Toyota Hi-Lux Front Shocks Upgrade

Enigma

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I thought I'd post this here instead of on my Tigger thread as a guide to anyone else wishing to do the same. Maybe someone can make it a 'sticky' ?

The shocks I got are 'Monroe' and the part number is 'D6432' I got mine from 'ebay' at a cost of £83.99

All you need to do is remove the road wheel and then undo the top nut. You can see in the pic the top of the spindle has 2 flat sides, you will need to use either an adjustable spanner of mulgrips to hold the spindle still while you undo the nut.

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Next remove the 2 nuts from the bottom...

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You can now withdraw the shock from inside the coil. Remove the lower mounting bracket from the shock.

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Now, the old standard shocks pivot hole is 10mm and the new Munroe shocks pivot hole is 16mm. Not a problem, hold the old shock in a vice and use a 10mm socket to gently tap the old bushes out, these will then come away from the metal sleeve that runs through the middle.

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Gently hold the sleeve in a vice and gently file away all the gunk and bits of old rubber from it. This sleeve then fits perfectly snug into the new shock

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Now, the new shocks are about 4mm thicker than the old ones where the pivot eye is, so they won't fit in the lower pivot bracket. All I did was put the shock in a vice and using a disc cutter, I gently ground 2mm off each side (easy, even for me)

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Just grind a little at a time and keep trying the bracket to test. When it fits nice and snug, refit the bracket

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Fit a cup washer and rubber bush to the spindle (theory come in the box)
Now feed the new shock up through the coil and refit and tighten the 2 nuts and spring washers. Fit the top rubber and cup washer and then again holding the spindle still tighten the top nut. As you tighten the top nut you will notice it get quite tight, this is because you are compressing the new rubber bushes. You can see in this last pic the length of spindle that should be exposed when fully tightened.

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It's a good idea to smear all bolts with a little 'copper ease' or grease as it will save you a lot of grief if you ever want to take the shocks off:)

It's that simple. Hope you find this of some help;)

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Enigma

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Thanks for the 'sticky':). You will have to wait for the trip report until tomorrow. Once again as I finished it was dark and raining.....again! .....At the moment I can only tell you how much Tim and Rich and Iceman rate this mod! .....You have been in Kermit, what did you think?;)

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commeracer

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Well done Colin [^] told you it was easy ;)

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Enigma

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quote:
Originally posted by commeracer

Well done Colin [^] told you it was easy ;)

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Yeah, and I bet you're pleased I won't have to ask you to make up some sleeves:D[8D]

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commeracer

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Ahhh :D

And it's Monroe ;)

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Enigma

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Quite right...ooops! I can't edit a first post, perhaps you could ask Chris to do it for me;)

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jimberlake

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Thanks for the thread - mine just arrived today, same price and model so hopefully sorted next month will give an update on the handling situation then...at the moment speed bumps feel like you're on a space hopper!

Hasta la supervista baby
 

Enigma

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You will be impressed ;)

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commeracer

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"I was so impressed, i bought the company " :D

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Enigma

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Are you fitting them yourself? ...if so, any questions please just ask :)

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Panky

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I think even the standard ones are heavy duty compared with the Commer version:I

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Suinnyboy

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Just looking into this for when I get to the front suspension later in the year and have a couple of questions.

Have downloaded the Monroe Catalogue (Australia), and cannot see anything with the part# D6432

What model Hi Lux are we looking at and is it the 2wd or 4wd version

I think a lot of this was discussed prior to this thread was created in various other threads
 
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