When we were at the TTORA Takeover event in South Lake Tahoe, I won a set of Donahoe Coilovers.   Since I already had a good setup on my truck, I gave them to Kris for his truck.   Kris was running a full Old Man Emu suspension front and rear, but he had some problems with the front not being as high as the rear.   He had added a few trim packers, but really wanted to get some adjustable coilovers so that in the future when he added a bumper and winch he could just adjust them.   

Donahoe Instruction Manual (From their website)

The instructions call for you to slightly bend the factory brake line fittings.   We didnt like that and had custom lines made.   Click HERE to find out more about this.

The first step is to remove the factory strut assembly.

Raise and safely support the vehicle.

There are three nuts at the top and a larger bolt at the bottom that hold the strut in place... see the next picture.

Just like when we drive... red means stop, green means go!

The three arrows in green show the three nuts to remove.

***WARNING***
The is a larger nut in the center with a red arrow pointing at it.   This nut bolts the strut and spring together.   Removing this nut can result in serious injury!   Don't do it!!

With the strut unbolted, it comes right off the truck.   

Here you can see a stock strut and the new Donahoe coilover side by side.   Because of the steering, ball joints and CV angles, you can only go a little longer than the stock assembly without making other modifications.   As you can see, the Donahoe is just slightly longer than the stock strut.

Kris was running the OME setup, here is the OME strut.   It is basically the same as the factory one, just a different shock and spring.

When you install the OME setup, you only use the factory top plate.

Here the front end is with the strut out.

There are three small dimples on the top plate of the Donahoe coilover (see arrows).   There are two sets of holes, one for the Tacoma and 4-Runner, and one for the Tundra.   

The holes next to the small dimples are for the Tacoma and 4-Runner.   The other three holes are for the Tundra.

After the new coilover is bolted in, you have to slightly adjust the front brake lines.   

In this picture, you can see the front brake line is very close to the bottom of the coilover when you are in a tight turn with the suspension extended.   

The instructions call for you to take a rubber mallet and gently tap the metal part of the line and move it slightly back towards the caliper.   This should be done with only enough pressure to bend it slightly.

Instead of doing this, we had some custom lines made.   Click HERE to find out more.

Here Kris taps the line to move it slightly back towards the caliper.
Here you can see the line moved closer to the caliper.   When he tapped it, it started to slightly leak fluid.   The banjo bolt was not very tight, and tightening it more fixed the slight leak.

Here it is all installed and adjusted.   These should improve the ride and handling over the OME coils and struts.
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7-24-2004