REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Except Land Cruiser
- Raise and properly support the vehicle.
- Remove the front wheel.
- Remove the strut absorber nut and washer from the lower control arm.
- While slowly lowering the front suspension, remove the lower bolt from the strut absorber assembly.
- Support the strut.
- Remove the three nuts from the top of the strut tower.
- Lower the strut out of the wheel well.
- Remove the coil spring by compressing the spring with a commercially available spring compressor.
- Compress the coil spring until it is clear of the strut assembly at both ends.
- Remove the center nut from the strut.
- Detach the retainers, cushions, suspension support and coil spring.
- Compress the coil spring.
- Install the coil spring on to the strut absorber.
Fit the lower end of the coil spring into the gap of the spring seat of the strut absorber.
- Install the cushions, retainers, and suspension support to the rod.
- Install and snug the center nut of the strut.
- Align the top of the strut so that two of the bolts are parallel with the direction of the lower strut bushing.
- Remove the spring compressor.
- Torque the center nut to 22 ft. lbs. (29Nm).
The remainder of installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Please note the following torque specifications:
3 upper strut to body nuts: 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm)
- Elevate and safely support the vehicle. Make certain the jackstands are securely placed under the frame rails.
- Use a floor jack to slightly jack and support the front axle housing. Hold the piston rod of the shock absorber and remove the upper mounting nut. Hold the shock and remove the lower mounting nut, the cushions and the retainer.
- Disconnect the stabilizer bar from the axle housing.
- Lower the jack holding the front axle. Use a spring compressor to compress the spring. Remove the spring, still compressed, from the vehicle. Place the spring, facing away from you, on the work bench and slowly release the tension on the compressor. When the spring is fully extended, remove the tool.
- Remove the follow-spring nuts and spring.
- Install the follow-spring; tighten the nuts to 82 inch lbs. (9 Nm).
- Compress the spring and fit it into position in the vehicle. Align the end with the lower spring seat; slowly release the compressor, allowing the spring to expand into place.
- Install the stabilizer bar.
- Install the shock absorber. Tighten the lower mounting nut to 51 ft. lbs. (69 Nm) and then the upper mount to the same value.
Lower the vehicle to the ground. Tighten the lug nuts as follows:
- 1997 vehicles with steel wheel lug nuts: 109 ft. lbs. (147 Nm)
- 1997 vehicles with aluminum wheel lug nuts: 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm).
- 199800 vehicle lug nuts: 97 ft. lbs. (131 Nm)