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How to: Front shock/spring removal

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by chris4x4, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. Mar 29, 2009 at 6:21 AM
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    luk8272

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    I had some similar troubles with Autozone. I didn't have a compressor so I was gonna let them do it, until I saw how they were going about it. Had to shut that down. Went get my own spring compressor.

    Great write up chris.
     
  2. Mar 29, 2009 at 6:30 AM
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    chris4x4

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    Much easier to remove 1 nut, than to remove the whole UCA. Why go thru extra steps if its not needed.
     
  3. Mar 30, 2009 at 5:40 PM
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    Chris I am glad you told this story up until that point I was like how the HELL did he change out those springs in the parking lot? My head was spinning. First off wrenching that shit by hand is bad enough, but I was like how did he do the springs, at first I thought he had bought preassembled. WOW ..... now I can reax a little. Great job helping out Packerfan45 and a good "How to" as well. win/win for all. Good job!
     
  4. Mar 30, 2009 at 6:23 PM
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    Great write-up,thanks alot guys.....I'm going to tackle this when my Billies arrive.Until then I'm trying to establish who to take the assembly to who can build them without screwing it up.
     
  5. Mar 31, 2009 at 9:20 AM
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    Chris,do you recommend a dab of loctite on those fasteners on reassembly?........Blue?
     
  6. Mar 31, 2009 at 10:59 AM
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    From what I have been hearing you will pay in labor about what you pay for the lift.
     
  7. Mar 31, 2009 at 11:27 AM
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    hey those springs provide 2" of lift correct? I already have the billys but have'nt installed them yet. I have the toytec spacer right now and i want to ditch that thing.
     
  8. Mar 31, 2009 at 11:43 AM
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    Sick write up! I still would've smacked the shit out of the tech guy though. :D
     
  9. Mar 31, 2009 at 5:19 PM
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    No lock tight. Just torque them down good.

    We put the OME 885's and the 10mm lift enhancer on Packerfan's truck. He got just over 3.75" of lift.

    I have been debating if I want to go back and smack him....:cool: He should be banned from owning a wrench....if he even knows what one of those are.
     
  10. Mar 31, 2009 at 6:42 PM
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    Let's do it! :p
     
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  13. Mar 31, 2009 at 8:56 PM
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  14. Apr 1, 2009 at 1:25 AM
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    I did a couple of things differently.

    I did not remove any ball joints or control arms. The lower ball joint separates in half; it is held by two bolts. The lower conrol arm bushings did have enough tension to keep the LCA in place, but, having dealt with ball joints on other cars, I found it a lot easier to deal with the LCA than with ball joints.

    I swapped the coil springs. I measured the ride height before the install and noticed the driver-side was about .25" lower than the passenger side. Wheeler's Off-Road made the suggestion and it worked!
     
  15. Apr 1, 2009 at 9:24 AM
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    good write up! sounds like a classic case of "if you want something done right...."

    im a big fan of doing everything myself, so during a coilover install for my WRX, I found a set of cheap spring compressors from sears for 55 bucks that do the trick just fine. not a bad investment for the price.

    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_...hanics+Tools&sName=Automotive+Specialty+Tools

    that way you dont need to deal with "techs" at pepboys.
     
  16. Apr 1, 2009 at 10:16 AM
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    man, now i can see how to do it, i really want to.. but im afraid i will forget something and teh front end fall apart.
     
  17. Apr 1, 2009 at 2:29 PM
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    so in order to install my 5100s i just remove the assembly and bring it into a shop to put the 5100s together and set them to the correct height then i just put them back in??
     
  18. Apr 1, 2009 at 4:47 PM
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    After all this BS in the government, Im afraid that I wouldnt stop after a simple "Smack". :(

    Where did you get that???? How much????

    Thats another way of doing it. I prefer to just get the Upper arm out of the way. Give a little more room to work in there.
    The Tacoma Springs have been known to break and bend the shit out of those types of spring compressors.
    After each step, stop and make sure you didnt forget anything. You can do it. :)
    Yeppo!
     
  19. Apr 5, 2009 at 4:30 AM
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    Great write up Chris!
    Just in time for me to do mine. I just had the spring TSB done Friday. Hoping to install the lift I purchased from brianincc last month this weekend.
    Hmmm, that coil compressor is not a good one to use? What kind would you suggest? Remember I got the 886's from him. THX
     
  20. Apr 5, 2009 at 4:45 AM
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