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Second gen rear shock install...

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by chris4x4, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. Mar 26, 2011 at 3:01 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Sometimes you have to cut the OEm shock.
     
  2. Mar 26, 2011 at 3:42 PM
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    Good to know... I didn't feel too bad cutting them up since they were junk anyways but wanted to know if I was doing something wrong.

    Nice write-up BTW, very simple process! :thumbsup:
     
  3. Mar 26, 2011 at 4:10 PM
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    Thanks Mike!
     
  4. Apr 25, 2011 at 4:44 AM
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  5. Apr 25, 2011 at 7:34 AM
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  6. Sep 2, 2011 at 7:20 AM
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    I've never change the shocks on my Taco. but have to other vehicles I've own and another good advice I can give you is. If the nut of the new shock is not a locknut (has a plastic washer inside) or doen not come with a separate locking device (Looks like a nut but is very thin) you can use the old nut from the old shocks and put it on top of the new this will prevent the nut from loosen with the vibration.
     
  7. Oct 1, 2011 at 7:42 AM
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    Too bad I didn't see this thread before I changed mine. However, not removing the wheels would have been a mess for me. Tips: use narrow vice grips to hold the old shaft.

    [​IMG]

    ...and blue loctite. The oem shocks have a white material to hold the bolts. It's there for a reason.:cool:

    Then it is a piece of cake.
     
  8. Dec 31, 2011 at 7:03 AM
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    Seems so easy a cavemen can do it.
     
  9. Dec 31, 2011 at 7:05 AM
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    Kinda what I have told folk. The hardest part is compressing the new shocks to get them on. That varies depending on internal pressure.
     
  10. Aug 20, 2012 at 6:26 PM
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    Can't thank you enough for the install how-to. I bought the Bilstein/RCD 5100 set of 4 from Down South Motorsports and just finished putting in the rears.

    The challenge isn't just compressing the shock to get into place but the rubber edge grommets on the bottom of the shocks make it tough as hell to get it centered to get the bolt back through. The old shocks came off fine. Amazed at how much space is under that truck. I'm 6'2" 205 and I can even roll over while underneath.

    I already notice a smoother ride.

    I would like to know how it is even possible to torque the top end to 15 ft lbs when it requires a 5mm hex wrench and a 17mm open wrench just to tighten it down? I just did it to where it seems tight without forcing it much. I'll add the old lock nuts over top tomorrow if they fit as suggested by someone else. The bottom nuts torqued fine. 74 ft lbs is quite a bit of work when under there.

    Love this forum! I bought a 2006 with 100K miles, drove well when I got it, drives even better every time I do more of the DIY maintenance tasks. Tomorrow is all about gear oil change out for read LSD, front diff and transfer case.

    Thanks TW!
     
  11. Dec 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM
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    Maybe jacking the truck up on stands and then putting the hydrolic jack under the axle and using for adjustment will make it so you don't have to compress the shocks? I think that is how I did an old nissan once, been a while so my memory isn't great.
     
  12. Dec 15, 2012 at 3:53 PM
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    Did the job today, I take back what i said above, thats much more work than necessary. I just jacked up the body and the shocks slid right into place. No pressure needed, but I did use a flat head screw driver in the bracket and against bottom of the shock the as leverage to adjust enough to line it up and get the screw through the hole.

    Thanks for the write up.
     
  13. Dec 27, 2012 at 11:11 PM
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    Hey thanks for the info, great post!. Three things I ran into... A five mm open wrench was hard to find so I used a small cresent wrench which worked great. (And an Alan wrench on the 5100's). Getting the bottom of the shock in the right place was a tight squeeze, I didn't have grease so I used kitchen butter.. went right into place! The last thing was the bushing and washer set up. A chart from the manufacture showed from bottom to top, black washer faced up, bushing, skinny silver washer facing down, that goes under the bracket. And on top is the other bushing and the last silver washer facing down. I'll try and upload the diagram. Hope this helps a little.
     
  14. Jan 13, 2013 at 9:24 PM
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    The stem at the top of the OE shock snapped off due to rust as soon as I attempted the left side. That added an hour to the removal...
    Still have my front Icon coilovers to put on. The whole setup is overkill for my needs, but I will try to make some dirt runs asap. Thanks for the write-ups ,very helpful.
     
  15. Mar 23, 2013 at 4:09 PM
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    Glad I found the thread. I have just one question. How do you estimate 15 ft/lb? I stopped at 6 threads exposed over the nut for now, should I compress the rubber parts more, or let them out some?
     
  16. Mar 23, 2013 at 5:21 PM
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    Use a torque wrench,if you dont have one or know some one who does,a lot of Kragen or other auto parts stores will let you borrow one for a day with a deposite.
     
  17. Mar 23, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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  18. Mar 23, 2013 at 5:37 PM
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    I have 2 torque wrenches, but due to the 5mm allen key in the top+said bolt, I cant use either
     
  19. Mar 23, 2013 at 5:40 PM
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    I havent been under my truck to check if there is room ,but i have a set of hex/allen tools that fit the ratchet on the torque wrench,i hope i have room to use it because i am going to change my shocks soon.
     
  20. Mar 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM
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    It's not that allens wont fit the wrench, it's they way you use the allen key to hold the shaft from turning to allow the open end wrench to tighten the bolt. I'm gonna train brain to sorta "feel" 15 ft/lb and do a close enough thing.
     
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