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DIY: Front Coilover Install - Completed with Toytec Radflo 2.5

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by csuviper, May 4, 2017.

  1. May 4, 2017 at 9:18 PM
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    Below is the install as completed on my 2012 5.7L Rock Warrior Crew Max. Should be the exact same process for all 2007+ Tundras.

    Toytec Boss/Radflo 2.5" Coilovers are sold by Toytec Lifts: http://toyteclifts.3dcartstores.com/6CT00200-P--RadfloToytec-25-Coilovers-07Tundra_p_1705.html

    Tools Required:
    • Socket Wrench
    • Wrench
    • Plyers
    • Hammer
    • Pin Punch


    Installation Instructions:
    1. Jack the front end up and secure the vehicle on suitable large jack stands from the frame on both sides.
    2. Remove the front skid plate from vehicle.
    3. Remove both front wheels/tires.
    4. Remove the sway bar links from the lower control arm on both sides.
    5. Remove the outer tie rod ends at the steering knuckle on both sides. Be careful not to damage the dust boots! www.toyteclifts.com
    6. Remove the lower shock nut and bolt on both sides.
    7. Remove the 2 lower ball joint mount bolts and separate the ball joint from the spindle.
    8. Remove the top 4 nuts holding the coilover to the shock tower. www.toyteclifts.com
    9. Being careful not to overextend and pull apart the inner CV Axle joint, move the spindle/hub assembly out of the way and remove the coilover from the vehicle
    10. Position the new coilover onto the vehicle, sliding the top into the shock tower first. Install the top three nuts which hold the coilover to the shock tower finger tight. Install the lower shock bolt and nut. You may need to pry down on the upper control arm in order to get the lower shock bolt installed. Torque upper nuts and lower bolt/nut to manufacture specs. We do recommend torquing the lower shock bolt while the weight of the vehicle is on the ground to allow the bushing to operate and wear properly.
    11. Repeat steps 7-10 for opposite side of the vehicle.
    12. Reinstall the lower ball joint bolts, tie rod ends, and sway bar links. If your kit came with a front diff drop kit, now is a good time to install it. Reinstall the wheels/tires and skid plate. Torque all nuts and bolts to manufacturer specs.
    13. Recheck the torque of all bolts/nuts which have been taken apart during the installation of this lift after 15 miles, and periodically thereafter.












    Here is the timelaps of the install:

    https://youtu.be/_ZcFCKDazs4
     
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  2. May 4, 2017 at 9:27 PM
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    Mighty fine job once again. I need to get the balls to work on my own truck on projects like these. I'm not nearly knowledgeable enough but am certainly know my way around tools

    I might just go for it on the new leaf springs. Couldn't be that tough
     
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  3. May 4, 2017 at 9:29 PM
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    Are the toytec bed stickers new? or have I just not noticed them on your truck. They look sharp
     
  4. May 4, 2017 at 9:36 PM
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    He's had them.
     
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  5. May 4, 2017 at 9:55 PM
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    Go for it! You'll get a lot of satisfaction from doing it yourself. Watch a vid or 2 on you tube and you'll be good to go.
     
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  6. May 4, 2017 at 10:05 PM
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    I'm sure I can...I just don't wanna screw it up. It would be great to have a mentor there if I make the wrong move. I'm gonna do it. Just intimidated
     
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  7. May 4, 2017 at 10:23 PM
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    Leaf spring change is easy.
     
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  8. May 4, 2017 at 10:24 PM
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    Yea i have had them on for a while now.
     
  9. May 5, 2017 at 2:49 AM
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    Thanks Viper!! You make it look so easy. Wish I could do something like that, I just don't have the correct tools i.e. impact gun.
     
  10. May 5, 2017 at 3:43 AM
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    Did you loosen cam bolts?

    You may have mentioned, I skimmed
     
  11. May 5, 2017 at 5:20 AM
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    May be, I'm just not familiar so it'll be new territory. I might be referencing you if I get in a bind

    Impressive work on the speedy coilover work.
     
