Due to a certain late night mishap, I didn't buy quick struts. Instead, I bought Sachs 313 type for my 2000 Tundra V8. I had a local mechanic assemble them, and then I installed them. The truck is still up on stands while some other work is being performed.
He told me there was a certain way to orient them. I'm slightly, but not overly concerned about this. I read in one place that the correct way for this vehicle is to point the bottom of the coil forward on the left, and backward on the right. However, the way that they are assembled, both point to the rear.
I twisted the left strut 180 degrees so it pointed forward. Then I realized that the bottom of the coil was way too far away from the bottom of the seat. Tomorrow, I will probably go twist it back to six o clock.
Or, do I need to go back and have him reorient the top mount 180 degrees, so its at 12 o clock?
When viewing the new and old strut side by side, the new one was about 1/2 inch shorter. No big deal I thought because the old one protruded about 3/4 inch above the center bolt. When he assembled them, though, there was about the same amount protruding above the bolt. This means that the spring must be compressed 1/2 inch more then before. The rubber washer under the center bolt seemed overly squished to me. It seemed like it might be about to tear.
I read that the torque spec for the top center bolt is 14 lbs. However, I can't retorque it now that the spring is under tension. I backed it off about three turns. Can I keep going until its where the spring would be compressed to the same amount, and the rubber wouldn't be so flattened?
I remember asking him, "do you know the torque specs for the top bolts?" He said no. The garage has a good reputation, though.
The Sachs has a shaft that was about 1/3 thinner than my old Monroe Reflex struts. Does this make them inferior?