Metal sleeve or spacer

Spacer in bushing

Metric ID of 14 MM

Doug would use bilstein shocks 1″ lift

Good enough for offroad, but made for street.

b46-2286 right side
b46-2285 left side

This is the shock that used to come on the Tacoma.

 

Rear shocks

Bilstein shocks are nice.
Add a leaf is what he did.
All I need to do is replace the shocks.

3.5 inch

4-wheel parts in SLC:

DirtLogic
258.99 each for non-reservoir

Next step for removing a stubborn bolt from lower shock bushing:

Looks like I’ve tried just about everything to get the lower shock bolt out.  Tried a 5lb sledgehammer, jacking the truck off the wheel well to create space in the bushing (which is demolished), etc.  I’m down to cutting off the bolt and chiseling out the bushing, I think.

Here are some potential tools for the job:

Penetrating Oil (PB Blaster?)
Wire brush
Air chisel
cut cut-off tool
gloves
decent visegrips

I think I have:
Propane torch (I know I have the nossel, but may need more propane…we’ll see.)

Looooong day, much accomplish

Yesterday’s workday just ended for me.  It’s 1:15 AM and I’m going to bed.

But first, a little victory:  Tonight, David and I were able to install my newly rebuilt strut in my Tacoma.  It was a big deal, because at some points in this project, I thought seriously about just sending it in to be done for me.  I’m glad I stuck it out.

I still have to do the left strut, but it should be much easier.

The workday was pretty busy.  We had a few issues and they followed all of us through dinner and into the earlier morning of the next day.  We work hard on these nights.  Everyone stays pretty professional, even though it’s sometimes exhausting and frustrating.

Sharks vs Blues, lose 2-4

The Sharks are struggling to find rhythm after their 3rd regular season game against the St Lois Blues.  It’s weird to see Kent Huskins and Scotty Nichol on the other side of the competition.

Either way, passes were sloppy and there were too many turnovers.

Dr Pepper

Just tried the much hailed Dr Pepper 10.  To fellow Dr Pepper fans:  Don’t bother.  Doesn’t taste like DP to me and also has a nasty aftertaste.20111013-100048.jpg

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Front shocks for Toyota Tacoma

Called this guy:
Armen Mosikian
Tech Manager
Fabtech Motorsports
4331 Eucalyptus Ave
Chino, Ca. 91710

Armen referred me to:
Mirage Racing
619-562-5533

With Doug at Mirage, we decided that what I have is this:
Fox Shocks made for Fab Tech

It’ll cost:
20 each a shock + oil 12 bucks (that oil is enough for 2 shocks.)  It’s fairly simple to do.  People usually need it recharged motorcycle shop or offroad shop.

Some cautions:  Might need to disconnect sway bar.  Might have problem getting spring off of shock.

Emailed the following pics to mirageracing@sbcglobal.net for confirmation of parts:

Called Doug back, who had received the pics.

Here’s the breakdown of cost:
97 + freight (20 each for bushings.  Oil is 12 bucks.  20 each for rebuild parts.)

He can ship them out, today, but I’m curious to know what that’ll cost.

Ground is about 3 days:  13.42

2nd day is:  22.72

Ordered them 2nd day, so I’ll have them on Thursday.

Now to see about those rear shocks…

Honda shop Yamaha shop, skate motorcycle sports

Escape Motor Sports:  20 per shock, depending on ammount of nitro needed.  Looks like I need to find out how much, per shock, of Nitro is needed.  (Good question for Doug when he calls back.)

Doug called back.  200 PSI of nitro is what’s needed.