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Front lower shock bushings?

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by nickrick78, Apr 19, 2021.

  1. Apr 19, 2021 at 5:00 PM
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    nickrick78

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    Anyone replace these? I can't find a listing on the parts. Should be a replaceable part instead of doing the whole strut assembly.

    If anyone has done this do you have a part number?
     
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  2. Apr 19, 2021 at 5:33 PM
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    Yeah, the part exists. I did it once on one shock. Something like $20 plus another $20 to press out the old and put a new one in as I recall. Not by Toyota though.

    Had to get the shock bushing from Bilstein. The one for Toyota’s Bilstein off road shock fit the regular stock shock as well.
     
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  3. Apr 19, 2021 at 6:18 PM
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    Go here and read about my pain. The shock bushing for the Bilstein 4600s fit the stock Tokico shock.
     
  4. Apr 19, 2021 at 7:04 PM
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    If the bushing needs to be replaced due to dry rot, may be time to consider replacing the whole shock, unless they're old with very few miles. I tend to pull the pin early on shocks because bad shocks suck the life out of a vehicles handling and braking. Good shocks make the world right again. And it's a really cheap "mod".
     
  5. Apr 20, 2021 at 9:39 AM
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    Thanks for the input guys.

    I thought about it some more and at about 17 years/118k miles old, I think it's time for new front strut assemblies and rear shocks.

    Truck kind of seems floaty and I'd rather put new stuff on there.
     
  6. Apr 20, 2021 at 5:59 PM
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    +1 for replacing them. I just did 5100’s all the way around last week. My original 280,000 mile shocks were rusty and bushings were worn out. The truck rides much better.

    If you DIY, don’t be afraid of using the manual spring clamps for the front strut assemblies. The OEMTOOLS clamps are heavy duty and I had no issues using them to compress the springs.
     
  7. Apr 20, 2021 at 6:14 PM
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    If it fits it ships
    its over a 15 year old truck at this point slap in some bilstien 5100s front and rear and be done with it
     
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  8. Apr 21, 2021 at 5:12 AM
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    DO NOT go with Monroe under any circumstances. Avoid that shit like the plague.
     
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    I had to do this last year. My bushing started squeaking.
    I agree with what everyone said.
    However I went with Monroe and I’ve not had any issues.
     
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  11. Apr 23, 2021 at 4:28 PM
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    We use Monroe at the shop daily with little issue. I get a killer discount so for under $250 out the door for OEspectrum quick struts and rear shocks it's a no brainer. I won't be offroading, just a couple day a week driver and occasional tow/haul.
     
  12. Apr 23, 2021 at 7:27 PM
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    I'll just put it this way, I'd rather have worn out bouncy struts than brand new monroes. These things ride like shit. They are HORRIBLE for a truck. If I wanted my truck to ride like a car, I'd buy a fucking car. Worst. Struts. Ever.
     
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    You don’t need a spring compressor to swap Coil Overs. I’ve never used one on a Tacoma, 4Runner or Tundra.
     
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    This.
     
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    Monroe on a Toy, not for me. Bilstein. KYB.
     
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    Well I'm glad I decided to do strut assemblies.

    Had to liquefy/air chisel off one of the 6 upper mounting bolts. Otherwise went smoothly. Truck rides nicely with the new stuff.
     
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    When replacing shocks is anything needed other than what comes in the bilstein 4600 kit? Rubber upper top hats or anything?
     
  19. May 5, 2021 at 8:43 AM
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    Unless it’s damaged/wallowed out, you can reuse the top hat and nuts as well as the bolt/nut at the bottom.
     
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  20. May 5, 2021 at 9:31 AM
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    I would entertain reusing the coil springs if you want to, but personally after doing this job, if there's any rust on your mounts buy new ones. The studs/nuts looked good but one was completely stuck. So either try to break all 6 upper nuts loose before hand, or plan on replacing the mounts.
     

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