1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

What is this? and how do I return it back to stock?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by RoboPaul, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. Feb 9, 2016 at 9:39 PM
    #1
    RoboPaul

    RoboPaul [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2016
    Member:
    #177679
    Messages:
    55
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Paul
    Vehicle:
    99 Taco
    lowered and screwed up by previous owner, trying to undo it
    I got this 99 Tacoma a year ago and it had been lowered by someone before, but it seems like a really crappy job. I want to put the original strut assemblies back in it and bring it back to normal height. So I bought a pair of strut assemblies. it says
    171352R on both of them (they told me they were not side specific, is that true?)
    HOWEVER, the big problem is when I went to pull the old ones out, they look nothing like this and the thing where you would normally mount them, doesn't have the 3 bolts like these. WTH do I have? and what do I need to do to make make this thing normal again. I hate this crap they installed in here.
    IMG_5579.jpg
     
  2. Feb 9, 2016 at 9:51 PM
    #2
    00yotasr5

    00yotasr5 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2011
    Member:
    #50676
    Messages:
    972
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    lee
    merced, ca
    Vehicle:
    00 SR5 4X4 RED DEVIL
    Icon ext travel expo leafs rear billies 5125 10'' travel bamf bpv relocate Brute Force Fab Sliders allpro ss brake lines f/r LR UCA 22in wetokled bar RAT Products ifs skid ARB rear locker Ultra gauge Redline Hood Struts Blue Sea Fuse box smittybilt xrc 9.5 w/TJM synthetic rope trail-gear rock assault low profile bumper LED bed strip 12v/usb charger in truck bed
    that because your Tacoma is a 5 lug, what the store sold you is for a 6 lug. bring those back and tell them you have a 5 lug Tacoma. I don't know much about lower trucks but is that what the original owner did, then it is possible that the springs were also cut too. you would need 2x shocks, 2x springs. I could be wrong.
     
  3. Feb 9, 2016 at 9:57 PM
    #3
    anthony250f

    anthony250f Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2012
    Member:
    #73066
    Messages:
    15,672
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Anthony
    San Diego, CA
    Vehicle:
    2008 dcsb trd offroad 4wd
    You know you have a 5 lug right? Lol parts store gave you 6 lug
     
  4. Feb 9, 2016 at 9:57 PM
    #4
    RoboPaul

    RoboPaul [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2016
    Member:
    #177679
    Messages:
    55
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Paul
    Vehicle:
    99 Taco
    lowered and screwed up by previous owner, trying to undo it
    5 lug? I'm not talking about the wheel, I'm talking about changing the springs. the entire. Strut assembly with the shocks in it already compressed. Although now that I did a little research, it looks to me like this is what's called coilover (why the heck did they put that in this car? I don't think they come like that).

    This is the part that I got (which was supposed to be what was in it originally)
    http://dgzmd7u6z2by7.cloudfront.net/partimage/STS/MNSTS00072/large.JPG
     
  5. Feb 9, 2016 at 10:00 PM
    #5
    anthony250f

    anthony250f Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2012
    Member:
    #73066
    Messages:
    15,672
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Anthony
    San Diego, CA
    Vehicle:
    2008 dcsb trd offroad 4wd
    A 6 lug Tacoma and a 5 lug have COMPLETELY different suspension. A 6 lug uses the kind of "coilovers" that you bought. A 5 lug uses the kind that's installed on your truck.
     
    12TRDTacoma likes this.
  6. Feb 9, 2016 at 10:07 PM
    #6
    KenLyns

    KenLyns 8.75" Third Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2010
    Member:
    #37674
    Messages:
    29,380
    Gender:
    Male
    Belly of the Beast
    Vehicle:
    4x4 TRD Off-Road Full-Auto
    LED Headlights, Volant CAI, 32" Duratracs
  7. Feb 9, 2016 at 10:07 PM
    #7
    00yotasr5

    00yotasr5 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2011
    Member:
    #50676
    Messages:
    972
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    lee
    merced, ca
    Vehicle:
    00 SR5 4X4 RED DEVIL
    Icon ext travel expo leafs rear billies 5125 10'' travel bamf bpv relocate Brute Force Fab Sliders allpro ss brake lines f/r LR UCA 22in wetokled bar RAT Products ifs skid ARB rear locker Ultra gauge Redline Hood Struts Blue Sea Fuse box smittybilt xrc 9.5 w/TJM synthetic rope trail-gear rock assault low profile bumper LED bed strip 12v/usb charger in truck bed
    as anthony250f said the suspension in a 6 lug taco is completely different than the 5 lug.
     
  8. Feb 9, 2016 at 10:09 PM
    #8
    KenLyns

    KenLyns 8.75" Third Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2010
    Member:
    #37674
    Messages:
    29,380
    Gender:
    Male
    Belly of the Beast
    Vehicle:
    4x4 TRD Off-Road Full-Auto
    LED Headlights, Volant CAI, 32" Duratracs
    Are you sure your truck was lowered? You know some of them come like this stock, right?

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Feb 9, 2016 at 10:11 PM
    #9
    RoboPaul

    RoboPaul [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2016
    Member:
    #177679
    Messages:
    55
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Paul
    Vehicle:
    99 Taco
    lowered and screwed up by previous owner, trying to undo it
    ugh... I'm starting to hate this already. So I'm basically screwed, this is gonna cost a fortune or something. I got these online, and it didn't say anything about how many lugs. So where can I find the right coils/shocks for this? I just want it back to normal height.
     
