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How to clock (Position) TRD Off Road Shock/Strut Assemblies

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by ChrisK7UND, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Jul 11, 2019 at 1:20 PM
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    ChrisK7UND

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    I have bought a set of TRD Off Road Take-Off Shock/Struts for my TRD Sport. Is there a specific way to clock the spring to insert the assembly into the three holes in the top plate? Does a certain part of the spring need to face the tire vs. the frame? There are paint marks on the spring that denotes Left and Right assemblies. Do these face a certain way?

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  2. Jul 11, 2019 at 3:04 PM
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    @ChrisK7UND are you doing the work yourself or taking it to a shop? Did the shocks you bought come with coils and top hats? If so just R&R using same orientation for the new as the old. If you are using old (existing) same top hats and new shocks and coils then mark the top hats where the coil spring ends at the rubber spacer - put new spring/coil combo in to match alignment of old. Take pics of old to confirm installation of new. Coils have two paint dots on each - one side has a green and one has a red - just double check when you remove and replace per marking. Where in Colorado are you? If close I could come assist if needed - I did my 6112's = basically the same process.
     
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    Thanks. I bought complete assembled units from an Off Road, I have a Sport. I believe the springs are somewhat different so I am not sure they will match right up. I did find a good picture of one that I can probably use. Or if somebody has a STOCK TRD Off Road and can take some up close shots of the springs mounted on a stock TRD Off Road that might help also.
     
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    Those should be easy to install. No need to loosen the lower control arm - probably a 3 hr job to complete and will not compromise alignment. Post a pic of what you have and I may be able to tell you. I have my take-offs but reused the top hats. Should not be hard to tell from my recent mod. I'm in Golden so again if you are close and need help let me know. There is a youtube video of the process I used and it worked perfectly - just taking off sway bar connections and uca bolts - remove top hat bolts and lower shock bolt, misc connections for brake lines and the like. easy peasy.
     
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  5. Jul 11, 2019 at 3:30 PM
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    Thanks for the help. I will post pics etc. as I go...
     
  6. Jul 11, 2019 at 6:38 PM
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    the coil with the red and green dot is the driver side. the red with blue is the passenger side. The orientation can only go two directions as it is controlled by the bottom bolt - the correct orientation (when looking into the driver side wheel well) has two cap bolts nearest you with the top of the coil spring end facing rear towards the back of the vehicle on the outward side of the wheel well. The passenger side has the same orientation with regard to the top hat and the bottom bolt and it's top end of the coil spring end again is oriented towards the back of the truck.
     
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    They will only go in one way. Nothing to worry about
     
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    looks like my shooting pattern!
     
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    I went through this, just take your time and it should be obvious. If not, I will take a photo of how they sit so we can get it done.
     
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    Here they are. They are basically brand new with 500 miles on them. I did the rears tonight. I was shocked! The Hitachi Sport shocks are super slow rebounding and push in easy which I thought the Off Road’s would be, but the Bilstein rebounds super quick and are harder to compress. Yet they let the suspension articulate more. Go figure!!

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    I still struggle to understand this diagram, but it looks like the key is "C" which is where the bottom of the coil should end and face? If so, that does make some sense. It looks like the consensus has been the RED/GREEN paint dots is the Driver's side. I will check the clocking per the diagram with that spring and see if it works out to be that way.
     
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    Yep...you got it.
    The passenger side is not labeled "C", but the mark is there.
     
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    That's not clocking the spring though.
     
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    I am more about mounting it the way it has already been ran etc vs. changing it up. I believe it will make sense when I go to mount them. I may try this tonight or tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed. You KNOW I will be coming here if I run into a snag. ;)
     
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    The end of the bottom coil should be facing towards the back of the truck.

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    Perfect. That must be the "C" on the diagram.
     
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    Actually, when you go to install them, you will understand that it can only go in one direction. dots face out and if you install it on the wrong side, the bottom wont line up. I have a sport and I had changed the shocks to OR ones about a year ago and I understood after I had everything off. You may need to take off some bolts on the sway bar to make the removal easier. At first, I did the pass side. Was scary as heck, since after I removed the bolts, I couldnt get the assembly out and was afraid that once I got it out with the pry bar, I couldnt get the new one in. But after I got it out, the new one went in with alittle persuasion. The pass side took me about an hour to figure it all out, the drivers side took 20min...Good luck!
     
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    Thanks for the vote of confidence. I’m tackling this in the morning. Has anybody needed an alignment after swapping to the OR struts?
     

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