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Reversing the Direction of lower shock bolt??

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by mrcbr600, Oct 25, 2016.

  1. Oct 25, 2016 at 10:37 AM
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    mrcbr600

    mrcbr600 [OP] Member

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    Hello! This my first post and have been lurking the past couple weeks as I just picked up a 2000 Tacoma SR5 v6 ext cab.

    I just installed this "2 inch Lift Kit"

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IYYJ7NU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    When I went to reinstall the shocks, I could not get the lower shock bolt to go in from the regular direction from inside - out. So now I have the washer and nut on the inside by the cv boot... The CV boot is what was in the way from getting the bolt lined up and back in. Is this going to cause me any issues?


    Just starting to play around with it. I want it be off road capable, but nothing extreme. So just lifted enough to make it level, and get some more aggressive tires. I am thinking Cooper ST Maxx. If anyone has comments on those tires? I commute with the truck take it fishing/off roading(mild for now...)



    Thanks for any/all help!
     
  2. Oct 25, 2016 at 11:18 AM
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    SOMDTACO

    SOMDTACO Well-Known Member

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    New Taco: 96 DLX Extended Cab 4x4 2.7,MT, Bilstein 5100s at 2.5 and HS 3 Leaf AAL Old Taco: 11 Prerunner Maxtrac Spindles in the front, 2'' AAL with Bilstein 5100 extended in the back. 18'' Milanni Stellars wrapped in 265/70/18 General Grabber tires.
    Were you able to get proper torque on the nut in that position? What I had to do to put the bolt in the correct way was to remove the sway bar link and place a 1/4'' 12'' socket extension through the swaybar attachment hole on the LCA. I could then hammer on the extension, with the extension on the head of the bolt and push the bolt through. In summary, I don't think there is anything wrong with installing it the other way, I just think it would be hard to get a torque wrench on the nut to tighten. The red line is where I put the extension, using the eye hole on the LCA actually helped support and guide the extension and it worked pretty well. I also had a bottle jack on the UCA making everything line up nice.
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  3. Oct 25, 2016 at 11:20 AM
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    davidpick

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    As long as you're able to tighten it to the correct amount, you'll be fine.
     
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  4. Oct 25, 2016 at 11:27 AM
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    mrcbr600

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    Ok, thanks guys!

    I had a good angle with a wrench to be able to torque down on the bolt. I appreciate the quick responses!!
     

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