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Old 10-05-2012, 08:25 PM   #1
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TRD suspension VS. SR5

Hey all, just looking for some quick opinions. I've got a 2012 sr5 access cab and have been seeing some stock TRD suspensions (springs and shocks) on the flea market. The one I see currently is from a sport, but off road ones show up occasionally. Are the bilsteins a decent upgrade? sports better or worse than offroads? Will the difference would be worth my ~100-150 dollars?

I have no real intentions of lifting it. I haul stuff and drive out to my camp and the river down two track. I'm not building a bro-dozer or mall-terrain vehicle, just looking for a more capable ride.
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I'm not building a bro-dozer or mall-terrain vehicle, just looking for a more capable ride.
LOL!! BRO-DOZER!
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LOL! Nice!!
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The Toyota TRD/ Bilstein shocks are not true Bilsteins. Instead they are built by Bilstein to Toyota specs. Go to one of the online to a Toyota parts dealers and compare prices against a Bilstein 4600 or 5100 sold online .

Typical Toyota TRD/ Bilstein rear shocks sell for $32 from a Toyota dealer. Online Bilstein dealers sell for $70-80 for 4600s. Do you believe that Toyota is giving you a $40 savings on the same shocks from them?

If you truly want Bilstein shocks, buy the real ones and pass on the take-offs that you see.
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Hey all, just looking for some quick opinions. I've got a 2012 sr5 access cab and have been seeing some stock TRD suspensions (springs and shocks) on the flea market. The one I see currently is from a sport, but off road ones show up occasionally. Are the bilsteins a decent upgrade? sports better or worse than offroads? Will the difference would be worth my ~100-150 dollars?

I have no real intentions of lifting it. I haul stuff and drive out to my camp and the river down two track. I'm not building a bro-dozer or mall-terrain vehicle, just looking for a more capable ride.
your truck is plenty capable as is.

the rear springs would be the only concern. if you have the 3-leaf...an upgrade may be worth the effort if you find that once loaded your truck sags in the rear or hits the bump stops more than ocassionally.
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The Toyota TRD/ Bilstein shocks are not true Bilsteins. Instead they are built by Bilstein to Toyota specs. Go to one of the online to a Toyota parts dealers and compare prices against a Bilstein 4600 or 5100 sold online .

Typical Toyota TRD/ Bilstein rear shocks sell for $32 from a Toyota dealer. Online Bilstein dealers sell for $70-80 for 4600s. Do you believe that Toyota is giving you a $40 savings on the same shocks from them?

If you truly want Bilstein shocks, buy the real ones and pass on the take-offs that you see.

dude, if you can tell me exactly where to find the toyota factory bilsteins for 32$ i would sh*t! my dealer quoted me like $128 for the damn tokicos

and sorry dont mean to thread-jack op. i think the toyota-spec bilsteins are great, i really enjoy the trd-sport's ride. and if you can get the full kit for 100 bucks or so, go for it. im not sure on coil differences between sport and sr5, but the off-road apparently has progressive coils, which i guess leads to difficult spacer lifting
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dude, if you can tell me exactly where to find the toyota factory bilsteins for 32$ i would sh*t! my dealer quoted me like $128 for the damn tokicos
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"ToyotaPartSales.com" is another good place to compare prices with. That is where I found the $32 rear TRD/ Bilstein Shocks
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Hey all, I just picked up a new TRD this weekend. I was looking for an SR5 4 WD for a little softer ride but they didn't have any,so I finally agreed to a TRD for the same price. My question is: Is there a perceptible difference in ride between the two? I'm a senior and don't plan to off-road per se, but so haul stuff to our cabin. Some freeway driving, etc. Should I have held out for the SR5? Thanks for any tips.
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Hey all, I just picked up a new TRD this weekend. I was looking for an SR5 4 WD for a little softer ride but they didn't have any,so I finally agreed to a TRD for the same price. My question is: Is there a perceptible difference in ride between the two? I'm a senior and don't plan to off-road per se, but so haul stuff to our cabin. Some freeway driving, etc. Should I have held out for the SR5? Thanks for any tips.
Did you get the TRD Sport or Off Road?
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I got the Off Road.
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I got the Off Road.
That means you have progressive coils, TRD Sports and SR5s have linear coils. Some people think the TRD Off Road coils ride a little rougher than the SR5 and I would tend to agree after having been in both. Not sure it'd be worth changing out since it's not a huge difference but to each their own.
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Thanks. If it bugs me, I might try to swap out one day. There were no SR5 Access Cabs.in the NW 5 states and none due in for a couple months. I checked Phoenix, San Diego, etc. as well, couldn't find one anywhere, so I went with the TRD. Pick it up today. Psyched.
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Thanks. If it bugs me, I might try to swap out one day. There were no SR5 Access Cabs.in the NW 5 states and none due in for a couple months. I checked Phoenix, San Diego, etc. as well, couldn't find one anywhere, so I went with the TRD. Pick it up today. Psyched.
odds are u will be happy..........they become uncomfortable once u start preloading them with bilstien 5100 shocks...Until then, I think u will be happy.

just keep that in mind if u want to lift it later using bilstien 5100 shocks without different coils.
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dude, if you can tell me exactly where to find the toyota factory bilsteins for 32$ i would sh*t! my dealer quoted me like $128 for the damn tokicos

and sorry dont mean to thread-jack op. i think the toyota-spec bilsteins are great, i really enjoy the trd-sport's ride. and if you can get the full kit for 100 bucks or so, go for it. im not sure on coil differences between sport and sr5, but the off-road apparently has progressive coils, which i guess leads to difficult spacer lifting
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"ToyotaPartSales.com" is another good place to compare prices with. That is where I found the $32 rear TRD/ Bilstein Shocks
I found the rears for $36, but the fronts were $91 each cheapest I've seen so far. I'm assuming the $32 mentioned above was for rear OEM TRD shocks, not fronts correct?

If someones knows where to get the fronts for cheaper than $91, please post a link.

As of right now, 2x front shocks for $91 and 2x rear shocks for $36 adds up too close to a set of new 4600's or 5100's and that makes it hard to justify not to go with one of those. Thanks.
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adds up too close to a set of new 4600's or 5100's and that makes it hard to justify not to go with one of those.
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