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how to clean coilovers???

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by thebaker, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. Mar 19, 2012 at 9:39 PM
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    thebaker

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    I just bought some used toytec coilovers for my tacoma. Wanted to give them a good cleaning before i install. Any suggestions on how to get all the dirt and grime off of the coil and out of the threads on the collar?

    Just want to be sure that i don't harm the finish. Also, want to do this so it will be easy to adjust if i need to with the spanner wrench.
     
  2. Mar 19, 2012 at 9:42 PM
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    wr-40 and scotch bright pads work well for grime, not sure if degreaser would be the best thing for shocks but it helps clean up the grime.
     
  3. Mar 19, 2012 at 9:42 PM
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    for the threads id say go to work with an old toothbrush and some type of cleaning agent. then wipe clean.
     
  4. Mar 19, 2012 at 9:43 PM
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    I have always used a good dish washing soap, and warm water. That being said, its best to have them rebuilt before you install them on the truck. That way, you know they are good to go, and places like DSM give a warranty with the rebuild.
     
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    I'm going to put in a new set of 5100s, so i'm not worried about hurting the shocks. I figure if i put in a brand new set of 5100s in these ten i won't have to worry about them for some time. The person i bought them from said they had around 40,000 on them. just want to get them clean so it'll be easier to adjust.
     
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    I will definitly be contacting toytec. I will let you know what they say. I talked with them before buying these to make sure i could put new 5100s in them and bushings.
     
  7. Mar 20, 2012 at 1:21 AM
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    Power washer.. You're not going to take off an anodized color.
     
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    Can't really go wrong. They are exposed to the elements and are made to resist the elements. Wd 40, dish soap, pressure washer and some elbow grease.
     
  9. Mar 22, 2012 at 8:12 AM
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    There are some good suggestions in this thread. I usually blast them at the car wash just to keep the gunk out of the threads and looking pretty :D. Some soap, water and a soft brush works well too.

    Spraying some WD-40 on the threads makes a big difference when adjusting. That's pretty much all there is to it!

    Let me know if you have any other questions
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  10. Mar 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM
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    Talked with someone at toytec and they said to use a petroleum based degreaser. Also said to use PB Blaster on the threads, work them back and forth because they sometimes get corroded and then sprayed them with some anti-sieze.

    When i get some time i will try these and let you guys know how it worked out.

    thanks for all your suggestions!!!!
     
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