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Need help putting front shocks back on, not lining up

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by white toy taco, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. Apr 26, 2012 at 9:11 AM
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    white toy taco

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    So i switched out my front shocks and I can't seem to get them back on. The bottom is not lining up right. It's lined up right in the "left" and "right" direction but I need the shock to go up so I can get the bolt through.

    No matter what I try, I cannot seem to get it lined up. I do have the daystar 2.5 inch spacer on top but it shouldn't make much of a difference, right? ill try and post some pics this afternoon.

    EDIT: pics are posted a few replies down
     
  2. Apr 26, 2012 at 9:42 AM
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    Yea the suspension is at full droop. I feel like it shouldn't be this difficult...
     
  3. Apr 26, 2012 at 9:51 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    Try disconnecting the sway bar. That will alloy you to push the LCA down further.
     
  4. Apr 26, 2012 at 11:57 AM
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    i havent had my sway bar on for months....
     
  5. Apr 26, 2012 at 11:59 AM
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    ok heres some pics of this stupid thing

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  6. Apr 26, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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    chris4x4

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    As mentioned, Push down on the Control arm, and use a screw driver to aid in lining up the hole. Then start the bolt.
     
  7. Apr 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM
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    Yep, gonna need to push down. I've used long bars to leverage the LCA down and a spud bar to align the holes.
     
  8. Apr 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM
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    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    Prybar between the bottom of the coilover and the LCA. Large pin punch to align the hole. Push bolt through when aligned.
    Oh yea...patience, beer, and NO screwdrivers. They have a tendancy to slip and gouge.

    ^beat me to it.
     
  9. Apr 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM
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    Alternatively you can draw matchmarks on the LCA cam bolts, then loosen the bolts a little. The LCA will then swing down a bit more. It's easier than prying if you don't have an assistant.
     
  10. Apr 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM
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    do you have extra jack ?? if so jack up the lca a little.
     
  11. Apr 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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    that's not full droop dude, get the bottle jack and jack the UCA down against the fender well.
     
  12. Apr 26, 2012 at 3:29 PM
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  13. Apr 26, 2012 at 3:32 PM
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    ^^ YUP! Works on 2nd gen's too. :D Try the pry bar too to get the LCA lower if needed.
     
  14. Apr 26, 2012 at 5:45 PM
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    ive used a spring compressor too and that will give you a little play
     
  15. Apr 26, 2012 at 5:48 PM
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    just take off the two upside down bolts holding your spindle to the LCA and then you can push your LCA down til it hits the ground, easiest solution
     
  16. Apr 26, 2012 at 9:05 PM
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    it finally worked after using these two methods. i put the coil compressor on the bottom of the shock and the top of the UCA and it gave it enough to line up.

    thanks for your help guys!
     
  17. Apr 26, 2012 at 9:08 PM
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    for future reference you can loosen the cam bolt which will allow the LCA to extend further down
     
  18. Apr 26, 2012 at 9:14 PM
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    This^
    I went through the same thing as the op. Basically had my entire weight on a six foot breaker bar trying to get the bastard in. Never thought about loosening the lca.

    Everyone does something wrong.
     
  20. Apr 27, 2012 at 12:38 AM
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    haha yea, yea. ill be making a good money this summer and ill get some coilovers :D
     
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