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Shock installation help

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by scyot89, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. Sep 21, 2011 at 5:32 AM
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    scyot89

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    Im about to order some bilstein hd shocks for my 02. I was wondering if anybody had a Thread on exactly how to change the shocks and struts out, or had any pointers. Thanks
     
  2. Sep 21, 2011 at 5:35 AM
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    Look in the suspension thread. Should be similar to 2nd Gen install
     
  3. Sep 21, 2011 at 9:29 AM
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    the fronts are a bit trickier, but definitely possible for a DIY-er. rent a macpherson strut spring compressor from your nearest auto parts store and with just a few basic hand tools you can swap them out.

    i find it easiest to undo the strut bolt (that holds the top plate onto the coil/shock assembly) while the whole thing is still in the truck. Then I put one of the spring compressors on the coil while it's still on the truck, then jack it up and loosen the lower eye bolt and the 3 upper nuts. then i stand clear and hit it with a 2x4 and a rubber mallet. the thing comes out pretty fast...

    i'm sure there's a safer way to do it, but this is the easiest for me. lol

    installing the new shock in the coil is fairly straightforward -- just takes time to tighten that coil down enough to get clearance for attaching the top plate.
     
  4. Sep 21, 2011 at 2:10 PM
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    your also going to need some pointy vise grips, if the shock keeps spinning.
     
  5. Sep 21, 2011 at 2:11 PM
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    yeah, if the coil and shock are preassembled with a new top plate, you can swap both sides out in under an hour, i'm sure! very easy to do. just take off the 3 14-mm nuts on the top and the bolt on the bottom and that's it (obviously gotta jack the front of the truck up) -- don't even disassemble the current shock/spring combo you have in there.
     
  6. Sep 21, 2011 at 2:12 PM
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    1st Gen we don't have that problem :D
     
  7. Sep 21, 2011 at 2:13 PM
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    ahhh ok sorry.
     
  8. Sep 22, 2011 at 10:29 AM
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    By the way im getting the Bilstein HD's and everybody keeps asking me why and that i should get the 5100's. Im putting the 1 inch spacer from daystar on the front too. Is that going to be a problem if i get the HD's ? And im not very picky when it comes to the ride, unless its the stock shocks that i have on now and acts like a rockin chair ever time i switch gears. So if the HD's are a little stiff im fine with it. Anybody got some info for me ?
     
  9. Sep 22, 2011 at 10:33 AM
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    The 5100's are a better ride I would just get the 5100's and don't get the spacer the 5100's can be set to lift the truck.
     
  10. Sep 26, 2011 at 6:48 PM
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    Ive heard they don't make the 5100s for my 2002. and if I do end up getting the hd's, will they work if I do put the spacer in there ? I know that im already gonna have to use a Bottle Jack to get the hd shock to fit without the spacer, so my question is, if I do put the spacer in, will it be too much and the shock not be long enough ? also give me some differences between the hd's and the 5100's. what's so bad about the hd's because everybody says not to get those.
     
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