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rear bil 5100s installed, fronts, not so much

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by j1999t, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. Aug 26, 2009 at 10:32 PM
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    j1999t

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    hey all, i got my billies in the rear all installed and good, but had a major major amount of trouble with the front, couldnt get the fronts out, still havent gotten them out, anyone in northern colorado able to help or have a shop or lift or something?

    thanks
     
  2. Aug 26, 2009 at 11:12 PM
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    did you undo the sway bar clamps that hold it to the frame? It should give you just enough clearance to weasel the assembly out of the front end.
     
  3. Aug 26, 2009 at 11:14 PM
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    yea, we undid the sway bars and the steering linkage, no luck
     
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    no pictures on that thread, so no i dont know if i did or not
     
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    Pretty easy to get the front assembly out.
    -remove wheels when you have the truck jacked up.
    -Sway bar remove. The end links are 17MM iirc and the front bolts are 14mm?
    -3 nuts on top of the strut assembly are 14mm
    -1 at the bottom is a deep 19mm
    -remove the two lower bolts on the knuckle to either side of the castle nut, should be a 17mm or a 19mm, can't remember
    -The easiest way to remove the assembly is to use a larger flat head screwdriver and gently pry out the lower shock mount. Once it's towards the edge you can lift the entire knuckle out of the way so the shock can come out the bottom.
     
  8. Aug 27, 2009 at 2:00 AM
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    also helped me was pressing my back against the wheel well and pushing down on the caliper, it let the suspension droop enough to have my friend pull the shock out.... make sure your truck is on strong jacks just encase.
     
  9. Aug 27, 2009 at 3:37 AM
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    use a "negotiating" bar to hold the front susp. down as far as possible...then they will come out.
     
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    i have nowhere, and not enough tools to do the front end, looks like ill be waiting...

    no one has a shop in northern colorado? or can help out? or something?
     
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    Yes this is very important! Get a cheap prybar at Harbor Freight.
     
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    This is very doable with a socket set and nothing else. There are only 6 nuts to take out. The three on top for the shock, one on the bottom for the shock, sway bay end link nut that is on the spindle, and the one for the bracket that is on the spindle. Once the tires are off it only takes 15 minutes to take both coil assymblies off. I wish I lived close to help you. If you want to try again I can walk you through it over the phone.
     
  13. Aug 27, 2009 at 10:22 AM
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    i dont have a jack, jackstands, nothin, cant afford them, im just gonna have to save up money for a couple of weeks, and see what i can do then...
     
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    you can use a 2x4 as a pry bar also.
     
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    No pry bar is gonna work without having a jack and jackstands to get everything off the ground. Any reputable shop can swap them out but it's probably gonna cost you as much as what you've paid for the 5100's.

    Go to walmart and purchase a jack and jackstand. Return them afterwards.
     
  16. Aug 27, 2009 at 11:32 AM
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    Or just keep them and save on future endeavors by doing your own work. I'm guessing that having a shop install them will cost more than a new jack and a couple jack stands.
     
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    Wait...you're trying to remove the front shocks withOUT lifting the truck or using stands?

    Not sure that's possible!
     
  18. Aug 27, 2009 at 12:17 PM
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    without? :D

    But seriously, its going to be cheaper to buy all the tools you need including jackstands, a jack and the sockets than it would be to take it to a shop. Plus you get the experience and satisfaction of doing it yourself.
     
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