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rear shock top nut 14 mm stuck, spins shock

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by robert benner, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. Feb 10, 2009 at 11:08 AM
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    robert benner

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    Hello: I am trying to install the 5125 billy's on my 09' tacoma and have the bottom of the stock shock off, but cannot stop the top 14 mm nut from spinning the entire shock. I have lubed the nut, etc. still spins, any thoughts?
    Thanx. Rob
     
  2. Feb 10, 2009 at 11:11 AM
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    Dark Knight

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    put the bottom back in and loosen the top first
     
  3. Feb 10, 2009 at 11:17 AM
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    robert benner

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    Yeh tried that on the other side, that one spins also. I really love this do it yourself technique, my truck now sits with my daughter asleep in her car seat and no right rear shock. Little gym starts soon, this will be fun, any other ideas?
    Thanx. Rob
     
  4. Feb 10, 2009 at 11:26 AM
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    LonghornTaco

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    Put a pair of vice grips on the shaft that's spinning under the shock mount. See the attached picture... Just move the boot out of the way.

    rear_shaft.jpg
     
  5. Feb 10, 2009 at 11:40 AM
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    Yes thanx. LHT they left a small rectangular pc. at top above the nut so I could somehow get a vice grip on it. Now I cannot fit the bottom boot into the slot, Poly spacers are very wide any thoughts here?
    Thanx.Rob
    The child is now awake after the bout with the nut!
     
  6. Feb 10, 2009 at 11:42 AM
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    chris4x4

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    Dont use Vice Grips. The top of the shaft has a provision for an allen wrench. I cant remember the size, but I think its a 3mm..
     
  7. Feb 10, 2009 at 11:46 AM
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    Not sure about the 5125s, but I don't remember anything on the top of the 5100s that would have allowed me to secure it. So I just wrapped the shaft with a rag so I didn't chew up the metal, then applied the vice grips.

    However, Chris knows better than me. Like I said, I don't "remember" anything on the tops of the 5100s...
     
  8. Feb 10, 2009 at 11:54 AM
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    Should I just shave the poly at the bottom of the shock so that I can slip it into the provided space? The top looks like no problem.
    Thanx. Rob
    By the way Chris, I am going to attempt the front lift soon as per your suggestions.
     
  9. Feb 10, 2009 at 11:54 AM
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    You wont see it (its recessed) unless your staring at the top of the shaft. I have had many people give me strange looks when I grab an Allen wrench and start to install their rear shocks. :)
     
  10. Feb 10, 2009 at 11:56 AM
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    That would explain it!
     
  11. Oct 10, 2009 at 2:19 PM
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    I just checked mine sitting in the garage.
    5mm allen.

    I hope you have not been waiting 8 months for this answer.
     
  12. Oct 10, 2009 at 5:19 PM
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    LOL!! Yeah, Its a 5mm.....I dont know why I was thinking 3...:confused:
     
  13. Oct 12, 2009 at 6:56 AM
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    I tried vice grips on the top and it spun that little piece off. So I got my sawzall out and cut the top under the nut off.
     
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