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How hard is it to remove the strut assembly?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by matt45648, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. Mar 31, 2009 at 7:24 PM
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    matt45648

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    There a how-to on here...? Thinking about doing it to have my 5100's put on...
     
  2. Mar 31, 2009 at 7:39 PM
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    badguybuster

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    Once you see the How To on here, it is pretty easy. I am NOT mechanically inclined at all and I was able to put a front and rear lift on my Tacoma. It is a pain in the butt but not too hard.

    Chris4x4 has a how to on here somewhere.
     
  3. Mar 31, 2009 at 7:57 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Even I could remove the strut. :D
     
  5. Mar 31, 2009 at 8:06 PM
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    chris4x4

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    You cant even install rear shocks. Dont go near the front stuff.
     
  6. Mar 31, 2009 at 8:09 PM
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    The rear shocks are easy! Front ones suck!


    I took the strut off, but stopped there. :D
     
  7. Mar 31, 2009 at 8:11 PM
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    Boomer34

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    Great post Chris! Thanks.

    Didn't see the spring comp in the pics, did you use them prior to unbolting any of the bolts on the strut?

    Also, did you need a front end alignment?

    Thanks again!
     
  8. Mar 31, 2009 at 8:47 PM
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    DDD

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    I was wondering the exact same thing.
     
  9. Apr 1, 2009 at 5:07 AM
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    Don't need to compress the spring to take the strut out- The note about NOT removing the central bolt is VITAL. If you open that bolt the spring will let go-As long as that bolt is there the spring will stay compressed.
    Once it's out you can compress the spring and remove the bolt/top plate.

    And yeah....Alignment is a good idea- You are removing many of the connections between the tire and the frame...It might end up OK....but it might not. You can drive it after you are done and see how it feels...og from there.
     
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