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Old 05-07-2012, 09:14 AM   #1
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looking for smooth ride stock height

I could use some help with choosing a good shock... I have a 2000 taco ext. cab, trd package with the v/6 that is all stock.... 116,000 miles on it.... I am not looking to lift it... I live up a 3 mile dirt road that can be pretty rough at times... not a lot of washboard... just big ruts and potholes... I am trying to find the smoothest ride that I can.... I use the truck for town trips and don't tend to load it up to heavy... (I do have a steel lumber rack on it) I have been told that old man emu shocks is what I should get, the soft ones.... or bilsteins? rancho's? Any ideas? Suggestions?

Thanks in advance,
Josh

P.s. I am looking to smooth the ride for the dirt road... I don't mind the firm ride on the highway at all....in fact i like it... I have had the rancho shocks with the air compressor to adjust the shock settings on a 1977 chevy 3/4 ton 4whl drive but the mice would always chew the plastics air lines... Made it unusable... and i didn't notice a big difference... maybe it was the 1 ton suspension live axle front leaf springs?
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:16 PM   #2
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I am doing the same thing. I have a 2000 Reg Cab, 4cyl, 5spd, 4x4: I think I have read every shock entry on TW and chose to go with the Bilstein 5100s front (set at "0") and 5125s rear. I am on back order for the fronts until late June but since I found my leaf springs are pretty shot so going to get new 4-pack leaf springs and a set of 880 coils to go with the Bilsteins and see how it goes. Dan at Wheelers off Road recommended this setup for me to retain a good ride, stock height, and level out the truck.
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I am doing the same thing. I have a 2000 Reg Cab, 4cyl, 5spd, 4x4: I think I have read every shock entry on TW and chose to go with the Bilstein 5100s front (set at "0") and 5125s rear. I am on back order for the fronts until late June but since I found my leaf springs are pretty shot so going to get new 4-pack leaf springs and a set of 880 coils to go with the Bilsteins and see how it goes. Dan at Wheelers off Road recommended this setup for me to retain a good ride, stock height, and level out the truck.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:45 PM   #4
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Email into dan @ Wheelers;

Our 2000 Tacoma TRD has its original Bilstein shocks, they are done big time. Truck has 75K miles;

Sounds like the 5100's are the way to go, not looking to lift the truck; might add a bumper at some point.

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