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Stock to Stock, Bilstein Shock Swap-Out

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by JBear, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. Nov 6, 2010 at 10:46 AM
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    JBear

    JBear [OP] Spiral Out... Keep Going!

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    2" suspension lift with King Coilovers up front. Standard Bilsteins on rear with a Fabtech 1.5" AAL. Leer 100XL Shell.
    Im switching out the billies on my '03, but keeping the springs. I want to know the easiest way to do this, and what special tools I may need. I could only find links for lifts... so even a recommendation to the right post would be helpful. Backs are no problem... just need advice on fronts.

    Much Thanks!!!
     
  2. Nov 6, 2010 at 11:43 AM
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  3. Nov 6, 2010 at 2:12 PM
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    JBear

    JBear [OP] Spiral Out... Keep Going!

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    Yah, that part was a bitch... went to autozone and rented some external coil compression clamps to switch it over. She's almost done... working on last front now... smoke break!
     
  4. Nov 6, 2010 at 6:20 PM
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    Everyone should do this once....just to be able to say they did. :eek: It is a bitch and kinda scary when you think about the energy stored in those coils when they are compressed enough to slip the shock outa there.

    Ahhh, what fond memories. Did it once, I'll never do it again! :pray:
     
  5. Nov 7, 2010 at 4:50 AM
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    JBear

    JBear [OP] Spiral Out... Keep Going!

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    2" suspension lift with King Coilovers up front. Standard Bilsteins on rear with a Fabtech 1.5" AAL. Leer 100XL Shell.
    After all necessary bolts were off, I made the mistake of prying the shock out of its seat with a large screwdriver and my arm below it. Yep... this dumbass took a good one in the forearm. Lesson learned. I switched out the backs in about 30 min. The first front took me 2.25 hours (had to improvise), the second side took me 45 minutes, lol. Funny how that works. My next set will be purchased pre-assembled, that's for damn sure! And yes... it's a bit scary. I worked on it at arms length whenever possible, and never aimed the thing at myself, lol... I'd be a goner if something gave.
    :boom:
     
  6. Nov 7, 2010 at 8:31 PM
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    chmura

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    I am thinking about switching out my oem bilsteins also.

    Not sure if I should get the Bilsteins HD shocks which are a little better then the trd shocks or get the Bilstein 5100s.

    I want to retain stock height but I cant really tell the difference between a 1 inch from a stock height.

    I want to keep my old springs too.
     
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