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torquing bolts on ground

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by 270, May 13, 2010.

  1. May 13, 2010 at 2:03 PM
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    Did my lift(bilsteins) and i torqued all the bolts while it was on jacks stands, but then i read your spose to do with the weight of the car. How are you spose to do it like that just turn the tires and shimmy your way in there?
     
  2. May 13, 2010 at 2:07 PM
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    Your probably fine just doing it in the air.
     
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    you should also go back and retorque everything again after driving it for a day or two. just for piece of mind
     
  5. May 13, 2010 at 2:21 PM
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    Yea i was gona go through everything again this afternoon, make sure everythings ok. Thanks fellas
     
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    do it again after about 1,000 miles.
     
  7. May 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM
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    So when i go to do it again is it ok to take the tires off and torque them?
     
  8. May 13, 2010 at 2:32 PM
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    yeah, because like you said, it would be really hard to do it with the tires mounted.
     
  9. May 13, 2010 at 3:22 PM
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    Where there are bushing involved that could possibly bind, it is always better to torque them once they are supporting the weight of the car. I think the term is "clocking" the bushings. If you torque them while the wheels are in the air, it puts stress on the bushings since they still have to move (possibly tear) when the weight of the truck settles on them.
     
  10. May 13, 2010 at 3:26 PM
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    well that makes me feel better
     
  11. May 13, 2010 at 3:33 PM
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    In the past on other cars, I would put something underneath the tire to support the weight with enough room for me to reach the bolt and torque it down. Pieces of wood or those metal car ramps are good for this type of thing.

    For a lifted tacoma, you could probably just turn the wheels and that should be enough clearance. You only really need to "clock" the bolts that have bushings in them. If I were you, I would loosen them up a little and then retorque with the weight of the truck.
     
  12. May 15, 2010 at 6:02 AM
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    I thought you were supposed to load the suspension by jacking up the lower control arm slightly. :confused:
     
  13. May 17, 2010 at 6:28 AM
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    I think that would work as well. I was just told to torque any bolts that have bushings when they are supporting the weight of the car/truck. I don't have 2 floor jacks to I just figured it was easier to put a couple pieces of wood under the tire and then let the car down to load the suspension with the weight of the car. On lowered cars, this also gives you the clearance to get underneath to reach the bolts.
     
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