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I tried to install new Gas-A-Just shocks on the front of my T-100 this afternoon, but i couldn't get them to fit correctly. The through bolt on the top of the shock doesn't seem to be long enough to have both bushings on it and still be able to tighten the top nut. Secondly, the flanges on the shocks are not angled properly to the lower control arm and it seems the flanges are also to wide. Whats up? I tripled checked the part number to make sure I had the correct ones and I do. I have a 96 2WD Extended cab. And the part number for the shocks I have are KG4752.

Any help would be much appreciated.
 

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I tried to install new Gas-A-Just shocks on the front of my T-100 this afternoon, but i couldn't get them to fit correctly. The through bolt on the top of the shock doesn't seem to be long enough to have both bushings on it and still be able to tighten the top nut. Secondly, the flanges on the shocks are not angled properly to the lower control arm and it seems the flanges are also to wide. Whats up? I tripled checked the part number to make sure I had the correct ones and I do. I have a 96 2WD Extended cab. And the part number for the shocks I have are KG4752.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Do ya have any pics of what you are trying to do? If you have the truck up on a jack maybe the bolt isn't long enough to get lined up. I just did my truck I used the Biliesten shocks. I had to move around the bottom flanges to get it to line up correct. I took off the tires for the fronts only, and put it on jack stands, and everything worked just fine.
Maybe some one with the KYB shocks will chime in, there are people on here that have them I'm fairly sure of it. Good luck
 

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Make sure the part number on the actual shocks are the part number you should have. Sometime things don't git boxed back up properly... ;)

If they part number is the correct one that's stamped on the shock, you should be able to rotate the shock until the ears line up correctly. You can see how my Gas-A-Just shocks are mounted.



BTW...do you have ball joint spacers installed? If so, these shocks will not fit! :(

Not sure if it matters or not...but are yer torsion bars cranked all the up? ;)
 

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I tried to install new Gas-A-Just shocks on the front of my T-100 this afternoon, but i couldn't get them to fit correctly. The through bolt on the top of the shock doesn't seem to be long enough to have both bushings on it and still be able to tighten the top nut. Secondly, the flanges on the shocks are not angled properly to the lower control arm and it seems the flanges are also to wide. Whats up? I tripled checked the part number to make sure I had the correct ones and I do. I have a 96 2WD Extended cab. And the part number for the shocks I have are KG4752.

Any help would be much appreciated.
I put them on my truck a few weeks ago, and everything lined up. as Bam said you may have an incorrect set (based on the stamped no. on the shock itself). Also, as Wolf said, jack the front up and take the tire off if you haven't already.

Other tips...use grease on all of the mounting pieces except for the threads! This will make installation easier and prevent pesky sweqks from turning up. I also had to slightly bend out the lower mounting flanges on the truck to fit one of the shocks. DONT overdo this though or you may crack the weld:eek:...just enough to fit the shock in tightly with grease helping you out.

And just make sure all of the mounting hardware from the old shocks are off. Without thinking I forgot to remove the top bushing on one of the fronts and put the new bushing on top of it as well...the old one was hiding behind the shock mount lip. If I had not realized, it would have made the through bolt too short. One bushing under the mount and one over...not two on top like I almost tried:D. Oh and if the flanges are at a funny angle, the lower section of the shock should rotate easily to accomodate. Good luck and let us know how it turns out! :thumbsup:
 

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The length of the KYB tread bolt doesn't seem capable of holding both the top and the bottom bushings of the top mounting spot on the truck. Should I put the one bushing on top or below the mounting spot on the truck?


Will these shock mounting flanges rotate within its housing so I can line up the top mounting bolt? As they are positioned now the angle of the shaft wont go through the top mounting position on the truck control arm. You can see the difference between the old shock and the new KYB shock. And length of it, actually.

The product number is the same on the shock as it is on the box. Also, where does the second nut go onto the new KYB shock?

I'm going to try again today. Thanks for all the help.
 

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Shoot a piccie of both shocks side by side. Are they the same length overall? You can't just go by the top shaft only as the stock shock has that holding nut on the bottom of the top shaft. That would make the new KYB the same length as far as the top shaft goes.

The 2nd nut locks the top nut down. ;)

When I put my front shocks in, I compressed and tied them down. After bolting in the bottom, I cut the string and let the shock expand up into the hole. Make sure you put in the bottom level rubber grommet in before you cut the string. ;)
 

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I just measured the top shafts (off of my screen and the old one is about 1/8th of an inch longer.

Not sure if those extenders from AutoZone are the right stud size and thread count. Maybe these $15 10mm x 1.25 Tacoma ones might work instead. You'll have to measure the shock stud size and pitch to make sure. ;)

They also sell some on eBay as well as other auto parts stores...but I'm not sure on the stud size and pitch thread. ;)
 
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