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Install Order: LR UCAs and 5100s

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bunsojr, May 25, 2012.

  1. May 25, 2012 at 12:31 AM
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    bunsojr

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    Just got my LR UCAs in and my 5100s have been waiting patiently. My question is that order I install these in? Remove UCA, then shock? Then install in reverse order? A little advice please. Thanks!
     
  2. May 25, 2012 at 12:35 AM
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    Might be easier to remove uca, pull shock/coil, then work backwards.

    But honestly it doesn't matter.
     
  3. May 25, 2012 at 12:36 AM
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    Yes, it will actually make it easier to install with the UCA disconnected to the spindle when installing the strut.
     
  4. May 25, 2012 at 6:57 AM
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    oh...im also planning on just doing the shock install method where i don't have to remove the coil, but use a jack to keep it compressed while i swap out the shock.
     
  5. May 25, 2012 at 11:09 AM
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    ... Fuck that. Rent a spring compressor. No one here will tell you that that is totally safe.
     
  6. May 25, 2012 at 11:11 AM
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    If you never post again we know why....
     
  7. May 25, 2012 at 11:24 AM
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    you guys are FUNNY.
    that method works just fine.
     
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    So does renting a spring compressor. My local autozone charges a deposit that is refunded when its returned. It doesnt even cost anything, I always believe better safe than sorry
     
  9. May 25, 2012 at 11:59 PM
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    a bunch of people have stated they feel its safer than renting a spring compressor...not true? those people are still the minority?
     
  10. May 26, 2012 at 12:52 AM
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    I'd stay away from those hand held coil compressors... I just brought my struts to a shop and my friend did them. Call around and ask if you could get it done on a wall mounted strut compressor at A local shop. Shouldn't cost A lot to get it done.
     
  11. May 26, 2012 at 8:01 AM
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    I borrowed a spring compressor from Autozone. Worked just fine.
     
  12. May 26, 2012 at 8:17 AM
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    There is no 100% safe way to compress coil springs. Any kind of device or method has the possibility of failure. Just think safely and don't take any short cuts.
     
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    i've done shocks twice on my tacoma by using the floor jack method and actually felt safer doing it that way over spring compressors.
     
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    1st, I'm not qualified to answer the OP's question
    2nd, I'm not qualified to comment on the Spring Compressor / No Spring Compressor Debate.
    Nor do I know how to embed a Video.
    That being said, here's a Link to a Video posted on TW last November:
    video of the no spring compressor method
    For those who have not seen it done
    I'm posting this with no comment or opinion. :D


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