:
    #197037
    Messages:
    5,070
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    chris
    Cincinnati
    Vehicle:
    2014 Taco TRD 6spd, 2k3 SR5 4runner V8
    Scratches, dents, lots of squeaks.
    Remove your sway bar links. It's much easier to aligne those bolts with links off. Then put them back on once done
     
  7. Mar 23, 2018 at 4:39 PM
    #7
    Blue92

    Blue92 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2017
    Member:
    #228071
    Messages:
    13,701
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Daniel
    North Carolina
    Vehicle:
    2004 4x4 2.7L
    Already did that...
     
  8. Mar 23, 2018 at 4:44 PM
    #8
    presta24

    presta24 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2016
    Member:
    #197037
    Messages:
    5,070
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    chris
    Cincinnati
    Vehicle:
    2014 Taco TRD 6spd, 2k3 SR5 4runner V8
    Scratches, dents, lots of squeaks.
    Lightly tap the the hub portion with a small hammer while slowly threading the bolt. The vibrations might be enough to get it to grab
     
  9. Mar 23, 2018 at 5:15 PM
    #9
    Demattos

    Demattos Mi Tacos nombre Leah

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2017
    Member:
    #235742
    Messages:
    10
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Greg
    Vehicle:
    2000 3.4 prerunner
    x2 on buying longer bolts to pull together enough to put stock bolts back in
     
  10. Mar 23, 2018 at 5:51 PM
    #10
    Blue92

    Blue92 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2017
    Member:
    #228071
    Messages:
    13,701
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Daniel
    North Carolina
    Vehicle:
    2004 4x4 2.7L
    Got it. I ended up removing the strut and reattaching 3 out of the 4 Lbj bolts. (One stripped, will wait till tmrw to replace) then I put one foot on the hub and my dad slid the bolt in while I put all of my muscle into that hub.
    One quick question, the angle of the lower control arm is still pretty far down, I take it this will correct itself once I get a tire back on? I didn't think the billstein would push it down this far.0323182050.jpg
     
  11. Mar 23, 2018 at 5:57 PM
    #11
    License2Ill

    License2Ill Woke like a Coma Toyota Tacoma

    Joined:
    May 20, 2012
    Member:
    #79174
    Messages:
    2,175
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ian
    It's a dry heat thou, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2004 SC'd 5VZ DC 5spd 4x4 TRD.GOV
    Bailing wire & Duct tape
    Huh? There's no weight on the shock?
     
  12. Mar 23, 2018 at 6:19 PM
    #12
    Blue92

    Blue92 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2017
    Member:
    #228071
    Messages:
    13,701
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Daniel
    North Carolina
    Vehicle:
    2004 4x4 2.7L
    What do you mean? The tire is not on yet if thats what your asking.
     

Products Discussed in

To Top