  10. Feb 9, 2016 at 10:12 PM
    #10
    RoboPaul

    RoboPaul [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2016
    Member:
    #177679
    Messages:
    55
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Paul
    Vehicle:
    99 Taco
    lowered and screwed up by previous owner, trying to undo it
    well it had lowering blocks in the back, and I pulled those out
    in the front, I assumed they did something to lower that because the springs seem shorter and it is VERY low. The tires rub pretty badly when you turn.
     
  11. Feb 9, 2016 at 10:14 PM
    #11
    00yotasr5

    00yotasr5 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2011
    Member:
    #50676
    Messages:
    972
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    lee
    merced, ca
    Vehicle:
    00 SR5 4X4 RED DEVIL
    Icon ext travel expo leafs rear billies 5125 10'' travel bamf bpv relocate Brute Force Fab Sliders allpro ss brake lines f/r LR UCA 22in wetokled bar RAT Products ifs skid ARB rear locker Ultra gauge Redline Hood Struts Blue Sea Fuse box smittybilt xrc 9.5 w/TJM synthetic rope trail-gear rock assault low profile bumper LED bed strip 12v/usb charger in truck bed
    so that means it was lowered. so your options would be call the place you order those coilovers and have them return and tell them you need ones for a 5 lug Tacoma.
     
  12. Feb 9, 2016 at 10:14 PM
    #12
    RoboPaul

    RoboPaul [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2016
    Member:
    #177679
    Messages:
    55
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Paul
    Vehicle:
    99 Taco
    lowered and screwed up by previous owner, trying to undo it
    why would they have lowering blocks on the rear axle if they didn't do something to lower the front?
     
  13. Feb 9, 2016 at 10:15 PM
    #13
    anthony250f

    anthony250f Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2012
    Member:
    #73066
    Messages:
    15,672
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Anthony
    San Diego, CA
    Vehicle:
    2008 dcsb trd offroad 4wd
    Post a pic of the truck...also....make a thread on here...I'm sure someone would practically give you some shocks for free
     
  14. Feb 9, 2016 at 10:19 PM
    #14
    00yotasr5

    00yotasr5 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2011
    Member:
    #50676
    Messages:
    972
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    lee
    merced, ca
    Vehicle:
    00 SR5 4X4 RED DEVIL
    Icon ext travel expo leafs rear billies 5125 10'' travel bamf bpv relocate Brute Force Fab Sliders allpro ss brake lines f/r LR UCA 22in wetokled bar RAT Products ifs skid ARB rear locker Ultra gauge Redline Hood Struts Blue Sea Fuse box smittybilt xrc 9.5 w/TJM synthetic rope trail-gear rock assault low profile bumper LED bed strip 12v/usb charger in truck bed
    pic of everything, someone with a lowride Tacoma should be able to help.
     
  15. Feb 9, 2016 at 10:22 PM
    #15
    KenLyns

    KenLyns 8.75" Third Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2010
    Member:
    #37674
    Messages:
    29,380
    Gender:
    Male
    Belly of the Beast
    Vehicle:
    4x4 TRD Off-Road Full-Auto
    LED Headlights, Volant CAI, 32" Duratracs
  16. Feb 9, 2016 at 10:27 PM
    #16
    RoboPaul

    RoboPaul [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2016
    Member:
    #177679
    Messages:
    55
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Paul
    Vehicle:
    99 Taco
    lowered and screwed up by previous owner, trying to undo it
  17. Feb 9, 2016 at 10:29 PM
    #17
    RoboPaul

    RoboPaul [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2016
    Member:
    #177679
    Messages:
    55
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Paul
    Vehicle:
    99 Taco
    lowered and screwed up by previous owner, trying to undo it
    I will take more photos at daylight but I'm really bummed I didn't ask this earlier. I just thought a 99 Tacoma is just that. but I can see how the 4x4 model might be different. Now I guess I need to sell this pair of strut assemblies because I got them on Ebay, I can't return them.

    and I really appreciate the help everyone.
     
  18. Feb 9, 2016 at 10:29 PM
    #18
    KenLyns

    KenLyns 8.75" Third Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2010
    Member:
    #37674
    Messages:
    29,380
    Gender:
    Male
    Belly of the Beast
    Vehicle:
    4x4 TRD Off-Road Full-Auto
    LED Headlights, Volant CAI, 32" Duratracs
    ^That does look lowered. Body looks clean, though. If the frame isn't too rusty, then it seems like a good truck.
     
  19. Feb 9, 2016 at 10:40 PM
    #19
    RoboPaul

    RoboPaul [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2016
    Member:
    #177679
    Messages:
    55
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Paul
    Vehicle:
    99 Taco
    lowered and screwed up by previous owner, trying to undo it
    no rust at all, this is Arizona. very dry, no salt. Body isn't totally perfect, but not too horrible. I was really hoping to pop those strut assemblies in there and take it to an alignment because the alignment is so bad, it's eating up my tires on the inside and I need it to get to work.
    So then I just have to get the springs and shocks and put them in there (hopefully without killing myself)... I did watch videos about how to use a jack to take them out without killing myself. Those springs from Rockwell do look about as short as the ones in there now, maybe the shocks are bad in this one.
     
  20. Feb 9, 2016 at 10:46 PM
    #20
    RoboPaul

    RoboPaul [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2016
    Member:
    #177679
    Messages:
    55
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Paul
    Vehicle:
    99 Taco
    lowered and screwed up by previous owner, trying to undo it
    Drop spindle? whatever the heck that is... I'll have to google it. I have no idea.
     

Products Discussed in

To Top