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OME lift...coils rubbing struts (Pics)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TOYOTA 09, May 10, 2012.

  1. May 10, 2012 at 7:56 PM
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    TOYOTA 09

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    Hey guys...had the list for almost a year now and noticed that the front struts have marks on them almost like the coils are rubbing when compressed...

    Had my dealer install the lift...what could be causing this to happen, is it normal...should/how can i fix it?

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    Thanks for any input or help!
     
  2. May 10, 2012 at 8:04 PM
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    Is it the outer tube of the shock rubbing the paint off the inner tube? My OMEs do that.
     
  3. May 10, 2012 at 8:07 PM
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    How can I tell?
     
  4. May 10, 2012 at 8:09 PM
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    Mine too
     
  5. May 10, 2012 at 8:21 PM
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    Look at the shock.

    Imagine what happens when it compresses. See how one half goes into the other half?

    Look at the missing paint.

    Is paint rub where the upper (larger) sleeve slides over the inner tube?

    Then that's probably what it is. The parts of the shock are obviously much closer to each other than the spring.

    If the missing paint is on the upper, larger, tube, then you may have a coilover assembly issue where the shock's actually moving laterally inside the spring.
     
  6. May 10, 2012 at 8:24 PM
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    Looks like its just the dust cover.
     
  7. May 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM
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    I thought only the rear struts were set up that way. I'm having the issue on my front struts.....are the pics above in the first post?
     
  8. May 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM
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    Could the dust cover do that?
     
  9. May 10, 2012 at 8:28 PM
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    I was wondering what the name of that outer sleeve was. :D
     
  10. May 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM
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    the black part is the dust cover.
     
  11. May 10, 2012 at 8:36 PM
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    Here's what mine looks like. Sorry I didn't rotate the pic.

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  12. May 10, 2012 at 8:40 PM
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    Mine are identical
     
  13. May 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM
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    My marks look different ... Thoughts ... Something I should worry about?
     
  14. May 10, 2012 at 8:47 PM
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    got better pictures?
     
  15. May 10, 2012 at 8:51 PM
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    get the camera in close to the coil, focusing in on the damage. Take a bunch of pics from slightly different positions and select the best one.

    I took like six pix in order to get the one above.
     
  16. May 11, 2012 at 6:22 PM
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    Ok I'll do that tomorrow.... Are you thinking you'll be able to tell if the dust cover or the coil did the damage based on a closer shot of how the paint is actually worn out?
     
  17. May 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM
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  18. May 11, 2012 at 8:17 PM
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    I think we're all pretty inclined to think it's the dust cover.

    But if the missing paint really matched how a spring might hit it, we might think otherwise. But if the spring's really hitting the shock, it'll probably be clunking pretty loud over the bumps too. If it rides smooth and feels normal - then yeah it's probably just the dust cover.
     
  19. May 13, 2012 at 6:51 PM
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    Have not had a chance to take pics but will soon. Let's just say it is the coil hitting the strut, what would / could be the cause for his? Does anything look out of the ordinary in my pics from the first post?
     
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