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    Looking for a shop to replace the front strut top plate on my Tacoma. Broke a stud loose taking them out and mauled another splitting the nut off. So one top plate definitely needs to be replaced and maybe the other to be consistent and make reassembly more easy. Strut assemblies are off the truck. Any suggestions? Located on Mass/NH border.
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    I have a strut spring compressor Mike, but with a +3" coil, I would suggest a shop with a wall mounted cage. It might be too far for you, but I know Dwayne(owndog12) had one at his shop old shop in Rochester. He is in Somersworth now at Range Automotive. Might be worth dropping him a PM, even though he is not active on here anymore.
    I wish you good luck and hope you get it all worked out.
    Traction, articulation, and gearing make a good off-road rig. Just a big lift, wide mud tires, and a winch simply do not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MT_686 View Post
    Looking for a shop to replace the front strut top plate on my Tacoma. Broke a stud loose taking them out and mauled another splitting the nut off. So one top plate definitely needs to be replaced and maybe the other to be consistent and make reassembly more easy. Strut assemblies are off the truck. Any suggestions? Located on Mass/NH border.
    have you considered just compressing the spring yourself? Few weeks back Justin & I "rented" a coil spring compressor from Autozone to install his lift coils. Just be sure to lube the washers & screws with grease or anti-seize so it'll compress easily. Then all you need to do is buy a tophat. Or get some press-in studs and just replace the broken studs.
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    PM me, I can load you a spring compressor that won't take your head off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtyler11 View Post
    have you considered just compressing the spring yourself? Few weeks back Justin & I "rented" a coil spring compressor from Autozone to install his lift coils. Just be sure to lube the washers & screws with grease or anti-seize so it'll compress easily. Then all you need to do is buy a tophat. Or get some press-in studs and just replace the broken studs.
    I did consider it, but did not want to take the chance.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dogbreath077 View Post
    PM me, I can load you a spring compressor that won't take your head off.
    Thank for the offer. I ended up getting them replaced at a garage right in town. Stopped by Monday on the way home from work and got them back tonight.
    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by MT_686 View Post
    ...I ended up getting them replaced at a garage right in town. Stopped by Monday on the way home from work and got them back tonight.
    Traction, articulation, and gearing make a good off-road rig. Just a big lift, wide mud tires, and a winch simply do not.
    ~Shawn(the correct spelling ;)

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