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Whats the best tool to move the c clamp on 5100 front strut

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Madams, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. Jun 15, 2011 at 7:36 AM
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    Madams

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    Whats the best way to move the c clamp from 2.5 setting down to 0 on the 5100 front strut. Its getting fustraiting. Im using a flat head screw driver but not trying to scratch the strut. I know they got to be a better way some how to make it easier to move the c clamp.
     
  2. Jun 15, 2011 at 7:44 AM
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    on mine i just used my fingernails and to hold it open while i moved it... was super easy, just don't open it more than you need to
     
  3. Jun 15, 2011 at 7:45 AM
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    a flat head screw driver but dont worry about scratching the strut.
     
  4. Jun 15, 2011 at 7:46 AM
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    BFA Nuttier than squirrel shit.

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    i just took a small screwdriver and lifted one edge out of the groove and then lifted the rest out with my finger and slid it up

    and dont worry abotu scratches.. no one is going to see it and it wont hurt anything
     
  5. Jun 15, 2011 at 7:46 AM
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    I used two pair of pliers and grabbed each side of the opening. Very easy and no scratches.
     
  6. Jun 15, 2011 at 7:52 AM
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    I lost track thousands of dollars ago.
    I used snap ring pliers but not everyone has a pair of those.
     
  7. Jun 15, 2011 at 8:19 AM
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    I used snap ring pliers also. I bought a whole set from a Harbor Freight sidewalk sale for $8 a few years ago. I have gotten my $8 worth for sure.
     
  8. Jun 15, 2011 at 8:21 AM
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    kinda dissapointed that with a name like macgyver you used proper tools... haha
     
  9. Jun 15, 2011 at 8:26 AM
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    Thanks I got the first one. My eibach coils will be in Fri.:yay:
     
  10. Jun 15, 2011 at 10:31 AM
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    I used to use needle nose pliers with the tips ground down. :D

    Now after an impulse buy at Harbor Freight (most purchases there are impulse buys anyways) I have the proper tools.
     
  11. Jun 15, 2011 at 10:32 AM
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    I did this as well
     
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