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    Bilstein 5100 install

    Iím looking for a shop to install these on my Tacoma, would rather do it myself but canít find a place to do it and donít have all the tools. A few shops I called wanted like $350 with alignment and I just canít do that for a strut install. If anyone has any ideas itíd be appreciated-Charlie.

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    What tools dont you have?

    Jack and stands and basic tools are all you really need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxamillion2345 View Post
    What tools dont you have?

    Jack and stands and basic tools are all you really need.
    Just the compressors for springs I think. It’s pretty easy? Haven’t worked on a car in years. Took a suspension class at tmcc years ago just used to the solid axle stuff. Yotas are a new thing to me.

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    I think the auto parts stores will lend you a spring compressor with a deposit. Pretty easy stuff. If they don't rent them out anymore, I have a set you can borrow if we're both sure I'll get them back.

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    I would not try the acme all thread style, it won’t work and its sketchy. Btdt. Call around and find a shop that has a wall mounted unit to do it for you, then just take them down. I’ve done that a few times on 2nd gen tacos 4th gen runners. The last few Ive done I did the sketchy way though and compressed and dissasembled in vehicle with floor jack under LCA. Honestly its pretty easy that way, I do one side at a time but you still have to be careful as you end up lifting it up off the jack stand a little and then undo the shock nut and lower it all down and pull everything out.

    Its easy for me but I’ve pulled apart the front ends on those many times. I can’t say if it’ll be easy for you, but in my mind it’s pretty simple and you don’t need anything crazy. Hardest part is usually getting the ball joint separated, which you may or may not need to do. Can always unbolt LCA from knuckle. Lots of tutorials online though.

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    Thanks for all the help fellas! Those rental compressors worked to get springs in on my TJ but can see em being a little wonky for struts. If anyone has the time, place, and tools to help I’d give ya some cash. Just moved back and my 2 good buds left that have the stuff and garage are either flakey or too busy. Need an alignment but don’t wanna pay to align and then again after doing the shocks.

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    Anyone free today that has the tools and has done it before and would wanna help? I'll buy beer/food and pay ya.

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    Sorry man I just don’t have much time as of late or I’d offer to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxamillion2345 View Post
    Sorry man I just don’t have much time as of late or I’d offer to help.
    All good man! Thanks for the info

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    I just can't justify paying a shop $300 plus they want to do it. I know everyone's gotta make a buck but it's something I feel confident I can do. Maybe Monday if I can scrape together the stuff to do it I'll just do it at my dad's. Just kinda wanna have a shop with a wall mount spring compressor transfer the springs, don't wanna use the shitty rental ones.

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    Use a floor jack under the lower control arm to compress the coilover and then pull the one nut and then slowly let it down

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    I've added a few hose clamps between coils when I was nervous about my cheap spring compressors slipping.

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    I've done both of the above methods and they will get the job done. Just don't kill yourself man.

    I'd give you a hand but between work-work and home-work I'm all used up. Good luck!

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    Floor jack, lack stands, and basic tools. Here's how it can be done without a spring compressor:
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    Ive got some spring compressors, floor jack and some jack stands you can borrow. pm me
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