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  12. May 5, 2017 at 7:25 AM
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    No i did not. You can see me using my knee to push down to get the old coilover out. If you don't loosen them then you dont need to get an alignment as long as the height is roughly the same. If you were stock going to a lift then either way you would have to get an alignment.
     
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  13. May 5, 2017 at 7:25 AM
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    Yea PM me so we can exchange numbers and you can text me for quick answers.
     
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  14. May 22, 2017 at 7:59 AM
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    Im looking at purchasing this lift kit. My goal is to raise the truck up to accommodate bigger tires, however I do not want to sacrifice ride to do that. My Tundra is my daily driver, so Im on the fence with this. I have a stock limited suspension right now. Would you say that these ride just as good or better than your stock suspension on the road for daily driving? Or did these just improve offroad driving? I drive on the beach in the OBX every now an then but like I said, Im more concerned about the on road ride than anything.
     
  16. Jul 17, 2017 at 7:58 AM
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    Toytec Radflo 2.5 front coil overs definitely improved the ride from stock. I haven't had my truck from completely stock though. Bought it with a front level spacer. Best suspension I've had is the Toytec Radflo.
     
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  17. Jul 27, 2017 at 11:25 AM
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    @csuviper where exactly is the jack point?
     
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    Excellent work @csuviper
    I know I'm bringing up an old(er) thread but do you have a tool list made up? I'm about to tackle this same install (waiting on a clear weekend and tires to come in). About how long did it take you to complete?
     
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    Been wondering this same thing.
     
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  22. Oct 30, 2017 at 2:39 PM
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    Well crap, didn't know i didn't complete this writeup. Will have to add the additional information soon.

    Took me 31 seconds according to the video. haha. I would block out about 4 hours to get it completed. Its not that tough just to replace the coilover but there are things that can frustrate you and slow you down. Bolts don't like to come out sometimes.
     
  23. Oct 30, 2017 at 3:00 PM
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    I trimmed the front plastic and skid plate for the previous lift I had. I did not do the cab mount chop.

    IMG_0700.jpg
     
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    What we are talking about is the trimming to install the coilover on the lower control arm. It is stated on Toytec's website.
     
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    Was wondering if that would make it there........I provided the info to Toytec and they reached out to Radflo with further discussions to determine the cause. It isn't this way for all Tundras. Seams that the 14+ don't need to do any trimming.
     
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    The verbiage on the Toytec website states "*May require minor grinding on front lower control arm."
    The reason for this is that the nice beefy lower shock mount diameter is slightly larger than some other shocks out there. During installation there is minor contact with what i will call a tab in the coilover cutout on the lower control arm. This contact makes it hard to get the shock into place with the suspension at full droop. After installation there is a small gap and no metal to metal contact at full droop or at resting height that i could see. I ground off the tab on the passenger side for ease of installation and it helped out a lot.


    Here is a picture of the Radflo 2.5 Coilover installed before trimming the tab on the lower control arm. The metal isn't touching after installation but it is very close.
    IMG_2779.jpg


    This is the Toytec Boss 2.0 Coilover installed to show that the gap to that tab is greater than with the Radflo 2.5.
    IMG_2794.jpg


    The red line here shows where to trim the lower control arm tab. Not much material needs to be taken off.
    IMG_2808.jpg


    Here is a progress pic of grinding that tab off with a dremmel. I went a further with the grinding after taking this pic. Then painted it to avoid rust.
    IMG_2811.jpg
     
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    Can we use the circled in red area a jack point in order to put jack stands under frame circled in blue areas?chassis-big.jpg
     
  29. Oct 30, 2017 at 3:35 PM
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    I always lift from the lower control arm and then install the tall jacks where you show the blue circles then lower the jack for full suspension droop. I have never jacked up from the red circle area.
     
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    Found this online
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