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Impact Wrench for Suspension Job

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

  1. Jul 11, 2019 at 3:43 PM
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    AZ_Matt

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    My Fox Level 2 kit just came in from Headstrong and I plan to put it on this weekend. I'm looking at getting an impact wrench to make the job a little easier but I don't know what sort of Ft/Lbs rating I'll need for the job. I've been looking at this https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-24-...Cordless-Impact-Wrench-1-Batteries/1000604927 and was wondering if 650 ft/lbs will be good enough.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Jul 11, 2019 at 3:45 PM
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    For just that job I’d buy the harbor freight one. Really strong and cheap
     
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  4. Jul 11, 2019 at 3:51 PM
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    650 lbs should do the trick. I have a 24" breaker bar that works well with a "cheater." If I remember right, you will be needing a torque wrench that goes up to 165lbs.
     
  5. Jul 11, 2019 at 3:51 PM
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    I'll be using it for pretty much everything I normally use hand tools for.
     
  6. Jul 11, 2019 at 3:53 PM
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    Most of the bolts and nuts are difficult to reach with a impact wrench. Especially electric ones that tend to be bulky. Air impact wrenches come in pretty compact sizes which make maneuvering easy.

    I'd just get the corded electric one for a lot cheaper and it puts out about 300ft/lbs which is more than enough. Most of the time I just use my 1/2 ratchet as a breaker bar or a cheater wrench. The only time I use a impact wrench is to pop off the axle nut.

    Besides that, just put some muscle into it, you'll survive a few bolts. And if you don't already own that tool then there's no point in spending $200 on a tool that you'll use once.

    Muscle muscle muscle
     
  7. Jul 11, 2019 at 3:57 PM
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    I'd just get a good breaker bar. I prefer to do stuff by hand for the most part.
     
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    200 bucks, hmmm, get yourself a 3/8" air racket and an air compressor. Every man needs an air compressor, if you don't all ready have one.
     
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    For bolting in coilovers you shouldn't need anything but normal hand tools and maybe a breaker bar, unless you're dealing with rust/frozen bolts.
     
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    Thanks for all the info guys.
     
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    the impact was great for the front axle nut and the bolt for the steering rack.
    I bought the dewalt
    20-Volt Max XR Lithium-Ion 1/2 in. Cordless Impact Wrench Kit with Detent Pin Anvil. 700 foot-lb.s torque and 1200 foot-lb.s breakaway torque.

    I use it with the torque tubes https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000IX3BSM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I keep it in the ruck all the time because changing a tire is a BREAZE!!!! I also bought a sisor jack with an adapter for the impact and its awesome!
    https://www.amazon.com/T1A-Scissor-...ocphy=9030753&hvtargid=pla-406645428175&psc=1

    Someone on the side of the road with a flat I can jack it up , swap tires, torque it and drop it in just a few minutes. Its like a one man pit crew. The look on peoples face is great.
     
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    Consult this thread for a list of factory torque specs: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/the-torque-spec-guide.318116/
    I cant speak to the front end cause I haven't done that yet, but I can tell you on the rear the highest value is 89 ft*lbs

    To answer your question directly, I dont see why that wouldnt be adequate. My thoughts are: buy the nicest tool you can afford as you need it, then you will have it for future projects
    An impact is especially helpful on the rear end when tightening the U-bolts (unless you're doing a flip). Just do them evenly. And anyone who says otherwise hasnt done it by hand haha :boink:
     
  14. Jul 11, 2019 at 4:12 PM
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    I like that idea. Use that sucker with a scissor jack and you have a real use for it. I bet the bed 110 outlet will keep the batt ready.
     
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    Milwaukee corded 1/2" mid-torque. Make sure you get the impact rated sockets too, some people use regular sockets, but its up to you. Also most are right on here, I barely used an impact for my install. Mostly handtools, impact only to do u bolts and take my tires off.
     
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    Decided to go the hand tool route. When I did Icon coilovers and JBA UCAs on my 2001 I used all hand tools. So, I decided to upgrade some of my tools for this job.
    Tools.jpg
     
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    You will use those forever, staple tools.
     
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    If youre gonna make the swap, id recommend the milwaulkee. It is a costly beast, but the m18 battery system is super versatile, so you could get a few batteries then add tools as you need.

    Nothing on a suspension job is more than like 90 ft lbs so you should be fine.
     
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