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im stuck trying to install my lift

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by t.hornstra, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. Jan 22, 2009 at 2:26 PM
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    t.hornstra

    t.hornstra [OP] Keep on Keepin' on.

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    ive put the spacer on top of the struts. but i cant compress the shock enough to get the bolt back in. i tried the upsidedown jack trick but my jack brokE!
    it said it was only suppose to take 3 hours for the whole truck and im at 3 hours without even finishing my first wheel.

    help me please!
    the instructions say to seperate the upper ball joint and the spindle. where is this? and what is it?
    how do i do it?
     
  2. Jan 22, 2009 at 5:05 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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  3. Jan 22, 2009 at 5:20 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

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    why would you get into this, if you dont know what your doing? lol
     
  4. Jan 22, 2009 at 5:22 PM
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    STOP

    seriously


    it sounds like youre trying to compress the spring back onto the strut with the spacer on top of the spring

    if this is the case

    DO NOT ATTEMPT FURTHER

    take it to a mechanic and have them compress the spring strut and spacer together for you

    compressing the spring by yourself is incredibly dangerous and can kill you
     
  5. Jan 22, 2009 at 5:27 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Good catch, Jeff. I thought he was installing a Top plate spacer.
     
  6. Jan 22, 2009 at 5:29 PM
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    im hoping im wrong...and in the event i am...the only thing i can think of is he cant get the bottom bolt in the mounting eye of the strut

    if thats the case...the only helpful thing i could have told you is use the upside down bottle jack trick

    if that doesnt work youre going to need a friend...

    i did mine myself but it took a rubber mallet, an impact gun, the bottle jack AND me trying to stand on the rotor to push the control arm down enough to get it in...NOT FUN
     
  7. Jan 22, 2009 at 5:39 PM
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    JDMcQ

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    In the event that you are installing a top mount spacer. On my 2003, I had to unbolt my sway bar at the lower control arm. then I got a pry bar to push down on the arm and slipped the bottom of the shock in to place. Then you just use your floor jack under the lower control arm to get the sway bar back in place. 1st side took be an hour to figure it out the 2nd took about 15 minutes.

    Please be careful and make sure it's on a good set of jack stands.
     
  8. Jan 22, 2009 at 5:43 PM
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    Its been 3 hours + since his post. I hope hes not stuck under his truck.
     
  9. Jan 22, 2009 at 5:45 PM
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    Seriously. I think everyone has been in the middle of a project that hasn't gone well. I just hope he's careful

    BTW, you are being blamed for a fire in Wallingford, PA.
     
  10. Jan 22, 2009 at 5:47 PM
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    true and at least he has made the attempt to ask for help

    but i hope he's safe and comes back with good results OR more exact info/pictures so we can better understand where he is in the project
     
  11. Jan 22, 2009 at 5:50 PM
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    Im being blamed? I have an aliby! :D
     
  12. Jan 22, 2009 at 5:51 PM
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    Apparently there was afire tonight near SecreSquirrel's house, someone inquired where you were. With all of your neighbors watching you I'm sure you have several witnesses to your wherabouts
     
  13. Jan 22, 2009 at 6:09 PM
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  14. Jan 22, 2009 at 6:13 PM
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    PA would be along drive for you to cause mischief.
     
  15. Jan 22, 2009 at 6:14 PM
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    I have gone as far as Florida to mess with someone.
     
  16. Jan 22, 2009 at 6:16 PM
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  17. Jan 22, 2009 at 6:20 PM
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    Well, I just happened to be visiting them, but still........:D
     
  18. Jan 22, 2009 at 6:29 PM
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    Well, if it's that convenient, might as well. I thought maybe you did a multi-state stelthy midnight run or something
     
  19. Jan 22, 2009 at 8:00 PM
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    hornstra whats the status man??? cmon dont leave us hangin
     
  20. Jan 22, 2009 at 9:13 PM
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    t.hornstra

    t.hornstra [OP] Keep on Keepin' on.

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    haha sorry guys i forgot i even posted.
    i got it all done : ] i just had trouble removing the ball joint from the UCA.
    i was just confused on the instructions rough country gave me. i found a tutorial on another forum site right after i posted here.

    i finished the job at about 530. only 6.5 hours of work haha
    its looks good

    sorry for leavin ya hangin!

    i knew what i was doing but iwas just confused about the instructions and process
     
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