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Rear Shock Install

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by HARDSHELLTACO, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. Apr 29, 2009 at 6:07 AM
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    HARDSHELLTACO

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    Does it matter which way you install rear schocks? Boot up or boot down?
    I have seen it done both ways, and the shocks I purchased came with nothing as far as instruction.
     
  2. Apr 29, 2009 at 6:09 AM
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    T@co_Pr3runn3r

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    I would go with boot up.
     
  3. Apr 29, 2009 at 6:14 AM
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    any particular reason?
     
  4. Apr 29, 2009 at 6:14 AM
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    Depends on what shocks were purchased. Bilstien 5100's are installed Boot down on the first gens.
     
  5. Apr 29, 2009 at 6:15 AM
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  6. Apr 29, 2009 at 6:16 AM
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    It should say which end goes up.......Just wondering, Why did you go with Skyjacker?
     
  7. Apr 29, 2009 at 6:24 AM
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    I needed longer shocks, and I don't have it in my budget to buy the Bilstein's. They came with no instruction, and I'll confess they are already on boot side down. They work great, but since i put them on i have seen several vehicles with the boots up. I never paid any attention to it until now.
     
  8. Apr 29, 2009 at 6:26 AM
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    OK, how about whichever way doesn't allow water/mud to pool up in the bottom of the boot? On 5100s for 2nd gens the boot is not affixed to the shock body so I want water/mud to run off not collect. Yea, same as always, no rule applies to everything.........On the other hand, my answer was no more vague than the shock type specified in the original question, lol........
     
  9. Apr 29, 2009 at 6:30 AM
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    With the Skyjackers, it may not matter. They have a generic valving. Most performance shocks it makes a difference as the dampening rates are different for rebound and compression. For example, The bilstiens, OME, and others have a 70 nm/in compression rate, and a 255 nm/in rebound rate. If its on upside down, the ride can be more stiff, and less controled.
     
  10. Apr 29, 2009 at 6:41 AM
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    Just got off the phone with skyjacker and they said boot down. Thank god!
    Thanks anyway!
     
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