We are doing some landscaping that is going to require a significant amount of dirt to properly grade and drain. Earlier this week we jumped on an offer of free dirt posted online. This was the second time we had done this in as many weeks.
My 2004 Toyota Tundra’s box is 6′ long, 5′ wide, and 18″ deep. By my calculations that is 45 cubic feet (1.67 cubic yards). There are a lot of variables (soil type, moisture, loose vs. packed), but 1 cubic yard of soil weighs right around 2,000 pounds. The first load filled the box about half full which would be a bit less than 1,700 pounds. For the most recent load we filled the box about 3/4 full, 1.25 cubic yards weighing in somewhere around 2,500 pounds.
We made it home just fine, but that weight proved to be too much. The next morning I noticed fluid on the garage floor beneath the rear axle of my pickup. The shocks had failed.
My pickup has 190,000 miles on it. I have had it for the last 50,000 miles. I have no idea how many miles those shocks had. I had never replaced them. So it was probably about time anyway. I picked up these Monroe OESpectrums for $125 at a local auto parts store.
They did not look like they would be too difficult to replace. Just a couple of bolts, rights? I searched up a video to make sure I was not overlooking anything. While this video was very informative it was not encouraging that they had to use a cutting torch to get their old shocks off.
I was not able to turn the nuts off the top off either of the shocks. I have an angle grinder and a Dremel, but there was not enough room for either. A reciprocating saw would have been perfect.
Unfortunately, I do not have one of those. Or a cutting torch. The only tool I have that would work in this situation is a hacksaw. It did the job, but was quite difficult.
Once I had them out, installation was easy. I will try to keep payloads under a ton in the future.