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Installing Billy 5100's

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by paiman73, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. Aug 21, 2009 at 5:24 AM
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    paiman73

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    Hi all:

    I'm new to the forum and have an 02 Taco 4x4 TRD. I just bought a set of 4 5100's and am debating whether to try to install them myself or take them to a shop. I have never installed shocks before. Can anyone provide me thier two cents? Also, can someone provide me with a link (with photos) that covers the install process from start to finish?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Aug 21, 2009 at 6:03 AM
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    tacoman101

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    i would do them yourself, shocks are fairly easy to install, did you get all 4 billy's??
     
  3. Aug 21, 2009 at 1:10 PM
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    ...if you know what you're doing, it is.

    OP - Have you ever messed with a coil compressor before? They can be deadly. If you attempt it yourself, do plenty of reading first or find someone to help you who knows how it's done.....my 2 cents.
     
  4. Aug 21, 2009 at 5:38 PM
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    Yes I got all four. Looking for some guides (preferably with pics) online but can't find any. I know there should be something on this site.
     
  5. Aug 21, 2009 at 5:40 PM
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    x2. back in the rice burner days, we used to shoot the strut nut into cardboard.:D
     
  6. Aug 21, 2009 at 5:56 PM
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    I just got mine installed through a local shop. Got tired of trying to find a compressor strong enough and looking for the write up. $120 wasnt bad.
     
  7. Aug 22, 2009 at 7:50 AM
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    I did it myself and it wasn't terribly bad, but the fronts are a little scary. I used 4 spring compressors per spring, but if you've got a little extra money it might be worth it to take the fronts in to a pro and have them compress and switch out the shocks.
     
  8. Aug 22, 2009 at 10:52 AM
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    Tried it myself on the fronts, my spring compressors were too weak, and I was scaring myself. I just took the stockers and the 5100's to a shop that did struts, they swapped both sides out for $50 total. Well worth it. Took them about 15 minutes.
     
  9. Aug 22, 2009 at 9:14 PM
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    WOW! Thats a great price and time! Mine was over double that. and took 2 hours.
     
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